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The Confidence to Do God's Will

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 20 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 688

The Confidence to Do God's Will

A little over a year ago, I began contemplating going back to school but really didn’t want to. I came to a crossroads with work and asked for prayer at the 2015 October conference. When I left, a few of the brothers who prayed for me offered to fast and pray with me that God would reveal His will.

During the week I set aside to fast and pray, I was inspired to seek a certification rather than go for a graduate degree. A few days after deciding this, one of the brothers praying with me felt to relate an experience he had while laying hands on me at conference. I felt the experience confirmed what I had been inspired to do.

Thank You or Thank God?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 18 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 876

Thank You or Thank God?

Who doesn’t like being described as good? It is a compliment, an acknowledgement of value and worth, something to our credit, a source of pride.

As a young woman, I found accepting compliments awkward and would find myself dismissing or explaining them away till it was pointed out to me that the proper or “polite” response is a simple thank you.

With the passing of time, I began to find myself feeling awkward again; saying “thank you” did not feel right. There was disquiet in my soul. You see, I felt convicted after reading James 4:17, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."

The Chemistry of Salvation

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 786

The Chemistry of Salvation

I’ve always been a bit of a mad scientist. The urge to figure out exactly the way things work is simply part of my DNA. So, as a boy, it was no surprise to find me nose deep in a book, the computer, or the lawnmower (sorry, Dad) trying to figure out what makes things tick.

It seemed logical to want to dive down to the atomic level when I chose my profession. Now I get paid to mix chemicals together and see what happens. Still, let’s just say that there are days when I wake up with more hair on my arms than others.

Lessons From the Nursing Home: Thomas the Praise Walker

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 11 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 717

Lessons From the Nursing Home: Thomas the Praise Walker

Today is the first article in a series by Brother P. — mysterious pseudonym used on purpose. That's because over the next few months he's going to share stories from his workplace, a nursing home. So, he'll use all sorts of aliases to protect the innocent, so to speak. We hope you enjoy reading about the spiritual insights and takeaways that Brother P. gets from this unlikely source.

Let me introduce myself. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ. I also work in a nursing home. My job mostly is comprised of "walking" residents around the nursing home to help them regain their mobility. I feel honored that I get to spend my days with folks who have a decade — or two or four or more — on me. Since I spend a lot of time with certain residents, the physicians, nurses, or administrators occasionally ask me questions regarding the resident’s cognition.

Faith and Fitness

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 04 October 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 767

Faith and Fitness

For her next few articles, Sister Stefanie is going to focus on fitness and how it can relate to faith. Believe it or not, there are many parallels between physical health and spiritual health, and that’s what Sister Stefanie is going to explore in the coming weeks.

I am a personal trainer. My job, passion, and hobbies revolve around fitness and living a healthy life. Here's a common verse that shows being healthy is pleasing to God:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Having Confidence in Christ

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 29 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 837

Having Confidence in Christ

“For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26

When I look up the word “confidence” in the dictionary, it means “faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.” A big part of society sends the message that confidence is found only in ourselves. I know that is not true. My confidence should be found in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:26 says that the Lord will be our confidence. How powerful! I know that I shouldn't have more confidence in myself than the Lord. That’s when pride can sneak in — and sin is right behind it.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 22 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 733

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Like me, you’ve probably been there before — kneeling before God at a crossroads in life asking whether or not you should make a move. It could be any type of move: a new house, a new town, a new state, a new job, or all the above. Regardless, I want God to be the centerpiece of the move. I don’t want to do something that’s against His will because I know His will is what's best for me.

At the same time, my own thoughts and feelings are creating a bias in one direction or another. Maybe I’m really excited about a new job opportunity and can’t see any negatives at all about moving. Or, maybe I’m fearful of moving out on my own for the first time and would rather keep the status quo. When I go to God in prayer about the situation, I need to try and stay levelheaded, as that’s when I’ll hear the Holy Ghost speak to me.

A Me-First Gospel? Nah, No Thanks

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 725

A Me-First Gospel? Nah, No Thanks

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is "me first."

