Spread the Good Word: 2 John 1:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 April 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 530

Spread the Good Word: 2 John 1:6

Have you ever wondered how you can show more love to the people around you? Today's Good Word gives a hint.

In fact, this verse and the surrounding verses draw a strong connection between loving one another and keeping God's commandments, as if they're almost reciprocal. If you do one you'll do the other. We can best love others when we're doing our best to be like Christ.

Meet the Pillars: Brother Ken Jones

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 19 April 2018. Posted in Generation Gap Interviews Hits 438

Meet the Pillars: Brother Ken Jones

Today, we're bringing you another Meet the Pillars interview with Brother Ken Jones from Fort Worth, Texas. (What's Meet the Pillars?)

A Little About Our Brother

Our dear Brother Ken Jones grew up in Pennsylvania and was baptized at the young age of 11. Shortly after his baptism, he and his family moved to California where he resided for almost his entire life until moving to Texas in 2007, where he now lives with his dear wife Sister Bennie.

From a young age, Brother Ken knew that his work was in California. After arriving in California, he was ordained a deacon and then a teacher and then a minister in 1980. He has always had a heart for the Lord.

Power of God Provides Credibility (Alma 18)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 303

Power of God Provides Credibility (Alma 18)

Alma 18 continues the story of the missionary effort of Ammon (one of the four sons of Mosiah) among a group of Lamanites under the rule of a king named Lamoni. In the previous chapter, Ammon had singlehandedly defeated a group of men who were attacking the flocks of Lamoni. In a memorable episode, Ammon cut off the arms of the attackers, thereby preserving the king's flocks and saving the lives of his fellow servants who would have otherwise been executed for failing in their duty to the king.

When King Lamoni hears this amazing story, he calls for Ammon but doesn't even know what to say to him. Being filled with the Spirit of God, Ammon states the exact thoughts of the king regarding this meeting, and Lamoni is even more amazed.

Be Kind and Shine Your Light

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 541

Be Kind and Shine Your Light

On the day after the school shooting in Florida, while walking on the college campus where I currently teach, I spotted words beautifully etched on the colorful stones in the photo above. I was praying as I walked. Prayers uttered for teachers, our children, my children, students, my students, our schools, my school, and our nation.

There is a quiet place on my campus called The Meditation Garden. On February 15, I decided to sit on a ledge rather than at the tables and chairs because one little ray of sunlight shone there on an unusually cloudy day in Arizona. As I finished my prayer, I looked down and spotted these stones. I immediately took comfort in these words, and I felt God’s presence in hearing my prayers.

And the Lights Went Out...

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Monday, 16 April 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 424

And the Lights Went Out...

My grandfather, the late Brother Peter Capone, was a prime example of a godly man. He was kind to everyone; he loved people; he loved the Lord; his smile lit up any room. When I would talk to him, his eyes always showed such kindness. Anyone who met him loved him. He was such a beacon of light — a man who served the Lord with all of his heart, a man others looked up to, a man who led others to Christ, a man who I was proud to call my grandpa.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Samuel 15:22

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 673

Spread the Good Word: 1 Samuel 15:22

Today's Good Word comes from a particularly memorable moment in the Old Testament where God tells Saul, the king of Israel, to do battle against the Amalekites and to utterly destroy them and all that they have.

Saul destroyed most everything and everyone — except the king and the best of the livestock. Saul figured it was a good idea to make an example of the king and sacrifice the animals to God. 

Do you remember what Saul said when he returned from battle? In verse 13 he proclaimed, "I have performed the commandment of the Lord."

In his mind, he'd done what God had told him to do. Except that he didn't.

Easy Catch

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 12 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 349

Easy Catch

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

If you read the Gospel Blog, then you may remember that my job is walking people around in a nursing home. Occasionally people will start to fall during walking, and then my job description changes to “keep them from falling.”

