Humbled by His Sacrifice

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.~ Galatians 6:14, KJV ~ Photo by Vanderlei Longo on Pexels.com ~ January 17, 2020 Devotional ~ Christ's sacrifice on the cross ought to be profoundly humbling … Continue reading Humbled by His Sacrifice

We bare the Image of God and Humanity

And God said, "Let us make man according to our image and likeness."  ~ Genesis 1:26, LXX ~ Within ourselves and other people, we bare the image and likeness of God. We also bare the image and likeness of one another. Upon reflection, we bare the image of our childhood, our old-age, and those whom we … Continue reading We bare the Image of God and Humanity

Dead to transgressions and alive in Christ

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  For one who has died has been set free from sin. ~ Romans 6:1-7, ESV ~ The moment we came to the reality that Jesus Christ has the … Continue reading Dead to transgressions and alive in Christ

Let Us Nourish and Fortify Our Faith in these Last Days

To strengthen our testimonies and protect ourselves from error, we must constantly nourish and fortify our faith We are in a unique time period of human mortality. The days seem to be growing shorter and shorter. Hearts of men are beginning to fail. News reports are full of human tragedies and events that leave us … Continue reading Let Us Nourish and Fortify Our Faith in these Last Days

Spiritual Maturity through the Steps

One of the greatest blessings is working with people who suffer addiction. Sitting in counsel with them and discussing presenting issues they are facing. And, coming up with a means to provide support, encouragement and hope for them is a very unique opportunity. An opportunity to see how a life transforms over time to where they become … Continue reading Spiritual Maturity through the Steps

At Peace with your purpose

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.. ~ Proverbs 3:6-8, NASB ~ Are you at peace with the direction of your recovery … Continue reading At Peace with your purpose

Deception nigh on the river denial

Anti-Mormon's and critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have always been known for particular deceptive tactics, dishonest misuse of quotations, and attempting to interpret and conclude particular understandings without regard to truth, honesty, or even logical reasoning. This includes critics who are participants of an active Anti-Mormon social media page. They … Continue reading Deception nigh on the river denial

Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?

Critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will always bring up the argument that Alma 11:37 contradicts Romans 5:8. Most of the time, when this criticism is presented, it is presented in the following format: An important difference between Biblical Christianity and Mormonism- Bible: But God demonstrates his own love for us … Continue reading Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?

As the wicked prosper to their demise

Typically, when we read about prosperity and blessings, we read about how those who follow the counsel, will and desire of a loving Heavenly Father receive promised riches. Not the kind that we would understand, however those of heavenly riches as well as riches to continue to bless and provide for those who are less … Continue reading As the wicked prosper to their demise

“Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog

Larry Hurtado provides insight and commentary on the New Testament and Early Christianity. His latest article provides some interesting discussions on the nature of Monotheism as it was understood among Ancient Jewish and Christian believers verses Christian believers of today. His article is here: “Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog. Hurtado begins the examination that … Continue reading “Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog

BGEA: Fiscal Cliff? What About Our Spiritual Cliff?

The eldest son of Billy Graham published a letter (dated December 27, 2012) via the Billy Graham Evangelical Association website. This letter calls an awareness and a warning to America regarding the spiritual and moral cliff that we are facing. Dear Friend, As we come into the new year, America is facing many challenges. For … Continue reading BGEA: Fiscal Cliff? What About Our Spiritual Cliff?

Effective strategies for member missionary work

Members of the Marysville Washington Stake are highly encouraged to adopt a family mission plan, read through and study the Preach My Gospel manual, and to prayerfully find ways to share the message of the Restoration to family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. It is quite the challenge because many of us (from young and … Continue reading Effective strategies for member missionary work

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death" —Philippians 1:20 My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing … Continue reading My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Stand ye in holy places and not be moved

We are faced with great challenges today. Advancement of technology is the driving force. Instantly, we have access to news and the speed in which information is processed is phenomenal. Along with the rise of technological advancements, our society is becoming more and more callous toward any thought of religious belief, devotion and form of … Continue reading Stand ye in holy places and not be moved

