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The Uncontrollable Spirit of God

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Wednesday, 25 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2641

The Uncontrollable Spirit of God

The working of God's Spirit has been a mystery to man since the time of Christ. God's Word tells us its very nature is contrary to our flesh (Galatians 5:17) and that, "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).

It is not surprising, then, to read of many who did not understand the Spirit for what it was, how it worked, or from where it came. Even Simon, who when witnessing Peter and John bestow God's Spirit, thought he could rightly purchase its power from them. Yet it was boldly declared that he had "...neither part nor lot in [the] matter" (Acts 8:21).

Casual or Committed?

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Saturday, 21 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2189

Casual or Committed?

Due to a technical glitch with our email provider, you may have missed this article when it published on Wednesday and emailed on Thursday. Just in case, we’re re-posting it today.

The 24th chapter of St. Matthew speaks of events that parallel our day: "wars and rumors of wars... For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

This scripture clearly describes the perilous conditions of our day and time. Is the end of time near? Is the triumphant second coming of Jesus Christ at hand? No, not in the least! Both Bible and Book of Mormon prophecy informs us that Zion will come, a glorious age of peace and joy and the love of God in the hearts of humanity; notwithstanding, Jesus Christ cautions us to be ready now for we will witness unprecedented and frightening conditions upon this land if this Gentile nation refuses to repent.

A Mother’s Desire

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2619

A Mother’s Desire

It was a Sunday morning just several weeks after Easter, and I was enjoying the peace and quiet of my home as the rest of my family was sleeping. As I was tidying up my kitchen, I picked up a copy of "The Beacon," a small weekly circulation newspaper, folded in half at the advice column.

As I began to read it, one question was from a mother looking for advice on whether her 12-year-old son — my own son was just shy of his 12th birthday at this time — should engage in a particular extracurricular activity that she and her husband were in disagreement on. Now the activity is not what captured my attention but the response given. The first sentence began like this: "Well it all depends on whether you want your son to be happy."

Casual or Committed?

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Wednesday, 18 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2160

Casual or Committed?

The 24th chapter of St. Matthew speaks of events that parallel our day: "wars and rumors of wars... For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

This scripture clearly describes the perilous conditions of our day and time. Is the end of time near? Is the triumphant second coming of Jesus Christ at hand? No, not in the least! Both Bible and Book of Mormon prophecy informs us that Zion will come, a glorious age of peace and joy and the love of God in the hearts of humanity; notwithstanding, Jesus Christ cautions us to be ready now for we will witness unprecedented and frightening conditions upon this land if this Gentile nation refuses to repent.

Worship: Is It Just Singing?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 10 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2400

Worship: Is It Just Singing?

Admittedly, I'm a horrible singer, and I'm slightly positive that I might be tone deaf.

So when our Sunday school teacher opened with, "We're going to talk about worship," I let out an inner sigh. I know that worship isn't only singing, but I knew where our conversation would end up: music.

But instead, our conversation veered to the question: "Can we effectively worship without the saints of God with us?"

And this got me thinking.

Raking Leaves and Reading Scripture

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2257

Raking Leaves and Reading Scripture

Over the weekend, since the weather was in the 60s, my husband and I decided that it was time to rake up the leaves in our backyard, since we procrastinated doing it in the fall, and I was getting tired of the dog tracking leaves into the house.

Side note: Colorado's weather is absolutely beautiful and definitely not snowy most of the time, like everyone thinks, so you east coasters who are buried deep in the snow might want to consider coming out for a visit and maybe even moving here — we've been fasting and praying about the Lord bringing more brothers and sisters. You can't beat 300 days of sunshine and no humidity!

What's Sunday "Normal" to You?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 03 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2417

What's Sunday

How would you describe the typical Sunday schedule in your branch or mission? I bet many of you would answer, "Sunday school followed by a preaching service."

Some might add that their Sunday continues with lunch at church and an afternoon service. Others might even continue on with an evening meeting or MBA that night. If I asked for times, what might the answers be? Some start early, some maybe a little later. What about where your service is held? The vast majority would probably say, "the church building," but at least a few might say a hotel, school, or community center — or even someone's living room or garage.

Are any of these "normal?" I guess it's all what we're used to.

