To Whom Do You Belong?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 24 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2808

To Whom Do You Belong?

When my son was a little boy, I used to play a game with him. I would say, "Who are you, little boy, and what are you doing here in my house? Who do you belong to?"

At this point, I would begin to list off people we knew, our neighbors, friends, etc., and he would laugh and squeal and reply, "No mommy," each time. After going through four or five people, I would stop and say, "Oh, I know! You are my little boy, and mommy loves you very much, and you belong here."

A Double Blessing

Written by Sister Erin Light on Monday, 23 February 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2014

A Double Blessing

Today's Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Erin Light. This is the last of our baptism-related Miracle Mondays. If you haven't sent your feetwashing-related testimony yet, please get that to us ASAP.

I was 13 years old when God called me at a youth retreat in California. We telephoned my grandpa, Brother Russell Martorana, to tell him the good news that his first grandchild would be baptized, and we wanted him to be present. In true form, instead of immediately saying, "Yes, I will be there!" he told us over the phone that he would pray about it, and the Lord would tell him what to do.

Spread the Good Word and Quiz Answers

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 February 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games, The Good Word Hits 4819

Spread the Good Word and Quiz Answers

Today's Good Word is 2 Corinthians 8:9. In case you missed it last week, we're looking for a designer to take over creating our Good Word Fridays. If you or someone you know likes this kind of thing, please contact us!

How Excellent

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 19 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2685

How Excellent

Do you remember the first time you won an award at school? Or a gleaming trophy for playing sports? Or a bright blue ribbon at an art show? Maybe you've earned a certificate or plaque at work.

It feels good to excel. Our society promotes it, and there's a lot of competition to excel in academics and the workplace, everyone trying to get promoted, catch the coach's attention, stand out among other scholarship applicants, or win a client's approval.

There are plenty of people who excelled in scripture, too.

From the Mouths of Babes

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2801

From the Mouths of Babes

"And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?" (Matthew 21:16)

Children are very animated and expressive about things they love. They also have very literal interpretations of the world around them and say things that are just plain funny to adults. When our kids were little, I would share funny things they said with friends and family. One friend always told me, "You need to write these down!" I did not heed her advice often enough, and some of those comedic childhood conversations have slipped from memory.

Does God Love Me?

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Tuesday, 17 February 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 3100

Does God Love Me?

Today, Sister Karen Watford shares a baptism-related experience that God gave her to show His matchless love and care.

After my baptism, I waited for a lovely experience like I had heard from so many of the older brothers and sisters. None was forthcoming. I waited for changes to come into my life like I had heard from others. None were forthcoming.

I was told that perhaps because I had led a good and godly life before my baptism, I didn't need those lovely experiences. Nonetheless, I began to despair that God didn't love me and cried many tears. One night in my prayer I asked God to give me a dream to show me if He loved me. I promised Him that if He would show me, I would never ask for another dream.

Forgetting My Baptism

Written by Sister Joyce Smith on Monday, 16 February 2015. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2385

Forgetting My Baptism

Today's baptism-related Miracle Monday was submitted by Sister Joyce Smith. Enjoy!

Raised in a Catholic family, I came to The Church of Jesus Christ at the age of 17 after I met and was dating one of the minister's sons from the San Fernando Valley Branch in Southern California. The first time I visited The Church I felt something I had never felt before. For the very first time I felt God.

Spread the Good Word: Colossians 3:23

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 February 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1878

Spread the Good Word: Colossians 3:23

Today's Good Word comes from Sister Teresa Pandone. Thank you for sharing one of your favorite scriptures! If you have a favorite scripture you'd like to share, please send it in, and we'll turn it into a nifty graphic.

Calling All Designers!

We're looking for someone to take over designing the weekly Good Word! If you love making pretty graphics and eye-catching images on the computer, please contact us and let us know that you're interested in taking over this fun weekly task. If you know a young person who is gifted with this kind of thing, send him or her our way!

Lovey Dovey Scripture Quiz

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 3925

Valentine's Day is this weekend — all you husbands out there have received fair warning — and when you subtract the fancy flowers, charming chocolates, and cute cards from the equation, what are you left with?

Love. When we look at Valentine's Day in the best possible light, it's a day to celebrate love in all its forms, not just romantic.

Do I Need to Detox?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 11 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2037

Do I Need to Detox?

I'm doing a detox with some of my clients. The purpose is to clean all the toxins from our bodies to help our liver and digestion system work at their best. We have to eliminate certain addictive and inflammatory foods. The dietician in charge gave us a list of the types of foods we can eat and a list of foods we can't have. We have a Facebook support group to encourage each other throughout the three weeks we are doing it.

It's been hard trying to find appropriate foods that we are allowed to eat, and it's requiring a lot of prep and cooking time so that my husband and I eat enough during the day.

Humble Abode

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2184

Humble Abode

My husband and I are in the process of looking for our first home. It can be daunting for a type-A personality like mine. So much is up in the air and left to wondering — what can we afford? How many bedrooms will we have? What school district will we be in? Will it have a front porch or finished basement?

When it comes to our first humble abode, I am certain that wherever (and however big or small) it is will feel like home to us. We'll paint the walls the colors we like; we'll host our first holiday meal with family and friends; we'll make thousands of memories inside those four walls.

A Crown Just for Me

Written by Sister Brianne Gehly on Monday, 09 February 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2055

A Crown Just for Me

For today's baptism-themed Miracle Monday, please enjoy the testimony of Sister Brianne Gehly.

May 2007 was a beautiful month spiritually for me. At May Conference, I was very moved by the message, which was the story of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22). "Love the Lord and He will do wonderful things for you. He will bless you if you work for Him. Love others as He has loved you" are a few notes I had written down from the Sunday meeting.

Spread the Good Word & Trivia Answers

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 February 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games, The Good Word Hits 4625

Spread the Good Word & Trivia Answers

Today's Good Word comes from Sister Karen Watford. Here's why she loves Psalm 30:5.

God has His reasons for weeping and for joy — all of which serve a greater purpose. Through our times of weeping, we can learn the greatest lessons, become more humble, and grow closer to God because we realize our smallness before the Lord. Without joy, we lose hope and feel lost. When we feel joy, we wish to share it with everyone and especially with our Father in appreciation of His goodness. When I am in the midst of trouble, I take comfort in the fact that I will learn something good for my soul and that it won't last forever ... because God promised that the morning and joy will come and, oh, how sweet they are!

Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll make it our next Good Word Friday!

Gospel Blog Subscription Drive

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 05 February 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 3470

Gospel Blog Subscription Drive

On our year-end survey, we asked, "What can we do better here at the Gospel Blog?" Many of you said "Publicity!" We heard 'ya.

So, for the month of February, we're hosting our first annual subscription drive. And we need your help!

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Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2046

Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Numerous times I've heard that we must not stay by the waters of baptism because we are to grow in Him. Last night, as I was thinking on this and comparing it to the growth of my sons, "Following God" from "The Songs of Zion" came to mind.

When a child is born, he is kept close to the parents' hearts until he becomes strong enough to crawl and walk. As the child grows and strengthens, he ventures out a little from his parents by crawling and then walking. In order for the child to grow to his potential, the parents have to let go of the child's hand when he can finally stand. Because the child is still learning, the parents stay nearby and watch to keep him from harm. Sometimes the parents rush to his rescue. Other times, the parents allow the child to learn lessons from his mistakes.

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