Devotional

When God's Directions Don't Make Sense

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1780

When God's Directions Don't Make Sense

When God commands us to do something, there may be a feeling of doubt as to how the task will be accomplished. It may appear impossible, but scripture tells a different story.

All of us know the famous verse of Paul's, Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." This verse alone should bring confidence that, through Jesus, all things can be done.

True Confessions of a Planner

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 18 February 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1448

True Confessions of a Planner

I wish I could be more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, spontaneous person, but alas, I'm a planner. When I was in high school, I planned on going to college, meeting the man of my dreams, and being married by 21 — 23 at the latest — and being done having kids by my late 20s.

(Obviously, God's plan for me was completely different than mine.)

Dropping the L-Bomb

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Friday, 14 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 2907

Dropping the L-Bomb

Happy Valentine's Day! We're wrapping up our relationship series with this article for singles and unmarried couples. May God bless you in all your relationships.

Marrying Outside The Church

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 2749

Marrying Outside The Church

We're shifting gears back to you marrieds today. May this topic be thought-provoking.

I've been having what feels like the same conversation with different people about this, so I felt I should share it with you.

Growing up, I always thought that the man I married would already be a member of The Church or at least would convert before we got married, just as my grandfather and father had done. I felt that was expected of me.

Living the Single Life for God

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 12 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 3289

Living the Single Life for God

For today's article, we're focusing back on the singles. Enjoy!

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching! This invokes one of two feelings: pure excitement (usually for girls and women in a relationship/marriage) and misery (for those who are single and, let's face it, some men.) It's a day every year when we're forced to evaluate our love lives, no matter how nonexistent.

5 Tips for Newly Married Couples

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 3099

5 Tips for Newly Married Couples

We're continuing with our Valentine's Day relationship articles. Today's topic is for couples.

Keep these five tips in mind to maintain a godly perspective on your union.

Kicking Off the Valentine's Day Series: On Singleness

Written by Sister Natalie Pezzenti on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 2786

Kicking Off the Valentine's Day Series: On Singleness

As promised, we're tipping our hats to Valentine's Day with a series of relationship-oriented articles for singles and couples. God instituted marriage, and scripture tells us how to make it work; nonetheless, we still find it a very difficult terrain to navigate. We hope these articles bring you encouragement and point you to God's word.

We also want to make a small disclaimer. We don't want to imply with this series that people in relationships or marriages are more important than people who aren't. If this week's articles don't apply directly to you, we encourage you to glean what understanding you can from them. If you're single, don't skip the articles for marrieds. If you're married, don't skip the articles for singles. It's important that we learn about one another so we can better support each other. 

Without further ado, we bring you our first installment, written by Sister Natalie Pezzenti.


 

Three Brave Kids and Ol' King Neb

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 30 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1810

Three Brave Kids and Ol' King Neb

We hope you enjoy this Seussian re-telling of the story of the three Hebrew children (Daniel 3). This is the sequel to last week's poem.

Finding Acceptance in Christ

Written by Brother Dan Hemmings on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2457

Finding Acceptance in Christ

Brothers Sisters and Friends,

Many of you may or may not know me. My name is Brother Dan Hemmings, I'm 29 years old and I'm a Teacher in The Church of Jesus Christ (San Diego Branch). I've been unemployed for almost 8 months now, and the weight of this burden has finally started to weigh on me. However, with this burden I know the gift of God's glory and plan will be that much greater.

A Special Diet — Just Try It, Try It!

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 23 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3099

A Special Diet — Just Try It, Try It!

We hope you enjoy this Seuss-ian retelling of Daniel 1 by Sister Erin Light.

Divine Forgiveness

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1707

Divine Forgiveness

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel: 36:36)

In yesterday's blog post, we saw how this verse epitomizes what happened to a man's heart when he prayed for the ability to forgive a person who caused immeasurable pain in his life.

The Process of Forgiving

Written by Brother Joe Saeli on Tuesday, 21 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1668

The Process of Forgiving

Our Sunday school recently studied the concept of forgiveness, a vital act that is red-lettered in Matthew 6:12, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" and in numerous other scriptures, such as Colossians 3:13, "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."

We quickly concluded that this concept of forgiveness is easier "read than done," so we attempted to develop strategies to fulfill this commandment. We discovered that forgiveness is not always like lightning and thunder but more often more like a work in progress.

What Jesus Did for Me

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 14 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1912

What Jesus Did for Me

In light of the New Year, I'd like to share a take on one of the "resolutions" I've come up with for myself. This year, my focus is to work on understanding and to always remember what exactly Jesus did not just for me, but to me as well.

So, right now, I want you to picture the New Year's ball that drops in New York City. It's over 1,000 pounds, has a diameter of 6 feet, and reflects innumerable dazzling colors. It's pretty amazing.

Before I met Jesus, that was my life. My life was pretty great, (or so I thought.)

Epic Grace

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 09 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1750

Epic Grace

Have you ever watched a TV news story showing a candlelight vigil of mourners after a tragic loss? Often the group is filmed singing "Amazing Grace." I always wonder, "Why that song?" It doesn’t seem to fit the circumstance, and there are other hymns that seem more appropriate. Perhaps the global familiarity of that song brings unity and comfort in the middle of such sadness. I wonder if the people in the news clip sing it with understanding.

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1927

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

At New Year's, we often evaluate ourselves based on how many pounds we weigh, how much money we make, our marital status, or the possessions we own. What if our biggest priority was to evaluate ourselves based on our relationships with other people?

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