LIFE Runners Devotions

21 Jul A Brother in Christ (Mt 12:50) by Jeff Grabosky

"For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother." ~ Mt 12:50 (full readings) . Jeff's Reflections:  The entire LIFE Runners community was saddened to learn of the passing of our teammate this month, Ed Heigl.  Ed was a major advocate for the unborn and...

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17 Jul God is Mercy (Mt 12:7-8) by Scott Casmer

"If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath." ~ Mt 12:7-8 (full readings) . Scott's Reflections:  The first few lines of Matthew Chapter 12 talk about how there are times when God's...

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16 Jul Fix Your Eyes on Jesus (Mt 11:28-30) by Angi Castle

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~ Mt 11:28-30 (full readings) . Angi's Reflections: Some days I am tired. I am tired of working hard; I am tired of doing laundry. I am tired of making dinner....

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15 Jul Let Go and Let God (Mt 11:25) by Dr. Rich Reich

"At that time Jesus exclaimed: 'I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.'" ~ Mt 11:25 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  The message in today's Gospel is that the Lord...

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13 Jul Why? (Mt 10:18,22) by Sara Beaner

"Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves, so be cunning as snakes and yet innocent as doves,  You will be universally hated on account of my name; but anyone who stands firm to the end will be saved." ~ Mt 10:18,22 (full readings) . Sara's Reflections:  Why...

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10 Jul Simple as Doves (Mt 10:16) by Angi Castle

"Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.” ~ Mt 10: 16 (full readings) . Angi's Reflections: Our Lord warned His disciples then, as he warns us today, to prepare for persecution. In the Pro-Life...

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09 Jul Much To Give (Mt 10:8) by Kevin McNicholas

"Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give." ~ Mt 10:8 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Jesus brings up a very important idea here, and one that has given me reason to think: what stands in my way? I always pray that God will bless others through my...

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06 Jul The Fast Track (Mt 9:18) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Before Jesus had finished speaking to them, a synagogue leader came up." ~ Mt 9:18 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Before today's Gospel, Jesus was talking about a new way of living and fasting (Mt 9:14).  Jarius approached Him and asked for Jesus to bring his daughter back to...

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03 Jul Doubting Thomas (Jn 20:29) by Brandon McAuliffe

"Jesus said to him, 'Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.'" ~ Jn 20:29 (full readings) . Brandon's Reflections:  This weekend is full of cookouts and spending time together with our families and happens to coincide with...

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01 Jul Never Lose Hope (Gn 21:5, 8-20A) by Amy Kosta

"Don’t be afraid; God has heard the boy’s cry in this plight of his.  Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand; for I will make of him a great nation." ~ Gn 21:5, 8-20A (full readings) . Amy's Reflections:  In today's reading from Genesis we see...

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30 Jun Keep Calm and Have Faith (Mt 8:26) by Dr. Rich Reich

"He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?' Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm." ~ Mt 8:26 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Jesus got into a boat and His disciples followed Him.  A violent...

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23 Jun Cry Out for Justice (Psalm 15) by Pastor Don Bird

"He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord." ~ Psalm 15 (full readings) . Pastor Don's Reflections:  Justice.  Throughout the Holy Scriptures, prophets have cried out for justice on behalf of God, and found themselves standing on their own.  God has called His people to practice justice and...

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18 Jun His Justice Endures Forever (Ps 111:3-4) by Scott Casmer

"Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate." ~ Ps 111:3-4 (full readings) . Scott's Reflections:  Today's reading reminds us that God is full of majesty, glory, and justice.  The ministry of LIFE Runners indeed reflects this...

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17 Jun Sow Bountifully (2 Cor 9:6) by Kevin McNicholas

"Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." ~ 2 Cor 9:6 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  I am considering this, and wondering how I can better sow in the Lord's Vineyard? I haven't been to the Diocesan prayer rally with our...

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16 Jun They Gave Themselves First to the Lord (Mt 5:48) by Paula Parmelee

"So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." ~ Mt 5:48 (full readings) . Paula's Reflections:  Mary's Choice Resource Center in Sioux City Iowa is strategically located next door to Planned Parenthood.  On Monday May 18th Bishop Walker Nickless celebrated a dedication Mass in the chapel at...

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15 Jun Go That Extra Mile (Mt 5:41) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles." ~ Mt 5:41 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel Jesus instructs, "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two."  Christ's instruction deals with the Roman practice of commandeering civilians or...

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15 Jun Go That Extra Mile (Mt 5:41) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles." ~ Mt 5:41 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel Jesus instructs, "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two."  Christ's instruction deals with the Roman practice of commandeering civilians or...

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11 Jun Pray for Conversion (Acts 11:24) by Dr. Rich Reich

"He himself was a good man filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. Thereby large numbers were added to the Lord." ~ Acts 11:24 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  The saint of today is St. Barnabas.  St. Barnabas was extremely fruitful for God's Kingdom.  This makes him one of...

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10 Jun Do Something (Mt 5:17-19) by Sandy Hentges

"But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven." ~ Mt 5:17-19 (full readings) . Sandy's Reflections: "What do you want for your children?" It was a question posed by the principal to a school gymnasium filled with parents one cold winter evening. The...

