Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 1:25

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 307

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 1:25

Today's Good Word gives us the opportunity to look at the concept of weakness from another angle than we have yet done. Let's start by placing the verse in context. Paul is writing to the Corinthian church, explaining that outsiders may look at their Christian faith as a sign of weakness.

Verse 18 says, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." In other words, unbelievers will think that Christianity is silly. They'll think they know better. But believers are the ones who truly know better.

Have you ever been made to feel foolish for what you believe? Like you're somehow mentally deficient? Some people automatically think that religion is a crutch of some kind — believers are too weak to face life without faith. Christians are small-minded folks who secretly know that their faith isn't stout enough to withstand close scrutiny, so they never fully examine what they believe, afraid of what they'll find.

Letting God Exceed Expectations

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 11 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 357

Letting God Exceed Expectations

My mom told me a story about a really amazing experience. When she was little, a sister in the Niles Branch, Ohio, had a husband, a brother in the church, who was very sick. He went to the hospital, and he passed away while he was there. However, the sister was not in the mood to grieve. In fact, she would not let nurses and doctors take her husband to the morgue until the ministry from her church came to pray for him. Two ministers from the Niles Branch, Brother Russell and Brother Joe, went to the hospital to pray for this brother who had been passed away for some time. Under the hands of the ministry and by God's grace, the brother was brought back to life to the astonishment of the doctors, and he lived for many more years with his wife as a testimony to God's power.

Now, what could I gather about this sister's faith? Was she wanting the ministry to come see if they could perhaps bring her husband back to life, or do I think she was fully confident in what would happen? I am certain she had no doubt, that she 100 percent expected this to occur, and, more importantly, she knew it would.

Saved by Fire (Helaman 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 10 April 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 221

Saved by Fire (Helaman 5)

In Helaman 5, Nephi and Lehi, the sons of Helaman, enter Lamanite territory to preach the gospel. They have much success as 8,000 are baptized, but some of the Lamanites become angry and cast Nephi and Lehi into prison. The Lamanite guards later enter the prison to kill them, but they encounter an unusual sight: "Nephi and Lehi were encircled about as if by fire, even insomuch that they durst not lay their hands upon them for fear lest they should be burned" (verse 23).

After a series of events in which the walls of the prison tremble and a voice from heaven urges all to repent, Nephi and Lehi are again encircled by a pillar of fire:

"Yea, they were as if in the midst of a flaming fire, yet it did harm them not…and they were filled with that joy which is unspeakable and full of glory. And behold, the Holy Spirit of God did come down from heaven, and did enter into their hearts, and they were filled as if with fire, and they could speak forth marvelous words." (Helaman 5:44-45)

When God Works Through Music

Written by Sister Zarella Scolaro on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 341

When God Works Through Music

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2)

Have you ever been asked to lead singing in your branch, and you only seem to be hearing your own voice?

Have you ever looked around on Sunday morning during singing only to see people’s song books closed?
This can be very frustrating at times. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s during a hymn that I feel the Spirit of God. When we sing in unity and in spirit, contemplating the beautiful words of worship that we utter can be overwhelming. How many times have we stopped to really meditate on some of those words?

Watching Out for Me

Written by Sister Angeline Young on Monday, 08 April 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 350

Watching Out for Me

Today's Miracle Monday is a miraculous incident submitted by Sister Angeline Young.

One morning while driving home from a long midnight shift, I was approaching a stoplight and became concerned and distracted by a group of kids riding their bikes in a dangerous area onto an expressway.

I was distraught by the idea of their safety being compromised by cycling in an area that was prohibited to anything but motor vehicles. I stopped paying attention to the road, and when I looked back at the wheel, the light in front of me had turned red, and I was seconds away from a fast-paced collision.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 574

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Today we bring you another verse on the theme of weakness. Do you remember the context of today's verse? Do you remember Paul? In this chapter, we learn that he had a "thorn in the flesh." We're not sure what kind of weakness this is, but Paul asked God three times to take it away. For whatever reason, this was not God's will. The Lord famously responds, "My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness."

How did Paul respond to this news that his prayer wouldn't be answered? Did he pout and throw a tantrum? Did he lose faith? Did he go into denial?

Paul's response is well worth reading in full:

Dear Anxiety

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Thursday, 04 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 808

Dear Anxiety

Dear Anxiety,

I get it. You want all of my attention. Every last drop. You want to talk to me and be with me every second of every day. Well, that’s cute. And I’m flattered. But can a girl get some space?