As a kid, I loved my copy of "A Light in the Attic," a collection of hilarious poems by the wonderful Shel Silverstein. One of them is called "Ladies First," in which a bossy little girl named Pamela Purse pushes her way to the front of the ice cream line, shoves herself onto the school bus before the other kids, and guzzles every last drop of canteen water on a jungle safari, leaving none for her friends.

On that same jungle safari, Ms. Purse meets Fry-'Em-Up Dan, a cannibal who isn't sure which of the school children he should eat first until Pamela insists that she be — you guessed it — first.

Covering the Classroom in Prayer

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 817

Covering the Classroom in Prayer

Whether you are a teacher or a student, it is inevitable that August or September marks the trek back to school.

As teachers and students return to the classroom, please remember to lift them up in prayer. As parents, we entrust our children to the care of educators and administrators. We must pray for our children and their leaders. Prayers for a hedge of protection around the children and prayers for wisdom for teachers and administrators are much needed in a time when our society seems to be in turmoil.

God's Way

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 789

God's Way

As I traveled to the 2016 GMBA camp, filled with anticipation for the theme, "The Way," I spotted a sign for exit 266 on the Pennsylvania turnpike. I immediately thought of the hymn, "God’s Way" in the Saints Hymnal. My mind always relates numbers to hymn numbers. (You piano players out there know what I mean.) I began to ponder what ideas and topics would be discussed during our chapel, seminars, and worship services.

At the end of camp, I traveled back on the PA turnpike, my family in tow. My husband was driving. Shortly after our departure, we encountered a very bad rainstorm. As we traveled between tunnels and mountains, there was a misty fog that made visibility difficult.

Not-So Mysterious Commission

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 25 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 789

Not-So Mysterious Commission

When I think about the God I serve, I believe He is pretty straightforward. “Follow my commandments,” He says. “If you do, you will prosper.”

He makes things simple. He doesn’t beat around the bush (He just appears as one on fire from time to time.) He wants His children (that’s us) to stay close to Him and trust in His word.

But there’s still a mysterious way about Him sometimes, isn’t there? There’s a semblance of wondering that we often have. How will it all make sense in the end?

The Olympians of Scripture

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Posted in Devotional, Current Events Hits 1148

The Olympians of Scripture

Are you still watching Olympic replays and highlights even though the games ended last week? We witnessed some remarkable feats at the Summer Olympic games. We've seen plenty of pictures that show the thrill of victory, and some, unfortunately, the agony of defeat.

This got me thinking about what sports some of the people from scripture would have participated in if the Olympics were held in those days. Leave your ideas in the comments below…

Learning from the Past

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 771

Learning from the Past

“You can’t change the past. But I daresay, you can learn from it.”

This is a line from "Through the Looking Glass," a movie that I recently saw with my younger daughter, who has always been enamored by the imaginative, whimsical story of Alice in Wonderland. Much to my surprise, "Through the Looking Glass" portrayed some good morals, such as the importance of family and always telling the truth — but most of all, valuing time.

Praying in a Parking Lot

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 819

Praying in a Parking Lot

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's topic is sacrificing the desire to blend in.

My husband, Michael, tells a lot of humorous stories from his childhood, and one of my favorites involves his middle school art teacher. There was an unfortunate classroom incident concerning a mound of clay that resulted in the frazzled teacher literally shaking Michael till his teeth rattled. When Michael reported the episode at home, Mama Bear turned into a full-on lioness defending her cub.

Planted Deep

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 09 August 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 818

Planted Deep

Have you ever sat in church, singing a song that you've sung so many times that you've memorized all the words, and realized that you never really read them before? Today, for whatever reason, you actually read the words as you sing and let them sink in. That happened to me last Sunday with No. 65 in the Songs of Zion, "He Planted Me Deep."

I've heard that song at least a hundred times in my life, and I know all the words, but I either never really let them sink in before, or maybe it was just my time to fully understand the depth of what the song is about.

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