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Kicking Off the Valentine's Day Series: On Singleness

Written by Sister Natalie Pezzenti on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 2860

Kicking Off the Valentine's Day Series: On Singleness

As promised, we're tipping our hats to Valentine's Day with a series of relationship-oriented articles for singles and couples. God instituted marriage, and scripture tells us how to make it work; nonetheless, we still find it a very difficult terrain to navigate. We hope these articles bring you encouragement and point you to God's word.

We also want to make a small disclaimer. We don't want to imply with this series that people in relationships or marriages are more important than people who aren't. If this week's articles don't apply directly to you, we encourage you to glean what understanding you can from them. If you're single, don't skip the articles for marrieds. If you're married, don't skip the articles for singles. It's important that we learn about one another so we can better support each other. 

Without further ado, we bring you our first installment, written by Sister Natalie Pezzenti.


 

Three Brave Kids and Ol' King Neb

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 30 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1850

Three Brave Kids and Ol' King Neb

We hope you enjoy this Seussian re-telling of the story of the three Hebrew children (Daniel 3). This is the sequel to last week's poem.

Finding Acceptance in Christ

Written by Brother Dan Hemmings on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2507

Finding Acceptance in Christ

Brothers Sisters and Friends,

Many of you may or may not know me. My name is Brother Dan Hemmings, I'm 29 years old and I'm a Teacher in The Church of Jesus Christ (San Diego Branch). I've been unemployed for almost 8 months now, and the weight of this burden has finally started to weigh on me. However, with this burden I know the gift of God's glory and plan will be that much greater.

A Special Diet — Just Try It, Try It!

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 23 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3220

A Special Diet — Just Try It, Try It!

We hope you enjoy this Seuss-ian retelling of Daniel 1 by Sister Erin Light.

Divine Forgiveness

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1749

Divine Forgiveness

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.

The Process of Forgiving

Written by Brother Joe Saeli on Tuesday, 21 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1715

The Process of Forgiving

Our Sunday school recently studied the concept of forgiveness, a vital act that is red-lettered in Matthew 6:12, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" and in numerous other scriptures, such as Colossians 3:13, "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."

We quickly concluded that this concept of forgiveness is easier "read than done," so we attempted to develop strategies to fulfill this commandment. We discovered that forgiveness is not always like lightning and thunder but more often more like a work in progress.

What Jesus Did for Me

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 14 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1960

What Jesus Did for Me

In light of the New Year, I'd like to share a take on one of the "resolutions" I've come up with for myself. This year, my focus is to work on understanding and to always remember what exactly Jesus did not just for me, but to me as well.

So, right now, I want you to picture the New Year's ball that drops in New York City. It's over 1,000 pounds, has a diameter of 6 feet, and reflects innumerable dazzling colors. It's pretty amazing.

Before I met Jesus, that was my life. My life was pretty great, (or so I thought.)

Epic Grace

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 09 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1790

Epic Grace

Have you ever watched a TV news story showing a candlelight vigil of mourners after a tragic loss? Often the group is filmed singing "Amazing Grace." I always wonder, "Why that song?" It doesn’t seem to fit the circumstance, and there are other hymns that seem more appropriate. Perhaps the global familiarity of that song brings unity and comfort in the middle of such sadness. I wonder if the people in the news clip sing it with understanding.

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1969

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

At New Year's, we often evaluate ourselves based on how many pounds we weigh, how much money we make, our marital status, or the possessions we own. What if our biggest priority was to evaluate ourselves based on our relationships with other people?

Prayer in 2014

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Tuesday, 07 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1868

Prayer in 2014

What will be the New Year’s resolution?

The scriptures resound with the glorification of our Saviour and His great condescension to earth. More importantly, we praise God for His birth within our hearts. His promises are sure!

Do Your Best and God Will Do the Rest

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 02 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 4359

Do Your Best and God Will Do the Rest

There was a poster that used to hang in the Sunday school room of the Bronx Mission when I was growing up. It said, Do Your Best and God Will Do the Rest. Every time I was in that room, I looked at the poster and felt such relief because it was a reminder that God carries my load for me.

The Shepherd and the Door

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 31 December 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 1974

The Shepherd and the Door

Happy New Year's Eve! As we transition into 2014, we hope this message fills you with peace and comfort for the year ahead.

Do you ever think about John 10:7-9 where Jesus says He is "the door" and "the Good Shepherd"? I think we generally understand the reference to Jesus being "the Good Shepherd," but why would the Lord also call himself "the door"? Seems kind of strange, doesn’t it?

I Need a Silent Night

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 16 December 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 2306

I Need a Silent Night

Today, we're taking a break from our Christmas Character Series to bring you this devotional, which we hope directs you toward a more peaceful Christmas. Tomorrow, we'll resume our Character Series with the Christmas story as told by the donkey!

Bringing Joy to the World

Written by Sister Erin Light on Monday, 09 December 2013. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 3354

Bringing Joy to the World

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 'Tis the season to decorate, bake and share in festivities with friends and loved ones. Deck the halls, hang up the stockings, and bulk up on wrapping paper and bows.

The Lord Is My Real Estate Agent

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 05 December 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 2051

The Lord Is My Real Estate Agent

David was a shepherd. He was a good shepherd. He may well have thought, "If my sheep could talk, they would say, 'David is my shepherd, I don't need anything.'"

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