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Rev. Dustin Messer - Contributor to February's Lift Up Your Hearts

Throughout February, Dustin Messer is our 'Lift Up Your Hearts' devotion contributor. Dustin is Pastor for Faith Formation at All Saints Dallas.

The devotions are also available in Spanish and Portuguese, and in audio version in English.

We hope these help to focus your thoughts and prayers on the coming of the Lord Jesus.

Para leer las Devociones en Español, haga clic en "Devocionales" y siga el enlace.

Para ler os Devocionais em Português, clique em "Devocionais" e siga o link.

Dustin took some time to discuss with Ernie Didot his devotional contributions, other writings, and ministry in Dallas. You can either watch the interview here or listen to it on a podcast here. In the interview the following articles written by Dustin were referenced:

Love in the Wasteland: T. S. Eliot’s Hopeless Affair

As Sparrows Fall, Stars Fall: Grieving Celebrity Deaths

The Whole Bible in One Verse

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7th August 2020
That for which we hope and long for in the future, shapes and controls how we think and act today. This seems to be the basic thrust of our next section in 1 Peter 1:13-21. Christians are no unique...
6th August 2020
A friend of mine loves cars. He especially loves seeing old classics lovingly restored and so he supports two local mechanics who are experts in doing just this. They sometimes have to strip the...
5th August 2020
On the recommendation of a good friend, I turned to Robert Leighton’s (1611-1684) massive commentary on First Peter. I’m still working through his opening sentence! Let me give it to you, quote: ’The...
4th August 2020
As Peter begins his letter, he introduces the way in which this true grace of God changes everything for the Christian. Their status. They are no longer citizens of this world. They have now become...
3rd August 2020
Writing from Ireland, it seems that the majority of Irish people should be able to feel an immediate affinity with the original recipients of Peter’s first letter. A quick google search will reveal...
31st July 2020
Our Lord has described the purpose of the Spirit’s presence in us. Let us listen to his words: I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. It is to your advantage that I go...
30th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Luke´s Gospel 4:16-29. This is the famous ‘Nazareth Manifesto’ or Jesus’ Inaugural Sermon delivered in the Synagogue at Nazareth. It is called his manifesto because, drawing...
29th July 2020
The reading is from Saint John´s Gospel 11:1-45. They are an ordinary family living in a village just outside Jerusalem. Lazarus (or Eliezer ‘God is my help’) is only mentioned here and nothing much...
28th July 2020
The titles given to the Holy Spirit must surely stir the soul of anyone who hears them, and make him realize that they speak of nothing less than the supreme Being. Is he not called the Spirit of God...
27th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 13:44-52. These parables are the last in a clutch of parables about the Kingdom of God which include the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Wheat...
24th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 4:18-22. There are a number of Jameses (or Jacobs) in the New Testament: there is James the Lord’s ‘brother’ who does not feature in the Gospels except that...
23rd July 2020
The reading is from the Book of Esther 4:13-17. The Bible is full of women who were instruments of God for their times: think of the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel or of Miriam, Moses sister,...
22nd July 2020
The reading is from Saint John´s Gospel 20: 11-18. There is so much speculation upon speculation on the figure of Mary Magdalene, especially since Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci Code, that the reality...
21st July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 25:31-46. The reading for today follows the parables about the delay in the coming of the King and the Kingdom and also the suddenness of its coming. The...
20th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew´s Gospel 25:1-13. This parable of the Kingdom, like those which precede and follow it, is about the suddenness of the arrival of the Kingdom in all its fullness. In...
17th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Paul´s letter to the Romans 16:1-2. There is a debate as to whom chapter 16 of Romans is addressed. If Saint Paul meant it to circulate among the churches known to him, as...
16th July 2020
The reading is from 1 Timothy 3:1-7. This reading lists the well-known (if not always acted upon) qualifications for a bishop. The noun is in the singular whereas presbyters (5:17) and deacons (3:8)...
15th July 2020
The reading is from Saint Matthew’s Gospel 11:25-30. Chapter 11 of Saint Matthew’s Gospel is one of the richest in the New Testament: Jesus, first of all, answers the doubts of John the Baptist and...

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