Devotional

Having Confidence in Christ

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 29 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 807

Having Confidence in Christ

“For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26

When I look up the word “confidence” in the dictionary, it means “faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.” A big part of society sends the message that confidence is found only in ourselves. I know that is not true. My confidence should be found in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:26 says that the Lord will be our confidence. How powerful! I know that I shouldn't have more confidence in myself than the Lord. That’s when pride can sneak in — and sin is right behind it.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 22 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 703

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Like me, you’ve probably been there before — kneeling before God at a crossroads in life asking whether or not you should make a move. It could be any type of move: a new house, a new town, a new state, a new job, or all the above. Regardless, I want God to be the centerpiece of the move. I don’t want to do something that’s against His will because I know His will is what's best for me.

At the same time, my own thoughts and feelings are creating a bias in one direction or another. Maybe I’m really excited about a new job opportunity and can’t see any negatives at all about moving. Or, maybe I’m fearful of moving out on my own for the first time and would rather keep the status quo. When I go to God in prayer about the situation, I need to try and stay levelheaded, as that’s when I’ll hear the Holy Ghost speak to me.

A Me-First Gospel? Nah, No Thanks

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 693

A Me-First Gospel? Nah, No Thanks

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is "me first."

As a kid, I loved my copy of "A Light in the Attic," a collection of hilarious poems by the wonderful Shel Silverstein. One of them is called "Ladies First," in which a bossy little girl named Pamela Purse pushes her way to the front of the ice cream line, shoves herself onto the school bus before the other kids, and guzzles every last drop of canteen water on a jungle safari, leaving none for her friends.

On that same jungle safari, Ms. Purse meets Fry-'Em-Up Dan, a cannibal who isn't sure which of the school children he should eat first until Pamela insists that she be — you guessed it — first.

Covering the Classroom in Prayer

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 787

Covering the Classroom in Prayer

Whether you are a teacher or a student, it is inevitable that August or September marks the trek back to school.

As teachers and students return to the classroom, please remember to lift them up in prayer. As parents, we entrust our children to the care of educators and administrators. We must pray for our children and their leaders. Prayers for a hedge of protection around the children and prayers for wisdom for teachers and administrators are much needed in a time when our society seems to be in turmoil.

God's Way

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 744

God's Way

As I traveled to the 2016 GMBA camp, filled with anticipation for the theme, "The Way," I spotted a sign for exit 266 on the Pennsylvania turnpike. I immediately thought of the hymn, "God’s Way" in the Saints Hymnal. My mind always relates numbers to hymn numbers. (You piano players out there know what I mean.) I began to ponder what ideas and topics would be discussed during our chapel, seminars, and worship services.

At the end of camp, I traveled back on the PA turnpike, my family in tow. My husband was driving. Shortly after our departure, we encountered a very bad rainstorm. As we traveled between tunnels and mountains, there was a misty fog that made visibility difficult.

Not-So Mysterious Commission

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 25 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 743

Not-So Mysterious Commission

When I think about the God I serve, I believe He is pretty straightforward. “Follow my commandments,” He says. “If you do, you will prosper.”

He makes things simple. He doesn’t beat around the bush (He just appears as one on fire from time to time.) He wants His children (that’s us) to stay close to Him and trust in His word.

But there’s still a mysterious way about Him sometimes, isn’t there? There’s a semblance of wondering that we often have. How will it all make sense in the end?

The Olympians of Scripture

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Posted in Devotional, Current Events Hits 1110

The Olympians of Scripture

Are you still watching Olympic replays and highlights even though the games ended last week? We witnessed some remarkable feats at the Summer Olympic games. We've seen plenty of pictures that show the thrill of victory, and some, unfortunately, the agony of defeat.

This got me thinking about what sports some of the people from scripture would have participated in if the Olympics were held in those days. Leave your ideas in the comments below…

Learning from the Past

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 744

Learning from the Past

“You can’t change the past. But I daresay, you can learn from it.”