Ever since I met you back in my awkward high school days, you haven’t left me alone. You’re always showing up uninvited, stealing the spotlight, getting all dramatic for nothing. And I know you’re used to the easily persuaded, flimsy little girl who always gave in without a fight. But, times have changed. And so have I.

Our Own Strength (Helaman 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 April 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 269

Our Own Strength (Helaman 4)

In Helaman 4, the Nephites lose a series of battles that cost them many lives and many cities. According to the record, this great loss was avoidable:

"Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness and their abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God." (Helaman 4:11)

A sinful way of life among the Nephite people, including those who were members of the church, appears to have been the root cause of this tragedy. So, does that mean this was a punishment from God? Not exactly. Due to the wicked conditions, God just withdrew, leaving the people without His blessing and protection — "they were left in their own strength; therefore they did not prosper, but were afflicted and smitten" (verse 13).

If I Could Have Dinner With Two

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 236

If I Could Have Dinner With Two

When our Gospel Blog editor asked us to write about who we would have dinner with, I thought I would cheat and have dinner with two people. I choose (1) a former Hollywood celebrity currently in prison and (2) Abinadi. We would have some steaks, and I would take a selfie. I would later print the photo, frame it, and then add a scripture: "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 01 April 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 344

5 Reasons to Not Share Your Testimony on the Gospel Blog

Today's article is a list of reasons why you definitely should NOT send your testimony to the Gospel Blog for publication on Miracle Monday. We know this may seem odd, but it's kind of an odd day, so here goes:

1. People will think you want attention.

If you get your testimony published on Miracle Monday, then everyone will think you only did it for the attention. You'll be branded as a limelight-hog forever, and no one will ever look at you the same way again. How embarrassing.

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 26:41

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 766

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 26:41

Today, we're starting a new theme for Good Word Fridays. The next set of scriptures that we'll be sharing with you is all about weakness. Of course, this is everyone's favorite because we all just love to think about our weaknesses, right?

Today's verse reminds us that our flesh is weak. What is our "flesh"? Does this have anything to do with being physically fit? Pleeeeease don't tell me I have to start exercising.

Exercising is a great habit, but that's not what today's verse is referring to. Our flesh is our sin nature. It's the fact that we're all human — not superhuman. We're made in the image of God — but we're not gods. No matter what we do, because we're human, we're going to fall short of the mark. There will be things we cannot do, acts we can never achieve, and sins that will always beset us.

If I Could Have Dinner With the Four Sons of Mosiah

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 28 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 324

If I Could Have Dinner With the Four Sons of Mosiah

If I had the opportunity to have dinner with anyone from scripture or church history, it would be the four sons of Mosiah: Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni. These men were great missionaries, taking the Gospel to the Lamanite people and being used by God to bring many of them to an understanding of the truth.

With where I am in The Church, away from the main body with only a handful of saints closer than four hours away, I would love to hear their counsel. It would be both encouraging and helpful in spreading the Gospel and growing The Church.

It's Astonishing What the Lord Can Do (Helaman 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 268

It's Astonishing What the Lord Can Do (Helaman 3)

Helaman 3 describes a period of great prosperity in the church. Thousands repent of their sins and are baptized. Untold blessings are experienced by all.

"And so great was the prosperity of the church, and so many the blessings which were poured out upon the people, that even the high priests and the teachers were themselves astonished beyond measure." (Helaman 3:25)

Even the church leaders were astonished as they witnessed firsthand what the Lord could do!

Many of us have also been firsthand witnesses of what the Lord can do. It's summarized nicely in the chorus of one of the Songs of Zion:

If I Could Have Dinner With Eve

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 790

If I Could Have Dinner With Eve

Of the hundreds of notable people throughout the Scriptures, one individual has always intrigued me. Perhaps the best-known woman in both the Bible and Book of Mormon, Eve has had an enormous influence on our lives. While many poke fun at her “gigantic mistake,” I tend to err on the side of her humanness — and somehow that makes me feel comforted when I find myself following suit. If I could sit down to dinner with her one evening — over a pasta meal, of course — I’d love to ask her about the following:

A Month of Unbroken Fasting and Prayer

Written by Sister Mary Ann Heaps on Monday, 25 March 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 680

A Month of Unbroken Fasting and Prayer

Today's Miracle Monday is a follow-up from Sister Mary Ann Heaps on a special fasting and prayer effort that occurred in her branch.

"This is the confidence we have in him: that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us." (1 John 5:14)

In reading the above scripture, do we think to ourselves, "According to His will … It would sound more assuring if that phrase was left out." Is that phrase inserted to bring doubt as we pray, thinking it may not be His will, or does it give us more determination to pray with greater faith in knowing He can and will grant us our desire?

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