Betrayed by God

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 536

This article is Part 2 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

In my last article, I wrote about how my husband, Brother Michael, and I wanted to have a baby, but it just wasn't happening. It took us over a year to tell anyone about our problem or ask for prayer. After we did that, I thought, "OK, we've got tons of people praying on this ... it's going to happen! It's got to!"

But it didn't. Being a good church girl, I turned to scripture for answers — and, of course, solutions.

I read this passage, Matthew 7:7-11, one I'd read many times before:

Names Have Power

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 505

Last October, in the heat of a really heavy school semester, I fell into what I labeled one of the hardest points in my life to date. With a quarter of my senior year of college finished, I was under the most stress I had ever faced since I walked onto campus back in August of my freshman year.

I was at a point where I was so lost and low that I couldn’t even pray for myself. I remember posting on the Facebook page for my seminar group from GMBA camp, asking my friends to pray for me, and the support I got from everyone was unbelievable and incredible.

It’s amazing what power giving something a name has.

Does Your Mouth Water?

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 04 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 519

Within the Word of God, the account of the ministry of Jesus Christ paints a brilliant picture of deliverance, miracles, healings, and glorious power unparalleled.

How marvelous would it be to know someone who is born blind and see him receive sight? How miraculous to feed 5,000 people out of one pot? How magnificent to see a soul delivered from demonic possession? How powerful to see a storm rebuked? How wonderful to witness the lame walk, the deaf hear, cancer cleansed, the dead raised?

Armed Robbery

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 524

Armed Robbery

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 3: 8-12)

“Stick ‘em up!” You hold out your first finger on your hand with your thumb pointed to the sky. Standing directly in front of you is your best friend. He immediately puts his hands in the air and proceeds to empty a pretend safe or treasure box or surrender some prize to you. As you begin to walk away, his hand comes down in the same configuration. Suddenly, you are engaged in a deadly battle around your yard or house or playground.

The Sunday School Answer

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 619

The Sunday School Answer

Q: This struggle is truly tough to deal with; what can I do to overcome it?

A: Just pray about it

Q: I’ve felt so lonely and depressed; how long will I feel like this?

A: God never leaves you alone.

Have you ever found yourself on the giving or receiving end of “Sunday school answers"?

How Do You Sing?

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 25 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 473

How Do You Sing?

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

If you have a memory better than mine, then you may remember that I work in a nursing home. The nursing home has a way of bringing the Christians in the community through its doors.

We often have various churches performing services, singers singing, players playing (piano, guitar, flute, etc.) and we even have a couple Christian schools bring in students to do activities with the residents. (Our branch has even gone a few times for Christmas caroling). Sometimes the visitors are talented … sometimes not so talented. But no matter; the residents love the attention.

Fruitful Women: The Faith of Mary and Martha

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 583

Fruitful Women: The Faith of Mary and Martha

In continuation of my Fruitful Women Series, where women of scripture have been aligned with a fruit of the spirit that they demonstrate, today’s fruit of the spirit is faith. Faith applies to many women described in scripture; however, I have chosen Mary and Martha, and here is why.

As the story goes, Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus, died. As to be expected, they were grieving the loss of their brother. As soon as Martha heard that Christ was nearby, she ran to greet him. She had a dialogue with Christ, but something important that Martha says is found in John 11:21-22:

"Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.”

The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 538

The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

People can find scripture to support their views on just about anything, regardless of what it is. There are scriptures that suggest it's OK to have more than one wife, you can drink and be merry, or you can kill someone for their wrongdoing. These verses are often taken out of context, or the laws changed after Jesus came.

1 Timothy 4:8 is one of these verses. Those people who hate exercise and simply don’t want to do it can rightfully say that the Bible states that we "don’t have to" exercise. "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."

I Wish I Knew God

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 13 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 535

I Wish I Knew God

I recently had a friend of mine tell me that she “wished she knew God the way I did.” It made me think about how I never want to take my spiritual relationship for granted. I call out to Him and know He hears me. He gives me peace that can never be compared to anything the world offers. I pray to Him and feel like I’m having a conversation with the Lord. I don’t feel like I’m just saying “words”… I feel a connection with God that runs deep into my soul.

God was always a part of our home when I was growing up. I can’t imagine my life without Him. I don’t ever want to take Him for granted, and I’m so thankful that He’s always there for me.

Many Sparrows

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 600

Many Sparrows

Within today’s culture exists an insatiable need to prove self-worth and value by being the best. From cereal boxes to politics, we're bombarded with claims of superiority on a daily basis. As a result, some endeavor under the constant pressure to prove their worth to the world, to themselves and, yes, even to God.

Admittedly, we all want to feel secure in our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes just below the surface of serving God lies our very real need to feel valued. For any who dare to admit, it's an unpleasant and exhausting place to find yourself and not always easy to detect. Unfortunately, it's simply the human condition to which we're all prone.

Dealing With Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 981

Dealing With Divine Delays

This article is Part 1 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

Many Christians experience what I've heard described as a "divine delay." This is when we're expecting God to answer a prayer or do something for us, and it doesn't happen. Divine delay is hope deferred — Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. Ain't it the truth.

My divine delay came in the form of infertility. After two years married, I expected to be expecting. There were many times I suspected I was expecting — but no. It wasn't happening, and it took six long years for my husband, Brother Michael, and me to emerge on the other side of that trial.

Problems With Perfection

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 704

Problems With Perfection

One evening, I was driving home from dinner when my mom played me this song she heard on K-LOVE radio. The song was called “Tell Me” by Carrollton, and the basic message of the lyrics is that even if we feel like we’re nothing, to God we’re everything. Our identity lies in His love, and even on our worst days when we feel like giving up or we’re never going to be good enough, God tells us we’re special, and important, and wonderful, and loved.

In my life, I’ve constantly struggled with the idea of being perfect. The problem with perfection is, aside from Jesus Christ, no one can even come close to being perfect. I have grown up being physically imperfect with a deformity that makes me incomplete, and it hasn’t been an easy thing for me to deal with.

Biography Kept

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 634

Biography Kept

In the terms of the digital world we live in, the Lord God has an infinite storage capacity for data and a surveillance system that records 24/7 our thoughts, words, choices, actions ... For every soul that has ever breathed the breath of life, there is a Book in Heaven that records every action committed — good and evil.

Our actions determine our eternal destiny.

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev. 20:12)

How's Your Mirror?

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 634

How's Your Mirror?

This article is dedicated to Brother R. and all those who have reflected Christ to those around them.

Have you ever seen a wacky mirror at an amusement park? You know the kind I mean — the ones that make you tall or short, thin or fat. These mirrors are taking beams of light and bending them to show that distorted image. It's fun because we look very different from the way we actually are.

Yet, those are not the types of mirrors we want to use as a guide to perform a specialized task. If I tried to shave using one of those mirrors, I would likely have cuts and terrible razor burn all over my face and neck. So, naturally, it's easy to see which type of mirror has any practical use in my life.

When God Says No

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 16 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 969

When God Says No

When God says “No,” He's actually saying “Yes!”

What a backwards thought! Have you ever petitioned the Lord for something that was pressing on your heart, and the answer wasn’t what you expected? Perhaps it was “Not yet” or “Not at all.”

I know, in my experience, when I've been so clearly denied something by God, I either listen and move on, pout for a bit and then find the courage to move on, or worse, willfully disobey. It is in those terrible moments that I have failed to internalize the words in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

I falsely believe that I know what is best for me, and I act against the Lord’s will. Now, trust me, and I say this wholeheartedly, willful disobedience only leads to immense pain and heartbreak.

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