Sharp Words

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1707

Sharp Words

Proverbs 27:17: "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."

For those that have a favorite knife for food preparation: If the blade is dull and needs to be sharpened, a sharpener is used. The sharpener is often a hardened metal with a course finish that can restore the sharp edge to the cutlery instrument.

Sometimes a friend [someone who has our interest at heart] may confront us with an issue that is difficult or delicate to discuss. The words presented may be rough, they may scrape us the wrong way, we may not agree.

Is There Really Peace on Earth?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2048

Is There Really Peace on Earth?

There are a lot of famous Christmas scriptures, but do you remember the super-memorable line the angels declared to the shepherds on Christmas night? They said, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14).

The phrase "peace on earth" is one of the most oft-used Christmas catch phrases. It's emblazoned on greeting cards, wrapping paper, and glass ornaments.

But, did Christ really bring peace on earth like the angels said He did?

Year-End "Thank You" Notes

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2419

Year-End

Since we're in the final month of 2014, I was thinking back over some of the blessings experienced by the brothers and sisters in the Levittown Branch over the past year. In the style of a popular TV show, I'd like to write out some "Thank You" notes to express my appreciation for these blessings.

THANK YOU Lower Bucks Hospital

for putting Sister Jessica and Amy together in the same hospital room.

(Sister Jessica shared the gospel with Amy who began attending church and is now a baptized sister as well.)

Paid in Full

Written by Brother Tim Scolaro on Monday, 08 December 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1673

Paid in Full

It's the most expensive time of the year, brothers and sisters! Today, we're sharing a money miracle from Brother Tim Scolaro, and we hope it brings you joy.

When my family was younger, like many other families with small children relying almost completely on a single income, we were struggling to make ends meet and trying to financially support the needs of The Church at the same time.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 3:5-6

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 December 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1183

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 3:5-6

Today's Good Word comes courtesy of Sister Carolynn O'Connor. She says, "This verse has helped me focus during my trials and reminds me that God's way is the best way."

Can you say amen to that? Leave a comment for Sister Carolynn below.

Want to see your favorite scripture on Good Word Friday? Send it to us, and we'll feature it!

Divine Dollars

Written by Detroit Branch 1 History on Thursday, 04 December 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1630

Divine Dollars

Today we're sharing a money-related miracle from the pages of the Detroit Branch 1 history. It's simple, but it speaks to how the Lord rewards good desire and that sometimes we need to just ask, remembering that He can provide anything, often in miraculous and immediate ways.

This is an experience given to Brother Antonio Molisani in the early 1920s when the saints of Detroit worked together to construct a church building on Hall and Devine Streets.

Gospel Blog Year-End Survey

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 03 December 2014. Posted in Church News Hits 2148

Gospel Blog Year-End Survey

Can you believe that in fewer than 30 days we'll be waving goodbye to 2014 and bustling busily into 2015?

As the Gospel Blog editor, I'd like to personally thank you for reading and supporting this little effort. I hope it's been uplifting for you to read the many testimonies, miracles, lessons, and devotionals published this year. I know it's been a blessing for me!

It's a Time of Miracles

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 02 December 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1934

It's a Time of Miracles

There's a dialogue in a favorite movie of mine from the late '80s that goes something like this:

Character 1: ... you better be right, because it looks like this last one is going to take a miracle.

Character 2: It's Christmas ... It's the time of miracles ...

This came to me as I was thinking about what to write for the blog as we enter the Christmas season. Although miracles take place every day, regardless of the time of year, there is one particular miracle that happened during the holidays when I was child, a miracle that I didn't understand very well until I was older and that had a lasting effect on our family.

Bills, Bills Go Away

Written by Sister Megan Garcia on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1630

Bills, Bills Go Away

Today, we're kicking off our month of money-related Miracle Mondays. Sister Megan Garcia relates this month's first experience.

My husband and I had been fortunate throughout our marriage never to have to live paycheck to paycheck. Money was faithfully put into a savings account, and bills were always paid at least a week before the due date. That was until my husband, our sole provider, unexpectedly lost his job. We immediately cut back where we could and took extra care to buy only necessities and at the lowest price we could find.

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:6-7

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 November 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1259

Spread the Good Word: Philippians 4:6-7

Today's Good Word comes from Brother George Katsaras, and it is so appropriate considering the holiday. He says, "Happier I am as, I remember these verses when trials come my way!" Thanks so much for sharing, Brother George! Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll feature it in an upcoming Good Word Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 27 November 2014. Posted in Holidays Hits 1325

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Gospel Blog team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy praising God for the things He's done in your lives today. We serve a Savior who is worthy indeed to be praised!

Thank God for Fleas

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2658

Thank God for Fleas

In honor of Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, we're publishing an excerpt from Corrie Ten Boom's autobiographical book "The Hiding Place." It's a spot-on illustration of what it's like to give thanks in everything (1 Thes. 5:18), even misery. It's kind of long but worth the read.

At this point in the narrative, which takes place during WWII, Corrie and her sister Betsie have arrived at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, where they are assigned to Barracks 28.

We lay back, struggling against the nausea that swept over us from the reeking straw...Suddenly I sat up, striking my head on the cross-slats above. Something had pinched my leg.

"Fleas!" I cried. "Betsie, the place is swarming with them!"

Thankful for Tibby

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1551

Thankful for Tibby

Philippians 4:6 "But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

When I was a junior in college, I decided I wanted to buy a sports car when I went home over fall break. I figured I was 20, and now was the time to have some fun when driving. I'd upgrade to something more practical in five years when I had a kid — obviously I didn't consult with God on that thought.

Coping with the Death of a Loved One

Written by Sister Betty Alessio on Monday, 24 November 2014. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1422

Coping with the Death of a Loved One

Today's death-related Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Betty Alessio, who is no stranger to coping with the loss of loved ones. Today she's sharing some things that brought her comfort and peace.

As I grew up, I faced death of siblings. Some were very tragic and it was hard to accept. When my younger brother was murdered, I was having a terrible time until the Lord started showing me the faces of people who needed an uplift of some kind, and that is when I started helping others. God was helping me along the way to recover from the loss.

The recent death of my husband of 59 years was different. He came down with dementia/Alzheimer's, and I was his caregiver for a few years. One day, he ended up in the hospital, and the doctor told me he needed to be in a facility.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 40:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 November 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1531

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 40:31

Today's Good Word is a favorite scripture submitted by both Sister Josie Jasmin and Sister Teresa Pandone — and we suspect they're not alone. If this is also your fav, tell our sisters about it in the comments below.

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