LIFE Runners Devotions

10 Feb Be Fruitful and Multiply (Gen 1:20) by Kathy Forck

"God said, 'Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.'" ~ Gen 1:20 (full readings) . Kathy's Reflections:  God has blessed us and told us to be fruitful and multiply.  The innocent life lost each day is...

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09 Feb Narrow Road (Rom 12:2) by Pastor Rick Foreman

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." ~ Rom 12:2 (full readings) . Pastor Rick's Reflections:  We can let culture drag us...

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06 Feb Remedy for a Sore Loser (Heb 13:5) by Jeff Grabosky

"Let your life be free from love of money, but be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you." ~ Heb 13:5 (full readings) . Jeff's Reflections:  I have to admit I can be a sore loser at times.  I can get so frustrated with...

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05 Feb Believe, Repent and be Saved Through the Mercy of God (Mk 6:7) by Ed Heigl

"Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits." ~ Mk 6:7 (full readings) . Ed's Reflections:  "And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; and He instructed them...

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04 Feb Endure Your Trials (Heb 12:7) by Shane Kapler

"Endure your trials as ‘discipline’; God treats you as his sons." ~ Heb 12:7 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections:  The Jewish Christians to whom the author of Hebrews wrote knew persecution first hand.  They had been exposed to public ridicule, the confiscation of property, and some had even been imprisoned...

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02 Feb Presentation of the Lord (Lk 2:22-23) by Dr. Rich Reich

"The couple brought Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, 'Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.'" ~ Lk 2:22-23 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Today is the Feast of the Presentation of...

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30 Jan Enduring a Great Contest of Suffering (Heb 10:32-33) by Scott Casmer

"Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.  At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated." ~ Heb 10:32-33 (full readings) . Scott's Reflections:  Today's passage in Hebrews reminds us...

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29 Jan Why We Run (Heb 6:11) by Chris Talley

"Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true." ~ Heb 6:11 (full readings) . Chris' Reflections:  We run as a prayer, to build endurance, for awareness, for charity, and to...

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28 Jan Grace to Give (Mk 4:18-19) by Kevin McNicholas

"Those sown among thorns are another sort.  They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit." ~ Mk 4:18-19 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  How did Jesus know that this was just...

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27 Jan Family Divided (Mk 3:35) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me." ~ Mk 3:35 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  You may find yourself divided with your family or friends on the issue of abortion.  Jesus said that He came for division, to divide a family three against two...

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23 Jan Answering the Call (Mark 3:13) by Brandon McAuliffe

"Jesus rebuked him and said, 'Quiet! Come out of him!'" ~ Mk 3:13 (full readings) . Brandon's Reflections:  When I got married in July 2004, my life priorities were way of out whack, but at the time I was a month shy of being 21 years old and thought that I had...

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22 Jan Fight the Good Fight (Mk 3:11-12) by Mary Ellen Hoffman

"And the unclean spirits, whenever they beheld him, fell down before him and cried out, saying, 'Thou art the Son of God.'" ~ Mk 3:11-12 (full readings) . Mary Ellen's Reflections:  For those of us involved in pro-life work--prayer, running, witnessing at abortion clinics--today, January 22nd, is the most disturbing day...

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20 Jan God is Faithful (PS 111 refrain) by Amy Kosta

"The Lord will remember his covenant forever." ~ Ps 111 (full readings) . Amy's Reflections:  Reflecting upon the readings of today I was particularly drawn to the refrain of the responsorial psalm, "The Lord will remember his covenant forever."  As an advocate for life and a member of the National LIFE...

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14 Jan Gift of Life (Mk 1:31) by Pastor Don Bird

"He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.  Then the fever left her and she waited on them." ~ Mk 1:31 (full readings) . Pastor Don's Reflections:  I love the healing stories of Jesus.  They remind me of the purpose for which Jesus came and they reveal to me the heart...

