Spread the Good Word: Ephesians 3:11-12

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 November 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 332

Spread the Good Word: Ephesians 3:11-12

Today, we're continuing our Good Word theme of "Boldness." In this passage, Paul is explaining to the Ephesians that God has revealed to him and the other apostles a great mystery. (Ooh! What is it?!)

The mystery is that the Gentiles have access to the gospel of Jesus Christ and are being invited into the fold of God.

If you remember, this was a pretty seismic shift in the way Israel thought about God and man. It was huge. It was divisive. It was not an easy message for Paul to deliver no matter which way you slice it.

Feeling Emotion vs. the Spirit

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 14 November 2019. Posted in Special Series Hits 275

Feeling Emotion vs. the Spirit

Today, we're happy to introduce a new series called Early Church Memories. We all have certain childhood memories that stand out as interesting or important to us. For those who were raised in church, many of these early recollections play a role in our spiritual development. You'll see articles in this series pop up through November, and we hope they remind you of your earliest memories with the Lord.

To start things off, Sister Michelle Watson shares two memories that are the same but different.

I had to have been 6 years old or younger, and I was sitting in a pew near the back of the sanctuary in the old church building in Anaheim, California (before the blue remodel). The minister at the pulpit was telling a very touching story about a young child. Because the story was about a kid, my ears perked up, and I listened. The narrative was sad and beautiful, and I both pitied and admired the fictional child.

Why Do You Travel So Far for Church? (3 Nephi 19)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 November 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 208

Why Do You Travel So Far for Church? (3 Nephi 19)

For quite a few years, my family lived in the town of Thorndale, Pennsylvania, and we attended church services in the town of Levittown, Pennsylvania. If you look on a map, you will see that these two towns are both located in eastern Pennsylvania, but they are in fact 60 miles apart! Yes, every Sunday, my parents and my sister and I dutifully piled into the car by 8:45 a.m. to make the hour-plus trip to Levittown for Sunday school and the worship service and then traveled the same distance to return home, arriving home sometime in the mid-afternoon.

Every so often, one of us would be in a conversation with someone about the church, and when we mentioned where the church was, the same questions would be asked. Why do you travel so far for church? Isn't there a church in this area that you can attend?

Gratitude Is All in Your Perspective

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 246

Gratitude Is All in Your Perspective

Recently, two of my students, who happen to be biological sisters, taught me an important lesson about perspective and gratitude. I am going to refer to them as “A,” a second grader, and “E,” a fourth grader. They are both new students to our school and previously attended an inner-city school that lacks many things, but most importantly, quality instruction and safety.

As I began working with them, I sensed “E” was extremely paranoid of lockdowns. She asked me about them every day. I finally asked if she had lockdown drills at her previous school, or if they happened to be real, meaning an intruder was in the building. To my dismay, she said they were not drills, but they happened because there was an intruder.

A Good Prescription

Written by Sister Julia Nicholas on Monday, 11 November 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 203

A Good Prescription

Today's Miracle Monday is the experience of Sister Julia Nicholas from the Muncey Indian Reserve, in Ontario, Canada, as recorded in the August 1952 issue of The Gospel News. It also appears in Vol. 1 of the church history book.

On the night of March 26,1940, I dreamed that a visitor came to see me when I was sick. He sat on a chair at the foot of my bed. When he began to talk, the first thing he said was, "I see you're very sick." I replied, "Yes."

There was a glass of water on the stand beside my bed. He asked, "Where do get that water?" I told him we got it just aways down. Then he said: "Well, I have water that is better than that."

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 8:16

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 November 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 281

Spread the Good Word: Moroni 8:16

Today, we're talking Moroni 8, hoping to learn more about our Good Word theme of "Boldness."

This chapter contains a letter from Mormon to his son Moroni shortly after Moroni's ordination into the ministry. It's full of sage advice for everyone, especially those called to leadership.

We're looking at verse 16, which is almost an aside within a larger discussion about the abomination of baptizing children. Moroni condemns the baptism of little children with boldness — without fear or doubt, in complete confidence.

Woman with the Issue of Blood: She Chose to Live

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 07 November 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 352

Woman with the Issue of Blood: She Chose to Live

I know that I’ve written about this woman before, as she is one of my favorite stories in Scripture. In my very humble opinion, this story has a million different layers and viewpoints, and that’s what makes it so compelling. For someone there that day, it was a day of business and activity, but for this woman, it was the day that she was healed completely.

That being said, there are a lot of different ways that this blog could go, but I’m going to talk about a concept that I think is really important. There’s a really popular phrase that Christians say: “God never gives us more than we can handle.”

The woman with the issue of blood is the antithesis of that statement.

God had given her a lot more than she could handle.

Worthy to Partake (3 Nephi 18)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 November 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 307

Worthy to Partake (3 Nephi 18)

In 3 Nephi 18, Jesus instructs His twelve disciples to obtain bread and wine and then instructs them to distribute it to the multitude in remembrance of His body and His blood. This, of course, corresponds to what we do today, which we refer to as communion, sacrament, or "The Lord's Supper".

