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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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No Need to Fear - January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017

This joyful pronouncement promises a time to come when all will rejoice before God, when oppression and war will end, when the anguish of darkness shall cease. God has promised us...

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No Need to Fear - January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017

What drives us to split into groups, to drive others away because of differences real or imagined? Why do we wall ourselves off to other points of view except that of...

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No Need to Fear - January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

Light has come into the darkness. Hope has come into hopelessness. Healing has come to sickness—all through Jesus Christ. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew, James and John in this moment, but...

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No Need to Fear - January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017

Paul understands his primary call to be that of proclamation. Paul’s conversion came in a flash of light, with Jesus himself speaking to Paul. The story involved visions, blindness, and healing....

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No Need to Fear - January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017

They leave everything. That’s what strikes me. Peter and Andrew, James and John leave behind everything they’ve ever known—the boats and nets they employ to make a living, their families. They...

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No Need to Fear - January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

The states of confidence and doubt are jarringly juxtaposed in this psalm. How can the psalmist go from praise to impassioned pleas for a glimpse of God’s help? How often do...

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No Need to Fear - January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

God is like light, like a stronghold. Light, by its very nature, drives away the darkness and shows what has been hidden; it can do no less. A stronghold could be...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017

Imagine yourself to be Andrew. Already a follower of John the Baptist, you pay close attention when your spiritual master, John, proclaims Jesus to be the Lamb of God. You and...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

John the Baptist’s ascetic practices of self-discipline and prayer distinguish him as one who sought union with God. His intimacy with God leads to his discernment of being chosen for a...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

God often chooses “unworthy” people to fulfill holy tasks. Moses killed an Egyptian. A younger son in a minor Hebrew clan, Gideon lacked any social status. One of only four women...

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You are invited . . .

Join us on March 1 in observing the World Day of Prayer. Wherever your desire for prayer begins, we invite you to join with persons around the world for an intentional Day of Prayer on Friday, March 1, 2019.