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09 Jun The Light (Mt 5:14) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden." ~ Mt 5:14 (full readings) . Pastor Steve's Reflections: You are the light of the world. It was time for an update. So away we went to the hardware story to purchase a new light for our entry...

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05 Jun Light of Day (Tb 11:14) by Alice Chapman

"I can see you, son, the light of my eyes!" ~ Tb 11:14 (full readings) . Alice's Reflections:  For more than 40 years, our society has worn blinders, or, like Tobit in today’s first reading, scales on its eyes preventing it from seeing the true light of day.  Pro-choice advocates have...

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03 Jun God is Alive!!! (Mk12:24,27) by Sara Beaner

"Jesus said to them, the reason why you are wrong is that you understand neither the scriptures nor the power of God.  He is not God of the dead but of the living.  You are very much mistaken." ~ Mk 12:24,27 (full readings) . Sara's Reflections:  Some people have asked me how...

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02 Jun God’s Eyes (Tobit 2:14) by Kevin McNicholas

"Where are your charitable deeds now? Where are your righteous acts? Look! All that has happened to you is well known!" ~ Tobit 2:14 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Tobit's wife Anna was right to call him out here! Anna said this out of love, to help Tobit recognize God in...

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01 Jun God’s Vineyard (Mk 12:1) by Dr. Rich Reich

"A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press, and built a tower.  Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey." ~ Mk 12:1 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the tenant farmers.  He...

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29 May Finish the Race (Sirach 44:11) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Their wealth remains in their families, their heritage with their descendants." ~ Sirach 44:11 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Jesus warned us about "laying the foundation and then not being able to complete the work" (Lk 14:29).  As in today's reading, our wealth remains in our families and in the future of our...

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27 May God and Country (Ps 79:8) by Bonnie Sabin

"Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us, for we are brought very low." ~ Ps 79:8 (full readings) . Bonnie's Reflections:  Recently we observed the annual National Day of Prayer for the United States (always first Thursday of May).  It was great to gather...

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26 May Sacrifice (Sirach 35:9,12) by Matthew Laugeman

"The just ones sacrifice is most pleasing nor will it ever be forgotten.  Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously according to your means." ~ Sirach 35:9,12 (full readings) . Matthew's Reflections:  It’s easy to get discouraged by watching or reading the daily news.  To me,...

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22 May Do You Love Me? (Jn 21:17) by Sara Beaner

"He said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of John, do you love me?' Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, 'Do you love me?' and he said to him, 'Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.' Jesus said to...

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20 May The Hard Work of Giving (Acts 20:35) by Joshua Bachman

"In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" ~ Acts 20:35 (full readings) . Joshua's Reflections:  Amongst runners, it’s often remarked that...

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19 May Glorify God (Jn 17:4) by Peggy Bowes

"I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do." ~ Jn 17:4 (full readings) . Peggy's Reflections:  Think of these words of Jesus when you are standing in front of your local abortion center in the pouring rain, freezing temperatures, or even a beautiful day...

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18 May The Father is with Me (Jn 16:32-33) by Scott Casmer

"Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In...

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15 May Sorrow Turns to Joy (Jn 16:21) by Dr. Rich Reich

"When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world." ~ Jn 16:21 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Jesus...

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13 May When the Spirit Comes, He will Guide You. (Jn 16:13) by Kathy Forck

"But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming." ~ Jn 16:13 (full readings) . Kathy's Reflections:  May 13 is a special day for me and...

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12 May Show Me (Phil 2:5) by Pastor Rick Foreman

"Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: Let Him be your example in humility." ~ Phil 2:5 (full readings) . Rick's Reflections:  St. Francis of Assisi stated, "It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching." As...

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11 May Spirit of Truth (Jn 15:26) by Angi Castle

"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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08 May Love One Another (Jn 15:12-13) by Jeff Grabosky

"This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." ~ Jn 15:12-13 (full readings) . Jeff's Reflections:  Today's Gospel passage contains a simple, yet powerful message: Love one another. Sounds easy, right? Earlier today I...

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06 May Remain in Me & Bear Much Fruit (Jn 15:2) by Ed Heigl

"He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit." ~ Jn 15:2 (full readings) . Ed's Reflections:  The non-productive parts of our life must be cut away so that the fruits of our good works may be brought...

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05 May Through Hardships to Peace (Acts 14:22) by Chris Engelhart

"It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God." ~ Acts 14:22 (full readings) . Chris' Reflections:  Paul and his companions tell the early Christians in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of...

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04 May Best Yes (Ps 115:15) by Chris Talley

"May you be blessed by the Lord, maker of heaven and earth." ~ Ps 115:15 (full readings) . Chris' Reflections:  This past winter I led a bible study at church, the Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. The basis behind the book is learning when you should say yes and when you...

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01 May A Place for Us (Jn 14:2-3) by Dr. Rich Reich

"In My Father's house there are many dwelling places; otherwise, how could I have told you that I was going to prepare a place for you?" ~ Jn 14:2-3 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In High School especially, but even in our adulthood, we are always looking for a way to fit...

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30 Apr Giving God Thanks (Ps 89:1) by Kevin McNicholas

"Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord." ~ Ps 89:1 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  Why don't I do this more? What is preventing me from always giving God thanks, rather than giving in to the temptation to think more about what is missing in my life? There is no...

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