Devotional

The Only Thing to Fear...

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 505

The Only Thing to Fear...

“Only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I fear a lot of stuff, but I usually don’t feel like I’m fearing fear. I fear heights, sickness, the unknown — you know what I’m talking about. Insert your fear; we’ve all got them. When I find myself getting fearful, I get careful, protective, and my lizard brain (fight or flight) kicks in. My decisions are hasty, and my judgments are quick.

“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)

WHAT???

OK Not to Be OK

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 07 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 696

OK Not to Be OK

Music has always been a huge motivating force for me. Gloria Estefan sang a hit song declaring "The rhythm is gonna get you," and while I'd agree that a catchy beat or even a beautiful melody is mesmerizing, the lyrics are what really get me. Words are so powerful.

Music often serves as the backdrop of our lives. At work, in the car, at home going about our daily routines, or even in church, we may hear a song dozens of times before we actually process the words.

Recently, while my favorite Christian radio station was playing in the background — I don't recall what I was doing or where I was going — suddenly the background became the foreground as these words connected to my heart:

Resolved to Win

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Tuesday, 05 February 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 676

Resolved to Win

War is not something we like to think about, especially at the beginning of a new year. Typically, our focus is on resolutions, new beginnings, and hope for things to come. Yet warfare is alive and is graphically and instantaneously trumpeted to the world through forms of media made so easily available. And resolutions made, even with the best of intentions, can be unrealistic or fall by the wayside as the days and months of the new year pass by.

While the impact of physical warfare and the pitfalls of life are very hard and real, the true battle is not in what we "see" or "feel" as satan's lies would have us to believe. Absolutely and painfully so, satan will stop at nothing to creep in and

Remembering Who We Are

Written by Brother Chuck Maddox, Jr. on Thursday, 31 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 1384

Remembering Who We Are

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in September 2015 — read the full version here — and Brother Chuck described what it was like to go back to school after having the summer to slow down and reconnect with God. We think the same goes for a long, luxurious winter break, too. If you need a little something extra as you're heading back to school or work, this one's for you.

September can be a month of forgetfulness. We can forget how we felt at camp. We can forget how we renewed our relationship with God throughout the past few months. We can forget to study the scriptures while we are up to our necks in school work. To combat this temporary amnesia, I have three life lessons we can apply to our lives to strengthen our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and, most importantly, with the Lord.

Sharpening Your Spiritual Sight

Written by Brother Chris Scolaro on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 2348

Sharpening Your Spiritual Sight

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2014. Click here to read the unabridged article.

I found out that I needed glasses when I was about 12 years old. I was at a large event, and someone pointed out one of the signs in the crowd. I tried, but I couldn’t read it. I couldn’t even make out the letters. They were completely blurry.

The thought came up, “Hey, maybe you need glasses?” I kind of doubted that, but I tried on my mom’s glasses, and the sign was clear. All the signs were clear! I had been missing out on so much because I simply thought that I was seeing as well as anyone else and nothing better was really possible. After I experienced the power of corrective lenses, a new world opened up to me.

Calling All Women: Be an Esther

Written by Sister Christine Martorana on Monday, 28 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 665

Calling All Women: Be an Esther

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in June 2014. Read the unabridged version here, where Sister Christine Martorana summarizes the story of Queen Esther and helps women apply principles from her story to their own lives.

“I’m a woman and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do in The Church. Women aren’t allowed to do as much as men; what is there for me to do?” I’ve heard this from women and girls in Church, and, to be honest, I’ve said these same words myself. The response? We can be Esthers.

Do you believe me when I say we can be Esthers? Being an Esther means…

Humble Truths

Written by Brother Michael Watson on Thursday, 24 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 727

Humble Truths

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in December 2011. You can view the unabridged newsletter here.

Humility is a virtue that scripture commends and society criticizes. When was the last time someone praised humility in your classroom or on television? In fact, it is very rarely spoken of, except at church perhaps. Maybe part of the reason is because it’s misunderstood — even by followers of Christ.

We often view humility as a personality type, saying, “He is a humble person,” if someone is quiet, shy or timid. If someone else is loud or outspoken, we conclude that that person cannot possess humility. Does humility mean that you lie down in a fight or don’t stand up to injustice? What does humility look like?

