2 Corinthians 9:6 (“give until it hurts”)

10 Aug 2 Corinthians 9:6 (“give until it hurts”)

Let’s welcome God this morning by reflecting on this short 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

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “I often hesitate before I give. Can I afford it? Especially when times are uncertain, it’s natural to ask. God’s word reminds us of reward beyond our present circumstances. When we remember we are called to give, we surely will discover the even greater reward that awaits us.” by Beth Dotson Brown

Faith Challenge: Let’s invite others to join the LIFE Group (>200 Christians).
* NEW: Stephanie Kemp shared…”Every abortion harms one mother and destroys one innocent human life. How much is the life of one baby worth? What are you going to do about it today? What are you willing to sacrifice? Ask the Holy Spirit to help put your prayers into action. Be not afraid!” To quote my brother Joe, “give until it hurts.”

LIFE Group nuggets:
* Sue Peters: “Thank you for your continued devotion to sending out the daily devotions! I love being able to come to WORK and take another “time out for Jesus”…..and believe me some days it is what keeps me going.”
* Pastor Don Bird: “Whatever difficult challenges I may face throughout my day or week, I can ALWAYS count on God to remind me of the mighty work He continues to do for each and every one of us. As James 1:2-4 says, “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” Can you see God working in your life and through your life? Can you see how your trials, tests, sufferings, pain is strengthening your resolve, your spirit, your faith? Can you catch-a-glimpse of even the smallest blessing and allow it to bring a smile to your face? I hope you can – and I hope that you are able to experience the pure joy that Christ offers.”

* 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, refugees, addictions, persecuted believers, Maureen Rogers (redoing knee replacement on 11 Aug), Rich Reich (friend Carolyn battling cancer), Anonymous (family with unexpected pregnancy)
* NEW: Peters family (JP in hospital)

Feast Day: St. Lawrence (martyr)

Faith Quotes:
* “Where there’s His will, there’s a way.” ~ unknown
* “Never pray for an easier life — pray to be a stronger person! Never pray for tasks equal to your power — pray for power equal to your tasks.” Phillips Brooks

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.

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