14 Sep John 3:17 (The Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
Posted on Monday 14 September, 2009
Let’s welcome God this morning
by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com
), 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.
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:17 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “The hope that all may be saved offends some Christians. It is as though salvation were a zero-sum proposition, as though there is only so much to go around, as though God’s grace to others will somehow diminish our portion of grace. Remember the parable of the workers in the vineyard, how those who came early in the day complained that those who came later got the same wages…”
: Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6
) to join our LIFE Group (>220 ProLife Christians).
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 to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16) and setting the unborn free!
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, refugees, addictions, persecuted believers, Peters family (JP in hospital
), Stephanie Spader (healthy pregnancy), Adrian Hermosillo (sister Angelica battling cancer)
* NEW: Lynn Bishara (endoscopy/biopsy results for baby son Alex)
* 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).
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 (Matt 28:19