Spread the Good Word: Psalm 130:3-4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 478

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 130:3-4

For the next month, you'll see Good Word Fridays that are all about forgiveness. There are many beautiful scriptures about God's forgiveness. This one from Psalm 130 paints a very interesting picture for us.

Can you imagine God keeping track of all our sins, like tally marks on a wall or a ledger filled with all the details of what we did wrong? Now, God is all knowing, so it's completely within His power to track every single way in which we've violated His statutes throughout our life. (Scary, yes.)

The Miracle That Wasn't

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 28 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 407

The Miracle That Wasn't

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

One of the funniest situations that I have ever dealt with while working in a nursing home had to do with a lady who had broken her forearm. (No, she did not break her humerus!) She had fallen and broken her forearm while drunk, which is not usually a reason for a nursing home admission. However, her physician knew that she had a problem with alcohol and could end up further injuring herself if sent home. So, he casted her arm (wrist up to just above the elbow) and sent her to the nursing home.

Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean? (Alma 62)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 514

Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean? (Alma 62)

In Alma 62, Moroni and Pahoran take back the city of Zarahemla. The united Nephites then defeat the Lamanites in a war. At the end of the war, the writer reflects on how different people were affected in different ways by the war:

"Many had become hardened, because of the exceeding great length of the war; and many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility" (Alma 62:41)

Seeing how some people became hardened because of the war while others became softened by the same war reminds me of a story that I heard years ago. Here's a version of that story:

In the Midst of Chaos

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 26 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 322

In the Midst of Chaos

If you're anything like me, you don't handle chaos well. My first instinct in the midst of chaos? Freak out. Next? Tell people I'm freaking out. Then, take things into my own hands. "Woman up." Power through. (Or at least try.) If you're nodding in agreeance, you know none of this really works.

Why, when I have the most high God on my side do I try to control chaos myself? God says, "Be still and know." But let me tell ya, not my forte. I don't have a long attention span. I'm not patient. And sitting still is like, my least favorite thing. On top of that, bad as it sounds, sometimes I have a hard time believing that what I don't think is possible, really is with Him.

Confirming the Truth of the Restored Gospel

Written by Sister Bonnie Smith on Monday, 25 February 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 588

Confirming the Truth of the Restored Gospel

Today's Miracle Monday is a miraculous experience that we took from a sermon preached by the late Brother Joseph Calabrese. Thanks to Sister Bonnie Smith, we can even share with you the original audio excerpt of the sermon in which Brother Joe shares this story so you can hear him tell it in his own words.

The audio player appears just below the written summary. (Subscribers who are reading on email might have to click on the title of this post and go to the website in order to listen.)

As Brother Joe was preaching this sermon, he was making a case for how the gospel was established by Christ in Jerusalem and then established by Christ in America. He then went on to discuss how Jesus Christ restored the gospel after a period of apostasy.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 February 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 383

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:7

Today's Good Word is the last installment in our 1 Corinthians 13 series. This verse tells us that love believes all things and hopes all things.

Belief and hope are beautiful to think on. They are light. They soar; they float; they illuminate; they warm. Don't we all feel more hopeful when we feel loved? Don't we all find it easier to believe the best when love enters the picture?

God's love should call us to a stronger belief in His Gospel and a vigorous hope for what the future holds. Can you imagine? … God's love can cure doubt, anxiety, and despair.

Beware the Mob Squad

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 21 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 1370

Beware the Mob Squad

Have you ever been to a sporting event or other venue where a group of people are gathered doing something together? Everyone is watching or participating together, and there's an energy about it. Sometimes that energy can be good, but other times it can be downright evil.

I've seen it happen a few times, personally. Everyone is excited and happy, and then something goes wrong; maybe like a blatant penalty that doesn't get called in a playoff game. The next thing you know, everyone is livid and hateful. The crowd hurls insults at the target, with some making threats. It feeds off itself and gets worse and worse. It's so easy to get caught up in it. Even good Christian people who normally would never think of acting in a belligerent way can become part of the angry mob.

Resist Evil and the Enemy Will Flee (Alma 61)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 385

Resist Evil and the Enemy Will Flee (Alma 61)

In Alma 61, Moroni finally receives a letter from the chief judge Pahoran, explaining why no supplies or reinforcements have been forthcoming for the Nephite army. He learns that continued in-fighting among the Nephites has resulted in Pahoran and his supporters being driven out of the city of Zarahemla and a king installed in place of the duly appointed government. As a result, Pahoran has no access to any supplies or reinforcements to assist the Nephite army.

