Spread the Good Word: Romans 7:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 379

Spread the Good Word: Romans 7:6

What is the "newness of the spirit" that today's Good Word is talking about? It's contrasted with the "oldness of the letter." What does it mean?

Back before Christ came, God's people were under the Law of Moses, and they were held to the letter of the law. When they made mistakes, they paid for those offenses by offering the animal and food sacrifices that the law prescribed.

Think of it like a list of rules. Next to each rule is a box. You put a check mark in that box if you complied with that rule or performed that duty. (Do you have a similar list in your planner or on an app?)

Longing for the Gathering

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 17 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 338

Longing for the Gathering

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2012. Click here to read the unabridged version.

Have you ever wondered why you bother going to Church?

Well, Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

The above statement was included in a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Hebrews about 2,000 years ago; however, it wouldn’t take much rewording to make it seem like it was written today. How about this?

No Doubt (Alma 56)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 16 January 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 419

No Doubt (Alma 56)

A baseball player steps up to the plate and hits a long fly ball. The crowd comes to its feet in anticipation. The outfielder runs back to the wall and leaps and… Was it a home run? Was it an out? The outcome is very much in doubt until everyone sees whether the ball is in the outfielder's glove.

On the other hand, there are occasions when the batter hits the ball so high and so hard that everyone knows that it's going over the fence. The crowd cheers immediately! This type of hit is known in baseball as a "no doubter."

Doubt is defined as a feeling of uncertainty. The more uncertainty, the more doubt. Any amount of uncertainty, even a very small amount, means that some doubt exists. The only way to have "no doubt" is to have absolute certainty — 100 percent certainty.

God, Science, and You

Written by Brother AJ Dyer on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 377

God, Science, and You

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in April 2014 and is geared toward high-schoolers and college students. Read the unabridged article here.

As many of you travel off to college (or you're already there) your faith will be challenged to the core, as mine was, by scientific pundits. Can God and science exist together? Can we as Christians use science to defend our faith? Let’s use some real examples and start the dialogue.

Modern Prodigal

Written by Brother Brandon Dulisse on Monday, 14 January 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 416

Modern Prodigal

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in May 2013. Click here to read the full newsletter.

"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." (Luke 15:21)

The tale of the prodigal son is as universal as any of Jesus’ parables and is an important story about the Lord’s unfaltering and all-encompassing love for us. For me, this parable recalls my early college years as a young man searching for true happiness.

I grew up with the full knowledge and truth of The Church of Jesus Christ but was always reluctant to commit myself to a life of righteousness. I lived nearly two hours away from the nearest branch; I was ready to start college, and my 18-year-old self decided to not commit.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 11 January 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 455

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:4

Today's Good Word invokes the "newness" that everyone seems to be focusing on this time of year. We open fresh new calendars. We set brand new goals. We see new styles and trends reflected in culture. It's a time of change.

Today, let's ask a question: What kind of "newness" is the Holy Spirit calling me to in 2019?" We're supposed to walk in newness of life, and this transformation from our old self to our new self is an incremental change that happens over the course of our lifetime. Each year, we have the opportunity to become even "newer" (more Christ-like) than the year before.

Freedom: The Victory Already Won

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 10 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 322

Freedom: The Victory Already Won

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2015. Read the unabridged version here.

“I wonder if my hair looks alright. Wait, did he just look over at me? I should have worn my other skirt to the seminar today, how could I possibly have forgotten? Did he just glance over at me again!?”

I’m not sure about you all, but I will be the first to admit that in the past I have asked myself these questions during a church function. I glance over to see if I can make eye contact with my friends, when instead I should be paying attention to the sermon during conference. I look down to make sure my new heels are spotless, when instead I should be caring less about my appearance and more about what work needs to be done during this YIA tour.

We are constantly bombarded with distractions that redirect our focus from our true purpose during these spiritual ventures to things we selfishly worry about day in and day out.

Arming Everyone for the Battle (Alma 55)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 January 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 292

Arming Everyone for the Battle (Alma 55)

In Alma 55, Moroni has a desire to free the Nephites who are held prisoner by the Lamanites in the city of Gid. The challenge he faces is that Gid is well fortified, with a wall surrounding the city and Lamanite guards keeping watch over the entrance to the city.

