Luke 12:20 (“Be a hero…today!”)

19 Oct Luke 12:20 (“Be a hero…today!”)

Let’s welcome God this 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

But God said to him, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?” Luke 12:20 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Who doesn’t sympathize with the man who wanted to hoard his harvest to enjoy later? We’ve heard time and again of the need to save for the future. But God also calls us to live in the present. Thinking you’ll volunteer every week at a homeless shelter once the kids are out of the house? Volunteer an hour or two a month now. Thinking you’ll spend an hour a day in prayer once you retire? Pray ten minutes on the way to work or the grocery store today. The plans we make for the future have a way of being turned on their heads. Let’s resolve to share our gifts responsibly and as fully as possible today, rather than waiting for “someday.” Lord, help me be present to your will today and every day.” by Melanie Rigney

Pat nuggets: While planning an upcoming prayer visit to the St. Louis abortion mill, I came across the pro-abortion response to the 40 Days for Life campaign (ends 1 Nov), called the Defending The Truth campaign (a complete contradiction). “Planned Parenthood is preparing to defend our patients and staff from intimidation and harassment during a prolonged, anti-choice protest, scheduled to last through the fall. They’re here 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Be a hero…donate today!” The Planned Parenthood donations are built around a “pledge a protestor” fundraiser that has raised $26,433. As I’ve never heard of any harrassment from 40 Days for Life participants, this defense fund will likely just further fuel the culture of death. May this Planned Parenthood destruction fund be easily offset with our constructive ProLife donations of time (abortion mill presence/prayers) and treasure.
* Note: This nugget motivated the 100th “abortion” devotion theme label (out of 466 devotion posts) on our website (scroll down on right side for theme list). I also added “truth” and “love” theme labels to this devotion…because if we defend Truth without love (intimidation/harrassment), we are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Faith Challenges:
* NEW members include Fr. Chris Uhl…welcome! Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6) to join our LIFE Group (>245 of God’s children).
* NEW: “Be a hero…today!” Donate your time (abortion mill presence/prayer) and treasure in defense of the unborn.

* 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!

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, refugees, addictions, persecuted believers, Peters family (JP in hospital), Lynn Bishara (for son Alex), Joyce Trunk (friend w/brain cancer)
* NEW: Kay Castle (for the repose of the Soul of Chris Taylor…and for her family)

Feast Day: Sts. Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil “The first of all the martyrs to suffer death was Rene Goupil, who was tomahawked on September 29, 1642, for having made the Sign of the Cross on the brow of some children.”

Faith Quote: “Are you making a difference or just making a living?”

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 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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