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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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Para ler os devocionais em Português, clique aqui.

5th May 2020
Thomas Cranmer was fully aware that the deceitful “devices and desires of our own hearts” would all too often lead us into the error of approval-earning, even though it was a “ready way to...
4th May 2020
As we have seen, Cranmer would want Anglicans to concentrate on what God has saved them for. Because only by focusing on the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection will believers find the proper...
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...

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