Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 55:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 325

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 55:7

Today we've got another Good Word on the theme of forgiveness. (Did you catch Sister Colleen's article about forgiveness yesterday?)

God is full of mercy toward us. How do we obtain God's mercy? What does He ask us to do?

Must we walk over hot coals? Must we fast for 40 days? Must we make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem? Must we give all our money and goods to the church?

God doesn't require ONLY outward effort that can be seen with the human eye. Instead, He ALSO requires an inner effort of the heart.

Finding Forgiveness

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 07 March 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 454

Finding Forgiveness

Grace. Mercy. Love. Sounds like a recipe that’s needed in forgiveness, right? It's impossible to go through life and not have our feelings hurt. It doesn’t just end when we become an adult, either. I have found that the sting hurts just as much now that I'm a grown woman as when I was a kid.

I have someone in my life, a dear, close friend of mine, who hasn’t spoken to me in a year. I don’t know why, but God does. And you know what? I may never know the reason why, and I have to be OK with that.

Enlarge My Coast (Alma 63)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 March 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 637

Enlarge My Coast (Alma 63)

Some years ago, there was a popular book called "The Prayer of Jabez" that focused on the short prayer recorded in 1 Chronicles 4:10:

"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."

The book explores each of the four basic requests contained in the prayer:

  • "Bless me indeed"
  • "Enlarge my coast"
  • "Be with me"
  • "Keep me from evil"

You can probably see how a nice lesson can easily be built around at least three of the four requests, but it might not be as obvious what is meant by "enlarge my coast."

Good Morning and Good Night

Written by Brother Jason Monaghan on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 442

Good Morning and Good Night

Lightning McQueen "matchbox" car.

Legos made into a train.

These are just a couple of the toys that our son, Rocco, falls asleep holding in his hands at night. Almost every evening, he makes SURE that he is holding tightly onto something that is important to him as he goes to sleep. And also he makes SURE that he immediately has them close by as he starts the first moments of his day. He will literally wake up and ask to find them if during the night they get lost in the sheets. I saw this the other day and thought ... there is a lesson in this!

Think Twice in Ice

Written by Sister Bethany Darr on Monday, 04 March 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 417

Think Twice in Ice

Today's Miracle Monday is a road miracle that comes to us from Sister Bethany Darr.

A recent blog article reminded me of something God did for me in January 2015.

At the time, I was living at my sister's house in Pennsylvania. It had rained the previous night, and then the temperature dropped significantly. As I walked out to my car early in the morning to go to work, I had a very bad feeling — something urging me to just call off. I fell several times just trying to get to my car because the whole ground was covered with a sheet of ice.

Growing up in Maine, I was used to driving in harsh weather conditions, however I had never attempted to drive on pure ice and didn’t know at that time that it's impossible to drive on. I kept telling myself that I would be fine because I just got new tires on the car. (I know, it wasn’t my best moment of judgment!)

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 130:3-4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 March 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 420

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 130:3-4

For the next month, you'll see Good Word Fridays that are all about forgiveness. There are many beautiful scriptures about God's forgiveness. This one from Psalm 130 paints a very interesting picture for us.

Can you imagine God keeping track of all our sins, like tally marks on a wall or a ledger filled with all the details of what we did wrong? Now, God is all knowing, so it's completely within His power to track every single way in which we've violated His statutes throughout our life. (Scary, yes.)

The Miracle That Wasn't

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 28 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 343

The Miracle That Wasn't

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

One of the funniest situations that I have ever dealt with while working in a nursing home had to do with a lady who had broken her forearm. (No, she did not break her humerus!) She had fallen and broken her forearm while drunk, which is not usually a reason for a nursing home admission. However, her physician knew that she had a problem with alcohol and could end up further injuring herself if sent home. So, he casted her arm (wrist up to just above the elbow) and sent her to the nursing home.

Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean? (Alma 62)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 447

Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean? (Alma 62)

In Alma 62, Moroni and Pahoran take back the city of Zarahemla. The united Nephites then defeat the Lamanites in a war. At the end of the war, the writer reflects on how different people were affected in different ways by the war:

"Many had become hardened, because of the exceeding great length of the war; and many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility" (Alma 62:41)

Seeing how some people became hardened because of the war while others became softened by the same war reminds me of a story that I heard years ago. Here's a version of that story:

In the Midst of Chaos

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 26 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 263

In the Midst of Chaos

If you're anything like me, you don't handle chaos well. My first instinct in the midst of chaos? Freak out. Next? Tell people I'm freaking out. Then, take things into my own hands. "Woman up." Power through. (Or at least try.) If you're nodding in agreeance, you know none of this really works.

