Spread the Good Word: Hebrews 12:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 13 September 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 386

Spread the Good Word: Hebrews 12:1

Today's verse continues the theme of "Simplify." What we've given you in the accompanying image is just one slice of a larger thought. Here is Hebrews 12:1-2 in whole:

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

We've got a question for all you runners out there; (maybe you're more of a 5k person or a marathoner). Here's the question: What do you carry with you when you run? Hopefully the answer is nothing. Or, if you do carry something, it's probably small and nearly weightless. You don't want anything to drag you down, especially if you're covering some serious distance.

The Day My Life Began

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 12 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 455

The Day My Life Began

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

It was a cold, windy day on the morning of November 7, 1993. I had just recently turned 14 years old and I was in the eighth grade. I was just a kid. But, my heart's desire was to serve God and I had been praying about baptism. I had made it a matter of prayer and had asked God to show me a sign. I wanted something to reveal to me that the Lord was calling me.

While we were in church singing that day, I remember feeling a tug on my heart and feeling emotional. I prayed and asked God to send me a sign if He was calling me. The very next song that we sang was “Shall We Gather At The River.” That was my sign! We seemed to only sing that song at baptisms! I knew He was calling me, and I burst into tears as I felt His Spirit.

Compared to Who? (3 Nephi 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 648

Compared to Who? (3 Nephi 10)

Perhaps you're familiar with the book, "Gulliver’s Travels." If I asked you whether Gulliver was a tall man or a short man, a reasonable response would be, "Compared to who?" In Part 1 of the story, Gulliver travels to a land called Lilliput where all of the people are 6 inches tall. In that land, Gulliver is a giant. However, in the second part of the story, he travels to a land called Brobdingnag where all of the people are over 70 feet tall. In that land, he is tiny.

There are many ways we can describe ourselves that take on different meanings depending on who we compare ourselves to. For example, if I (as a 60-year-old) compare my athletic abilities to a group of 90-year-olds, I can make myself sound like I'm ready for the Olympics. I'd be the fastest, strongest, and able to jump the highest of everyone in the group. On the other hand, if I make the same comparisons to a group of 21-year-olds, I'll feel like I'm ready for an old age home.

Not Foolish Enough

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 695

Not Foolish Enough

Today's article by Brother P. is another installment in the series, "The Day He Found Me."

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ. I was taught that one day I would feel the calling of God and would have to make a decision about whether or not I would accept that call and get baptized.

I was at a region campout when I felt that call, decided to get baptized, and was.

Not a Mark on Him

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 09 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 662

Not a Mark on Him

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony of God's protection on the littlest among us, submitted by Sister Michelle Watson.

One Friday morning, my 4-year-old son, Henry, was watching me drink a cup of coffee. We talked about how hot it was and that it could burn if you weren't careful. For some reason, I told Henry about how a cup of hot coffee spilled on his Uncle Ryan's head when he was a little boy. Ryan should've been badly burned, but God protected him, and he came away from the incident without a mark on him. (You can read that miracle story here.)

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 11:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 September 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 715

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 11:30

Today's Good Word starts a brand-new theme, which we've named "Simplify." This isn't about simplifying your possessions (decluttering) or your schedule (saying no more). Instead, it's about simplifying your mindset — how you think.

Do you ever feel like life is more complicated than it's supposed to be? There are so many conflicting views, opinions, and data points floating around in our minds, and it's all very noisy and chaotic. Sometimes just the act of thinking alone in a quiet room can feel weighty and leave you heavy.

Today's verse tells us that the load of discipleship is light. Or, it should be.

New Priorities

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 05 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 747

New Priorities

Today's article by Brother Rich Nath is another installment in the series, "The Day He Found Me."

June 20, 1993, GMBA Campout at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA. That’s the day the Lord called me. The story actually begins the day before. Someone told me, “You know, they preach baptism at camp.” I laughed and said, “That’s the furthest thing from my mind. I’m going to play football with the guys.” The priorities of a 15-year-old aren’t always what we would hope them to be. I admit that when I left for camp that Saturday afternoon, baptism was nowhere near the top of my priority list.

Sunday morning at camp, we had a very nice meeting, and the young people sang a few songs. The only one I remember was, “A New Name Written Down in Glory.” Throughout the day, that song stuck with me, but I didn’t think anything of it. It was a catchy tune, and I kept humming it. We had dinner, and I got ready for the evening meeting.

A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit (3 Nephi 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 04 September 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 413

A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit (3 Nephi 9)

In 3 Nephi 9, the Nephites deal with the aftermath of the great destruction that occurred at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As they sit in total darkness, the voice of Christ is heard across the land by all of the people. Jesus points out that all of the destruction is the result of the sins of the people — He then tells them how they need to proceed at this point in order to be forgiven of their sins. Now that Jesus has served as the final sacrifice, the Law of Moses has been fulfilled and sacrifices will no longer be necessary. Instead, the people are now instructed to make a different type of sacrifice:

"And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost" (3 Nephi 9:20)

What are a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and what do they have to do with serving God?

