28 Jul Matt 13:31 (becoming a model of faith)
Posted on Monday 28 July, 2008
* Welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which has snippets from Living Faith (livingfaith.com). All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed… Matt 13:31
Living Faith snippets: “God smiled upon your smallness and you blossomed into a wondrous tree of life. You, too, are a sign of the kingdom of God. The leaven of your little life lived with faithfulness can assist others in rising to the greatness God desires for them.” by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr (author of Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day)
* Looks like I will now purchase my gift certificates for the homeless from Burger King (not McDonalds): “The far-reaching nature of homosexual activism was recently highlighted when it was announced that fast-food giant McDonald’s — a chain that spends millions of dollars marketing itself to families — has become a “corporate partner” of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The next time you find yourself in one of their restaurants, I wish you would let management know how disgusted you are with this new affiliation. As for me, I will patronize other food establishments. To sign a national petition of objection, please log on to http://www.frc.org/content/mcdonalds-is-funding-homosexual-activism–and-im-not-lovin-it-1.” Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family (http://www2.focusonthefamily.com/docstudy/newsletters/A000001176.cfm)
ProLife news: http://www.lifenews.com/.
* “One Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) in Florida recently shared the story of a woman who entered the clinic determined to have an abortion. The staff convinced her to have an ultrasound, and, after seeing her 13 week’s gestation baby kicking its feet and waving its arms on the screen, she said, “I had no idea…I had no idea!” God used those ultrasound images to change her heart. Stories like this are coming in from all over the country, thanks to your support for the Option Ultrasound program.” by Jim Daly (President of Focus on the Family)
Our Prayers: Abortion, our enemies/our troops, natural disasters, depression/despair, prisoners, Vicki M. (her cancer treatment), Kay C. (friend Nancy Wheeler cancer treatment), Kathy-jo P. (friend Maria has terminal brain cancer), Gina Prevett (Ty’s uncle who had triple bypass surgery, friends with dementia)
Faith quote: “I ask you, in the Lord Jesus, to set aside all division and to work with joy to prepare a way for Him, in fidelity to His word and in constant conversion to His will…striving to bring the light and truth of the Gospel to the task of building an even more just and free world.” Pope Benedict (Apr visit to USA)
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Today’s Bible readings at www.usccb.org/nab/today.shtml. Reflection on readings at http://www.daily-meditations.org/index2.html
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, thereby changing us & helping others. Wayne Watson lyrics, “When God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven, and miracles you can’t explain await!” “If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead & see Him.”
* 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. Prayer to End Abortion. Ask Blessed Margaret of Castello for her prayers to end abortion.
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for non-believers (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 live out the Good News and gladly tell others about it (Mark 16:15)!