Comfort Through Song

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Tuesday, 14 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 150

Comfort Through Song

We all go through tough times. None of us are immune to them. In the moments I feel weak or uncertain about what’s to come, I turn to God for comfort. I want to know He is there, that He’s listening, and He has a plan. God most often speaks to me through song, so I put together a list of 10 hymns that give me comfort when life gets hard.

10. My Lord Can

I love the many examples this song provides of what God can do. We often find ourselves with problems to which we can’t fathom a solution, but God can. He can do the impossible.

You Won't Regret Wearing Clear Lenses

Written by Sister Virginia Surprenant on Monday, 13 August 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 232

You Won't Regret Wearing Clear Lenses

Today's Miracle Monday is a short, sweet dream submitted by Sister Virginia Surprenant.

Years ago, I had a dream where I was being examined by an eye doctor who I was working for at the time. The doctor had his back to me and told me that I needed glasses and showed me the glasses. To me, they were not what I would have chosen, as they had clear lenses.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 1:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 August 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 559

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 1:7

Over the next few weeks, we're going to focus our Good Word Fridays on the book of Proverbs. If you want words to live by, then Proverbs is a great place to go looking. 

So, we're starting with a simple verse from the first chapter. Have you noticed that the phrase "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge/wisdom" is repeated again and again in Proverbs? Must be important to keep showing up like that.

What do these words mean?

Father of Lights

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 09 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 285

Father of Lights

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

Recently our family spent a warm summer evening together at a lantern festival. For these events, participants gather at a local county fairground in a wide-open field with blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, and picnic baskets listening to live music until the sun sets. Each person is given a paper lantern to decorate with personal dreams, wishes, inspirational quotes, and doodlings. At dusk, tiki torches are lit and the excitement begins.

There is a small square fuel cell at the base of each lantern. Once it's lit via the torch, the heat expands and fills the lantern to be released glowing against the night sky.

Typology (Alma 33)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 August 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 268

Typology (Alma 33)

TYPOLOGY: The study of things in Christian belief that are prefigured or symbolized by things in the Old Testament

In Alma 33, Alma continues with his teachings to the people who were cast out of the synagogue in the previous chapter. Among the things he teaches them is an episode from the Old Testament in which Moses did something that is considered a "type" of Jesus Christ:

"A type was raised up in the wilderness, that whosoever would look upon it might live. And many did look and live … But there were many who were so hardened that they would not look, therefore they perished." (Alma 33:19-20)

Meet the Pillars: Brother Rudy Meo

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Tuesday, 07 August 2018. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 277

Meet the Pillars: Brother Rudy Meo

Today, we're bringing you the first posthumous Meet the Pillars interview, featuring Brother Rudy Meo, who passed away on June 7, 2010. Two of his children, Brother Craig Meo and Sister Debbie Kyriakakos, worked with Sister Zarella on this one. Enjoy!

Brother Rudy Meo, birth name was Rodolfo Pietro Meo, was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928 and baptized in the Pacific Ocean along the Southern California coast in 1953 at the age of 25. He was ordained into the ministry at age 27, in 1955. He served in the ministry for 35 years. He was the oldest child of Rocco and Connie Meo, who moved to California in 1945. His father, Brother Rocco Meo, was the first minister of The Church of Jesus Christ in California. His brother, Brother Bill Meo, and sister, Sister Rachel Fallavolita, were both lifetime members of the Bell California Branch.

The Golden Tree and the Gift

Written by Sister Marietta Ruzzi on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 323

The Golden Tree and the Gift

Today's Miracle Monday comes from the pages of the February 1948 issue of The Gospel News, originally titled, "A Vision," written by Sister Marietta Ruzzi.

On Thursday December 11, '47 while lhe Ladies Uplift Circle was united in fasting and prayer at the Divine Church, Detroit, I saw the following vision:

"I saw a beautiful tree which stood right in front of the pulpit, where the sacrament table stands. This tree was all gold, even the leaves and the fruit were gold, and its brightness was beyond description.

