Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by GospelBlog on Thursday, 27 November 2014. Posted in Holidays Hits 1891

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Gospel Blog team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy praising God for the things He's done in your lives today. We serve a Savior who is worthy indeed to be praised!

Thank God for Fleas

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3687

Thank God for Fleas

In honor of Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, we're publishing an excerpt from Corrie Ten Boom's autobiographical book "The Hiding Place." It's a spot-on illustration of what it's like to give thanks in everything (1 Thes. 5:18), even misery. It's kind of long but worth the read.

At this point in the narrative, which takes place during WWII, Corrie and her sister Betsie have arrived at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, where they are assigned to Barracks 28.

We lay back, struggling against the nausea that swept over us from the reeking straw...Suddenly I sat up, striking my head on the cross-slats above. Something had pinched my leg.

"Fleas!" I cried. "Betsie, the place is swarming with them!"

Thankful for Tibby

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2179

Thankful for Tibby

Philippians 4:6 "But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

When I was a junior in college, I decided I wanted to buy a sports car when I went home over fall break. I figured I was 20, and now was the time to have some fun when driving. I'd upgrade to something more practical in five years when I had a kid — obviously I didn't consult with God on that thought.

Coping with the Death of a Loved One

Written by Sister Betty Alessio on Monday, 24 November 2014. Posted in Testimonies Hits 1987

Coping with the Death of a Loved One

Today's death-related Miracle Monday is the testimony of Sister Betty Alessio, who is no stranger to coping with the loss of loved ones. Today she's sharing some things that brought her comfort and peace.

As I grew up, I faced death of siblings. Some were very tragic and it was hard to accept. When my younger brother was murdered, I was having a terrible time until the Lord started showing me the faces of people who needed an uplift of some kind, and that is when I started helping others. God was helping me along the way to recover from the loss.

The recent death of my husband of 59 years was different. He came down with dementia/Alzheimer's, and I was his caregiver for a few years. One day, he ended up in the hospital, and the doctor told me he needed to be in a facility.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 40:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 November 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2035

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 40:31

Today's Good Word is a favorite scripture submitted by both Sister Josie Jasmin and Sister Teresa Pandone — and we suspect they're not alone. If this is also your fav, tell our sisters about it in the comments below.

Arming Myself Against Hard Times

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 20 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 4228

Arming Myself Against Hard Times

This week, we've shared a lot of death-related miracles and testimonies on the Blog. We hope they've uplifted you instead of doing the opposite.

It's not fun to think about hard times we've been through, but it's astonishing to see how God takes that suffering and pulls a testimony out of it.

The other day, I read 1 Peter 4:1-2: "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."

As the Seasons Turn

Written by Sister Rosanne Champine on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 3116

As the Seasons Turn

Today, we're featuring another death-related testimony shared by Sister Rosanne Champine.

Although we find comfort in our understanding of God's heavenly reward for those who endure to the end, the heartache we experience when we lose our loved ones cuts deeply and profoundly. This loss is heightened when someone passes on in his or her youth. In our humanity, we sometimes struggle to understand why one is taken home but another is healed or why we have to endure the pain of separation "prematurely."

Death Is as Beautiful as Birth

Written by Sister Paula Hemmings on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2794

Death Is as Beautiful as Birth

Today, we're sharing another death-related Miracle Monday from Sister Paula Hemmings.

When my father was first diagnosed with cancer, our family felt very optimistic that he would take his treatments and become cancer-free. We remained that way through two years of surgeries, chemo, and radiation treatments. You see, his cancer wasn't supposed to be the type that kills you. It should've remained topical, so we thought, "Dad can do this." However, as he entered into the third year of battling this dreadful disease, real concerns arose.

I won't get into the gruesomeness of the cancer, but eventually the doctors told my siblings and me that there was no more to be done. All treatments stopped, and they were giving him enough painkillers to make him comfortable.

A Serene Smile

Written by Brother Michael Zaino and Sister Vicki Osheka on Monday, 17 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2460

A Serene Smile

Today, we're sharing two death-related Miracle Mondays, one from Brother Michael Zaino and another from Sister Vicki Osheka. Can you spot the link between the two?

Submitted by Brother Michael Zaino

When I was about 10 years old, Brother Tulio Pizzaia, Brother Bob Pizzaia's father, passed away. I had a hard time understanding what death was and what happens after death. In a dream, I saw Brother Tulio in a coffin. We passed by, looking at the body as we normally do at a wake. As I passed by Him, He looked at me and smiled. I woke up and understood that He was in a happier place. I understood that death wasn't the end, and I had peace after the dream.

Join Us for Something Special

Written by GospelBlog on Saturday, 15 November 2014. Posted in Special Series Hits 2459

Join Us for Something Special

We're inviting you to be part of the Gospel Blog Virtual Christmas Program!

You heard that right. This year on the blog, we're putting on a virtual Christmas program comprised of branches from all around the church. It'll be the week of Dec. 22 to 26. Don't miss it!

In fact, we want you to be IN IT!

How?

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 2:17

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 November 2014. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2114

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 2:17

Today's Good Word comes from Mosiah. This is a great one to commit to memory if you haven't already. This verse strongly connects to a parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46. Give it a read.

Stuck in a Rut

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 13 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2202

Stuck in a Rut

How many of us have been stuck in a rut in some way or another?

Maybe after a few years at the same job, doing the same thing, we feel like we are no longer being challenged and need a change. Maybe, even though we are exercising, we aren't seeing any results. Maybe we are so caught up with life that our marriage feels like we are just co-existing.

Regardless of what the rut is, once we realize it, we try to get out of it. We look for a new job or position, try a new exercise program, or start setting up more date nights with our spouse.

Am I Enough?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2532

Am I Enough?

Let me answer the question in the title: No, I am not enough.

Now, allow me to prove it to you.

In one of my classes, I had an exam where we had to choose two out of three essays and write about them in a little under two hours. I chose mine and started plugging away, becoming more and more unconfident as time went on.

The two hours ended quicker than two hours should, and the professor called for the blue books. Reluctantly, I turned mine in at number 57 out of 60 students. He flipped it open, and I walked out, praying for a miracle to get even one extra point somehow.

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 11 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2486

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a reference to the book, "No, David!" If you have kids, or if you work with them, you've probably heard of it. It's a story about a little boy who gets into everything and how his mom corrects him all the time. I thought about how I do that with my 15-month-old Jack. Whether he is trying to eat the dog food, stand on the furniture, or unplug things from outlets, I seem to say, "No, Jack," quite a bit.

I was at a church meeting the other day, and someone asked how Jack was doing. I said he was getting big and that he's becoming very ornery and getting into everything. The person then said to me, "Not much different than us?" I chuckled and agreed with him, but I immediately began to think about that statement in a spiritual sense.

I Came to See You

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Monday, 10 November 2014. Posted in Miracles Hits 2178

I Came to See You

Today's loss-related Miracle Monday is from Sister Enza Pusillo. We send special love to all of you who had to say goodbye to your parents earlier than you expected.

When I was 13, my father, Brother Sal Traina, passed away, and it rocked my world. As the oldest of his four daughters, I was also the most like him; we shared a love of books, history and the written word. He was my confidant, my friend, and I was lost and overwhelmed after he was gone.

Who would sit at the kitchen table and help me with my math? Who would ask me what book I was reading or answer my questions about anything and everything that made me curious?

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