Humble Abode

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1424

Humble Abode

My husband and I are in the process of looking for our first home. It can be daunting for a type-A personality like mine. So much is up in the air and left to wondering — what can we afford? How many bedrooms will we have? What school district will we be in? Will it have a front porch or finished basement?

When it comes to our first humble abode, I am certain that wherever (and however big or small) it is will feel like home to us. We'll paint the walls the colors we like; we'll host our first holiday meal with family and friends; we'll make thousands of memories inside those four walls.

A Crown Just for Me

Written by Sister Brianne Gehly on Monday, 09 February 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1345

A Crown Just for Me

For today's baptism-themed Miracle Monday, please enjoy the testimony of Sister Brianne Gehly.

May 2007 was a beautiful month spiritually for me. At May Conference, I was very moved by the message, which was the story of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22). "Love the Lord and He will do wonderful things for you. He will bless you if you work for Him. Love others as He has loved you" are a few notes I had written down from the Sunday meeting.

Spread the Good Word & Trivia Answers

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 06 February 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games, The Good Word Hits 3226

Spread the Good Word & Trivia Answers

Today's Good Word comes from Sister Karen Watford. Here's why she loves Psalm 30:5.

God has His reasons for weeping and for joy — all of which serve a greater purpose. Through our times of weeping, we can learn the greatest lessons, become more humble, and grow closer to God because we realize our smallness before the Lord. Without joy, we lose hope and feel lost. When we feel joy, we wish to share it with everyone and especially with our Father in appreciation of His goodness. When I am in the midst of trouble, I take comfort in the fact that I will learn something good for my soul and that it won't last forever ... because God promised that the morning and joy will come and, oh, how sweet they are!

Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll make it our next Good Word Friday!

Gospel Blog Subscription Drive

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 05 February 2015. Posted in Church News Hits 2338

Gospel Blog Subscription Drive

On our year-end survey, we asked, "What can we do better here at the Gospel Blog?" Many of you said "Publicity!" We heard 'ya.

So, for the month of February, we're hosting our first annual subscription drive. And we need your help!

Here's how it works.

Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1275

Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Numerous times I've heard that we must not stay by the waters of baptism because we are to grow in Him. Last night, as I was thinking on this and comparing it to the growth of my sons, "Following God" from "The Songs of Zion" came to mind.

When a child is born, he is kept close to the parents' hearts until he becomes strong enough to crawl and walk. As the child grows and strengthens, he ventures out a little from his parents by crawling and then walking. In order for the child to grow to his potential, the parents have to let go of the child's hand when he can finally stand. Because the child is still learning, the parents stay nearby and watch to keep him from harm. Sometimes the parents rush to his rescue. Other times, the parents allow the child to learn lessons from his mistakes.

The S-Diet in Action

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2603

The S-Diet in Action

In a recent blog, we read about the S-Diet, the Spiritual Diet. Sister Betty had a self-test with six questions. One in particular played out in my life that very day. As I read the article and got to No. 3, "Do we praise God in all things, good or bad?" I thought that I did that pretty well. As the day went on, I got a "pop quiz" to see how I would react.

I was no more than five minutes from home, getting ready to exit the freeway, when the "bad" happened. The truck in front of me ran over a piece of 4x4 particleboard and literally caused it to fly right back into me. I was in the exit lane and had nowhere to go. I hit the brakes and swerved left, but it was too late. I hit the piece of wood going between 60 and 70 mph.

How I (Finally) Surrendered

Written by Brother George Katsaras on Monday, 02 February 2015. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2119

How I (Finally) Surrendered

Today we're kicking off a month of baptism miracles. Today's story is from Brother George Katsaras.

In March 1976, we were at a church camp deep in the heart of the Florida Everglades. There were powerful airboats roaring all around us while Brother Mike Radd was preaching. I was having horrific kidney pains and felt extremely uncomfortable as I sat in a stiff metal chair.

Sister Carmella Mazzeo, the compassionate camp nurse, realized I was in pain and offered me medication, which I refused because I wanted to be in my right mind and alert for the meeting. I was squirming in pain sitting in that hard chair, so Sister Carmella positioned a pillow comfortably behind my back. As I listened to Brother Mike and saw the other elders up front, I felt so much love from everyone.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 103:1-2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 January 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1301

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 103:1-2

Today's Good Word is one of the favorite scriptures of Sister Teresa Pandone. Save it to your smartphone and memorize it, or pass it along to a friend.

Treasure Hunter Trivia

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 29 January 2015. Posted in Trivia/Games Hits 2660

Treasure Hunter Trivia

If you are into geocaching, Indiana Jones, "I Spy" books, or Laird Macintosh, this one is for you. Our year-end survey was full of requests for more trivia and games. So, here goes...

Scripture is stuffed with treasures. Pearls of wisdom. Golden rules. And words that are more precious than glittering gemstones.

Today, we're taking you on a treasure hunt through the book of Genesis. Just Genesis. If you haven't read it in a while, then you may be surprised by some of the wild stories and facts recorded there.

God's Unopened Messages in My Inbox

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1472

God's Unopened Messages in My Inbox

Distractions, the great divider of attention... the cause of driving accidents, burned lasagna in the oven (the horror), and thousands of lost hours playing Candy Crush or updating Pinterest.

I am distracted more often than not. And the concept of multi-tasking is a myth. Research confirms that the brain can only concentrate on one task at a time, but our minds are somewhat effective at switching tasks rapidly to give us a feeling that we are efficiently handling multiple things at once.

A New Way of Journaling

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2283

A New Way of Journaling

I have a slight addiction to notebooks and journals. And by slight, I mean a big addiction.

I love opening a new journal, cracking the spine, sitting to write or jot a few notes down. Here's a snapshot of my collection:

I have a notebook just for my to-do lists.
I have a notebook just for taking notes on Sunday's sermons.
I have a notebook just for writing my favorite quotes from books I've read.
I have a notebook just for taking notes on my scripture studies.
I have notebooks just to sit on my desk and look pretty.

Told you I had an addiction.

Safety of My Father's Arms

Written by GospelBlog on Monday, 26 January 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1779

Safety of My Father's Arms

We hope you've enjoyed reading Blessing Bits from the Gospel News this month. If you don't already, please consider subscribing to the Gospel News. If you enjoy getting the Gospel Blog in your daily inbox, you'll love getting the physical paper delivered to your door. It's packed with inspiring columns, such as Word Up, Blast from the Past, 5 Amazing Facts, and the Children's Corner.

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 6:34

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 23 January 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1711

Spread the Good Word: Matthew 6:34

Today's Good Word comes from Sister Joanne Schweitzer. She says, "This is one of my favorite verses because I do worry and I need to remember not to."

Dream the Dream

Written by Sister Barb Nuzzi on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2067

Dream the Dream

Dream a dream, and each step brings you closer to living that dream.

Can my mind be boxed into little tiny thoughts and hopes, longing for small expectations day after monotonous day, or can I live with a dream, wrapped in joy, with an eye on the prize. I want to set my mind free. No walls, no barriers, no confines — just wide open sky.

The S-Diet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Wednesday, 21 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1992

The S-Diet

"Dieting" is the key word today, along with "better nutrition," "watch the fats," "lowering our cholesterol," and "exercise." This is very good advice for healthier living. And we need to keep this in check. But I would like to talk about a different diet, one that is also necessary for a healthy and long life.

This is our spiritual diet, or S-diet.

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