Devotional

What's on Your Bookshelf?

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2291

What's on Your Bookshelf?

If I could have any job in the world, it would be to own a tiny bookshop with hardwood floors and shelves of books. Floor to ceiling, novels would be lined up and ready for spine-cracking. I'd serve free hot tea and Italian cookies in the back and make recommendations to those needing help selecting one among the thousands.

What Does the Clock Say?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 30 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2498

What Does the Clock Say?

Which best describes you on a typical Sunday morning?

1
You get to church 15 minutes early. You straighten the songbooks in the pews. You decide to open the door for everyone as they filter into the building. You spend time greeting people and chatting. You select a seat near the front so you won't be distracted. Your mind is focused because you already spent time in prayer at home before you arrived.

2
You get to church 15 minutes late. You tiptoe into the sanctuary, trying not to draw attention to yourself. You slip into a seat in the back row, hoping not to disturb anyone. You try to concentrate, but you're brain is still slow — your a.m. cup of coffee hasn't fully taken effect yet. You're having trouble following the message because you missed the first part.

What's Your Motive?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2185

What's Your Motive?

I'm a personal trainer, so part of my job is to help motivate my clients to exercise. Everybody needs motivation regardless of what they're doing.

For example, at least part of your motivation to go to work every day is getting a paycheck. Maybe your motivation for tackling a rigorous hike is enjoying the gorgeous view at the end. Perhaps you dream of fitting into a pair of jeans that you haven't worn for years, so you exercise every day.

The more motivation we have, the more likely we are to do what's necessary to get us to that goal.

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2551

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

I find it easier to pray for others with the faith James talks about. I find myself storming the gates of heaven for other people with such fervor and such a broken heart that I just can't muster for my own self.

James 1:6-7 states, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

I came to the conclusion that there is a difference between knowing that God can and knowing that God will. Based on this scripture, when I go to God, and I'm waffling in my faith, I shouldn't expect God to answer me.

What God Taught Me Through Football

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1801

What God Taught Me Through Football

It's September. That means summer's basically over, school's back in, and it's football season.

I've been a huge football fan since I was a kid. Saturdays were spent watching or listening to the Penn State game, and after church on Sunday we'd watch the Steelers.

I was born in 1977, so I'd never seen the Steelers in the Super Bowl, at least that I could remember. Then came the 1995 season, and the Steelers were headed for Super Bowl XXX. At that time, I'd been a member of The Church for two and a half years, and I was the local MBA president.

Fear Isn't Real

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2247

Fear Isn't Real

Right now on the Internet, you can find the story of a young boy battling brain cancer and the story of his bravery.

The tagline for this new campaign is "Fear Isn't Real" because that's what this little boy believes.

And this got me thinking...is fear real?

Affirm It Constantly

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2277

Affirm It Constantly

A while ago, a dear sister and fellow Gospelblogger invited me to participate in a study of Titus.

Titus is a teeny tiny book jam-packed with big advice, particularly for us ladyfolk (chapter 2 verses 3 to 5).

Something new struck me on this particular go-around, though. Two phrases jumped out at me: "pattern of good works" (2:7) and "affirm constantly" (3:8).

God Has a Plan

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1789

God Has a Plan

Take a deep breath in.

Breathe out.

Now say with me, "God has a plan."

Repeat as many times as necessary.

While things may currently seem unclear, the more I seek God's will for my life, the clearer things become. God has never revealed all of His plans, but He's also never left me in the dark. I get a piece or two at a time of the puzzle, and slowly but surely the picture becomes clearer.

It Is No Secret

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2509

It Is No Secret

I love the Bush's baked beans TV commercials. The brand's marketing plot is based on Duke, a loveable but ornery golden retriever who forever tries to share the family's prized recipe, only to be foiled each time by his owner, Jay who is just as determined to guard it. (Click here to roll that beautiful bean footage.)

When it comes to the recipe for my own joy, or for any success or achievement I may accomplish in life, I wonder sometimes if I am too often like Jay, who holds back and guards it like a treasured family secret.

How to Fly the Coop Like a Wise Old Bird

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in Great Ideas, Devotional Hits 3324

How to Fly the Coop Like a Wise Old Bird

This week's Miracle Monday was titled "Schools Ain't Like They Used to Be."

Ain't it the truth?

From bullies to shootings, schools have — literally in some cases — become a battleground. Do you know that you can buy your kids bulletproof backpacks now? Times they are a-changin'.

But in many ways, they're not. Schools have always played host to moral battles (if not actual ones).

Broken but Fixable

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2222

Broken but Fixable

Recently, I attended the Ft. Worth branch for feet washing. The subject of the day's sermon was how Jesus is the only one who can put us back together when we're broken.

Am I broken? And if so, why?

Well, yes, I'm broken, just like we all are. We're broken because Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It's somewhat ironic that just days before my visit I was thinking of that very subject and our creation. I was walking through the process of why God created us the way He did.

Why would God make a broken creature? That would be contrary to who He is. Everything He does is perfect and good. So how can broken human beings be considered good?

Getting to Know You

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 02 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2321

Getting to Know You

When I meet someone new, I like to ask a lot of questions.
"Where are you from?"

"Do you like to travel?"

"What are your favorite Beatles' songs?"

I like to feel that I'm getting to know a piece of them simply by listening to their responses. Perhaps I'll gain an understanding for why they are the way they are, or why they act in a particular way.

Slow Me Down

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2046

Slow Me Down

Over 4th of July weekend, a couple girlfriends and I went glamping (glamour camping) at my friend's family's cabin. On that Saturday morning, we decided to go four-wheeling with her parents and grandparents.

While going up a mountain, I'm not entirely sure what happened, but as I was driving, the four-wheeler veered off the path, and we fell about 20 feet down from the road. My friend, who was riding on the back, was thrown into a tree, and I was pinned underneath the four-wheeler.

Be a Regular: Instant in Season and Out

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 26 August 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2805

Be a Regular: Instant in Season and Out

Ironically, I'm not a fan of the hot summer months in Southern California. The beaches are too crowded; the hiking trails are too packed; and the traffic and sunburns get worse every day. But in a few weeks, the tourists will leave, and the school children will return to class.

So who's left at the beach?

The regulars, that's who: the beach runner who skirts around the high tides in May and June and hops over sand castles in July; the hiker who steadily treks around families enjoying their first bird-watching or bee-stinging experience on the trail; the early morning walker whose headphones drown out traffic all year-round.

A Slight Edge

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2303

A Slight Edge

I've been reading this book called "The Slight Edge." It's about how, if you do simple things continuously, it can lead to great success and happiness in the future. It talks about how all people, both successful and unsuccessful, have the same amount of time during the day. What defines successful people is how they use that time.

The author says that it's easy to do the same, simple things every day, but at the same time, it's easy to not do them. One of the statements the author keeps repeating throughout the book is that if you spend 10 minutes a day reading a self-help book, then you are 10 minutes better off than those who don't.

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