Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 54:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 11 May 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 600

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 54:13

Have you ever seen someone who wasn't raised with faith come to the Lord? And then their family members follow? These people break the cycle, so to speak, and the entire trajectory of their family tree is forever changed — for the better!

Don't Delay: Choose Today

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 10 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 286

Don't Delay: Choose Today

I fly often. Whether for work or fun, flying has become a normal part of my life, and I've gotten pretty good at it. I secured global entry, TSA pre-check, and none of the liquids in my carry-on ever exceed 3 ounces. Like most people, I have common expectations the day I fly. I expect my flight to depart on time. I expect the pilot to get us safely to our destination. I even expect the free beverages to be offered the moment it's safe to move about the cabin. These expectations aren't unreasonable, but they sometimes go unfulfilled — like when you hear the dreaded words:

"Ladies and gentlemen, your flight has been delayed."

Why Don't I See Angels? (Alma 21)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 09 May 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 321

Why Don't I See Angels? (Alma 21)

Alma 21 begins the story of another missionary trip among the Lamanite people. This time, the lead missionary is Aaron, another of the four sons of Mosiah. As the story begins, Aaron is preaching to the people, and he shares the testimony of that momentous day in his life when the angel of the Lord appeared to him and his brothers, resulting in their conversion to Christ.

However, not everyone in this particular congregation is especially impressed by this testimony. In fact, one of them gets up and angrily argues with Aaron, saying:

"What is this that thou hast testified? Hast thou seen an angel? Why do not angels appear unto us? Behold are not this people as good as thy people?" (Alma 21:5)

Front-row Enthusiasm

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 08 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 307

Front-row Enthusiasm

Once, I won a contest that sent our family to a Pittsburgh Pirates game in seats smack-dab behind the dugout. PNC Park is lauded as one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in MLB, so there aren’t any bad seats, as the stunning Pittsburgh skyline envelops fans watching a favorite summer pastime. However, as the usher escorted us to our prize seats that night, we were all in stunned disbelief at our fortune to be so close to all the action. No camera zoom lens was needed. Each crack of the bat was sweeter. We could see and hear the coaches and players interact, and one player gently tossed our son a ball. The fireworks show was magnificent. It was truly a special night.

Those are the kind of seats we all dream about for big events featuring our favorite sports team or at a concert headlined by a musician we love. People are known to wait for hours for prime tickets to mega-popular events. And how about Black Friday shopping and what some people do to be first in line for a good deal?

It's All in My Head

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 07 May 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 351

It's All in My Head

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of healing by Sister Michelle Watson.

Picture in your mind an old black-and-white movie. There's a beautiful actress on screen, impeccably dressed in silk, makeup perfect, hair just so. She learns some astonishing news of one kind or another, and her heavy-lidded eyes flutter and close. She gracefully crumples to the floor like a flower in a dead faint.

A few days ago, I fainted — something I've done more than once in my life — but it looked nothing like the silver-screen version. I awoke in the middle of the night, so I was dressed in wrinkled pajamas, hair tangled, and I fell log-style onto my bathroom tile with a thunderous "Timber!" smacking the left side of my skull hard on the floor.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 119:165

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 May 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 447

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 119:165

Are you looking for a little more peace in your life? We all probably are! Today's Good Word tells us how we can find more — by loving God's law. Not exactly something you'd read in a magazine or on your favorite blog, huh? 

It's a Spring Thing

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 03 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 313

It's a Spring Thing

It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring, although technically it has been here for a month or so now. The green stems of the tulips are starting to sprout, and it’s getting lighter later in the evening, and the temperature is warm most days.

I don’t know about you, but I love spring.

Ready to Go (Alma 20)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 May 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 272

Ready to Go (Alma 20)

When you're planning a trip, there is a process involved in getting ready to go. Depending on your individual situation, the process may be involved — perhaps you need to pack a lot of things; perhaps you need to purchase some things; perhaps you need to make arrangements for others to do things for you while you're away; etc. On the other hand, there may be times when the preparations are brief — just grab some things and go.