When the above is complete, Jesus further instructs His disciples to continue to do the same thing on an ongoing basis, distributing bread and wine to "those who repent and are baptized in my name" (verse 11). Jesus emphasizes the importance of not giving the bread and wine to those who have not repented and been baptized — He refers to them as being "unworthy" to partake of His flesh and blood and that "whoso eateth and drinketh my flesh and blood unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation to his soul" (verse 29).

Two Prayers Are Better Than One

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 05 November 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 418

Two Prayers Are Better Than One

Some of my favorite testimonies are the ones where God gets personal, speaks my language, tailors a blessing specifically for me. Where I feel like He actually hears ME, among millions of prayers, and actually cares to answer. This is one of those testimonies.

Before we start, I need to mention that you’re all getting a treat today because Sister Aubrey Obradovich Sullivan co-wrote this blog with me, as it is just as much her experience — and now testimony — as it is mine. It’s an example of what God can do when our relationships are synced with Him and how He can use us in ways He couldn’t if we weren’t united in prayer.

It goes a little something like this.

The 2 A.M. Healing

Written by Sister Cummins on Monday, 04 November 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 461

The 2 A.M. Healing

Today's Miracle Monday is a healing from way back in 1880. This is the story of Sister Cummins, who lived near Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, as retold in the September 1951 issue of The Gospel News.

My son took sick with what the Dr. called Black Diphtheria. One night he got so bad, I had to prop him up in a rocking chair so he could breathe. I ran and called my husband and said go quick for Bro. Myers. Jimmie is choking to death.

This was two o'clock in the morning. He started for Bro. Myers who lived eight miles from Mt. Pleasant up in the mountains; and on his way he met Bro. Myers and Bro. Brown. Brother Myers had to pass Bro. Brown's home. He stopped and awoke him and said: Come on, we are wanted at the Cummins home.

Spread the Good Word: Acts 4:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 November 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 443

Spread the Good Word: Acts 4:31

Today, we're starting a new theme for Good Word Friday. This month's theme is "Boldness."

First, let's define boldness. It means fearless and confident (not necessarily arrogant and impetuous). God wants a measure of boldness from us as His followers, and it's our goal to better understand this.

We're kicking things off with Acts 4:31. In this chapter, the apostles have just gone head to head with the high priest and other Jewish elders. (Eek!)

These religious leaders were upset with the apostles because the apostles were behaving with boldness for Christ. They were fearlessly and confidently proclaiming Jesus as Savior and healing people in Jesus' name. Verse 13 says that the boldness of these uneducated, common men astonished the councilmen.

Fill Your Mind

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 31 October 2019. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 347

Fill Your Mind

It's Halloween, and I’m filled with childhood memories of how much fun it was getting candy as a child. I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I wanted to eat first — ha ha! Now that I have three children of my own, it's even more fun seeing things through their eyes.

Halloween is about dressing up in fun, silly costumes and filling candy bags full of things that will cause a cavity or two. We walk with our children from house to house and let them fill their bags with goodies.

Halloween can also invite evil into our midst. Our children need to know not only right from wrong, but right from "almost right." We know they are filling their bags with candy, but what are they (and we) filling our minds with?

The Blessing of Little Children (3 Nephi 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 417

The Blessing of Little Children (3 Nephi 17)

Babies and little children are innocent in the sight of God. They have no sin and therefore have no need for repentance or baptism while they are in that innocent state. Later, when they reach an age of understanding and are able to comprehend sin and the commitment associated with being baptized, they are then able to consider taking that step and giving their lives to the Lord.

For children who have not yet reached an age of understanding, The Church of Jesus Christ offers the opportunity for a baby or little child to be "blessed" by a minister of The Church. This blessing consists of a prayer that is offered by the minister, asking God to watch over that child until he or she is old enough to be capable of making his or her own decision about serving God.

The process used for the blessing of children is based on the following scripture:

"Jesus…said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them." (Mark 10:14,16)

Zero Degrees of Separation

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 371

Zero Degrees of Separation

Today's article by Sister Erin Light discusses Romans 8:35-39, which famously asks, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"

In this passage, the Apostle Paul is instructing the Roman believers about the glories of Christ, the prophecy about pending persecution and hardship, and exhorting them not to lose their faith. Most importantly, these wonderful five verses are a reaffirmation of why God's love is so profound; nothing can separate us from the Love of God.

Let's think about this for a bit. Who could attempt to separate us from the love of Christ? This scripture is broken down into mainly three components:

How Wonderful to Be on God's Side

Written by Sister Vicky Calabrese on Monday, 28 October 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 620

How Wonderful to Be on God's Side

Today's Miracle Monday is from the pages of the March 1951 issue of The Gospel News, and it records the testimony of Sister Vicky Calabrese.

Bro. Editor: I'm writing today as I should have done long ago, to thank all the brothers and sisters that remembered me in their prayers, and sent me such beautiful and encouraging cards.

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