Spread the Good Word: John 15:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 04 October 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 406

Spread the Good Word: John 15:5

Today, we're introducing a new Good Word Friday theme: Fruitful. The next month's scriptures will focus on bearing spiritual fruit.

Those of you with green thumbs know what plants need to flourish and produce fruit. John 15:5 reveals the most important thing we need to produce: spiritual fruit. We need to abide in Christ.

"Abide" means "to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time." (Many major translations use the word "abide." Several use "remain.")

Do's and Don'ts of Visiting the Sick

Written by Sister Zarella Scolaro on Thursday, 03 October 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 522

Do's and Don'ts of Visiting the Sick

The original version of today's article was first published on January 26, 2017.

It's October, and we're on the cusp of the "season of giving." If you're a go-getter, you may already be thinking about some of the ways you'll give back during the holidays. 

One very important way to reach out (anytime of year) is to visit the sick and afflicted. Those who are homebound or bedridden may love to see a friendly face. Some ailments can't be seen, though, and you may find God prompting you to visit someone who is spiritually struggling, grieving, or lonely.

If the idea of visiting someone makes you a little uneasy or unsure, then here is some advice for you to consider.

Sorry, I Have to Take This (3 Nephi 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 02 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 283

Sorry, I Have to Take This (3 Nephi 13)

It happens from time to time. I'm talking to someone and their cell phone rings. After they glance at the screen to see who's calling, I get the inevitable, "Sorry, I have to take this," and the person who was talking to me is now talking to someone else.

Now, there's not necessarily anything wrong with my former conversation partner talking to whoever is calling — it could be their spouse, parent, boss, someone they've been trying to get in touch with, etc. Regardless, the point is that the person was focused on talking to me and has now chosen to turn their focus elsewhere.

Considering how automatic the above actions are for most anybody today, how would I feel if you and I were talking, and you refused to look at your phone when it rang or even went as far as turning it off so it wouldn't be a distraction? I would feel quite honored and respected that you would be willing to focus on me for that period of time.

Gomer: A Sinner But Loved Anyway

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 280

Gomer: A Sinner But Loved Anyway

Today we're bringing you another installment in Sister Alena's series "Women of the Bible."

Gomer’s story can be found in Hosea, and she marries Hosea only to be unfaithful to him. Thus far, I have stayed away from the “villains,” women like Jezebel or Delilah. But there’s something to Gomer that makes her different. She is no more a villain than you or I because how often are we unfaithful to God in the face of His mercy?

Hosea loves Gomer, through all of her sin and mistakes, he loves her and shows her grace upon grace.

But eventually, he gets tired and just wants to take her by the shoulders and tell her everything, but instead, he hears God tell him to love her and take her back, no matter what.

Gomer’s purpose is to show how much God loves us.

Preparing for the Storm

Written by Sister Lori Kimmel on Monday, 30 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 369

Preparing for the Storm

Today, instead of a typical Miracle Monday, we're bringing you a scripture study sent to us by Sister Lori Kimmel. We hope you enjoy it, whether you apply the scriptures personally or you use this as the basis for a church class or group discussion.

The topic, "Preparing for the Storm," will seem very practical to you if you live in an area that's periodically threatened by any type of natural disaster.

This study takes a real-life scenario and gives it a spiritual application. The remainder of the article is in Sister Lori's words.

Spread the Good Word: Luke 10:42

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 27 September 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 349

Spread the Good Word: Luke 10:42

Have you ever said, "I need that!" but you didn't need it at all? In our modern, crazy world, we're bombarded with messages telling us that we need things. When we get the things, life will be better. We're convinced that more is more, and we have a profound fear of missing out. There's also a forceful drive to compete with others for the best life and the best stuff. We reach and grasp and stretch for this "better life."

Today's Good Word reminds us that only one thing is needful. Jesus said it, so it must be true.

Parenting Like God

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 26 September 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 413

Parenting Like God

Raising two small boys under age 5 has me going back to Hebrews 12:5-11 again and again. This passage is a spoonful of encouragement on those days that are especially brimful of "teaching moments" if you catch my drift.

Here's the gist of Hebrews 12:5-11. Don't "despise the chastening of the Lord." God disciplines those He loves. If we receive chastening at God's hand, then that's proof we are His children. We honor and respect our earthly parents, so we should likewise, and even more so, reverence our Heavenly Father.

The logic is lovely. God is the Perfect Parent. I want to be a good parent, so I try to copy Him. He disciplines and corrects His children. I must do the same. He disciplines out of love for His children. I should do it out of love, too.

But I Say Unto You (3 Nephi 12)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 25 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 283

But I Say Unto You (3 Nephi 12)

During the visit of the resurrected Jesus Christ to the Nephite people in the Americas, the Lord shares many teachings, including the equivalent of the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5-7. 3 Nephi 12-14 lines up almost exactly with the three Matthew chapters, although there are several differences. I would recommend comparing the chapters yourself when you have some time and take note of the differences.

One of the key differences is that the version of the sermon delivered to the Nephites occurs after the resurrection of Christ, so it is noted that the Law of Moses has now been "fulfilled" such that the followers of the Lord are now guided by the Holy Ghost within them rather than by a series of laws.

