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Devotion

Most people like a good love story. This month (November), for the Lift Up Your Hearts devotions, Bishop Samuel (Sammy) Morrison from the Diocese of Valparaiso in Chile, brings us a series on The Book of Ruth--a great love story. To extract all the riches of the great love story found here, we will first read a few passages from Joshua and Judges which will provide us a foundation to understand Ruth. Finally, we will read texts from Isaiah and the New Testament to apply this great love story to us thanks to Jesus Christ, the Great Redeemer.

All these devotions were shared first in Spanish by members of Iglesia Anglicana San Pedro de Viña del Mar, where Sammy is now the senior minister. Sammy has been a pastor for more than thirty years, serving different Anglican congregations in Chile. Among them, he had the joy of being the pastor of Iglesia St. James in Punta Arenas, the southernmost Anglican Church in the world.

One of the few Anglicans in Chile who can claim grandparents and great grandparents who were believing Anglicans, he abandoned the faith at the age of twelve, declaring himself an agnostic. While in university and studying dentistry, he came back to Christ and has been a committed Christian since then. After three years of dental practice, he read theology in the States (Trinity School for Ministry) and was ordained in 1990.

Sammy has written study guides for small groups and daily reading devotions for Spanish-speaking Anglicans. Lately, he has begun translating good quality books written by Reformed Anglicans, so Chilean Anglicans can grow in their Christian identity, enriching themselves with an Anglican perspective. *If you or someone you know is a Spanish speaker you can watch and listen to Sammy shares these devotions here.

Married to Viviana Torres, they have four adult children, a granddaughter and are preparing themselves to receive a grandson early next year.

Para leer las devocionales en Espanol, haga clic aquí.
Para ler os devocionais em Português, clique aqui.

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).
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.

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