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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.

12th August 2021
Have you ever experienced something that seemed perfect? You’re with the perfect companion, enjoying the perfect meal, with a perfect view… until someone knocks over the food and you get bitten by...
11th August 2021
What church services have had a special place in your memory? Maybe it was your confirmation, or a wedding or funeral, or maybe a special moment when you felt like you’d been lifted up to the very...
10th August 2021
What does your house say about you? After he built God’s temple, King Solomon began work on his palace and the surrounding buildings. He knew that God was present in his temple, but that he also...
9th August 2021
If you could design the ultimate church building, then what would it be like? In 1 Kings chapter 6, King Solomon began to build the long-awaited temple of the Lord. In fact, it was so long-awaited...
6th August 2021
Even though I know it’s essentially a shelter from the rain, there’s still a special place in my heart for the building in which I heard God’s word as a youth, and was married as an adult. Our...
5th August 2021
Have you ever found the book of Proverbs to be a little unsatisfying as a Christian? After all, it lists lots of practical advice about good living, but doesn’t talk a lot about the big salvation...
4th August 2021
If you could ask God for one wish, what would that be? Many might seek health, wealth, success, or happiness.
3rd August 2021
What makes a great leader? In 1 Kings chapter 2, we hear the final words of King David, as he tells his son Solomon how to lead God’s people in the right way.
2nd August 2021
One of the most unsettling moments in a society is when power transfers from the present ruler to his or her successor. Even when there’s clarity about who will rule next, there’s still uncertainty...
30th July 2021
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21.
29th July 2021
And this is the confidence we have toward him that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14.
28th July 2021
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1 John 5:11.
27th July 2021
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 1 John 5:1.
26th July 2021
By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgement because as he is, so also are we in this world. 1 John 4:17.
23rd July 2021
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us because he has given us of his Spirit. 1 John 4:13.
22nd July 2021
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10.
21st July 2021
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4: 1.
20th July 2021
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him (1 John 3:21-22).

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