Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 January 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 288

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 5:17

What a Good Word for the New Year! Do you have any "old things" that you'd like to put behind you in 2019? Got any bad habits, unwise behaviors, or wayward thought patterns that you wish would just "pass away"?

In Christ, it can become reality.

Enjoy Being You

Written by Sister Cinthia Calvillo on Thursday, 03 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 432

Enjoy Being You

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in August 2017. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Today I want to share a bit of my experience with dealing with one of my own worst enemies: myself.
It sounds strange, to be at war with oneself, but it’s true. We are often the worst enemies of our soul when we let ourselves be discouraged or meander about our service to God and living in righteousness. Confused? You'll see what I mean.

I gave my life to Christ at age 16 and spent the next 10 years trying to change and become a different Cinthia. At this point, you may be thinking, are we not supposed to change when we come to Christ and become new creatures in Him?

What I Said — That's It (Alma 54)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 January 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 342

What I Said — That's It (Alma 54)

A few years back, I saw a movie that included an argument between a husband and wife. The husband had agreed to take time off from working and manage the household so his wife could accept a dream job she had always wanted. However, after seeing how difficult it is to deal with all of the issues involving their children and the house, and also seeing how far behind he is with his own work, he decides he needs to get out of this arrangement. When he sees that all of his persuasive arguments are not convincing his wife, he decides to just be assertive to win the argument. That part of the dialogue goes something like this:

Husband: This arrangement is not working. I'm going back to work — and that's it.
Wife: No, actually that's not "it." I love my job, and I'm not quitting. And THAT is it.
Husband: That's not it. The thing I said — that's it. What you said — not it. What I said — that's it.

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 01 January 2019. Posted in Holidays Hits 301

Happy New Year! It's 2019!

It's officially 2019, and we are so excited for a brand new year full of God's blessings. 

We've got some fun things planned for the Gospel Blog this year. For starters, we've got a special lineup of articles for the month of January, and we want you to know what to expect.

Twistin' the Night Away

Written by Sister Cindy Henderson on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 431

Twistin' the Night Away

Happy New Year's Eve! Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of divine protection, submitted by Sister Cindy Henderson. We pray that wherever tonight takes you — church? yay! — you'll be safe and with those you love.

Last summer, I was driving with my grandchildren from Canada to Michigan for our Wednesday night MBA service. While driving on the expressway, I noticed a strange-looking sky with a very dark cloud shelf in front of us. It had been a hot, humid day, but no storms had been forecasted.

I exited the highway to make my way towards the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and was encompassed by heavy rains. After going through customs, I asked my grandchildren to be very quiet because the storm had intensified, and I needed to fully concentrate on the road and storm conditions. Driving rain made the long trip more difficult. I couldn't see much beyond and around our vehicle, but I knew we couldn't stop anywhere, so I prayed and continued ahead.

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 4:4-5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 December 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 287

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 4:4-5

Today's Good Word reminds us of why Jesus Christ came into the world. He came not as the greatest of many but as the least of these. He came not with immortal immunity but with all the frailty of human form. He came keeping the law, not disdaining it. In short, he came as one of us.

Because He lived the perfect life that none of us could've ever (or can ever) live, His blood was a worthy sacrifice to wash away the sins of the world, past, present, and future.

My Best Friend

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Thursday, 27 December 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 267

My Best Friend

Do you remember the name of your best friend in elementary school? I do…his name was Shawn. There are so many names that flood my mind when I think of my childhood friends. Shawn was my BEST friend. We were always together, and we talked about everything.

The neat thing about a best friend is you can only have one. Typically, you or I would protect that friendship, and it's not a sharing kinda thing. Shawn was my best friend, and I didn’t really share that friendship with anyone else. Over time, though, we began hanging out with different crowds and our “best” friendship slowly reduced to an acquaintance.

But, I’d love to tell you about my best friend since I was 15 years old, and I’m willing to share Him.

Wrong for You but OK for Me (Alma 53)

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 26 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 278

Wrong for You but OK for Me (Alma 53)

In Alma 53, a group of men desire to enlist in the Nephite army, but Helaman forbids them to do so, telling them they will lose their souls if they participate in the battle. But then another group of men steps forward to enlist, and they are welcomed into the army and even blessed by God with miraculous protection.

How can this be? How can the same exact actions be wrong for some people and OK for others? Don't we all serve the same God?

