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

05 Mar Ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20) by Jeff Grabosky

"Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." ~ 2 Cor 5:20 (full readings) Jeff's Reflections:  On Ash Wednesday, we are given a visible reminder of our sins and our short time...

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03 Mar Know Your Limits (Mk 10:27) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Jesus looked at them and said, 'For men it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.'" ~ Mk 10:27 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  As an overachiever, I always pushed myself excessively to do the best that I could.  I created so much pressure on myself to...

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28 Feb Blessed Perseverance (James 5:9-12) by Mike Sanders

"As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy." ~ James 5:9-12 (full readings) Mike's Reflections:  How many times do we reflect on the past and...

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27 Feb Noble Adoption (Mk 9:49-50) by Jean Noon

"For every one will be salted with fire.  Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." ~ Mk 9:49-50 (full readings) Jean's Reflections:  Jesus came to save each one, to bring...

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26 Feb Let God Steer (James 4:14) by Kevin McNicholas

"You have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. " ~ James 4:14 (full readings) Kevin's Reflections:  No, we don’t, do we?  I suppose, looking back over my last 32 years, that I can say that about a lot of things.  We found out that after 5 years of...

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25 Feb Poverty of Spirit (Mk 9:37) by Greg Robeson

"Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me." ~ Mk 9:37 (full readings) Greg's Reflections:  There are many aspects of being childlike that Jesus emphasizes throughout the Gospel, such as innocence, trust, simplicity, and dependence...

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21 Feb Living Faith! (James 2:14,17) by Pastor Matthew Lim

"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead." ~ James 2:14,17 (full readings) Pastor Matthew's Reflections:  James, the brother of Jesus argues in his letter that true faith...

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20 Feb Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself (James 2:8-9) by Mary Ellen Hoffman

"If, however, you fulfill the royal law, according to the Scriptures, 'Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself,' you do well. But if you show partiality towards persons, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors." ~ James 2:8-9 (full readings) Mary's Reflections:  Upon reading these two verses...

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17 Feb Running Billboards (Mk 8:12) by Dr. Rich Reich

"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.'" ~ Mk 8:12 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  In today's consumerism culture, many people are seeking signs; specifically commercial signs....

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14 Feb Listen to God (Psalm 81) by Diane Overmann

"I am the Lord, Your God: hear my voice." ~ Psalm 81 (full readings) Diane's Reflections:  Today’s Gospel and Responsorial Psalm call attention to hearing.  However, in my noise polluted environment, which includes so many things that beep at me from my car to my computer, I think God is...

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13 Feb Turning Hearts (1 Kings 11:4) by Joshua Bachman

"When Solomon was old his wives had turned his heart to strange gods, and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God, as the heart of his father David had been." ~ 1 Kings 11:4 (full readings) Joshua's Reflections:  Solomon’s wives turned his heart to strange gods.  Solomon’s affections for...

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12 Feb Do Something (Ps 37:5) by Chris Talley

"Commit to the LORD your way; trust in him, and he will act." ~ Ps 37:5 (full readings) Chris' Reflections:  I went for a run after church a few weeks ago and I heard a new song by one of my favorite male vocalists, Mathew West.  His song "Do Something" moved...

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11 Feb Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Kgs 8:29) by Kevin McNicholas

"May your eyes watch night and day over this temple, the place where you have decreed you shall be honored; may you heed the prayer which I, your servant, offer in this place." ~ 1 Kgs 8:29 (full readings) Kevin's Reflections:  King Solomon prayed a very prophetic prayer here, as...

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07 Feb Abusive Power (Mk 6:25) by Father Joe Coffey

"The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, 'I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.'" ~ Mk 6:25 (full readings) Father Joe's Reflections:  Most of us know the details of the death of John the Baptist.  Herod shamefully...

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06 Feb Someone Else Will Do This (Mk 6:7-13) by Paul Westendorf

"Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits." ~ Mk 6:7-13 (full readings) Paul's Reflections:  These verses describe the first time Jesus sent forth the Apostles to preach.  Some immediate questions come to mind.  Why send the Apostles? ...

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05 Feb Pro-Life Control (Eph 4:16) by Craig LeQuatte

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love" ~ Eph 4:16 (full readings) Craig's Reflections:  Today’s reading reminds me how Abortion clinics...

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04 Feb A Father’s Loss (2 Sam 18:33) by Shane Kapler

“My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you!” ~ 2 Sam 18:33 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections: David's kingdom was in rebellion; and, like any king, he wanted it put down.  The difficulty?  The rebellion was led by his son Absalom.  Battle...

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

"And he let them, and 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 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Jesus sent the unclean spirits from a possessed...

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31 Jan Mustard Seeds of Faith (Mk 4:30-32) by Paul Nurse

"To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?  It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.  But once it is...

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30 Jan Hear, See, and Speak the Truth (Mk 4:21-25) by Dr. Tom Deering

"For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.  Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear." ~ Mk 4:21-25 (full readings) Tom's Reflections:  Our very immortal souls depend upon our accepting this simple truth:  Our Father has given us eyes...

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29 Jan Pro-Life Roots (Mk 4:17) by Dr. Rich Reich

"But they have no roots; they last only for a time.  Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away." ~ Mk 4:17 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Jesus explains the parable of the seeds to His Apostles.  He explains that the seeds...

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28 Jan Redirect (2 Sm 6:14) by Carol Cooper

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the LORD with abandon." ~ 2 Sm 6:14 (full readings) . Carol's Reflections:   Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Because of St. Thomas’ faithful perseverance and...

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24 Jan Let Your Light Shine (Mt 5:16) by Dana Cody

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." ~ Mt 5:16 (full readings) . Dana's Reflections:  Our culture is similar to that of Jerusalem when...

