Week 47   Day 6

 

  

                        one of the characteristics of our time 

                        is that life is becoming more and more 

 

                                                complicated 

 

                        there are 

                                    the maddening forms 

                                    the crazy schedules

                                    the infinite regulations 

                                    the voluminous guidelines

                                    the magnitude of information

                                    the loving of things 

                                    the using of people 

 

                                                complicated 

                                                confusing 

                                                contradictory 

 

                        one of the characteristics of Paul

                        was to simplify and focus upon Jesus 

                                    to know Christ 

                                    to share in his sufferings

                                    to experience the power of his resurrection

                                    to expect his salvation

                                    to hope in his coming

                                    to model our life after his life 

 

                                                sometimes complicated 

                                                but focused 

                                                      focused 

                                                      focused on Jesus   

 

                                                                        ---rus

 

 

 

                          WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN

             Whether dead or alive, we will all hear him.

                                   I Thessalonians 4 & 5

 

    13Do not be ignorant concerning those who have fallen

asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  14 If we

believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring

with him those who sleep in Jesus. 

    15We who are alive and remain until the coming of the

Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  16The
Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with
the
voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And
the
dead in Christ will rise first.  17Then we who are alive
shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord
in the air.  Thus we shall always be with the
Lord. 

    2The day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.  3For

when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction

comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. 

And they shall not escape. 
   
4But you are not in darkness, so
that this Day should overtake
you as a thief.   5You are children
of light and of the day.  We
are not of the night nor of darkness. 
6Let us not sleep, as others
do, but let us watch and be sober. 
7Those who sleep, sleep at
night, and those who get drunk
are drunk at night. 
   
8But let us who are of the day be sober,
putting on the
breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet put on
the hope
of salvation.  9God did not appoint us to wrath,
but to obtain
salvation through our Lord, 10who died for us,
that whether we
wake or sleep, we should live with Him. 
11Comfort and edify
one another, just as you also are doing.

    12Recognize those who labor among you, and are over you

in the Lord, 13and esteem them very highly in love for their

work's sake.  Be at peace among yourselves.

    14Warn the unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the

weak, be patient with all.  15Let no one render evil for evil

to anyone, but always pursue what is good for all.

    16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18in everything

give thanks, for this is the will of God for you.  21Test all

things; hold fast what is good.  22Abstain from every evil.

    23May the God of peace sanctify you completely; your

whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the

coming of our Lord.  24He who calls you is faithful.

    25Pray for us.  26Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

 28The grace of our Lord be with you.  Amen

            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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