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 August 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 583

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:13

Today's Good Word is one of the most famous and quoted verses in the Bible. At GMBA Camp, one of the days was devoted to discovering what true strength is.

My Place

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 02 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 247

My Place

When the doctor placed my firstborn in my arms, I knew my life would never be the same. I stared into the sweet eyes of this baby boy, and I felt like I was staring into the eyes of an angel. The pure innocence was breathtaking. This baby that I had carried inside of me was now in my arms, and I knew I would do everything I could to protect him.

I felt that same exact feeling when our second son was born, and then our daughter. It's a feeling that is so hard to put into words.

You Are The Church Building (Alma 32)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 August 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 224

You Are The Church Building (Alma 32)

In Alma 32, the people who are poor find themselves without a place to worship. The wealthy people — and especially the priests — decide they don't want these poor people in Church with them anymore, so they forbid them from entering their synagogues. One of the leaders of this displaced group meets with Alma and bemoans their situation:

"They have cast us out of our synagogues…because of our exceeding poverty; and we have no place to worship our God…what shall we do?" (Alma 32:5)

In one way, Alma is actually happy for these people — this experience has made them more humble, putting them in a position to be closer to God — but he does address their concern over the lack of a Church building by asking them, "Do ye suppose that ye cannot worship God save it be in your synagogues only?" (verse 10).

When God Watered My Plants

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 31 July 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 270

When God Watered My Plants

At home, I have quite a large collection of indoor and outdoor plants. I thank my grandpa, Brother Russ Martorana, for my green thumb. The indoor ferns help to clean the indoor air, and the outdoor plants are great for harvesting (herbs, tomatoes, basil) and provide overall plant therapy!

The week before GMBA camp, the temperature at home had been climbing into the triple digits during the daytime, and I was watering my plants daily to keep them from getting burned or dried out.

Now, this may seem a bit trivial, but I've been nurturing some of them for four years, and I was pretty concerned about them dying when I went to camp. Plants need plenty of water; in 100-degree temperatures they can die in less than a day sometimes.

Wait, Let Me Just Put on My Makeup First

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 30 July 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 372

Wait, Let Me Just Put on My Makeup First

Today's Miracle Monday is a dream submitted by Sister Anonymous. We're sharing it because we think it's a pretty powerful message, but we're also hoping to demonstrate that we're open to anonymous submissions if you feel that's the best way to go in sharing your testimony.

Like many women, I try to look my best. There is nothing inherently bad about presenting a pretty, put-together outward appearance.

But, for myself, I know that I put a lot of stock in my looks. For example, I can't remember the last time I left the house without putting on makeup.

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 July 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 630

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:7

"I shouldn't be OK, but I'm OK."

Have you ever heard someone who is going through a trial say this? Maybe they're facing a scary health issue, a job loss, financial crisis, or family troubles. The circumstances aren't good, yet the person isn't totally dejected and downtrodden. 

The person is probably experiencing the peace of God that passes understanding. 

Doors That Close

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 26 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 338

Doors That Close

Did you ever have a door literally close in your face? Recently, this happened to me both literally and figuratively. First, here is the literal version.

I was with my family in the Pittsburgh, PA, airport preparing to depart on a flight. We just had a very blessed time at the April General Church Conference. After checking in our luggage, I did not hear the gate number indicated by the agent at the counter. I followed my family, lugging my personal items and lagging behind their quick strides to the train that transports passengers to the concourse where the gates are located. My whole family boarded the train, and as I attempted to get on, the doors immediately shut.

Less Self, More Righteousness (Alma 31)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 July 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 258

Less Self, More Righteousness (Alma 31)

Alma 31 describes a very unusual church meeting involving a group of people called the Zoramites. The church building described in this chapter contains a very high platform called the Rameumpton, and anybody who wishes to worship has to climb up on this platform and shout the words to a specific "prayer" — the same exact words are uttered by each person in turn.

The essence of this prayer is that they are thanking God that they are better than everybody else. They even go as far as to say, "thou hast elected us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell" (verse 17). Wow, heaven would be a small place if that was accurate.

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