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Devotion

We are grateful this month of July for Lift Up Your Hearts Devotional contributions from Caroline Seed.

Caroline and Richard Seed have been mission partners with the Church Mission Society (Britain) for the past two decades and have taught in colleges and universities in West, East and southern Africa. They are now based at George Whitefield College in Cape Town from where they run Theological Education Development Services (TEDS), a mission service that provides training in teaching and learning for theological colleges in Africa. They are also working with the Gafcon Theological Education Network (TEN), to provide lecturer training in Spanish and Portuguese for theological colleges in Chile and Brazil. 

Over the past four years, Caroline has been assisting a team of authors from East Africa to write a commentary on 1 John for use by pastors and theological students who live in non-Christian majority contexts. Although these devotions are not rooted in that specific context, the illustrations have all been drawn from experiences of theological education in Africa and are in that way, contextual. You will find yourself eager each day to read the next story setting the stage for the devotional. 

Caroline’s team has written the commentary with the assumption that 1 John is written for oral delivery as a sermon-letter. She refers to the key idea “Do not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his brother” (1 John 3:12), which enables oral hearers to remember the message by pegging it onto an already well-known Old Testament story. This structuring device will be explained in Devotion 12 that reflects on 1 John 3:12.

Although each devotion has a key verse, readers and listeners are encouraged to read the set passage as this will make it easier to follow the thoughts.   

Para leer las devocionales en Espanol, haga clic aquí.
Para ler os devocionais em Português, clique aqui.

11th August 2020
What is one of the greatest distinguishing marks of any Christian? It is a helpful question to ask in a multi-religious, relativistic age. It is also helpful to know especially in an increasingly...
10th August 2020
God’s elect, exiles in this world, are to be holy. They are to conduct themselves with fear. These sound fittingly pious and almost ‘churchy’ today, but what are we to do with them in real life? What...
7th August 2020
That for which we hope and long for in the future, shapes and controls how we think and act today. This seems to be the basic thrust of our next section in 1 Peter 1:13-21. Christians are no unique...
6th August 2020
A friend of mine loves cars. He especially loves seeing old classics lovingly restored and so he supports two local mechanics who are experts in doing just this. They sometimes have to strip the...
5th August 2020
On the recommendation of a good friend, I turned to Robert Leighton’s (1611-1684) massive commentary on First Peter. I’m still working through his opening sentence! Let me give it to you, quote: ’The...
4th August 2020
As Peter begins his letter, he introduces the way in which this true grace of God changes everything for the Christian. Their status. They are no longer citizens of this world. They have now become...
3rd August 2020
Writing from Ireland, it seems that the majority of Irish people should be able to feel an immediate affinity with the original recipients of Peter’s first letter. A quick google search will reveal...
31st July 2020
Our Lord has described the purpose of the Spirit’s presence in us. Let us listen to his words: I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. It is to your advantage that I go...
30th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Luke´s Gospel 4:16-29. This is the famous ‘Nazareth Manifesto’ or Jesus’ Inaugural Sermon delivered in the Synagogue at Nazareth. It is called his manifesto because, drawing...
29th July 2020
The reading is from Saint John´s Gospel 11:1-45. They are an ordinary family living in a village just outside Jerusalem. Lazarus (or Eliezer ‘God is my help’) is only mentioned here and nothing much...
28th July 2020
The titles given to the Holy Spirit must surely stir the soul of anyone who hears them, and make him realize that they speak of nothing less than the supreme Being. Is he not called the Spirit of God...
27th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 13:44-52. These parables are the last in a clutch of parables about the Kingdom of God which include the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Wheat...
24th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 4:18-22. There are a number of Jameses (or Jacobs) in the New Testament: there is James the Lord’s ‘brother’ who does not feature in the Gospels except that...
23rd July 2020
The reading is from the Book of Esther 4:13-17. The Bible is full of women who were instruments of God for their times: think of the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel or of Miriam, Moses sister,...
22nd July 2020
The reading is from Saint John´s Gospel 20: 11-18. There is so much speculation upon speculation on the figure of Mary Magdalene, especially since Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci Code, that the reality...
21st July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 25:31-46. The reading for today follows the parables about the delay in the coming of the King and the Kingdom and also the suddenness of its coming. The...
20th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 25:1-13. This parable of the Kingdom, like those which precede and follow it, is about the suddenness of the arrival of the Kingdom in all its fullness. In...
17th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Paul´s letter to the Romans 16:1-2. There is a debate as to whom chapter 16 of Romans is addressed. If Saint Paul meant it to circulate among the churches known to him, as...

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