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

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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03 Feb On the Right Side of the Fence, Every Time (2 Sam 24:10) by Scott Casmer

"Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people, and said to the LORD: 'I have sinned grievously in what I have done. But now, LORD, forgive the guilt of your servant, for I have been very foolish.'" ~ 2 Sam 24:10 (full readings) . Scott's Reflections:  Today's reading from the second book of Samuel...

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02 Feb Life facts (Lk 2:29-31) by Angi Castle

"Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all peoples.” ~ Lk 2:29-31 (full readings) Angi's Reflections: Simeon was a faithful man and it was revealed...

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01 Feb Jesus Banned (Mk 5:17) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Before long they were begging Him to go away from their district." ~ Mk 5:17 (full readings) .Rich's Reflections: In the Gospel today, the Gereasenes were terrorized by a demoniac who lived amid the tombs, screamed uninterruptedly, and gashed himself with stones.  Jesus drove a legion of demons...

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29 Jan An Easy Start (2 Sam 11:1b-2) by Joshua Bachman

"Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem." ~ 2 Sam 11:1b-2 (full readings) . Joshua's...

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27 Jan Be Rich Soil (Mk 4:8) by Dr. Pat Castle

"And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit." ~ Mk 4:8 (full readings) . Pat's Reflections: LIFE Runners are truly rich soil and capable of producing Pro-Life fruit.  However, we can't produce Pro-Life fruit without planting lots of seeds and watering those seeds with love and...

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26 Jan Who’s Will Are You Doing? (Mk 3:34-35) by Sara Beaner

"And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.'" ~ Mk 3:34-35 (full readings) . Sara's Reflections:  Have you ever asked your own child/children, or your own grandchild,...

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25 Jan Conversion (Acts 22:15) by Dr. Rich Reich

"For you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard." ~ Acts 22:15 (full readings) .Rich's Reflections: The conversion of Paul is repeated three times at considerable length in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 9:1-22, Acts 22:1-21, Acts 26:1-23). This threefold repetition indicates how...

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22 Jan Our Calling (Mk 3:13-15) by Grant Fenske

"He now went up onto the mountain and summoned those he wanted. So they came to him and he appointed twelve; they were to be his companions and to be sent out to proclaim the message, with power to drive out devils." ~ Mk 3:13-15 (full readings) . Grant's Reflections:...

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21 Jan Protecting the Innocent (1 Sm 19:5) by Amy Kosta

"When he took his life in his hands and killed the Philistine, and the LORD won a great victory for all Israel, you were glad to see it. Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood by killing David without cause?" ~ 1 Sm...

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20 Jan Pep Talk (1 Sam 17:45-47) by Mary Grabosky

'David answered him: "You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted. Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand; I will strike...

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19 Jan All Life Matters (Acts 10:35) by Anna Dwinger

"But in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him." ~ Acts 10:35 (full readings) . Anna's Reflections: Two civilians and a police officer were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in November 2015. During...

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15 Jan Break Through the Crowd (Mk 2:2) by Dr. Rich Reich

"They began to gather in great numbers. There was no longer any room for them, even around the door." ~ Mk 2:2 (full readings) .Rich's Reflections:  In the Gospel today, we read about Jesus being surrounded by such large crowds that it was almost impossible to approach Him....

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28 Dec Simple Is Too Easy (2 Kings 5:13-14) by Karen Patnaude

"Naaman’s servants went to him and said, 'My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!'" ~ 2 Kings 5:13-14 (full readings) . Karen's Reflections:  In our...

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24 Dec Tender Compassion of Our God (Lk 1:78-79) by Angi Castle

“In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” ~ Lk 1:78-79 (full readings) Angi's Reflections:...

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

"Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God." ~ Lk 1:64 (full readings) .Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Zechariah's tongue was loosed to praise the Lord when he obeyed the archangel Gabriel by naming his son "John".  Are we tongue-tied when it comes to...

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21 Dec Say Yes (Lk 1:45) by Kevin McNicholas

"Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.'"  ~ Lk 1:45 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  St. Elizabeth makes a great statement both to and about Mary here, one that is as true today as it was 2,015 years ago. The Holy...

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18 Dec To EVERYTHING There is a Season (Ecc 3:1) by Pastor Rick Foreman

"There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven." ~ Ecc 3:1 (full readings) Pastor Rick's Reflections:  A.W. Tozer once said, "When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection. So many people in today’s society are living as...

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15 Dec Lip Service (Mt 21:30) by Dr. Rich Reich

"He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go." ~ Mt 21:30 (full readings) .Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Jesus asked the opinion of the chief priests and the elders of the people, "Who did his father's will?"  One son said no to working in the vineyard,...

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09 Dec My Yoke (Mt 11:28-30) by Mary Grabosky

"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 humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke...

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01 Dec Blessed are We (Lk 10:24) by Dr. Pat Castle

"[Jesus] said, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it." ~ Lk 10:24 (full readings) . Pat's Reflections: Blessed are the LIFE Runners who see and hear the goodness of the Lord...

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30 Nov Fish Story (Mt 4:19) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men." ~ Mt 4:19 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Today is the feast day of St. Andrew.  In the Gospel today, the first thing that Andrew did after meeting Jesus was to seek out his brother Simon and tell him...

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23 Nov Happiness is Fleeting (Lk 21:3-4) by Kevin McNicholas

"He said, 'I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.'" ~ Mt 21:27 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  The widow really made a great impression on Jesus...

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13 Nov Preserve a Life (Lk 17:33) by Michael Rackers

"From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!" ~ Lk 17:33 (full readings) . Michael's Reflections:  Is there any other verse in the Bible that epitomizes the dilemma...

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28 Oct Pray (Lk 6:12) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

"Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God." ~ Lk 6:12 (full readings) . Pastor Steve's Reflections:  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us to find a secret place to pray in. Jesus went alone and prayed. Where is this place for...

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27 Oct Glory Revealed (Rom 8:18) by Alice Chapman

"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us." ~ Rom 8:18 (full readings) . Alice's Reflections:  Sometimes it’s almost overwhelming to contemplate all of the suffering that exists in this earthly life.  Every day, the news and...

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27 Oct Glory Revealed (Rom 8:18) by Alice Chapman

"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us." ~ Rom 8:18 (full readings) . Alice's Reflections:  Sometimes it’s almost overwhelming to contemplate all of the suffering that exists in this earthly life.  Every day, the news and...

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26 Oct The Law of Human Dignity (Rom 8:15) by Fr. Jonathan

"For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, 'Abba, Father!'" ~ Rom 8:15 (full readings) . Fr. Jonathan's Reflections:  In the Gospel of the day, Jesus encounters a woman who had been crippled...

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23 Oct Run with Endurance (Heb 12:1) by Finau Leggett

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." ~ Heb 12:1 (full readings) . Finau's Reflections:  Today...

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22 Oct Live Your Faith (Lk 12:51) by Kevin McNicholas

"Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division."  ~ Lk 12:51 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  That is very true! Jesus is probably the most divisive figure in history, though maybe not the way most people would think. In...

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