The 100 Hall

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 11 August 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 196

The 100 Hall

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

In the nursing home where I work, we have a hallway that is locked. The 100 hall is for people who are confused and may walk out of the building and get lost. There are four other halls where patients can come and go as they want.

A large portion of my job is to walk with people. I often take patients from the other (open) halls and walk them onto the 100 (locked) hall. The reason I do this is because I want the residents in the 100 hall to have more stimulation and different things to look at, and it often gives the person I am walking with a new perspective on their own health.

Even Before

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 10 August 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 300

Even Before

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of reassurance and peace submitted by Sister Rosanne Champine.

I woke up on August 19, 2019 with my bedside clock showing 5 a.m. I stayed in bed knowing I still had time before getting ready for a 9 a.m. doctor’s appointment and soon dozed off to sleep. Then, in the early hours of dawn — in what must have been a dream, but seemed so very real — I heard a tapping on my bedroom door. I got up out of bed to see who had knocked, walked down the still, dark hallway, seeking whoever it had been, and made my way to the kitchen. By the windows, standing in the shadows, was the outline of a person. I squinted my eyes, trying to determine who it was, when I recognized her —

It was my mother!

It took my breath away to see my beautiful mother, Sister Angela Scolaro, who had passed to her heavenly reward in 2013, standing there. She didn’t say a word. She didn’t move toward me. All she did was smile so sweetly and so lovingly. And, for a moment, it was wonderful just to be with her.

Then I awoke, crying tears of joy in gratitude to God to have seen my mother, if only for a moment.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 68:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 August 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 181

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 68:6

Good Word Friday theme: Freedom and liberty

Today is the last verse that we're bringing to you on the theme of freedom and liberty. Today's psalm says that God "bringeth out those which are bound with chains." In other words, He frees prisoners. Many of us reading this know firsthand the wonderful liberty that comes when the shackles of sin are removed — on the day of baptism and every day afterward when we repent of our trespasses.

Eve: Don't Listen to the Serpent

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 06 August 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 547

Eve: Don't Listen to the Serpent

This article is part of Sister Alena X. Ricci's series on Women of the Bible.

Oh, Eve. I have started and stopped writing this blog so many times over the past couple of months. Every time I think that I’ve found something worth writing when it comes to Eve, I get to the end and realize that it’s not worth mentioning. I realize that I think God has something better for me.

And spoiler alert: He does. He always does. Not just in writing blogs, but in everything. But specifically about Eve, I feel like I have looked at this story every way that I can. I
have viewed it from Eve, from Adam, from everyone — and nothing stuck.

It wasn’t until I realized that I am Eve that the story clicked. I have read and heard Eve’s great failure so many times, and I have never related. I never would’ve taken the fruit, right?

I never would have disobeyed God so blatantly.

Keep Doing What You're Doing (Ether 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 August 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 191

Keep Doing What You're Doing (Ether 15)

There is a quote that is often used in motivational speaking that says, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." The point of this quote is to recognize that the way things work out in various areas of our lives are often a direct result of what we do in those areas. If we keep doing something the same exact way, the results will probably be pretty much the same. If we want the results to change, then we need to change what we do.

Perhaps the Jaredite civilization would have survived if they had only known this definition of insanity.

In Ether 15, the last of the Jaredites are divided into two groups with everyone — men, women, and children — included as part of one army or the other. The two sides go to war and, after a fierce day of fighting, each side suffers many deaths. In each camp, the night is filled with "a howling and a lamentation for the loss of the slain of their people; and so great were their cries, their howlings and lamentations, that they did rend the air exceedingly" (verse 16).

After this horrific night, the people go out the next day and…do the exact same thing. Again, many people are killed on each side, and another night of howling and lamentation is spent. The cycle is repeated the next day and the next, over and over again, until eventually everyone is dead and the Jaredite civilization is no more.

Rest for My Soul

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 04 August 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 263

Rest for My Soul

Today, I'm writing about the concept of "rest." Take a look at the scale of 1 to 10 below, and give yourself a rating.

scale 1

Now, how about this next scale? Where do you rate yourself on this one?

scale 2

Some of us spend the majority of our time feeling worn out (stressed, rushed, and tense), especially in these uncertain times.

But we all know what it feels like, naturally speaking, to get a great night's sleep and wake feeling refreshed and replenished. Many of us know what it's like to feel similarly revived in spirit, after attending church, or praying, or reading scripture. At those times, we feel replenished and ready for whatever is next.

We all need these episodes of rest (naturally and spiritually) but is it possible for you to find a state of ongoing "spiritual rest"? So, you're "at rest" all the time — not just when you take time out for the Lord. Hmm .... what?

The Miraculous Reappearing Album

Written by Sister Kathy Golling on Monday, 03 August 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 190

The Miraculous Reappearing Album

Today's lost-and-found Miracle Monday comes to us from Sister Kathy Golling. If the thought of losing old photos and other irreplaceable mementos from loved ones who have passed on makes you sweat bullets, then you'll relate to this story.

My parents always taught us to pray over everything, no matter how small or insignificant. One day, shortly after my father passed away, we visited my mom, who lived alone. She wanted us to get out an old photo album containing pictures from when my parents had first begun their life together, and also many poems my dad had written for her over the years.

I looked on the shelf in the upstairs closet where she said it was, but I couldn’t find it. My husband came up and took everything off of the shelf, but it still wasn’t there. We even got a stepstool and flashlight to get up close and make sure it wasn’t pushed to the back. Still not there!

