Devotional

The Process of Forgiving

Written by Brother Joe Saeli on Tuesday, 21 January 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1748

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 1995

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 1818

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 2000

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 1906

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 4459

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 2020

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 2342

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 3397

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 2083

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.'"

Right from Wrong

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, 04 December 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 2266

Right from Wrong

"How will I know which is the right way or the wrong way?"

I've always been a huge Star Was fan. Ever since I was little, they have always been my favorite movies. As I got older, I realized there were certain parts that could be applied to my life as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Let me show you what I mean.

Strong Foundation

Written by Sister Christina Miller on Tuesday, 03 December 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 2358

Strong Foundation

This past summer my husband and I decided to get our front porch rebuilt. Considering that our porch at the time was not very inviting, falling apart and very small, we figured it was time.

Attitude of Gratitude

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Friday, 29 November 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 1587

Attitude of Gratitude

A few weeks back, I was teaching a young people's Sunday School class, and the topic was thanksgiving.

While preparing, I read 1 Thes. 5:18, "In every thing, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

It Is Well With My Soul

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 26 November 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 2854

It Is Well With My Soul

Some blogs are light-hearted, other more serious. This blog focuses on a more serious topic.

Have you ever wondered about why innocent people die in earthquakes or tsunamis? Have you ever surfed the TV channels and come across photos of poor starving children in Africa? Have you ever questioned God, asking why do bad or terrible things happen to innocent children and good people?

Refresher

Written by By Brother Marcus Natoli on Wednesday, 20 November 2013. Posted in Devotional Hits 1553

Refresher

Sometimes, I need a refresher. I don't know about you, but life is coming at me full tilt. If life could speak, it would scream right in my face, "Here I am, and I ain't stoppin'!"

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