LIFE Runners Devotions

17 Apr Passover Supper (Ex 12:14) by Diane Overmann

This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution. ~ Ex 12:14 . Reflection: Every act of love proceeds from the Pascal mystery and brings the Kingdom more present in our world. ...

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10 Apr [Friday] Fighting God (Acts 5:38-39) by Scott Casmer

But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God. ~ Acts 5:39 . Reflection:  The Sanhedrin were deciding how to punish the Apostles after they had repeatedly shared the word of God through public teaching. ...

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03 Apr [1st Wed] Healing Support (Acts 4:10-12) by Dr. Pat

"It was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in His name this man stands before you healed.  There is no salvation through anyone else." ~ Acts 4:10-12 . Reflection: The healing power of Christ is in all...

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27 Mar Faith precedes Miracles (Jn 4:53-54) by Dr. Rich Reich

He and his whole household thereupon became believers. This was the second sign that Jesus performed. ~ Jn 4:53-54 . Reflection:  Faith precedes miracles.  In John's Gospel, seven signs (miracles) are recorded "to help [us] believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, so that through...

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20 Mar Compassionately Convicted! (Dan 9:9) by Fr. Jonathan

But Yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness! ~ Dan 9:9 . Reflection:  Is it possible to be absolutely convicted about the call to protect the unborn and yet to be compassionate towards those who uphold a right to aborting children?  Yes!  We can show compassion for...

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13 Mar Like Father, Like Son (Jn 5:19-20) by Dr. Kevin Vost

Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. ~ Jn 5:19 . Reflection:  Christ powerfully reminds us that God is a Father and Jesus Christ...

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06 Mar [1st Wed] Ash Wed (Ps 23:1) by Paula Parmelee

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. ~ Ps 23:1 . Reflection:  The Lenten season. 40 days. A time of healing. A time of spiritual growth. Purification. Cleansing.  Forgiveness. Jesus offers His guiding hand. His light shines through our valley of tears. He beckons. He invites each...

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27 Feb Life Scars (Ps 34:19) by Abby Johnson

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. ~ Ps 34:19 . Reflection: Many of us in the Pro-Life movement are wounded. Many of us have had abortions. Many of us have walked our friends into abortion facilities. Many have suffered miscarriages. We are wounded… but we are...

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20 Feb Remedy for a Sore Loser (Heb 13:5) by Jeff Grabosky

Let your life be free from love of money, but be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you. ~ Heb 13:5 . Reflection:  I can get so frustrated with different injustices I witness or simply difficulties in daily life that I feel...

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13 Feb Bad for Business (Mk 5:13) by Dr. Rich Reich

The unclean spirits came out and entered the swine. The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea, where they were drowned. ~ Mk 5:13 . Reflection:  Jesus sent the unclean spirits from a possessed man into a herd of swine, and the two thousand...

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06 Feb [1st Wed] Such a Time (Mt 7:7) by Lisa Skowron

Ask and it will be given to you;  seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ~ Mt 7:7 . Reflection:  Esther's story is one of courage and faith.  Orphaned, and later raised in the Jewish faith by her uncle, Mordecai, Esther grew...

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31 Jan Endure Suffering (Heb 10:32) by Scott Casmer

"Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.  At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated." ~ Heb 10:32-33  Reflection:  Doing the will of God requires us...

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22 Jan You knit me (Psalm 139:13) by Governor Kristi Noem

For You created my innermost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful. ~ Psalm 139:13-14 . Reflection:  46 years ago today, our Supreme Court justified the killing of unborn babies.  Since that day...

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09 Jan Spirit of God (1 Jn 3:24) by Dr. Kevin Vost

Those who keep His commandments remain in Him, and He in them, and the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit whom He gave us. ~ 1 Jn 3:24 . Reflection:  Christ commanded us to love one another.  We cannot show love to another living person, no...

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02 Jan [1st Wed] Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8) by Peter Kahama

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. ~ Rev 1:8 . Reflection:  Happy New Year!  The hope of humanity is depressed and the fear of the...

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25 Dec Merry Christmas! (Lk 2:7) by Fr. Daren Zehnle

She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Lk 2:7 . Reflection:  If we were present in that stable, we likely would have swept the straw into nice piles or perhaps even constructed...

