Guarding and proclaiming the unchanging truth in a changing world


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.

28th July 2021
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1 John 5:11.
27th July 2021
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 1 John 5:1.
26th July 2021
By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgement because as he is, so also are we in this world. 1 John 4:17.
23rd July 2021
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us because he has given us of his Spirit. 1 John 4:13.
22nd July 2021
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10.
21st July 2021
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4: 1.
20th July 2021
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him (1 John 3:21-22).
19th July 2021
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16.
16th July 2021
We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brothers were righteous. 1 John 3: 12.
15th July 2021
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him and he cannot keep on sinning for he has been born of God (1 John 3: 9).
14th July 2021
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and the Father. 1 John 2:24.
13th July 2021
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2: 18.
12th July 2021
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15.
9th July 2021
I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:14.
8th July 2021
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John 2:3.
7th July 2021
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.1 John 2:1.
6th July 2021
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1: 8.
5th July 2021
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1: 5.


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