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Devotion

Revd Canon Dr John Ashley Null, has previously contributed to Lift Up Your Hearts and returns again to walk us through Ascensiontide. The ten days of Ascensiontide begins Thursday, May 13th (the 40th day of Easter), and ends on Pentecost Sunday, May 23. Ashley is is an internationally respected scholar on the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation--we are blessed for his willingness to contribute devotions during this season. The focus during this period will be on the importance of an eternal perspective now. He will address how we need the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to be fruitful here and now, linking us to Christ as we prepare for our eventual heavenly home. Join us until the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday) in this short series. 

For the month of May, Lorna Ashworth will contribute to Lift Up Your Hearts devotionals from May 3 until May 12 and then will pick back up again after the Day of Pentecost from May 24 until May 31. Lorna Ashworth is a Canadian who has lived in England for nearly 26 years after marrying an Englishman she met in Jamaica while on missions. She is a mother of 3 teenage children and is a former member of the General Synod of the Church of England and the Archbishop's Council. Lorna studied theology alongside her husband at Oak Hill Theological College where she completed a degree and MA in theology and loves to see scripture clearly communicated and understood. The focus of her series this month is on forgiveness. How do you forgive? Why do we forgive? How can I forgive someone if they won’t even accept that they have done anything wrong? These are the types of questions that Lorna addresses through scripture this month. We are thankful for her contributions and hope that they will be edifying to you in your daily walk with the Lord through His word. 

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Archbishop Ben Kwashi
Gafcon General Secretary

*For John Ashley Null's writing and audio recording, Copyright 2021 John Ashley Null; all rights reserved; used by permission for educational purposes

2nd February 2021
How can one know God the Father? That’s the question John answers in 1 John 1:1-2. 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and...
1st February 2021
Sin comes from our hearts and leads to ruin, while righteousness comes from God and leads to restoration. This is the message of Scripture, clearly taught in the first chapter of James. In James 1:13...
29th January 2021
The author of this homily from the fourth century is unknown, but this gem of spiritual exhortation has survived despite all odds and continues to encourage, edify and strengthen the Christian's life...
28th January 2021
This anonymous second-century homily is among a handful of Christian sermons that have been preserved from the very earliest days of the Christian church. It is bold in its proclamation of salvation...
27th January 2021
This anonymous second-century homily is among a handful of Christian sermons that have been preserved from the very earliest days of the Christian church. It is bold in its proclamation of salvation...
26th January 2021
I am the Good Shepherd; and I know my sheep (that is, I love them) and my sheep know me.  It is as if he said plainly: "Those who love me obey me." For those who do not love the truth do not yet know...
25th January 2021
Charity is a right attitude of mind which prefers nothing to the knowledge of God. If a man possesses any strong attachment to the things of this earth, he cannot possess true charity. For anyone who...
22nd January 2021
The Lord himself comes, the Teacher of love, full of love, shortening the word upon the earth, as was foretold of him. He shows that the Law and the Prophets depend on the two precepts of love.  
21st January 2021
The Lord Jesus declared that he was giving his disciples a new commandment, that they should love one another.  A new commandment, he said, I give you, that you love one another.
20th January 2021
Brethren, let us follow that vocation by which we are called from life to the fountain of life. He is the fountain, not only of living water but of eternal life. He is the fountain of light and...
19th January 2021
The water I shall give him will become in him a fountain of living water, welling up into eternal life. This is a new kind of water, a living, leaping water, welling up for those who are worthy. But...
18th January 2021
The disciples spoke in the language of every nation. At Pentecost God chose this means to indicate the presence of the Holy Spirit: whoever had received the Spirit spoke in every kind of tongue. We...
15th January 2021
Those who have been considered worthy to go forth as the sons of God and to be born again of the Holy Spirit from on high, and who hold within them the Christ who renews them and fills them with...
14th January 2021
Readings: Mark 1: 4-11 As humans, we are always engaged in a series of associations and disassociations. What happens, for instance, when a person is introducing him/herself to another? Well,...
13th January 2021
Reading: 1 John 4: 11-18 Fear is one of the most powerful and dominant emotions in humans. Specialists say that babies start to experience fear at the age of six months, if not earlier. We fear...
12th January 2021
Readings: Jeremiah 30: 1-17 The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity… Jer. 30:3 (NIV-UK).
11th January 2021
Reading: Matthew 20: 1-16 The reading today contains one of Jesus’ most provocative parables. The parable is about a landowner who “...went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard...
8th January 2021
Readings: Matthew 2: 1-12 The story which Matthew narrates in today’s reading is one which we have grown up to hear every year in the Christmas season. Besides being read every Christmas, we also...

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