In his letter, Pahoran stresses that since his exiled group represents the cause of God, they cannot give up but must do their best to resist the enemy and seek victory for the Lord:

"[God] doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies, but that we should put our trust in him, and he will deliver us. Therefore…let us resist evil…that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God" (Alma 61:13-14)

He Sees You

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 19 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 504

He Sees You

Sometimes I wonder what we must look like to the Lord going about our day-to-day life. Does He care when I’m making a run to Target? Is He interested in my Starbucks order? What about when I have the piano tuned at church? Maybe…

Somehow He manages to have time for the biggest of big and the smallest of small. How He does this, I truly cannot fathom. But, besides being omnipotent and omniscient, He also finds a way to be omnipresent, too. So I’d argue that, in some way, yes, He does care when you make that stop at the grocery store or treat yourself to a haircut. (He did want us to experience joy, right?) He sees our good days and bad — and is always there no matter what.

If I had to imagine what God was saying from His throne as He looks down on us, I think it would go something like this:

Angelic Assistance

Written by Sister Terri Nath on Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 493

Angelic Assistance

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Sister Terri Nath. What do you make of the twist at the end of this story?

After reading a recent Miracle Monday, I recalled a similar experience I had over 10 years ago, one snowy morning in February.

I was on my way to the doctor and felt I could make it safely since I had 4-wheel drive. Even though I was going slow, I lost control of my Jeep on a sharp bend and ended up in the hill side. Because of the bend, I couldn't see if anyone was coming towards me and was afraid to back out.

I began to pray and ask the Lord what I should do.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 February 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 594

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:6

Today's Good Word tells us that charity doesn't delight in wrongdoing. It rejoices in truth. How does this apply to our lives today?

Some people use "love" as a reason to excuse sin. For example, "I love this person too much to hurt him. If I tell him the truth, I will hurt him."

How about this one: "I'm doing [insert any sinful behavior] because I love the person I'm doing it for."

Here's one more: "But I really love [insert any sinful behavior]. How could it be bad if I love it (or need it) so much?"

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 385

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Marry

Happy Valentine's Day! Today, the world shines a huge spotlight on romantic love — to the intense delight and equally intense chagrin of millions. Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, we can all probably agree that God prepared the ideal place for romantic love to flourish. That place is marriage.

When done right, marriage is one of the most fulfilling relationships that we can experience in this life. But doing marriage right isn't easy. Newlyweds often enter marriage with certain expectations only to find that reality is quite different.

Neglect: When You Can and You Should, but You Don't (Alma 60)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 418

Neglect: When You Can and You Should, but You Don't (Alma 60)

In Alma 60, the Nephite army still finds itself without reinforcements from the government such that their frustration is running high. Moroni sends another letter to the chief judge Pahoran — this one even more forceful than his previous letter — calling out the chief judge for his apparent neglect of the Nephite army. Here are a few passages from the letter:

  • "Great has been the slaughter among our people…yea, great has been your neglect towards us" (verse 5)
  • "Ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for vengeance" (verse 10)
  • "I fear exceedingly that the judgments of God will come upon this people, because of…the slothfulness of our government, and their exceeding great neglect towards their brethren" (verse 14)

The word "neglect" is used over and over to emphasize that the government has the resources to provide the army, and that they should be supporting the army, but yet no assistance is being provided.

They can help, and they should help, but they're not helping.

The Only Thing to Fear...

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 331

The Only Thing to Fear...

“Only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I fear a lot of stuff, but I usually don’t feel like I’m fearing fear. I fear heights, sickness, the unknown — you know what I’m talking about. Insert your fear; we’ve all got them. When I find myself getting fearful, I get careful, protective, and my lizard brain (fight or flight) kicks in. My decisions are hasty, and my judgments are quick.

“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)

WHAT???

Latter-Day Melody

Written by Brother Larry Champine on Monday, 11 February 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 409

Latter-Day Melody

For today's Miracle Monday, we reached out to Sister Rosanne and Brother Larry Champine and asked them to share some of the stories behind several of the songs that the Lord has given them. This particular story is about the song "We Shall Sing on the Mountain of the Lord."

I was raised in another faith with a limited understanding of the scriptures. As a member of a family band, music was a very important part of my life, but before I met The Church Of Jesus Christ and made my commitment to serve the Lord, I was never able to compose an original song.

When I joined The Church and accepted the Restored Gospel, words and melodies — many about my conversion and new relationship with the Lord — began to come forth in wonderful ways. As I was learning and growing, I had a great desire to understand the latter day promises, so I began to prayerfully study them. I became most impressed with Romans 14:11, "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."

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