Genesis 2:15 (big cell phone to God)

11 Feb Genesis 2:15 (big cell phone to God)

Welcome God every morning before your 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

The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. Genesis 2:15

Living Faith snippets: “As God’s finest creation, we human beings are part of one integral earth community, and we have a special responsibility to be good stewards of the earth. We must tenderly care for the ill in our midst, whether the ill be other human beings or planet Earth itself.” Sr. Melannie Svoboda

LIFE Group nuggets:
* Angi Castle pointed out that yesterday’s verse is a reflection of our culture war. “You disregard God’s command, but cling to human tradition.” Mark 7:8
* In Paige Castle’s 3rd grade Sunday School class, we talked about being on guard against things becoming “gods” that take us away from our merciful and gracious God (First Commandment). A couple nights ago, Paige cut out two paper cell phones (one big, one small). She said, “Dad, the big cell phone is to God, and the little cell phone is to everything else.”
* Mike Castle shared this music video,
* Ross Paulick shared this article, Fla. doctor loses license after botched abortion.

Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News. Suggestions?
* NEW: Read the very short book of James (in the Bible)…you will not be disappointed!

Culture War/ProLife News: LifeSiteNews, American Family Association, Priests for Life
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images).
* NEW: Obama’s ‘duplicity’ on life issue, “In his speech Thursday morning, the president stated, “There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being.””

Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas below.
* Let’s pray for courage to share ProLife Truth to those around us (John 14:6)…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16).
* Prayer to end abortion, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, Pres Obama becomes ProLife, lack of faith, illnesses/injuries, Rich Reich (Fr. Tim cancer surgery), Liz Curry (abused children), Zek Kazanca (PhD exam prep), Bro Joe Castle (unresolved medical issue), Peters family (JP updates), Mark Nelson (Pat Barton cancer surgery), Rob Ouellette (Leo & Suzanne)
* NEW: Ann Schaefbauer (Ian Keisacker, 1st grader, who is recovering from brain surgery)

Faith Quote: “Man’s real and most profound sickness is the absence of God, the absence of the source of truth and love.” Pope Benedict XVI

Through Christ for ProLife,
Phil 4:13

* Bible: Readings and reflections for today.
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, thereby changing us & helping others. Wayne Watson, “When God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven, and miracles you can’t explain await!” ‘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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