Psalm 136:16 (we are souls!)

14 Aug Psalm 136:16 (we are souls!)

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 his mercy endures forever. Pslam 136:16 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Today’s psalm reminds us that even when it seems we are wandering in a desert, even when we feel weighed down by burdensome chains and problems that seem to have no resolution, God’s love endures.” by Beth Dotson Brown

Faith Challenge: Let’s invite others to join the LIFE Group (>210 Christians).
* NEW: Welcome to our new members! Dave Butterfield (met at Boston Marathon), Oscar (tour guide in Guilin, China), Ivan Simpson (Academy roommate), Lisa Riess (mortgage officer) and her family/friends (Jane Stock, Jane Riess, Jim Riess, Sarah Mister)
* NEW: Let’s read Sr. Francelle’s devotion, What is the worth of my Soul?, for a spiritual perspective on our True being. Let’s read about St. Maximillian Kolbe (below), who showed His love for God by joyfully making the ultimate sacrifice for his neighbor at Auschwitz…let’s strive to be joyful souls to encourage those around us, regardless of our circumstances today!

Counter-Culture 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 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 heart begins to beat between 18-24 days 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)
* NEW: Pat Castle (Stephanie Spader pregnancy concerns)

Feast Day: St. Maximilian Kolbe (patron saint of prisoners…volunteered to die in place of another prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp)

Faith Quote: “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” C.S. Lewis

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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