When God Is in the Matter (Alma 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 297

When God Is in the Matter (Alma 16)

In Alma 16, there is a cry of war throughout the land. The Lamanites attack the city of Ammonihah, killing many of the Nephites and carrying others captive into the wilderness. The Nephite army desires to rescue their fellow Nephites, but they don't know whether it's feasible — they don't know which way the Lamanites have gone in the wilderness, so they may not be able to catch up to them or even find them. The leaders of the army wisely decide to seek the Lord's direction:

"Knowing that Alma … had the spirit of prophecy, therefore they went unto him and desired of him to know whether the Lord would that they should go into the wilderness in search of their brethren, who had been taken captive by the Lamanites. And it came to pass that Alma inquired of the Lord concerning the matter." (Alma 16:5-6)

How to Pursue Peace (With Scripture Reading Plan!)

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 299

How to Pursue Peace (With Scripture Reading Plan!)

Before I jump into the topic that the title of this article promised you, I'd like to give you a little snapshot of what my scripture reading life has been like lately.

It's been embarrassing! My reading has consisted of "a scripture here and a scripture there" whenever I manage to find time, squeezed between diaper changes and loads of laundry. And it's almost always on my phone. Almost always an afterthought.

Changed Completely in a Moment

Written by Brother Tony Ricci on Monday, 02 April 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 323

Changed Completely in a Moment

Today's Miracle Monday is a must-read conversion story from the Ricci family, as told by Brother Tony Ricci.

I was raised in the Christian faith of my father, and my mother was a devout Buddhist. Throughout the years, my extended family and others made many attempts to convert my mother. Every one was met with cursing and mocking — that a man would die on a cross for the sake of others. The very thought was silly to my mother.

Spread the Good Word: Exodus 12:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 March 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 517

Spread the Good Word: Exodus 12:13

Today's Good Word comes from the passover story. If you remember, Moses instructed the children of Israel in Egypt to put the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that they'd be spared from the final plague — the death of the family's firstborn. 

I Can Only Imagine

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 385

I Can Only Imagine

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see "I Can Only Imagine," a movie about the life of Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe and composer of the renowned Christian hit song, "I Can Only Imagine." For those of you who don't know the song, the lyrics are a series of questions that ask what will it be like when we finally get to see Jesus face to face in all His glory?

I remember growing up listening to this song, and in some ways, it has changed my life. The story behind the song is that God took the brokenness of a young boy's life and used it to touch the lives of millions of people around the world through the song. It's a story of forgiveness and of how God can soften even the hardest hearts.

Lay Down the Weight (Alma 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 March 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 333

Lay Down the Weight (Alma 15)

Many of us carry around some extra weight on our bodies. Some people even tell me I'm carrying a little extra weight. (The people who are kind say it that way.) Wouldn't it be nice if we could take that weight — that burden — and lay it aside and go on without it? Imagine how much better we would feel and how much more we could do.

Now, suppose there was someone who could just speak the words to make the weight depart. No dieting, no exercise, no surgery necessary. How popular would that person be? Wouldn't you recommend him to all your friends?

Spiritual Growth: It's About Me and We

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 371

Spiritual Growth: It's About Me and We

I’ll never forget the day we lost Jamy.

I was 7 years old, and my sister Jamy was 5. We were out shopping with my father at a local outdoor market. I was very good at following my dad and keeping him in my sights. He would never get more than three strides ahead of me. I prided myself on how closely I was able to follow him.

About 30 minutes into shopping, my sister was gone. My dad and I (following closely) began looking for Jamy. After about 20 minutes, we found her hanging out eating donuts with one of the vendors and a police officer. She seemed pretty content with the situation and not very rattled at all. We went home and immediately told our mom. Dad is still paying for it today.

Reason to Glory

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 26 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 325

Reason to Glory

Today, we're pausing our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday to bring you this beautiful thought by Brother David Nolfi.

In this fast-paced corporate world of opportunity, qualifications, advancement, position, and prosperity, one and all would do well to recognize that knowing the Lord surpasses all of our accomplishments!

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 32:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 March 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 490

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 32:7

If you are going through something difficult today, we hope that the simple promise in today's Good Word brings you comfort and hope. 

The next time you feel like you're in a hurricane of hardship, just imagine the Lord pushing away all of the bad things that are happening, replacing the howling wind with beautiful harmony. Imagine Him fully surrounding you with His protection so that nothing can touch you. And, most importantly, reiterating His promise that He will deliver you from this time of trouble. 

The Souls That Pass Me By

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 291

The Souls That Pass Me By

The urban campus where I work is spread across nine city blocks in the heart of downtown Erie. Most days, my job keeps me very busy in my own office and building, but there are other times when I must venture across campus for a meeting, an activity or event, or to pick up materials needed for a task that I am working on.

Usually, a walk offers a nice break. If I am lucky, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and I enjoy the exercise. (Yes, warm air does occur in Erie, Pennsylvania!) More often than not, the weather can be less than hospitable, and the walk can make for a really bad hair day. Today happened to be one of those days. Bundle up in my coat, hat, gloves and scarf … grab the umbrella … hope to get across campus and back without ending up totally disheveled and drenched.

When Your Work Is Not Yet Finished (Alma 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 March 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 359

When Your Work Is Not Yet Finished (Alma 14)

In Alma 14, Alma and Amulek endure a horrible ordeal, witnessing the martyrdom of women and children who are burned to death in front of them. As this awful scene unfolds before them, they can only take solace in the knowledge that these martyred souls are on their way to the paradise of God. They also have a brief conversation about their own fate:

"Now Amulek said unto Alma: Behold, perhaps they will burn us also. And Alma said: Be it according to the will of the Lord. But, behold, our work is not finished; therefore they burn us not." (Alma 14:12-13)

The Reach of God's Renewal

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 353

The Reach of God's Renewal

Among the many miracles performed by Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry, perhaps none stirred more amazement among the multitude than the raising of those from the dead. I have heard it said that Jesus broke up every funeral He encountered, and the Word of God details three specific accounts of such an occasion. They appear below for you to read (maybe again, maybe for the first time).

On a Train to the Bronx

Written by Sister Marie McGuire on Monday, 19 March 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 513

On a Train to the Bronx

Today's Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Marie McGuire, recorded in her own words (abridged slightly for length).

I shall relate to you my first major experience. It is as vivid in my mind as if it had occurred yesterday.

It was the summer of 1945 in Bronx, New York, and I was 16 years old. I traveled by train to Pennsylvania to spend a couple of weeks with the young people of The Church. When it was time for my vacation to end, I confirmed my train reservations to return back to Bronx. The young people accompanied me to the train station, and we said our goodbyes with tears streaming down our faces.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 29:18

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 March 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 653

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 29:18

Today's Good Word reminds us how important it is to see clearly. And you know we're not talking glasses and contact lenses. We need our inner eye to be operating as close to 20/20 as possible. 

What does that mean?

Relying on God

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 15 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 400

Relying on God

As children, I relied on my parents for everything. Without a second thought on my part, there was food on the table and clothes in the closet. I never wondered how I was getting to school or who would tuck me in at night. Mom and Dad took care of it all. They knew what was best for me.

As I got older, I started doing more on my own. I didn’t ask for help with math homework. I got a job and paid for my own lunch. Relying on my parents seemed less necessary. I knew they’d always be there, but independence was looming larger. I didn’t ask for their advice as much as I used to, and I became more comfortable making my own decisions.

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