Matt 1:23 (God is with us!)

08 Sep Matt 1:23 (God is with us!)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (archive, Facebook).

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” Matt 1:23 (full readings)

Pat nuggets:
* On this Feast Day of Mary’s birth (below), today’s Scripture celebrates Mary’s fiat (“yes, God”), which brought Christ into our lives. God calls everyone to help build His Kingdom…like Mary, say “yes, God!” each day and prepare for great blessings. Mary gave her body totally to God. Read about John Paul II’s teaching on the Theology of the Body.
* The awesome “Mother of Life” picture is by Nellie Edwards (order at
* Today’s verse and this upbeat song (Starry Night) address the highlighted Counter-Culture News article (below).
* The LIFE Runners are racing the Sioux Falls Marathon on 12 Sep…for ProLife ministry. We are raising funds for the Alpha Center crisis pregnancy bus that delivers free ultrasounds. Prayers of thanksgiving for our Sponsors (listed at Marathons for ProLife blogsite).
Faith Challenge: Plan to spend even just one hour in prayer at your local abortion mill during the 40 Days for Life (starts Sep 22).

Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life.
* Stephen Hawking’s Junk Science Atheism. Chad Livingston shared, “This is so opposed to the relationship that [God] lays out in Scripture. We are very significant and have purpose! In a post-modern culture, people are open to more than they can see. Secularism and materialism is shallow and short sighted.”
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. Peters family (JP), Rich Reich (cousin Tom cancer).
* Pope Benedict (“That by opening our hearts to love we may put an end to wars.”) Mother Theresa said that abortion is the biggest threat to world peace. If we kill our own children, will we love our enemies?
* Pat Castle (LIFE Runners mission on 12 Sep, Grandfather’s 90th birthday party on 11 Sep)

Faith Quote: “Claiming that God’s word [Scripture] allows for abortion is using God’s name in vain.” Fr. Frank Pavone (Priests for Life)

Through Christ our Lord,
Phil 4:13

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