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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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8th July 2020
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29th June 2020
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