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Playing Second Fiddle

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 22 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2458

Playing Second Fiddle

The other day, I was thinking about some wonderful, dear saints who recently stopped attending church because … well … a significant other became their No. 1 priority. How often have I seen an individual stop attending right after getting into a romantic relationship?

In a moment of weakness, I wailed to my husband, "Why do the things of God always have to play second fiddle to sex?!"

I'm embarrassed to even type it. But I did say it.

Being the Woman at the Well

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 20 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2522

Being the Woman at the Well

I have always loved the story and character of Queen Esther. I love her attitude of, “I will do it because I have to, and I am not afraid.”

I wish I had that.

But as I dive deeper into the scriptures that I thought I knew so well, I’ve found a woman that I connect to more than I ever thought.

In John 4, we find the story of the adulteress Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at the well. I'd always previously written her off because adultery is not something I relate to.

But she is so much more than just her sin.

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 15 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2656

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Sometimes I think about my friends or co-workers, and I wonder if they will ever come to Church someday and ask me why I didn't share the Gospel with them sooner. But other times, I stress about sharing the gospel with others.

Who am I kidding? Every new opportunity to explain our church, its teachings, or even to just share my testimony can be riddled with sweat and a mouthful of second-guessed responses.

When Tragedy Strikes

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1767

When Tragedy Strikes

As many of you probably saw in the news, an awful tragedy took place here in the Houston area in late August. For no apparent reason, other than being dressed in uniform, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy was murdered. Folks in the entire area were saddened and shocked.

The Sunday after the shooting, one of the sisters here in the area and I had a Sunday school lesson. I had prepared a topic to discuss, but I always like to ask if there are any questions first. Our sister brought up the incident, noting that hundreds of messages had been left for the grieving family on Facebook and other social media outlets.

God Works in Mysterious Ways

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 07 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2249

God Works in Mysterious Ways

Do you remember when Jesus told His disciples, "What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter" (John 13:7)? Do you remember what Jesus was doing at the time?

He was washing His disciples' feet. How strange for their leader to bow before them and perform a chore normally given to the lowest household servant. It must've been truly mysterious to the disciples at the time.

A Non-Conforming Transformer: Autobots, Roll Out!

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Tuesday, 06 October 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1966

A Non-Conforming Transformer: Autobots, Roll Out!

More and more, I seem to hear people justify their actions by "Well so-and-so does it" — or some variation of that. If I walked in the darkness of the world, that might be perfectly fine.

But I've found the way, the truth, and the life through Jesus Christ. I can't weigh my actions against someone else also living in the flesh, no matter how much of a saint they are. The standard upon which I should base my actions and decisions is Jesus Christ. He set the example.

It's an easy trap to fall into, though.

You Are Free. You Just Don't Know It

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 29 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2195

You Are Free. You Just Don't Know It

Today's blog comes all the way from Santiago, Chile, where our resident blogger Sister Alena Ricci has been studying for the past few months.

“You are free, you just don’t know it yet.” – "Redeeming Love," Francine Rivers

I can truly say that I love this city and these people. Both are truly a wonder to me. Today we had the opportunity to visit the oldest and biggest cathedral in Santiago, and it was awe-inspiring. It’s plated in gold and bronze everywhere and when we walked inside, there were people praying while tourists (me) walked around taking pictures of them talking to God.

Be Addicted to Your Calling

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 24 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2052

Be Addicted to Your Calling

Each summer at my office we have the opportunity to attend educational sessions about our professional development. This year, I decided to attend one entitled “Gen Y: Making Your Way as a Millennial.” The speaker had been with our company for more than a decade and shared his experience climbing the corporate ladder to us 20-30somethings.

As I was listening to him speak, I was struck by one specific comment he made: “Be addicted to your calling.” Although he was speaking of our natural calling (albeit teacher, nurse or writer — like me), I felt as if the Lord was speaking right to me in that class, and I jotted it down in my notebook immediately (future GospelBlog post perhaps?).

Prompted to Pray

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1938

Prompted to Pray

Have you ever been sitting in church during the laying on of hands portion of the meeting, and someone from the ministry specifically calls you out, saying that he feels a prompting to anoint you?

Maybe you made a comment about going through something during testimony that he picked up on, or maybe he knows about a situation you are going through, or maybe God simply put it on his heart to pray for you.

Maintenance

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 17 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2305

Maintenance

If you own a vehicle, it is necessary to perform periodic oil changes, tire rotation and replacement, brake inspection and replacement, safety checks…

If you own a home, it is necessary to clean regularly, vacuum, scrub floors, wash windows, launder clothes, take out the trash, check for roof leaks or water in the basement, lawn care…

If you own a computer, it is necessary to do periodic scans, search for viruses, change passwords, de-frag, dispose of email trash…

Ongoing health and well-being requires occasional doctor examinations, blood pressure tests, EKGs, weight control, exercise…

I Can Feel It Coming In the Air..

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 16 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2413

I Can Feel It Coming In the Air..

urgent [ur-juh nt]
1. compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative; pressing
2. insistent or earnest in solicitation; importunate, as a person
3. expressed with insistence, as requests or appeals

In the wake of recent events, I can't help but feel a greater sense of urgency. The church's Commission and Great Commission should be more present than ever in our minds. I've been called — we've all been called — from the beginning of time to take this gospel to the whole world and the Seed of Joseph. There are people dying to know Jesus, that He's the only peg that will fit into the gaping hole in their hearts.

A Woman's Issue

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2295

A Woman's Issue

One of my favorite legacies in the scriptures is the woman with the issue of blood. And although I know that I’ve talked about her before, I feel it appropriate to visit her again (Mark 5:25-34).

I want to set the scene: imagine Disney World in the middle of July — overcrowded, hot and humid, and everyone is incredibly pushy. People are surrounding Jesus, and there is a circle of people around Him that seems miles wide. Hands are everywhere — on His cloak, on His feet, on His hair — all trying to get near the man rumored to heal with a touch or a look.

Spiritual Passwords

Written by Sister Donna Bogle on Wednesday, 09 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 3294

Spiritual Passwords

Many of us often need to change our passwords for various accounts. Doing this frequently or for multiple accounts can be a challenge and nuisance when logging in continuously throughout the day. In my case, my work password must contain eight characters, at least one capital letter, and one number. Even though one of my favorite hymns is “Remind Me, Dear Lord,” I often forget which one I am using.

But recently, I was inspired to take a different approach to creating passwords.

How can I make choosing and using a password easier and joyful?

The Value of a Solid Foundation

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 01 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2666

The Value of a Solid Foundation

Did you know that in 1173 A.D., construction of a marble and stone bell tower began that would take 199 years to complete?

Did you know that by 1178, the tower began to sink on one side after construction had progressed to the second floor? This happened due to a mere 10-foot deep foundation set in weak, unstable, sandy soil.

In 1272, construction resumed with a new architect. In an effort to compensate for the lean, the engineers built upper floors with one side taller than the other. (Nice try, but it didn't work.) By 1372, the remaining floors were completed, and a bell chamber was added to complete the eighth floor — topping off the famous Tower of Pisa.

Is Your Lamp Burning Bright?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2674

Is Your Lamp Burning Bright?

Recently a verse of scripture kept coming to my mind from Psalm 119:105: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." It is a familiar one, one that we are taught as children to commit to memory. I began to think about what the Lord would have me do with it — clearly it wasn't a passing thought.

On the surface, we understand the "word" to be the scriptures and how important they are. It literally provides a "lamp" or light to our feet as we walk on our path, or, practically speaking, through life.

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