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Spiritual Passwords

Written by Sister Donna Bogle on Wednesday, 09 September 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 3053

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 2602

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 2600

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.

Every Single Word

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 26 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1687

Every Single Word

Recently in Sunday school, our teacher prompted, "Say anything that comes to mind when you hear the word faith."

So, people started saying things like "what you can't see" and "trust."

But our teacher stopped and wrote the word "scripture" on the board.

And we all nodded in agreement. I mean, of course we have faith in what the scriptures tell us.

More Than Coincidence

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 18 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2657

More Than Coincidence

The testimony portion of a meeting in The Church of Jesus Christ is an opportunity for people to publicly thank God for His goodness in their lives. Today, the day I'm writing this, a sister told us about a situation at work she struggled with and how she gave it over to God and it soon rectified. She said, "You might call it a coincidence, but I want to thank God ..." and went on to praise the Lord for caring for her circumstance and hearing her prayer.

I've heard it said that a coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous. Maybe that's true, but like my sister, I want to be more diligent about not allowing God's mercies and interventions in my life to remain in obscurity, glossed over or shrugged off.

Culture's Crumbling Conscience

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 13 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2185

Culture's Crumbling Conscience

It's no secret that American society is rife with sinful stuff. Our culture promotes some seriously icky forms of entertainment — there wouldn't be porn movies and strip clubs without a market to support them, right?

And the current cultural climate condones all sorts of things that scripture calls sin: adultery, fornication, homosexuality, abortion, greed, pride, and the list goes on.

Many people believe the government isn't taking a stand on these matters. Worse, many worry that the government isn't going to protect religious freedoms much longer.

These social and political issues are alarming to say the least.

Are You Content in Your Blessings?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 12 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2102

Are You Content in Your Blessings?

This article is part two of a two-part series.

Author's Note: I hope that you enjoy this. I believe that this idea is critical to our faith and our impact that we have as believers outside of the church walls.

Let me begin with a question:

Is contentment a blessing?

My answer is yes. As I discussed yesterday, contentment means that I can stop and appreciate the blessings that God has given me. Contentment means that I can understand the impact of what God has done in my life.

Define Your Blessings

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 11 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2093

Define Your Blessings

This article is part one of a two-part series.

Author's Note: Before the actual article begins, I would like to introduce you to this two-part series on the idea of "blessing." It was our Sunday school lesson recently, and it's had me thinking a lot, and I'd like to share some of my conclusions with you readers.

We started our Sunday school recently with the concept of "blessing." The first comment was from a brother who said that we're blessed because we have roofs over our heads and food on our tables, and that's very true.

But that is a physical state.

And I (as well as our teacher) am of the belief that being blessed is a mental state.

Extra! Extra! Change of Heart for Leadership Families

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 06 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2155

Extra! Extra! Change of Heart for Leadership Families

Editor's note: We hope you enjoy this imagined newspaper story based on Mosiah 27.

Zarahemla — This weekend marks a major turnaround for the children of King Mosiah and High Priest Alma. For some time now, the king's sons, Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni, along with Alma's son, Alma Jr., have been secretly trying to destroy The Church of God.

That's all changed.

According to eyewitness reports, Alma Sr. gathered a multitude to show what happened to these young men. He told those in attendance that King Mosiah's sons brought an unconscious Alma Jr. to the palace two days earlier. According to their own testimony, they were walking down the road a few hours earlier, and an angel of the Lord appeared. Afterward, Alma Jr. was unable to speak or move.

In the Midst of the Storm

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 05 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2301

In the Midst of the Storm

There are moments in the midst of the storm when all I feel like I can do is throw up my hands. It doesn't always make sense. I don't always understand or have all the answers — or even some of the answers for that matter.

What about those moments when waiting feels like too much to take? Or the trial or temptation just seems too much to handle? Are we just left to our own defenses? Satan wants us to believe so, but Christ loves us way too much for that to ever be the case.

If I read in James 1:5-7, it gives the key to finding help for those moments:

Our First Priority

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 04 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1967

Our First Priority

Priorities.

We talk about them a lot.

Spending time with our loved ones. Finishing the projects at the office. Saving for retirement. Watching the newest episode of our favorite television show.

We rank them in our own way, and our days are usually spent with one of them at the top of our mind.

But what about our relationship with the Lord? Shouldn't that come first? I hardly think we would have committed this verse to memory if it wasn't meant to be.

What She Is Becoming

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 30 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1897

What She Is Becoming

I've done it, and no doubt every person reading this has, too — looked at a picture of yourself or a loved one from the past and compared it side-by-side to a recent photo or the reflection in the mirror.

A Facebook friend posted a picture of her daughter as a toddler next to one of her four years later. She tried to express and process, as we all do, disbelief at the speedy effects of time in her child's life. Her comments ended with something that really resonated with me. She said, "I love what she is becoming."

Blogger's Choice: Time to Level Up

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 29 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2572

Blogger's Choice: Time to Level Up

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Sister Erin Light. She chose her article "Time to Level Up," originally published on April 30, 2013.

She says, "I like when God's inspiration surfaces to 'connect the dots' from our lives to His Word in peculiar ways; this article, for example, is a fun throwback to my 1990s childhood, reliving a familiar pastime!"

I will forever be grateful to my parents for making sure my childhood was chock-full of books, museums, and the great outdoors of trampolines and jungle gyms.

That being said, I secretly knew that when we took an airplane flight, Mom would reach into her purse and pull out the elusive Nintendo Gameboy, complete with "Super Mario Land 2." After takeoff, I'd have a precious hour to fight my way past acrobatic bears and zippy turtle shells until it was homework time and the video game disappeared until the next vacation.

Godly Gifts

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Thursday, 23 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2009

Godly Gifts

When I was young, I heard much talk about the gifts given to men from God and desired to receive a gift also. While visiting in Pennsylvania, my brother had many in-depth scriptural conversations with Grandpap, who had been an elder in our church for many years.

After one of these discussions, my brother requested that Grandpap bestow or confer a gift on him like men of old did in the Old Testament. While praying, Grandpap was led to ask for two certain gifts for my brother. When my brother came home and told me about it, I was so happy for him and desired for Grandpap to do the same for me.

Taking the Gospel Where It Is Not

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2174

Taking the Gospel Where It Is Not

We recently had an evangelist ordination in our branch, and one of the definitions I heard is that an evangelist is someone who brings the Gospel where it is not.

And I like that definition because, in my mind, I immediately started thinking of those in Africa or in Nepal or the poverty I saw for myself in Guatemala City.

It was stressed, however, that this definition doesn't just apply to places that aren't Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It applies at home, too.

But what we didn't mention is that when we say, "An evangelist is someone who brings the Gospel where it is not," the "where" does not just mean a place or a group of people. It can mean a single person — literally anywhere.

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