Do Work!

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 03 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 300

Do Work!

Most mornings, my wife, Gina, gets our kids ready for school.

Every once in a while, I get the pleasure of being a part of the Monday-through-Friday morning routine. My son, Gianni, is 6 years old. When I tell him to put his clothes on, he lays on the floor completely flat on his back, whines that he is too tired to put his clothes on, and wants me to dress him while he makes zero effort. He doesn't want to do a thing. He just wants me to take his pajamas off and dress him as he just lays there. I don't mind helping him get ready, but I need to see a little effort on his part. Nothing huge … maybe just stand there?

Freely Receive, Freely Give

Written by Brother Matthew Miller on Monday, 02 July 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 413

Freely Receive, Freely Give

Today's Miracle Monday is the conversion testimony of the late Brother Matthew T. Miller, as recorded in the July 1945 issue of The Gospel News.

I left Jamaica in 1919, spent one year in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in 1920 left Cuba and entered Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. I finished a seven-year course in Bible Training and Academics, with a satisfactory record in respect to scholarship, labor, and deportment, in three years, graduating May 24, 1923 as a nondenominational minister.

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 3:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 29 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 413

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 3:1

Today's Good Word asks a very, very good question. "Who has bewitched you?"

Interestingly, some synonyms of "bewitch" don't actually sound that bad: enchant, entrance, captivate, charm, beguile, fascinate, enthrall. These words don't sound scary or troubling.

Sometimes it's the "pretty" things that trick us into believing that the truth is ugly. Today's scripture warns against anything that leads us away from obeying the truth. 

Snoopy Banks and Little White Envelopes

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 334

Snoopy Banks and Little White Envelopes

When I was in the fourth grade, I celebrated my birthday party on the Gateway Clipper riverboat in downtown Pittsburgh. At that party, one of my friends gifted me a Snoopy bank, which to this day remains in pristine condition and sits displayed on a bookshelf in my guest bedroom — a fond reminder of that special time and my childhood. It also brings to mind some of the important lessons I learned growing up.

As a little girl, my parents instilled in my sisters and me the value of work and the importance of giving. There was great significance in our contribution as individuals and as members of the family. Some of what we did was simply expected — brushing our teeth, washing our hands, saying please and thank you, making our beds every day, hanging up our towels after our bath, putting our dirty clothes down the laundry chute, keeping our shared rooms straightened, doing our homework, etc.

Kingdom Algebra (Alma 28)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 27 June 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 273

Kingdom Algebra (Alma 28)

When I was in 9th grade, one of my classes was Algebra. Whereas some students (and perhaps you can identify) had a hard time understanding this subject, I actually enjoyed it. It was kind of like trying to solve a mystery — what is the value of the mysterious X?

For those who don't remember — and forgive me if this brings back bad memories — it went something like this:

If X + Y = 10 and Y = 3, then what is the value of X? In this set of equations, X would be 7 since X and Y together add up to 10 and we already know that Y is 3. 10 – 3 = 7. (I promise that this is as mathematical as this article is going to get.)

The Manna-fest Word of God

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 26 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 297

The Manna-fest Word of God

"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Heaven's corn (Psalm 78:24) supplied to Israel during their wilderness experience was a mighty miracle of God's provision to sustain them along the way. This supernatural act was so important that God commanded a portion of the manna to be preserved within their holiest possession, the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 16:34). It stood as an emblem of Israel's continued dependence on God and His ability to provide. Yet, as the above passage reveals, God purposed a greater divine truth to be showcased through their immediate need. Spiritually, we need the Word of God like our body needs food.

Work for Food

Written by Sister Marie McGuire on Monday, 25 June 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 323

Work for Food

Today's Miracle Monday is for all of you who are job hunting right now. This is an experience from Sister Marie McGuire.

It was a beautiful, sun-shiny early summer day in St. Louis County, Missouri, 1959. I was home with my children in the early afternoon. My companion, Harry, was out looking for work.

There was a knock at the back door.

Standing there was a stranger, a neatly dressed elderly man with grayish-white hair and a trimmed beard. He politely asked me if I had anything for him to eat.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 12:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 22 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 524

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 12:19

Today's Good Word is a pearl of wisdom from Proverbs. It reminds us that the truth and a lie don't have a similar lifespan.

