Only to Be What He Wants Me to Be

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Monday, 17 October 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 2717

Only to Be What He Wants Me to Be

Today's Miracle Monday is an experience from Sister Rosanne Champine on our theme of "reading scripture." Enjoy!

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite hymns was a chorus we often sang in MBA:

“Only to be what He wants me to be, every moment of every day.
Yielded completely to Jesus alone, every step of the pilgrim way.
Just to be clay in the Potter’s hand, ready to do what His word commands.
Only to be what He wants me to be every moment of every day."

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 118:14

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 October 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1539

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 118:14

We hope that today's Good Word encourages you! God strengthens us naturally and spiritually. He puts a song in our hearts and on our lips. He is the source of salvation!

The Chemistry of Salvation

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2409

The Chemistry of Salvation

I’ve always been a bit of a mad scientist. The urge to figure out exactly the way things work is simply part of my DNA. So, as a boy, it was no surprise to find me nose deep in a book, the computer, or the lawnmower (sorry, Dad) trying to figure out what makes things tick.

It seemed logical to want to dive down to the atomic level when I chose my profession. Now I get paid to mix chemicals together and see what happens. Still, let’s just say that there are days when I wake up with more hair on my arms than others.

Is Christ Offensive? (2 Nephi 18)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1908

Is Christ Offensive? (2 Nephi 18)

The prophecy recounted in 2 Nephi 18 indicates that Jesus Christ would be “a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel…many among them shall stumble and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken” (2 Nephi 18:14-15). The prophecy seems to be saying that Christ would be offensive. Was this accurate? See for yourself:

  • Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said…Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:12-14)
  • After stating that His followers should eat His flesh and drink His blood, “many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him” (John 6:66).
  • The Jewish leaders were so offended with His claim to be the Son of God that they caused Him to be crucified.

Lessons From the Nursing Home: Thomas the Praise Walker

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 11 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1609

Lessons From the Nursing Home: Thomas the Praise Walker

Today is the first article in a series by Brother P. — mysterious pseudonym used on purpose. That's because over the next few months he's going to share stories from his workplace, a nursing home. So, he'll use all sorts of aliases to protect the innocent, so to speak. We hope you enjoy reading about the spiritual insights and takeaways that Brother P. gets from this unlikely source.

Let me introduce myself. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ. I also work in a nursing home. My job mostly is comprised of "walking" residents around the nursing home to help them regain their mobility. I feel honored that I get to spend my days with folks who have a decade — or two or four or more — on me. Since I spend a lot of time with certain residents, the physicians, nurses, or administrators occasionally ask me questions regarding the resident’s cognition.

Songs, Scriptures, and Sorrys

Written by Brother Tim Scolaro on Monday, 10 October 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2081

Songs, Scriptures, and Sorrys

Today's Miracle Monday is a testimony from Brother Tim Scolaro that shows how God's word can have a huge impact on our relationships with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

I attended a singspiration event at which a brother sang a song in a way that I thought was not sufficiently reverent — it was a country-western type song, and I felt he was taking it to extremes.

I found myself commenting with some other saints after the meeting about how I did not think it was appropriate. One of these individuals was particularly close to this brother. I did not realize at the time how it made that person feel, nor did I think much about the fact that I felt free to make such comments.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Cor. 10:4

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 October 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1646

Spread the Good Word: 2 Cor. 10:4

We pray that today's Good Word increases your confidence in God's power to fight our spiritual battles for us. Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have — how long has it been since you tried it?

Fruitful Women: Hannah's Longsuffering

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 06 October 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 5258

Fruitful Women: Hannah's Longsuffering

This is the first article of a series by Sister Linda Scolaro in which she relates the fruits of the spirit to women in scripture who possess them. Enjoy!

What do you think of when you read the following?