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20 Jan Stop! (1 Sam 15:16) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. "Samuel said to Saul: 'Stop! Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.'" ~ 1 Sam 15:16 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  When we peacefully pray outside abortion clinics, we serve as a witness for the Lord....

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17 Jan Christ the Healer (Mk 2:5) by Whitney Compton

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Child, your sins are forgiven.'" ~ Mk 2:5 (full readings) . Whitney's Reflections:   It is important to remember the many variables of being Pro-Life; we are running and fighting...

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14 Jan God’s Word (Jn 1:1) by Pastor Rick Foreman

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ~ Jn 1:1 (full readings) . Pastor Rick's Reflections:   As Christians, we know faith is built off the foundation of the Word...

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09 Jan Harder Than It Sounds (1 Jn 4:20) by Fr. Andrew Dickinson

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen." ~ 1 John 4:20...

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07 Jan Christmas Every Day (1 Jn 4:10) by Diane Overmann

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins." ~ 1 Jn 4:10 (full readings) . Diane's Reflections:  Christmas blessings.  Yes, most decorations are down,...

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06 Jan Test the Spirits (1 Jn 4:1) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. "Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. " ~ 1 Jn 4:1 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  In today's reading we are warned not...

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02 Jan Make Straight The Way (Jn 1:23) by Dr. Pat Castle

Welcome God now with this LIFE Runners Devotion (FB) provided by Team Leaders and Guest Authors. . "I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord!’" ~ Jn 1:23 (full readings) . Pat's Reflections:   John the Baptist was an Army of One crying out in the desert.  In...

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30 Dec Resist Lust (1 Jn 2:16) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion(FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors "For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. " ~ 1 Jn 2:16 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  Today's reading talks about the three types of...

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27 Dec Close to Christ (Jn 20:8) by Kevin McNicholas

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors. . . “Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.” ~ Jn 20:8 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections: St. Peter...

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26 Dec Inspired Witness (Acts 7:59) by Pastor Don Bird

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." ~ Acts 7:59 (full readings) . Pastor Don's Reflections:   I am often inspired by the lives of my children.  When my son was 13 years old, he went to spend the night at...

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25 Dec The Manger (Lk 2:7) by Fr. Daren Zehnle

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "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 (full readings) . Fr. Daren's Reflections:   Though the word "chaotic" may be too...

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23 Dec Tongue Tied (Lk 1:64) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion(FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors "Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God." ~ Lk 1:64 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:  Are you tongue tied?  Is it above your pay grade to speak out for the unborn?  In today's Gospel, Zechariah was made...

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20 Dec Power of the Most High (Lk 1:35) by Shane Kapler

[caption id="attachment_11611" align="alignright" width="300"] Henry Ossawa Tanner's "The Annunciation"[/caption] Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors. . “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” ~ Lk 1:35 (full...

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19 Dec My Rock (Ps 71:3-4) by Doug Young

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "Be my Rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my Rock and my Fortress." ~ Ps 71:3-4 (full readings) . Doug's Reflections:   "My Rock" - These words are my favorite 'word picture' in...

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16 Dec “A New Dawn” telecon & webcast (Dec 17th)‏

Go to www.anewdawnwebcast.com to register for this FREE, ONE-TIME ONLY event! (NOTE: Even if you cannot listen at event time, go ahead and register, as you will have a recording delivered to your inbox, afterward.) BREAKING NEWS: A BRAND NEW initiative in the pro-life movement will be launched...

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16 Dec Questioning Authority (Mt 23:23) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion(FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors "When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, 'By what authority are you doing these things?  And who gave you this authority?'" ~ Mt 23:23 (full...

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13 Dec Prospering for God (Ps 1:3-4) by Kevin McNicholas

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors. . . “He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers.” ~ Ps 1:3-4...

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12 Dec Fierce Opposition (1 Jn 4:4) by Karen Patnaunde

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." ~ 1 Jn 4:4 (full readings) . Karen's Reflections:   Often in...

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11 Dec Encouragement (Mt 11:28-30) by Stacey Wollman

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "Jesus said to the crowds:  'Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and...

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09 Dec Naked Without Shame (Gn 3:10) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion(FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors "He answered, 'I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.'" ~ Gn 3:10 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:   In the beginning, there was no shame.  "And the man and his wife were both...

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06 Dec God’s House (Ps 27:4) by Shane Kapler

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors. . “One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the house of the LORD.” ~ Ps 27:4 (full readings) . Shane’s Reflections: The house of the Lord...

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05 Dec Weathering Life’s Storms (Mt 7:24-25) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and...

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04 Dec God’s Goodness (Ps 23:5) by Dr. Kevin Vost

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "You annoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." ~ Ps 23:5 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  There are so many wonderful and interrelated themes to choose from in today’s readings from Isaiah, the Psalms, and Matthew’s gospel,...

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02 Dec Peace Be With You (Psalms 122:8) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion(FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors "For the sake of my brothers and friends I say, 'Peace be with you.'" ~ Psalms 122:8 (full readings) Rich's Reflections:   Jesus often greeted His disciples with the saying, "Peace be with you"; however, Jesus would have spoken to His disciples...

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29 Nov The Creator (Dn 7:13-14) by Kevin McNicholas

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors. . . “I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached  the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion,...

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28 Nov Thanks In All Things (Ps 145:10) by Stephen Schmidt

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).  Leaders.  Guest Authors. . "Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord." ~ Ps 145:10 (full readings) . Stephen's Reflections:   Thanksgiving is one day set aside each year to give thanks for all the good things that we have received.  Most...

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