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The Sobriety and Joy of Christ’s Coming

By John Thiel, mp3

I feel more and more impressed with the greatness of the subject of the Lord’s soon appearing in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. This faith moves me greatly to observe due solemnity at all times and in all places, but while I enjoin upon myself and others to be sober, they are not to cherish sadness and gloom. . . .  {TMK 141.3} Read the rest of this entry

How To Cope In the Day of the Lord

By John Thiel, mp3

Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the Lord [is] darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 [Shall] not the day of the Lord [be] darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?

How well do you cope with things that go wrong in your life? When some gross disasters and catastrophes happen, do you cope? In your family conflicts, do you cope? When you are affected negatively financially or bankruptcy, do you cope? When you are mistreated by other human beings when they are nasty to you after you’ve been kind to them and you expect a bit of propriety, but you don’t get it, do you cope?

When circumstances are truly negative around you, how do you cope? The message for this hour is How to Cope in the Day of the Lord. Do you fall apart temporarily when things go wrong? When difficulties surround you do you lose your cool? Do you get irate and frustrated? Our scripture reading describes dire experiences. It’s going to be a day of darkness and not light. It’s going to be a situation according to verse 19 like you’re being chased by a lion and as you’re running for your life and you just manage to escape the lion’s claws and you come around the corner and there is a bear. Then you run in another direction for your life and you’re being chased by a bear and a lion and you run into the house and there is a serpent which bites you. After you’ve managed to escape all those dangers and now you’re bitten by a serpent. Read the rest of this entry

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