Matthew 18:20 (Jesus in our midst)

12 Aug Matthew 18:20 (Jesus in our midst)

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

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Whenever I write a Living Faith reflection, I imagine you, its readers. Many of you would like to attend daily Mass, but can’t, so this is your connection to those Eucharists and those communities. Some of you have busy households, and this is your only quiet break for God to inspire you to love him and your life even more. Some of you live alone, and Living Faith is a daily connection to the vast world of blessings and needs just beyond your door.” by Fr. James Krings

Steve’s thoughts: This is a verse that I have found tremendous comfort in over the years as it states a very real promise for us believers – Jesus present with us. Let us pray…Come Lord Jesus be our guest. Come Lord Jesus. Amen. I believe. Amen.

Faith Challenge: Let’s invite others to join the LIFE Group (>200 Christians).
* NEW: The next time you find yourself praying in community with others stop and reflect on Jesus’ promise to all believers and the spiritual reality of his presence in our midst.

* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth (John 14:6) 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, Maureen Rogers (redoing knee replacement on 11 Aug), Rich Reich (friend Carolyn battling cancer), Anonymous (family with unexpected pregnancy), Peters family (JP in hospital)

Feast Day:St. Michael My. Martyr of Vietnam (1838). He was the mayor of a town in Vietnam when the persecution of Christians started. Michael was martyred with Blessed Anthony Dich, his son-in-law, and with St. James Nam. He was canonized in 1988 by Pope John Paul II.

Faith Quote: “Preach the Gospel at all times; use words when necessary.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

In Christ,
Ephesians 6:10 – 18

* 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.

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  • Loyola
    Posted at 4:15 PM, 19 November 2010 Reply

    What if the unborn could speak to its mother?

    To honor the millions of unborn, I wrote a song called “You Saw Them” that you can listen to for free at this link. Feel free to share the link with anyone and everyone who truly cares.

    If you want to add it to your collection, there’s also a link to to do that.

    Very Best,


    • pcastle
      Posted at 7:56 PM, 19 November 2010 Reply

      Loyola, thank you for your insightful comment. I was not able to find your song…please send the song link to Thanks…Godspeed!