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19 Dec Mother of God (Rev 12:1) by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood

A great sign appeared in heaven:  a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. ~ Rev 12:1 . Reflection:  Our Lady of Guadalupe has the distinction among Marian apparitions of providing us with an image of herself that...

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12 Dec I Will Help You (Is 41:13) by Lisa Skowron

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'do not fear, I will help you.' ~ Is 41:13 . Reflection:  Through a post-abortion Bible study, my relationship with God was restored.  It was the hardest thing I had ever...

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05 Dec [1st Wed] Sights and Sounds (Is 40:30) by Diane Overmann

Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. ~ Is 40:30-31 . Reflection:  We see the Salvation Army kettles being...

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28 Nov Hanging on Words (Lk 19:47) by Peggy Bowes

The leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put Him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on His words. ~ Lk 19:47-48 . Reflection:  Jesus is with us when we pray at abortion facilities because we...

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22 Nov Thanks Always! (Ps 145:10) by Stephen Schmidt

Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord. ~ Ps 145:10 . Reflection:  Happy Thanksgiving!  Most all of us can easily think of many things for which we are thankful; family, friends, a warm home, plenty of food… life itself.  But it is more difficult to give thanks...

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14 Nov Be Strong (Ps 150:1) by Pastor Rick Foreman

Praise the LORD in His sanctuary, praise Him in the firmament of His strength. ~ Ps 150:1 . Reflection:  We need to be strong and courageous as LIFE Runners to protect the unborn.  The importance of meditating on God’s Word and walking it out on a daily basis is paramount to...

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07 Nov [1st WED] Save What Was Lost (Lk 19:10) by Jeff Grabosky

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost. ~ Lk 19:10 . Reflection:  Zacchaeus was a wealthy tax collector, a person rejected by the people due to the nature of his business.  Jesus seeks out Zacchaeus as well as all sinners and...

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31 Oct Be-Attitudes (Phil 3:17) by Scott Casmer

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters. ~ Phil 3:17 . Reflection:  By being Pro-Life, we strive to imitate Christ.  There are people who seek to discredit our efforts.  We need to be vigilant about our behavior.  Others notice our LIFE Runners jersey, "REMEMBER The...

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24 Oct Household of God (Eph 2:19) by Paula Parmalee

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God. ~ Eph 2:19 . Reflection:  Before abortion was legalized, it was nowhere on the radar for most Americans.  We simply didn't or couldn't conceive the thought of...

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17 Oct Bystanders (Eph 4:1) by Dr. Pat

Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received. ~ Eph 4:1 . Reflection: A bystander is a person who is present at an event without participating in it.  Our culture is filled with bystanders who don't intervene while abortion is on pace to end 900,000 American lives this year.  Pro-choice bystanders often think lack...

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10 Oct What must I do? (Lk 10:27) by Paul Westendorf

Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. ~ Lk 10:27 . Reflection:  Who is our "neighbor"?  As the discussion between the scholar and Jesus took place, that really became...

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03 Oct [1st Wed!] Knit in Our Mother’s Womb (Ps 139:13) by Dr. Vost

Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.  ~ Ps 139:13 . Reflection:  God has knit us in our mother’s womb.  He knows us and He loves us.  Verse five of this psalm proclaims as well:  "Behind and before you encircle me and...

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26 Sep Don’t Lose Faith (Job 3:3) by Doug Lugge

Perish the day on which I was born. ~ Job 3:3 . Reflection:  Job feels abandoned by God as he has lost his family and all that he owns.  He questions why he was even born.  Let us remember those who are struggling with their faith, the elderly who...

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19 Sep One Act at a Time (Jm 1:22) by Franz Chenet

Be doers of the Word.  ~ James 1:22 . Reflection:  We are called to help end abortion.  Wear your LIFE Runners jersey as a public witness.  Join your church's Respect Life committee.  Donate time and money to your local pregnancy help center.  Put a "REMEMBER The Unborn" magnet on...

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12 Sep Time is Short (1 Cor 7:29-31) by Lisa Skowron

Time is short.  For this world in its present form is passing away. ~ 1 Cor 7:29-31 . Reflection:  Paul warns us that time is short.  He urges the Corinthians to live their lives in light of this fact, being diligent and decisive about keeping centered on the Gospel and...

