Kingdom Hashtags (Alma 41)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 03 October 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 165

Kingdom Hashtags (Alma 41)

Depending on how familiar you are with social media, you may or may not know the term "hashtags" or how hashtags are used. Briefly, hashtags — designated by the # symbol — are used to group together social media postings and photos under a single heading for easy retrieval.

For example, if you open a web browser and type #alma41, you will see a varied collection of photos and commentaries that people (from various faiths) have posted relating to Alma 41. This article will show up in that list as well. If you type #TCOJC, you will see a wide variety of photographs, posted (mostly) by members of our Church.

Letter to My Younger Self From Charity

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 02 October 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 350

Letter to My Younger Self From Charity

Hey little girl. It’s me. The future you. The 26-year-old you, to be exact (stop saying “ew,” I’m not THAT old). And I’m here to let you in on a few things. No, not like a lecture, relax. More like a cheat sheet—a few insider tips that’ll help you on the road ahead. Yes, you need it. Trust me.

Two Flights, One Wedding, and Lots of Prayers

Written by Sister Valerie Dulisse on Monday, 01 October 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 261

Two Flights, One Wedding, and Lots of Prayers

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of praise written by Sister Valerie Dulisse.

God takes care of every situation when we fervently pray! Our son, Steven, and soon-to-be daughter in law, Chelsie, were to be married in Hawaii on August 1.

My husband, Chuck, had recently passed out on an airplane, and when he had a nuclear stress test, the doctor found two blocked arteries. They immediately scheduled a heart catheterization, which they said had to be done a day after we were scheduled to fly out for the wedding. The doctor told Chuck that he should not fly until this was taken care of, even though Chuck told him our son was getting married.

Spread the Good Word: James 3:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 September 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 198

Spread the Good Word: James 3:17

Today's Good Word is from the third chapter of James, and it describes God's holy wisdom.

We sometimes think that in order to be wise we have to also become somewhat jaded and hardened to life's dark side. But this verse reminds us that God's wisdom is pure, peaceful, gentle, submissive, merciful, and fruitful. It's a budding branch, not a withered vine. 

Letter to My Younger Self From Brother P.

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 27 September 2018. Posted in Special Series Hits 260

Letter to My Younger Self From Brother P.

Dear Gospel Blog Readers,

We have some exciting news for you. While playing around on social media, we discovered a digital time warp that allows us to send typewritten messages to ourselves back in time. So, Older Me can write a letter to Younger Me. Pretty neat, huh? We're publishing our letters here on the blog in hopes that you can also benefit from our hindsight, as we explain some of the things we wish we'd known or that we'd learned earlier in life.

We call this series of articles "Letter to My Younger Self," and you'll be seeing them sprinkled around the blog over the next three weeks.

Following is the first of these letters. Enjoy!

OK, You're Dead — What Happens Next? (Alma 40)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 305

OK, You're Dead — What Happens Next? (Alma 40)

Alma 40 reveals information that is of great interest to many people and is not spelled out as plainly anywhere else in the Word of God. It tells us what happens right after we pass from this life. It's not too surprising that this information is not more readily available since anybody who has experienced this is not exactly in a position to write about it for us. In the case of Alma, he has an inside source — an angel has shared the information with him — so we can benefit from knowing what he was told. We all know we're going to die someday. Here's what happens next:

Step 1: The Soul Leaves the Body and Returns to God

"The spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body…whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life." (Alma 40:11)

Fear Is a Liar

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 25 September 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 256

Fear Is a Liar

I love singing and listening to the songs we have in our church. They are all so beautiful in their own special ways. For me, many have sweet memories attached to them. Some remind me of growing up at the old Branch 3. Some remind me of being at campouts as a kid, and many stir up memories of when God touched my heart. These songs are all so precious and dear to me.

I also enjoy listening to Christian songs on the radio. There is one right now that I find so powerful called "Fear Is a Liar" by Zach Williams. The words give me chills. I want to share the chorus with you today:

Read Mark 11:24

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 24 September 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 243

Read Mark 11:24

Today's Miracle Monday comes from a September Ladies' Circle meeting of the Irvine Branch local. This one is for all of you who are praying for a healing.