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:22

Written by Jerry Valenti on Friday, 31 July 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 215

Spread the Good Word: Romans 6:22

Good Word Friday theme: Freedom and liberty

Have you ever heard a minister or preacher or fellow Christian say that we're designed to worship something? If we don't worship God, then we'll find something else to worship. This is so true, and today's verse reinforces it.

Paul describes how we are all the servants (or worshippers) of sin. When we believe in Jesus, we are freed from that slavery. But after Jesus frees us, He does not simply let go of us, like a person releases a helium balloon to float away who knows where. Jesus holds on.

The Peace of God

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 30 July 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 861

The Peace of God

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Last Sunday, one of the elders in my branch opened our sermon with these verses. I felt the Lord was speaking to me, as these same exact verses had recently been laid upon my heart.

We can look around us, see things on social media and the news, and we know the scriptures are unfolding before us. The “human” in us can start to feel afraid, uneasy, and even anxious, as we hear and see things happening. But we know that God does not give us a spirit of fear. Fear is a liar and comes from the father of all lies.

Lost and Found (Ether 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 29 July 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 683

Lost and Found (Ether 14)

Recently, we've seen several testimonies on the Gospel Blog that have described occasions when certain items were lost and then God intervened to allow the items to be found. Any time you find something that has been lost, it's a great feeling. Not only is the item restored to you but you are also relieved of whatever negative feelings or consequences accompanied the loss of the item. And to think that God actually intervened on your behalf? That makes it a great blessing!

I've experienced several "lost and found" blessings in my own lifetime. Here's a recent one:

Following a Sunday meeting at Levittown a few months ago, a few of us were standing around, talking in the parking lot for a while. As I was about to leave, I got a phone call from my wife who had already arrived at home. She couldn't find her phone, so she was thinking she may have left it in church.

I went back into the empty church building and looked on and under the pew where she always sits, but it wasn't there. I checked the table in the back of the room, and it wasn't there. Looked in all the bathrooms — not there.

Please, Rebuke Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 237

Please, Rebuke Me

Friend: Um, Michelle. Can I talk to you about something?

Me: Sure, what about?

Friend: Well, remember the conversation we had the other day?

Me: Yes.

Friend: Remember what you said about Sister Jane?

Me: Yeah.

Friend: I've been thinking about it ever since. And I realize now that you were gossiping about her. You told way more than I needed to know, and you worded things so that I'd think poorly of her. You implied that she brought all her hardships upon herself. Next time, I'd much rather pray for people together than gossip about them.

Me: You're right. I shouldn't have said those things. Thank you for pointing out my error and restoring me to the truth in a spirit of meekness, as described in Galatians 6:1. If I am wise, I will heed your rebuke. I know that it is an act of love on your part, so, please, keep confronting me with my sin. I need it.

The Hidden Keyring

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Monday, 27 July 2020. Posted in Miracles Hits 146

The Hidden Keyring

Today's lost-and-found Miracle Monday is a story by Sister Stefanie Callens about something she thought was lost forever but was actually safe in God's hands. 

I have a tendency to lose my keys on a fairly regular basis. It drives my husband crazy. I am thankful for a backup set of both car and house keys!

Last summer, I lost my full set of house keys. On that keyring were not only the keys to my house, but the keys to my gym, including the mailbox key, which I did not have a duplicate for. I tried to retrace my steps and figure out where I had them last, but I could not find them anywhere.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 119:45

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 July 2020. Posted in The Good Word Hits 168

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 119:45

Good Word Friday theme: Freedom and liberty

Today's Good Word says that when we seek God's precepts, we walk at liberty. In other words, if we follow God and obey His commandments, then we are at liberty to walk down that path. That road is clear and uncluttered. It's a secure, sure walk, guided by a rod of iron.

Some chafe at this notion of liberty: "So I'm only 'free' to do what God wants. That's not real freedom." Oh, but it is. It's the difference between using an elevator versus climbing through the chimney.

Takeaways from the First Half of 2020

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 23 July 2020. Posted in Devotional Hits 257

Takeaways from the First Half of 2020

As I sit here and write this article, we’re coming up on the halfway mark through 2020 and also the three-month mark of our buildings being closed. Wow, what a year so far.

Pretty much every major function has been cancelled or postponed, from General Church and region conferences to GMBA Camp, to sporting events (both pro and recreational), to school proms and graduations. And if that were the worst of it, then I think we’d be OK with that, but there are many more issues that the world is facing right now. It’s been a crazy year to say the least … but, let’s look at just a few of the positives that have surfaced over the last six months instead of the negatives.

When all our gatherings were put on the shelf, God gave us something that would keep us going. Many of our branches jumped on the streaming bandwagon via multiple platforms. Rather than tuck away and sulk, we found ways, via the inspiration of God, to work the problem. Now, instead of having conference twice a year, in some cases, it’s like having it every week!

A City of Peace Provided by God (Ether 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 July 2020. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1243

A City of Peace Provided by God (Ether 13)

In Genesis 22, Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son as God has requested. However, at the last instant, an angel stops him and a ram is provided to use as the sacrifice instead. Abraham memorializes the place by calling it Jehovahjireh (Genesis 22:14) which means "God provides." The same area already had the name of Shalem (or Salem as it's referenced in the Bible), meaning "city of peace." As time passed, the two names were combined such that the city was referred to as Jireh-Shalem or, as the scriptures spell it, Jerusalem. The meaning of the name can be intuited to be "city of peace provided by God."

Ether 13 describes a city that can be referred to as a city of peace provided by God. The city will be called New Jerusalem, and it will be the principal city in a place called Zion at a period of time referred to as the peaceful reign.

Let's not confuse this New Jerusalem with other cities that go by the same or a similar name.

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