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Devotion

For the month of May, we are excited to welcome contributor Lorna Ashworth to Lift Up Your Hearts devotionals, which started on Monday, May 3rd.


Lorna Ashworth is a Canadian who has lived in England for nearly 26 years after marrying an Englishman she met in Jamaica while on missions. She is a mother of 3 teenage children and is a former member of the General Synod of the Church of England and the Archbishop's Council. Lorna studied theology alongside her husband at Oak Hill Theological College where she completed a degree and MA in theology and loves to see scripture clearly communicated and understood.

The focus of her series this month is on forgiveness. How do you forgive? Why do we forgive? How can I forgive someone if they won’t even accept that they have done anything wrong? These are the types of questions that Lorna addresses through scripture this month. We are thankful for her contributions and hope that they will be edifying to you in your daily walk with the Lord through His word. 

Archbishop Ben Kwashi
Gafcon General Secretary

6th May 2021
As Christians we do not believe in universalism. In other words, we do not believe in the universal application of the forgiveness of sin, through the blood of Jesus Christ, to every single human...
5th May 2021
Because the gift of forgiveness from God to a rebellious people was always part of his plan, he is the one who takes the initiative and makes it possible for us to have a relationship with him. As...
4th May 2021
Do we have a flawed understanding of forgiveness? Imagine the scenario where little ‘Jenny’ hits little ‘Mary’ when playing together. Upset, Mary tells their mother what has happened.
3rd May 2021
A few years ago, I was approached by someone who had been deeply hurt by the actions of their father. The very person they rightly assumed to be their advocate and defender had abdicated that...
28th April 2021
What makes heaven, heaven? What makes the new creation really new? Is it that there is no pain? Or that it is a place where we will be reunited with those we love who have died in the faith, such...
27th April 2021
If asked to describe their idea of heaven, the word many people would use would be, ‘boring’. George Bernard Shaw, in his typically pugnacious way, captured what most people think when he said: ‘...
26th April 2021
‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the...
23rd April 2021
‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from...
22nd April 2021
‘Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins...
21st April 2021
‘And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God...
20th April 2021
‘He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.’ (Jn. 16:14). The main focus throughout the Book of Revelation inspired by the sevenfold Spirit is on...
19th April 2021
The late British Anglican theologian John Webster once wrote: ‘The gospel’s God is eloquent: He does not remain locked in silence, but speaks.’ This is one of the primary roles of the sevenfold...
16th April 2021
From what we have had the privilege of seeing so far with John as we have glimpsed the throne room which lies at the heart of the universe, we might be excused for thinking that God is rather distant...
15th April 2021
The moment the Lamb takes the scroll to enact God’s will there is spontaneous and unsolicited worship, 5:8ff: ‘…the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each...
14th April 2021
God has to deal with the fundamental cause of the rot in his world, which is sin. As the Puritan, Richard Sibbes wrote, ‘Sin defiles our souls and takes away the sweet communion with God. It puts a...
13th April 2021
‘Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are...
12th April 2021
It is the voice of one of the elders (the higher order of angels) which provides the reassuring answer to the angelic cry for one to put into effect the will of God, ‘And one of the elders said to me...
9th April 2021
Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda was known as the ‘Billy Graham of Africa’. He once said: ‘Please don’t be shocked if you hear that there is a revolution in Burundi, Uganda or Zaire. This is Africa!...

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