Sister Sandra O. asked for prayer for her husband, Mike, because he has a bed sore. Mike has been bedridden for four years with dementia. He recently turned 70, but his symptoms began about 13 years ago. Sandra doesn't always know how to pray for him, but her personal desire is that he would arise from his bed and be healed someday. His healing would be a great witness to her sons, doctors, family, friends, and neighbors of God's undeniable power and glory.

Spread the Good Word: James 2:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 September 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 184

Spread the Good Word: James 2:10

Today, we're continuing with our scriptures from the book of James. This one basically tells us that if we keep almost the whole law, except one little part of it, then we're guilty of it all. 

That doesn't seem fair, does it?

Trusting the One Unseen

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 20 September 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 294

Trusting the One Unseen

As I was recently traveling on a plane, which I do frequently, I came across an interesting paradigm. You see, I am one of the people who actually LIKES turbulence in the air. It reminds me of a roller coaster ride.

I was on a plane recently when we encountered turbulence, and the man seated beside grabbed my arm with both hands and asked me, “Do you believe in God?”

Ministry and Sin Don't Mix (Alma 39)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 September 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 308

Ministry and Sin Don't Mix (Alma 39)

There is an old proverb that states, "oil and water don't mix." This is based on the observation that the two stay separate when attempts are made to mix them together. The saying is typically used to describe people or characteristics that don't seem to go together — they don't mix well.

In Alma 39, Alma reprimands his son Corianton for trying to mix ministry and sin. Called to be a young minister, Corianton goes on a missionary trip among the Zoramites during which he travels to a different city and spends time with a prostitute named Isabel. Clearly, this is not what was expected when Corianton was brought on the trip, and he, in fact, jeopardizes the entire mission by his actions.

Lessons Learned From a Bad Haircut

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 18 September 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 381

Lessons Learned From a Bad Haircut

Plain and simple, a bad haircut is just bad. More often than not, if you are the victim of the heinous “crime” of an unruly trim, it may seem like all hope is lost and that nothing can be done. Being the victim of one such offense, I learned some valuable lessons about myself, about life, and about God.

LESSON ONE: Communication Is Key

Although I was very clear about how I wanted my hair to be cut, I don’t think the stylist understood and ended up doing something very different than what I asked her to do. In hindsight, I should have said something to her as she was finishing up, but I was so shocked at the outcome of the cut that the last thing I wanted to do was stay in the salon any longer than I needed to.

Grief, Gnocchi, and No Regrets

Written by Sister Lynette Huttenberger on Monday, 17 September 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 346

Grief, Gnocchi, and No Regrets

For today's Miracle Monday, Sister Lynette Huttenberger responds to a recent request for articles about how God uses us as instruments in His hand. Enjoy!

Some years ago, a former member of our branch passed away. He and his wife lived in our neighborhood, and we would see them regularly at a local bagel and coffee shop.

As customary, food is brought to the home of the grieving family as a sign of love. My intention was to deliver food to his wife, but I heard they had an overabundance of food, so I didn't. As a deaconess of the church, this bad decision haunted me for years. I felt I should have reached out no matter what! From time to time I would pass by their street and immediately feel regret.

Spread the Good Word: James 1:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 September 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 473

Spread the Good Word: James 1:8

In the coming weeks on Good Word Friday, we're going to feature four scriptures from each of the books of James. Today, we plucked this one from the first chapter, and it reminds us of the consequences that come with being double minded.

What does it mean to be double minded? Merriam-Webster says that it means "wavering in mind, undecided, vacillating." 

You're Particular. Unity Depends on It

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Thursday, 13 September 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 325

You're Particular. Unity Depends on It

One of the things I do at work is help companies unearth their why or purpose. It is my passion, and I love seeing this come to life. At the conclusion of this discovery, there are no two that are alike. Every single business is just a little different — even when they are in the same industry. This is important because each business needs to stay true to this "why" or purpose when branding and marketing. If it doesn't, then, over time, it will begin to falter and ultimately fail. Fail meaning, working without clarity, motivation, passion and unity.

What about our spiritual why or purpose?

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