Spread the Good Word: Galatians 4:4-5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 December 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 230

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 4:4-5

Today's Good Word reminds us of why Jesus Christ came into the world. He came not as the greatest of many but as the least of these. He came not with immortal immunity but with all the frailty of human form. He came keeping the law, not disdaining it. In short, he came as one of us.

Because He lived the perfect life that none of us could've ever (or can ever) live, His blood was a worthy sacrifice to wash away the sins of the world, past, present, and future.

My Best Friend

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Thursday, 27 December 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 205

My Best Friend

Do you remember the name of your best friend in elementary school? I do…his name was Shawn. There are so many names that flood my mind when I think of my childhood friends. Shawn was my BEST friend. We were always together, and we talked about everything.

The neat thing about a best friend is you can only have one. Typically, you or I would protect that friendship, and it's not a sharing kinda thing. Shawn was my best friend, and I didn’t really share that friendship with anyone else. Over time, though, we began hanging out with different crowds and our “best” friendship slowly reduced to an acquaintance.

But, I’d love to tell you about my best friend since I was 15 years old, and I’m willing to share Him.

Wrong for You but OK for Me (Alma 53)

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 26 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 226

Wrong for You but OK for Me (Alma 53)

In Alma 53, a group of men desire to enlist in the Nephite army, but Helaman forbids them to do so, telling them they will lose their souls if they participate in the battle. But then another group of men steps forward to enlist, and they are welcomed into the army and even blessed by God with miraculous protection.

How can this be? How can the same exact actions be wrong for some people and OK for others? Don't we all serve the same God?

The answer lies in understanding that although there are some actions that are equally wrong for all and some that are equally required for all, there are other actions that need to be viewed within the context of a person's own individual relationship with God.

Merry Christmas 2018 From the Gospel Blog Team!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 25 December 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 266

Merry Christmas 2018 From the Gospel Blog Team!

From all of us at the Gospel Blog, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Today we celebrate Jesus Christ's birth into the world! We celebrate God taking on flesh and living among us.

Hebrews 1:1-2 says, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son."

Today, we celebrate that God, in the form of Jesus, came to earth so that we could hear Him speak, so that we could feel His healing touch, so that we could better understand the nature of God by experiencing God made flesh. Christ offered us the chance to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father than ever before.

May the birth and life of Jesus be real to you today and every day. 

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

The Work of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 259

The Work of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

The Word of God describes Jesus in several ways. As Jesus was born into this world, the declarations of His advent crowned him with many names foreshadowing all He would grow to become according to the will of God, "…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus as the man embodied these characteristics and invited all men to believe on His name. Those who did came to know him more intimately thru the "I am" statements of their Savior.

In one such account, Jesus tells the multitude, "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). Below is a scripture comparison of the work of Jesus as our good shepherd shown through the account of Ammon at the waters of Sebus in the Book of Mormon. As we contemplate all that Jesus is to us in our life, I pray this exploration of His role as our good shepherd will bring you an extra measure of comfort and joy this holiday season.

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 1:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 December 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 291

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 1:3

Christmas Day is approaching, and, if you have children in the house, chances are good that they're getting pretty excited. After all, "Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them," or so says Anne Shirley of Green Gables.

As we grow up, the anticipation of Christmas Day grows less and less magical. Some of us have even grown so weary that we've got our head down, and it's tough to drum up any good cheer. Today's Good Word says, "Lift up your head and be of good cheer." But it's not for gifts or good food. It's not even for spending time with family and friends.

A Small Prompting

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 219

A Small Prompting

Have you ever had someone randomly pop into your head? Maybe it’s someone you haven’t seen in a while, or someone you haven’t even thought of in weeks, months, years. It could happen during your morning coffee or your bedtime prayers. Someone’s name comes to you, and you’re not sure why or what made you think of them.

It would be easy to brush it off and move on with your day, but what if there was a reason you thought of that person?

The Decoy Play (Alma 52)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 170

The Decoy Play (Alma 52)

You're watching a big football game. Time is running out, and your team needs a big play. Your team's star pass receiver comes into the game. The huddle breaks, and the star receiver lines up on the right side of the field. The quarterback calls the signals and glances over to his right several times. Everybody knows what's coming. The defense knows, too, and shifts some of the players over near the star receiver to make it harder for him to catch the pass that will be coming his way.

