Devotional

Reason to Glory

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 26 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 423

Reason to Glory

Today, we're pausing our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday to bring you this beautiful thought by Brother David Nolfi.

In this fast-paced corporate world of opportunity, qualifications, advancement, position, and prosperity, one and all would do well to recognize that knowing the Lord surpasses all of our accomplishments!

The Souls That Pass Me By

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 386

The Souls That Pass Me By

The urban campus where I work is spread across nine city blocks in the heart of downtown Erie. Most days, my job keeps me very busy in my own office and building, but there are other times when I must venture across campus for a meeting, an activity or event, or to pick up materials needed for a task that I am working on.

Usually, a walk offers a nice break. If I am lucky, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and I enjoy the exercise. (Yes, warm air does occur in Erie, Pennsylvania!) More often than not, the weather can be less than hospitable, and the walk can make for a really bad hair day. Today happened to be one of those days. Bundle up in my coat, hat, gloves and scarf … grab the umbrella … hope to get across campus and back without ending up totally disheveled and drenched.

The Reach of God's Renewal

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 426

The Reach of God's Renewal

Among the many miracles performed by Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry, perhaps none stirred more amazement among the multitude than the raising of those from the dead. I have heard it said that Jesus broke up every funeral He encountered, and the Word of God details three specific accounts of such an occasion. They appear below for you to read (maybe again, maybe for the first time).

Relying on God

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 15 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 485

Relying on God

As children, I relied on my parents for everything. Without a second thought on my part, there was food on the table and clothes in the closet. I never wondered how I was getting to school or who would tuck me in at night. Mom and Dad took care of it all. They knew what was best for me.

As I got older, I started doing more on my own. I didn’t ask for help with math homework. I got a job and paid for my own lunch. Relying on my parents seemed less necessary. I knew they’d always be there, but independence was looming larger. I didn’t ask for their advice as much as I used to, and I became more comfortable making my own decisions.

Even Better Than Kennywood

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 504

Even Better Than Kennywood

In Pittsburgh, there is an iconic amusement park named Kennywood, which is an integral part of growing up in that area. Our school district holds a community picnic there the third Thursday in May, with a bonus scheduled day off on Friday to recover. Kennywood Day is a highly anticipated event to hang out with friends and neighbors, ride roller coasters, eat Potato Patch fries and funnel cakes, and to celebrate the school year winding down. If nature cooperates, we welcome summer by wearing shorts and showing off pasty Pennsylvania skin that hasn't seen the sun in months!

When our kids were very young, my husband and I planned a surprise trip for our family's first visit to Disney World during Kennywood week, taking advantage of only three missed school days and hoping May would be early enough to precede brutal Florida summer heat. To our dismay, the unveiling of this surprise did not go over as envisioned.

On the Edge of His Seat

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 08 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 636

On the Edge of His Seat

My husband is a huge Eagles fan. He was so excited that they even made it to the Super Bowl this year. The Eagles were up against the experienced Patriots, and they had an injured quarterback, so my husband never expected them to actually win.

But as the game clock ticked on, I could see his excitement build and build — they might actually have a chance to win. The last few minutes of the game seemed to drag on, as the outcome wasn’t guaranteed, and he and his friends were literally on the edge of their seats, leaning forward to watch each play. Ecstatic barely explains what he felt when the game ended and the Eagles won.

Your Role in The Church Is Important

Written by Brother Jerry Morle on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 589

Your Role in The Church Is Important

Some people love being in the limelight. Many people want positions of power and authority. Just about everyone wants to be appreciated for their efforts. No one wants to be taken for granted.

And then there are the people of the world…

Amazingly, Christians everywhere struggle with both pride and self-esteem issues, even when it comes to serving the Lord and His Church. The spotlight shining on good works tempts egos to inflate. On the other hand, hard work that goes unnoticed can be demoralizing. This is especially true when it comes to doling out rewards. It seems some get “promoted” faster than others doing the same work. Depending on several criteria, recognizing Christian service isn’t always handled as objectively as it should.

Joyful Joseph

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 661

Joyful Joseph

On my first day of teaching college students this past semester, in walked a young man carrying a walking stick, poking his way to a seat in front of the classroom. While looking down at the class roster from the corner of my eye, I quickly determined that he was blind. I said to myself, “This is going to be interesting.” I had no prior notice or plan of the accommodations I needed to make for a blind student. Furthermore, I had never taught a blind student to read. I mumbled a quick prayer to myself and took a deep breath.

Release That Remote

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 15 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 545

Release That Remote

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

I walk people in a nursing home for a living. They often come to my facility after a trip to the hospital where they may have had a condition or surgery leading to the inability to walk.

This one young guy had a stroke — let me just interject: say no to drugs — and he could hardly use his left leg, left arm, hardly talk, hardly understand, but he could follow simple, one-step directions.

Take Me to Church

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 539

Take Me to Church

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the current way of the world, it’s that many people feel you can worship God wherever you are — that there’s no true need to attend a Sunday service within the four walls of a building. If you can pray or study His word anywhere, what’s the use in traveling (often great distances) elsewhere?

To a degree, this isn’t a false belief: we are taught we can praise His name no matter where we are, be it our home, our car, our backyard. But, we’re also taught that there’s something special about gathering in His earthly house of worship (our local church building/rental space) that has a great impact on our walk with Him.

The Last Days

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 12 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 677

The Last Days

Today, instead of our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday, we're sharing an article by Brother David Nolfi. 

Looking back to the 1950s, the foundation of the United States of America remained sure, built upon home, marriage, family, prosperous blessings, and the love of God. Employment opportunities flourished, education excelled, investments were secure, manufacturing abounded… There was a greater degree of trust and integrity. There was a reverence for God our Creator. Churches were filled with parishioners, and God was worshiped and thanked.

The Weight of the World

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 08 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 578

The Weight of the World

Have you ever had a time in your life where it felt like you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Recently I experienced a time like this. I felt like I was Atlas from Greek mythology. He's the man who you always see literally carrying the world on his back. Every day between Thanksgiving and our Christmas vacation seemed to add another burden or worry. The scriptures are clear — the Lord doesn't want us to carry burdens ourselves.

He wants us to help each other...

Summing Up Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 482

Summing Up Divine Delays

This article is the final chapter of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

In 2017, I focused the majority of my articles on the topic of divine delays, and I shared with you how the Lord carried my husband and me through a period of infertility when we wanted a baby but couldn't have one.

It Is Unwise to Compare

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 01 February 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 619

It Is Unwise to Compare

Today, we're bringing you another article in a series on the topic of meekness by an "Original Atlantic Coast member." Enjoy!

Understanding why things are the way they are in our lives — on a deep level — is very beneficial for our overall contentment. Continually comparing ourselves with others, asking, “Why don’t I have that perfect relationship or that perfect job (or whatever else we are desiring)?” is the biggest injustice that we can do to ourselves.

Overly Sensitive

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 1466

Overly Sensitive

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

Hello. My job is to help people who are in a nursing home return home or at least become more independent in functioning. Often, in order to get them moving, I ask them permission to take them on a walk. Most often they are agreeable, but sometimes they just don’t want to walk.

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