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Trust

Written by Brother Marcus Natoli on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2237

Trust

I'm a fan of conditional statements, and maybe the Lord is, too. So, here's one I have witnessed and personally experienced that affirms the precision of the Word of God: If you wholly trust in Christ with all your heart, then He will direct you through your life. It is not a "boulevard of broken dreams," nor is it a do-it-yourself life. It is an avenue of divine visions. It is a road lined with golden bars undivided from Christ's promises, where every step we take is nestled in His path.

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

As Bob Is My Witless

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 05 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2917

As Bob Is My Witless

The title of this article is a phrase that I used to hear in a children's show that my daughters watched years ago. Of course, it was an intentionally garbled version of "As God is my witness," a phrase commonly used by someone who is trying to emphasize that they are telling the truth. The phrase actually does appear in the Bible — the Apostle Paul uses it at the beginning of his letter to the Romans as he wants them to believe that he really is praying for them often (Romans 1:9).

Dangerous

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 03 June 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1981

Dangerous

I read a book about the trials of women who have lived through and triumphed over addiction, abandonment, and abuse, and the author makes a really strong point.

The book says that all those who stand for Jesus are dangerous.

I'm not sure about you, but I've never thought of myself as "dangerous." I'm barely above five foot, and I'm pretty sure no one would ever perceive me as a threat.

But there's a word that is used simultaneously with dangerous, and it is risk.

Love Thy Neighbor — Even the Ones Who Live Next Door

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 29 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2490

Love Thy Neighbor — Even the Ones Who Live Next Door

We had a Sunday school lesson recently about the importance of loving our neighbor, which got me thinking. Do I really love my "neighbors" as I love myself? Can my neighbors tell that I'm a servant of the Lord by how I act?

We bought our house a year and a half ago. When we first moved in, most of our neighbors in the surrounding houses stopped by to talk to us, feeling us out and getting our back story. Then, we'd waved to each other whenever we passed by. When we got our dog, we started seeing a lot more of our neighbors on a regular basis since we walk him a couple times a day.

Just Doing My (Jury) Duty

Written by Sister Michelle Watson and Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 27 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2799

Just Doing My (Jury) Duty

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on judging. Shortly after writing it, I was summoned to the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego for jury duty. Long story short, I got picked as a juror on a two-week civil trial. Needless to say, I got my fill of "judging" during my stint in the box.

The case was a lawsuit involving a car accident, so we had to decide who was at fault and assign monetary compensation. When the 12 of us entered the jury room and began deliberating, it was easy to decide who was at fault (the evidence was pretty clear), but agreeing on how much money to award for pain and suffering was excruciating.

Obey the Little Things First

Written by Brother Michael McGuire on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2169

Obey the Little Things First

I was reading Brother Ishmael D'Amico's pamphlet titled "My Testimony," and one interesting incident really stuck out in my mind. I wish to relate it to you, quoting from his pamphlet.

In the beginning of August 1919, a friend of mine gave me a Bible. He said, "I know you like these crazy church people, so here is a Bible to make you crazy too." I must say that I was anxious to read it.

Don't Drive Blindfolded in Alabama

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 13 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3478

Don't Drive Blindfolded in Alabama

I recently heard about a car accident in which a driver ran a red light because he was texting. He collided with another vehicle and injured the passengers. Whenever we hear about something like this, we generally shake our heads, not only at the recklessness involved but also because it happens to be against the law in most states to text while you're driving.

Not a Morning Person

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 08 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2618

Not a Morning Person

I am not a morning person, but rather one of those people described as "Instant human. Just add coffee." Before my initial java intake level reaches the bottom line shown in this photo, I consider the phrase "Good morning" an oxymoron.

Good news. I do not stay in this negative state long. I perk up, but it is a slow, unwinding process that cannot be rushed for people wired like me. So against my very nature, I get up an hour before I need to get ready for work, as every fiber of my being cries to stay in bed until the last possible second.

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2132

Four Steps to Forgiveness

"Mommmm! Tommy cut all my doll's hair off!"

"Tommy! That's not nice! Say you're sorry."

(Giggling and mischievous) "Sorry."

"Mom, he's NOT sorry."

"Tommy, say you're sorry again — and mean it."

To Judge or Not to Judge?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 01 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3585

To Judge or Not to Judge?

My husband watches as I get another piece of dark chocolate out of the freezer. "Don't judge me," I say with a smile as I nibble on the corner.

Saying "don't judge" is really popular right now in a casual, slangy sort of way, but what does it really mean? What does scripture say about judgment? Most importantly, is judging someone right or wrong?

What do you think?

It's Friday...

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2323

It's Friday...

Have you ever heard someone say, "It's Friday, but Sunday's coming"?

The catchphrase refers to Good Friday (which is tomorrow). It's the day that the Christian world commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross.

Noah

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2361

Noah

A few nights ago, I watched the movie "Noah." I hadn't seen the movie trailer, but when my friends asked me to go, I said yes. I figured it would be like "The Ten Commandments" and "The Passion of Christ," two movies that depict biblical stories fairly accurately.

Rough Times and God's Will

Written by Brother Rich on Thursday, 10 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2788

Rough Times and God's Will

Have you ever experienced a rough time in life? I know I have. In these cases, there was at least one small moment, if not many, when I wondered why it was happening. It's human nature to question, but quickly, the Spirit kicks in and reminds me to trust in God. There has to be a purpose to the situation, especially if the cause is something outside of my control.

Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 09 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2458

Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

How many times have I suffered because of my own bad decisions?

Plenty, that's how many times.

I agonize over an upcoming apology because I spoke rash words and hurt someone's feelings. I toss sleeplessly in bed because I watched a movie that troubled me. I squeeze out a few tears when my jeans don't fit because I haven't exercised. I go home from church empty because I came with a bad attitude.

Impossible

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2217

Impossible

As children, we're told stories of things God has done that blows our minds. We've been told stories of Him sending ten plagues to Egypt, or even the fact that He created:
            Every.
                             Single.
                                                Star.

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