Luke 4:27 (God power!)

16 Mar Luke 4:27 (God power!)

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

Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed but only Naaman the Syrian. Luke 4:27 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “This story is a reminder that the miracles of Jesus were not just grandiose displays of His special powers but acts of love flowing from the very compassion of God. That compassion reaches beyond the barriers we humans often construct between people of different races, genders, nationalities, denominations and religions. Sooner or later all of us are faced with the choice of appeasing our critics or being true to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus may we never give into the temptation to put popularity or the fear of rejection over our call to help usher in the reign of God.” by Terri Mifek

Pat nuggets: While running on the Santa Fe trail near Palmer Lake, I had a “powerful” God sighting. I saw three cross-shaped powerline poles grouped on a small hill, with the center cross higher. Angi had independently noticed these crosses as well. This reminded us of Christ on the cross with the two criminals at His sides. I imagined the powerlines from Christ through the reconciled criminal bringing the gift of the Holy Spirit to Light the “yes, God” homes in the Life grid. The powerlines through the “no, God” criminal only connected homes to the empty promises of the death grid….but with a flip of a switch (Free Will, Grace, Mercy), these people could connect to the power of the Holy Spirit in the Life grid. We have an awesome God that has given His only Son to reconnect with us…we just need to keep the “yes, God” Light switch turned on!
Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News. Suggestions?
* NEW: While at a hotel recently, I said hello to a maid and asked her how she was doing. She said, “grateful”…which is even better than great. Let’s try saying “grateful” when someone asks us how we are doing today.

Stations of the Cross (#7): Jesus falls the second time.

Culture of Life (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 share ProLife Truth (John 14:6)…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16)!
* NOW (25 Feb-5 Apr): Support the 40 Days for Life campaign by praying by an abortion mill for one hour (Matt 26:40)…let’s defend the voiceless unborn!
* NEW: On Saturday, some C. Springs LIFE Group Christians gathered for prayer in front of the abortion mill: Stephanie Kemp, Tom Albrecht with his three children, Robert/Meghan Cox with their three children, and Angi/Pat with our two girls. This was truly a “foot of the cross” experience.

Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, lack of faith, illnesses/injuries, jobs, Paul Cote (sister Christine)

Faith Quote: “When praying, it’s better to have a heart without words than words without heart.” ~ RBC (shared by Sharon Carlson)

Through Christ for ProLife,
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.
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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