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27 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 (full readings) . Scott's Reflections:   In the verses preceding today's reading, Paul and Silas are cited for "disturbing our city" and "advocating customs that are not lawful for us Romans to adopt or...

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26 May Filled with the Spirit (Jn 15:26-27) by Amy Kosta

"Jesus said to his disciples:  'When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.'" ~ Jn...

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23 May The Answer is Love (Jn 15:16-17) by Lauren Muzyka

"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.  This I command you:  love one another." ~...

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22 May True JOY (Jn 15:9-11) by Whitney Compton

"Jesus said to his disciples:  'As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  Remain in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  I have told...

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19 May Obedience is Love (Jn 14:21) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.  And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him." ~ Jn 14:21 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Obedience is one of the ways that we express our love...

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15 May Trust in God (Acts 13:25) by Kevin McNicholas

"And as John was completing his course, he would say, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'" ~ Acts 13:25 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflection:  I often...

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13 May Eternal Life (Jn 10:28) by Dr. Rich Reich

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish." ~ Jn 10:28 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  Jesus promised to give us eternal life; a life lived in heaven forever with Him.  Jesus kept His promise when He died on the cross and rose from the dead, and we received...

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12 May Run Toward Your Savior (Jn 10:11) by Dr. John Sturm

"I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." ~ Jn 10:11 (full readings) John's Reflections:  The Parable of the Good Shepherd poses a dilemma for us the Laity who are serving as the hired-hand and shepherd.  When the wolves are approaching the...

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09 May The Hands of Jesus (Act 9:15-16) by Pastor Don Bird

"But the Lord said to him, 'Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.'" ~ Acts 9:15-16 (full readings) . Pastor Don's Reflection:  ...

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

"This was the scripture passage he was reading: ‘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 (full readings) . Alton's Reflections:  When an Ethiopian eunuch was reading a passage from...

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07 May Eternal Life (Jn 6:40) by Peggy Bowes

"For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day." ~ Jn 6:40 (full readings) Peggy's Reflections:  Every day, as I walk my dog, I pray for an end to abortion,...

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06 May Persecution (Acts 7:54) by Scott Casmer

"When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him." ~ Acts 7:54 (full readings) Scott's Reflections:  Today's reading is about the martyrdom of Stephen.  Stephen called out society on their evil ways that were in direct opposition to God's law.  "When they heard this, they...

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01 May Obey God (Acts 5:29) by Kevin McNicholas

"But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, 'We must obey God rather than men.'" ~ Acts 5:29 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflection:  I think that verse alone should serve as today's devotion!  Our society says that we need to follow anything and everything besides God.  By refusing...

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01 May Obey God (Acts 5:29) by Kevin McNicholas

"But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, 'We must obey God rather than men.'" ~ Acts 5:29 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflection:  I think that verse alone should serve as today's devotion!  Our society says that we need to follow anything and everything besides God.  By refusing...

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30 Apr Good News (Acts 5:20) by Father Daren

"Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life." ~ Acts 5:20 (full readings) Father Daren's Reflections:  By telling the Apostles to go back into the temple area, the angel of the Lord effectively told them to go back into the...

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28 Apr Reborn and Unborn (Jn 3:4) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Nicodemus said to him, 'How can a man once grown old be born again?'" ~ Jn 3:4 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  In the Gospel today, Jesus replies to Nicodemus' question of being reborn with the response that one must be born from above in order to see the Kingdom of...

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23 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 (full readings) Pastor Steve's Reflections:  Many of us are talented.  We can do stuff.  We can make charts complete, we can balance the financial statement, we can fix...

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22 Apr Visible Faith (Jn 20:13) by Kevin McNicholas

"She said to them, 'They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.'" ~ Jn 20:13 (full readings) Kevin's Reflections:  Mary Magdalene speaks what is perhaps one of the most important lines of Faith in this verse.  She refers to Jesus as "my...

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17 Apr The Holy Thursday Gift (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 (full readings) . Diane's Reflections:  Without the Passover meal of Holy Thursday, we might not see the tremendous love Jesus has...

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16 Apr Peace of Heart (Is 50:4) by Molly McDonald

"The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them." ~ Is 50:4 (full readings) Molly's Reflections:  In today's first reading, I am reminded of Ash Wednesday and kicking off the A-Cross America Relay in NYC,...

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15 Apr Face the Cross (Jn 13:38) by Shane Kapler

"Will you lay down your life for me?" ~ Jn 13:38 (full readings) Shane's Reflections:  Jesus posed that question to Peter, after the great apostle rashly declared his ability to follow the Master anywhere, even if meant forfeiting his own life. Looking into Peter’s soul, Jesus enlightened him regarding...

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14 Apr Diffusion (Jn 12:3) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil." ~ Jn 12:3 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  Diffusion is the transport of a molecule from a region...