Embracing the Waiting

Written by Sister Alyssa Maddox on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 694

Embracing the Waiting

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in October 2016. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Graduate high school: Check.
Graduate college: Check.
Find a job: Check
Get married:
… and the list of what comes next in our lives goes on and on, no matter what stage of life we’re at. As humans, we constantly want the next big thing in our lives. We are always searching for the latest iPhone, the next promotion at work, the latest, brand-new diet trends and so on. We are constantly in a state of want and are never just in a state of waiting without acting.

Let’s take a second to think of "The Lion King." Simba could just not wait to be king, he could not wait to be “free to run around all day” or to “do it all his way.”

He just could not wait.

Wasting Away

Written by Brother Doug Obradavich on Monday, 21 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 625

Wasting Away

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in March 2013. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Nearly 100 years ago, George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Youth is wasted on the young.” While honoring your energy, enthusiasm, and beauty, he was also indicting you for lacking the wisdom that life experience brings.

Since Shaw, many have repeated these words, imagining how they would relive their earlier days knowing what they know now.

More than just beautiful and energetic, you are still moldable. Years ago, pop icon John Mellencamp sang, “We were young and we were improving.” Exactly!

Longing for the Gathering

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Thursday, 17 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 625

Longing for the Gathering

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2012. Click here to read the unabridged version.

Have you ever wondered why you bother going to Church?

Well, Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

The above statement was included in a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Hebrews about 2,000 years ago; however, it wouldn’t take much rewording to make it seem like it was written today. How about this?

God, Science, and You

Written by Brother AJ Dyer on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 632

God, Science, and You

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in April 2014 and is geared toward high-schoolers and college students. Read the unabridged article here.

As many of you travel off to college (or you're already there) your faith will be challenged to the core, as mine was, by scientific pundits. Can God and science exist together? Can we as Christians use science to defend our faith? Let’s use some real examples and start the dialogue.

Freedom: The Victory Already Won

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 10 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 626

Freedom: The Victory Already Won

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in July 2015. Read the unabridged version here.

“I wonder if my hair looks alright. Wait, did he just look over at me? I should have worn my other skirt to the seminar today, how could I possibly have forgotten? Did he just glance over at me again!?”

I’m not sure about you all, but I will be the first to admit that in the past I have asked myself these questions during a church function. I glance over to see if I can make eye contact with my friends, when instead I should be paying attention to the sermon during conference. I look down to make sure my new heels are spotless, when instead I should be caring less about my appearance and more about what work needs to be done during this YIA tour.

We are constantly bombarded with distractions that redirect our focus from our true purpose during these spiritual ventures to things we selfishly worry about day in and day out.

Image Is Everything

Written by Brother Cameron Staley on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 472

Image Is Everything

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in November 2012. Click here to read the unabridged newsletter.

We care about what people think of us. It’s as simple as that. Even if you’ve heard someone (maybe even yourself) say, “I don’t care what people think about me,” deep down, we know that’s not true. It’s human nature.

We don’t realize it, but we are taught by society from the time we are little kids that there are few things as important as our personal image — you know — how others view us.

It’s all about us!

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?

Written by Brother Jon C. on Monday, 07 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 599

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in November 2016. Click here to read the full newsletter.

When I was a little kid, my family had a Scooby-Doo themed cookie jar that almost always had some kind of delicious pastry in it; and let's just say that it was around this time that I learned to be very sneaky. I would wait until the TV volume was turned up, or sometimes make some other noise in the kitchen while trying to retrieve one (or more) of those mouthwatering baked goods.

Eventually, I got pretty confident until one day I was caught, and the Scooby-Doo cookie jar was no longer within my reach — literally.

Enjoy Being You

Written by Sister Cinthia Calvillo on Thursday, 03 January 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 1009

Enjoy Being You

Today's article was originally published by the Student Support Program in August 2017. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Today I want to share a bit of my experience with dealing with one of my own worst enemies: myself.
It sounds strange, to be at war with oneself, but it’s true. We are often the worst enemies of our soul when we let ourselves be discouraged or meander about our service to God and living in righteousness. Confused? You'll see what I mean.

I gave my life to Christ at age 16 and spent the next 10 years trying to change and become a different Cinthia. At this point, you may be thinking, are we not supposed to change when we come to Christ and become new creatures in Him?

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