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13 Jan Be Quiet (Mk 1:25) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Jesus rebuked him and said, 'Quiet! Come out of him!'" ~ Mk 1:25 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's Gospel, Jesus commands the unclean spirit possessing the man in the synagogue to be "quiet" and "come out" of the man.  Our culture is filled with noise.  It seems like some...

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12 Jan Will We Listen? (Heb 1:2) by Jimmy Mack

"In these last days, he spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe." ~ Heb 1:2 (full readings) . Jimmy's Reflections:  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Your ordinary life.  The Baptism of the...

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09 Jan January Blues (Lk 5:15) by Dr. Rich Reich

"The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments." ~ Lk 5:15 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  With only a few days left of the Christmas season, we may feel depressed because Christmas has passed us.  The Christmas tree...

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09 Jan January Blues (Lk 5:15) by Dr. Rich Reich

"The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments." ~ Lk 5:15 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  With only a few days left of the Christmas season, we may feel depressed because Christmas has passed us.  The Christmas tree...

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05 Jan Spirit of God (1 Jn 3:23-24) by Dr. Kevin Vost

"And his commandment is this:  we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us.  Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is...

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02 Jan Something New (Ps 98:1) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

"Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done marvelous deeds.  His right hand and holy arm have won the victory." ~ Ps 98:1 (full readings) . Pastor Steve's Reflections:  Are you a musical person?  Some of us love to sing.  Others of us like to listen to others sing...

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01 Jan Choose Adoption (Gal 4:4-5) by Dr. Rich Reich

"When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." ~ Gal 4:4-5 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  Begin this new year by thanking God our Father for choosing...

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31 Dec The Truth (1 Jn 2:18) by Shane Kapler

"Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared." ~ 1 Jn 2:18 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections:  On this final day of the calendar year our minds naturally turn toward endings and new beginnings.  Today’s first reading is...

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29 Dec 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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26 Dec Prayer that Changes (Ps 31:16) by Stacey Wollman

"Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me." ~ Ps 31:16 (full readings) . Stacey's Reflections:  Everyday at the pregnancy help center, we ask the Lord to give us favor and demonstrate His compassion as women come to find help dealing with their unplanned pregnancy. Our...

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24 Dec Hope-Filled Crisis (Lk 1:69) by Dr. Pat Castle

“He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.” ~ Lk 1:69 (full readings). .. Pat's Reflections: Wow, Advent ends tonight, the wait is over!  Mary's hope-filled crisis pregnancy will pierce the darkness forever when the Christ child is born...

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23 Dec Fatherless Child (Mal 3:24) by Dr. Rich Reich

"To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers." ~ Mal 3:24 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In today's culture, there are many fatherless children.  This may be true even for children whose father still lives in the same house, but places their...

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22 Dec Gift of Children (1 Sam 1:27-28) by Kevin McNicholas

"I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.  Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." ~ 1 Sam 1:27-28 (full readings) . Kevin's Reflections:  This verse reminds me to be especially grateful for our own children,...

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19 Dec Consecrated from the Womb (Lk 1:15) by Alice Chapman

"He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb." ~ Lk 1:15 (full readings) . Alice's Reflections:  Expectant parents spend many hours dreaming of what their child will be like; perhaps a little girl with pigtails or a boy with long legs like his Dad.  They might...

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18 Dec Calling for Men of Justice! (Mt 1:24) by Fr. Jonathan St. Andre

"When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home." ~ Mt 1:24 (full readings) . Fr. Jonathan's Reflections:  The World has always been in need of Men of Justice!  Joseph, was spoken of in the Gospel today as a man...

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16 Dec Humble Christmas (Zeph 3:11) by Dr. Rich Reich

"On that day you need not be ashamed of all your deeds, your rebellious actions against me; for then will I remove from your midst the proud braggarts, and you shall no longer exalt yourself on My holy mountain." ~ Zeph 3:11 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  The Lord calls us to repent of...

