Spread the Good Word: Micah 7:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 322

Spread the Good Word: Micah 7:19

Today is our last Good Word Friday on the topic of forgiveness. Micah 7 gives us a beautiful word picture. When God forgives us, He sends our sins to the bottom of the ocean. They're about as far away from us as they can get.

Here's another picture: Someone getting baptized. The person is fully immersed in water — where the sins "melt off and drown" — and then raised up clean in spirit.

Another picture: The entire earth covered in water with all the wickedness stifled beneath the waves. Yet the righteous float above unharmed.

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Ishmael D’Amico

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 21 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 331

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Ishmael D’Amico

We were recently blessed to host Sister Sharon Church at our home. I mention her name in order to introduce the person from church history with whom I would like to have dinner.

While Sister Sharon was with us, she gave me the gift of her father's and her grandfather’s testimony in booklet form. After reading these, you have no idea how I wished that I could have met these two gentlemen. Her grandfather was Brother Ishmael D’Amico. I read his story two times and then went on to share his testimony with many.

The reasons I would love to have dinner with him and have discussions with him are as follows:

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Helaman 2)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 322

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Helaman 2)

In Helaman 2, the position of chief judge still stands vacant after the murder of the previous two chief judges in the previous chapter. Helaman is elected to fill the position, but a plot is immediately fashioned to murder him — the hit man, Kishkumen, is again hired to do the job.

However, as the planning proceeds, one of Helaman's servants somehow infiltrates the mob in disguise and learns the details of the plot. This servant offers to escort Kishkumen to the judgment seat to perform the murder but instead he kills Kishkumen en route and foils the plot.

In the above story, the assassination team is fooled by someone who dressed like them, spoke like them, and learned how to appear to be one of them. Of course, it was for a good cause in this case, but it nonetheless shows how someone pretending to be part of the team can derail an effort.

If I Could Have Dinner With...

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 343

If I Could Have Dinner With...

If I were to have dinner with someone from church history and could ask him or her questions it would be…

Can you guess by these statements who the person (I would choose to have dinner with) is?

Safe in the Fast Lane

Written by Brother Michael Zaino and Sister Dienna Rogers on Monday, 18 March 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 321

Safe in the Fast Lane

For today's Miracle Monday, we're bringing you two quick testimonies of God's protection on the road.

Submitted by Brother Michael Zaino

While I was driving on one of our major highways going about 55 mph, I was hit by a tractor trailer. I ended up in front of it, and it was kind of pushing me. Then I wrapped around the other side of it, facing the opposite direction. No cars were coming, which was a miracle. Then suddenly my car came to a complete stop without hitting the divider. The Lord stopped my car. The Lord spared me from a major accident! With just a scratch on my car.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:37

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1185

Spread the Good Word: Luke 6:37

Today's Good Word is a simple concept that even a child can understand. Yet, it's something that we are quick to forget in day-to-day life.

Chances are good that many of us beg God for forgiveness when we fall short, which is every day. Chances are also good that many of us are also refusing to forgive someone who hurt us in the past, whether we realize what we're doing or not.

Jesus spoke very clearly about this double standard. It's not tolerated.

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Alexander Cherry

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Thursday, 14 March 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 1361

If I Could Have Dinner With Brother Alexander Cherry

Today, we're introducing a series of articles called, "If I Could Have Dinner With…" Each participating writer has chosen someone from scripture or church history who they'd love to have all to themselves for the length of a meal — to ask questions, to listen, to dialogue. Sister Dianne Maddox kicks things off in the following article where she imagines what it would be like to have Brother Alexander Cherry over to her home for dinner more than a century ago.

In 1904, the average life expectancy was 47 years. Fourteen percent of the homes had a bathtub and 8 percent had a telephone. There were 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads. The average wage was 22 cents an hour. Eggs cost 14 cents a dozen, and coffee was 15 cents a pound. Twenty percent of adults couldn’t read or write, and 6 percent of Americans had graduated high school.

I Strenuously Object (Helaman 1)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 359

I Strenuously Object (Helaman 1)

OK, we're going back to the movies today. Here's some dialogue from a popular movie from some years back. The scene takes place during a trial in a courtroom.

Lawyer 1: "Your Honor, we renew our objection to this testimony, and ask that it be stricken from the record."

Judge: "The objection's overruled, counsel."