A Certainty in My Heart

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 335

A Certainty in My Heart

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

I never really had any doubts that I would one day make a decision to join The Church of Jesus Christ.

Born into the Gospel and raised by godly parents, I wanted to make a commitment like they had — and also welcome true joy into my life. I never questioned whether it was the right choice to make or not; I simply just wanted to ensure I was making it at the right time, as it isn’t something to be taken lightly.

In 2002, the Cincinnati Branch was blessed to host a Youth In Action (YIA) tour. Many young brothers and sisters from around the country came to spend a week with us passing out fliers, inviting the community to various events we held, and uplifting our small group. I was fortunate to meet new friends and spend a week with others who held the same beliefs as me (even though I wasn’t baptized yet).

Lord, Strengthen My Faith

Written by Sister Stefanie Arcuri on Monday, 02 September 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 322

Lord, Strengthen My Faith

Today's Miracle Monday is a story of anointing submitted by Sister Stefanie Arcuri. We hope it brightens your morning on this Labor Day weekend.

Last summer, I was thinking to myself during the week how I'd never been anointed and immediately received a healing.

I was praying and told God that if my faith was lacking, please strengthen it because I completely believe He has the power to heal any affliction.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 40:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 August 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 765

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 40:3

If you can't play an instrument, read music, or even carry a tune, then this Good Word series on music may not have been your cup of tea. But, don't lose heart. Today's verse describes a "new song" from God that anyone can "sing," even the musically challenged.

What is that new song? It's praise to God. It's the song of redeeming love. It's amazing grace.

"He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."

It will never be a song that tops the charts, but it will resonate with those who are seekers of truth. It's a song that can never be wholly ignored. It's a song that inspires awe. It's a song that draws people to God.

When Is My Time?

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 29 August 2019. Posted in Testimonies Hits 976

When Is My Time?

Today's article by Sister Mallory Batson is the first one in our fall series called, "The Day He Found Me." For the next few weeks, you'll hear stories from our columnists of how they asked for their baptisms. We hope that these articles inspire you to think back on the day you were baptized — or forward to the day you will make the commitment.

How will I know that it’s my time?

That is the one question about baptism I could never get answered to my satisfaction. What I heard most was “You’ll just know,” and for someone as analytical as me, that answer drove me crazy.

The day I asked for my baptism, I wasn’t thinking about baptism at all. It was Sunday at GMBA conference in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and frankly, I was only there to see my friends. I had met some of my very best friends at campout the year prior, and I asked my parents to take me anywhere I knew they would be.

When the Lights Go Out (3 Nephi 8)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 August 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 410

When the Lights Go Out (3 Nephi 8)

Today, we're going to go over some steps you need to take in the event of a power failure in your home. What do you do when the lights go out?

Step 1: Determine whether there has been a power failure.

Look around you. What do you see? If nothing, then you can be reasonably certain there has been a power failure.

Step 2: Seek an alternative source of light.

If you have candles or flashlights in your home, now is the time to use them. If you don't have any of these — well, think about the parable of the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins (Matthew 25) and decide which of those you're identifying with right now.

Wait, That's Not Lotion

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 850

Wait, That's Not Lotion

For those of you that shop at big box stores, such as Sam’s Club or Costco, you may be able to identify with this true story.

On a recent shopping trip to Costco, I walked past a sample cart that had products such as hand lotion, age-fighting creams, etc. I usually don’t have a problem passing up the chicken tenders or the latest pasta samples, but this one stopped me in my tracks. After all, the last thing I want is dry, wrinkly skin.

Since there was no one manning the station, I pumped a small amount of what I thought was hand lotion into my hand. The bottle was labeled "trial," so I knew this would be OK. As I tried to rub the lotion into my hands, they became sticky, not smooth and silky like I had imagined.

God's Speedy Response

Written by Brett Rozzelle on Monday, 26 August 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 846

God's Speedy Response

Today's Miracle Monday is an answered prayer (with uncanny timing) that comes to us from Brett Rozzelle.

I woke up one morning with a great deal of pain in my mouth. When I looked in the mirror, my cheek was quite swollen. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with an abscess. I was given antibiotics for the infection. After a few days of taking the antibiotics, I still was in a lot of pain. The pain had increased to the point where I had to call out of work for a day.

While I was home from work, I called Brother Jerry Valenti and asked if I could come to his house to be anointed. The first thing I did was gross everyone out by showing them a photo on my phone of the infected area. (It was all white with a lot of pus.) I was then anointed for my condition, and then we sat down and began having a discussion.

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