Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 February 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 60

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:7

Today's Good Word is the last installment in our 1 Corinthians 13 series. This verse tells us that love believes all things and hopes all things.

Belief and hope are beautiful to think on. They are light. They soar; they float; they illuminate; they warm. Don't we all feel more hopeful when we feel loved? Don't we all find it easier to believe the best when love enters the picture?

God's love should call us to a stronger belief in His Gospel and a vigorous hope for what the future holds. Can you imagine? … God's love can cure doubt, anxiety, and despair.

Beware the Mob Squad

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 21 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 129

Beware the Mob Squad

Have you ever been to a sporting event or other venue where a group of people are gathered doing something together? Everyone is watching or participating together, and there's an energy about it. Sometimes that energy can be good, but other times it can be downright evil.

I've seen it happen a few times, personally. Everyone is excited and happy, and then something goes wrong; maybe like a blatant penalty that doesn't get called in a playoff game. The next thing you know, everyone is livid and hateful. The crowd hurls insults at the target, with some making threats. It feeds off itself and gets worse and worse. It's so easy to get caught up in it. Even good Christian people who normally would never think of acting in a belligerent way can become part of the angry mob.

Resist Evil and the Enemy Will Flee (Alma 61)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 171

Resist Evil and the Enemy Will Flee (Alma 61)

In Alma 61, Moroni finally receives a letter from the chief judge Pahoran, explaining why no supplies or reinforcements have been forthcoming for the Nephite army. He learns that continued in-fighting among the Nephites has resulted in Pahoran and his supporters being driven out of the city of Zarahemla and a king installed in place of the duly appointed government. As a result, Pahoran has no access to any supplies or reinforcements to assist the Nephite army.

In his letter, Pahoran stresses that since his exiled group represents the cause of God, they cannot give up but must do their best to resist the enemy and seek victory for the Lord:

"[God] doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies, but that we should put our trust in him, and he will deliver us. Therefore…let us resist evil…that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God" (Alma 61:13-14)

He Sees You

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 19 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 273

He Sees You

Sometimes I wonder what we must look like to the Lord going about our day-to-day life. Does He care when I’m making a run to Target? Is He interested in my Starbucks order? What about when I have the piano tuned at church? Maybe…

Somehow He manages to have time for the biggest of big and the smallest of small. How He does this, I truly cannot fathom. But, besides being omnipotent and omniscient, He also finds a way to be omnipresent, too. So I’d argue that, in some way, yes, He does care when you make that stop at the grocery store or treat yourself to a haircut. (He did want us to experience joy, right?) He sees our good days and bad — and is always there no matter what.

If I had to imagine what God was saying from His throne as He looks down on us, I think it would go something like this:

Angelic Assistance

Written by Sister Terri Nath on Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 224

Angelic Assistance

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Sister Terri Nath. What do you make of the twist at the end of this story?

After reading a recent Miracle Monday, I recalled a similar experience I had over 10 years ago, one snowy morning in February.

I was on my way to the doctor and felt I could make it safely since I had 4-wheel drive. Even though I was going slow, I lost control of my Jeep on a sharp bend and ended up in the hill side. Because of the bend, I couldn't see if anyone was coming towards me and was afraid to back out.

I began to pray and ask the Lord what I should do.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 February 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 402

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:6

Today's Good Word tells us that charity doesn't delight in wrongdoing. It rejoices in truth. How does this apply to our lives today?

Some people use "love" as a reason to excuse sin. For example, "I love this person too much to hurt him. If I tell him the truth, I will hurt him."

How about this one: "I'm doing [insert any sinful behavior] because I love the person I'm doing it for."

Here's one more: "But I really love [insert any sinful behavior]. How could it be bad if I love it (or need it) so much?"

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 188

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Happy Valentine's Day! Today, the world shines a huge spotlight on romantic love — to the intense delight and equally intense chagrin of millions. Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, we can all probably agree that God prepared the ideal place for romantic love to flourish. That place is marriage.

When done right, marriage is one of the most fulfilling relationships that we can experience in this life. But doing marriage right isn't easy. Newlyweds often enter marriage with certain expectations only to find that reality is quite different.

Neglect: When You Can and You Should, but You Don't (Alma 60)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 161

Neglect: When You Can and You Should, but You Don't (Alma 60)

In Alma 60, the Nephite army still finds itself without reinforcements from the government such that their frustration is running high. Moroni sends another letter to the chief judge Pahoran — this one even more forceful than his previous letter — calling out the chief judge for his apparent neglect of the Nephite army. Here are a few passages from the letter:

  • "Great has been the slaughter among our people…yea, great has been your neglect towards us" (verse 5)
  • "Ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for vengeance" (verse 10)
  • "I fear exceedingly that the judgments of God will come upon this people, because of…the slothfulness of our government, and their exceeding great neglect towards their brethren" (verse 14)

The word "neglect" is used over and over to emphasize that the government has the resources to provide the army, and that they should be supporting the army, but yet no assistance is being provided.

