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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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19th July 2021
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16.
16th July 2021
We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brothers were righteous. 1 John 3: 12.
15th July 2021
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him and he cannot keep on sinning for he has been born of God (1 John 3: 9).
14th July 2021
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and the Father. 1 John 2:24.
13th July 2021
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2: 18.
12th July 2021
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15.
9th July 2021
I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:14.
8th July 2021
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John 2:3.
7th July 2021
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.1 John 2:1.
6th July 2021
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1: 8.
5th July 2021
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1: 5.
2nd July 2021
And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. I John 1:4.
1st July 2021
The life was made manifest, and we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us. 1 John 1:2
30th June 2021
Urged to reflect upon myself, I entered under your guidance into the inmost depth of my soul. I was able to do so because you were my helper. On entering into myself I saw, as it were with the eye of...
29th June 2021
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. Whenever scripture speaks of the fear of the Lord we notice that it is never mentioned on its own, as if fear could by itself bring our...
28th June 2021
Beloved, see what a marvellous thing love is; its perfection is beyond our expression. Who can truly love, save those to whom God grants it? We ought to beg and beseech him in his mercy that our love...
25th June 2021
Let the man truly possessed by the love of Christ keep his commandments. Who can express the binding power of divine love? Who can find words for the splendor of its beauty? Beyond all description...
24th June 2021
John Piper has rightly observed that God uses the persecution and suffering of his people to spread the truth of Christ and to bless the world (cf. Luke 21:12-13). He rules over the sufferings of the...

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