LIFE Runners Devotions – audio and authors at liferunners.org/authors

10 Nov Lived Faith (Lk 8:21) by Kevin McNicholas

"He said to His disciples 'Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him...

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07 Nov Perception Becomes Reality (Phil 3:17) by Scott Casmer

"Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us." ~ Phil 3:17 (full readings) . Scott's Reflections:  I think we can all agree that by being active supporters of the culture of Life, we...

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06 Nov To Save Even One (Lk 15:10) by Chris Talley

"In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents." ~ Lk 15:10 (full readings) . Chris' Reflections:  I am unfortunately unable to get to the abortion mill on Saturdays to pray with others.  Last year, I was there Mother's Day...

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05 Nov Materialism (Lk 14:33) by Kevin McNicholas

"In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple." ~ Lk 14:33 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Lord, You mean we have to get rid of everything?  I don't think Jesus meant that we can't keep things we need to live, it...

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04 Nov Empty Yourself (Lk 14:23) by Dr. Rich Reich

"The master then ordered the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled.'" ~ Lk 14:23 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Have you ever prepared yourself for a really big banquet?  I usually fast or eat small meals throughout the day...

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31 Oct Sabbath Doesn’t Mean Stop Loving (Lk 14:5) by Stephen Holinaty

"Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?" ~ Lk 14:15 (full readings) . Stephen's Reflections:  Jesus was dining with Pharisees and in today's terminology He was "under the spotlight".  People were watching His every move and word.  The...

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30 Oct Pray Always (Eph 6:18) by Brandon McAuliffe

"With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit.'" ~ Eph 6:18 (full readings) . Brandon's Reflections:  Prior to this, St. Paul talks to the Ephesians about the importance of family relationships at the start of Chapter 6.  As we are nearing the end of the 40 Days for...

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29 Oct Jesus, Lead the Way (Mt 7:13-14) by Mary Ellen Hoffman

"Enter though the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." ~ Mt...

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27 Oct Be Kind (Eph 4:32) by Amy Kosta

"Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ." ~ Eph 4:32 (full readings) . Amy's Reflections:  In today’s first reading, Paul instructs the Ephesians to "Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ."  These words from Paul...

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20 Oct In God We Trust (Lk 12:19) by Dr. Rich Reich

"I shall say to myself, 'Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!'" ~ Lk 12:19 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Jesus called the rich man a fool for preparing his own future.  In our independent...

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17 Oct Do Not Be Afraid (Lk 12:7) by Kevin McNicholas

"Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  Do not be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows." ~ Lk 12:7 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  "Do not be afraid."  Those are really simple words that Jesus speaks in the Gospel today, but why do we live in...

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15 Oct Tree Near Running Water (Ps 1:3) by Jimmy Mack

"He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade." ~ Ps 1:3 (full readings) . Jimmy's Reflections:  It was 37 years ago that I became that tree planted in good fertile soil.  After a bad year of teenage peer...

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14 Oct Clean Hands (Lk 11:41) by Dr. Rich Reich

"But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you." ~ Lk 11:41 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Is the Lord welcomed at your table and are you ready to feast at His table?  A Pharisee, after hearing Jesus preach, invited Him to dinner, no...

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13 Oct Christ Set Us Free (Gal 5:1) by Pastor Don Bird

"For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery." ~ Gal 5:1 (full readings) . Pastor Don's Reflections:  Paul’s application of the Genesis account exposed the real danger facing the Galatians.  They were on the brink of losing their freedom in Christ. ...

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09 Oct Under a Spell (Gal 3:1) by Dr. Rich Reich

"O stupid Galatians!  Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?" ~ Gal 3:1 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's reading, St. Paul appears to be a little harsh to the Galatians, but in reality, St. Paul is grieved and hurt by their unfaithfulness.  He...

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06 Oct What must I do to inherit eternal life? (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 (full readings) . Paul's Reflections:  Well you really can’t give a better answer than that now can you?  Short reflection.  I’m...

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03 Oct Knit in Our Mother’s Womb (Ps 139:13-14) by Dr. Kevin Vost

"Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.  I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.  My very self you know." ~ Ps 139:13-14 (full readings) Kevin's Reflections:  Talk about a responsorial psalm that eloquently proclaims the beauty and goodness...

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02 Oct Believe (Ps 27:13) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

"I believe I shall see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living." ~ Ps 27:13 (full readings) . Pastor Steve's Reflections:  Belief is a huge thing.  We have abilities to believe in many things.  You believed your legs would work this morning and didn’t even worry about getting out of...

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01 Oct All In (Lk 9:59) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Jesus said: 'Come after Me.'" ~ Lk 9:59 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Jesus calls us to follow Him not on our own terms, but on His.  He has no intention of recruiting us.  In fact, Jesus does not even promise us a roof over our heads.  The foxes and birds...

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01 Oct All In (Lk 9:59) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Jesus said: 'Come after Me.'" ~ Lk 9:59 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Jesus calls us to follow Him not on our own terms, but on His.  He has no intention of recruiting us.  In fact, Jesus does not even promise us a roof over our heads.  The foxes and birds...

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

"Perish the day on which I was born, the night when they said, 'The child is a boy!'" ~ Job 3:3 (full readings) . Doug's Reflections:  The reading from the Book of Job is the part of Job’s life where he feels abandoned by God as he has lost his family and...

