01 Aug Psalm 69:5 (love sinners & hate our sin)
* 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
Those outnumber the hairs of my head who hate me without cause. Too many for my strength are they who wrongfully are my enemies. Must I restore what I did not steal? Psalm 69:5
Living Faith snippets: “The psalmist asks a poignant question for all allies who seek to right injustice: “Must I restore what I did not steal?” For a true ally, the answer is Yes.” by Claire J. King
Sr. Jeanette devotion: To read her devotion titled, “Sacrifice of Praise”, go to sisterfrancelle.blogspot.com.
* Regarding this week’s comments on the sin of homosexuality, let’s always love the sinner (all of us) and not banish…but not make it easier for sin (support it) and not normalize sin (“bittersweet” accountability). Joe Castle commented that we judge the sin, not the sinner (God judges the heart). Chad Livingston commented that “love the sinner, hate the sin” should be “love the sinner, hate our sin.” Chad also reinforced the importance of relationship with sinners (all of us) in order for others to see Jesus working in us. People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care…and they will know we are Christians by our love. It was suggested that homosexuals could live in chastity within the Sacrament of Marriage. Although homosexually orientated people could be chaste roommates, the Sacrament of Marriage is a holy institution between a man and woman for building a family (as defined by God). Furthermore, homosexual marriage would further normalize this sin to the level of an “alternative lifestyle.” Read more about recent CA decisions about homosexual marriage http://www2.focusonthefamily.com/docstudy/newsletters/A000001176.cfm
* Read about a town that paid $1 million to remove a strip club http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25955847/?GT1=43001.
ProLife news: http://www.lifenews.com/.
* Read about how a couple fought for the life of their twins, requiring surgery in the womb at 22 weeks. “During the surgery, doctors entered the amniotic sack using a kind of miniature “telescope.” Occasionally, to their surprise, a fetus will actually grab on to the scope in the middle of the procedure.” http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Story?id=5471351&page=1
Feast Day (St. Alphonsus Liguori): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonsus_Liguori
Our Prayers: Abortion, chastity, our enemies/our troops, natural disasters, depression/ despair, dementia, cancer, prisoners
* New: Chad Livingston (friend Zak recovering from back surgery), Liz Curry (Drew, 2 yr old, recovering from surgery to remove a kidney tumor), Rob Ouellette (Fred diagnosed with recurrence of a very serious illness), Pat Castle (thanksgiving for Grandma recovering from pneumonia)
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)!