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Devotion

We are grateful that for the month of October, Lift Up Your Hearts devotional contributions will be from Dr. Bill Salier in Australia.

Bill is a consultant with the Gafcon Theological Education Network and his desire is to see excellent theological education around the world supporting the mission of the church in making disciples of Christ. Bill holds a PhD in New Testament studies from Cambridge University, has taught at Moore College, Sydney and was recently the Principal of Youthworks College, a college specialising in training workers for children’s and youth ministry. Bill is married to Sue and has three adult daughters. With age, his love for running has slowed to walking.

In these devotions we will be looking at John 1-4 as John takes his time to introduce Jesus to us. At times we will take a deep dive into specific verses, at other times longer passages. John’s desire is that we might trust Jesus to enjoy eternal life (John 20:30-31) and the hope is these devotions will help us along that path, whether we have just started out or been walking with Jesus for some time.

In writing these devotions, Bill would like to acknowledge the helpful insights of commentators on the Fourth Gospel including Andreas Köstenberger, Edward Klink, and Leslie Newbigin. 

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24th June 2020
When I was a young boy my father (who was a pastor) took us most summers Bible smuggling behind the Iron Curtain. When we visited these persecuted churches I was struck by how vibrant their faith...
23rd June 2020
How do many of us feel today? Afraid of death? Depressed, even despairing? If we are Christians maybe we have doubts? What is God doing when the world is stricken by a terrible disease? Why doesn't...
22nd June 2020
The order of the Psalms is not random. Someone with a clever eye has carefully arranged them. We must go through the suffering of Psalm 22 to get to the peace and rest of Psalm 23. Not our suffering...
19th June 2020
We are treading here on very holy ground and we must tread reverently. The Lord Jesus Is like us as he is fearful as to his human nature “Take this cup away from me but let not my will but your will...
18th June 2020
We must never treat suffering as an abstract philosophical issue. Jesus’ disciples did this in John 9; when seeing a man born blind, begging, they wonder “who sinned this man or his parents?” Jesus...
17th June 2020
Where do we go for help with fear, suffering and death? The Lord obviously, and what is he like? This is important as the better we know someone, the more we are likely to trust them, assuming, that...
16th June 2020
The writings of that godly man the first Bishop of Liverpool JC Ryle have been a great source of help to me in suffering. Here I share his reflections on Lazarus in italics and my thoughts below. 1...
15th June 2020
What's our biggest problem as Christians? I suggest it is this: that we don't know God enough, we don't trust him enough, we don't love him enough and that we don't pray to him enough. But this is...
12th June 2020
I’m writing this devotional looking down from on high into the historic streets of London which are now eerily deserted. Unfortunately this is not my home, but a famous London cancer hospital, the...
11th June 2020
Psalm 34 was written when David was desperate. It helped me when I was desperate. The key thing in starting to know God is a sense of our need for God. This need is itself planted by God in our...
10th June 2020
Last October I was stunned by the news that two great friends of mine, Chris and Susanna Naylor had been killed in a terrible car accident, taking them immediately to God, but leaving behind three...
9th June 2020
To what may we compare illness fear and suffering? To a rollercoaster: not an image we find in the Bible of course! Like a rollercoaster you are strapped in and can’t get out. At times nothing much...
8th June 2020
In this life we often don’t know why illness happens, but this we do know: that God is sovereign over all things and is working all things together for his purposes. Namaan, the commander of the...
5th June 2020
Ecclesiastes (7:13) is "Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?" Thomas Boston (1676-1732) wrote a wonderful book on this "The Crook in the Lot" which I found...
Job
4th June 2020
The book of Job shows how not to help others who are suffering. Job's comforters get so many things wrong. They try and take control. But if the storm is raging only God can calm the storm. Our job...
3rd June 2020
Since having cancer I’ve never felt angry with God but I’ve often wondered “why me?”. I think we all sometimes feel this in suffering and fear. The story of Joseph in the Old Testament I have found...
2nd June 2020
The Bible tells us that death and his two sidekicks fear and suffering are intruders. We live in a beautiful house and one night we hear the noise of breaking glass and we realise that someone has...
Jeremy Marshall
1st June 2020
Perhaps the hardest part of the Christian life is dealing with that unholy and unwanted trio of visitors; fear, suffering and death. Death, the Bible tells us, is the last enemy and one we must all...

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