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Taking the Gospel Where It Is Not

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2261

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.

Which Kind of Pray-er Are You?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 16 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 7782

Which Kind of Pray-er Are You?

This is part two of a two-part article. See yesterday's post for part one.

Yesterday, I confessed that I'm often more of a Prayer Worrier than I am a Prayer Warrior. Today, I'm going to share a few other examples of different prayer "personalities."

As you think about them, I hope they encourage you to explore your own tendencies regarding prayer in an effort to draw closer to the perfect pattern: "pray without ceasing" (#lifegoal) and daily communication with God.

Note: "Pray-er" (noun) Person who prays.

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2339

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

I've begun to realize that my prayers have a tendency to be driven by my worries. "Dear Lord, please help me so I don't _____," and "Dear God, I worry ____ in my life won't work out."

I know I'm supposed to be a prayer warrior, but sometimes I find that I'm more of a "prayer worrier."

My life is full of what-if scenarios and the anticipation of what might go wrong next. I expect rough patches. I stress and try to plan in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. I struggle to release control, and I worry if God will answer me the way I think it should be handled.

Blogger's Choice: Spinach Pie

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2033

Blogger's Choice: Spinach Pie

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Brother Jerry Valenti. He chose his article "Spinach Pie," originally published on December 4, 2012.

He says, "I chose this article because I think it's a good illustration of how we need to make sure the primary ingredient of The Church (God) is not left out of our worship services. As a side benefit, nobody makes spinach when I visit their homes now."

Some years ago, I was in Detroit, Michigan on business, and the group I was with decided to go out to dinner in an area of Detroit known as Greektown. I was somewhat concerned as I'm not someone who typically likes to experiment with different cuisines, and as I started looking over the menu, my worst fears were realized as I desperately searched for something I thought I could eat. I finally settled on an entrée known as spinach pie.

Blogger's Choice: Live Fearlessly

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 09 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1996

Blogger's Choice: Live Fearlessly

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Sister Alena Ricci. She chose her article "Live Fearlessly," originally published on July 16, 2014.

She says, "I chose it because with my upcoming departure for an extended trip in Chile, the idea of living fearlessly and taking that jump into the waterfall yelling 'Geronimo!' is a very critical feeling for me. I have spent a lot of time worrying about everything, from other people's opinions to variables that I can't even control, and this one reminds me to let it go and just live fearlessly."

Five Steps to Becoming a Conqueror

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Wednesday, 08 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 3163

Five Steps to Becoming a Conqueror

Note: This is part two of a two-part article. See yesterday's post for part one.

Yesterday, we talked about being more than a conqueror. Today, let's discuss how we become that way. How do I get my name written in the Lamb's Book of Life?

As a church, we believe that obedience to the Gospel is necessary to obtain salvation by taking the following actions:

  • Believe and have faith that Jesus Christ is the risen Savior of the world
  • Repent of your sins with a desire to sin no more
  • Be baptized by immersion in water for a remission of sins
  • Receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands
  • Live righteously, remain faithful, and endure to the end of your life

More Than Conquerors

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 07 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2404

More Than Conquerors

Ever wonder what you have in common in with Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun?

Probably not a lot, but there may be one exception — they were conquerors and so are you!

Webster's dictionary defines a conqueror as someone who acquires gain by force, but it goes on to say that it's also someone who acquires gain by overcoming obstacles.

The Sun Is Always Shining

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2307

The Sun Is Always Shining

When I was young, a big priority in the United States was the quest to explore outer space. I am old enough to remember when men first walked on the moon. At the time, there was talk about eventually putting together an expedition to travel to Mars and perhaps even other planets at some point.

Around this time, I heard someone suggest that we should organize a trip to the sun. "How ridiculous," we said. You couldn't possibly come anywhere near the sun without burning up. But wait, this person had it all figured out — we can go there at night!

