Denial Ain't Just a River

Written by Brother Steve Kerby on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. Posted in The Good Word, Scripture Study Hits 2672

Denial Ain't Just a River

Psalm 19:12-13, "Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression."

David starts verse 12 with a rhetorical question: Who can understand his errors? Answer: Very few people.

Nobody wants to admit when they’re wrong. It’s not in our DNA. It’s so much easier to blame others for our mistakes. Even from the beginning, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent for their sins instead of taking ownership of them. From that day until now, we continue to play the blame game. We choose to break God’s laws and then act as if we haven’t done anything wrong at all.

Claim Your Huge Reward Now! (Warnings Also Apply)

Written by Brother Emil Palensar on Tuesday, 19 April 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1618

Claim Your Huge Reward Now! (Warnings Also Apply)

Psalm 19:11, "Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward."

First, go back and read the whole enchilada, all of Psalm 19:7-14. Go on…

Today we are looking at verse 11 in our quest to memorize this passage.

So, now go back and re-read the 11th.

By them and in keeping of them… "Them" is referring to the judgments of the Lord in verse 9. If the word "them" is replaced with what it is referring to, this verse could be translated to say, "Moreover by the judgments of the Lord is thy servant warned: and in keeping of the judgments of the Lord there is great reward.

Sweeter Than Honey

Written by Brother Larry Watson on Monday, 18 April 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 2248

Sweeter Than Honey

Psalm 19:10, “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

In the previous three blogs, we learned that the word “they” in this verse refers to God’s law, testimony, statutes, commandments, judgments, and even the fear of the Lord.

Recently, I was grieving the loss of my dear mother. My wife and I had been blessed to spend most of the past two years in her home as caregivers. The previous night added to the sting of her loss, as several of us began to go through her earthly belongings.

She had accumulated little of this world’s wealth, but seemingly insignificant items were now repositories of rich memories and all we had left. To be honest, even if she had left behind a wealthy estate, it would have done nothing to fill the void I was feeling that day.

But something my wife found changed my perspective.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 19:7-9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 15 April 2016. Posted in The Good Word, Special Series Hits 2776

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 19:7-9

So, after one week, do you agree with us that memory is muscle? 

Are you trying to memorize Psalm 19:7-14 with us? If so, leave a comment below to show that you're in.

Today, we're including a free printable of the scripture graphics from this week. Print it out on cardstock or another type of heavy-weight paper, and the images should be about the size of a business card. Cut them out, and use them as flash cards to aid your memorization. Or stick them in your wallet or purse, and thumb through them in your downtime. Another idea: stick them in spots you look often (your keyboard, bathroom mirror, dashboard, fridge, etc.)

We hope you're enjoying these articles and that you're benefiting from the effort of placing God's word in your heart.

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Written by Brother Josh Gehly on Thursday, 14 April 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1765

What Are You Afraid Of?

Part 1 of Psalm 19:9 says, "The FEAR of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever."

The FEAR of the Lord is clean. It also leads us to life (Ps. 14). In fact, it's a foundation of life (Prov. 23). Wisdom starts with the FEAR of the Lord (Ps. 110). It gives us confidence (Prov. 14) and satisfaction (Prov. 19).

Fear of (anything else) = False Evidences Appearing Real

Embrace the Law

Written by Brother Brandon Coppa on Wednesday, 13 April 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1721

Embrace the Law

Psalm 19:8, "The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes."

Mankind was never meant to be separated from God.

It is God's will that we dwell with Him eternally. In fact, the entire history of God's interactions with man can be summed up as a continual effort to draw mankind back to the Father. By the actions of our first ancestors, we became tarnished, imperfect, unholy, and unworthy to dwell in the presence of the Lord. Thankfully our God is a loving Father who has not turned His back on His disobedient children, but instead has provided a way for us to become clean, perfect, and holy once again. That process was given to us through His statutes and the fulfilling of His law.

The law of God is perfect; it is true; it is pure; it is the path of our salvation.

Simply Wise

Written by Brother Jonathan Scolaro on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1917

Simply Wise

Psalm 19:7, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple."

I don't know about you, but most of my co-workers believe that the existence of God is downright ridiculous.

Considering themselves to be tolerant and open-minded, they readily acknowledge that some people have "traditions" or "guiding moral principles." But for someone to actually believe in a supernatural deity wielding absolute power and moral authority is uneducated, intolerant, or even delusional.

Flex Your Muscles — The Ones in Your Brain

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 11 April 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1616

Flex Your Muscles — The Ones in Your Brain

There are some scripture passages that ring clear as a bell. Others are more shrouded in mystery. Some are simple and straightforward; others sag delightfully beneath the weight of packed promises and prophecy. Some are repetitive. Others are confusing. And some are …

… unequivocally, undeniably, unrestrainedly …

gorgeous.

I think Psalm 19:7-14 is one of those.

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 6:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 08 April 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1675

Spread the Good Word: Galatians 6:8

Whether you have the greenest of green thumbs or you can kill houseplants by just looking in their general direction, we are all planting spiritual seeds every day. We live in a sowing and reaping system, and that means we eat only what we plant.

Being Submissive in a Willful World

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 07 April 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2406

Being Submissive in a Willful World

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is submission … again.

In case you haven't noticed, American culture isn't big on the whole concept of submission. We're more attracted to the rugged individualist — a Hemmingway-esque character who whistles Frank Sinatra's "My Way." We picture him seated atop a stallion, silhouetted against the setting sun. Alone. Self-sufficient. No strings attached.

Basically … I just want to do my own thing without anyone (including God) expecting anything from me or giving me grief for my choices.

Open Your Ears (1 Nephi 20)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 06 April 2016. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 1916

Open Your Ears (1 Nephi 20)

At the end of 1 Nephi 19, Nephi mentions that he is reading the words of Isaiah to his brothers. 1 Nephi 20 and 21 represent two of the chapters that Nephi read to them. Although not a word-for-word match, these two chapters line up closely with Isaiah 48 and 49.

In chapter 20 (Isaiah 48), the prophet scolds the House of Israel for not heeding what God was telling them, especially about the coming of Christ. Although God shared this knowledge on multiple occasions, it somehow didn't penetrate for Israel. The prophet words it, "Yea, and thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time thine ear was not opened" (verse 8). He describes them as having closed ears, and the admonishment in the rest of the chapter is "Open Your Ears!"

Carried Through the Storm

Written by Brother Larry Champine on Tuesday, 05 April 2016. Posted in Testimonies, Miracles Hits 3063

Carried Through the Storm

Today, we're sharing a bonus Miracle Monday that has elements of angels and weather, just like yesterday's! Thank you, Brother Larry Champine for submitting this one.

The Autumn of 2000 was a particularly challenging time for me. Along with the regular, daily concerns and demands of life, I was dealing with some very difficult situations related to my businesses, some issues in my extended family that needed careful resolution, and my many responsibilities in The Church, including my new role as the presiding elder of the large Detroit Branch #1.

Angels to the Rescue

Written by Sister Martha Gehly and Sister Carla King on Monday, 04 April 2016. Posted in Miracles Hits 1901

Angels to the Rescue

Today, we've got two miracles that involve last month's theme (angels in disguise) and this month's theme (weather). Enjoy!

Submitted by Sister Martha Gehly

My widowed mother, Sister Ethel Cadman, lived the last days of her life alone in an apartment in Greenville, PA. Each week she would traverse several blocks to get her hair washed and set.

Being battered by the wind on a blustery day as she walked home, an "angel" parked his car, walked up to her and said, "Young lady, you need some help." He guided her the remainder of the way and helped her inside the door of her building.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:28

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 01 April 2016. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1698

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:28

Here's a Good Word from the book of wisdom that we think is rather appropriate for April 1. We'll let it speak for itself — and take its advice by keeping today's post short and sweet. 

What If I Wanted Different Things?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 31 March 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 2018

What If I Wanted Different Things?

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is submission. Here's what she found on the topic.

Recently, a sister told me that her goal for 2016 is to "want different things." At first, I was like, "Good for you." Then, I realized … wow. That's, like, the essence of submission — which is the essence of self-denial.

I mean, think about it. This person is basically saying, "I'm willing to do different things — and I have been doing them — but I want MORE than that. I want to WANT to do different things." In a nutshell, she's saying, "Lord, please change my heart."

When that thought actually hit me, it hit powerfully.

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