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When the Tempest Rages

By John Thiel

In the storm when Jesus was walking on the water, the disciples were rowing the boat and they forgot that Jesus was with them. Jesus is in all our storms of life.

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How to Deal With Opposition

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I learnt a lot from the testimonies when I first came to the truth. The truth that we espouse is an unpopular truth.

Let us not feel that we have heavy trials to bear, severe conflicts to endure, in representing unpopular truth. {6T 120.2}

Why is it unpopular? People say all sorts of lovely things about Jesus but the real Jesus, they don’t want. It is an unpopular truth that Jesus stands as head of.

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The Scroll is Unrolling

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

It is a very fitting thing to be reminded of the reality of the three angels’ messages and their import at this time.

We live today 170 years from the events of Revelation 10. We read of the relevant prophetic application to the people that were living back there.

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow [was] upon his head, and his face [was] as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and [his] left [foot] on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as [when] a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go [and] take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take [it], and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. Read the rest of this entry

Rebellion In Our Ranks

By John Thiel

The rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram draws a comparison with Satan in the last days. We will look at what rebellion is. In understanding what rebellion is, we can understand more fully the rebellion that took place back then. We find something in Job that impresses our minds that we take the time to know what rebellion is.

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Who is God’s Church

By John Thiel

We are to walk with God with His word. We have looked at walking with God on a personal level and we will now look at it in a corporal level to recognise where Jesus is walking with His people. We live at the very end. As we look back to when Jesus was with the disciples He says:

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

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How God Heals Disease


By John Thiel

The Lord steps in and restores when people think everything is lost. We are to walk with God by appreciating how to make the word of God the avenue by which we walk with Him. We take one text and ascertain the thought and then meditate on it until it becomes our own. Through that avenue we make our walk with God.

How has it been with you and walking with the Lord? It is the sense of God’s presence that actually is a prescription of our disease. Psalms 16 deals with the sense of God’s presence.

Psalms 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore. Read the rest of this entry

Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Christ shared many beautiful truths. Some were easy to grasp and others were as hard sayings that confounded the learned, the religious and even the disciples. The words spoken to the lawyer in reply to his question, which is the greatest command, was an unquestionable summation of the whole of the law and the whole duty of man. The ten precepts, the very foundation of God’s government had been revealed to the lawyer in their true spiritual nature – The principle of love, the very transcript of the character of God, for as it is written …God is love” – 1 John 4:8 Read the rest of this entry

As Many as I love I Rebuke and Chasten

By John Thiel

In Gods relationship with us, these are His words:

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

This is our relationship with Jesus while we are on this side of eternity. He loves us and He loves us enough that when we need correction, He will do that. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten.

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Read the rest of this entry

Lift Him Up


Let the Lord tune our hearts to sing His grace. We have been meditating on Gods great love and we have seen the details of this great love and I want to provoke our minds as to the impact on that love on our lives. Can you think of an experience how the way the truth has illuminated you and how that truth has caused you to fall in love with whom we have to do?

Christ has given His life in order that we might live with Him in glory. Throughout eternity He will bear in His hands the prints of the cruel nails by which He was transfixed to the cross of Calvary. . . . {OFC 163.5}

I remember the day when I came home from college and I didn’t know I was doing it as I went for a walk with my brother who walked ahead of me and put my name everywhere along about the one I loved.

Psalm 107:8 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Song of Solomon 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so [is] my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit [was] sweet to my taste. 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me [was] love.

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The Sin of the World

“These clumsy feet, still in the mire,

Go crushing blossoms without end;

These hard, well-meaning hands we thrust

Among the heartstrings of a friend.” {MB 124.2}

How accurately do these words describe church relations?

Do not cut off any man’s hands. I once read of a drowning man who was making desperate efforts to get into a boat close beside him. But the boat was full, and as he grasped the side, those in the boat cut off his hand. Then he grasped the boat with the other hand, and that hand was cut off. Then he grasped it with his teeth, and those inside had mercy on him, and lifted him in. But how much better it would have been if they had taken him in before they had cut off his hands. {RH, April 14, 1903 par. 23}

My brethren, do not cut a man to pieces before you do anything to help him. God wants us to have hearts of pity. He wants us to have reason and judgment and the sanctification of his Spirit. He is in earnest with us. We are but his little children, and we should ever be learning of him. Do not stand in the way of others. Do not lose your first love. You may have much knowledge and much intelligence, but if the love of God is lacking, you are not prepared to enter heaven. {RH, April 14, 1903 par. 24} Read the rest of this entry

Casting off the Combative Armour – A Christian Does Not Debate


But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. – James 3:17-18

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: 14 I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

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11 The Lord Our Righteousness

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We have been unfruitful and in the investigative judgement, God is looking for things we may not have yet. To the sincere heart this may cause some discouragement so it is my purpose that we look again at how God is looking for fruit and how we get fruit.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment;

I pray your love or fruit will be heavily on your tree.

Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

What was the offence in the garden? An unfruitful tree is an offence. Here the prayer is that your love will abound and there will be more and more of this love and that there will be no offence in the day of Christ. Read the rest of this entry

How to Run and Not be Weary

I appreciate the experience of Christ after He had been in the wilderness of temptation. He had a different countenance of pity and understanding as when He met Satan in wilderness, He met the experience of man. He was able to have compassion on man and reach out to man. When someone knows what you are going through, it’s comforting to know someone else knows when you are in the pit and they say, I understand. Read the rest of this entry

A Still Small Voice

Hebrews 3:6 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

We have a sense of confidence that caused us to believe in hope but what must we now do? Hold fast firm unto the end. As we experienced the fine tuning to the voice of God within from the word outside, the Holy Ghost says; “If you hear my voice harden not your heart.” Read the rest of this entry

The Mirror

By John Thiel

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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The Operative Aspect of the Personal Word

By John Thiel

God wants us to bask. To bask in what? In the fact that no matter how frail and weak we may be, if we come to Him in contrition and in true dependence upon Him, He is a Father that smiles upon us. He is a Father that wants our salvation and He has given us Jesus to bask in the sunshine of His mercy. We are to drench ourselves with that healing comfort that comes from Him. We are confronted with making these choices that we would be able to live a life in the New Year better than the last year, a life of eternal value. We need to make choices all the time. The choice we make needs to be appreciated. Read the rest of this entry

The Son of Righteousness

By John Thiel

How real is it to you and valuable for us to frequently express ourselves of the value of our relationship with Jesus and to identify the realities and the sense of need of those realities? How much do we trust in Him? Is He dearer than all the earth beside? The way to test that is when He asks us to do something and there are other things to detract us whether we will let the detractions go. That is the way to see if that is true.

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How the Wheat and the Tares are Separated

By John Thiel

What is the purpose of our existence as a separate group of Christians that doesn’t harmonize with churches around us? What pertains to the life of God’s people in the last days? We are over one hundred years beyond the beginning of the time of end. The time of the end commenced in 1798 as we all know.

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Are You Narrow-Minded?

By John Thiel

What does it mean to totally give over to God and His way?We have touched on this in the past but we need to be reminded of it frequently.The question is – what really is Gods way when we completely surrender ourselves to Him? Read the rest of this entry

Walking In the Light

By John Thiel

It is a great comfort to the soul in darkness and fear that there is given intelligent and comforting light. There is a statement that shows us where light is found when we travel along.

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost. Read the rest of this entry

Are You Overwhelmed with Sin?

By John Thiel

Many times when we reflect on a thus saith the Lord, we associate it with a command or direction in life we are to follow and we infrequently see it as follows in this study.

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

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Self is Always Contorted by Sin

Self is totally contorted by sin. We always find reasons to criticise other people. Sin has destroyed the perfect balance. As we look at some of these realities, we become reactive. Self is always reactive to being slighted and self-justification and defaming others noting their shorting comings. Even in the religious world, we fall into this as Paul described it that he was a great religious man. As we look at those ugly things, it leaves an unpleasant sense. Self is totally contorted by sin. Read the rest of this entry

The Longing of Your Heart

Jesus tells us of things that receive blessings. One of those things is recorded in Matthew 5.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Do we hunger and thirst after righteousness? To be hungry you have to be empty. What do children do when they are hungry? Cry. Blessed are they which do hunger. It’s a good position to be in, to be in need; hungering and thirsting after righteousness. David longed and was hungry and thirsted after righteousness.

Psalm 107:3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. 4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. 5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. 6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses. 7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. 8 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men! 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Read the rest of this entry

Did Jesus Need to Study the Bible?

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We need to look to Jesus in order to know how to exercise faith.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

For us to be Christians we need to live by the faith of Jesus.  That requires us looking at him in order to see how it is that he went through his life.  Jesus made a statement as his mission. His whole purpose of living was this.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  Read the rest of this entry

Jesus Did Not Expose Judas

By John Thiel

Satan, A Relationship Wrecker

From seraph to man God created them to be temples for him. The Godhead sought our companionship. We were created, all the intelligent entities were created to have such relationship. The wrecker of relationships was Satan. We will examine his methods so we recognise them when they come to us. Read the rest of this entry

The Exhaustless Word of God

You can’t exhaust the word of God. There’s a temptation for us to not to meditate on things long enough, because we think that the Bible is exhaustible. Do you find fresh thoughts on texts?

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Read the rest of this entry

Make No Provision for the Flesh

The only way we can be like Jesus is if we behold him.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.

By looking and letting our minds eye absorb Jesus Christ, we would be changed from glory to glory. We can’t look at Jesus unless we walk with Him. Does Jesus stand still? The rich young ruler had an opportunity presented before him. Read the rest of this entry

How Does the Fourth Angel Lighten the World?

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

This is the fourth angel the angel to lighten the world. How does this angel light the world? By the loud cry of the three angels’ messages. Adventists have been waiting for the loud cry to happen. We want to consider this lightening of the earth with its glory. Moses asked God to show him His glory. He expressed character traits to Moses. When the earth is lightened with His glory, it’s not the dazzling brightness like that of Hollywood, it’s the glory which is character. The character of God’s people is to lighten up the world. Read the rest of this entry

Hearing God’s Voice

By John Thiel

We are to recognise God’s voice speaking to us.

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

We have a very distinct enunciation of the possibility of God’s children to be guided by hearing something, someone speaking to us so that we are in a position of relationship beyond merely being with the Word of God in our personal research but to actually go into something deeper than what the Bible is saying. Many Christians are reading the Bible as a guide book which what we should do, but they still hold the book and themselves in a position of guiding their own lives by reading what they choose to read. Many read the Bible but they are not in the truth so something more is needed. God will personally walk and communicate with us so we can find our way. We are to find an assurance within ourselves that I’m communicating and how to discern that. We are to remind ourselves how the Lord has led us. Read the rest of this entry

Young Fishermen

Prophecy says that a church is a woman.

Songs of Solomon 6:8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number. 9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. 10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? 

Amidst all the different women or churches there is one that belongs to Christ. She has the sun and the moon and she is as terrible as an army with banners. Here is another description of the same woman.

Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Read the rest of this entry

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