Author: LIFE Runners

03 May John 14:6 (from doubt to Faith!)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Jesus said to Thomas, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.'" John 14:6 (full readings) Rob's Reflections: I sympathize with Thomas. His name "Didymus" means "Twin" and he appears to be of two minds...

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02 May John 3:8 (Go with the Flow)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of...

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29 Apr Acts 4:12 (Are You Saved?) by Mark Nelson

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved." Acts 4:12 (full readings) Mark's Reflections: Perhaps you've been asked...

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27 Apr Luke 24:15-16 (Sacrament of this Moment) by Jamie Gauer

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him." Luke 24:15-16 (full readings) Jamie's Reflections: We all know that the Emmaus...

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25 Apr Matthew 28:10 (Do not be afraid)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid.'" Matthew 28:10 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: In Matthew's Gospel today, the first command Jesus gives to the people who saw Him after His resurrection is: "Do not be...

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22 Apr Isaiah 53:5-6 (It is Good)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). > "But He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following...

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21 Apr John 13:8-9 (totally “awash” in Christ!) by Dr. Kevin Vost

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but...

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20 Apr Matthew 26:17 (Finish Strong!)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”" Matthew 26:17 (full readings) . Pat's Reflections: We can...

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18 Apr Psalm 27:14 (Actively Waiting)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!" Psalm 27:14 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections: One thing that I am learning about the 40 days of Lent is patience. Patience is not something that...

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15 Apr Jeremiah 20:10 (Missteps)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). > "All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine." Jeremiah 20:10 (full readings) >0 Steve's Reflections:  The first words from today's Gospel are ominous, "The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus."  This Sunday...

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14 Apr John 8:58 (Will you let Him?) by Allison Johnson

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!" John 8:58 (full readings) Allison's Reflections: My 8 year old daughter Kayla said, “Mom, you’re still the same Mom I’ve always had, you’re just different." ...

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11 Apr John 8:11 (Put Down the Stone)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Then Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.'" John 8:11 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: I often find myself quick to condemn others when I feel that they...

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08 Apr Psalm 34:19 (Brokenhearted)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). > "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed." Psalm 34:19 (full readings) > Steve's Reflections: This past weekend I attended the funeral of Michael Allen, the 10 day old son of my cousin...

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07 Apr John 5:44 (Poor in Spirit) by Franz Chenet

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?" John 5:44 (full readings) . Franz's Reflections: The Israelites thought they could get out of the...

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06 Apr Psalm 15:1-2 (Manhood = Integrity) by Chad Livingston

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart." Psalm 15:1-2 (full readings) Chad's Reflections: At...

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04 Apr Isaiah 65:18 (LIFE is Good!)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "There shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create." Isaiah 65:18 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: God sees good in everything that He creates (Genesis 1:31), and likewise, He expects us to be happy and rejoice...

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01 Apr Hosea 14:10 (Come Back to Me)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). > "Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them." Hosea 14:10 (full readings) > Steve's...

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31 Mar Jer 7:23 (Not Lukewarm!) by Kimberly Martinez

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper." Jeremiah 7:23 (full readings) Kimberly's Reflections: We...

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30 Mar Mt 5:17-19 (Life Giving!) by Lori Libby

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). “Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest...

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28 Mar Psalm 42:3 (Thirst Quencher!)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "My being thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and see the face of God?" Psalm 42:3 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections: I find it to be a great spiritual exercise during Lent to sacrifice...

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25 Mar Isaiah 7:14 (FIAT)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means "God is with us!"" Isaiah 7:14 (full readings) Steve's Reflections: Today...

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24 Mar Luke 16:22 (“Heaven is for Real”) by Fr. Chris Uhl

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side." Luke 16:22 (full readings) . Fr. Chris's Reflections: The Gospel account of Lazarus and the rich man reminds me of the recent book,...

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23 Mar Jeremiah 18:20 (Facing your Goliaths!)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life?" Jeremiah 18:20 (full readings) . Pat's Reflections: Jeremiah had recently defended the same people who were trying to take his life, and...

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21 Mar Daniel 9:4 (The Spiritual Hearing Aid)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "I prayed to the Lord, my God, and confessed." Daniel 9:4 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections: Our ears can become plugged with our sins, making us hard of hearing with the Word of God. However, God can clean...

