Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 250

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:3

It's May, and you know what that means. Summer vacation from school. YES! It might also mean graduation for some of you — or the youngsters in your life. So, we decided to dedicate all of the Good Word Fridays in May to the graduating class of 2019. (We're especially thinking about the high school and college graduates, as they face many course-altering decisions ahead.)

What does a grad need? Advice, of course!

Where's the best place to get advice? The Book of Proverbs. All our May scriptures are coming to you from Proverbs (a.k.a. life's little instruction manual).

The Landfill of Life vs. Treasure of Heaven

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 02 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 245

The Landfill of Life vs. Treasure of Heaven

Recently, my wife, Gina, and I re-did our wills. We went through all the questionnaires the attorney gave us to make sure everything we wanted would be carried out. The one item the attorney never asked was, "How much would you like to take with you when you die?"

You see, when we pass, the Bible tell us in Genesis 3:19, "In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

I have recently come to the realization that everything I have striven for most of my life is worthless in the eternal sense. There isn’t anything that we “own” — no matter how expensive, cheap, nice, ugly, or nostalgic — that will not end up in a landfill at some point. Everything we “own” we will leave behind. The things that are most important in this life are not things at all. They are the love that we show others. The only things worth doing here on earth are the ones that will make an eternal difference in someone’s life and in the Kingdom of God.

Our Actions Illustrate Our Beliefs (Helaman 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 206

Our Actions Illustrate Our Beliefs (Helaman 8)

A crowd has gathered near Niagara Falls where a man has strung a rope across the falls and is standing on the edge of the falls with a wheelbarrow. He tells the crowd he is prepared to push the wheelbarrow along the rope and walk across Niagara Falls. In order to get the crowd stirred up, the man asks, "Who here believes I can cross the falls, pushing this wheelbarrow across this rope?" Some of the people raise their hands.

The man says, "Well, if you don't really believe I can do it, there's no point in continuing." More hands go up, and some of the people shout, "Yes, we believe you can do it!" The man says, "Are you sure you believe it? After all, I'm risking my life here." The people shout their encouragement even louder, and one man near the front jumps up and down, shouting, "I believe! I believe!"

The man addresses this enthusiastic believer: "Really, you believe I can do this?" The other man replies, "Yes, yes, I believe!" The first man nods his head and says, "OK, then get in the wheelbarrow."

That’s the Tea!

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 366

That’s the Tea!

“Now, that’s the tea!” I have often heard these words spoken by my two teenage daughters. At first, I thought they were referring to the letter, “t.” Then, I asked its meaning, and one explained, “You know, It’s finding out the whole story.” To me, tea is a fancy word for gossip. You can apparently “spill tea,” ”get tea,” or “give tea.” The Urban Dictionary explains that this slang comes from the southern culture of women who gathered in the afternoon to drink tea and gossip.

So if you find yourself in a conversation when others say, “That’s the tea!” what would you do?

  • Do you respond by “spilling tea,” especially if someone confided something? Is it wise to repeat this to others?
  • Do you “get tea” by joining in a conversation where others are talking about someone, or do you walk away?
  • Do you “give tea” by starting gossip based on something heard, yet unsure of its truth?

In a Day's Work…

Written by Brother Donny Perrello on Monday, 29 April 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 222

In a Day's Work…

Today's Miracle Monday is a hot one submitted by Brother Donny Perrello.

Here’s a miracle that happened to our son, Jayson, on March 28, 2019. Jayson lives in Alabama and works as a fire fighter/EMT, and God spared his life on this particular night, no doubt about it.

The report said that upon initial arrival, the building was still fully intact, and the chief decided an interior attack was possible. Minutes into the attack with five fire fighters inside, the chief noticed the roof was moving like a wave in the ocean. Per protocol, the horns blared on the fire trucks to alert the interior attack teams to vacate the building. Unfortunately, they did not hear the horns.

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 2)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 374

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 2)

Last week, we read the first part of Ether 12:27 and learned how weakness makes us humble and how humility helps us to receive Christ's saving grace, which is God's ultimate goal for our lives.

Today, we see that this verse ends on a high note: God makes weak things strong.

In context, this refers to salvation — we are too weak to save ourselves, but Christ's strength covers our weakness and gives us the opportunity for eternal life. Praise God!

Take Care of Your Relationships

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 25 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 403

Take Care of Your Relationships

My grandparents just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Seventy years! My husband and I are celebrating seven years, and that seems like a long time. I cannot imagine 10 times as long!

But more impressively than being married for that long is that they have served God side by side since before getting married. As far as I know, they never swayed in their service to the Lord. Such a wonderful example for us all to follow.

Marriage takes work. We can't just sit back and expect it to be like in the movies, with the honeymoon stage all the time. We need to communicate with our spouse when something is bothering us. We need to participate in the marriage, planning dates, checking in throughout the day, showing attention.