The truth stands firm, holds up to scrutiny, and always works when put into practice. 

Holding My Father’s Hands

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 21 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 361

Holding My Father’s Hands

My wife, Sister Gina Lowman, and I are visiting a beach in South Padre Island, Texas. This is an island that is 11 miles north of Matamoras, Mexico and is surrounded by water on both sides. The island is about 1 mile wide and maybe 10 to 11 miles long, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on both sides.

Our 5-year-old twins, Rebekah and Joshua, are here with us, and we have been enjoying the beach every day. Our twins have had two years of swimming lessons and are excellent swimmers. On most days at home, you will find them swimming in the pool. The can jump, dive, go under and hold their breath, and are truly competent swimmers.

When Winning Is the Only Thing (Alma 27)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 20 June 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 320

When Winning Is the Only Thing (Alma 27)

"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." — said by a famous football coach

Suppose you and your friend have a standing date to play golf together, let's say once a week. Every week, you get together and shoot 18 holes, and you have a great time together. The only thing is your friend is much better at the game than you are, and so you never win. What should you do? Here are some options:

Four Instructions for a Successful Marriage

Written by Brother Thomas D'Orazio on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 347

Four Instructions for a Successful Marriage

Yesterday, we treated you to the first part of a wedding sermon. Today, you get the conclusion!

There are many scriptures related to the union between a man and woman, but I will just touch on two. In 1 Corinthians 7:2, it states, "…let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due goodness: and likewise also the wife unto the husband."

Ephesians 5:25-33 reads, "Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it … So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church … For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh … let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she love her husband."

In these scriptures we find four important instructions that form the bedrock of any good marriage:

What's So Special About Marriage?

Written by Brother Thomas D'Orazio on Monday, 18 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 378

What's So Special About Marriage?

Today and tomorrow, we're bringing you a two-part article on marriage. The article was submitted by Brother Frank Natoli, who says, "Recently, I witnessed a marriage and enjoyed the sermon so much that the words appear below as a testament to the sanctity of the ordinance of marriage that we hold so dear." The following wedding sermon was given by Brother Thomas D'Orazio.

Since the beginning of time, God never intended man to be alone. In the beginning, God created man in His image and set him in the perfect place of Eden. This place had everything man could ever want. Food and water were abundant. There were trees and grass and animals all around. All of nature was at peace with one another, and the presence of God Himself walked and talked with man.

However, God realized that something was still missing.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 4:15

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 566

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 4:15

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we're sharing 1 Corinthians 4:15, in which the Apostle Paul draws a distinction between instructors and fathers.

An instructor is someone who teaches something. A father is an instructor, but he is also so much more. 

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 14 June 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 304

Honoring Our Heavenly Father

We all have different relationships with our fathers. But dads do tend to have a special place in our hearts. This may be a little stereotypical — and this is not intended to mean that moms do not do this too! — but dads are hardworking, yet they still make time to help us with our homework or projects we have going on. They lovingly share and teach us their special talents without complaint. They may be tough on us, but it's only because they want us to grow up to be the best human being possible.

Since it's Father's Day this week, we tend to think more about our natural fathers and father figures than we may the rest of the year. If we are lucky enough to still have our father with us, we may stress out to find the "perfect" gift for him and a card that says exactly how we feel. We may plan to go visit him over the weekend or give him a call. Regardless of what we do, this Sunday, we tend to honor and celebrate our father figures for everything they have done for us throughout our lives.

Boasting — in the Lord? (Alma 26)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 280

Boasting — in the Lord? (Alma 26)

In Alma 26, Ammon celebrates with his brothers regarding their missionary successes among the Lamanite people and how God has used them to bring many souls to salvation. He is obviously excited that they have been personally used for this accomplishment, stating, "If we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren…would still have been…strangers to God" (verse 9).

At this point, his brother Aaron rebukes him, saying, "Ammon, I fear that thy joy doth carry thee away unto boasting" (verse 10). Ammon replies, "I do not boast in my own strength…but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things" (verses 11-12). He then continues his rejoicing and "boasting in the Lord."

What's the difference between boasting in the Lord and just plain boasting? It all comes down to motivation.

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