Some might say, "Yay! No more laws! Now we can do whatever we want!" This would be the reaction of people who desire to sin and do evil; they're admitting that it's only the law that stops them from doing so (if it even stops them at all).

Moving God's Hand

Written by Sister Charity Lombardo on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 539

Moving God's Hand

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could move God’s hand? Control it in some small way? Imagine it was something we could ride and steer around, drive from where we are to where we want to be, clearing every little obstacle in our path. How awesome would that be? We could see and know for CERTAIN that He was working in our lives. Hmm, if only we had a hand in making His move.

Well here’s a little secret: we do.

And I think I know how we can make that happen. (No, not by building a giant mechanical hand or a human ladder to Heaven, though that would be suuuuuper epic.)

I Didn't Understand

Written by Sister Diana Houlihan on Monday, 23 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 322

I Didn't Understand

Today's Miracle Monday, submitted by Sister Diana Houlihan, is a testimony about how God drew her to Him with mercy and love over time.

I was an evangelist's daughter. That might give you the impression I was raised in our church and never missed a single meeting. Your impression would be absolutely right on target. This didn't stop me from making every bad decision possible. You see, I didn't understand about Jesus at all or even the plan of salvation.

Dad was a stubborn man, very firm in his beliefs, and he wouldn't budge on anything he believed in. I, being a true Alessandro, followed in his footsteps. (Well, the stubborn part of it, anyway.) Throughout my teens and into my twenties, I wandered into and saw the rawer side of life. It wasn't until I hit my own personal bottom that I realized something had to change.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 20 September 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 812

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:6

If you Google, "how to have peace," here are some of the top results:

  • How to Find Inner Peace: 15 Things You Can Start Doing Today
  • 40 Ways to Create Peace of Mind
  • How to Find Peace of Mind in 4 Simple Steps
  • 13 Steps to Inner Peace (Even in a Busy Stressful World)

It's no secret that we are a people who are searching for peace. The world is indeed busy and stressful and filled with things that rob us of the very peace we seek. People struggle with anxious and depressing thoughts that trouble them without end. We want to find peace, and we want it to be a simple fix. (Notice that most of the headlines above include actionable steps?)

Elizabeth: More Than Just a Positive Attitude

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 19 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 342

Elizabeth: More Than Just a Positive Attitude

Today's article is another installment in Sister Alena X. Ricci's series on the women of the Bible.

Elizabeth is a familiar figure in scripture. I think that, as women, we are told to look to her as an example. Here was a woman who was faithful, never-changing, and consistent in her service to God. She was walking in all the commandments before God. She did everything she could to be a righteous, faithful example.

But she was barren. (As I went through this story, I was reminded of how familiar this is both in Scripture and in our own lives today.)

She was well respected, and when her husband went to the temple and came back mute, sharing the news that she was to have a child, I like to imagine that she laughed.

But unlike Sarah, she didn’t laugh at the power of God, but instead at her husband for having an angel actually tell him what was going to happen and still voice disbelief. (How many times does God show us something directly and we still doubt?)

How to Perform a Baptism (3 Nephi 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 328

How to Perform a Baptism (3 Nephi 11)

In 3 Nephi 11, the resurrected Jesus Christ appears to the Nephite people in spectacular fashion, descending out of heaven before their eyes. After the people have time to react to the appearance of their Savior, including touching His nail prints and the place where the sword pierced His side, Jesus begins to teach them things that are important for them to know.

Jesus begins with teaching them how to baptize. For those of us who are called to perform baptisms, this knowledge is invaluable. For any member of The Church — and anybody considering becoming a member of The Church — it's great to know that the instructions of the Lord are followed exactly when a baptism is performed.

OK, someone has expressed a desire to repent of their sins and be baptized. We're gathered at the water's edge. What happens next?

Called to Baptism

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 395

Called to Baptism

Today's article by Sister Stefanie Callens is another installment in the series, "The Day He Found Me."

In a few days on Sept. 21, it will be 22 years since I surrendered unto the Lord. I cannot believe how quickly time goes by!

I was at an Atlantic Coast Area Campout in New Jersey. At 14 years old, my plan was to hang out with my friends and maybe talk to some of the cute boys who were going to be there. As we were roasting marshmallows that Saturday night, my friend, the late Sister Stephanie Crupi, and I were talking with my dad and a couple other ministers about why we had to actually be called to get baptized.

We went to church on Sundays, prayed, and followed the Lord's teachings. Why couldn't we just be baptized then and there? Instead of preaching to us, the brothers simply told us to pray about it. If we woke up in the morning and the first thought we had was baptism, then we were being called, and that would be our day.

The Bite and the Blessing

Written by Sister Betty D'Orazio on Monday, 16 September 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 338

The Bite and the Blessing

Today's Miracle Monday is an experience shared by Sister Betty D'Orazio that happened in 1964. It's a great reminder that God never changes.

We were at a picnic at my brother's home when his dog accidently bit my daughter, Mary, who was 4 years old at the time. She startled him, and he jumped and bit the side of her face, cutting through the skin really deep. We cleaned it, prayed, and went to the ER. The ER doctor said he needed to stitch her face, and after the procedure, we left with our brave little girl — trusting God.

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