02 Aug Under Attack (Psalm 146:2) by Dr. Pat Castle
“I will praise the LORD all my life.” ~ Psalm 146:2 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: The twelve innocent lives recently lost in Aurora, CO sadly reminds us of the thirteen innocent lives lost in Columbine, CO on 20 Apr 1999. This should also sadly remind us of the nearly 4,000 innocent Unborn children lost every day to abortion. Abortion erodes the perceived value of human life, while in truth Life has an infinite value. With Life under attack, what should we do? Speak up with praise to the Lord for our eternal perspective…Faith. Our Faith gives us the confidence to face both Life and death. In 1999, when asked by her classmate killers if she believed in God, Cassie Bernard had enough Faith to apparently look into the end of a shotgun and answer “yes.” Eleven of the twelve apostles died a martyr’s death. In this century more Christians have died for their faith than the other 19 centuries combined. I recently asked the local running store owner to display the CareNet PRC Walk/Run for Pro-Life poster. After a great Pro-Life visit, he put the poster in the front window and said, “I’m going to take some flak for this.” We praise God for the freedom to say “yes” and to take some flak…All In Christ for Pro-Life!
* Dr. Pat Castle is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the coach/co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. Pat and Angi have two daughters and live in Rapid City, SD. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: When God asks…say “yes!”
Feast Day: St Eusebius
Faith Quotes: “Every child that comes into the world brings joy with them; first of all joy for the parents and then for the family and for the whole of humanity.” ~ Pope John Paul II
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/spassage/?searchacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.