Why, when I have the most high God on my side do I try to control chaos myself? God says, "Be still and know." But let me tell ya, not my forte. I don't have a long attention span. I'm not patient. And sitting still is like, my least favorite thing. On top of that, bad as it sounds, sometimes I have a hard time believing that what I don't think is possible, really is with Him.

Confirming the Truth of the Restored Gospel

Written by Sister Bonnie Smith on Monday, 25 February 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 505

Confirming the Truth of the Restored Gospel

Today's Miracle Monday is a miraculous experience that we took from a sermon preached by the late Brother Joseph Calabrese. Thanks to Sister Bonnie Smith, we can even share with you the original audio excerpt of the sermon in which Brother Joe shares this story so you can hear him tell it in his own words.

The audio player appears just below the written summary. (Subscribers who are reading on email might have to click on the title of this post and go to the website in order to listen.)

As Brother Joe was preaching this sermon, he was making a case for how the gospel was established by Christ in Jerusalem and then established by Christ in America. He then went on to discuss how Jesus Christ restored the gospel after a period of apostasy.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 February 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 320

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 13:7

Today's Good Word is the last installment in our 1 Corinthians 13 series. This verse tells us that love believes all things and hopes all things.

Belief and hope are beautiful to think on. They are light. They soar; they float; they illuminate; they warm. Don't we all feel more hopeful when we feel loved? Don't we all find it easier to believe the best when love enters the picture?

God's love should call us to a stronger belief in His Gospel and a vigorous hope for what the future holds. Can you imagine? … God's love can cure doubt, anxiety, and despair.

Beware the Mob Squad

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 21 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 1039

Beware the Mob Squad

Have you ever been to a sporting event or other venue where a group of people are gathered doing something together? Everyone is watching or participating together, and there's an energy about it. Sometimes that energy can be good, but other times it can be downright evil.

I've seen it happen a few times, personally. Everyone is excited and happy, and then something goes wrong; maybe like a blatant penalty that doesn't get called in a playoff game. The next thing you know, everyone is livid and hateful. The crowd hurls insults at the target, with some making threats. It feeds off itself and gets worse and worse. It's so easy to get caught up in it. Even good Christian people who normally would never think of acting in a belligerent way can become part of the angry mob.

Resist Evil and the Enemy Will Flee (Alma 61)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 324

Resist Evil and the Enemy Will Flee (Alma 61)

In Alma 61, Moroni finally receives a letter from the chief judge Pahoran, explaining why no supplies or reinforcements have been forthcoming for the Nephite army. He learns that continued in-fighting among the Nephites has resulted in Pahoran and his supporters being driven out of the city of Zarahemla and a king installed in place of the duly appointed government. As a result, Pahoran has no access to any supplies or reinforcements to assist the Nephite army.

In his letter, Pahoran stresses that since his exiled group represents the cause of God, they cannot give up but must do their best to resist the enemy and seek victory for the Lord:

"[God] doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies, but that we should put our trust in him, and he will deliver us. Therefore…let us resist evil…that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God" (Alma 61:13-14)

He Sees You

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 19 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 437

He Sees You

Sometimes I wonder what we must look like to the Lord going about our day-to-day life. Does He care when I’m making a run to Target? Is He interested in my Starbucks order? What about when I have the piano tuned at church? Maybe…

Somehow He manages to have time for the biggest of big and the smallest of small. How He does this, I truly cannot fathom. But, besides being omnipotent and omniscient, He also finds a way to be omnipresent, too. So I’d argue that, in some way, yes, He does care when you make that stop at the grocery store or treat yourself to a haircut. (He did want us to experience joy, right?) He sees our good days and bad — and is always there no matter what.

If I had to imagine what God was saying from His throne as He looks down on us, I think it would go something like this:

Angelic Assistance

Written by Sister Terri Nath on Monday, 18 February 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 426

Angelic Assistance

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Sister Terri Nath. What do you make of the twist at the end of this story?

After reading a recent Miracle Monday, I recalled a similar experience I had over 10 years ago, one snowy morning in February.

I was on my way to the doctor and felt I could make it safely since I had 4-wheel drive. Even though I was going slow, I lost control of my Jeep on a sharp bend and ended up in the hill side. Because of the bend, I couldn't see if anyone was coming towards me and was afraid to back out.

I began to pray and ask the Lord what I should do.

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