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

04 Aug Ambassador for Christ (Acts 23:7) by Josh Brahm

When he said this, a dissension began between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. ~ Acts 23:7 . Reflection: Notice what Paul does in this passage. He wisely made a claim about something he knew the Sadducees and Pharisees disagreed on. The Sadducees...

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28 Jul Speak Life! (Lk 11:14) by Shane Kapler

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed. ~ Lk 11:14 . Reflection: In Jer 7:23-28, we hear God’s complaint about a nation that refused to take correction.  Psalm 95...

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

The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion. ~ Jer 20:11 .. Reflection:  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 is too strong to endure; he has to...

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21 Jul The Fowler’s Snare (Ps 124:7) by Bridget VanMeans

We escaped with our lives like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare was broken, and we escaped. ~ Ps 124:7 . Reflection: How often do we really consider that if it weren’t for the grace of God and Christ’s work on the cross, our souls would’ve been hopelessly doomed. ...

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19 Jul The Ultimate Protection (Jn 17:11) by Stacey Wollman

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. ~ Jn 17:11 . Reflection: Serve the Lord with confidence! He is praying for us!...

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13 Jul Messengers for Life! (Lk 7:27) by Dr. Pat Castle

Behold, I am sending my messengers ahead of you. ~ Lk 7:27 . Reflection:  LIFE Runners carry the "REMEMBER The Unborn - Jer 1:5" jersey message for the least of these.  What we do for the least of these we do for Christ (Mt 25:40).  John the Baptist...

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13 Jul Den of Thieves (Lk 19:45-46) by Angi Castle

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” ~ Lk 19:45-46 . Reflection:  Influenced by the “den of thieves” (Planned Parenthood...

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07 Jul Prayer Warriors (Lk 9:3) by Mary Grabosky

He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.” ~ Lk 9:3 . Reflection: God will care for all our needs and will lead us on our uniquely designed path if we stay close to...

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04 Jul Life and 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:  When we celebrate Independence Day, on the hearts and minds of many people are the freedoms we enjoy in the U.S.  This...

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29 Jun Engage for Change (Lk 19:13) by Paul Westendorf

He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return’.~ Lk 19:13 . Reflection: Jesus tells a parable about coins (time, talent, treasure) given to a master’s servants.  They are to use these coins in his absence.  To...

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28 Jun Ravenous Wolves (Mt 7:15) by TD Dorrell

Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. ~ Mt 7:15 . Reflection: In this age of the culture of death, women in a crisis pregnancy situation are lured by the “false prophets” who come to them in...

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23 Jun Speaking Truth and Life (Mk 6:20) by Pastor Don Bird

Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. ~ Mk 6:20 . Reflection:  Saint John the Baptist is like the crazy uncle in the...

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21 Jun 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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16 Jun Step into the Light (2 Cor 4:3-4) by Karen Patnaude

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God,...

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14 Jun We Are All On Level Ground (Acts 15:9) by Dan Hinrichs

He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith He purified their hearts. ~ Acts 15:9 . Reflection: During my hours of prayer on the sidewalks at the St. Louis abortion facility, I am always struck with the irony that the building next door is a place...

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09 Jun Giving It All (Mt 19:21) by Jeff Grabosky

Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.’ ~ Mt 19:21 . Reflection:  This man lived a life that followed the commandments, but had a difficult time parting with his...

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03 Jun An Ugly Portrait (Lk 7:31-35) by Scott Casmer

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘To what shall I compare the people of this generation?  What are they like?  They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.  We sang a dirge, but you...

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01 Jun Not Judging Sin is Sinful (Mt 7:1) by Dr. Rich Reich

Stop judging, that you may not be judged. ~ Mt 7:1 Reflection:  The past couple generations have misconstrued the teachings in today’s Gospel to mean that we should not judge others, but allow them to sin.  Pro-abortionists often say that they do not believe in abortion,...

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26 May Virtue of Devotion (Jn 6:40) by Jennifer Brinker

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life. ~ Jn 6:40 . Reflection: Those who believe in Christ seek to live the virtue of devotion, but sometimes that seems difficult to achieve when faced with...

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24 May Are you ready? (Lk 19:41) by Kathy Castle

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.' ~ Lk 19:41 . Reflection: Jesus weeps for Jerusalem who turns away and does not recognize...

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20 May Kingdom Divided? (Lk 11:17) by Steve Castle

Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. ~ Lk 11:17 . Reflection: Jesus’ strong words come on the heels of casting out a “mute” demon and being accused of doing so in the name of “Beelzebul.”  Others call for...

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18 May New Generation (Mk 9:41) by Ann Schaefbauer

Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink will surely not lose his reward. ~ Mark 9:41 . Reflection: Do you know someone who is thirsting for God? Give them a cup of His life-saving truth to drink. Today’s gospel reminds us that our good deeds...

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16 May To Do Your Will (Ps 40:8) by Kathryn Lopez

To do your will, O my God, is my delight, And your law is within my heart! ~ Psalm 40:8 . Reflection: Hebrews tells us that our Lord is: Holy. Innocent. Undefiled. Higher than the heavens. Jesus Christ is God. He walked our walk. But he did it without...

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12 May What Makes for Peace (Lk 19:41-44) by Kathy Forck

“As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.  For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against...

