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Joyful Joseph

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 273

Joyful Joseph

On my first day of teaching college students this past semester, in walked a young man carrying a walking stick, poking his way to a seat in front of the classroom. While looking down at the class roster from the corner of my eye, I quickly determined that he was blind. I said to myself, “This is going to be interesting.” I had no prior notice or plan of the accommodations I needed to make for a blind student. Furthermore, I had never taught a blind student to read. I mumbled a quick prayer to myself and took a deep breath.

Release That Remote

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 15 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 237

Release That Remote

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

I walk people in a nursing home for a living. They often come to my facility after a trip to the hospital where they may have had a condition or surgery leading to the inability to walk.

This one young guy had a stroke — let me just interject: say no to drugs — and he could hardly use his left leg, left arm, hardly talk, hardly understand, but he could follow simple, one-step directions.

Take Me to Church

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 282

Take Me to Church

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the current way of the world, it’s that many people feel you can worship God wherever you are — that there’s no true need to attend a Sunday service within the four walls of a building. If you can pray or study His word anywhere, what’s the use in traveling (often great distances) elsewhere?

To a degree, this isn’t a false belief: we are taught we can praise His name no matter where we are, be it our home, our car, our backyard. But, we’re also taught that there’s something special about gathering in His earthly house of worship (our local church building/rental space) that has a great impact on our walk with Him.

The Last Days

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 12 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 389

The Last Days

Today, instead of our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday, we're sharing an article by Brother David Nolfi. 

Looking back to the 1950s, the foundation of the United States of America remained sure, built upon home, marriage, family, prosperous blessings, and the love of God. Employment opportunities flourished, education excelled, investments were secure, manufacturing abounded… There was a greater degree of trust and integrity. There was a reverence for God our Creator. Churches were filled with parishioners, and God was worshiped and thanked.

The Weight of the World

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 08 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 283

The Weight of the World

Have you ever had a time in your life where it felt like you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Recently I experienced a time like this. I felt like I was Atlas from Greek mythology. He's the man who you always see literally carrying the world on his back. Every day between Thanksgiving and our Christmas vacation seemed to add another burden or worry. The scriptures are clear — the Lord doesn't want us to carry burdens ourselves.

He wants us to help each other...

Summing Up Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 254

Summing Up Divine Delays

This article is the final chapter of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

In 2017, I focused the majority of my articles on the topic of divine delays, and I shared with you how the Lord carried my husband and me through a period of infertility when we wanted a baby but couldn't have one.

It Is Unwise to Compare

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 01 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 381

It Is Unwise to Compare

Today, we're bringing you another article in a series on the topic of meekness by an "Original Atlantic Coast member." Enjoy!

Understanding why things are the way they are in our lives — on a deep level — is very beneficial for our overall contentment. Continually comparing ourselves with others, asking, “Why don’t I have that perfect relationship or that perfect job (or whatever else we are desiring)?” is the biggest injustice that we can do to ourselves.

Overly Sensitive

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 539

Overly Sensitive

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

Hello. My job is to help people who are in a nursing home return home or at least become more independent in functioning. Often, in order to get them moving, I ask them permission to take them on a walk. Most often they are agreeable, but sometimes they just don’t want to walk.

Just a Whispered Prayer

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 25 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 314

Just a Whispered Prayer

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on Aug. 21, 2012.

When I was little, I always believed you had to say a prayer out loud in order for God to hear you. When I would sit at the dinner table with my parents, we’d say our prayers out loud before we ate our food. When I would listen to brothers and sisters pray in church, it was always out loud. Even in movies when someone needed help, the actor or actress would kneel down and talk to God audibly.

Have a Heart in Your Prayer

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 255

Have a Heart in Your Prayer

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on Sept. 8, 2015.

My husband, Michael, had been ordained an elder for approximately a year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At about 3 a.m. one Saturday night, I began having severe pain and woke Michael to anoint me.

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 308

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on July 15 and 16, 2015.

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."

How’s Your Prayer Life?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Monday, 22 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 288

How’s Your Prayer Life?

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on April 18, 2012.

An uncomfortable question, maybe? If so, hang in there with me! Take a minute, and think about the following questions:

  • What is prayer?
  • Is it a monologue or dialogue?
  • Why is it important?

Deleted!

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 18 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 317

Deleted!

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Aug. 15, 2013.

How often do you use the delete button when typing on the computer or texting on your phone? Whether it’s because you made a spelling error or decided to word things differently, it’s as easy as hitting a button. How many times do you wish you could delete hurtful moments in life, moments you said the wrong thing to someone or you gave into temptation?

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 225

Four Steps to Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on May 6, 2014.

"Mommmm! Tommy cut all my doll's hair off!"

"Tommy! That's not nice! Say you're sorry."

(Giggling and mischievous) "Sorry."

"Mom, he's NOT sorry."

"Tommy, say you're sorry again — and mean it."

(With eyes rolled and arms crossed) "Sorry, Alice."

"Alice, now you accept his apology."

(With gritted teeth and evil eye) "I accept, I guess."

"Now you two play nice. I don't want to hear any more fighting."

Does this scenario sound familiar?

Divine Forgiveness

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 306

Divine Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 22, 2014.

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel: 36:36)

In yesterday's blog post, we saw how this verse epitomizes what happened to a man's heart when he prayed for the ability to forgive a person who caused immeasurable pain in his life.

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