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

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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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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21 Oct Choosing Who is Your Master (Rom 6:14) by Joshua Bachman

"For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace." ~ Rom 6:14 (full readings) . Joshua's Reflections:  Choice. What has power over your choices? In today’s Gospel, Our Lord discusses the servant who is always ready and doing his master’s...

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20 Oct Grace Overflows (Rom 5:20) by Peggy Bowes

"The law entered in so that transgression might increase but, where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more…" ~ Rom 5:20 (full readings) . Peggy's Reflections:  I think that anyone who has ever spent time praying in front of an abortion clinic understands the phrase, "… where sin increased,...

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20 Oct Grace Overflows (Rom 5:20) by Peggy Bowes

"The law entered in so that transgression might increase but, where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more…" ~ Rom 5:20 (full readings) . Peggy's Reflections:  I think that anyone who has ever spent time praying in front of an abortion clinic understands the phrase, "… where sin increased,...

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19 Oct Trust in God (Lk 12:19) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax!" ~ Lk 12:19 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  I don't like to gamble, but imagine if you won the lottery and received a million dollars.  What would you do?  Today's Gospel tells the...

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19 Oct Trust in God (Lk 12:19) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax!" ~ Lk 12:19 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  I don't like to gamble, but imagine if you won the lottery and received a million dollars.  What would you do?  Today's Gospel tells the...

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16 Oct Do Not be Afraid (Lk 12:4) by Chris Engelhart

"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more." ~ Lk 12:4 (full readings) . Chris' Reflections:  How often do I read the paper or on the computer a story of evil working in the world?  It’s everywhere:...

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15 Oct Blood Generation (Lk 11:51) by Dr. Rich Reich

"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 11:51 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Jesus told the religious leaders of His time that their generation would...

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15 Oct Blood Generation (Lk 11:51) by Dr. Rich Reich

"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 11:51 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Jesus told the religious leaders of His time that their generation would...

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14 Oct Woe to You? (Lk 11:46) by Sara Beaner

"And he said, 'Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.'" ~ Lk 11:46 (full readings) . Sara's Reflections:  How many of us like to eat fresh fruits and veggies? So do I....

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09 Oct United We Stand (Lk 11:23) by Amy Kosta

"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." ~ Lk 11:23 (full readings) . Amy's Reflections: Today in Luke’s gospel Jesus speaks strong words to His followers, challenging them to abandon their sinfulness and follow Him.  He demands the whole heart...

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09 Oct United We Stand (Lk 11:23) by Amy Kosta

"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." ~ Lk 11:23 (full readings) . Amy's Reflections: Today in Luke’s gospel Jesus speaks strong words to His followers, challenging them to abandon their sinfulness and follow Him.  He demands the whole heart...

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07 Oct Hallowed Be Thy Name (Lk 11:2) by Jeff Grabosky

"He said to them, 'When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come.'" ~ Lk 11:2 (full readings) . Jeff's Reflections:  The Lord's Prayer is one that we have all probably prayed countless times. However, how often do we really stop and reflect on the words we are praying? For...

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07 Oct Hallowed Be Thy Name (Lk 11:2) by Jeff Grabosky

"He said to them, 'When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come.'" ~ Lk 11:2 (full readings) . Jeff's Reflections:  The Lord's Prayer is one that we have all probably prayed countless times. However, how often do we really stop and reflect on the words we are praying? For...

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05 Oct Hungry (Ps 42:1) by Karen Patnaude

"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God." ~ Ps 42:1 (full readings) . Karen's Reflections:  Have you ever skipped breakfast and then find yourself at the grocery store near lunch. It’s the worst possible time to shop because you are...

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02 Oct The Original Crisis Pregnancy (Mt 1:18-19) by Scott Casmer

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.  And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her,...

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01 Oct Respect Life laborers (Lk 10:2) by Dr. Pat Castle

"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." ~ Luke 10:2 (full readings) . Pat's Reflections: Jesus appointed pairs of disciples whom He sent ahead of him to prepare the way with sacrifice and love.  LIFE Runners hear His call.  We share the Gospel of Life with...

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30 Sep Followers (Lk 9:57-58) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Someone said to Him, 'I will be Your follower wherever You go.' Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have lairs, the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.' " ~ Lk 9:57-58 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Jesus does...

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29 Sep Guardian Angels (Rev 12:7-8) by Kevin McNicholas

"Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.  The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven."  ~ Rev 12:7-8 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Angels are defined as Messengers of God, and they are very real Servants of...

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28 Sep Unplanned But Not Unwanted (Zech 8:5) by Peggy Bowes

"The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.’' ~ Zech 8:5 (full readings) . Peggy's Reflections:  The pro-choice advocates try to convince us that children are a nuisance if they aren’t carefully planned; an inconvenient problem whose solution is abortion. Yet there are no doubt...

