Please Handle With Love

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 250

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

My job is walking the residents of a nursing home, and sometimes they just don’t want to walk — or even get out of bed for that matter. Sometimes their resistance is due to pain or fear of the struggle that they might have to go through when standing and walking. Sometimes it's because they don’t know me. So, my job changes from being a people walker to being a people encourager, educator, annoyer, cheerleader ... whatever seems to work at the time.

An Anniversary to Remember

Written by Sister Jennifer Robertson on Monday, 05 June 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 596

An Anniversary to Remember

Today's Miracle Monday is from Sister Jennifer Robertson, and, funny enough, it happened on a Monday!

My husband and I always go on a mini vacation for our anniversary. We always take our two dogs, Sierra and Alaska, with us. We usually head to the Kern River in California, but this was our seventh anniversary and we decided to go somewhere different. We love the mountains, so we chose to go to Big Bear, California.

On our trips, we love to hike, fish, and do a little off-roading. We were unfamiliar with Big Bear, so we inquired about some places to do all three. At a local fish and bait shop, we heard about a location in Lake Arrowhead that sounded promising. We were thrilled! We made plans to head to this place the next day.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 68:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 02 June 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 512

Summertime is family time for many of us, with family vacations, reunions, weddings, and other events on the calendar. We thank God for the natural and spiritual families He's provided for us to enjoy and lean on for support.

How to Handle a Bully

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 01 June 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 350

Bully: “Hey, little Chinese girl, whatchya doing?

Target: (gets book knocked out of her hand by bully, and she is startled)

Bully: Konichiwa

Target: (Looks bully in the eye) That's not Chinese; it's Japanese.

Bully: (Gets frustrated and walks away)

This scenario is real, and unfortunately it happened to one of my daughters while she was waiting for me to pick her up from school one day. Under all the auspices of the definition, in simple terms, she was bullied.

Kingdom Accounting (Mosiah 6)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 232

In Mosiah 6, King Benjamin makes a request to all the people who agreed to enter into a covenant to serve God — to put their names on a list of believers. It is happily mentioned that the resulting list of servants of God (a precursor to the church's RIP System) contained the name of every adult who had listened to King Benjamin’s address — a 100 percent conversion rate!

Why did King Benjamin have the people provide their names for this list? Wasn’t it enough that they accepted Christ? Does God need a written list to keep track of His followers? No, of course God doesn’t need a written list kept on earth. God maintains His own list which is referred to as the Lamb’s Book of Life — this “book” contains the names of all people who will inherit eternal life.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 256

Most mornings, I find myself in front of a mirror trying to fix stray locks of hair and adjusting an outfit that hopefully coordinates and appears modestly fashionable. All said and done, things typically come together quickly, and I go away feeling confident in the girl staring back at me. Yet, there are other times when I struggle and am less satisfied by what I see. Those locks of hair can be very ornery, my wardrobe not quite right or to my liking. In those instances, thank goodness for hairspray and a quick change of clothes ... or two ... or three ...

While a mirror allows me to peer at my outward appearance, the word of God serves as the mirror through which I gaze inwardly — in depth and with honesty. Sometimes, I become very engrossed, reading swiftly and coming away feeling confident that I am who the word of God says I should be. But other times, His word stops me in my tracks, puts me in my place, and reminds me just how far away I am from being who God wants me to be. In those instances, reading is not always easy. It takes more time and effort to absorb the content and full meaning. Sometimes, it drives me to my knees before the Lord, realizing that change is necessary and must be faced.

The Definition of Faith

Written by Sister Marilyn Scolaro on Monday, 29 May 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 209

Today, we're ending our travel-themed Miracle Mondays with a dream submitted by Sister Marilyn Scolaro — originally published on May 6, 2013.

Many years ago, the Lord gave me a very comforting message in a dream. My husband's job required him to do a great amount of traveling around the country and the world. I just was never comfortable with him flying all the time. Very early one morning in March of 1986 when he left for the airport, I prayed that God would protect him and give me some peace. At the end of my prayer, I said I just need to have faith.