Merry Smithmas? Daniel Peterson sets the record straight

It never fails. Each year, those who are critical of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to perpetuate the lie that Mormons worship Joseph Smith and not Jesus Christ. This claim rests upon the idea that Joseph Smith's birthday happens to be on December 23.  Well, according to Daniel C. Peterson's blog … Continue reading Merry Smithmas? Daniel Peterson sets the record straight

“There is no better time than now”

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who … Continue reading “There is no better time than now”

The Lord would not suffer them to take happiness in sin

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut sparked more politicizing debates on whether or not we should have greater gun control. Here, at Mormon Apologia, our hearts are with those friends and family who have lost a loved one. We pray for the strength and grace that they need to mourn and grieve the loss of those … Continue reading The Lord would not suffer them to take happiness in sin

Morning devotion: A labor of love

And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also. – John 4:21  Missionary Work is a work of love and trust, and it has to be done on that basis  – Gordon B. Hinkley, Stand a Little Taller The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Missionary … Continue reading Morning devotion: A labor of love

Morning Devotion: Hunger for the word of God

Hunger for the Word of God   Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after  righteousness: for they shall be filled.   ~ Matthew 5:6 ~ There is a hunger in the land, and a genuine thirst – a great hunger for the word of the Lord and an unsatisfied thirst for things of … Continue reading Morning Devotion: Hunger for the word of God

Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

There is an old railway bridge outside of Shelton, Washington called the Vance Creek Viaduct. It is the highest railway bridge structure in North America. Built in 1929, it served as part of the rail system for the Simpson Timber Company. The bridge is about 450 feet in height and approximately 800 feet in length. … Continue reading Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

Galatians 1:6-9 | Paul’s “Other Gospel”

The Apostle Paul writes to the Church in Galatia defending his apostolic authority. One of the most perverted forms of Biblical interpretation is that of Galatians 1:8-9. This passage is commonly used by Christian Apologists in their attempt to prove that Mormonism is "another Gospel". Therefore, the purpose of this post is to provide understanding … Continue reading Galatians 1:6-9 | Paul’s “Other Gospel”

How to properly handle critics and criticism against the Church

In light of recent conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a question needs to be addressed. How do we, as Latter-day Saint Christians respond to those individuals that are antagonistic against the LDS Church, doctrines, history, and belief system? Mormon Apologia would like to provide this simple “how-to” guide for those who may … Continue reading How to properly handle critics and criticism against the Church

The Resurrection and Baptisms for the Dead

The Resurrection and Baptisms for the Dead How Paul Taught I've often heard many people criticize the LDS Church for doing proxy baptisms for our deceased ancestors and claim that there's no Biblical basis to do so.  Using the resurrection and 1 Corinthians 15, however, Paul strongly alluded to the fact that there is a … Continue reading The Resurrection and Baptisms for the Dead

“I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and … Continue reading “I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

If there ever were a true and forthright apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, James E. Talmage would be the individual that has provided much published work in defense of the Church, the doctrines, and the teachings of Mormonism: James Edward Talmage was born on September 21, 1862 in Hungerford, Berkshire, England, … Continue reading Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living

Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living. Months ago, I happened upon this particular website. At the time, I liked the Facebook Page, but never paid much attention to the type of content being published. However, this particular article caught my attention and therefore bring it to your attention. The article describes an experience … Continue reading Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living

Thought for today – October 23, 2012

Declaration of Belief And he said, Lord, I believe. – John 9:38 Be not afraid, only believe – Mark 5:36 I commend these wonderful words to all who are called upon to stand up for what they believe, and to do so with confidence – Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 310 We … Continue reading Thought for today – October 23, 2012

Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

When we set our foot on the path of righteousness, when we set our eyes on the Savior and redeemer – Jesus the Christ – and when we comply in fulfilling our priesthood duties, we inevitably strive to become a righteous man. Not a man that meets the standards of the world today, but a … Continue reading Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted … Continue reading Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality