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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.

18th February 2020
Gregory of Nyssa was born in 335 to a devout aristocratic Christian family in Cappadocia, which had suffered persecution for their faith. Gregory's grandfather was martyred and his parents had their...
17th February 2020
Augustine was born in north Africa to a pagan Roman father and a Christian Berber mother. He spent his youth as a true pagan and in his Confessions, describes his time in a heretical sect in Rome and...
14th February 2020
Ambrose was the Roman governor of Liguria and Emilia before he was made Bishop of Milan by popular acclamation in 374. Trained as a rhetorician, Ambrose was a persuasive preacher who refuted most...
13th February 2020
Paul was living in a narrow prison as though it was heaven itself and he bore the wounds and the lashes more readily than others reach for rewards. Indeed he regarded his sufferings as prizes and...
12th February 2020
It was Saint Paul more than anyone else who showed what man is and how great is the nobility of our nature, as well as what capacity for virtue this human creature has. Every day he advanced in...
11th February 2020
John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople from 397-407, was one of the early Church's greatest preachers, whose homilies were written down by stenographers and widely circulated. Many hundreds...
10th February 2020
Dorotheus, a sixth century abbot in Gaza, was widely known for his practical spiritual advice on how Christians are to live in community. His sole aim was to edify his listeners, teaching them not in...
7th February 2020
Dorotheus, a sixth century abbot in Gaza, was widely known for his practical spiritual advice on how Christians are to live in community. His sole aim was to edify his listeners, teaching them not...
6th February 2020
Diadochos was bishop of Photiki, a small town in what is now part of modern day Greece. Concerned for the orthodoxy of his flock, he emerged as a clear leader in the mid-fifth century battle against...
5th February 2020
Macarius was born in Lower Egypt at the very end of the third century. As a young man, widowed soon after his marriage, Macarius distributed all his money among the poor and needy. He eventually...
4th February 2020
Augustine was born in north Africa to a pagan Roman father and a Christian Berber mother. He spent his youth as a true pagan and in his Confessions, describes his time in a heretical sect in Rome...
3rd February 2020
Augustine was born in north Africa to a pagan Roman father and a Christian Berber mother. He spent his youth as a true pagan and in his Confessions, describes his time in a heretical sect in Rome...
31st January 2020
John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople from 397-407, was one of the early Church's greatest preachers, whose homilies were written down by stenographers and widely circulated. Many hundreds...
30th January 2020
John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople from 397-407, was one of the early Church's greatest preachers, whose homilies were written down by stenographers and widely circulated. Many hundreds...
29th January 2020
Gregory the Great was born around 540 to a noble Christian family in Rome. He used his skills as a talented administrator within church for the welfare of the Roman people, providing charitable...
28th January 2020
Irenaeus, born around 130 to a Christian family, was a disciple of Bishop Polycarp in Smyrna, who had himself been a disciple of the Apostle John. After a persecution decimated the church in Gaul,...
27th January 2020
Hilary was born in Gaul at the beginning of the 4th century to wealthy pagan parents, who gave him an excellent education with a high level of Greek. Later, upon reading the Old and New Testament...
24th January 2020
Irenaeus, born around 130 to a Christian family, was a disciple of Bishop Polycarp in Smyrna, who had himself been a disciple of the Apostle John. After a persecution decimated the church in Gaul,...

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