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05 Sep [FIRST WED] Spirit of Truth (1 Cor 2:12) by Fr. Dean

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. ~ 1 Cor 2:12 . Reflection:   Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.  He sent us the Holy Spirit,...

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29 Aug Actions Speak (1 Cor 1:17) by Angi Castle

Preach the gospel so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. ~ 1 Cor 1:17 . Reflection:  Look at Christ on the cross and imagine how He suffered for us.  His actions spoke louder than His Words.  Imagine the pain suffered throughout the Body of...

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15 Aug Blue Angels (Lk 11:46-49) by Ed Heigl

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.  From this day all generations will call me blessed:  the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His...

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08 Aug God’s Law On Our Hearts (Jer 31:33) by Scott Casmer

I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. ~ Jer 31:33 . Reflection:  We must be vigilant about doing the right thing, even when it's exceptionally difficult.  God is ready to forgive us when we...

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01 Aug [FIRST WED] Step Out (Mt 14:28) by Dr. Rich Reich

Lord, if it is really You, tell me to come to You across the water. ~ Mt 14:28 . Reflection:  Peter got out of the boat and started to walk towards Jesus on the water.  Peter became afraid and began to sink.  After pulling Peter out of the water, Jesus...

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25 Jul Faith in Christ, Service to Others (Mt 20:28) by Amy Kosta

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. ~ Mt 20:28 . Reflection:  Faith in Christ, Service to Others; a school motto intended to build a sense of service in students.  I am not accountable to anyone to do service work – or am I? ...

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18 Jul Fear Blinds, Faith Sees (Is 7:4) by Pastor Don Bird

Take care you remain faithful and do not fear; let not your courage fail. ~ Is 7:4 . Reflection:  When we listen to fear, it can easily become a barrier to God’s mission and work in the world.  Ahaz allowed fear to lead him into an alliance with Pul, even...

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04 Jul [First Wed] Religious Freedom (Mt 22:21) by Bishop Gruss

At that Jesus said to them, ‘Then repay what belongs to Caesar to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.' ~ Mt 22:21 . Reflection:  This day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 which announced that the thirteen American colonies regarded...

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27 Jun Full Court Press (Phil 3:13-14) by Rick Foreman

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~ Phil 3:13-14 . Reflection:  As Christians, we’re to leave the past behind and to be fully alive and present....

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13 Jun Thy Will Be Done (Mt 6:9-10) by Jeff Grabosky

This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. ~ Mt 6:9-10 . Reflection:  We have all prayed the Lord's Prayer countless times, but even to this day, the Our Father will...

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30 May Unity (Jn 17:16) by Steve Castle

They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. ~ Jn 17:16 Reflection:  We are aliens in a foreign land.  Our life is not our own.  We were bought at a price; the blood of the cross.  We love because Christ first loved...

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16 May Love Those Who Condemn (Acts 16:31) by Scott Casmer

And they said, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.' ~ Acts 16:31 . Reflection:   Paul and Silas are cited for "disturbing our city" and "advocating customs that are not lawful for us Romans to adopt or practice."  Paul had invoked the name of...

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09 May Silent Scream (Acts 8:32) by Alton Pelowski

Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth. ~ Acts 8:32 . Reflection:  Jesus Christ, who suffered in silence for our sake, radically united himself to the lost and abandoned, and...

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25 Apr More Than Loose Change (Acts 3:7) by Pastor Steve

Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. ~ Acts 3:7 . Reflections:  Many of us are talented.  We can do stuff.  We can make charts complete, we can balance the financial statement, we can fix the car, we can...

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18 Apr Our Comfort Zone (Jn 21:1,4) by Paul Westendorf

Jesus revealed Himself again to His disciples.  When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. ~ Jn 21:1,4 . Reflection:  These verses describe the period of time following Jesus' death.  Peter and the disciples were discouraged...

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11 Apr Change us (Jn 8:31) by Ed Heigl

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, 'If you remain in My word, you will truly be My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.' ~ Jn 8:31 . Reflection:  I lost my one and only older sister to abortion.  My...

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04 Apr [FIRST WED] Run to Emmaus (Lk 24:15-16) by Mike Rackers

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.  But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. ~ Lk 24:15-16 . Reflection:  The story of the Walk to Emmaus is one of my favorite Bible passages.  Jesus walking with two of His disciples, incognito.  How do...

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