Devotional

How Do You Sing?

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 25 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 66

How Do You Sing?

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

If you have a memory better than mine, then you may remember that I work in a nursing home. The nursing home has a way of bringing the Christians in the community through its doors.

We often have various churches performing services, singers singing, players playing (piano, guitar, flute, etc.) and we even have a couple Christian schools bring in students to do activities with the residents. (Our branch has even gone a few times for Christmas caroling). Sometimes the visitors are talented … sometimes not so talented. But no matter; the residents love the attention.

Fruitful Women: The Faith of Mary and Martha

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 193

Fruitful Women: The Faith of Mary and Martha

In continuation of my Fruitful Women Series, where women of scripture have been aligned with a fruit of the spirit that they demonstrate, today’s fruit of the spirit is faith. Faith applies to many women described in scripture; however, I have chosen Mary and Martha, and here is why.

As the story goes, Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus, died. As to be expected, they were grieving the loss of their brother. As soon as Martha heard that Christ was nearby, she ran to greet him. She had a dialogue with Christ, but something important that Martha says is found in John 11:21-22:

"Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.”

The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 229

The Bible Says You Don't Have to Exercise

People can find scripture to support their views on just about anything, regardless of what it is. There are scriptures that suggest it's OK to have more than one wife, you can drink and be merry, or you can kill someone for their wrongdoing. These verses are often taken out of context, or the laws changed after Jesus came.

1 Timothy 4:8 is one of these verses. Those people who hate exercise and simply don’t want to do it can rightfully say that the Bible states that we "don’t have to" exercise. "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."

I Wish I Knew God

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 13 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 196

I Wish I Knew God

I recently had a friend of mine tell me that she “wished she knew God the way I did.” It made me think about how I never want to take my spiritual relationship for granted. I call out to Him and know He hears me. He gives me peace that can never be compared to anything the world offers. I pray to Him and feel like I’m having a conversation with the Lord. I don’t feel like I’m just saying “words”… I feel a connection with God that runs deep into my soul.

God was always a part of our home when I was growing up. I can’t imagine my life without Him. I don’t ever want to take Him for granted, and I’m so thankful that He’s always there for me.

Many Sparrows

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 252

Many Sparrows

Within today’s culture exists an insatiable need to prove self-worth and value by being the best. From cereal boxes to politics, we're bombarded with claims of superiority on a daily basis. As a result, some endeavor under the constant pressure to prove their worth to the world, to themselves and, yes, even to God.

Admittedly, we all want to feel secure in our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes just below the surface of serving God lies our very real need to feel valued. For any who dare to admit, it's an unpleasant and exhausting place to find yourself and not always easy to detect. Unfortunately, it's simply the human condition to which we're all prone.

Dealing With Divine Delays

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 430

Dealing With Divine Delays

This article is Part 1 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

Many Christians experience what I've heard described as a "divine delay." This is when we're expecting God to answer a prayer or do something for us, and it doesn't happen. Divine delay is hope deferred — Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. Ain't it the truth.

My divine delay came in the form of infertility. After two years married, I expected to be expecting. There were many times I suspected I was expecting — but no. It wasn't happening, and it took six long years for my husband, Brother Michael, and me to emerge on the other side of that trial.

Problems With Perfection

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 335

Problems With Perfection

One evening, I was driving home from dinner when my mom played me this song she heard on K-LOVE radio. The song was called “Tell Me” by Carrollton, and the basic message of the lyrics is that even if we feel like we’re nothing, to God we’re everything. Our identity lies in His love, and even on our worst days when we feel like giving up or we’re never going to be good enough, God tells us we’re special, and important, and wonderful, and loved.

In my life, I’ve constantly struggled with the idea of being perfect. The problem with perfection is, aside from Jesus Christ, no one can even come close to being perfect. I have grown up being physically imperfect with a deformity that makes me incomplete, and it hasn’t been an easy thing for me to deal with.

Biography Kept

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 249

Biography Kept

In the terms of the digital world we live in, the Lord God has an infinite storage capacity for data and a surveillance system that records 24/7 our thoughts, words, choices, actions ... For every soul that has ever breathed the breath of life, there is a Book in Heaven that records every action committed — good and evil.

Our actions determine our eternal destiny.

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev. 20:12)

How's Your Mirror?

Written by Brother Chris Gehly on Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 247

How's Your Mirror?

This article is dedicated to Brother R. and all those who have reflected Christ to those around them.

Have you ever seen a wacky mirror at an amusement park? You know the kind I mean — the ones that make you tall or short, thin or fat. These mirrors are taking beams of light and bending them to show that distorted image. It's fun because we look very different from the way we actually are.

Yet, those are not the types of mirrors we want to use as a guide to perform a specialized task. If I tried to shave using one of those mirrors, I would likely have cuts and terrible razor burn all over my face and neck. So, naturally, it's easy to see which type of mirror has any practical use in my life.

When God Says No

Written by Sister Zarella Mosqueda on Thursday, 16 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 582

When God Says No

When God says “No,” He's actually saying “Yes!”

What a backwards thought! Have you ever petitioned the Lord for something that was pressing on your heart, and the answer wasn’t what you expected? Perhaps it was “Not yet” or “Not at all.”

I know, in my experience, when I've been so clearly denied something by God, I either listen and move on, pout for a bit and then find the courage to move on, or worse, willfully disobey. It is in those terrible moments that I have failed to internalize the words in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

I falsely believe that I know what is best for me, and I act against the Lord’s will. Now, trust me, and I say this wholeheartedly, willful disobedience only leads to immense pain and heartbreak.

Don't Write Me Off

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 299

Don't Write Me Off

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

I am an elder in the church, and I am the greatest, most righteous person you will ever know.

Have you ever heard an elder say that?? (I hope not.) Have you ever suspected an elder thought that by the way he speaks or his mannerisms?

Worth the Wait

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 07 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 264

Worth the Wait

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

In a day and age of instant gratification, we dislike waiting. Waiting in line at the drive thru to get our morning coffee. Waiting to get results from a test (academic or medical). Waiting to see results from a new diet and exercise program we are starting. Waiting for God to answer a prayer.

Feeling Antsy

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 02 March 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 308

Feeling Antsy

When my dad was a little boy, he and his younger brother, Fred, were playing outside when all of a sudden Fred started screaming and running for home. High-tailing it as fast as he could, Dad raced to catch up with Fred in order to beat him home, all the while yelling, “I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!”

In his mind, he wanted to make sure that it was clearly known that he had nothing to do with whatever the problem was. As it turned out, Fred had gotten himself into a very industrious nest of red ants, which proceeded to leave very large, painful welts on his legs that stung like the dickens for many days. Poor little guy!

Practicing Patience

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 346

Practicing Patience

Right now, my life is in this constant stage of waiting. I’m waiting for May 6 because I’ll finally be done with college (for now!). I’m waiting for the first week of July because I’ll be back at GMBA camp with all my out-of-state friends and family. I’m waiting to move out, to buy a new car, and to find the person I get to spend the rest of my life with. I’m waiting.

The difficult thing about waiting is that I live in a society where everything is instant. If I hear a song on the radio and like it, I buy it on my smartphone and play it in a matter of minutes. If I don’t know the answer to a question, I ask Siri or Google it and get the answer immediately. If I find something I like, I can buy it with one click on Amazon, and two days later it comes in the mail. Patience is hard to practice when I live in a world of instant gratification.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 09 February 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 324

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We are accustomed to the blessing of three meals a day and a variety of food that satisfies our palette. Our grocery stores are filled with abundance, and God continues His blessings upon this Promised Land.

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