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11 Apr My Lord, My Strength (Jer 20:11) by Carol Cooper

"The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion." ~ Jer 20:11 (full readings) . Carol's Reflections:  In today’s first reading, Jeremiah deals with the struggles of speaking openly about his belief in God.  The persecutions are overwhelming, and yet the fire of God's love burning within him...

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09 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 (full readings) ..   Ed's Reflections: There is nothing special about me other...

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04 Apr Choose Life (Ps 34:23) by Fr. Joseph Oganda

"The Lord redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him." ~ Ps 34:23 (full readings) . Fr. Joseph's Reflections:  God has set before us "life and prosperity, death and doom" (Dt 30:15). Loving God and choosing to run in His paths...

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03 Apr The Golden Calf of Abortion (Ex 32:7-8) by Angi Castle

The LORD said to Moses, "Go down at once to your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved.  They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf...

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01 Apr Persecution (Jn 5:14) by Matt Laugeman

  "'Look, you are well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may happen to you.'  The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well.  Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because He did this on...

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31 Mar Sign of the Cross (Jn 4:54) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea." ~ Jn 4:54 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  The Gospel of John records seven signs (or miracles) "to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, so that through this faith you...

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28 Mar True Free Love (Hos 14:5) by Kevin McNicholas

"I will heal their defection, says the LORD, I will love them freely; for my wrath is turned away from them." Hosea 14:5 (full readings) . Kevin’s Reflections: Can you imagine what it would be like to truly experience God loving you freely? I think we realize...

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27 Mar Answering the Call of the King (Lk 11:23) by John Sturm

"Whoever is not with me is against me." ~ Lk 11:23 (full readings) . John's Reflections:  Jesus’ words of “hard love” cut very deeply to flush out the Pharisees’ evil intentions in front of the crowd that is still marveling at the miracle of Jesus casting out the...

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26 Mar Obey to the Letter (Mt 5:18) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place." ~ Mt 5:18 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  During the 40 days of Lent we imitate Jesus in the desert...

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25 Mar We Run to End Abortion…Will You Run With Us In Ohio?

Relay is Moving Fast and Furious for Life! Click here to read the latest LIFE Runner exciting update on the largest pro-life Relay in the world. Still Time to Sign Up for Air Force Races Last 2 years LIFE Runners were the largest team in the fall...

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25 Mar Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Is 7:14) by Royce Hood

"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!'"~ Is 7:14 (full readings) Royce's Reflections:  On the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, we celebrate the conception...

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21 Mar Killing the Heir (Mt 21:38) by Shane Kapler

"This is the heir … let us kill him and acquire his inheritance." ~ Mt 21:38 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections:  In today’s Gospel, Jesus likened the Jerusalem of His day to a vineyard planted by a landowner (God) and entrusted to the care of tenant farmers (Israel’s...

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20 Mar Trust and Hope (Jer 17:5,7) by Ed Heigl

"Thus says the LORD:  Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.  Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD." ~ Jer 17:5,7 (full readings) . Ed's Reflections:   Each...

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19 Mar The Example of St. Joseph (Mt 1:20, 24) by Jacob Laugeman

"'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.'  When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home." ~ Mt 1:20, 24 (full readings) Jacob's Reflections:  When something happens that...

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18 Mar The Devil Hates Humility (Mt 23:11-12) by Karen Nolkemper

"The greatest among you must be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted." ~ Mt 23:11-12 (full readings) Karen's Reflections:  Abortion is evil and fighting evil is hard.  Period.  When we tackle evil head on, the enemy will attempt to derail us through...

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17 Mar Seeds of Plenty (Lk 6:38) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.  For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." ~ Lk 6:38 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  Most people in the time of Jesus...

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17 Mar Seeds of Plenty (Lk 6:38) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.  For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." ~ Lk 6:38 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  Most people in the time of Jesus...

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12 Mar Faith Journey (Jonah 3:4-5) by Scott Casmer

"Jonah began his journey through the city, and when he had gone only a single day's walk announcing, 'Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,' when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and all of them, great and small, put...

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11 Mar Uplift (Mt 6:14-15) by Stephen Holinaty

"If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions." ~ Mt 6:14-15 (full readings) Stephen's Reflections:  In church today I noticed a lady wearing a bandanna on her head, because she is going through...

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11 Mar Uplift (Mt 6:14-15) by Stephen Holinaty

"If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions." ~ Mt 6:14-15 (full readings) Stephen's Reflections:  In church today I noticed a lady wearing a bandanna on her head, because she is going through...

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07 Mar All Life is Precious (Is 58:1) by Ed Heigl

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins." ~...

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07 Mar All Life is Precious (Is 58:1) by Ed Heigl

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins." ~...

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06 Mar Christian Ethics (1 Cor 2:13) by Pavel Arestov

"When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths." ~ 1 Cor 2:13 (full readings) Pavel's Reflections:  In today’s day and age I hear an...

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06 Mar Christian Ethics (1 Cor 2:13) by Pavel Arestov

"When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths." ~ 1 Cor 2:13 (full readings) Pavel's Reflections:  In today’s day and age I hear an...

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