Spread the Good Word: Isaiah 25:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 26 May 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 308

It's very fashionable to take the wisdom of the ages and toss it out the window. Conventional truths that have been preserved and passed down from generation to generation used to command respect, but now, many people laugh at those truths and call them outdated.

Lessons from Milo

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 25 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 262

My blog articles are usually about how physical fitness relates to spiritual health, so I apologize for the change in topic with this post. I had been praying about what to write, and God told me to write this.

Last week, my husband and I made the very difficult decision to put down our dog, Milo. Due to circumstance, we have to wait a certain period of time before it can happen. But, by the time this post goes out, Milo will already be in doggy heaven. Physically, Milo is in good health and could have had a long life; however, he mentally has some issues, which at 85 pounds, can be very dangerous.

It’s Just as Good as a Xerox (Mosiah 5)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 241

If you cut yourself, then you put on a Band-Aid. If your nose is running, then you use a Kleenex. If you have a headache, then you take a Tylenol. If you work in an office and you need to make copies, then you use the Xerox machine.

All of the above sound like common-sense things that we all do; however, many of us who cut ourselves may use an adhesive bandage that is not the Band-Aid brand and therefore does not have the Band-Aid name on it. Our tissue box may or may not have the Kleenex name on it. We may keep generic ibuprofen in our medicine cabinet rather than the official Tylenol brand. And, of course, there are many brands of copy machines that do not carry the Xerox name.

Don't Take Candy From You Know Who

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 340

Do you remember being a kid and your parents telling you never to take candy from strangers? I do. Wouldn’t you feel uncomfortable if you were at the store, and a stranger came over to you and gave you a piece of candy? What if he or she said, “Here. Take this piece of candy and eat it ... It's really good, I promise.” Would you take it?! Umm ... probably not.

So, why do we take candy from the evil one sometimes? He sugarcoats things in our lives every day. He’s the master candy maker. The one who dangles things in front of us, begging us to take just one bite. He makes it look really good, too. He even custom designs it to fit exactly what he thinks will catch our eye. He lives to tempt and destroy us.

It’s Only a Bracelet

Written by Sister Lynette Huttenberger on Monday, 22 May 2017. Posted in Miracles Hits 691

Today's travel-themed Miracle Monday is from Sister Lynette Huttenberger.

Recently my husband and I were on a Caribbean cruise enjoying the island of St. Kitts. (I’m a lucky lady because Brother Jim enjoys shopping as much as I do. “Want to go to the mall?", I ask. He’s in the garage with the car running!)

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 18:30

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 19 May 2017. Posted in The Good Word Hits 644

We hope that today's Good Word inspires you to look around you at the marvelous things that the Lord has done — in nature, in the hearts of His creation, in working the plan of salvation.

Some Things Are Just Meant to Be

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Special Series Hits 417

This article is Part 6 of Sister Natalie Shawver's series “Born and Raised”...Or Not.

One of the beauties of The Church of Jesus Christ is that there is no wrong testimony and there’s no wrong way to meet the Lord. He looks at us each individually — giving a specific gift to one and a specific gift to another. He uses us just as He wants to, always reminding us that we are merely but a lump of clay in His perfect potter’s hands.

Over the past several months, we’ve heard from various brothers and sisters across The Church who shared the impact The Church of Jesus Christ made on them. As one of the Songs of Zion says, their lives were “changed completely in a moment.” They were on a road headed in one direction and the Gospel persuaded them to change their course.

He Did It to Himself (Mosiah 4)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 328

As King Benjamin concludes his address in Mosiah 4, he touches on the subject of providing assistance to the poor and needy. This is a familiar subject in scripture — Jesus taught the same thing — and it’s certainly consistent with the concept of Christian living.

As was mentioned in an earlier chapter, Jesus taught in Matthew 25:31-46 that if we feed or clothe people who are in need, we are doing it to Him. He told the rich young ruler that if he wanted to be perfect, he should sell all he had and give the money to the poor. James writes that if we encounter someone without food or clothes and we just give him kind words and no other assistance, we haven’t really helped him.

There are many other passages that teach the same thing. Scripture is all about helping the poor.

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