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Four Instructions for a Successful Marriage

Written by Brother Thomas D'Orazio on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 467

Four Instructions for a Successful Marriage

Yesterday, we treated you to the first part of a wedding sermon. Today, you get the conclusion!

There are many scriptures related to the union between a man and woman, but I will just touch on two. In 1 Corinthians 7:2, it states, "…let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due goodness: and likewise also the wife unto the husband."

Ephesians 5:25-33 reads, "Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it … So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church … For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh … let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she love her husband."

In these scriptures we find four important instructions that form the bedrock of any good marriage:

What's So Special About Marriage?

Written by Brother Thomas D'Orazio on Monday, 18 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 499

What's So Special About Marriage?

Today and tomorrow, we're bringing you a two-part article on marriage. The article was submitted by Brother Frank Natoli, who says, "Recently, I witnessed a marriage and enjoyed the sermon so much that the words appear below as a testament to the sanctity of the ordinance of marriage that we hold so dear." The following wedding sermon was given by Brother Thomas D'Orazio.

Since the beginning of time, God never intended man to be alone. In the beginning, God created man in His image and set him in the perfect place of Eden. This place had everything man could ever want. Food and water were abundant. There were trees and grass and animals all around. All of nature was at peace with one another, and the presence of God Himself walked and talked with man.

However, God realized that something was still missing.

Approved and Proven

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 643

Approved and Proven

With Father’s Day approaching, my thoughts are drawn to my father, who left this earth to be with Jesus in 2014. Naturally speaking, my dad’s life taught me many things. He worked a LOT to keep my childhood happy and carefree, so I inherited a strong work ethic, learning to work hard and save for things in life. As a kid, though, I didn’t understand why lights always had to be off when we left a room or why the refrigerator door or front door to our house couldn’t remain open because “money doesn’t grow on trees” or “we don’t live in a barn,” as just a few examples of perplexing things fathers say to kids.

As a rebellious teen, even more things my dad said and did wore on my nerves. I often viewed him as annoying and sometimes getting in the way of what I wanted to do and hopelessly not able to understand my world. I failed to see him as the foundation of my security and well-being in the tireless daily contributions my parents both invested in our family.

Strength Test

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 07 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 455

Strength Test

I attended a conference recently and heard a motivational speaker talk about strengths and weaknesses, and I was surprised at what I heard:

"Strengths are not what you’re good at. Weaknesses are not what you’re bad at. We’ve all been raised to believe that our strengths are best judged by the success we achieve. If that’s the case, then a strength is the same as performance. But we instinctively know that’s not true. If you’re like most people, you have some activities or tasks you do well, but hate doing. You have the ability; you can do it. You just wish you never had to do it again because it drains you. Such activities cannot be called strengths. They are weaknesses. The simplest and best definition of a strength is 'an activity that strengthens you.' And the proper definition of a weakness is 'an activity that weakens you' — even if you’re good at it." (Marcus Buckingham, motivational speaker)

I Can Because He Can

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 05 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 442

I Can Because He Can

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Has there been a time in your life when you felt like you couldn’t do something? When you felt like giving up? Were left feeling discouraged? No matter what happens in life, Christ wants us to know that we CAN do ALL things through Him.

Two Weeks Left

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 31 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 446

Two Weeks Left

The Bible and Book of Mormon tell us we are going to live forever. This much we know, and we hold as truths. As Christians, we believe that we will live forever in Paradise with our Lord and Savior.

I have a friend whose brother has been sick for several years. He has a plethora of health conditions although he is in his 60s. He doesn’t have cancer, but he seems to have every other ailment possible. Last Friday, he was told that he has two weeks to live. It started me thinking about death and dying.

The Courtesy of Christ

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 562

The Courtesy of Christ

What do you think of when you think of the word “courtesy”? The first thing that comes to my mind is courteous, but the word, courtesy, can have a deeper meaning. It can also mean a gift or privilege.