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18 Mar Matt 5:20 (What is your “Isaac”?) by Sr. Francelle

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . 'Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”' Matt 5:20 (full readings) . Sr. Francelle's Reflections: Dearest Ones, All...

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17 Mar Esther C:14 (Holy Trinity) by Peggy Bowes

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . “Help me who am alone and have no help but you.” Esther C:14 (full readings) . Peggy's Reflections: As I stood outside Planned Parenthood, alone and shivering in the cold, my rose-scented Rosary clutched in my hands, I...

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16 Mar Jonah 3:5 (Be Transformed!) by Dr. Joel Cain

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them." Jonah 3:5 (full readings) . Joel's Reflections: Some time ago, a fellow teacher...

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14 Mar Leviticus 19:16 (Holiness)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor's life is at stake. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:16 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: In today's Scripture from Leviticus, the Lord gives Moses a series of instructions for...

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11 Mar Isaiah 58:6-7 (The Pretzel)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the...

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10 Mar Luke 9:23 (Not Alone) by Kristi McClintock

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "Then he said to all, 'If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'" Luke 9:23 (full readings) . Kristi's Reflections: I am struck by His words “follow...

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09 Mar Joel 2:12 (Ashes to Ashes) by Ann Soave

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . “Even now, says the Lord, return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.” Joel 2:12 (full readings) . Ann's Reflections: During...

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07 Mar Tobit 2:1 (“Better Late Than Never”)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "On our festival of Pentecost, the feast of Weeks, a fine dinner was prepared for me, and I reclined to eat." Tobit 2:1 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: From One Bread One Body: "Today's first reading mentions the feast of...

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04 Mar Mark 11:13 (Barren)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went over to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for...

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03 Mar Mark 6:7-8 (Traveling Light) by Bobby Aborn

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick--no food, no sack, no...

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02 Mar Mark 10:45 (The Root of Change) by Karla Brien

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (full readings) . Karla's Reflections: Strange. Ironic. Counter-cultural. The message Jesus gave to...

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01 Mar Mark 10:28 (Surrender)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). > "Peter began to say to Jesus, 'We have given up everything and followed You.'" Mark 10:28 (full readings) > Rob's Reflections: Surrender. In our culture obsessed with control and comfort, perhaps there is no more difficult word than...

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28 Feb Mark 10:23 (In God We Trust!)

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, 'How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!'" Mark 10:23 (full readings) Rich's reflections: Riches promise much, but really offer little in return. Riches...

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25 Feb Mark 10:9 (One Flesh)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." Mark 10:9 (full readings) Steve's Reflections: The attack on marriage and family is reaching a critical level in our culture. Two days ago President Obama stopped...

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24 Feb Mk 9:41 (New Generation) by Ann Schaefbauer

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink….will surely not lose his reward." Mark 9:41 (full readings) . Ann's Reflections: Do you know someone who is thirsting for God? Give them a cup of His life-saving truth...

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23 Feb Sirach 4:11-13 (“Got it?”)

Welcome God with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). . "Wisdom breathes life into her children and admonishes those who seek her. He who loves her loves life; those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord." Sirach 4:11-13 (full readings) . Pat's Reflections: I recently saw a...

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21 Feb Mark 9:23 (Prayer + Faith = Power)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "Jesus said to him, 'If you can! Everything is possible to one who has faith.'" Mark 9:23 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: In today's Gospel, Jesus appears upset after the father of a demon-possessed boy pleads with Him,...

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18 Feb Mark 8:36 (Lens)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?" Mark 8:36 (full readings) Steve's Reflections: Just yesterday I read about a home-schooled wrestler, Joel Northrup, who faced a difficult decision (see...

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17 Feb Gn 9:1-13 (give in to “Something Heavenly”) by Stephanie

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God man has been made." Genesis 9:1-13 (full readings) Stephanie's Reflections: In today's Gospel (Mark 8:27-35) Jesus confronts...

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14 Feb Mark 8:12 (Sign of Love)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, 'Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.'" Mark 8:12 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: Red...

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11 Feb Mark 7:37 (Ephphatha)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). "They were exceedingly astonished and they said, "He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and (the) mute speak." Mark 7:37 (full readings) Steve's Reflections: Today is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes...

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10 Feb Mark 7:24-30 (Begging for Scraps) by Jean

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook). The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right...

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