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29 Sep Archangels (Rev 12:7) by Shane Kapler

"Michael and his angels battled against the dragon." ~ Rev 12:7 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections:  Today, Catholic Christians throughout the world celebrate the help God gives us through our brothers-in-arms, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.  It is a wonderful reminder that reality is often far different than what we can...

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29 Sep Archangels (Rev 12:7) by Shane Kapler

"Michael and his angels battled against the dragon." ~ Rev 12:7 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections:  Today, Catholic Christians throughout the world celebrate the help God gives us through our brothers-in-arms, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.  It is a wonderful reminder that reality is often far different than what we can...

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26 Sep God-Pleaser (Lk 9:18) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Jesus put the question to them, 'Who do the crowds say that I am?'" ~ Lk 9:18 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Before Jesus asked His disciples who He was (Lk 9:20), Jesus asked:  "Who do the crowds say that I am?" (Lk 9:18)  Jesus did this to show we must...

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24 Sep America’s 1st Pro-Life Half Marathon (and 5K)

Wow!  Just 6 weeks from now on Sunday, November 9, 2014, we will rock the Katy Trail with America’s 1st Pro-Life Half Marathon (and 5K).  Have you started your training? Got your trip planned yet? You can find out all you need and more at the race website...

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23 Sep Say Yes to God (Lk 8:21) by Kevin McNicholas

"My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it." ~ Lk 8:21 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Well, yes that is true, now isn't it!  I imagine that Jesus had many people start off following Him who were very well-intentioned and initially excited...

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18 Sep Grace of God Within (1 Cor 15:10) by Alice Chapman

"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective.  Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace of God that is with me." ~ 1 Cor 15:10 (full readings) . Alice's Reflections:  Tomorrow...

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16 Sep One Act at a Time (1 Cor 12:12) by Franz Chenet

"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.  When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit." ~ 1 Cor 12:12 (full readings) . Franz's Reflections:  One of the greatest things about the Bible is how timeless it is....

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15 Sep Open Heart (Lk 2:34-35) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.'" ~ Lk...

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12 Sep Run So As To Win (1 Cor 9:24) by Kevin McNicholas

"Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win." ~ 1 Cor 9:24 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Yes!  That is what we are called to do!  As Life Runners, clearly our goal is to run...

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12 Sep Run So As To Win (1 Cor 9:24) by Kevin McNicholas

"Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win." ~ 1 Cor 9:24 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Yes!  That is what we are called to do!  As Life Runners, clearly our goal is to run...

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11 Sep Love Our Enemies (Lk 6:27-28) by Shane Kapler

"I say, love your enemies…pray for those who mistreat you." ~ Lk 6:27-28 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections:  Given the date, today’s Gospel reading is providential.  To love our enemies, to forgive them, does not mean to ignore the pain that has been inflicted.  The pain must be acknowledged, must be...

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

"What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short.  From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not;  those who buy something,...

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09 Sep Prayer (Lk 6:12) by Diane Overmann

"Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God." ~ Lk 6:12 (full readings) . Diane's Reflections:   Let us think for just a moment about prayer.  There are various definitions of prayer, but all involve opening to our Co –union with the divine.  Sometimes in...

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08 Sep Planned Childhood (Mt 1:18) by Dr. Rich Reich

"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.  When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit." ~ Mt 1:18 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Mary listened to God and accepted her unexpected pregnancy.  Her obedience to God changed...

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05 Sep Servants of Christ (1 Cor 4:1) by Bonnie Sabin

"Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God." ~ 1 Cor 4:1 (full readings) . Bonnie's Reflections:  All three readings today can give us inspiration and reassurance in our pro-life work.  St. Paul says to the Corinthians: “Thus should one regard us: as servants of...

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04 Sep Tired of Casting? (Lk 5:4b-6) by Jimmy Mack

"'Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.'  Simon said in reply, 'Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.'  When they had done this, they caught a great...

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03 Sep We Are God’s Co-Workers (1 Cor 3:7) by Matthew Laugeman

"Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth." ~ 1 Cor 3:7 (full readings) . Matt's Reflections:   We must remain in the Spirit.  Every day when we wake, be mindful of our Lord’s presence, and be ready to answer His...

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02 Sep Spirit of Truth (1 Cor 2:12) by Father James 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 (full readings) . Father James Dean's Reflections:   Jesus is the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6).  He...

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01 Sep God has a Plan (Ps 119:97-98) by Chris Talley

"Oh, how I love your instructions!  I think about them all day long.  Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide." ~ Ps 119:97-98 (full readings) . Chris' Reflections:  It’s hard to imagine sometimes the things that can go on in this world.  God has a...

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27 Aug All You Need is Love (Mt 23:27) by Carmen Schmidt

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.  You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth." ~ Mt 23:27 (full readings) . Carmen's Reflections:  These are tough readings today.  In the first reading, Paul calls us to...

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26 Aug Largest LIFE Runner Weekend; Highlights of Our Best Year Yet!

[caption id="attachment_18676" align="aligncenter" width="962"] Our Team[/caption] The LIFE Runners will create that super-cool"Sea of blue" as seen in photo above, in less than three weeks, when they gather in Dayton, Ohio.  Click here to check it out!  ...

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26 Aug Largest LIFE Runner Weekend; Highlights of Our Best Year Yet!

[caption id="attachment_18676" align="aligncenter" width="962"] Our Team[/caption] The LIFE Runners will create that super-cool"Sea of blue" as seen in photo above, in less than three weeks, when they gather in Dayton, Ohio.  Click here to check it out!  ...

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