Holidays

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 14 June 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 465

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

We all have different relationships with our fathers. But dads do tend to have a special place in our hearts. This may be a little stereotypical — and this is not intended to mean that moms do not do this too! — but dads are hardworking, yet they still make time to help us with our homework or projects we have going on. They lovingly share and teach us their special talents without complaint. They may be tough on us, but it's only because they want us to grow up to be the best human being possible.

Since it's Father's Day this week, we tend to think more about our natural fathers and father figures than we may the rest of the year. If we are lucky enough to still have our father with us, we may stress out to find the "perfect" gift for him and a card that says exactly how we feel. We may plan to go visit him over the weekend or give him a call. Regardless of what we do, this Sunday, we tend to honor and celebrate our father figures for everything they have done for us throughout our lives.

Approved and Proven

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 658

Approved and Proven

With Father’s Day approaching, my thoughts are drawn to my father, who left this earth to be with Jesus in 2014. Naturally speaking, my dad’s life taught me many things. He worked a LOT to keep my childhood happy and carefree, so I inherited a strong work ethic, learning to work hard and save for things in life. As a kid, though, I didn’t understand why lights always had to be off when we left a room or why the refrigerator door or front door to our house couldn’t remain open because “money doesn’t grow on trees” or “we don’t live in a barn,” as just a few examples of perplexing things fathers say to kids.

As a rebellious teen, even more things my dad said and did wore on my nerves. I often viewed him as annoying and sometimes getting in the way of what I wanted to do and hopelessly not able to understand my world. I failed to see him as the foundation of my security and well-being in the tireless daily contributions my parents both invested in our family.

Happy Memorial Day

Written by Brother Lou Pietrangelo on Monday, 28 May 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 540

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, we're re-publishing an article from May 19, 2014, called "Fall, Run, Stop." It's a WWII experience shared by Brother Lou Pietrangelo and taken from The Church History Vol. 2.

After being trained on B-29 aircraft, I flew overseas to the Pacific Theater to a U.S. air base on a small island called Tinian, about 1,500 miles off of Japan's main island. One evening while preparing for flight takeoff (one per minute), as we waited in our positions to get on the runway, I decided to write a letter to my mother.

Happy New Year!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 01 January 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 858

Happy New Year!

We here at the Gospel Blog want to wish you all a very happy New Year! Today, we thought we'd do something fun. Here's a little year-end review of 2017.

Since Jan. 1, 2017…

  • We've published 256 posts
  • We've grown to 699 email subscribers
  • We've sustained 5+ years of continuous blogging (starting March 5, 2012)

Merry Christmas!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 25 December 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 645

Merry Christmas!

Everyone here at the Gospel Blog wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas!

This year, our Christmas message is nothing fancy, just sincere wishes that you draw close to Christ on this day and in the coming year. That your communion with Him deepens. That your trust in Him holds fast. That your desire to follow Him never wavers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 23 November 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 682

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since today is Thanksgiving, in many households, family and friends will gather together to enjoy a traditional meal. Although I hate being put on the spot, I love it when we go around the table to share one thing we are most thankful for. I enjoy hearing everyone’s answers, especially the kids because their answers are always so innocent.

Since I don’t have access to a lot of kids, I turned to the Huffington Post for what kids have said they are grateful for. Here are some of my favorites:

Happy Fourth of July!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 04 July 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 780

Happy Fourth of July!

Everyone here at the Gospel Blog wishes you a very happy Fourth of July! We hope you have a blessed day celebrating the liberty we enjoy in the U.S.

Happy Easter Sunday!

Written by GospelBlog on Sunday, 16 April 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 911

Happy Easter Sunday!

He arose! May the following words of truth fall sweetly upon your ears this morning. 

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. ... Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. – Genesis 3:7, 21

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. – Luke 4:18-19

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

Musings on Palm Sunday

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 06 April 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 962

Musings on Palm Sunday

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, generally celebrated by the Christian world as the day Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem as described in Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12. This was also just a few days before He was crucified.

When Jesus entered the city, many came and shouted, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord!” They took branches of palm trees (hence the name Palm Sunday) and laid them before Him to create a “red carpet” of sorts for the King. It’s amazing how just a few days later many of the Jews, not all and probably not many (if any) of those celebrating here, were found chanting, “Crucify him!” to the Jewish leadership and Pilate.

Love, Oh, What Love

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 1061

Love, Oh, What Love

Happy Valentine's Day — the "day of love." Although many probably roll their eyes at this made-up holiday that seems to only benefit card stores, florists, and candy shops, love is arguably the most important thing in our lives. Yes, we need food, clothing, and shelter, but love is that transcending value that is vitally important to us, both naturally and spiritually.

Love takes several forms, including romantic love, brotherly/friendship-type love of mankind, and love of family. Have you ever thought about living without love, any kind of it? What would life be like?

Happy New Year!

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 02 January 2017. Posted in Holidays Hits 1107

Happy New Year!

Dear readers,

As we embark upon 2017, we are so thankful to the Lord for sustaining our little efforts here on the Gospel Blog and for giving us a supportive community of readers — you! It's our hope and prayer that these daily thoughts and inspirations will draw you closer to Jesus Christ, even while there are so many other things competing for your attention.

Merry Christmas from the Gospel Blog!

Written by GospelBlog on Sunday, 25 December 2016. Posted in Holidays Hits 1452

Merry Christmas from the Gospel Blog!

We'd like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all of our Gospel Blog readers! May you feel Christ's presence as you gather in your branches and missions, as you spend time with family and friends, and as you reflect on the blessings of 2016.

We also recognize that many of you are in the midst of major, life-changing trials, disappointments, and struggles that occured this past year. If that's the case, then please know that our prayers are with you and that Jesus will never leave you alone. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 24 November 2016. Posted in Holidays Hits 1222

Happy Thanksgiving!

We pray that you awoke today with praise to God on your heart and lips! Our Dare to Share verse of the day is our hope for you this Thanksgiving. The more credit we give God for everything He does for us each day, the better we understand our world and our place in it.

Happy Fourth of July! {Plus GMBA Camp Week!}

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 04 July 2016. Posted in Special Series, Holidays Hits 2010

Happy Fourth of July! {Plus GMBA Camp Week!}

We hope that you are enjoying a wonderful Independence Day! There is a lot to reflect on today in terms of our nation, and we hope that this holiday prompts you to pray for our leaders and our fellow citizens. 

Pay It Forward Day Is April 28

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 26 April 2016. Posted in Holidays Hits 1705

Pay It Forward Day Is April 28

One Friday morning, after a long, challenging week, I ordered a cup of coffee at a drive-through. When I attempted to pay, the cashier said, “The car in front of you took care of it.” Tears came to my eyes. I can’t tell you how much of a boost (better than caffeine) that was for me. This kind gesture lifted my spirits immensely and carried me through the day.

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