Devotional

The S-Diet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Wednesday, 21 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2436

The S-Diet

"Dieting" is the key word today, along with "better nutrition," "watch the fats," "lowering our cholesterol," and "exercise." This is very good advice for healthier living. And we need to keep this in check. But I would like to talk about a different diet, one that is also necessary for a healthy and long life.

This is our spiritual diet, or S-diet.

Floored (Again)

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2029

Floored (Again)

Let me give you a disclaimer before you read this article:

The brothers and sisters in my branch give me reasons each and every Sunday to realize and understand better just how deep the family of God is.

The Sunday when it was announced from the pulpit that the Lord had opened the door for me to meet the family of God in Guatemala, I had so many handshakes and hugs of congratulations after the meeting.

God's (Good) Plan for 2015

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2303

God's (Good) Plan for 2015

I'm a planner, for sure. I can appreciate spontaneity, but, in most situations, I like to know what to expect. I want to know what hotel I'm staying at on vacation. I want to know what kind of food the restaurant serves before I get there. When I get paid, I want to know ahead of time where the money is going.

How about you? Are you a planner?

Two Oft-Overlooked Christmas Values

Written by Sister Enza Pusillio on Wednesday, 31 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1926

Two Oft-Overlooked Christmas Values

Happy New Year's Eve! On the last day of 2014, we leave you with one lingering thought about Christmas. Sister Enza reflects on two values that are integral to Christmas but often overlooked.

We just enjoyed Christmas, a time when we — and the world as a whole — celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus, our Savior.

We reflect on what it means. It is a time with expressions of joy and thoughts of peace on earth because love and redemption came to the world by way of a tiny baby born in a manger, Emanuel, God with us. We sing "Joy To The World," "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," and "O Come All Ye Faithful" while we ponder on Mary and Joseph and the birth of our Lord in a manger.

The Season of –ING

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 18 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2314

The Season of –ING

Recently, our Sunday school teacher in Irvine said of Christmas, "It's the season of –ING." Immediately, I thought, "YES!"

ShoppING
CookING
BakING
PlannING
WrappING
InvitING
OrderING
CleanING
TravelING
DonatING
HostING
SocializING

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Written by Sister Jill Kovacic on Wednesday, 17 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2931

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Amid the many celebrations on Christmas Eve, in various places by different people, there is one thing that remains constant: love.

Dr. Clement C. Moore never expected to be a famous writer. Even if he did dream of earning fame for his pen, he probably thought it would be because of his Hebrew dictionary.

Dr. Moore had a wife and children and liked writing poetry for them, even more than he liked writing his Hebrew dictionary. He actually wrote a whole book of poems for them.

No Words Needed

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2630

No Words Needed

One of my favorite ministers repeated this mantra during a sermon when I was young, and it has remained with me ever since:

Preach the Gospel. Use words when necessary. (Shout out to Brother Randy C.!)

It's a simple idea with great depth. Talk about Jesus...but just with your actions. No scripture references; no big debate — just the way you carry yourself day to day. How is this possible?

Sharp Words

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2175

Sharp Words

Proverbs 27:17: "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."

For those that have a favorite knife for food preparation: If the blade is dull and needs to be sharpened, a sharpener is used. The sharpener is often a hardened metal with a course finish that can restore the sharp edge to the cutlery instrument.

Sometimes a friend [someone who has our interest at heart] may confront us with an issue that is difficult or delicate to discuss. The words presented may be rough, they may scrape us the wrong way, we may not agree.

Is There Really Peace on Earth?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2616

Is There Really Peace on Earth?

There are a lot of famous Christmas scriptures, but do you remember the super-memorable line the angels declared to the shepherds on Christmas night? They said, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14).

The phrase "peace on earth" is one of the most oft-used Christmas catch phrases. It's emblazoned on greeting cards, wrapping paper, and glass ornaments.

But, did Christ really bring peace on earth like the angels said He did?

Year-End "Thank You" Notes

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2994

Year-End

Since we're in the final month of 2014, I was thinking back over some of the blessings experienced by the brothers and sisters in the Levittown Branch over the past year. In the style of a popular TV show, I'd like to write out some "Thank You" notes to express my appreciation for these blessings.

THANK YOU Lower Bucks Hospital

for putting Sister Jessica and Amy together in the same hospital room.

(Sister Jessica shared the gospel with Amy who began attending church and is now a baptized sister as well.)

Thank God for Fleas

Written by GospelBlog on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3583

Thank God for Fleas

In honor of Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, we're publishing an excerpt from Corrie Ten Boom's autobiographical book "The Hiding Place." It's a spot-on illustration of what it's like to give thanks in everything (1 Thes. 5:18), even misery. It's kind of long but worth the read.

At this point in the narrative, which takes place during WWII, Corrie and her sister Betsie have arrived at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, where they are assigned to Barracks 28.

We lay back, struggling against the nausea that swept over us from the reeking straw...Suddenly I sat up, striking my head on the cross-slats above. Something had pinched my leg.

"Fleas!" I cried. "Betsie, the place is swarming with them!"

Arming Myself Against Hard Times

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 20 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 4192

Arming Myself Against Hard Times

This week, we've shared a lot of death-related miracles and testimonies on the Blog. We hope they've uplifted you instead of doing the opposite.

It's not fun to think about hard times we've been through, but it's astonishing to see how God takes that suffering and pulls a testimony out of it.

The other day, I read 1 Peter 4:1-2: "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."

Stuck in a Rut

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 13 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2137

Stuck in a Rut

How many of us have been stuck in a rut in some way or another?

Maybe after a few years at the same job, doing the same thing, we feel like we are no longer being challenged and need a change. Maybe, even though we are exercising, we aren't seeing any results. Maybe we are so caught up with life that our marriage feels like we are just co-existing.

Regardless of what the rut is, once we realize it, we try to get out of it. We look for a new job or position, try a new exercise program, or start setting up more date nights with our spouse.

Am I Enough?

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2488

Am I Enough?

Let me answer the question in the title: No, I am not enough.

Now, allow me to prove it to you.

In one of my classes, I had an exam where we had to choose two out of three essays and write about them in a little under two hours. I chose mine and started plugging away, becoming more and more unconfident as time went on.

The two hours ended quicker than two hours should, and the professor called for the blue books. Reluctantly, I turned mine in at number 57 out of 60 students. He flipped it open, and I walked out, praying for a miracle to get even one extra point somehow.

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 11 November 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2443

No, Jack (or No, Rich)

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a reference to the book, "No, David!" If you have kids, or if you work with them, you've probably heard of it. It's a story about a little boy who gets into everything and how his mom corrects him all the time. I thought about how I do that with my 15-month-old Jack. Whether he is trying to eat the dog food, stand on the furniture, or unplug things from outlets, I seem to say, "No, Jack," quite a bit.

I was at a church meeting the other day, and someone asked how Jack was doing. I said he was getting big and that he's becoming very ornery and getting into everything. The person then said to me, "Not much different than us?" I chuckled and agreed with him, but I immediately began to think about that statement in a spiritual sense.

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