17 Nov 2 Maccabees 6:31 (be like Christ)
Posted on Tuesday 17 November, 2009
Let’s welcome God today 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
This is how he died, leaving in his death a model of courage and an unforgettable example of virtue not only for the young but for the whole nation.
2 Maccabees 6:31 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “Volunteers work with children, hoping to assist them in finding a better life than those who came before them. Others visit the elderly, repair homes, stock food pantries and comfort the abused. These people of conviction share their faith through a powerful example of selfless service, evangelizing their entire community in the process. Dear Lord, please give us the courage to provide example in our daily actions.” by Beth Dotson Brown
Rich’s comments: In the Air Force we are told that if you are not a good follower, you will not be a good leader. We need to be good followers of Christ before we can begin to lead others to Christ. By practicing our faith (doers of the Word, James 1:22), we will be witnesses of Christ. When sharing our faith with others, people are not as interested in what we say, but in how our faith works in our life. We can demonstrate our faith to others by staying positive and having a good attitude even in the middle of a crisis in our own life; by treating others with respect and dignity; by helping others; by not compromising our beliefs; and by forgiving others. Most importantly, we should know Christ by reading His Word and praying, because it is impossible to emulate someone who you do not know. Lord, help me to know You so that others may also know You through me. Amen.
Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6
) to join our LIFE Group (~250 of God’s children).
* NEW: Lead others to Christ by first being a good follower of Christ.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews
, American Family Association
, Priests for Life
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images
)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife
Truth to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16
) and setting the unborn (and parents) free!
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, Peters family (JP
), Joe Hourigan
(brother Mike), Doug Young (special intention), Pat Castle (health care reform bill), Joe Levisky
(daughter’s pregnancy), Aaron Ferrie
* NEW: Carol Nesbitt (Ron Hayes in ICU with H1N1 and pneumonia; Dody Gustaf with untreatable cancer)
Faith Quote: “Each person, in some way, is called to work for the common good, constantly looking out for the good of others as if it were his own.” – Pope John Paul II
Through Christ our Lord,
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, pornography, bitterness, criticalness
, 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 a 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 (Matt 28:19