The Value of Attending Gatherings (Alma 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 355

The Value of Attending Gatherings (Alma 17)

In Alma 17, Alma continues his travels between the cities of the Nephites to check on the spiritual health of each. As he is on the road to the land of Manti, he is surprised to have a chance encounter with four old friends, the four sons of Mosiah. Even though they are just passing each other on the road, this a joyful reunion as they haven't seen each other in 14 years. What makes it so joyful?

A Little Kinder Than Necessary

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 380

A Little Kinder Than Necessary

I’ve mentioned before that I like to read – well, “like” is an understatement. If I’m lucky enough to make it to heaven one day, I’ve made my request known that God fills my mansion with books upon books.

Throughout my 33 years, I’ve read hundreds of tales — some real, some not. Short stories, poems, novellas, 500-plus pages, you name it. But only a select few make it onto my coveted “favorites” list and shelf.

Have You Considered My Servant Job?

Written by Sister Cathy Genaro on Monday, 09 April 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 385

Have You Considered My Servant Job?

Many times life throws us a curveball. It seems to come out of nowhere, and it changes the course of our lives forever. How do we handle it? How do we prove faithful when an enormous trial comes our way? We can look to the life of Job.

Imagine for a moment that we are walking in Job’s shoes. We have been blessed beyond measure — a beautiful family, nice home, possessions — and God has placed a hedge of protection around us.

Along comes Satan. He notices us praising God for the blessed life we have, and he decides to have a talk with the Lord about us.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 141:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 April 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2259

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 141:3

Today's Good Word sounds like a great prayer that we can all pray at the start of each day. Wouldn't it be wonderful to go an entire day without saying something negative, hurtful, or careless? What about that imaptient, demanding tone we sometimes use? I'm sure we'd all like to reach out and grab some of the words we said yesterday and put them back into our mouths. 

You Must Open the Door

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 05 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 351

You Must Open the Door

Recently the phrase, “You must open the door,” has been on my mind. I recently taught six different groups a recurrent training class and said it in every one. I heard it used on one of my favorite television shows, and it was a takeaway I had from Southwest Region conference.

In all three cases, the point that was being made is that it's up to each person to take some sort of action; the action cannot be done for you or forced upon you. In my classes, I was trying to convey that it was up to the employees to follow the published processes and procedures. No matter what I or any other manager says or does, it’s up to each of them, on an individual basis, to take the correct steps and actions.

When God Is in the Matter (Alma 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 374

When God Is in the Matter (Alma 16)

In Alma 16, there is a cry of war throughout the land. The Lamanites attack the city of Ammonihah, killing many of the Nephites and carrying others captive into the wilderness. The Nephite army desires to rescue their fellow Nephites, but they don't know whether it's feasible — they don't know which way the Lamanites have gone in the wilderness, so they may not be able to catch up to them or even find them. The leaders of the army wisely decide to seek the Lord's direction:

"Knowing that Alma … had the spirit of prophecy, therefore they went unto him and desired of him to know whether the Lord would that they should go into the wilderness in search of their brethren, who had been taken captive by the Lamanites. And it came to pass that Alma inquired of the Lord concerning the matter." (Alma 16:5-6)

How to Pursue Peace (With Scripture Reading Plan!)

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 374

How to Pursue Peace (With Scripture Reading Plan!)

Before I jump into the topic that the title of this article promised you, I'd like to give you a little snapshot of what my scripture reading life has been like lately.

It's been embarrassing! My reading has consisted of "a scripture here and a scripture there" whenever I manage to find time, squeezed between diaper changes and loads of laundry. And it's almost always on my phone. Almost always an afterthought.

Changed Completely in a Moment

Written by Brother Tony Ricci on Monday, 02 April 2018. Posted in Testimonies Hits 393

Changed Completely in a Moment

Today's Miracle Monday is a must-read conversion story from the Ricci family, as told by Brother Tony Ricci.

I was raised in the Christian faith of my father, and my mother was a devout Buddhist. Throughout the years, my extended family and others made many attempts to convert my mother. Every one was met with cursing and mocking — that a man would die on a cross for the sake of others. The very thought was silly to my mother.

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