This is a line from "Through the Looking Glass," a movie that I recently saw with my younger daughter, who has always been enamored by the imaginative, whimsical story of Alice in Wonderland. Much to my surprise, "Through the Looking Glass" portrayed some good morals, such as the importance of family and always telling the truth — but most of all, valuing time.

Praying in a Parking Lot

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 788

Praying in a Parking Lot

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's topic is sacrificing the desire to blend in.

My husband, Michael, tells a lot of humorous stories from his childhood, and one of my favorites involves his middle school art teacher. There was an unfortunate classroom incident concerning a mound of clay that resulted in the frazzled teacher literally shaking Michael till his teeth rattled. When Michael reported the episode at home, Mama Bear turned into a full-on lioness defending her cub.

Planted Deep

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 09 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 797

Planted Deep

Have you ever sat in church, singing a song that you've sung so many times that you've memorized all the words, and realized that you never really read them before? Today, for whatever reason, you actually read the words as you sing and let them sink in. That happened to me last Sunday with No. 65 in the Songs of Zion, "He Planted Me Deep."

I've heard that song at least a hundred times in my life, and I know all the words, but I either never really let them sink in before, or maybe it was just my time to fully understand the depth of what the song is about.

My BAE

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 04 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 832

My BAE

Have you ever heard of the term BAE? It is a widely used term by many of our tweens and teens. I am privy to this information because I am a parent of 12-year-old and 15-year-old girls.

The first time I head my daughters use this term, I asked them, “What does BAE mean?” Of course, they rolled their eyes in disgust because I was so out of touch, uncool, etc. Then, they explained BAE stands for Before Anyone Else.

Unction

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 02 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 687

Unction

For those who have received the call to be baptized, it is an unforgettable experience. The call is a struggle of personal remorse and guilt for past sins with an overwhelming joy inviting us to ask for baptism. It is unmistakably a great emotional upheaval, a heart-wrenching roller coaster ride that leaves the individual with an unforgettable Divine Encounter that serves as a testimony for the remainder of one’s life.

Why Does Denying Myself Matter?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 28 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 772

Why Does Denying Myself Matter?

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today, she's taking a look at what's at stake.

It's been roughly a half-year since I've been pondering "deny yourself." I've attempted to define it, and I've studied up on how subjects like self-indulgence, self-justification, pride, and submission intersect with self-denial. Now, I'm ready to ask, why does denying myself matter, and what's at stake if I don't?

Particularly, is my soul's salvation in jeopardy?

The B-I-B-L-E and Our Kids

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 811

The B-I-B-L-E and Our Kids

I was recently at the store, and when I went inside to grab a cart, a woman and her 5-year-old daughter were putting one back. I smiled at them as I picked out a cart, and the little girl started to sing. I was touched as she proudly sang these words, loud and clear:

The B-I-B-L-E!
Yes, that’s the book for me!
I stand alone on the Word of God!
The B-I-B-L-E!

It touched my heart. The mother immediately looked over at me, and I could tell she was wondering what my reaction would be. It's sad that so many are offended by God’s name these days — but not me. I smiled big and told that little girl how good she sang and that it’s a beautiful song to hear. The mother smiled big at me, and we totally had a “moment” where she knew that I loved God, and I knew that she did, too.

Finish Strong

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 19 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 796

Finish Strong

My daughter joined the school cross-country team this year, and one thing her coach would always say either in person or email is “Finish Strong!” Those words are easy to say, but in the heat of the moment, not always easy to execute.

My daughter learned a lot about endurance and perseverance in this sport; however, I think the most important thing she learned was pacing. The coach taught the team how to effectively pace themselves. She didn’t want everyone to run like a shotgun at the beginning of the race, quickly lose steam, and lag behind at the finish line. In pacing, the runners learned when to store up energy and when to use that energy to build momentum and ultimately finish strong.

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