Colossians 3:17 (anchors our devotion intro)

01 May Colossians 3:17 (anchors our devotion intro)

Let’s welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (, which has snippets from Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Today we honor St. Joseph the Worker. Jesus was just a “carpenter’s son.” God entrusted His only Son and Mary to Joseph, the worker, the protector of this Holy Family. He is a model of humility, compassion and duty, a shining example for all of us working to build God’s kingdom. And for that we give thanks to God the Father.” by Paul Pennick

Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* Like St. Joseph and St. Mary, let’s strive to share our Living Faith through humility, compassion, and duty.

LIFE Group nuggets:
* Note that today’s verse is the standard anchor for our devotion intro (Steve Castle’s idea).
* Sr. Francelle’s devotion: Holy Spirit
* Robert Cox shared today’s picture called Mother of the Unborn…read about it here.

* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth (John 14:6) to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16) and setting the unborn free!

Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions,
* Kelley Boddicker (her Mom passed away)

Faith Quote: “At the Annunciation the Blessed Virgin welcomed the announcement of her divine motherhood. The “yes” she gave is the highest example of the “yes” every mother gives to the life of her baby.” by Pope John Paul II

Through Christ our Lord,
Phil 4:13

* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully invite others to join our LIFE Group…Rich or Pat will gladly add them to the devotions distribution list (Mark 16:15)!

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