Elder Donald D. Deshler, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: I have witnessed the power of prayer repeatedly throughout my life. There is no doubt, whatsoever, that God hears and answers our prayers.
CHICAGO – When North Side Lakeview neighborhood youths Ariana Handelman and Marc Luban have their bat and bar mitzvahs this fall and turn 13, they won’t celebrate with an extravagant party at a hotel or country club.
Elder Donald D. Deshler of the Seventy, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: We learn in this parable that God permits both wheat (the good crop) and tares (the weeds) to grow together until the time of the harvest (the final judgment).
“We’ve lost the real Jesus – or at least exchanged him for a newer, safer, sanitized, ineffectual one,” Jefferson Bethke writes. “We claim Jesus is our homeboy, but sometimes we look more like the people Jesus railed against.”
On a recent Saturday at North Philadelphia, Pa.’s, landmark Episcopal Church of the Advocate, worshipper gathered in a jubilant, crowded service to mark the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women as priests. It is not too fanciful to imagine that the dead were gently jostling the living.
Lama Chuck Stanford, Rime Buddhist Center: The English word “spirit” comes from the Latin word spiritus, meaning “breath.” In Buddhism, the main spiritual practice is meditation, and in meditation we focus our attention upon our breath (spirit).
RALEIGH. N.C. – When they walk in the doors of the sprawling, red-brick Hope Community Church in Raleigh, no one takes a bulletin. Instead, they whip out their smartphones, tap the silver “Get Hope” app and open the sermon notes.