It’s Just as Good as a Xerox (Mosiah 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 26

If you cut yourself, then you put on a Band-Aid. If your nose is running, then you use a Kleenex. If you have a headache, then you take a Tylenol. If you work in an office and you need to make copies, then you use the Xerox machine.

All of the above sound like common-sense things that we all do; however, many of us who cut ourselves may use an adhesive bandage that is not the Band-Aid brand and therefore does not have the Band-Aid name on it. Our tissue box may or may not have the Kleenex name on it. We may keep generic ibuprofen in our medicine cabinet rather than the official Tylenol brand. And, of course, there are many brands of copy machines that do not carry the Xerox name.

Don't Take Candy From You Know Who

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 205

Do you remember being a kid and your parents telling you never to take candy from strangers? I do. Wouldn’t you feel uncomfortable if you were at the store, and a stranger came over to you and gave you a piece of candy? What if he or she said, “Here. Take this piece of candy and eat it ... It's really good, I promise.” Would you take it?! Umm ... probably not.

So, why do we take candy from the evil one sometimes? He sugarcoats things in our lives every day. He’s the master candy maker. The one who dangles things in front of us, begging us to take just one bite. He makes it look really good, too. He even custom designs it to fit exactly what he thinks will catch our eye. He lives to tempt and destroy us.

It’s Only a Bracelet

Written by Sister Lynette Huttenberger on Monday, 22 May 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 286

Today's travel-themed Miracle Monday is from Sister Lynette Huttenberger.

Recently my husband and I were on a Caribbean cruise enjoying the island of St. Kitts. (I’m a lucky lady because Brother Jim enjoys shopping as much as I do. “Want to go to the mall?", I ask. He’s in the garage with the car running!)

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 May 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 363

We hope that today's Good Word inspires you to look around you at the marvelous things that the Lord has done — in nature, in the hearts of His creation, in working the plan of salvation.

Some Things Are Just Meant to Be

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 245

This article is Part 6 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”...Or Not.

One of the beauties of The Church of Jesus Christ is that there is no wrong testimony and there’s no wrong way to meet the Lord. He looks at us each individually — giving a specific gift to one and a specific gift to another. He uses us just as He wants to, always reminding us that we are merely but a lump of clay in His perfect potter’s hands.

Over the past several months, we’ve heard from various brothers and sisters across The Church who shared the impact The Church of Jesus Christ made on them. As one of the Songs of Zion says, their lives were “changed completely in a moment.” They were on a road headed in one direction and the Gospel persuaded them to change their course.

He Did It to Himself (Mosiah 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 179

As King Benjamin concludes his address in Mosiah 4, he touches on the subject of providing assistance to the poor and needy. This is a familiar subject in scripture — Jesus taught the same thing — and it’s certainly consistent with the concept of Christian living.

As was mentioned in an earlier chapter, Jesus taught in Matthew 25:31-46 that if we feed or clothe people who are in need, we are doing it to Him. He told the rich young ruler that if he wanted to be perfect, he should sell all he had and give the money to the poor. James writes that if we encounter someone without food or clothes and we just give him kind words and no other assistance, we haven’t really helped him.

There are many other passages that teach the same thing. Scripture is all about helping the poor.

Dear Mom

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 168

In honor of Mother's Day this past weekend, the following is a hypothetical letter home to mom from one of Helaman's 2,000 stripling soldiers.

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you, Dad, and the family are doing alright. We had one of the toughest battles today. Out of the 2,000 that left Jershon with Helaman, 200 were wounded today. But, by the grace of God, none of us died in battle, and we won the day.

On a Parisian Street Corner

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 15 May 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 389

Today's travel-related Miracle Monday is a memory from your Gospel Blog Editor, Sister Michelle Watson.

For my husband's 30th birthday, we did this two-week trip to Europe. One of our stops was Paris. We had a spectacular time, but one thing that we just couldn't get the hang of was the metro. It seemed like every time we descended into that underground labyrinth we'd either get lost or take three times as long as necessary to figure out which fork in the tunnel to take.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 May 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 492

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:30

Today's Good Word reminds us of a past article by Sister Linda Scolaro that defines the word "buckler," which is a small shield used in combination with a sword in battle. It's interesting that this verse in Psalms 18 references the word of the Lord, which is famously compared to a sword in Ephesians 6.

Betrayed by God

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 195

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:

Judgment Day (Mosiah 3)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 171

The term “Judgment Day” generally conjures up an uncomfortable image of the end of the world or something similar. There have been several movies with this title and the idea is the same — the end is coming, prepare for the end, etc. If the term is applied to a courtroom, it is still uncomfortable, as it indicates the day you find out if you’re judged innocent or guilty, with your future existence riding on the outcome.

In Mosiah 3, King Benjamin describes Judgment Day as the time when all “shall be judged, every man according to his works, whether they be good, or whether they be evil” (Mosiah 3:24). It’s basically everything described in the paragraph above except it’s your future eternal existence riding on the outcome of this judgment.

Names Have Power

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 204

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.

Listen to the Spirit

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Monday, 08 May 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 555

Today, we're bringing you another travel testimony with a story from Brother Rich Nath.

Since we moved to Texas, God has blessed us with the ability to visit our families in Pennsylvania a few times each year. Typically, we'll take longer trips in the summer and around Christmas, allowing the option to drive rather than fly. During the summer several years ago, we decided to drive and left Houston one late afternoon.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:27

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 May 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 330

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:27

So often, when we're afflicted, troubled, discouraged, tempted, or lonely, we think that God is far away and unconcerned with our struggles. But this verse tells us that we are always on His radar. He sees us and will save us ... even His timing isn't our timing.

Does Your Mouth Water?

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 04 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 200

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?

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