Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Written by Sister Marie McGuire on Monday, 13 May 2019. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 235

Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Today's Miracle Monday is an experience that the late Sister Marie McGuire had on May 9-10, 1991, almost exactly 28 years ago.

One morning, after awakening, some words came to me, and immediately following a melody came to me. I wrote the words down at once, and I then reached for the Saints Hymnal, searching and trying to connect the tune and words to any of the hymns in the hymnal. The closest I came was No. 146, where the poet penned, “And the toils of the road will seem nothing, when I get to the end of the way.”

I then called a sister to tell her what had just happened. I read the words I received and hummed the tune to her, and she reminded me that it was the same tune as “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” I then read the words of this hymn, and they were not the same as what was given to me.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 300

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:8

May is graduation month, so we're focusing our Good Word Fridays on advice for new grads. Today's verse talks about material wealth. Money is a huge thing for young people just starting out.

If you take the verse to the extreme, it's saying that it's better to be righteous and poor rather than wicked and rich.

The Fort of Refreshing

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 09 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 303

The Fort of Refreshing

"Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort; thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress." (Psalm 71:3)

The exact circumstances of the memories have faded, but the security and comfort lasted years beyond the conversation. At some point in my childhood, a discussion with my mom over something distressing me at school, in our neighborhood, or with my peers led her to explain to me that our home was a fort. She encouraged me to remember that whatever battles I faced during the day, I just had to hold it together until I made it back to the fort where it was safe to cry, rest, and prepare to face the world again another day.

And it was true. Many times, it was all I could do to limp to our fort, but somehow, time spent within those walls was what I needed to recharge. My problems didn’t always go away whenever I walked out of the fort, but they seemed more manageable after being reminded of my worth and that I was loved and part of a family.

Who Did It? (Helaman 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 239

Who Did It? (Helaman 9)

In Helaman 9, five men race to the judgment seat to see if the chief judge has, in fact, been murdered — as Nephi had revealed by inspiration at the end of the previous chapter. The five men find the chief judge's body just as Nephi had described, and they faint in astonishment. When they are later discovered at the scene of the crime, they are arrested for the murder! While in prison, they relate how Nephi had described the crime scene, so then Nephi falls under suspicion. Yes, he had an alibi for the time of the murder, but perhaps he paid someone else to do it?

So, who did it?

Losing Fat … and Sin

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 07 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 292

Losing Fat … and Sin

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

At the nursing home where I work, we had this man who had a condition where his liver was not working, and his abdomen would fill up with fluid, which would have to be drained. My job was to get the guy up and walking, but as he would get close to his "drainage date," he would become more reluctant to ambulate.

His excuses were that his knees were bothering him and he had trouble breathing. Funny, he never noticed that the day after he had the fluid drained — once it was 26 pounds! — that he could walk farther, his knees felt better, and he could breathe.

The Breath of Life

Written by Sister Josephine Jasmin on Monday, 06 May 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 570

The Breath of Life

For Miracle Monday, we're bringing you this beautiful Blessing Bit that appeared in the March 2019 issue of The Gospel News. After reading it, let's all thank God for the opportunity to live another day.

On September 27, 2018, I was admitted to the hospital for shortness of breath. On October 1, I stopped breathing and was placed on a respirator. 

While in this state, I had a dream in which I found myself in a wooden crate that had fallen out from the hospital. 

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 410

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:3

It's May, and you know what that means. Summer vacation from school. YES! It might also mean graduation for some of you — or the youngsters in your life. So, we decided to dedicate all of the Good Word Fridays in May to the graduating class of 2019. (We're especially thinking about the high school and college graduates, as they face many course-altering decisions ahead.)

What does a grad need? Advice, of course!

Where's the best place to get advice? The Book of Proverbs. All our May scriptures are coming to you from Proverbs (a.k.a. life's little instruction manual).

The Landfill of Life vs. Treasure of Heaven

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 02 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 377

The Landfill of Life vs. Treasure of Heaven

Recently, my wife, Gina, and I re-did our wills. We went through all the questionnaires the attorney gave us to make sure everything we wanted would be carried out. The one item the attorney never asked was, "How much would you like to take with you when you die?"

You see, when we pass, the Bible tell us in Genesis 3:19, "In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

I have recently come to the realization that everything I have striven for most of my life is worthless in the eternal sense. There isn’t anything that we “own” — no matter how expensive, cheap, nice, ugly, or nostalgic — that will not end up in a landfill at some point. Everything we “own” we will leave behind. The things that are most important in this life are not things at all. They are the love that we show others. The only things worth doing here on earth are the ones that will make an eternal difference in someone’s life and in the Kingdom of God.