The answer lies in understanding that although there are some actions that are equally wrong for all and some that are equally required for all, there are other actions that need to be viewed within the context of a person's own individual relationship with God.

Merry Christmas 2018 From the Gospel Blog Team!

Written by GospelBlog on Tuesday, 25 December 2018. Posted in Holidays Hits 307

Merry Christmas 2018 From the Gospel Blog Team!

From all of us at the Gospel Blog, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Today we celebrate Jesus Christ's birth into the world! We celebrate God taking on flesh and living among us.

Hebrews 1:1-2 says, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son."

Today, we celebrate that God, in the form of Jesus, came to earth so that we could hear Him speak, so that we could feel His healing touch, so that we could better understand the nature of God by experiencing God made flesh. Christ offered us the chance to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father than ever before.

May the birth and life of Jesus be real to you today and every day. 

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

The Work of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 321

The Work of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

The Word of God describes Jesus in several ways. As Jesus was born into this world, the declarations of His advent crowned him with many names foreshadowing all He would grow to become according to the will of God, "…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus as the man embodied these characteristics and invited all men to believe on His name. Those who did came to know him more intimately thru the "I am" statements of their Savior.

In one such account, Jesus tells the multitude, "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). Below is a scripture comparison of the work of Jesus as our good shepherd shown through the account of Ammon at the waters of Sebus in the Book of Mormon. As we contemplate all that Jesus is to us in our life, I pray this exploration of His role as our good shepherd will bring you an extra measure of comfort and joy this holiday season.

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 1:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 December 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 358

Spread the Good Word: 3 Nephi 1:3

Christmas Day is approaching, and, if you have children in the house, chances are good that they're getting pretty excited. After all, "Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them," or so says Anne Shirley of Green Gables.

As we grow up, the anticipation of Christmas Day grows less and less magical. Some of us have even grown so weary that we've got our head down, and it's tough to drum up any good cheer. Today's Good Word says, "Lift up your head and be of good cheer." But it's not for gifts or good food. It's not even for spending time with family and friends.

A Small Prompting

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 20 December 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 279

A Small Prompting

Have you ever had someone randomly pop into your head? Maybe it’s someone you haven’t seen in a while, or someone you haven’t even thought of in weeks, months, years. It could happen during your morning coffee or your bedtime prayers. Someone’s name comes to you, and you’re not sure why or what made you think of them.

It would be easy to brush it off and move on with your day, but what if there was a reason you thought of that person?

The Decoy Play (Alma 52)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 19 December 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 219

The Decoy Play (Alma 52)

You're watching a big football game. Time is running out, and your team needs a big play. Your team's star pass receiver comes into the game. The huddle breaks, and the star receiver lines up on the right side of the field. The quarterback calls the signals and glances over to his right several times. Everybody knows what's coming. The defense knows, too, and shifts some of the players over near the star receiver to make it harder for him to catch the pass that will be coming his way.

The ball is snapped. The quarterback takes a few steps back and watches the star receiver the entire time. He waits, waits, and then turns and fires the ball on the left side of the field where another player — totally overlooked by the defense — is waiting to catch the winning touchdown pass. What happened? The defense was just a victim of the decoy play with one player being used as a decoy to take their focus away from where it really should have been, resulting in a big loss.

The Perfect Gift

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 267

The Perfect Gift

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13)

We are in the midst of the biggest gift-giving season of the year. Organized folks are most likely finished buying gifts for loved ones. Maybe you’re still searching for that elusive perfect gift to give someone.

What exactly is a perfect gift — either one we are expecting to receive or planning to give? Some try to treat others to something they can’t or won’t get for themselves. As givers, what joy it is to see pure delight in the recipient’s reaction.

I’ve also often heard advice from parents not wanting to over-indulge children, describing giving them three gifts during the holidays: 1) something a child needs (like a clothing item), 2) a book (to educate or grow the mind), and 3) something special they want.

Getting Unstuck

Written by Brother Michael McGuire on Monday, 17 December 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 635

Getting Unstuck

Today's Miracle Monday is a story of how Brother Michael McGuire received help from above one snowy morning.

Back in the winter of 2015, around the month of December, at about 5 a.m., I was on my way to work. It was a cold, snowy winter morning. I was about 20 minuets from work, and I was turning onto the onramp for the highway when my car slid on ice in the turn and went right off the road. I couldn't get back onto the road because I was stuck pretty good.

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