They can help, and they should help, but they're not helping.

The Only Thing to Fear...

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 139

The Only Thing to Fear...

“Only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I fear a lot of stuff, but I usually don’t feel like I’m fearing fear. I fear heights, sickness, the unknown — you know what I’m talking about. Insert your fear; we’ve all got them. When I find myself getting fearful, I get careful, protective, and my lizard brain (fight or flight) kicks in. My decisions are hasty, and my judgments are quick.

“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)

WHAT???

Latter-Day Melody

Written by Brother Larry Champine on Monday, 11 February 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 181

Latter-Day Melody

For today's Miracle Monday, we reached out to Sister Rosanne and Brother Larry Champine and asked them to share some of the stories behind several of the songs that the Lord has given them. This particular story is about the song "We Shall Sing on the Mountain of the Lord."

I was raised in another faith with a limited understanding of the scriptures. As a member of a family band, music was a very important part of my life, but before I met The Church Of Jesus Christ and made my commitment to serve the Lord, I was never able to compose an original song.

When I joined The Church and accepted the Restored Gospel, words and melodies — many about my conversion and new relationship with the Lord — began to come forth in wonderful ways. As I was learning and growing, I had a great desire to understand the latter day promises, so I began to prayerfully study them. I became most impressed with Romans 14:11, "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 February 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 289

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:5

Would you describe yourself as having a short fuse? Maybe you're the opposite, and it takes a tsunami to rock your boat.

No matter how quick or slow we are to anger, we all have some "red buttons" inside. You know the red button I'm talking about. You see it in an elevator, or cockpit, or alien spacecraft. It's a big, round, can't-miss-it red button, and there's a large warning next to it that says, "DO NOT PUSH." If you do, you'll regret it.

OK Not to Be OK

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 07 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 273

OK Not to Be OK

Music has always been a huge motivating force for me. Gloria Estefan sang a hit song declaring "The rhythm is gonna get you," and while I'd agree that a catchy beat or even a beautiful melody is mesmerizing, the lyrics are what really get me. Words are so powerful.

Music often serves as the backdrop of our lives. At work, in the car, at home going about our daily routines, or even in church, we may hear a song dozens of times before we actually process the words.

Recently, while my favorite Christian radio station was playing in the background — I don't recall what I was doing or where I was going — suddenly the background became the foreground as these words connected to my heart:

Angry With the Government (Alma 59)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 276

Angry With the Government (Alma 59)

In Alma 59, Moroni sends a letter to chief judge Pahoran, requesting reinforcements for the war against the Lamanites. The Nephite army is in need of additional soldiers as well as food and supplies, so Moroni reaches out to the government to provide these needs. However, as time passes, no assistance arrives. In later chapters, Moroni finds out what is happening from Pahoran's perspective, and then he understands why no assistance has been provided. However, at this moment, he is out in the field with his army, fighting for the Nephite cause and hearing nothing from Pahoran. As a result, "Moroni was angry with the government, because of their [apparent] indifference concerning the freedom of their country" (verse 13).

In the United States at this time, it appears that just about everyone is angry with the government in one way or another. People who oppose the current president and what he stands for are angry with him and the government representatives who support him. People who support the position of the president are angry with the government representatives who oppose what he is trying to do. The anger has spilled over such that regular citizens who support one position are angry with citizens who support the opposite position.

Resolved to Win

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Tuesday, 05 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 289

Resolved to Win

War is not something we like to think about, especially at the beginning of a new year. Typically, our focus is on resolutions, new beginnings, and hope for things to come. Yet warfare is alive and is graphically and instantaneously trumpeted to the world through forms of media made so easily available. And resolutions made, even with the best of intentions, can be unrealistic or fall by the wayside as the days and months of the new year pass by.

While the impact of physical warfare and the pitfalls of life are very hard and real, the true battle is not in what we "see" or "feel" as satan's lies would have us to believe. Absolutely and painfully so, satan will stop at nothing to creep in and

Wake Up to a Miracle

Written by Sister Diana Houlihan on Monday, 04 February 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 308

Wake Up to a Miracle

Today's Miracle Monday, sent to us by Sister Diana Houlihan, describes a close call that God helped her dodge.

I had a wonderful boss at Bon Secours Hospital when I worked in Central Sterile. Joanne made sure all of her ladies were able to sit in with the nursing staff as they took supplemental courses to keep their nursing skills updated. The hospital provided the courses without charge. She noticed that a couple of us did very well on testing and told us about a program whereby we could become operating room techs. I started taking a class at a college located in Detroit.

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