"Sunday Sermon" Growing up, my Sunday School teachers explained that Jonah ran away from the Lord and the Ninevehites out of fear for his life. I recently learned that was wrong. A careful reading of the text shows another motive for Jonah's actions. The Assyrians were infamous for their brutality. They took sadistic delight in … Continue reading Jonah fled out of HATRED, not FEAR
"Sunday (On Monday) Sermon" Importance of Hearing and Obeying the Voice of the Lord One of the major themes of the scriptures is the admonition to listen, hearken, hear, and heed the voice of the Lord. This is a divine mandate. Significantly, “listen,” “hear,” “hearken,” and “heed” are mentioned over 4,100 times in the standard … Continue reading General Conference: A Time to Hear the Voice of the Lord (Scriptures and Quotes)
"Saturday Sermon" Social media and cyber tech provide countless benefits and blessings. Taylor & Tyler Podcast Benefits and Blessings Tool for sharing the gospelLink to virtual church meetingsAccess to family history research and temple workConnection to general conferenceLink to church websitesGateway to gospel research,Link to “Come Follow Me” podcastsMeans of “staying connected,” facetime with family … Continue reading Beware Social Media -Warnings from a Prophet
"Sunday Sermon" Levi & Simeon Massacre and Pillage Stories in the Old Testament make me cringe. They are full of sex and violence. They are disgusting and disturbing. They include: rape, robbery, murder, torture, incest, fraud, betrayal, massacres, pillage, homosexuality, and prostitution. Indeed, the Old Testament is X-rated. “What is the Lord trying to teach … Continue reading Why Are There So Many “YUCKY” Stories in the Old Testament?
Dream and Visions Some revelations come "through the dreams of sleep or in waking visions of the mind." (James Talmage) As the prophet Lehi wrote, "Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision." (1 Nephi 8: 2) How do we tell the difference between a mere dream and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany
The foundation of religious freedom in America was laid over 150 years before the Bill of Rights. The Lords Baltimore were major architects of that foundation. George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore George Calvert (1580-1632) was the first Lord and Baron Baltimore. He was a very successful member of the British cabinet and parliament. But then, … Continue reading Lord Baltimore: George & Cecil Calvert – “Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 5/5)
Favorite Scripture Gems 1 Nephi 15:8 is a small verse of great significance. “And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?” Nephi’s older brothers, Laman and Lemuel, couldn’t figure out what was going on. They were clueless. Worse, they didn’t bother to find out. They were stubborn, and they were lazy intellectually … Continue reading “Have Ye Inquired of the Lord” — 1 Nephi 15:8