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Longsuffering
  • Gentleness
  • Goodness
  • Faith
  • Meekness
  • Temperance

Galatians 5 refers to these qualities as the fruits of the spirit. In examining them closely, I realize how many of these characteristics I lack in my own character. One fruit or attribute that I can personally relate to is longsuffering. At the very least, I can relate to the patience aspect of longsuffering. There have been times when patience was essential because God didn’t answer my prayers quickly. Waiting on the Lord is always best, but it is not always easy.

God With Us (2 Nephi 17)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 05 October 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1562

God With Us (2 Nephi 17)

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:22-23)

This passage is often read as part of a Christmas sermon celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. The prophet referred to in the passage is Isaiah, and the quote comes from Isaiah 7:14, which is reproduced in 2 Nephi 17:14.

The recognition that the birth of Christ created a condition of “God with us” is an important concept in understanding why Jesus took on flesh and lived as a man among us.

Faith and Fitness

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 04 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1606

Faith and Fitness

For her next few articles, Sister Stefanie is going to focus on fitness and how it can relate to faith. Believe it or not, there are many parallels between physical health and spiritual health, and that’s what Sister Stefanie is going to explore in the coming weeks.

I am a personal trainer. My job, passion, and hobbies revolve around fitness and living a healthy life. Here's a common verse that shows being healthy is pleasing to God:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Awaking My Soul to Trust

Written by Sister Juliette Coppa on Monday, 03 October 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1888

Awaking My Soul to Trust

Today, we're kicking off our month of scripture-reading themed Miracle Mondays with a testimony from Sister Juliette Coppa.

The same week the ministry approached me about the office of a deaconess, my husband and I received an eviction notice. Our apartment complex would be doing a complete renovation of our building and gave us 60 days to be out. The complex told us that we could move into another building, so we spent the next day in fasting and prayer before seeing the available units. The Lord had directed us to this apartment a year ago, and we were confident God would take care of the situation.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 37:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 30 September 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1518

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 37:5

On the last day of September, it's safe to say that it's officially fall, and a new season always feels like a small new beginning. Maybe you're setting some goals to accomplish before the end of 2016. If that's the case, then keep today's Good Word in mind — whatever our plans, they should fall in line with God's commandments, and we should trust Him to keep His promises. We look forward to hearing your testimonies of how God "brought it to pass" in your life.

Having Confidence in Christ

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 29 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1713

Having Confidence in Christ

“For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26

When I look up the word “confidence” in the dictionary, it means “faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.” A big part of society sends the message that confidence is found only in ourselves. I know that is not true. My confidence should be found in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:26 says that the Lord will be our confidence. How powerful! I know that I shouldn't have more confidence in myself than the Lord. That’s when pride can sneak in — and sin is right behind it.

Send Me (2 Nephi 16)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 28 September 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1676

Send Me (2 Nephi 16)

2 Nephi 16 includes the account of Isaiah’s calling as a prophet. In a famous scene, a heavenly being takes a hot coal and touches Isaiah’s tongue with it, purging him of his sins and preparing him to do the Lord’s work. Then the Lord speaks to him: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said: Here am I; send me” (2 Nephi 16:8).

In the work of the Lord today, we often hear the equivalent of the question, “Who will go for us?” The actual question could be any of the following:

Born and Raised … Or Not (Part 1)

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 27 September 2016. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1891

Born and Raised … Or Not (Part 1)

We often throw a phrase around in our Church that a large part of our population can identify with: “born and raised.” You’ve heard it dozens of times and probably have even said it a few times during your testimony. So many of us have had the opportunity to be under the sound of the Gospel since birth or a very young age. Our parents, our grandparents, our aunts and uncles — someone brought us to church each week, and it’s all we’ve ever known.

But what about those Saints who had the opposite experience? What about those who met our precious pearl years later? Perhaps they were introduced by their girlfriend, their classmate, a flier hanging in the local library. Are their conversion stories any less great because they met The Church of Jesus Christ later in life?

Absolutely not.

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