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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

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

Today’s passage comes from Isaiah’s third servant song. In the servant songs, Israel or the prophet testifies to the calling God has given—the calling to live out and bear witness to...

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March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

The psalmist calls us to thanksgiving for God’s enduring love and faithfulness. Over and over again the psalmist affirms the love of God, God’s hesed, which never lets us go. Praise...

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March 13, 2016

March 13, 2016

The psalmist records a pilgrimage song in Psalm 126: a pilgrimage from desert and wilderness wandering to being a people restored by God’s grace who relish life-giving water. The journey from...

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March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016

Throughout many years of teaching young musicians and working with church choirs, I have always reinforced a theme: Recovery is everything! There is no perfect performance; there is no perfect race....

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March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016

When we walk through the darkest days of our lives and we feel there is no hope, we know in our hearts that God has not forsaken us and that Christ...

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March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016

The first time the nearsighted young woman put on glasses, her response was, “Look, those trees over there have leaves too!” Her world greatly changed when everything came into focus. So...

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March 9, 2016

March 9, 2016

Mary and Martha certainly have experienced sorrow and pain in the death of their brother, Lazarus. After his resurrection we find the family hosting a dinner, and Jesus is present. The...

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March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

The psalmist asks God to change his circumstances, but he doesn’t give God a deadline. Our instant-gratification culture tricks us into believing that everything changes at the same speed as our...

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March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

Any early riser will agree that the darkest hour of the night is just before the sun peeks over the eastern horizon. The reality of that darkness and the pain and...

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March 6, 2016

March 6, 2016

Some people refer to this parable as the parable of the lost son, in keeping with the two preceding parables about the lost sheep and the lost coin. The younger son...

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