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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.

1st May 2020
Cranmer’s Collect appointed for the Second Sunday after Easter reminds us that loving gratitude is the key to becoming more like Jesus. To follow in his footsteps, our affections need to change from...
30th April 2020
Cranmer’s Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter encourages us to be motivated to follow in Jesus’ footsteps out of grateful love for his unconditional love at work in our lives. Sadly, though,...
29th April 2020
Cranmer’s Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter reminds us of the importance of finding the right motivation for seeking to be more like Jesus. While the Reformers would encourage us to pursue...
28th April 2020
Cranmer’s Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter reminds us of his perennial concern to link justification to sanctification. In so doing, he answers the all-important question for Christians:...
27th April 2020
Cranmer’s Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter reminds us of his perennial concern to link justification to sanctification. In so doing, he answers the all-important question for Christians:...
24th April 2020
During the sixteenth-century religious Reformation, Roman Catholics and Protestant deeply disagreed not only about the nature of salvation (see yesterday’s devotion) but also about its means. And...
23rd April 2020
Cranmer’s 1549 Collect for the First Sunday after Easter clearly opens up the mystery of Good Friday and Easter Sunday: God “hast given thy only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our...
22nd April 2020
Cranmer selected John 20:19-23 as the Gospel for the First Sunday after Easter. In this reading, we encounter the strange juxtaposition of Christ’s offer of peace paired with the highlighting of his...
21st April 2020
In Cranmer’s Gospel reading for the First Sunday after Easter, we encounter the strange juxtaposition of Christ’s offer of peace paired with the highlighting of his nail-scarred hands and pierced...
20th April 2020
Cranmer’s Gospel reading for the First Sunday after Easter continues with the next section of John 20, namely, verses 19-23, the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples in a locked room on the...
17th April 2020
The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth was intended by God to challenge our most fundamental assumptions about the world and about ourselves. Mark aptly captures the immediate painful confusion of his...
16th April 2020
Only in the light of Heaven, where the risen Lord Jesus sits at the right hand of God, do we begin truly to understand the human condition. In the immortal words of Thomas Cranmer, we see what we...
15th April 2020
The promise of Easter is that the supernatural power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in those united to him by faith to make them more like him. God seeks our best even before we do. God...
14th April 2020
Belief transforms behavior. That is the message of Thomas Cranmer’s two Scripture readings for Easter Sunday (John 20:1-10 and Col. 3:1-7). Because we are united to the resurrected Christ in faith,...
13th April 2020
For our next series of weekday devotions, we are going to be looking at Cranmer’s collects and readings for Holy Communion on Sundays in the season of Easter. This week we begin with Easter Sunday.
10th April 2020
It is not “singing above our heads” for the Rt. Reverend Andudu Adam Elnail and his people in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan to sing “Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.” It is...
9th April 2020
There is a cost to speaking out.  Sharing the Gospel can result in lack of educational or employment opportunities. It can get you beaten, arrested, and even killed. 
8th April 2020
The expression “drinking from the fire hose” may be over-used and cliché, but when it comes to learning about the global persecution of Christians, it is quite appropriate. 

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