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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

23rd October 2020
I’ve always been grateful for the principle in JI Packer’s writings that humility is a big part of reading God’s Word. Even the doctrine of ‘inerrancy’ involves taking the view that the text is ‘...
22nd October 2020
When I preached on Deuteronomy 20 on one occasion, a couple – admittedly nominal in their faith – left the church. In a world that rightly despises aggressive invasion of foreign countries this...
21st October 2020
Martin Luther struck a great balance when he spoke of God’s will for government and also of God’s control of government. He said that human government “is not of men; otherwise it would not be safe...
20th October 2020
My wife came from a very faithful Christian home and I came from a very nominal one. Once on a Sunday, (since we had started going out), I asked her – in earshot of her father – if she would like to...
19th October 2020
I once read of a scene at an airport where everything was in chaos. Some flights had been cancelled, others were delayed and customers were in uproar. In the middle of all this one stewardess was...
16th October 2020
In the church where I served for many years, we had a very loveable caretaker who was a ‘recovered’ alcoholic. He lived in a tiny flat and I remember organising a holiday for him on the central coast...
15th October 2020
The Sydney evangelist John Chapman (1930-2012) had a wonderful way of making profound truths simple and memorable. He told of being offered a cup of white tea with two sugars when he preferred black...
14th October 2020
When a family goes on holidays and children are piled into the back seat you know that those children don’t really contribute to the security of the journey. They are not deciding where to go, or...
13th October 2020
One of the questions that pastors are often asked is something like ‘why would I want to be good, if the sins of my life were all forgiven? Wouldn’t the natural thing be to sin some more? Aren’t you...
12th October 2020
Some years ago, I was given a book of daily readings by CS Lewis and was quite shocked to find that the subject of ‘pride’ came up day after day. I would have thought a day or two on the subject...
9th October 2020
In one of his final books John Stott wrote of the need to learn dependence. It sounds strange in a world that prizes independence and hammers away the need to “believe in yourself”. But Stott was...
8th October 2020
Have you noticed that the two great lies in Genesis 3 – you can do what you like and nothing will come of it – continue to thunder down the world? The non-Christian world wants to be able to do...
7th October 2020
When are we in most danger? Is it when everything goes wrong and we are in danger of doubting God’s commitment to us? Or is it when everything goes well and we are in danger of ignoring God’s Word to...
6th October 2020
It is a wonderful thing to have a friend who will care about you, keep up with you, provide for you and even protect you. “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” says the Proverb (18:24...
5th October 2020
People who work in radio (especially talk-back radio) claim that it’s more personal than television because it requires careful listening not just careless watching. Married men like me know how...
2nd October 2020
You may notice that many of the psalms begin with trouble and end with praise. Would that our own troubles ended so quickly and turned to praise. If we are reading such a psalm with God’s people, we...
1st October 2020
I don’t know if you’ve tried to get onside with someone – into their good books – but I guess I’ve tried everything from avoiding tricky subjects to (feebly) agreeing with all someone says and even...
30th September 2020
The biblical world is an hierarchical place. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void.” Where did the heavenly world go ? The Book of Genesis...

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