Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2762

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

I find it easier to pray for others with the faith James talks about. I find myself storming the gates of heaven for other people with such fervor and such a broken heart that I just can't muster for my own self.

James 1:6-7 states, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

I came to the conclusion that there is a difference between knowing that God can and knowing that God will. Based on this scripture, when I go to God, and I'm waffling in my faith, I shouldn't expect God to answer me.

What God Taught Me Through Football

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1994

What God Taught Me Through Football

It's September. That means summer's basically over, school's back in, and it's football season.

I've been a huge football fan since I was a kid. Saturdays were spent watching or listening to the Penn State game, and after church on Sunday we'd watch the Steelers.

I was born in 1977, so I'd never seen the Steelers in the Super Bowl, at least that I could remember. Then came the 1995 season, and the Steelers were headed for Super Bowl XXX. At that time, I'd been a member of The Church for two and a half years, and I was the local MBA president.

That's Cheating!

Written by Sister Terri Olfulson on Monday, 22 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2628

That's Cheating!

For today's school-themed Miracle Monday, we're taking you back to the 90s with an experience published in the August 1992 issue of the Gospel News as told by Sister Terri Olfulson.

On March 23, 1991, my family moved from Anaheim, California to Phoenix, Arizona. My two older children had no problem adjusting to their new schools. My youngest son, Billy, age 7, was a different story.

He would come home from school with notes from the teacher saying that he didn't have recess because he had to sit on the benches and do his school work. Every night, he would bring home stacks of papers that he couldn't complete in class.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 28:13

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2075

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 28:13

This week's memory verse reminds us that God can see underneath the mask we show to everyone else. 

Fear Isn't Real

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2389

Fear Isn't Real

Right now on the Internet, you can find the story of a young boy battling brain cancer and the story of his bravery.

The tagline for this new campaign is "Fear Isn't Real" because that's what this little boy believes.

And this got me thinking...is fear real?

Affirm It Constantly

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2437

Affirm It Constantly

A while ago, a dear sister and fellow Gospelblogger invited me to participate in a study of Titus.

Titus is a teeny tiny book jam-packed with big advice, particularly for us ladyfolk (chapter 2 verses 3 to 5).

Something new struck me on this particular go-around, though. Two phrases jumped out at me: "pattern of good works" (2:7) and "affirm constantly" (3:8).

His Blood Was Spilled

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 184444

His Blood Was Spilled

In my 28 years in the ministry, it had never happened to me ... until Sunday, July 27, 2014. On that day, I stepped up to the sacrament table and poured the wine into the glasses as I have done on so many occasions.

This Sunday, as I moved the glasses into position on the table, one of them suddenly tipped right over, banging loudly against the table and spilling the wine across the white cloths. It was dripping off the sides of the table and onto the rug.

The Never-ending Class

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Monday, 15 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2643

The Never-ending Class

Today's school-related Miracle Monday is from Sister Zarella Mosqueda.

It seems as though we hear more and more about school shootings on the news. Names like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech are recognized nationwide. Events such as these prick our sense of well-being and stir our minds. Politicians and news people soon step in, and they aimlessly try to find the culprit.

My miracle is about the One who is responsible for keeping me safe, the One who watches over me each day and keeps me from harm, even if I am not aware of it.

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1730

Spread the Good Word: Romans 8:31

Save this image as the lock screen on your phone, and try to commit it to memory this week. Or share it, like it, pin it or tweet it to spread the good news.

God Has a Plan

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1943

God Has a Plan

Take a deep breath in.

Breathe out.

Now say with me, "God has a plan."

Repeat as many times as necessary.

While things may currently seem unclear, the more I seek God's will for my life, the clearer things become. God has never revealed all of His plans, but He's also never left me in the dark. I get a piece or two at a time of the puzzle, and slowly but surely the picture becomes clearer.

Cold Turkey

Written by Sister Josie Jasmin on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2282

Cold Turkey

Today we're sharing a miracle from Sister Josie Jasmin.

Many years ago, I used to smoke on and off, and I did stop for a while after fasting and prayer with the assistance of another sister.

I did well for quite some time until I moved to another state and was very lonely.

At the time, my husband smoked, and he would leave partial opened packs at home. Sorry to say, they were a temptation that I gave in to.

It Is No Secret

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2666

It Is No Secret

I love the Bush's baked beans TV commercials. The brand's marketing plot is based on Duke, a loveable but ornery golden retriever who forever tries to share the family's prized recipe, only to be foiled each time by his owner, Jay who is just as determined to guard it. (Click here to roll that beautiful bean footage.)

When it comes to the recipe for my own joy, or for any success or achievement I may accomplish in life, I wonder sometimes if I am too often like Jay, who holds back and guards it like a treasured family secret.

Jesus on Campus

Written by Dana Bautista on Monday, 08 September 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 1911

Jesus on Campus

We're well into September, but we're still going strong with school-related miracles. We hope these bring you comfort and joy as you or your little ones start the 2014-2015 academic year. Today's miracle comes from Dana Bautista. Click here to share a marriage miracle for next month — more details below.

So, today (Sept. 2) was my first day of high school. My oldest sister already graduated, and my brother was a dropout, and my other sister is in grade 12. I was praying that everything would go smoothly, that I would like my classes, that I would know people on my bus, etc.

So, I was praying my heart out that everything would go smoothly, and I had a dream last night.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 17:5

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 September 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1745

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 17:5

During Behind the Scenes week, you learned that Sister Michelle Watson, the blog editor, loves to crochet and knit. Usually when you start a new new project, the first step is to make a slip knot and put it on your needle or hook. Well, every time Sister Michelle makes a slip knot, she'll remember today's memory verse and pray that her footsteps "slip not."

How to Fly the Coop Like a Wise Old Bird

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in Great Ideas, Devotional Hits 3629

How to Fly the Coop Like a Wise Old Bird

This week's Miracle Monday was titled "Schools Ain't Like They Used to Be."

Ain't it the truth?

From bullies to shootings, schools have — literally in some cases — become a battleground. Do you know that you can buy your kids bulletproof backpacks now? Times they are a-changin'.

But in many ways, they're not. Schools have always played host to moral battles (if not actual ones).

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