Devotional

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Written by Sister Jill Kovacic on Wednesday, 17 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2235

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Amid the many celebrations on Christmas Eve, in various places by different people, there is one thing that remains constant: love.

Dr. Clement C. Moore never expected to be a famous writer. Even if he did dream of earning fame for his pen, he probably thought it would be because of his Hebrew dictionary.

Dr. Moore had a wife and children and liked writing poetry for them, even more than he liked writing his Hebrew dictionary. He actually wrote a whole book of poems for them.

No Words Needed

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2041

No Words Needed

One of my favorite ministers repeated this mantra during a sermon when I was young, and it has remained with me ever since:

Preach the Gospel. Use words when necessary. (Shout out to Brother Randy C.!)

It's a simple idea with great depth. Talk about Jesus...but just with your actions. No scripture references; no big debate — just the way you carry yourself day to day. How is this possible?

Sharp Words

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1702

Sharp Words

Proverbs 27:17: "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."

For those that have a favorite knife for food preparation: If the blade is dull and needs to be sharpened, a sharpener is used. The sharpener is often a hardened metal with a course finish that can restore the sharp edge to the cutlery instrument.

Sometimes a friend [someone who has our interest at heart] may confront us with an issue that is difficult or delicate to discuss. The words presented may be rough, they may scrape us the wrong way, we may not agree.

Is There Really Peace on Earth?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2045

Is There Really Peace on Earth?

There are a lot of famous Christmas scriptures, but do you remember the super-memorable line the angels declared to the shepherds on Christmas night? They said, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14).

The phrase "peace on earth" is one of the most oft-used Christmas catch phrases. It's emblazoned on greeting cards, wrapping paper, and glass ornaments.

But, did Christ really bring peace on earth like the angels said He did?

Year-End "Thank You" Notes

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2416

Year-End

Since we're in the final month of 2014, I was thinking back over some of the blessings experienced by the brothers and sisters in the Levittown Branch over the past year. In the style of a popular TV show, I'd like to write out some "Thank You" notes to express my appreciation for these blessings.

THANK YOU Lower Bucks Hospital

for putting Sister Jessica and Amy together in the same hospital room.

(Sister Jessica shared the gospel with Amy who began attending church and is now a baptized sister as well.)

Thank God for Fleas

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2649

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!"

Arming Myself Against Hard Times

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 20 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3567

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."

Stuck in a Rut

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 13 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1533

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 1945

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 1877

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.

Cleaning Out My Closet

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Wednesday, 05 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2012

Cleaning Out My Closet

Working for a retail company has taught me a lot about fashion. For instance, it's OK to mix stripes and floral patterns. White jeans are allowed after Labor Day. And, most importantly, everyone needs a nice pair of sunglasses.

Learning so much about the fashion industry has piqued my interest in my own sense of style — from what looks best on me to taking risks with a new color choice.

In the midst of all this learning, I stumbled upon a new concept called capsule wardrobing.

The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2114

The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel

"And I command you to take it upon you to counsel with your elder brothers in your undertakings; for behold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers. And give heed to their counsel." — Alma 39:10

As I finish my final semester in my Gerontology graduate school program, I have had some time to reflect on my life and appreciate the counsel of the older brothers and sisters who provided for me in my time of need. These beautiful, loving saints were my solid foundation. While I studied, they prayed all semester long. While I looked for a job, they prayed every week until I received. While I packed for GMBA Camp, they prayed for a safe flight.

The following is a short collection of a long list of blessings I've received from the older generation. Sure, I am a young person, and I have all the energy in the world, but without the support of my brothers and sisters, I would not be where I am today. They are the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and the constant reminder of God's promises to the righteous.

Remind Me Who I Am

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Friday, 31 October 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 2828

Remind Me Who I Am

Last night, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV, and it reminded me of a beautiful conversation I saw unfold on Facebook a while back. One of my friends posted the following on her brother's timeline:

Friend: I think about all the stuff you and (other brother) are doing and I hear this little voice in my head that says..."I got a rock."

Brother: Huh? What do you mean?

Friend: You know, from Charlie Brown when everyone is showing all the good candy they got and Charlie opens his bag and says..."I got a rock."

God's Ways vs. My Ways

Written by Sister Jill Kovacic on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1353

God's Ways vs. My Ways

Have you ever asked the question "What am I doing?" Am I following my ways, maybe just taking up space, not truly listening? Or am I walking in the ways of God?

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). So, what does that say about my ways? I believe Jesus' ways trump my ways.

Abinadi quotes Isaiah in Mosiah 14:6: "All we, like sheep, have gone astray." Where have I strayed from God? The answer is clear. If my ways go against the teachings and preaching of Jesus, then the answer is a definite yes, I've strayed.

Do I place everything in my life over the things of God? To be fully a part of God's House, I must be a full participating part.

Are You in the Know?

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1963

Are You in the Know?

Here are series of questions. Let's see how many you can relate to.

  • Do you sometimes find yourself tempted to bend with the social winds of the day?
  • Do you sometimes find yourself wondering why so many U.S. states are supporting same-sex marriage or why more aren't?
  • Do you find that you're influenced by a lot of "trending" concepts and ideals that, not so long ago, were unaccepted by society?
  • Do you find yourself being more tolerant because socially it's the right thing to do?
  • Do you find yourself consumed with so many activities and tasks in your busy life that you have less and less time to read the Word of God, pray, or meditate on the blessings of God or even attend Church?
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