Matthew 19:21 (radically free!)

17 Aug Matthew 19:21 (radically free!)

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

If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor. Matthew 19:21 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Jesus has earlier explained that to be perfect means to love all without exception. Jesus declares perfection also means a radical disinterest in accumulating stuff…the way to “have treasure in heaven.” The final requirement is that we follow Him. Radical disinterest in wealth and possessions is the way to be free enough to follow Christ. Could be risky, but the point of following Christ is to become anything and everything Christ leads us to be.” by Mitch Finley (author of The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old Timers, and Those In-Between)

Faith Challenge: Let’s invite others to join the LIFE Group (>210 Christians).
* NEW: Our newest member is Vicki Kerkvliet, welcome!
* NEW: Let’s strive to pray with our family/friends every day…the Lord will lighten our yokes, and we will discover “that was easy!”

* 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!
* NEW: A baby’s brain waves can be detected 6 wks after conception.

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, Rich Reich (friend Carolyn battling cancer), Peters family (JP in hospital), Stephanie Spader (pregnancy concerns)
* NEW: Pat Castle (Steve/Tina Castle sell their home in preparation for their Sept move to Fergus Falls, MN.)

Faith Quotes:
* “So what value does life really have to those who now see only this world as their destiny and purpose.” Steve Jalsevac ( editor)
* “Heaven knows your name.” ~unknown

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 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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