20 May Acts 17:27 (Groping for God)
Posted on Wednesday 20 May, 2009
Let’s welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which has snippets from Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
…so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us.
Acts 17:27 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “In our journeys of faith, we sometimes experience “dark nights of the soul” when God seems nowhere to be found, and darkness masks any sense of light, hope or joy. But the mystery and majesty of our relationship with Christ is that he is, in fact, always near, standing close by and awaiting our groping hands to reach out to him in prayer, yearning for his touch.” by Steve Givens
Rich’s comments: Faith is like a lit candle. The flickering flame needs to be protected or the elements of the World will snuff it out. Your faith needs to be constantly nourished by the Word of God and prayer. There will be times in our life when our flame may go out, but hopefully there will be others near us whose light is shining brightly and can help relight our candle. Jesus, see me in the darkness. Show me your light.
Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: Keep your faith shining brightly so that you may be there to relight the faith of others.
* 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!
Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas below.* Prayer to end abortion
, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, Rich (Jim Russell who is battling cancer)
Faith Quote: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” by St. Thomas Aquinas
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, 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)!