Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #4: Personal Revelation

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" Another layer of “proof” of the existence of God, is personal revelation from God. Personal revelation from God comes in many forms: inspiration, sudden flow of ideas or intelligence, promptings, premonitions, prophesies, heavenly voices, dream visions, visitations by heavenly messengers, and theophany, a personal visit by God. Although I have not experienced … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #4: Personal Revelation

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" Prophetic Revelation A prophet is God’s messenger.  He is called by, and speaks for, God. A prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from the Lord.   The Lord operates through His prophets.  That is His M.O. “That’s how He rolls.” “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin

"Sunday Sermon" One of the greatest challenges in life is to keep things in proper balance.   We must strive to balance “our compassion for others" with “our loyalty to the commandments.”  We must always love the sinner, but we must never advocate sin. We Must Always Love the Sinner As disciples of Christ, we … Continue reading Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" God is a God of Miracles Believers live in a world teeming with wonderous miracles.  Because of their faith they witness the innumerable miracles of nature and creation that surround them.  Because of their faith they receive countless miracles of healing, protection, preservation, and providence.  After all, "God is a God of … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

"Sunday Sermon" Rabbi Jacob Milgrom, Dean of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, concluded that Hosea 6:6 was the most important verse in “the Prophets” in the Old Testament. (See: “Jacob Milgrom,” Wikipedia.)    I was surprised, because I had no clue about Hosea 6:6. But he may have been right. Hosea 6:6: “For I … Continue reading The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" The Rise of Atheism Among Latter-day Saints Proselyting atheists have recently become celebrities by attacking religion and the belief in God.  They have appeared on television, radio, social media, and college campuses.  They have written popular articles and best-selling books.   They are articulate and persuasive.  Scores of LDS youths and young adults, … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

"Sunday Easter Sermon" The Cross is the universal symbol of Christianity The Cross has been, and continues to be, the universal symbol of Christianity. Yet, there are no crosses on LDS churches, and Latter-day Saints rarely wear crucifixes. We Latter-day Saints are often "reactionary."  We vigorously emphasize the differences between the restored gospel and traditional Christianity. … Continue reading Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

The Role of Counselors – Moses, Aaron, and Hur (Exodus 17:8-13)

"Sunday Sermon" Moses instructed Joshua, his military commander, to prepare the Israelites for battle against Amalek and his people. While Joshua fought in the plains, Moses oversaw the battle from a hill top. “I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.” Aaron and Hur accompanied Moses. … Continue reading The Role of Counselors – Moses, Aaron, and Hur (Exodus 17:8-13)

Hear the Lord: 3 S’s

After becoming president of the church, Harold B. Lee was asked by an annoying reporter, “What qualifies you to be prophet?” President Lee responded, “I am just a good listener.” One of the major themes in the scriptures is to “hear,” “hearken,” “heed,” and “listen” to the voice of the Lord. These words are found … Continue reading Hear the Lord: 3 S’s

The Number “8” in Scriptures Means “New Beginnings”

One of the challenges of studying the scriptures, especially the Old Testament, is knowing which verses were meant to be interpreted literally and which verses were intended to be interpreted figuratively. Studying ancient literature, I learned that certain numbers were intended to be figurative, symbolic, or even magical. One key to spotting these figurative numbers is their repetition.  Their too frequent use goes beyond mere coincidence. The Number “8” is … Continue reading The Number “8” in Scriptures Means “New Beginnings”