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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

May 7, 2016

May 7, 2016

Before beginning his ministry, Jesus spends forty days in the wilderness in preparation. After his resurrection, Jesus spends forty days preparing his disciples for their ministry. He takes them through a...

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May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

Tomorrow’s passage from Luke 24 is the last of Luke’s Gospel; the reading today is the last in the book of Revelation. Both passages focus on ending and beginning. The Common...

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May 5, 2016

May 5, 2016

Some people refer to this passage written to the Christians in Ephesus as “Paul’s Prayer.” Paul writes to commend the congregational members’ faith and love toward all the saints, a love...

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May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

In this story, the term slave applies to various people. The girl is a slave to her owner and the demon possessing her. She calls Paul and Silas “slaves of the...

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May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

After the resurrection, Jesus leads the disciples through Witness 101—a fast-track course in how they will become his earthly successors, inviting others to join God’s realm. The twelve appear clueless. They...

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May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

Both of these psalms, placed in a category called “enthronement psalms,” describe a pattern of worship that recognizes and honors God as the Lord, the Most High, the ruler of the...

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May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

Revelation 22 is the final chapter and offers the final images in the Bible, so it seems especially important to pay close attention. Before I took the time to read this...

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April 30, 2016

April 30, 2016

I live in Cleveland, Ohio, which has a rich and diverse religious heritage. The immigrants who built the city also built houses of worship to honor God. Whenever I drive downtown,...

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April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

A month ago, the man I regarded as my mentor died after a brief illness. He had given me an internship my last year of graduate school, which led to full-time...

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April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

Love comes first; keeping God’s word flows out of that love. Loving God and loving others—those closest to us as well as strangers—is the first measure of faith. With this love...

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Starting New Churches in Honduras

The United Methodist Church in Honduras uses El Aposento Elto, the Spanish language version of The Upper Room daily devotional to start new faith communities. They use "An Easy Plan to Use The Upper Room in Small Groups" found in the back of the magazine. As the groups grow, they build critical mass for new church starts.