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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.

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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