The ball is snapped. The quarterback takes a few steps back and watches the star receiver the entire time. He waits, waits, and then turns and fires the ball on the left side of the field where another player — totally overlooked by the defense — is waiting to catch the winning touchdown pass. What happened? The defense was just a victim of the decoy play with one player being used as a decoy to take their focus away from where it really should have been, resulting in a big loss.

The Perfect Gift

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 193

The Perfect Gift

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13)

We are in the midst of the biggest gift-giving season of the year. Organized folks are most likely finished buying gifts for loved ones. Maybe you’re still searching for that elusive perfect gift to give someone.

What exactly is a perfect gift — either one we are expecting to receive or planning to give? Some try to treat others to something they can’t or won’t get for themselves. As givers, what joy it is to see pure delight in the recipient’s reaction.

I’ve also often heard advice from parents not wanting to over-indulge children, describing giving them three gifts during the holidays: 1) something a child needs (like a clothing item), 2) a book (to educate or grow the mind), and 3) something special they want.

Getting Unstuck

Written by Brother Michael McGuire on Monday, 17 December 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 490

Getting Unstuck

Today's Miracle Monday is a story of how Brother Michael McGuire received help from above one snowy morning.

Back in the winter of 2015, around the month of December, at about 5 a.m., I was on my way to work. It was a cold, snowy winter morning. I was about 20 minuets from work, and I was turning onto the onramp for the highway when my car slid on ice in the turn and went right off the road. I couldn't get back onto the road because I was stuck pretty good.

Spread the Good Word: Titus 3:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 December 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 463

Spread the Good Word: Titus 3:5

As we continue to prepare for the celebrations surrounding Christmas Day, it's appropriate to remember why Christ came in the first place. Today's Good Word tells us that we were not saved by our own righteous works but instead by God's mercy.

No matter how many good deeds we do, we also commit sin. Good works cannot wash away sin or pay the price for it. Under the Law of Moses, a blood sacrifice was required to forgive sin (not a penance of good deeds).

O Holy Night: Christmas Playlist 2018

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 13 December 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 160

O Holy Night: Christmas Playlist 2018

"O Holy Night" has been one of my favorite Christmas hymns since I can remember. Though, I can't say that I've heard it sung during congregational singing much. Maybe that's because it's a tough song to sing since much of it is written in higher notes. It surely isn't because of the words or the message that the song brings, which is one of hope and salvation.

One Nation Under God (Alma 51)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 171

One Nation Under God (Alma 51)

During the period of time covered by the Book of Alma, the Nephite nation is intended to be "one nation under God." The system of government is one designed by Mosiah, a seer of God. It replaced the former system where kings ruled over the land. In Alma 51, the new system of government — only about 25 years old at this point — faces a severe challenge as the nation becomes severely divided, making it difficult to continue as one nation under God. This article presents an overview of this episode. See if you can spot any parallels to another nation that is intended to be one nation under God.

Change in Leadership of the Government

At the end of Alma 50, the previous leader's term expires — actually, he dies — and a man named Pahoran is "appointed chief judge and governor over the people, with an oath and sacred ordinance to judge righteously…and to grant unto them their sacred privileges to worship the Lord their God, yea, to support and maintain the cause of God all his days" (Alma 50:39).

Welcome to Our World: Christmas Playlist 2018

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 157

Welcome to Our World: Christmas Playlist 2018

Often, when we think of Jesus Christ as a baby, we think of the manger scene and how nice it is and how exciting it must’ve been for them to be there on that holy night. We hear the stories of Mary and Joseph, how they traveled a difficult journey and Mary’s faith in what happened to her.

But it’s not too often that we think about God as a small baby. The lyrics in "Welcome to Our World" by Chris Rice are extremely touching.

“How I wish we would’ve known”...

Not many people welcomed Christ into the world. We expected a King, someone regal and large in presence. This song expresses the humbling realization of God coming down to take on flesh and blood for us. But He was essentially a stranger, unnoticed for so many years, until He comes into His own.

Not Going to Oz Today

Written by Sister Tammy Valenti on Monday, 10 December 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 418

Not Going to Oz Today

Today's Miracle Monday, submitted by Sister Tammy Valenti, is in response to our call for articles about weather-related experiences. This one is certainly a whirl. Enjoy!

About 20 years ago when I was working at a hospital, God spared me from a tornado.

It was a long day at work, which started about two hours before my normal tour of duty. I was in charge of a patient event that very hot summer day and found myself exhausted around 4 p.m. I was supposed to be on the job for another 30 minutes, but the rains had begun, and I wanted to get home before the weather got worse.

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