John 11:27 (running hand in hand…)

29 Jul John 11:27 (running hand in hand…)

Let’s welcome God every morning by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (, which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17

I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world. John 11:27 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “For all of us who have wrongly expected God to fulfill our every expectation, Martha is a source of great encouragement. The question is: can we let Jesus instruct us, even if he is a little blunt at times, and take His words to heart? If so, there is hope for us, for Jesus now and always has the words of eternal life.” by Mark Neilsen

Pat nuggets: I run with my daughter Paige (9) after work, as she is training for her first 5K (27 Sep). Near the end of each run, when she is tired, Paige reaches out to hold my hand because this makes her “feel better.” When I run hard, I reach out in prayer to our heavenly Father because it makes me feel better (peace and joy)…knowing that God is with us every step.

Faith Challenge: Let’s invite others to join us (Mark 16:15)…Rich/Pat will gladly add them to the LIFE Group distro (202 email addresses).
* NEW: To lighten our load, let’s reach out in prayer to God and reach out in service to those near us…bringing us peace and joy.

Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, American Family Association, Priests for Life
* 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 in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, LIFE Runners TC Marathon (4 Oct)
* NEW: Carla Neal (Sara’s Son and all military in Iraq…the high this week is 122 the low will be 111)

Feast Day: St. Martha

Faith Quote: “Life is fragile…handle with prayer.” unknown

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.

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