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Gafcon is a prophetic movement, putting the Bible back at the heart of the Anglican Communion, but above all it is a spiritual movement and I am delighted to introduce a weekday devotional 'Lift Up Your Hearts'. These devotionals will greatly enrich our common life and I urge you to share them widely!

From Wednesday July 1 Bishop Michael Nazir Ali will be writing the devotions, which will follow along with the scripture readings from the Church of England and those who are remembered on those days throughout the month of July. We are privileged because Bishop Michael brings a refreshing insight into languages and cultural backgrounds from the East, and a deep insight into scriptures. You can watch a live interview with him here.

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

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

Archbishop Ben Kwashi
Gafcon General Secretary

3rd July 2020
Today, the 3rd of July, we are commemorating St Thomas, the Apostle. Thomas gets a bad press: he is widely known as ‘doubting Thomas’ and in the Fourth Gospel he is portrayed as someone who makes...
2nd July 2020
Today, the 2nd of July, we are commemorating the visitation of the blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. There is a breathless quality about the Gospel for this day (Lk. 1:39-45). The passage is full of...
1st July 2020
Today the 1st of July, we commemorate Henry, John and Henry Venn, pastors and Missionary Statesmen. The reading for today is from Saint Mathew´s gospel, Chapter 8, verses 5-13. The story of the...
30th June 2020
Augustine was born in north Africa to a pagan Roman father and a Christian Berber mother. He spent his youth as a true pagan and in his Confessions, describes his time in a heretical sect in Rome and...
29th June 2020
Cyril became Bishop of Jerusalem in 350 and is known for his systematic catchesis which he used to instruct new converts to Christianity in the essentials of the faith as part of their preparation...
26th June 2020
We opened this series with three intruders: fear, suffering and death breaking into our "house". One of them of course, death, is inescapable and is going to "get" us sooner or later. Death is the...
25th June 2020
Finally, to the "medicine chest" then - what does the Bible have to say about suffering? If there is a God who is loving, why does he allow such suffering? 1. Suffering wasn’t part of God's original...
24th June 2020
When I was a young boy my father (who was a pastor) took us most summers Bible smuggling behind the Iron Curtain. When we visited these persecuted churches I was struck by how vibrant their faith...
23rd June 2020
How do many of us feel today? Afraid of death? Depressed, even despairing? If we are Christians maybe we have doubts? What is God doing when the world is stricken by a terrible disease? Why doesn't...
22nd June 2020
The order of the Psalms is not random. Someone with a clever eye has carefully arranged them. We must go through the suffering of Psalm 22 to get to the peace and rest of Psalm 23. Not our suffering...
19th June 2020
We are treading here on very holy ground and we must tread reverently. The Lord Jesus Is like us as he is fearful as to his human nature “Take this cup away from me but let not my will but your will...
18th June 2020
We must never treat suffering as an abstract philosophical issue. Jesus’ disciples did this in John 9; when seeing a man born blind, begging, they wonder “who sinned this man or his parents?” Jesus...
17th June 2020
Where do we go for help with fear, suffering and death? The Lord obviously, and what is he like? This is important as the better we know someone, the more we are likely to trust them, assuming, that...
16th June 2020
The writings of that godly man the first Bishop of Liverpool JC Ryle have been a great source of help to me in suffering. Here I share his reflections on Lazarus in italics and my thoughts below. 1...
15th June 2020
What's our biggest problem as Christians? I suggest it is this: that we don't know God enough, we don't trust him enough, we don't love him enough and that we don't pray to him enough. But this is...
12th June 2020
I’m writing this devotional looking down from on high into the historic streets of London which are now eerily deserted. Unfortunately this is not my home, but a famous London cancer hospital, the...
11th June 2020
Psalm 34 was written when David was desperate. It helped me when I was desperate. The key thing in starting to know God is a sense of our need for God. This need is itself planted by God in our...
10th June 2020
Last October I was stunned by the news that two great friends of mine, Chris and Susanna Naylor had been killed in a terrible car accident, taking them immediately to God, but leaving behind three...

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