Spread the Good Word: Exodus 12:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 March 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 584

Spread the Good Word: Exodus 12:13

Today's Good Word comes from the passover story. If you remember, Moses instructed the children of Israel in Egypt to put the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that they'd be spared from the final plague — the death of the family's firstborn. 

I Can Only Imagine

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 472

I Can Only Imagine

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see "I Can Only Imagine," a movie about the life of Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe and composer of the renowned Christian hit song, "I Can Only Imagine." For those of you who don't know the song, the lyrics are a series of questions that ask what will it be like when we finally get to see Jesus face to face in all His glory?

I remember growing up listening to this song, and in some ways, it has changed my life. The story behind the song is that God took the brokenness of a young boy's life and used it to touch the lives of millions of people around the world through the song. It's a story of forgiveness and of how God can soften even the hardest hearts.

Lay Down the Weight (Alma 15)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 March 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 424

Lay Down the Weight (Alma 15)

Many of us carry around some extra weight on our bodies. Some people even tell me I'm carrying a little extra weight. (The people who are kind say it that way.) Wouldn't it be nice if we could take that weight — that burden — and lay it aside and go on without it? Imagine how much better we would feel and how much more we could do.

Now, suppose there was someone who could just speak the words to make the weight depart. No dieting, no exercise, no surgery necessary. How popular would that person be? Wouldn't you recommend him to all your friends?

Spiritual Growth: It's About Me and We

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 453

Spiritual Growth: It's About Me and We

I’ll never forget the day we lost Jamy.

I was 7 years old, and my sister Jamy was 5. We were out shopping with my father at a local outdoor market. I was very good at following my dad and keeping him in my sights. He would never get more than three strides ahead of me. I prided myself on how closely I was able to follow him.

About 30 minutes into shopping, my sister was gone. My dad and I (following closely) began looking for Jamy. After about 20 minutes, we found her hanging out eating donuts with one of the vendors and a police officer. She seemed pretty content with the situation and not very rattled at all. We went home and immediately told our mom. Dad is still paying for it today.

Reason to Glory

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 26 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 406

Reason to Glory

Today, we're pausing our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday to bring you this beautiful thought by Brother David Nolfi.

In this fast-paced corporate world of opportunity, qualifications, advancement, position, and prosperity, one and all would do well to recognize that knowing the Lord surpasses all of our accomplishments!

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 32:7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 March 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 569

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 32:7

If you are going through something difficult today, we hope that the simple promise in today's Good Word brings you comfort and hope. 

The next time you feel like you're in a hurricane of hardship, just imagine the Lord pushing away all of the bad things that are happening, replacing the howling wind with beautiful harmony. Imagine Him fully surrounding you with His protection so that nothing can touch you. And, most importantly, reiterating His promise that He will deliver you from this time of trouble. 

The Souls That Pass Me By

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 372

The Souls That Pass Me By

The urban campus where I work is spread across nine city blocks in the heart of downtown Erie. Most days, my job keeps me very busy in my own office and building, but there are other times when I must venture across campus for a meeting, an activity or event, or to pick up materials needed for a task that I am working on.

Usually, a walk offers a nice break. If I am lucky, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and I enjoy the exercise. (Yes, warm air does occur in Erie, Pennsylvania!) More often than not, the weather can be less than hospitable, and the walk can make for a really bad hair day. Today happened to be one of those days. Bundle up in my coat, hat, gloves and scarf … grab the umbrella … hope to get across campus and back without ending up totally disheveled and drenched.

When Your Work Is Not Yet Finished (Alma 14)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 21 March 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 428

When Your Work Is Not Yet Finished (Alma 14)

In Alma 14, Alma and Amulek endure a horrible ordeal, witnessing the martyrdom of women and children who are burned to death in front of them. As this awful scene unfolds before them, they can only take solace in the knowledge that these martyred souls are on their way to the paradise of God. They also have a brief conversation about their own fate:

"Now Amulek said unto Alma: Behold, perhaps they will burn us also. And Alma said: Be it according to the will of the Lord. But, behold, our work is not finished; therefore they burn us not." (Alma 14:12-13)

The Reach of God's Renewal

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 414

The Reach of God's Renewal

Among the many miracles performed by Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry, perhaps none stirred more amazement among the multitude than the raising of those from the dead. I have heard it said that Jesus broke up every funeral He encountered, and the Word of God details three specific accounts of such an occasion. They appear below for you to read (maybe again, maybe for the first time).

On a Train to the Bronx

Written by Sister Marie McGuire on Monday, 19 March 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 591

On a Train to the Bronx

Today's Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Marie McGuire, recorded in her own words (abridged slightly for length).

I shall relate to you my first major experience. It is as vivid in my mind as if it had occurred yesterday.

It was the summer of 1945 in Bronx, New York, and I was 16 years old. I traveled by train to Pennsylvania to spend a couple of weeks with the young people of The Church. When it was time for my vacation to end, I confirmed my train reservations to return back to Bronx. The young people accompanied me to the train station, and we said our goodbyes with tears streaming down our faces.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 29:18

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 16 March 2018. Posted in The Good Word Hits 726

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 29:18

Today's Good Word reminds us how important it is to see clearly. And you know we're not talking glasses and contact lenses. We need our inner eye to be operating as close to 20/20 as possible. 

What does that mean?

Relying on God

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 15 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 474

Relying on God

As children, I relied on my parents for everything. Without a second thought on my part, there was food on the table and clothes in the closet. I never wondered how I was getting to school or who would tuck me in at night. Mom and Dad took care of it all. They knew what was best for me.

As I got older, I started doing more on my own. I didn’t ask for help with math homework. I got a job and paid for my own lunch. Relying on my parents seemed less necessary. I knew they’d always be there, but independence was looming larger. I didn’t ask for their advice as much as I used to, and I became more comfortable making my own decisions.

Not On My Watch (Alma 13)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 434

Not On My Watch (Alma 13)

"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea." (Matthew 14:25)

The above verse is part of the famous account of Jesus walking on the water to the ship where His disciples were trying to ride out a storm. Did you ever take note of the first part of the verse that refers to "the fourth watch of the night"? The custom at the time was to divide the night (6 p.m. through 6 a.m.) into four periods of three hours each such that the members of the crew would take turns being responsible for the ship while the others slept.

Even Better Than Kennywood

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 487

Even Better Than Kennywood

In Pittsburgh, there is an iconic amusement park named Kennywood, which is an integral part of growing up in that area. Our school district holds a community picnic there the third Thursday in May, with a bonus scheduled day off on Friday to recover. Kennywood Day is a highly anticipated event to hang out with friends and neighbors, ride roller coasters, eat Potato Patch fries and funnel cakes, and to celebrate the school year winding down. If nature cooperates, we welcome summer by wearing shorts and showing off pasty Pennsylvania skin that hasn't seen the sun in months!

When our kids were very young, my husband and I planned a surprise trip for our family's first visit to Disney World during Kennywood week, taking advantage of only three missed school days and hoping May would be early enough to precede brutal Florida summer heat. To our dismay, the unveiling of this surprise did not go over as envisioned.

Pleas and Promises

Written by Sister Terri Nath on Monday, 12 March 2018. Posted in Miracles Hits 480

Pleas and Promises

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Sister Terri Nath. Enjoy!

Reading a recent Miracle Monday reminded me of a miracle God performed with our son, Jonathan. He was about 18 months old at the time, and he loved sitting and playing in cupboards. I had cleaned out one in my kitchen, so when I was working in there or cooking, he could play in it, and I knew he would be safe.

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