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As you wait for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, be joyful and live in love!

BibleGateway: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

ESV Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:11 and ends at about 2:19

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12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

     16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

     23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 56:
Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring

— Organ Audio

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1. Jesus came, the heavens adoring, 
Came with peace from realms on high; 
Jesus came for man’s redemption, 
Lowly came on earth to die; 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Came in deep humility. 

2. Jesus comes again in mercy 
When our hearts are bowed with care; 
Jesus comes again in answer 
To an earnest, heartfelt prayer; 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Comes to save us from despair. 

3. Jesus comes to hearts rejoicing, 
Bringing news of sins forgiven; 
Jesus comes in sounds of gladness, 
Leading souls redeemed to heaven. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Now the gate of death is riven. 

4. Jesus comes in joy and sorrow, 
Shares alike our hopes and fears; 
Jesus comes, whate’er befalls us, 
Glads our hearts, and dries our tears; 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Cheering e’en our failing years. 

5. Jesus comes on clouds triumphant 
When the heavens shall pass away; 
Jesus comes again in glory. 
Let us, then, our homage pay, 
Alleluia! ever singing 
Till the dawn of endless day. 

Hymn: LSB 697 Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death