To Whom Do You Belong?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 24 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2501

To Whom Do You Belong?

When my son was a little boy, I used to play a game with him. I would say, "Who are you, little boy, and what are you doing here in my house? Who do you belong to?"

At this point, I would begin to list off people we knew, our neighbors, friends, etc., and he would laugh and squeal and reply, "No mommy," each time. After going through four or five people, I would stop and say, "Oh, I know! You are my little boy, and mommy loves you very much, and you belong here."

How Excellent

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 19 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2410

How Excellent

Do you remember the first time you won an award at school? Or a gleaming trophy for playing sports? Or a bright blue ribbon at an art show? Maybe you've earned a certificate or plaque at work.

It feels good to excel. Our society promotes it, and there's a lot of competition to excel in academics and the workplace, everyone trying to get promoted, catch the coach's attention, stand out among other scholarship applicants, or win a client's approval.

There are plenty of people who excelled in scripture, too.

Do I Need to Detox?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 11 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1757

Do I Need to Detox?

I'm doing a detox with some of my clients. The purpose is to clean all the toxins from our bodies to help our liver and digestion system work at their best. We have to eliminate certain addictive and inflammatory foods. The dietician in charge gave us a list of the types of foods we can eat and a list of foods we can't have. We have a Facebook support group to encourage each other throughout the three weeks we are doing it.

It's been hard trying to find appropriate foods that we are allowed to eat, and it's requiring a lot of prep and cooking time so that my husband and I eat enough during the day.

Humble Abode

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1875

Humble Abode

My husband and I are in the process of looking for our first home. It can be daunting for a type-A personality like mine. So much is up in the air and left to wondering — what can we afford? How many bedrooms will we have? What school district will we be in? Will it have a front porch or finished basement?

When it comes to our first humble abode, I am certain that wherever (and however big or small) it is will feel like home to us. We'll paint the walls the colors we like; we'll host our first holiday meal with family and friends; we'll make thousands of memories inside those four walls.

Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1775

Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Numerous times I've heard that we must not stay by the waters of baptism because we are to grow in Him. Last night, as I was thinking on this and comparing it to the growth of my sons, "Following God" from "The Songs of Zion" came to mind.

When a child is born, he is kept close to the parents' hearts until he becomes strong enough to crawl and walk. As the child grows and strengthens, he ventures out a little from his parents by crawling and then walking. In order for the child to grow to his potential, the parents have to let go of the child's hand when he can finally stand. Because the child is still learning, the parents stay nearby and watch to keep him from harm. Sometimes the parents rush to his rescue. Other times, the parents allow the child to learn lessons from his mistakes.

The S-Diet in Action

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 3088

The S-Diet in Action

In a recent blog, we read about the S-Diet, the Spiritual Diet. Sister Betty had a self-test with six questions. One in particular played out in my life that very day. As I read the article and got to No. 3, "Do we praise God in all things, good or bad?" I thought that I did that pretty well. As the day went on, I got a "pop quiz" to see how I would react.

I was no more than five minutes from home, getting ready to exit the freeway, when the "bad" happened. The truck in front of me ran over a piece of 4x4 particleboard and literally caused it to fly right back into me. I was in the exit lane and had nowhere to go. I hit the brakes and swerved left, but it was too late. I hit the piece of wood going between 60 and 70 mph.

God's Unopened Messages in My Inbox

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1926

God's Unopened Messages in My Inbox

Distractions, the great divider of attention... the cause of driving accidents, burned lasagna in the oven (the horror), and thousands of lost hours playing Candy Crush or updating Pinterest.

I am distracted more often than not. And the concept of multi-tasking is a myth. Research confirms that the brain can only concentrate on one task at a time, but our minds are somewhat effective at switching tasks rapidly to give us a feeling that we are efficiently handling multiple things at once.

Dream the Dream

Written by Sister Barb Nuzzi on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2572

Dream the Dream

Dream a dream, and each step brings you closer to living that dream.

Can my mind be boxed into little tiny thoughts and hopes, longing for small expectations day after monotonous day, or can I live with a dream, wrapped in joy, with an eye on the prize. I want to set my mind free. No walls, no barriers, no confines — just wide open sky.

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