1 Cor 1:3-4 (encouragement!)

08 Jun 1 Cor 1:3-4 (encouragement!)

Let’s welcome God every morning before work by giving a few minutes to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction… 1 Cor 1:3-4 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Of the many kinds of friends- the helper, the advisor, the confidant, the companion, the jester- the cheerleader is one of the most important. This is the friend who encourages us when we’re down, overwhelmed or on the verge of giving up. This is the friend who says just the right words, pats us on the back, reminds us of our goodness and abilities, and then nudges us back on to the playing field of life. According to St. Paul, all encouragement ultimately comes from God, so, in one way, we can say (respectfully, of course) that God is our greatest cheerleader. Today, let us thank God for all the cheerleaders in our lives. Also, let us ask ourselves: For whom might I become a cheerleader? Encouraging God, thank you for all the ways you remind me of your love for me and encourage me to use my gifts in the game of life.” by Sr. Melannie Svoboda

Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: Let’s encourage somebody today…we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13)!

* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth (John 14:6) to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16) and setting the unborn free!

Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, Sue Peters (Wendi Kotlinsky cancer treatment), Carol Nesbitt (cousin Rob Mischel with brain cancer), Carla Neal (Cyndy, Anita & Collin), Jason Peters (his son JP in hospital)
* NEW: Rich Reich (his Dad’s has blocked brain artery)

Faith Quote: “Today, those who can live the Gospel consistently are swimming against the tide. This is the heroism of daily life, of living holiness at every instant and in every situation.” John Paul II

Through Christ our Lord,
Phil 4:13

* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully invite others to join our LIFE Group…Rich or Pat will gladly add them to the devotions distribution list (Mark 16:15)!

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