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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.

26th December 2019
Fulgentius was the Bishop of Ruspe in north Africa at the beginning of the sixth century and was renowned for his powerful preaching, refuting the heretical teachings of Arians and Pelagians. He was...
25th December 2019
Leo the Great, a native of Tuscany, was elected bishop of Rome in 440 and is perhaps best known for meeting Attila the Hun in 452 and persuading him to turn back from his invasion of Italy. His...
24th December 2019
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...
23rd December 2019
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...
20th December 2019
Cyprian was a wealthy north African pagan, who was converted to Christ at the age of 35. He then gave his wealth away to the poor and in time became the Bishop of Carthage. He was publicly beheaded...
19th December 2019
Bishop John Chrysostom delivered this homily to his church in Constantinople just before being sent into a distant exile by the empress Eudoxia for refusing to accept her Arian bishops. Along the way...
18th December 2019
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...
17th December 2019
Cyprian was a wealthy north African pagan, who was converted to Christ at the age of 35. He then gave his wealth away to the poor and in time became the Bishop of Carthage. He was publicly beheaded...
16th December 2019
Cyril of Jerusalem became the bishop of Jerusalem in 350 and is known for his systematic catchesis which he used to instruct new converts to Christianity in the essentials of the faith as part of...
13th December 2019
Augustine was born in north Africa to a pagan Roman father and a Christian Berber mother. He spent his youth in Carthage as a true pagan and then journeyed to Rome to pursue his education. In his...
12th December 2019
Augustine was born in north Africa to a pagan Roman father and a Christian Berber mother. He spent his youth in Carthage as a true pagan and then journeyed to Rome to pursue his education. In his...
11th December 2019
Augustine was born in north Africa to a pagan Roman father and a Christian Berber mother. He spent his youth in Carthage as a true pagan and then journeyed to Rome to pursue his education. In his...
10th December 2019
Efrem the Syrian was a Christian deacon and prolific hymn writer and theologian of the fourth century, living in what is now south-eastern Turkey. To combat the false teaching of the heretical sects...
9th December 2019
Trained as a classical scholar, Jerome first translated the Greek texts of the New Testament into Latin, so that non-Greek speaking people might also have access to Scriptures. To better understand...
6th December 2019
Efrem the Syrian was a Christian deacon and prolific hymn writer and theologian of the fourth century, living in what is now south-eastern Turkey. To combat the false teaching of the heretical sects...
5th December 2019
In the second century an unknown Christian wrote a letter to his pagan friend Diognetus to explain to him why Christians are different and how God has both delivered them from sin and brought them to...
4th December 2019
Cyprian was a wealthy north African pagan, who was converted to Christ at the age of 35. He then gave his wealth away to the poor and in time became the Bishop of Carthage. He was publicly beheaded...
3rd December 2019
In the second century an unknown Christian wrote a letter to his pagan friend Diognetus to explain to him why Christians are different and how God has both delivered them from sin and brought them to...

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