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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

May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

Perhaps the Spirit’s most important lessons emphasize our freedom and our family connections. We may acknowledge our freedom on an intellectual level, but how many of us know people chained by...

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May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

In additon to the other promises that believers enjoy, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit’s presence with us. Our lives do not end, after all, the day we claim the new birth...

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May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016

Jesus promises the new creation that begins at Pentecost. We humans usually desire the fulfillment of promises sooner rather than later. Promises are all well and good, but what about today?...

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May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016

God’s new creation does not begin in some random, unfocused manner. The new creation shows God’s promise and purpose. God promises that all people will be blessed through the descendants of...

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May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016

God’s grace, freely poured out on us and all creation, births us into new creations. No longer are we slaves to fears and fads, nor do we form circles of exclusion....

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May 8, 2016

May 8, 2016

Jesus prays in the upper room where he and the disciples gather to share the Passover meal. The disciples have the privilege of overhearing this prayer. All who have read or...

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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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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