Our Actions Illustrate Our Beliefs (Helaman 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 01 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 279

Our Actions Illustrate Our Beliefs (Helaman 8)

A crowd has gathered near Niagara Falls where a man has strung a rope across the falls and is standing on the edge of the falls with a wheelbarrow. He tells the crowd he is prepared to push the wheelbarrow along the rope and walk across Niagara Falls. In order to get the crowd stirred up, the man asks, "Who here believes I can cross the falls, pushing this wheelbarrow across this rope?" Some of the people raise their hands.

The man says, "Well, if you don't really believe I can do it, there's no point in continuing." More hands go up, and some of the people shout, "Yes, we believe you can do it!" The man says, "Are you sure you believe it? After all, I'm risking my life here." The people shout their encouragement even louder, and one man near the front jumps up and down, shouting, "I believe! I believe!"

The man addresses this enthusiastic believer: "Really, you believe I can do this?" The other man replies, "Yes, yes, I believe!" The first man nods his head and says, "OK, then get in the wheelbarrow."

That’s the Tea!

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 562

That’s the Tea!

“Now, that’s the tea!” I have often heard these words spoken by my two teenage daughters. At first, I thought they were referring to the letter, “t.” Then, I asked its meaning, and one explained, “You know, It’s finding out the whole story.” To me, tea is a fancy word for gossip. You can apparently “spill tea,” ”get tea,” or “give tea.” The Urban Dictionary explains that this slang comes from the southern culture of women who gathered in the afternoon to drink tea and gossip.

So if you find yourself in a conversation when others say, “That’s the tea!” what would you do?

  • Do you respond by “spilling tea,” especially if someone confided something? Is it wise to repeat this to others?
  • Do you “get tea” by joining in a conversation where others are talking about someone, or do you walk away?
  • Do you “give tea” by starting gossip based on something heard, yet unsure of its truth?

In a Day's Work…

Written by Brother Donny Perrello on Monday, 29 April 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 297

In a Day's Work…

Today's Miracle Monday is a hot one submitted by Brother Donny Perrello.

Here’s a miracle that happened to our son, Jayson, on March 28, 2019. Jayson lives in Alabama and works as a fire fighter/EMT, and God spared his life on this particular night, no doubt about it.

The report said that upon initial arrival, the building was still fully intact, and the chief decided an interior attack was possible. Minutes into the attack with five fire fighters inside, the chief noticed the roof was moving like a wave in the ocean. Per protocol, the horns blared on the fire trucks to alert the interior attack teams to vacate the building. Unfortunately, they did not hear the horns.

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 2)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 507

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 2)

Last week, we read the first part of Ether 12:27 and learned how weakness makes us humble and how humility helps us to receive Christ's saving grace, which is God's ultimate goal for our lives.

Today, we see that this verse ends on a high note: God makes weak things strong.

In context, this refers to salvation — we are too weak to save ourselves, but Christ's strength covers our weakness and gives us the opportunity for eternal life. Praise God!

Take Care of Your Relationships

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 25 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 551

Take Care of Your Relationships

My grandparents just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Seventy years! My husband and I are celebrating seven years, and that seems like a long time. I cannot imagine 10 times as long!

But more impressively than being married for that long is that they have served God side by side since before getting married. As far as I know, they never swayed in their service to the Lord. Such a wonderful example for us all to follow.

Marriage takes work. We can't just sit back and expect it to be like in the movies, with the honeymoon stage all the time. We need to communicate with our spouse when something is bothering us. We need to participate in the marriage, planning dates, checking in throughout the day, showing attention.

Now Is Our Time (Helaman 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 April 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 494

Now Is Our Time (Helaman 7)

In Helaman 7, Nephi returns from a missionary trip and is very discouraged. The messages he has preached during the trip were completely rejected. The Nephite people he preached to remain in a state of great iniquity. As he reflects on how the people are "condemning the righteous because of their righteousness [and] letting the guilty and wicked go unpunished" (verse 5), Nephi actually wishes he could have lived during a different period of time:

"Oh, that I could have had my days in the days when my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem, that I could have joyed with him in the promised land; then were his people easy to be entreated, firm to keep the commandments of God, and slow to be led to do iniquity, and they were quick to hearken unto the words of the Lord." (Helaman 7:7)

Nothing Is Impossible With God

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 303

Nothing Is Impossible With God

I love how God reveals things to us in so many different ways. Last month, God kept reminding me of how He can make the impossible possible. I would see things on TV, hear them on the Christian radio station in the car, through messages at church, or the Bible verse of the day on my TCOJC app. I felt like it was everywhere.

What was He telling me? What did He want me to do? He was reminding me of what He can do and how I need to trust Him. I did have something I had been praying about. He was sending me little reminders. I prayed. I fasted. I trusted Him.

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