The Good Word

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 26:18

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 July 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 66

Spread the Good Word: Mosiah 26:18

We're continuing our July theme of free will with this scripture from Mosiah. It says that the people who are willing to bear the name of Jesus are blessed.

The word "willing" stands out here, demonstrating that choice is part of the equation. You can't be willingly forced to serve God.

2 Nephi 31:13 and Mosiah 21:35 both describe how baptism is the external witness of the internal willingness of the heart. After baptism, we bear the name of the Lord (we are called by His name).

If you've already been baptized, then you've demonstrated that you're willing to serve God and bear the name of Christ. As you've pressed on in life, has God asked you to be willing to do other things — specific things — for Him?

Spread the Good Word: Joshua 24:15

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 July 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 193

Spread the Good Word: Joshua 24:15

It's a new month, and you know what that means. A new set of scriptures for Good Word Friday. In honor of Independence Day, our next theme focuses on a specific type of freedom: free will.

We believe that God created us with a free will to make choices.

God has His own will for each life that He creates, but He doesn't force us to puppet the perfect plan He's laid out. We are free to follow — or not.

It's the beauty and tragedy of every human life.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 37:35

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 28 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 275

Spread the Good Word: Alma 37:35

For our last Good Word Friday on the topic of "learning," we bring to you the famous advice that Alma gave to his son, Helaman.

This statement seems pretty basic — learn the ways of God when you're young — but how often is it really followed? How many children and young people today are taught to keep the commandments of God?

In many instances, when people are young, they learn how to break the commandments of God — or circumvent them or alter them or ignore them. Then, later as adults, they come to themselves and decide to truly learn the ways of God. Alma says that we don't have to live this life of heartache.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 1:26

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 21 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 293

Spread the Good Word: Alma 1:26

Have you ever heard a minister say in a sermon, "I'm preaching to myself"? Have you ever heard a teacher present a lesson and say something like, "I'm standing here teaching, but I'm not pretending to have this all figured out"?

Today's Good Word reminds us that this is a great perspective to keep.

Even those who God has called to preach and teach are continually learning and growing. (They aren't perfect.) God has blessed some with great understanding and wisdom. Others are gifted with the ability to convey knowledge to others. But…

Spread the Good Word: Mormon 9:31

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 14 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 290

Spread the Good Word: Mormon 9:31

Today, we're continuing our Good Word theme of "learning," and this verse highlights the value of learning vicariously through other people's mistakes and flaws.

Recently, I heard a sister say something in church that shows remarkable maturity. This sister made a lot of mistakes and engaged in quite a bit of sin before giving her life to the Lord.

She said, "I used to tell people, 'I don't regret any of the things I did back then because I learned from those mistakes.' But now, I've changed my mind. I am so, so sorry for the things that I did, and I wish I'd never done them. I could've learned to follow God without making so many mistakes. In fact, my life would've gone so much better if I'd made better choices."

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:29

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 June 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 282

Spread the Good Word: 2 Nephi 9:29

Today, we're kicking off a new theme. For the next month, we're bringing you scriptures on the topic of "learning."

Education is a gift from God. And with great education comes great responsibility, whether your knowledge comes from the classroom or the classroom of life.

Sometimes, though, we learn things that are contrary to God's Word. Take a second and think of a few examples of things that the world teaches that go against what we read in scripture; it won't be difficult.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 18:2

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 31 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1010

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 18:2

Today is our last Good Word for May and our last bit of advice for the graduating class of 2019.

The old English is thick in this verse. Stated a little more plainly, it says that a fool would rather express his own opinion than hear wise truths from someone else.

Yes, grads are smart. All that knowledge from school is fresh in their minds. They're armed with the latest information on all the latest subjects (some of which weren't even taught a mere five years ago). They're eager to share what they know. Having been lectured to for years and years, they're excited to do some lecturing of their own. They certainly feel qualified.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 327

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:10

Many of you are in the thick of graduation season as we near the end of May. All this month, we've been offering graduates some pearls of wisdom from Proverbs to take with them as they embark on a new stage of life.

Today's verse deals with something that nobody likes: reproof. What is reproof?

It's when someone tells you what you're doing wrong. Here are some synonyms for reproof: criticism, admonishment, reprehension, reprimand, disapproval. It's when you get a rap on the knuckles.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:32

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 306

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:32

If you picked up on the fact that we took a little liberty in the phrasing of today's verse, then well done, Bible scholar! The verse actually reads like this: "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."

We think that the second part of this verse is an excellent piece of advice for a new graduate. Why? Because it hits on the single-most important thing that any human needs to be successful.

Wow, what is it? What could it possibly be? How did I not know about this secret??

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 352

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:8

May is graduation month, so we're focusing our Good Word Fridays on advice for new grads. Today's verse talks about material wealth. Money is a huge thing for young people just starting out.

If you take the verse to the extreme, it's saying that it's better to be righteous and poor rather than wicked and rich.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:3

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 03 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 462

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:3

It's May, and you know what that means. Summer vacation from school. YES! It might also mean graduation for some of you — or the youngsters in your life. So, we decided to dedicate all of the Good Word Fridays in May to the graduating class of 2019. (We're especially thinking about the high school and college graduates, as they face many course-altering decisions ahead.)

What does a grad need? Advice, of course!

Where's the best place to get advice? The Book of Proverbs. All our May scriptures are coming to you from Proverbs (a.k.a. life's little instruction manual).

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 2)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 551

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 2)

Last week, we read the first part of Ether 12:27 and learned how weakness makes us humble and how humility helps us to receive Christ's saving grace, which is God's ultimate goal for our lives.

Today, we see that this verse ends on a high note: God makes weak things strong.

In context, this refers to salvation — we are too weak to save ourselves, but Christ's strength covers our weakness and gives us the opportunity for eternal life. Praise God!

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 1)

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 432

Spread the Good Word: Ether 12:27 (Part 1)

Today's verse is a famous Book of Mormon scripture on the theme of weakness. The clarity almost takes your breath away.

So often, we wonder why bad things happen, why God allows certain things to affect or afflict us, and why every human yearns to be good but is held back by innate selfishness. This verse tells us that one reason for our weakness is so that we can learn humility.

Now, God doesn't want us to be the kind of people who are defeated, kicking dirt, and thinking, "Oh, I'm so weak. I'm useless. I'm garbage." That's not humility.

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 1:25

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 12 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 404

Spread the Good Word: 1 Corinthians 1:25

Today's Good Word gives us the opportunity to look at the concept of weakness from another angle than we have yet done. Let's start by placing the verse in context. Paul is writing to the Corinthian church, explaining that outsiders may look at their Christian faith as a sign of weakness.

Verse 18 says, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." In other words, unbelievers will think that Christianity is silly. They'll think they know better. But believers are the ones who truly know better.

Have you ever been made to feel foolish for what you believe? Like you're somehow mentally deficient? Some people automatically think that religion is a crutch of some kind — believers are too weak to face life without faith. Christians are small-minded folks who secretly know that their faith isn't stout enough to withstand close scrutiny, so they never fully examine what they believe, afraid of what they'll find.

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 05 April 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 851

Spread the Good Word: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Today we bring you another verse on the theme of weakness. Do you remember the context of today's verse? Do you remember Paul? In this chapter, we learn that he had a "thorn in the flesh." We're not sure what kind of weakness this is, but Paul asked God three times to take it away. For whatever reason, this was not God's will. The Lord famously responds, "My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness."

How did Paul respond to this news that his prayer wouldn't be answered? Did he pout and throw a tantrum? Did he lose faith? Did he go into denial?

Paul's response is well worth reading in full:

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