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Easy Catch

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 12 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 693

Easy Catch

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

If you read the Gospel Blog, then you may remember that my job is walking people around in a nursing home. Occasionally people will start to fall during walking, and then my job description changes to “keep them from falling.”

A Little Kinder Than Necessary

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 610

A Little Kinder Than Necessary

I’ve mentioned before that I like to read – well, “like” is an understatement. If I’m lucky enough to make it to heaven one day, I’ve made my request known that God fills my mansion with books upon books.

Throughout my 33 years, I’ve read hundreds of tales — some real, some not. Short stories, poems, novellas, 500-plus pages, you name it. But only a select few make it onto my coveted “favorites” list and shelf.

You Must Open the Door

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 05 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 575

You Must Open the Door

Recently the phrase, “You must open the door,” has been on my mind. I recently taught six different groups a recurrent training class and said it in every one. I heard it used on one of my favorite television shows, and it was a takeaway I had from Southwest Region conference.

In all three cases, the point that was being made is that it's up to each person to take some sort of action; the action cannot be done for you or forced upon you. In my classes, I was trying to convey that it was up to the employees to follow the published processes and procedures. No matter what I or any other manager says or does, it’s up to each of them, on an individual basis, to take the correct steps and actions.

How to Pursue Peace (With Scripture Reading Plan!)

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 656

How to Pursue Peace (With Scripture Reading Plan!)

Before I jump into the topic that the title of this article promised you, I'd like to give you a little snapshot of what my scripture reading life has been like lately.

It's been embarrassing! My reading has consisted of "a scripture here and a scripture there" whenever I manage to find time, squeezed between diaper changes and loads of laundry. And it's almost always on my phone. Almost always an afterthought.

I Can Only Imagine

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 738

I Can Only Imagine

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see "I Can Only Imagine," a movie about the life of Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe and composer of the renowned Christian hit song, "I Can Only Imagine." For those of you who don't know the song, the lyrics are a series of questions that ask what will it be like when we finally get to see Jesus face to face in all His glory?

I remember growing up listening to this song, and in some ways, it has changed my life. The story behind the song is that God took the brokenness of a young boy's life and used it to touch the lives of millions of people around the world through the song. It's a story of forgiveness and of how God can soften even the hardest hearts.

Spiritual Growth: It's About Me and We

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 684

Spiritual Growth: It's About Me and We

I’ll never forget the day we lost Jamy.

I was 7 years old, and my sister Jamy was 5. We were out shopping with my father at a local outdoor market. I was very good at following my dad and keeping him in my sights. He would never get more than three strides ahead of me. I prided myself on how closely I was able to follow him.

About 30 minutes into shopping, my sister was gone. My dad and I (following closely) began looking for Jamy. After about 20 minutes, we found her hanging out eating donuts with one of the vendors and a police officer. She seemed pretty content with the situation and not very rattled at all. We went home and immediately told our mom. Dad is still paying for it today.

Reason to Glory

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Monday, 26 March 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 627

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 610

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 623

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 726

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 699

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 940

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 830

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 1031

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 846

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.

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