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10 May Anointed for Life (1 Sm 16:12-13) by Fr. Frank Pavone

The Lord said, ‘There – anoint him’… and from that day on, the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David. ~ 1 Sm 16:12-13 . Reflection:  As we see throughout Scripture, when God has a mission for someone, he anoints him.  The oil is a sign of the strength...

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06 May It’s all God’s stuff (Jn 1:3-4) by Dr. Pat Castle

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. ~ Jn 1:3-4 . Reflection:  This article caught my eye, "Scientists say life begins at conception with a flash...

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04 May Your Servant Is Listening (1 Sm 3:9-10) by Royce Hood

When Samuel went to sleep, the LORD came and revealed His presence, calling out, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel answered, "Speak, for your servant is listening." ~ 1 Sam 3:9-10 Reflection: We must be prepared spiritually to answer God’s call when it comes.  Our call to serve God can come at any time, and...

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02 May The Battle is the Lord’s (1 Sm 17:47) by Jeanne Mancini

For the battle belongs to the LORD. ~ 1 Sm 17:47 . Reflection:  Let’s consider the differences between David and Goliath.  Goliath is much more experienced, has a larger staff, and all the best tools.  David, on the other hand, is young, inexperienced, probably alone, and brings only a...

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28 Apr Never Alone (Ps 94:14) by Karen Nolkemper

You, Lord, will not forsake your people, nor abandon your very own. ~ Psalm 94:14 . Reflection: Whether you’ve been “fighting for life” for 4 days or 40 years, you’re never alone!  You never have been and you never will be. God’s got your back. Period. Protecting and defending life...

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26 Apr Covenant with God (1 Mc 2:20,22) by Deacon Bob Waller

I and my sons and brothers will live by the covenant of our fathers. We will not obey the king’s words by turning aside from our religion. ~ 1 Mc 2:20,22 . Reflection: Mattathias, patriarch of the Maccabees, refuses to obey the demands of the king which...

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20 Apr Deadly Acedia (Ex 23:23) by Bishop Paprocki

See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. ~ Ex 23:23 . Reflection:  The greatest obstacle to success is sloth.  The capital sin of sloth refers to a spiritual sluggishness also known as...

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18 Apr The Lord is God (Dt 4:35) by Barb Honeycutt

All this you were allowed to see that you might know the LORD is God and there is no other. ~ Dt 4:35 . Reflection:   God poured forth many blessings on the Israelites and, Moses tells them they must know now that the LORD is God in the heavens above...

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14 Apr Greatest Gift (Lk 11:11-12) by Dr. Kevin Vost

What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?  ~ Lk 11:11-12 . Reflection: I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest parent, but I can honestly maintain that...

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12 Apr 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 clinics. Many have suffered miscarriages. We are wounded…but we are healers....

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08 Apr 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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06 Apr Above All (Jn 3:31) by Jenn Garza

But the one who comes from heaven is above all. ~ Jn 3:31  . Reflection: I must admit that I wasn’t fully prepared for some of the famous San Francisco hills that awaited me at the kickoff of the 2013 A-Cross America Relay for Pro-Life. Leapfrogging the first 6 legs...

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04 Apr True Fatherhood (1 Peter 5:8) by Dr. Pat Castle

Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8 . Reflection:  The Devil seeks to devour true fatherhood.  God built men to protect their families.  When the Titanic sank 100 years ago, history was rightfully ashamed of the privileged men who took...

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01 Apr Images of Life (Jn 12:10-11) by Dr. Rich Reich

“And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.”  ~ Jn 12:10-11 . Reflection:  Not only were the chief priests plotting to kill Jesus, but they were also planning to kill Lazarus, whom...

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30 Mar Runs 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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28 Mar Life Wins! (Mt 28:10) by Pastor Don Bird

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.” ~ Mt 28:10 Reflection: He has risen! Yesterday, we all gathered with our respective faith communities to celebrate Jesus' victory...

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25 Mar Passing Through Dark Shadows (Is 52:14) by Jimmy Mack

Just as many were astonished at you, My people, so His appearance was marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of men. ~ Is 52:14 Reflection:  Love is a sacrifice.  The image I think of on Good Friday is the image...

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24 Mar Me? A Minister? (Is 61:1,6) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; You yourselves shall be named priests of the LORD, ministers of our God shall you be called." ~ Is 61:1,6 (full readings) . Pastor Steve's Reflections: I was a freshman in college, and in the 2nd semester...

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23 Mar Speak Life (Is 50:4) by Alice Chapman

The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. ~ Is 50:4 Reflections:  There are many voices...

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15 Mar The Father’s Mouthpiece (Jn 8:28) by Dr. Rich Reich

"I say only what the Father has taught Me." ~ Jn 8:28 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: My wife Erica tells me that I look and act just like my father.  I share his mannerisms and behaviors.  I wonder if this is because I spent so much time as...

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15 Mar The Father’s Mouthpiece (Jn 8:28) by Dr. Rich Reich

"I say only what the Father has taught Me." ~ Jn 8:28 Reflection: My wife Erica tells me that I look and act just like my father.  I share his mannerisms and behaviors.  I wonder if this is because I spent so much time as a...

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14 Mar Pretzel (Is 58:6-7) by Steve Castle

This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and...

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