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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.

5th January 2021
Jeremiah 31: 1-14 Ephesians 1: 3-14 The hand of the Lord has been heavy on Israel. They have repeatedly broken the covenant with YHWH and now they are reaping the judgement they deserve. God, through...
4th January 2021
Readings: Col 2: 8-end. In today’s reading, we see that Paul is trying to fix a certain problem in the church in Colosse. It is a serious problem as one can infer from his choice of words. There...
1st January 2021
In today’s reading, the man, lame from birth, was going about his daily routine. He was carried to the Temple gate where he was laid every day to beg from those on their way to worship. One cannot...
31st December 2020
PREACHING AND TEACHING OF GOD’S WORD The Old Testament passage; Jonah chapter 3 and 4, is about Jonah’s preaching in Nineveh. We read in part; “Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time...
30th December 2020
ALL-POWERFUL AND MERCIFUL GOD The Old Testament passage Jonah chapter 2, is about Jonah’s prayer for God’s mercy and help, while in the belly of a fish. We read in part; “From inside the fish Jonah...
29th December 2020
GOD’S CALL TO WITNESS AND REACH OUT TO OTHERS In the Old Testament passage; Jonah chapter 1 we read in part; “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and...
28th December 2020
The feast Holy Innocents is observed by Western churches on December 28. It is the day the Church commemorates the execution of the innocent, male children in Bethlehem as told in Matthew 2:16. That...
25th December 2020
What is Christmas? Is it just; cards, plenty of shopping, expensive gifts, bright mixed colored street lights, beautifully wrapped gifts or drinking sprees? Common Christmas; Old and New Testament...
24th December 2020
PRIDE “Pride goes before a fall” is a common saying. How does one know when he or she is acting in pride? We may ask.
23rd December 2020
BEING PREPARED At the start of his sermon, a preacher, asked if there was anybody who was feeling prepared for Jesus’ Christ second coming, to raise his or her hand up! The congregation went silent...
22nd December 2020
LEADERS ON THE WRONG A book entitled “Can a Bishop be wrong?” took my attention in one of the libraries I went to spend some time to study. This is because of my church background where Bishops are...
21st December 2020
DOUBTING GOD’S LOVE How do we deal with doubts regarding God’s love and sensitive life issues including marriage and divorce?
18th December 2020
THE MEEK AND HUMBLE Our relationship with God and one another is often strained by our pride. Today’s Old Testament passage; Zephaniah 3:1-13, is about prophecy concerning future destruction of...
17th December 2020
GOD’S JUDGEMEN OVER SIN St. Paul addressing readers who were being tempted to continue sinning, asked a pertinent question ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase...
16th December 2020
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15th December 2020
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14th December 2020
DEVASTATING NEWS How would you react, to a medical checkup report that reveal that your illness is terminal?
11th December 2020
GOD IN OUR DISTRESS All including young children today pray and long for a time when we shall be free from Covid-19, healed from many other diseases and in peace.

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