Recently, someone near and dear to me who happens to live in my house — wink, wink! — started her first job at a local grocery store. Her title is courtesy clerk, which is a euphemism for grocery bagger. In explaining this to a friend of mine, she said, “You know that job really makes a difference when you go shopping. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.”

Too Many Directions

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 436

Too Many Directions

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

As you may have heard (unless you are new to the Gospel Blog) my career involves getting people to walk in a nursing home. Often times, it is tempting to tell the resident whom I am walking with all the things that they need to fix while walking.

Always on Our Side

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 515

Always on Our Side

Words mean a lot to me. My husband, Brother Justin, can attest to this — I often lovingly hint he can write me a letter instead of buying fancy perfume or chocolate. As a writer by profession, I find myself collecting meaningful phrases constantly. Here’s a sampling of those visible on my desk at the office:

While we are waiting, God is working.

Trials are preludes to blessings.

His ways > my ways

He’s never failed me; He’s never failed me, yet.

I'll Praise God Forever

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 440

I'll Praise God Forever

It's been a long time since I've heard No. 84 in The Songs of Zion, but I awoke to it the morning after praying that God would inspire me with an article. I began to read the words and realized that what I was singing wasn't the first verse but the second. As I read it, I thought about its meaning.

"I'll praise God forever,
my scales have been lifted,
He's given my eyes sight,
the shadows are gone."

Tell the Truth

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 537

Tell the Truth

"Do you have poopy in your diaper?" I'd ask my son, Henry.

"Nope! No poopy," he'd reply.

But, invariably, Henry would fail the sniff test, and in two minutes we'd be at the changing table taking care of business. Even though I knew he didn't fully understand me, I'd explain, "Henry, you have to tell me the truth."

Don't Delay: Choose Today

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Thursday, 10 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 446

Don't Delay: Choose Today

I fly often. Whether for work or fun, flying has become a normal part of my life, and I've gotten pretty good at it. I secured global entry, TSA pre-check, and none of the liquids in my carry-on ever exceed 3 ounces. Like most people, I have common expectations the day I fly. I expect my flight to depart on time. I expect the pilot to get us safely to our destination. I even expect the free beverages to be offered the moment it's safe to move about the cabin. These expectations aren't unreasonable, but they sometimes go unfulfilled — like when you hear the dreaded words:

"Ladies and gentlemen, your flight has been delayed."

Front-row Enthusiasm

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 08 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 463

Front-row Enthusiasm

Once, I won a contest that sent our family to a Pittsburgh Pirates game in seats smack-dab behind the dugout. PNC Park is lauded as one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in MLB, so there aren’t any bad seats, as the stunning Pittsburgh skyline envelops fans watching a favorite summer pastime. However, as the usher escorted us to our prize seats that night, we were all in stunned disbelief at our fortune to be so close to all the action. No camera zoom lens was needed. Each crack of the bat was sweeter. We could see and hear the coaches and players interact, and one player gently tossed our son a ball. The fireworks show was magnificent. It was truly a special night.

Those are the kind of seats we all dream about for big events featuring our favorite sports team or at a concert headlined by a musician we love. People are known to wait for hours for prime tickets to mega-popular events. And how about Black Friday shopping and what some people do to be first in line for a good deal?

It's a Spring Thing

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 03 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 477

It's a Spring Thing

It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring, although technically it has been here for a month or so now. The green stems of the tulips are starting to sprout, and it’s getting lighter later in the evening, and the temperature is warm most days.

I don’t know about you, but I love spring.

We Claim the Victory

Written by Brother Marcus Natoli on Tuesday, 01 May 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 393

We Claim the Victory

Since we believe the Lord’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Lord looks at things a little differently than we do (Isaiah 55:9, 1 Samuel 16:7). Amidst a disagreement, the other party may propose, “Try to see it through my eyes.” The Lord does not force His will upon us but, He certainly would love if we would try to see as He sees.

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