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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 16, 2016

July 16, 2016

Now we come to the final component of the better part: the mystery revealed. What is the mystery? The words of the Lord have come and gone, but now the Word...

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July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

As I prepare these words for our journey in search of the better part, the images visible on screens and newspaper pages report interracial violence in the Midwestern United States and...

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July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

Now we know that the better part involves hearing the words of the Lord. Even before Amos identified that component of the better part, David relied on its reality and revealed...

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July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016

In this passage—which itself seems like the worse part, not the better—the people finally get what they want. God promises that they who have impatiently waited for worship and sabbath observance...

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July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016

Why does the first leg of our journey in search of “the better part” take us back to the earliest minor prophet of Israel? Most people today recognize Amos’s words because...

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July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016

The better part.” What is it? Mary chooses stillness while Martha chooses busyness. Mary chooses to listen to Jesus’ words while Martha chooses to tell him what she requires to provide...

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July 10, 2016

July 10, 2016

One of the great memories of my childhood is sitting on the front porch of my grandparents’ house. My grandmother’s stories of her life and encounters with her neighbors amazed me....

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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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Praise for The Upper Room

“I praise God for the ministry of The Upper Room. After publishing a daily devotional, I received a message from a 16-year old in South Africa thanking me for lifting her out of depression.” Read Tony’s devotional here.