Taking the Gospel Where It Is Not

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2170

Taking the Gospel Where It Is Not

We recently had an evangelist ordination in our branch, and one of the definitions I heard is that an evangelist is someone who brings the Gospel where it is not.

And I like that definition because, in my mind, I immediately started thinking of those in Africa or in Nepal or the poverty I saw for myself in Guatemala City.

It was stressed, however, that this definition doesn't just apply to places that aren't Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It applies at home, too.

But what we didn't mention is that when we say, "An evangelist is someone who brings the Gospel where it is not," the "where" does not just mean a place or a group of people. It can mean a single person — literally anywhere.

Best of Miracle Monday: I Never Heard a Sweeter Song

Written by Sister Mandy Griffith on Monday, 20 July 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2090

Best of Miracle Monday: I Never Heard a Sweeter Song

For today's Best of Miracle Monday, we're republishing "I Never Heard a Sweeter Song" from May 7, 2012 submitted by Sister Mandy Griffith.

When our first son, Wesley, was born, he was four weeks premature. As new parents, we naturally had many concerns, but the day after his birth, when his condition was stabilized, we had family come to visit.

As everyone gathered around to see the baby, the gift of tongues came forth, and the interpretation was, "My gift to you, thus saith the Lord." We were so blessed to receive that expression of God's love; it truly comforted us, and we felt reassured that all would be well with our son.

Spread the Good Word: Revelation 3:21

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1929

Spread the Good Word: Revelation 3:21

We hope that today's Good Word motivates you to draw on God's strength so that you can be an overcomer. Don't let past sins, future worries, or the temptations, failures, and disappointments of the present hold you back from your relationship with God. He has the power to help you overcome!

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

Which Kind of Pray-er Are You?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 16 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 7604

Which Kind of Pray-er Are You?

This is part two of a two-part article. See yesterday's post for part one.

Yesterday, I confessed that I'm often more of a Prayer Worrier than I am a Prayer Warrior. Today, I'm going to share a few other examples of different prayer "personalities."

As you think about them, I hope they encourage you to explore your own tendencies regarding prayer in an effort to draw closer to the perfect pattern: "pray without ceasing" (#lifegoal) and daily communication with God.

Note: "Pray-er" (noun) Person who prays.

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2215

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

I've begun to realize that my prayers have a tendency to be driven by my worries. "Dear Lord, please help me so I don't _____," and "Dear God, I worry ____ in my life won't work out."

I know I'm supposed to be a prayer warrior, but sometimes I find that I'm more of a "prayer worrier."

My life is full of what-if scenarios and the anticipation of what might go wrong next. I expect rough patches. I stress and try to plan in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. I struggle to release control, and I worry if God will answer me the way I think it should be handled.

Blogger's Choice: Spinach Pie

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1928

Blogger's Choice: Spinach Pie

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Brother Jerry Valenti. He chose his article "Spinach Pie," originally published on December 4, 2012.

He says, "I chose this article because I think it's a good illustration of how we need to make sure the primary ingredient of The Church (God) is not left out of our worship services. As a side benefit, nobody makes spinach when I visit their homes now."

Some years ago, I was in Detroit, Michigan on business, and the group I was with decided to go out to dinner in an area of Detroit known as Greektown. I was somewhat concerned as I'm not someone who typically likes to experiment with different cuisines, and as I started looking over the menu, my worst fears were realized as I desperately searched for something I thought I could eat. I finally settled on an entrée known as spinach pie.

Best of Miracle Monday: Before They Call, I Will Answer

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Monday, 13 July 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1483

Best of Miracle Monday: Before They Call, I Will Answer

For today's "Best of Miracle Monday," we're republishing "Before They Call, I Will Answer" from April 16, 2012 submitted by Brother Frank Natoli.

As a newly ordained elder in The Church of Jesus Christ, I was instructed to always carry a small bottle of blessed oil with me, in case someone contacted me and asked to be anointed (James 5:14-16).

One morning, I awoke, got ready for work, ate my breakfast, and got in my car to go to work. Before I walked out the door, I touched the outside of pants to feel for my little bottle of oil, but it wasn't there. I had forgotten it, so I went back to my room, placed it in my pants pocket and left for work.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 133:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1457

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 133:1

Today's Good Word reminds us of the sweet blessing of unity. Is there unity in your home? Your spiritual family? Is there anyone you need to restore unity with today?

Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll turn it into a beautiful image like today's.

Blogger's Choice: Live Fearlessly

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 09 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1899

Blogger's Choice: Live Fearlessly

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Sister Alena Ricci. She chose her article "Live Fearlessly," originally published on July 16, 2014.

She says, "I chose it because with my upcoming departure for an extended trip in Chile, the idea of living fearlessly and taking that jump into the waterfall yelling 'Geronimo!' is a very critical feeling for me. I have spent a lot of time worrying about everything, from other people's opinions to variables that I can't even control, and this one reminds me to let it go and just live fearlessly."

Five Steps to Becoming a Conqueror

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Wednesday, 08 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2927

Five Steps to Becoming a Conqueror

Note: This is part two of a two-part article. See yesterday's post for part one.

Yesterday, we talked about being more than a conqueror. Today, let's discuss how we become that way. How do I get my name written in the Lamb's Book of Life?

As a church, we believe that obedience to the Gospel is necessary to obtain salvation by taking the following actions:

  • Believe and have faith that Jesus Christ is the risen Savior of the world
  • Repent of your sins with a desire to sin no more
  • Be baptized by immersion in water for a remission of sins
  • Receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands
  • Live righteously, remain faithful, and endure to the end of your life

More Than Conquerors

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 07 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2276

More Than Conquerors

Ever wonder what you have in common in with Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun?

Probably not a lot, but there may be one exception — they were conquerors and so are you!

Webster's dictionary defines a conqueror as someone who acquires gain by force, but it goes on to say that it's also someone who acquires gain by overcoming obstacles.

Best of Miracle Monday: The Lost Lens Miracle

Written by Sister Melanie Suska on Monday, 06 July 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1838

Best of Miracle Monday: The Lost Lens Miracle

Today, we're kicking off the "Best of Miracle Monday" series. We're digging back in our archives for special experiences that we shared in the blog's early days so that those of you who weren't with us back then can experience them. Today, we're republishing "The Lost Lens Miracle" from April 2, 2012 submitted by Sister Melanie Suska.

One winter day in school, when I was around 10 years old, the bell rang at the end of the day, and I rushed outside to get to my mom's car.

Happy Fourth of July!

Written by GospelBlog on Saturday, 04 July 2015. Posted in Holidays Hits 2057

Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing you a very happy July 4 from all of us here at the Gospel Blog!

Spread the Good Word: Alma 46:12

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1636

Spread the Good Word: Alma 46:12

We're posting today's Good Word, Alma 46:12, in anticipation of a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating the freedom we enjoy in this country.

Here's something to think about, though — will we always enjoy this level of religious freedom in the future? Can you think of ways in which religious freedoms are coming — or have come — under attack in the U.S.? Let's pray that God moves His hand so that we can continue enjoying our liberties — and maintain godly standards of righteousness in our nation.

The Sun Is Always Shining

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2196

The Sun Is Always Shining

When I was young, a big priority in the United States was the quest to explore outer space. I am old enough to remember when men first walked on the moon. At the time, there was talk about eventually putting together an expedition to travel to Mars and perhaps even other planets at some point.

Around this time, I heard someone suggest that we should organize a trip to the sun. "How ridiculous," we said. You couldn't possibly come anywhere near the sun without burning up. But wait, this person had it all figured out — we can go there at night!

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