Lawyer 1: "Sir, the defense strenuously objects and requests a meeting in chambers so that his honor might have an opportunity to hear discussion before ruling on the objection."

Judge (getting annoyed): "Noted. The witness is an expert and the court will hear his opinion!"

Lawyer 2 (taunting Lawyer 1 when the court recesses): "I strenuously object? Is that how it works? Objection. Overruled. No, no, no, I strenuously object. Oh, well if you strenuously object, let me take a moment to reconsider."

In Helaman 1, chief judge Pahoran has died, and there is an election to appoint his successor. The candidates are three of the sons of the deceased chief judge — Pahoran, Paanchi, and Pacumeni. When the votes are counted, Pahoran is the winner and becomes the new chief judge.

Everyday Choices

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 999

Everyday Choices

God has given all of us free will. This means every day we have hundreds of choices to make.

Some choices are obvious, like should I eat something because I am hungry? Should I wash my hands after going to the bathroom? Should I brush my teeth? What should I wear today?

Other choices might take more thought and have more of an impact.

Jesus Is the Great Physician

Written by Sister Denise DiFalco-Dickson on Monday, 11 March 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 1103

Jesus Is the Great Physician

Today's Miracle Monday comes to us from Sister Denise DiFalco-Dickson, and we hope you enjoy this testimony of healing.

After a few weeks of suffering from the flu, my husband, Brother Harold, went to wake me up on January 21, 2019. He said I didn't have my bearings about me and that I wasn't making any sense. I still don't recall this day.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 55:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 390

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 55:7

Today we've got another Good Word on the theme of forgiveness. (Did you catch Sister Colleen's article about forgiveness yesterday?)

God is full of mercy toward us. How do we obtain God's mercy? What does He ask us to do?

Must we walk over hot coals? Must we fast for 40 days? Must we make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem? Must we give all our money and goods to the church?

God doesn't require ONLY outward effort that can be seen with the human eye. Instead, He ALSO requires an inner effort of the heart.

Finding Forgiveness

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 07 March 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 528

Finding Forgiveness

Grace. Mercy. Love. Sounds like a recipe that’s needed in forgiveness, right? It's impossible to go through life and not have our feelings hurt. It doesn’t just end when we become an adult, either. I have found that the sting hurts just as much now that I'm a grown woman as when I was a kid.

I have someone in my life, a dear, close friend of mine, who hasn’t spoken to me in a year. I don’t know why, but God does. And you know what? I may never know the reason why, and I have to be OK with that.

Enlarge My Coast (Alma 63)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 722

Enlarge My Coast (Alma 63)

Some years ago, there was a popular book called "The Prayer of Jabez" that focused on the short prayer recorded in 1 Chronicles 4:10:

"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."

The book explores each of the four basic requests contained in the prayer:

  • "Bless me indeed"
  • "Enlarge my coast"
  • "Be with me"
  • "Keep me from evil"

You can probably see how a nice lesson can easily be built around at least three of the four requests, but it might not be as obvious what is meant by "enlarge my coast."

Good Morning and Good Night

Written by Brother Jason Monaghan on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 514

Good Morning and Good Night

Lightning McQueen "matchbox" car.

Legos made into a train.

These are just a couple of the toys that our son, Rocco, falls asleep holding in his hands at night. Almost every evening, he makes SURE that he is holding tightly onto something that is important to him as he goes to sleep. And also he makes SURE that he immediately has them close by as he starts the first moments of his day. He will literally wake up and ask to find them if during the night they get lost in the sheets. I saw this the other day and thought ... there is a lesson in this!

Think Twice in Ice

Written by Sister Bethany Darr on Monday, 04 March 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 485

Think Twice in Ice

Today's Miracle Monday is a road miracle that comes to us from Sister Bethany Darr.

A recent blog article reminded me of something God did for me in January 2015.

At the time, I was living at my sister's house in Pennsylvania. It had rained the previous night, and then the temperature dropped significantly. As I walked out to my car early in the morning to go to work, I had a very bad feeling — something urging me to just call off. I fell several times just trying to get to my car because the whole ground was covered with a sheet of ice.

Growing up in Maine, I was used to driving in harsh weather conditions, however I had never attempted to drive on pure ice and didn’t know at that time that it's impossible to drive on. I kept telling myself that I would be fine because I just got new tires on the car. (I know, it wasn’t my best moment of judgment!)

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