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24 Sep Mercy and Kindness Lead to Favor (Prov 3:3) by Pastor Rick Foreman

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." ~ Prov 3:3 (full readings) Pastor Rick's Reflections:  One dictionary defines mercy as compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power;...

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23 Sep Prayer Warrior (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 (full readings) . Mary's Reflections:  Today's Gospel tells us, "Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no...

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21 Sep Follow Me (Mt 9:9) by Dr. Rich Reich

"As He moved on, Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his post where taxes were collected. He said to him, 'Follow Me.' " ~ Mt 9:9 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  As LIFE Runners, we hear the Lord knocking on the door and calling us by name. We have...

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18 Sep Compete Well (1 Tim 6:11-12) by Chris Engelhart

"But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of...

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18 Sep Compete Well (1 Tim 6:11-12) by Chris Engelhart

"But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of...

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17 Sep Love the Sinner (Lk 7:43-44) by Scott Casmer

"Simon said in reply, 'The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.' He said to him, “You have judged rightly.' Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, 'Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but...

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15 Sep A Mother’s Cry (Jn 19:26-27) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Jesus said to His mother, 'Woman, there is your son.' In turn He said to the disciple, 'There is your mother.' " ~ Jn 19:26-27 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections: When a mother cries, a special power moves in the heart of each family member. When mom cries, we feel...

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11 Sep I Can’t See? (Lk 6:39-41) by Sara Beaner

"Jesus told his disciples a parable: 'Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do...

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09 Sep Good Person (Col 3:1-2) by Kevin McNicholas

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth." ~ Col 3:1-2 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  St. Paul is fairly straightforward in what he says here, would you...

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07 Sep Be Courageous (Lk 6:7) by Dr. Rich Reich

""The scribes and Pharisees were on the watch to see if He would perform a cure on the Sabbath so that they could find a charge against Him." ~ Lk 6:7 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections: In today's Gospel, Jesus publicly displayed His healing of the man with a...

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04 Sep Shed Your Skin (Lk 5:37) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined." ~ Lk 5:37 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections: I often reflect back on my metanoia (change of heart) that I experienced back in...

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04 Sep Shed Your Skin (Lk 5:37) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined." ~ Lk 5:37 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections: I often reflect back on my metanoia (change of heart) that I experienced back in...

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03 Sep Pray Without Ceasing (Col 1:9) by Brandon McAuliffe

"Brothers and sisters: From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding." ~ Col 1:9 (full readings) . Brandon's Reflections: Besides our motto, I can see no other fitting...

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03 Sep Pray Without Ceasing (Col 1:9) by Brandon McAuliffe

"Brothers and sisters: From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding." ~ Col 1:9 (full readings) . Brandon's Reflections: Besides our motto, I can see no other fitting...

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02 Sep Stand Up for the Truth (Lk 4:41) by Kevin McNicholas

"And demons also came out from many, shouting, 'You are the Son of God.' But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ." ~ Lk 4:41 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  The demons were right, He is the Son of God!...

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01 Sep Build One Another Up (1 Thes 5:11) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do." ~ 1 Thes 5:11 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  One thing that I like about the LIFE Runners is that we are part of a team that supports one another through praying, fundraising, and running/walking.  Being pro-life...

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31 Aug Strangers in Our Own Land (LK 4:24) by Amy Kosta

"Amen I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place." ~ Lk 4:24 (full readings) . Amy's Reflections:  In today's gospel Jesus stands to preach in Nazareth where He speaks words of truth that amazed the people, but was rejected in His home town.  I have...

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28 Aug Invest Your Time Wisely (Mt 25:8-9) by Dr. Rich Reich

"The foolish ones said to the sensible, 'Give us some of your oil. Our torches are going out.' But the sensible ones replied, 'No.'" ~ Mt 25:8-9 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Some things cannot be shared, no matter how much we might wish to share them.  If a...

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27 Aug STAY AWAKE & WAIT ?!!! (Mt 24:42-46) by Sara Beaner

"So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come he would have stayed awake and would not...

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26 Aug Don’t Give Up (1 Thes 2:13) by Pastor Don Bird

"And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe." ~...

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25 Aug Where Does Praise for You Come From? (1 Thes 2:6) by Jimmy Mack

"Nor did we seek praise from men, either from you or from others." ~ 1 Thes 2:6 (full readings) . Jimmy's Reflections:  I struggle with this.  I can be so much like Detective Yemana from the TV comedy Barney Miller (it's on Youtube).  In one episode he and his partners...

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24 Aug Yes to God (Jn 1:50-51) by Kevin McNicholas

"Jesus answered and said to him, 'Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.' And he said to him, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and...

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