Acts 5:29 (eyes on Jesus)

23 Apr Acts 5:29 (eyes on Jesus)

Let’s welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (, 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

We must obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29

Living Faith snippets: “Our conflicts will most likely occur in the quiet of a troubled heart, trying to sort out God’s voice from the heavy static that surrounds us. It is never easy to do this. There are so many opportunities to become diverted.” by Paul Pennick

Rich’s comments: How do we sort out the things in our lives that obey God from those that contradict Him? I believe that we need to strive to live an authentic Christian life (follow Christ). By doing so, we will be more receptive to God’s voice in our hearts speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. Our actions naturally follow our thoughts. If we are always thinking about Christ, we will follow Christ. Every successful athlete knows that you need to stay focused on the goal. “Keep your eyes on the prize” as the saying goes. To be authentic Christians, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus.

Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: Let’s strive to live an authentic Christian life by focusing our attention on Christ.

* 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 below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, Mike Castle (Nelda Alford cancer treatment), Bobby Aborn (wife Christi with medical issues), Sue Peters (friend getting CT scan, Godchild Sarah Fideler expecting a precious baby on Thanksgiving day)

Faith Quote: “Clearly it is much better to obey God than man. If we disobey man, we may
suffer briefly, be imprisoned, or be killed. If we disobey God, a prison can be put in us; we may be damned and suffer eternally. The Holy Spirit will show us where in our society man’s law contradicts God’s. The Spirit will show us how to oppose that most heinous law, the law legalizing abortion. The Spirit will teach us how to disobey man’s laws that contradict God’s.” – One Bread, One Body

Through Christ our Lord,
Romans 12:12

* 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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