Release That Remote

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 15 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 409

Release That Remote

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

I walk people in a nursing home for a living. They often come to my facility after a trip to the hospital where they may have had a condition or surgery leading to the inability to walk.

This one young guy had a stroke — let me just interject: say no to drugs — and he could hardly use his left leg, left arm, hardly talk, hardly understand, but he could follow simple, one-step directions.

You Should Know Better (Alma 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 February 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 369

You Should Know Better (Alma 9)

If you were the older sibling growing up — as I was — you may have experienced occasions when you and your younger sibling(s) did something that got you in trouble with your parents. Even though you all participated in the same escapade, you as the oldest got in the most trouble. In justification of this unfair treatment, your parents would say, "You're older — you should know better."

Perhaps the Nephites in Ammonihah were feeling like the older sibling in Alma 9 as Alma, while urging them to repentance for their wicked ways, reinforces the point by telling them, "it shall be more tolerable for [the Lamanites] in the day of judgment than for you, if ye remain in your sins, yea, and even more tolerable for them in this life than for you, except ye repent" (Alma 9:15).

Take Me to Church

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 435

Take Me to Church

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the current way of the world, it’s that many people feel you can worship God wherever you are — that there’s no true need to attend a Sunday service within the four walls of a building. If you can pray or study His word anywhere, what’s the use in traveling (often great distances) elsewhere?

To a degree, this isn’t a false belief: we are taught we can praise His name no matter where we are, be it our home, our car, our backyard. But, we’re also taught that there’s something special about gathering in His earthly house of worship (our local church building/rental space) that has a great impact on our walk with Him.

The Last Days

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 12 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 570

The Last Days

Today, instead of our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday, we're sharing an article by Brother David Nolfi. 

Looking back to the 1950s, the foundation of the United States of America remained sure, built upon home, marriage, family, prosperous blessings, and the love of God. Employment opportunities flourished, education excelled, investments were secure, manufacturing abounded… There was a greater degree of trust and integrity. There was a reverence for God our Creator. Churches were filled with parishioners, and God was worshiped and thanked.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 13:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 09 February 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 876

Spread the Good Word: Romans 13:10

When Jesus Christ walked the earth, He did many amazing things that left people speechless. One of these is when he took hundreds of years of laws — the Law of Moses — and summed it up in two commandments that pretty much anyone can understand. 

1. Love God.

2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

The Weight of the World

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 08 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 469

The Weight of the World

Have you ever had a time in your life where it felt like you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Recently I experienced a time like this. I felt like I was Atlas from Greek mythology. He's the man who you always see literally carrying the world on his back. Every day between Thanksgiving and our Christmas vacation seemed to add another burden or worry. The scriptures are clear — the Lord doesn't want us to carry burdens ourselves.

He wants us to help each other...

Come to My House (Alma 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 07 February 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 365

Come to My House (Alma 8)

Alma continues his evangelistic travels in Alma 8, eventually arriving at the city of Ammonihah. To put it mildly, he is not well received by the people of this city — they "reviled him, and spit upon him, and caused that he should be cast out of their city" (verse 13). However, as Alma is on the road to the next city, an angel appears to him and instructs him to return to Ammonihah to be used to preach repentance and offer the people the opportunity to avoid destruction.

By the time Alma arrives at the city, he is quite hungry, so he asks a man if he can help him out with something to eat. This is not a chance meeting — the man's name is Amulek, and an angel has instructed him in a vision to be prepared to receive a man of God. As a result, Amulek says to Alma, "Go with me into my house and I will impart unto thee of my food; and I know that thou wilt be a blessing unto me and my house" (Alma 8:20).

Summing Up Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 390

Summing Up Divine Delays

This article is the final chapter of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

In 2017, I focused the majority of my articles on the topic of divine delays, and I shared with you how the Lord carried my husband and me through a period of infertility when we wanted a baby but couldn't have one.

The Kind of Gift You Don't Return

Written by Sister Gelsa Staley on Monday, 05 February 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 344

The Kind of Gift You Don't Return

Today, we're sharing an article from Sister Gelsa Staley, in which she reflects on a Christmas gift she received.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a terrible habit of returning things that I buy.

First, it takes me a really long time to purchase an item — visiting many stores for the best buy — and then once I finally purchase it, I worry about the cost and did I really need it? Although I tried on a clothing item, for example, and liked the fit, color, and look at the store, that all somehow changes when I get home. My friends and family ask me all the time -- Do you really like this, or are you going to return it?

Spread the Good Word: Romans 12:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 02 February 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 860

Spread the Good Word: Romans 12:9

Abhor: to regard with disgust or hatred

Synonyms: loathe, detest, despise

Today's Good Word reminds us how we're supposed to feel toward evil. We're not supposed to admire that which is evil. Or acclaim that which is evil. Or applaud that which is evil. We're supposed to abhor that which is evil. 

It Is Unwise to Compare

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 01 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 509

It Is Unwise to Compare

Today, we're bringing you another article in a series on the topic of meekness by an "Original Atlantic Coast member." Enjoy!

Understanding why things are the way they are in our lives — on a deep level — is very beneficial for our overall contentment. Continually comparing ourselves with others, asking, “Why don’t I have that perfect relationship or that perfect job (or whatever else we are desiring)?” is the biggest injustice that we can do to ourselves.

What Brings Joy to a Minister (Alma 7)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 435

What Brings Joy to a Minister (Alma 7)

Now free of the chief judge position and able to focus wholly on leading The Church, Alma decides to travel around to check on the status of The Church in the various Nephite cities and encourage the members in each location. His first stop is the city of Gideon. An excerpt of his words to the members in that city is recorded in Alma 7.

Although the bulk of Alma's address concerns the coming of Jesus Christ, he also makes three separate statements about situations that have brought him joy as The Church leader:

Overly Sensitive

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 1363

Overly Sensitive

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

Hello. My job is to help people who are in a nursing home return home or at least become more independent in functioning. Often, in order to get them moving, I ask them permission to take them on a walk. Most often they are agreeable, but sometimes they just don’t want to walk.

There's a Potter at Work

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 29 January 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 446

There's a Potter at Work

Today's Miracle Monday is a beautiful testimony from Sister Rosanne Champine. Enjoy!

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9)

When I was 13 years old, my skills on the piano had developed just enough to allow me to begin including simple hymns into my weekly practice. I was going through some piles on the piano in our basement one day, looking for a new hymn to learn, when I came across sheet music for a song I knew my father loved. Its title was “It Matters to Him About You,” and the words and the melody, which I had heard before in Church, were most beautiful. Then and there, I determined to learn it for my father, intending to surprise him (and my mother) on Father’s Day, which was a few months away. This would be my special gift to him!

Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:19

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 January 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1097

Spread the Good Word: Alma 34:19

We hope you've enjoyed this week's theme of prayer. May the Lord inspire you with new ways that you can deepen your prayer life in 2018. Just imagine the things God might do if we devoted more time to prayer!

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