LIFE Runners Devotions

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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11 Mar Take our Hearts (PS 34:18) by Amy Kosta

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit He saves." ~ PS 34:18 Reflection: Today’s Psalm truly speaks to the heart of our pro-life message.  As advocates for life, our goal is to reach the hearts of those facing crisis pregnancies...

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10 Mar Remember Us, O Lord (Psalm 103:8) by Mary Grabosky

"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." ~ Psalm 103:8 . Reflection: If we stop and look at the ways of the world at this time and see the blood of the innocent being shed it is only plausible that our Father...

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08 Mar God’s Mercy (Jn 5:6) by Jeff Grabosky

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” ~ Jn 5:6 Reflection: Today's Gospel hit me with just how much Christ cares for us and has...

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07 Mar Barren (Mk 11:13) by Steve Castle

"Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went over to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for figs." ~ Mark 11:13 Reflection: In today's Gospel we have...

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04 Mar Generous Spirit (Psalm 51:12) by Karen Patnaude

"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." ~ Psalm 51:12 . Reflection: Children can be incredibly stubborn, but no matter how much they push back our love for them as their parents is unwavering.  God loves us...

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03 Mar Return to the Lord (Joel 2:12-13) by Scott Casmer

"“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments.  Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love." ~ Joel 2:12-13 Reflection:  Today's verse is...

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02 Mar The First Shall Be Last (Mt 20:27-28) by Tara Ingebritsen

"Whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." ~ Mt 20:27-28 Reflection: In today's Gospel Jesus says to His disciples,...

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01 Mar Trial By Fire (Dan 3:25) by Dr. Rich Reich

"In the fire Azariah stood up and prayed aloud." ~ Dan 3:25 (full readings) Rich's Reflections: Lent is the imitation of Jesus' forty days in the desert. It is a desert experience in which we undergo "a trial by fire (1 Pt 4:12).  In the midst of the...

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29 Feb Pro-Life is Pro-Love (Jn 13:34-35) by Anna Dwinger

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~ John 13:34-35 . Anna's Reflections:  Somehow pro-life has become thought of as the “anti-woman”...

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25 Feb Heaven is a Team Sport (Mt 21:43) by Dr. Pat Castle

“Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” ~ Mt 21:43 . Pat's Reflections: Heaven is a Team sport, and LIFE Runners are “a people that will produce its fruit.”  A...

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19 Feb Anger Management (Mt 5:21-22) by Michael Rackers

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to...

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17 Feb Turn Around (Jonah 3:10) by Pastor Don Bird

"When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out." ~ Jonah 3:10 (full readings) . Pastor Don's Reflections: We are struck with the miraculous change of heart that the...

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16 Feb These 40k of Lent (Mt 6:8) by Jimmy Mack

"Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him." ~ Mt 6:8 (full readings) . Jimmy's Reflections: For those of us who are into American football, the Super Bowl is over; and the "Combines" begin a week from today. The football Combines serve as a...

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12 Feb Trumpet Up (Is 58:1) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

"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." ~ Is 58:1 (full readings) . Pastor Steve's Reflections: "Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like...

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11 Feb Make Room for God’s Abundance (Lk 9:24-25) by Alice Chapman

"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?" ~ Lk 9:24-25 (full readings) . Alice's Reflections:  As we transition from the abundance and...

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10 Feb Ash Wednesday (Ps 51:14) by Sr. Francelle Clark

"Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain me." ~ Ps 51:14 (full readings) Sr. Francelle's Reflections: I look forward to the season of Lent with joy and excitement, because I know so many are going to get closer to Jesus. Lent prepares us for...

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09 Feb Traditionally Speaking (Mk 7:1-13) by Paul Westendorf

"…they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, “Why do your disciples not follow the traditions of the elders?" ~ Mk 7:1-13 (full readings) Paul's Reflections: Granted I grew up in the era of...

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08 Feb Bringing People To Jesus (Mk 6:56) by Jeff Grabosky

"Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed." ~ Mk 6:56 (full readings) . Jeff's Reflections:  A very clear picture is drawn in Mark's Gospel of...

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05 Feb Find Your Source of Strength (Sirach 47:11) by Grant Fenske

"The Lord took away his sins, making his strength ever greater; he gave him a royal covenant, and a glorious throne in Israel." ~ Sirach 47:11 (full readings) . Grant's Reflections:   In today’s readings we are told about David’s life and where his strength comes from. We...

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04 Feb Abide in Him (Deut 4:9) by Karen Patnaude

"Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your...

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