By John Thiel, mp3
Scripture reading: Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: [he is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
We are living in a time of gross darkness. What is this darkness? It is when we indulge our natural, sinful nature, which we all suffer under to some degree. As we indulge and exercise it, it creates darkness. We see the darkness very heavy around the world because people function according to their natural man. In the darkness we are able to see the light, just as the people who were dwelling in darkness at the time of the first advent saw a great light, and that great light was Jesus – the beautiful character of Jesus that shone in such contrast to the human dilemma that existed even in His time. Read the rest of this entry
This hymn there is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emanuel’s veins was written by a man named William Cowper. I like to find out the stories behind the hymns and behind this hymn is a very fascinating story. This hymn, as we know is a hymn of freedom from guilt, freedom from condemnation. As you sing this hymn it uplifts your spirit. It’s like a victory hymn stating that I have made my way through it – I’m going through. It’s interesting to read the story of William Cowper. This hymn was written not too long after he made a certain experience.
“This is one of the first hymns Cowper wrote after his attack of temporary madness. Cooper had been promised a post as clerk of the general to the House of Lords but was dismayed upon learning that he would have to undergo a public examination in the house before beginning his duties.” The North American Review January 1834. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, Audio: mp3
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
This scripture reading has so many segments that unless we are in tune with it, we will not be fitted for the terrible scenes and experiences that are coming and are already upon us. We will look at the selected points it is trying to portray.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 2, mp3
The hymn Christ Is Knocking at My Sad Heart speaks of a natural condition that our heart is in. “Cold and proud is my heart with sin, dark and cheerless is all within.” My heart is dark and cheerless. The words “light in a dark place” are recorded in 2 Peter 1, and we have taken them as a leading thought all the way through this series, showing us how prophecy illuminates our pathway. Read the rest of this entry