But Moroni has a plan. The guards are given strong wine, and they become drunk and fall into a deep sleep. The Nephites then toss weapons over the wall of the city, which are then distributed to the Nephite prisoners. Weapons are given to everyone, "even to their women, and all of their children, as many as were able to use a weapon of war" (verse 17).

When the Lamanites awaken the next morning, they have no choice but to surrender, as all the Nephites — the prisoners inside the walls of the city and the Nephite army outside the city — are now armed and ready for battle. Arming everyone for the battle is the only strategy that could have worked. The Nephite army did not have the same access to the Lamanites that those "on the inside" did, so everyone's participation was needed to win this battle.

Image Is Everything

Written by Brother Cameron Staley on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 246

Image Is Everything

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in November 2012. Click here to read the unabridged newsletter.

We care about what people think of us. It’s as simple as that. Even if you’ve heard someone (maybe even yourself) say, “I don’t care what people think about me,” deep down, we know that’s not true. It’s human nature.

We don’t realize it, but we are taught by society from the time we are little kids that there are few things as important as our personal image — you know — how others view us.

It’s all about us!

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?

Written by Brother Jonathan Checchi on Monday, 07 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 271

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in November 2016. Click here to read the full newsletter.

When I was a little kid, my family had a Scooby-Doo themed cookie jar that almost always had some kind of delicious pastry in it; and let's just say that it was around this time that I learned to be very sneaky. I would wait until the TV volume was turned up, or sometimes make some other noise in the kitchen while trying to retrieve one (or more) of those mouthwatering baked goods.

Eventually, I got pretty confident until one day I was caught, and the Scooby-Doo cookie jar was no longer within my reach — literally.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 January 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 361

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 5:17

What a Good Word for the New Year! Do you have any "old things" that you'd like to put behind you in 2019? Got any bad habits, unwise behaviors, or wayward thought patterns that you wish would just "pass away"?

In Christ, it can become reality.

Enjoy Being You

Written by Sister Cinthia Calvillo on Thursday, 03 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 588

Enjoy Being You

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in August 2017. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Today I want to share a bit of my experience with dealing with one of my own worst enemies: myself.
It sounds strange, to be at war with oneself, but it’s true. We are often the worst enemies of our soul when we let ourselves be discouraged or meander about our service to God and living in righteousness. Confused? You'll see what I mean.

I gave my life to Christ at age 16 and spent the next 10 years trying to change and become a different Cinthia. At this point, you may be thinking, are we not supposed to change when we come to Christ and become new creatures in Him?

What I Said — That's It (Alma 54)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 January 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 434

What I Said — That's It (Alma 54)

A few years back, I saw a movie that included an argument between a husband and wife. The husband had agreed to take time off from working and manage the household so his wife could accept a dream job she had always wanted. However, after seeing how difficult it is to deal with all of the issues involving their children and the house, and also seeing how far behind he is with his own work, he decides he needs to get out of this arrangement. When he sees that all of his persuasive arguments are not convincing his wife, he decides to just be assertive to win the argument. That part of the dialogue goes something like this:

Husband: This arrangement is not working. I'm going back to work — and that's it.
Wife: No, actually that's not "it." I love my job, and I'm not quitting. And THAT is it.
Husband: That's not it. The thing I said — that's it. What you said — not it. What I said — that's it.

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 01 January 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 364

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

It's officially 2019, and we are so excited for a brand new year full of God's blessings. 

We've got some fun things planned for the Gospel Blog this year. For starters, we've got a special lineup of articles for the month of January, and we want you to know what to expect.

Twistin' the Night Away

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 579

Twistin' the Night Away

Happy New Year's Eve! Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of divine protection, submitted by Sister Cindy Henderson. We pray that wherever tonight takes you — church? yay! — you'll be safe and with those you love.

Last summer, I was driving with my grandchildren from Canada to Michigan for our Wednesday night MBA service. While driving on the expressway, I noticed a strange-looking sky with a very dark cloud shelf in front of us. It had been a hot, humid day, but no storms had been forecasted.

I exited the highway to make my way towards the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and was encompassed by heavy rains. After going through customs, I asked my grandchildren to be very quiet because the storm had intensified, and I needed to fully concentrate on the road and storm conditions. Driving rain made the long trip more difficult. I couldn't see much beyond and around our vehicle, but I knew we couldn't stop anywhere, so I prayed and continued ahead.

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