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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

July 9, 2016

July 9, 2016

A recent study notes that those in American culture work more than ever, taking no vacations. Many workers do not even receive paid sick leave. We work very hard, trying to...

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July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016

In my church office I have a large whiteboard where I record calendar items, scripture passages, facility needs, and anything else that requires my attention. Often I tell those who enter...

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July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016

There seems to be an abundance of fruitfulness talk in the church today, although many feel uncomfortable with it. It seems too businesslike (we can easily substitute fruitfulness for profits) and...

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July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016

Recently my five-year-old son came home with a note from the teacher. Apparently he had consistently disobeyed the rules, and he had received a red mark related to his behavior for...

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July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016

My spouse and I look around at a house filled with boxes. It has been a busy time, and soon we recognize that to settle into a rhythm in this new...

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July 4, 2016

July 4, 2016

At times we have trouble discerning a course of action. We get caught up in our daily living and focus on what is best for us. At other times we purposely...

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July 3, 2016

July 3, 2016

Our readings this week have taken us through the disciple’s journey, a journey that begins with conversion, proceeds through deepening discipleship, and culminates in ministry to the world. We began with...

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July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016

The seventy disciples must have felt terrified. Without warning, it seems, Jesus sends them into the world to minister. In some ways, it is what they have desired. Surely some of...

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July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016

Have you ever noticed that every superhero movie or TV show includes a moment when the villain nearly defeats the hero? It usually turns out that the villain has been playing...

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June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016

Many young people in America view the modern church as judgmental, insensitive, and hypocritical. The popular perception of Christians is a finger-wagging crowd that believes discipleship involves following rules and castigating...

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Jesus is speaking to us . . .

"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE