Romans 7:19 (in our hands…)

23 Oct Romans 7:19 (in our hands…)

Let’s welcome God today 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 I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Romans 7:19 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Perhaps we could turn these few words into a spiritual practice. When we catch ourselves behaving in ways we regret, why not reflect on the way we wish we had behaved? Then simply sit quietly and ask for the grace to change our behavior. Jesus, dear teacher, guide me to my goodness.” by Sr. Wiederkehr

Pat nuggets:
* Wow, this music video is a powerful experience…models a parent’s deep love for their child (through Mary for Jesus): He’s My Son by Mark Schultz
* Today’s picture is me holding the 12 wk baby model that I carried 26.2 miles in the Twin Cities Marathon…to Remember the Unborn (Prov 24:11)! Let’s support 40 Days for Life (until 1 Nov).
* For an Air Force class, we’re studying Just War Theory which requires humane and proportionate response to our enemies. Regarding the abortion war, the innocent baby is sadly the enemy. The baby was sent an invitation but not welcome…and the total inhumane and disproportionate response for the invited baby showing up is death. Abortion is clearly an Unjust War.
* Scott Casmer shared, “Please highlight this disturbing article.” Abortionist reflects on dismembering one baby while feeling her own flutter in her womb. Steve Castle added, “very disturbing how detached and dishonest she was with herself…even all the while her conscious (voice of God within her) was screaming at her.” Stephanie Kemp added, “All the more reason to “adopt an abortionist” in our prayers as Fr. Frank Pavone recommends.”
* Jean Noon shared, “”You make known to me the path to life; in your presence there is fullness of joy”…Psalms 16:11. I love the LIFE Group Devotions!”

Sr. Francelle’s devotion: You are never alone
* The music video (above) ties in with her devotion: “Can You hear me? Am I getting through tonight? Can You see him? Can You make him feel all right? He’s not just anyone, He’s my son.”

Faith Challenges:
* NEW members include Kris Larsen, Mickie Sweeney, Anne Gross, Norma Gross…welcome! Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6) to join our LIFE Group (~250 of God’s children).
* NEW: Contemporary Christian music truly matches the sound diversity of contemporary non-Christian music…but with a consistent message of faith, hope, love. Good stuff in…good stuff out. Give your local Christian music station a try (St. Louis 97.7).

* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth 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, Peters family (JP in hospital), Lynn Bishara (for son Alex), Carol Nesbitt (Friedman family)

Faith Quote: “Live simply so others can simply live.” – Blessed Mother Teresa

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, pornography, bitterness, criticalness, 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 a 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 (Matt 28:19).
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