10 Mar Deut 4:9 (Remembering God’s Love for Us)
Let’s welcome God today with this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (archive, Facebook), based on Living Faith. Prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers. James 1:22
However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live … Deuteronomy 4:9 (full readings)
Living Faith snippets: “Sometimes we have trouble remembering things. In most cases, a little forgetfulness is no big deal. But in extreme cases, such as Alzheimer’s, it is a very big deal. To forget how to do simple daily tasks, to forget your family and friends, to forget who you are is truly tragic. But there is another kind of tragic forgetfulness: to forget God’s love and care for us, and to forget God’s commandments, which call us to love others as God loves us. This memory loss can have disastrous consequences on individuals and on the human community: dishonesty, infidelity, greed, lust, poverty, violence, revenge and isolationism, to name a few. God of love, help me to remember what’s really important in life: your unconditional love for me and your command for me to love others as you love me.” by Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.
Rich’s comments: In the Air Force, every organization periodically undergoes an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), which assesses the practices of the organization for fulfilling its mission. God has given us our mission: to love one another as God has loved us (John 13:34). Unless this mission is put into practice, the words can be easily forgotten. Lent is our ORI. It is a period of self-assessment to determine if our practices as Christians are in line with God’s mission. Be doers of God’s Word and not merely listeners (James 1:22); for by doing His Word, you will not forget it, because you will be living in it.
Faith Challenges: Let’s generously share the LIFE Group by forwarding a devotion or using the Facebook “invite people to join” link.
* NEW: What has helped you this Lent to remember God’s love for us? How have you shared God’s love with others? Comments on the Facebook page can be appreciated by many.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, Vatican, American Family Association, Priests for Life
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images), #1 cause of death in America (23% of pregnancies). Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth to expose abortion’s unjust peace, rebuilding a Culture of Life for setting the unborn (and parents) free!
* NEW: Unbelievable Coincidence Saves Baby from Abortion in Indianapolis: read how a woman intending on calling Planned Parenthood for an abortion was led without her knowledge by the Holy Spirit to call 40 Days for Life in Indianapolis.
* NEW: A woman and her daughter in Jacksonville, Florida spent about an hour in the parking lot at the abortion center, entering and leaving the business several times. Finally, they drove out of the lot. The young woman rolled down her window and said, “I am not going to have an abortion.” “We were there at the critical time,” said Trudy in Jacksonville. “We were there at the entrance of the driveway, offering her hope in her desperate situation. She saw strangers praying for her; she saw signs that gave her options; she experienced the ultimate, unconditional love from people whom she may never see again in this world. And her miraculous decision gave us peace and joy this world can not give!” Consider giving an hour of prayer in front of your local abortuary in support of 40 Days for Life (until 28 March, 209 babies saved so far).
Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together, and close to God (footnotes). Peters family (JP). Prayer to end abortion.
Faith Quote: “Do this in memory of me.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19)
Through Christ our Lord,
* 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, pornography, bitterness, criticalness, 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 a 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 (Matt 28:19).
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