Now Is Our Time (Helaman 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 April 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 331

Now Is Our Time (Helaman 7)

In Helaman 7, Nephi returns from a missionary trip and is very discouraged. The messages he has preached during the trip were completely rejected. The Nephite people he preached to remain in a state of great iniquity. As he reflects on how the people are "condemning the righteous because of their righteousness [and] letting the guilty and wicked go unpunished" (verse 5), Nephi actually wishes he could have lived during a different period of time:

"Oh, that I could have had my days in the days when my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem, that I could have joyed with him in the promised land; then were his people easy to be entreated, firm to keep the commandments of God, and slow to be led to do iniquity, and they were quick to hearken unto the words of the Lord." (Helaman 7:7)

Nothing Is Impossible With God

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 235

Nothing Is Impossible With God

I love how God reveals things to us in so many different ways. Last month, God kept reminding me of how He can make the impossible possible. I would see things on TV, hear them on the Christian radio station in the car, through messages at church, or the Bible verse of the day on my TCOJC app. I felt like it was everywhere.

What was He telling me? What did He want me to do? He was reminding me of what He can do and how I need to trust Him. I did have something I had been praying about. He was sending me little reminders. I prayed. I fasted. I trusted Him.

Overcome Anything With the Lord

Written by Sister Denise DiFalco-Dickson on Monday, 22 April 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 281

Overcome Anything With the Lord

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of healing from Sister Denise DiFalco-Dickson.

July 17, 2016 was a warm and sunshiny day, and my desire was to mow my lawn, but I did not feel well that early morning. I had severe heartburn and nausea, so I decided to lay down for a while and hopefully wake up later feeling much better.

I slept quite a few hours into the late evening. Once I awoke, I felt a strange feeling in my chest, like my heart was flipping, and I had the hot and cold sweats. I had to wrestle with myself over the notion of calling an ambulance. I did not want to call unnecessarily.

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 1)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 318

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 1)

Today's verse is a famous Book of Mormon scripture on the theme of weakness. The clarity almost takes your breath away.

So often, we wonder why bad things happen, why God allows certain things to affect or afflict us, and why every human yearns to be good but is held back by innate selfishness. This verse tells us that one reason for our weakness is so that we can learn humility.

Now, God doesn't want us to be the kind of people who are defeated, kicking dirt, and thinking, "Oh, I'm so weak. I'm useless. I'm garbage." That's not humility.

The Cranky Cure

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 18 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 448

The Cranky Cure

On Tuesday, I told you about how my youngest son screams — and how it quickly brings me to the end of my mommy rope.

Today is about you. Is there something in your life that gets on your last nerve? This is something bigger than a pet peeve, something that grinds deeper. It triggers an emotional response that's anchored below the surface. It really gets to you.

You may feel a little like the writer of Psalm 42:5, asking, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?"

Like the psalmist, I often want to know why. Why does this thing get under my skin so easily? Why does it so quickly bring me to tears? Why am I left feeling unsettled even after I "handle it"?

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (Helaman 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 235

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (Helaman 6)

We probably all experience occasions in our lives when negative consequences result from actions we take that may later seem rather questionable. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, someone may even ask us — or we may even ask ourselves — "Why would you do such a thing?" Sometimes, the only answer we can give — as lame as it may be — is, "Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time."

Sometimes, the consequences of doing something that seemed like a good idea at the time are minimal and can be laughed at later. To see a few short videos depicting this, click here.

However, when the actions taken are sinful in nature, the consequences may be such that we won't be laughing when we look back and wonder why we did it. Helaman 6 recalls a few such examples from the scriptures, adding that the devil is the source of these "good ideas":

On Your Last Nerve

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 16 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 251

On Your Last Nerve

My youngest child is going through a screaming phase. This isn't the pterodactyl thing that many babies do. He's over 2 years old (and he can totally use words) but he screams a lot. He keeps things interesting by mixing in whining and crying with the screaming just in case I get bored.

There are many reasons for the screaming.

  • Tell him no, and he screams in anger, frustration, and disappointment.
  • Give him a command he doesn't like, and he screams in defiance.
  • He's sick with a cold, so bring on the screams of discomfort.
  • He's got a crumb on his finger from lunch and it won't come off. WHAAAAAAA!!!!

Without Question

Written by Sister Suzanne Beeman on Monday, 15 April 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 524

Without Question

Today's Miracle Monday comes to us from Sister Suzanne Beeman. Enjoy!

One evening, I was cruising down a very dark road in my neighborhood that I have driven hundreds of times. This time, my mind was still on work. All of a sudden, my right foot slammed on the brake. Well, I immediately thanked God that no one was behind me.

Seeing that I was in no danger of causing an accident, I chuckled at myself, wondering why my foot decided to separate from the pack and have a mind of its own.

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