There are even people who keep an overnight bag packed at all times so they are ready to go at a moment's notice. An example of this is when a woman is expecting a baby. The time to go to the hospital may come at any moment with very little time to react, so the wise course of action is to be ready to go at all times.

We Claim the Victory

Written by Brother Marcus Natoli on Tuesday, 01 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 266

We Claim the Victory

Since we believe the Lord’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Lord looks at things a little differently than we do (Isaiah 55:9, 1 Samuel 16:7). Amidst a disagreement, the other party may propose, “Try to see it through my eyes.” The Lord does not force His will upon us but, He certainly would love if we would try to see as He sees.

The Conversion of Brother Richard Lowman of Tarsus

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Monday, 30 April 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 314

The Conversion of Brother Richard Lowman of Tarsus

For today's Miracle Monday, we're sharing a conversion testimony from Brother Richard Lowman from Ft. Worth, Texas. Enjoy!

I met my beautiful bride, Gina (Jones) almost eight years ago after the passing of her husband. Gina and I dated for a short time, and we got married.

I am almost 53 years old and was raised in a Southern Baptist Church for my whole life — and my brother is a Baptist minister, and he and I definitely talk about spiritual things. I always got along with Gina's dad, Brother Ken Jones, but his wife, Sister Bennie, and I would get into deep religious "arguments" — the silliest of things looking back. Gina and I also became close friends with Brother Jerry and Sister Linda Morle, and I'd talk with Brother Jerry about the differences in our faiths.

Spread the Good Word: Habakkuk 2:14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 April 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 570

Spread the Good Word: Habakkuk 2:14

Today's Good Word is one of hope for the future. When you think about our world today, it may be difficult to believe that someday everyone will know the glory of the Lord. 

Ways to Revive That Gathering Spirit

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 26 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 317

Ways to Revive That Gathering Spirit

Today, we're bringing you the second part of Tuesday's article, "Don't Scatter … Gather!" Go back and check it out if you missed it.

When going to Church falls lower on my priority list, I know that I'm in need of a mindset shift. Here are some ideas and inspirations that I use to revive the spirit of gathering in myself.

Seizing the Opportunity (Alma 19)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 369

Seizing the Opportunity (Alma 19)

Opportunity: A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something

Alma 19 is an exciting part of the story of Ammon's missionary effort among the Lamanites. In this chapter, the Lamanite king and queen are overcome by the Spirit of God, an angry Lamanite tries to kill Ammon only to be struck dead by God, and many Lamanites are converted, and the church is begun in that city.

One of the key participants in this episode is a Lamanite woman named Abish, who had been converted to the Lord many years earlier. She had kept her faith secret until this time, waiting for the opportunity to be used by God. Seeing the king and queen overcome by the Spirit, Abish recognizes that the circumstances exist for her to do something to further the work of the Lord, and she seizes the opportunity:

Don't Scatter ... Gather!

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 283

Don't Scatter ... Gather!

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series on gathering together as saints of God.

There are 168 hours in a week. I spend one hour at Church on Wednesday night and roughly four hours at Church on Sunday for both Sunday School and the service. And when I did the math, I couldn't believe that I am only with the saints of God a grand total of 3 percent of my week.

Wait, that's it?

My Calling as an Apostle

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Monday, 23 April 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 522

My Calling as an Apostle

Let me begin by saying that I am truly humbled and honored to have been called and ordained as an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ. If you were able to attend yesterday’s Sunday service at the General Church Conference, then you heard me relate three dreams that I was blessed with that confirmed for me my calling as an Apostle. I believe it was no coincidence that “Dreams” was selected as the Miracle Monday theme for this month of April, so I am going to share my three dreams in today’s blog, especially for the benefit of those who were unable to attend the Conference.

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