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Waiting For The Second Coming of Jesus

Volume 5 No. 305 September 18, 2015

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  I. This Sunday in Church

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (Sep 20)

2. Sermons for This Sunday (Sep 20)

3. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: End Times

Volume 4 No 238: September 19, 2014
Theme: End Times

Volume 3 No 176: October 31 2013
Theme: The Second Coming of Christ

II. This Week's Features

4. Watching and Waiting

This Sunday's Gospel lesson reminds us once more that you and I are not in charge of the timeline -- not the ultimate one or often even the ones that seem ultimate in our lives. Indeed, we hear that even Jesus didn't know when that day would come. But even in our not knowing --- perhaps especially in our not knowing we are called upon to live in such a way that we are aware of the certainty that our 'ride is coming.' ...

5. 'As a Thief in the Night'

In the parables, prophecies, and epistles, a phrase is used frequently with regard to the Day of the Lord and the return of Jesus Christ. Though it may vary slightly from verse to verse, numerous instructions are given to "watch, because the Day of the Lord [or else Christ Himself] will come as a thief in the night." ...

6. Do Not Let Him Find You Found Sleeping

Had Christ returned before that fateful day, Augustine would have been caught unprepared. He would have been found asleep. From that moment on, however, Augustine was prepared. He was on the alert! He had awaken from his sins. ...

7. How We Know The End is Near

The day will come when the last person will be reached before the return of Christ. But until that day, stay focused on expanding His Kingdom by praying, giving, and going to accomplish His global purposes! ...

8. Awake, Awake, The Son of Man Is Coming

Mark 13, the gospel reading before us, is known as "The Little Apocalypse," because of its similarity in tone to Revelation. There is the sense that the coming of the Lord demands of us a certain fear and trembling. It requires that we be cognizant of our own resistance to the things of God. It is a reminder that too often we fail to pay attention. ...

9. Keep Awake

I believe with the witness of scripture that some day Christ will come again and all things will be reconciled to God. But until that time, my prayer is to be mindful, to stay awake in the present moment to the presence of God. I am going to struggle with all my heart, mind and soul to follow the Jesus of the First Coming who calls us to love, compassion, justice, unity and peace.  ...

III. General Weekly Features

10. Health: How to Maintain Your Summer Body This Fall--7 Tips to Stay in Summer Shape

The colder months are the easiest time of the year to fall off the fitness wagon.

Here, fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert Warren Honeycutt offers some tips to help you maintain healthy habits as the weather gets colder. ...

11. Family: Home Fires - Introduce Your Children to God

Don't miss this: Dad and Mom, your ultimate assignment as parents is to introduce your children to God; His Son, Jesus Christ; and His Word. It may be hard to start and a challenge to continue, but it will make a huge difference in how they finish. ...

12. How to Overcome Excuses

"Ideas, brilliance, genius they all mean nothing without the guts, passion and tenacity necessary to make your dream a reality. But often, people fall back on excuses and give up on trying to reach their goals." ...

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