25 Apr True Manhood (1 Peter 5:8) by Dr. Pat Castle
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: The Devil is devouring true manhood. God calls men to sacrifice for women and children. When the Titanic sank 100 years ago, history was rightfully ashamed of the privileged men who took life boat seats from women and children. Men led women and children to the gas chambers in the Nazi concentration camps, and men are now coercing mothers into taking the lives of their own children at abortion mills. Men often say to their pregnant wife’s, girlfriends, daughters, sisters: “you don’t have to do this”, “you would be stupid to do this”, “you deserve this choice.” Women deserve much better than abortion and the subsequent pain and tribulation. A post-abortive mother shared, “if just one person would have said, ‘you can do this’, I wouldn’t have aborted my child.” Time for men to be as God calls us to be: leader, provider, protector. Men need to lead women to pregnancy help centers. Men need to provide the Truth about abortion. With 60% of abortions coerced, 35% of women having had an abortion and 22% of all pregnancies ending in abortion…men need to protect women from the lies of our opponent the Devil who is “prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Men need to REMEMBER The Unborn.
* Dr. Pat Castle is the editor/co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the coach/co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. Starting in June, Pat will serve as the Ellsworth AFB medical support squadron commander near the Black Hills of SD. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: When encountering abortion-minded mothers, let’s commit to encouraging them by saying “you can do this, and I’ll help.”
Counter-Culture News: LSN, LifeNews, Priests for Life, AFA,Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption,Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Mark. Gospel writer whose relics are in Venice, Italy.
Faith Quote: “In the course of their history, Christians have grown aware of the fact that celebration of the Eucharist could not be reduced to being kept within the walls of a church…but that it was necessary to take it out along the streets of the world.” Blessed John Paul II
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.
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