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09 Dec Infinite Value (Mt 18:12) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Jesus said to his disciples:  'What is your opinion?  If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?'" ~ Mt 18:12 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  In the Gospel today, Jesus tells the...

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08 Dec Immaculate Conception (Gen 3:20) by Bonnie Sabin

"The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the living." ~ Gen 3:20 (full readings) . Bonnie's Reflections:  Today we honor Mary as the Immaculate Conception.  She is "the new Eve."  This relates to the "nuptial mystery" of the Church as bride of Christ.  The hearts of...

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05 Dec On God’s Time (Mt 9:28-29) by Kevin McNicholas

"When he entered the house, the blind men approached Him and Jesus said to them, 'Do you believe that I can do this?' 'Yes, Lord,' they said to Him. Then He touched their eyes and said, 'Let it be done for you according to your faith.'" ~ Mt...

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04 Dec The Land of Judah Rejoices (Is 26:1-2) by Matthew Laugeman

"On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah:  'A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.  Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith.'" ~ Is 26:1-2 (full readings) . Matthew's Reflections:  In the times we...

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03 Dec Lead People to Jesus (Mt 15:32) by Father James Dean

"Jesus summoned his disciples and said, 'My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.  I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.'" ~ Mt 15:32 (full readings) . Father James...

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02 Dec For Adults Only (Lk 10:24) by Dr. Rich Reich

"For I say to you, 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) . Rich's Reflections:  You may have heard that Christmas is for kids, but I would argue that Christmas is...

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27 Nov The Giving of Thanks (Sir 50:22) by Helena Schmidt

"And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth." ~ Sir 50:22 (full readings) . Helena's Reflections:  Thanksgiving is a day set aside for us to reflect on the goodness of our God.  He has abundantly blessed us from our mother’s womb.  On Thanksgiving Day we generally think...

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26 Nov Are You Ready? (Lk 21:16-19) by Sara Beaner

"You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death.  You will be hated universally on account of my name. but not a hair on your head will be lost.  Your perseverance will win...

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21 Nov Hanging on Words (Lk 19:47-48) by Peggy Bowes

"The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words." ~ Lk 19:47-48 (full readings) . Peggy's Reflections:  Jesus is with us when...

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20 Nov 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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19 Nov Be Strong and Courageous (Ps 150:1) by Pastor Rick Foreman

"Praise the LORD in his sanctuary, praise him in the firmament of his strength." ~ Ps 150:1 (full readings) . Pastor Rick's Reflections:  If there was ever a time for Christians to stand strong and courageous it is today.  Yet the strength source comes from the God inside us, which provides the confidence...

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18 Nov Save What Was Lost (Lk 19:10) by Jeff Grabosky

"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost." ~ Lk 19:10 (full readings) . Jeff's Reflections:  The Gospel today tells the story of Zacchaeus, which many of us learned as kids was the tale of the short man who climbed into a sycamore tree...

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17 Nov Have Sight; Your Faith Has Saved You (Lk 18:39-41) by Ed Heigl

"'Son of David,   have   pity on me!' Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, 'What do you want me to do for you?'" ~ Lk 18:39-41 (full readings) . Ed's Reflections:  Life is not about being successful.  It is...

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13 Nov Rejected (Lk 17:25) by Shane Kapler

"But first He must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation." ~ Lk 17:25 (full readings) . Shane's Reflections:  Today’s gospel is a roller coaster:  Jesus begins with the good news that “the Kingdom of God is among you” – Jesus is among us and extending the Kingdom, one converted heart...

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11 Nov Sound Teaching (Titus 2:8) by Dr. Rich Reich

"Your teaching must have the integrity of serious, sound words to which no one can take exception." ~ Ti 2:8 (full readings) . Rich's Reflections:  As LIFE Runners, we are the voice for the unborn.  It is our responsibility to speak with "the integrity of serious, sound words" in defense of...

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