Blogger's Choice: Straight and Narrow But Not Always Flat

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Wednesday, 01 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1964

Blogger's Choice: Straight and Narrow But Not Always Flat

Today's Blogger's Choice is from Brother Rich Nath. He chose "Straight and Narrow — But Not Always Flat," originally published on June 6, 2012.

He says, "I chose this article because the vision of the straight and narrow is one of my favorite stories in scripture. Plus, it reminds me of how I got to one of, if not the worst, times of my life and how God brought me up and over the mountain. Life is full of hills and valleys, but no matter what, Jesus Christ is always there to guide me along the way."

I've heard the story of the straight and narrow path many times (1 Nephi 8), whether it be during sermons, classes, seminars, or reading the chapter myself. Lehi describes a dream where he saw the Tree of Life and a straight and narrow path leading to it. A rod of iron was seen next to the path, acting as a guide to those walking along.

Lehi said that when a mist of darkness came over the path, only those clinging to the rod of iron were able to press forward and make it to the Tree of Life. The others, who did not hold on to the rod, wandered off the path and were lost.

It's Not Fair!

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2707

It's Not Fair!

One of the hardest things I discovered about parenting is that saying "No" to your child is no small, easy task, especially as they get older.

I guess one of the inevitabilities of parenthood is that, at some point, your children begin uttering phrases like "It's not fair," "I never get to have any fun," and "You never let me..."

A parent's reasons for saying no can range from "You're too young" to "It's not appropriate for you." It may be an act of discipline, not the right "season" in the child's life, or a simple lesson in patience — that a child must wait for or earn a desired thing.

Blogger's Choice: Casting Out Demons

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 24 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1832

Blogger's Choice: Casting Out Demons

Today's Blogger's Choice is from Sister Stefanie. She chose "Casting Out Demons," originally published on July 31, 2013.

She says, "It's my favorite because it was the most powerful experience I've ever had. I had been struggling with it for weeks, and I had asked to be anointed because I wasn't feeling well, not for the issue — and God knew what I needed even when I didn't think to ask."

Blogger's Choice: Little Goalie

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Wednesday, 17 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2175

Blogger's Choice: Little Goalie

Today's Blogger's Choice article is from Sister Vicki Ali. She chose "Little Goalie," originally published on May 21, 2013, although "Heat of Battle" from Nov. 6, 2013 came in a close second.

She says, "I liked the 'Little Goalie' article because I always see so many spiritual lessons in sports and coaching."

You Are What You Eat

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Tuesday, 16 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2440

You Are What You Eat

I recently discovered that with my Amazon Prime account I can watch SpongeBob for free. This came at a time when I was very stressed at the end of my college semester because, not only did I have to prepare for all of my finals, but, as part of my job, I needed to ensure that several other students also passed their finals.

The coincidence of these events led me to develop a strange daily routine where I spent any moment of free time watching SpongeBob SquarePants.

This Do in Remembrance of Me

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 11 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2451

This Do in Remembrance of Me

It was a blessed and somber moment in the upper room as the Lord paused to place before His disciples the bread and wine sacrament. His words reached deep into their souls as they listened and observed Him bless and break the bread and pour the wine. As they ate the bread and drank the wine, the holiness of this precious deed was forever written into their hearts.

Not knowing the full intent of this consecrated act yet, at this very significant point in time, they saw Jesus Christ set into motion a most holy and sacred ordinance. It reaches down through the ages of time to be a cornerstone of doctrine celebrated by the Brothers and Sisters within The Church of Jesus Christ.

Blogger's Choice: Worry Is a Sin

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 10 June 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2445

Blogger's Choice: Worry Is a Sin

Today's Blogger's Choice spotlight is from Sister Michelle Watson. She chose her article "Worry Is a Sin," originally published on May 10, 2012.

She says, "This is one of my favorite articles because it just rings so true for me. There are so many things that I do — like worrying — that I don't consider a big deal, but they undermine my faith in God. I need to look at things like worry with fresh eyes and a godly perspective so that I don't let them get the best of me."

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