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About Disciplines

The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme.

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Latest Disciplines Devotions

April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

When we belong to a faithful community we find that serving others comes naturally. Clearly Tabitha had discovered this and offered herself to the community in good works. Joppa, a coastal...

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April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016

We all yearn for community: a place to belong, a place where our personal welfare is considered important by others and where we can depend on the charity and grace of...

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April 10, 2016

April 10, 2016

Awkward conversations occur often. You round a corner in a bookstore and bump into an ex-boyfriend—who introduces you to his new girlfriend. You sit next to an acquaintance at a dinner...

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April 9, 2016

April 9, 2016

We take comfort in familiarity. For Simon Peter, fishing is familiar. We assume that he’s already seen the risen Lord with the other disciples. But there’s been no specific mention of...

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April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

The end of the New Testament begins a new song. Amid the letters, visions, beasts, and riddles of Revelation are these spoken verses set to music over the centuries. They are...

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April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

By the end of Psalm 30, David has made a difficult vow. God has pulled him to safety and turned his tear fest into a dancing festival. Rescued, David composes a...

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April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016

Long before Jesus of Nazareth healed people with a touch, the God of David healed with a pull: “I will exalt you, Lord, because you pulled me up” (ceb). Pushing and...

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April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016

Lord, I’ll do anything for you—but. . . . ” How easy discipleship seems without a Saul. Ananias, a disciple who has divine visions and hears the Lord’s voice, seems to...

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April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016

When the alarm wakens us in the early morning hours, we reach for a lamp switch. The sudden entrance of light causes us to blink—and maybe yawn. When the closing credits...

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April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016

When we hear the word witness used in a religious context, we think in terms of a verb—something we do, a spiritual obligation that overwhelms us with feelings of inadequacy. But...

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God is at work

Discovery Weekend was an incredible opportunity and a great learning experience. I got to see the kingdom of God work within all the kids, which showed me how present Christ is throughout our lives and the amount of love and forgiveness that can be found in others.”