by Steve Wagers

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Until He Comes! (8 of 8)
A Closer Look at the Book: 1 THESSALONIANS
Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 5:14-25
January 7. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. What is EXPLAINED to Us!
A) A Word of Caution to the Up and Out
B) A Word of Comfort for the Down and Out
C) A Word of Concern toward the Out and Out
2. What is EXPECTED of Us!
A) A Joyful People
B) A Prayerful People
C) A Thankful People
D) A Careful People
1) In Our Attitude toward the Spirit of God
2) In Our Approach to the Word of God
3. What is EXPERIENCED by Us!
A) A Holy Life
B) A Happy Life
1) Who God Is to Us
2) What God Does for Us

I recently read of a man who prided himself on being extremely punctual. He followed a precise routine every morning. His alarm went off at 6:30 a.m. He would jump right out of bed, shower, shave, eat his breakfast, brush his teeth, pick up his briefcase, get into his car, drive to the ferry landing, park his car, ride the ferry across to the downtown business area, get off the ferry, walk straight to his building, march to the elevator, ride to the 17th floor, hang up his coat, open his briefcase, spread out his papers, and sit down at his desk at precisely 8:00 a.m. Not 7:59 or 8:01, but everyday at precisely 8:00 a.m.

He followed the same routine, without variation, for 8 years, until one morning when his alarm didn't go off, and he overslept for 10 minutes. When he did awake, he panicked. He rushed through his shower, nicked himself while shaving, gulped down his breakfast, skipped brushing his teeth, grabbed up his briefcase, jumped into his car, sped to the ferry landing, jumped out of his car, and started running toward the ferry. It was then that he saw the ferry was several feet from the dock. He thought to himself, "I think I can make it!"

He ran down the dock as fast as he could. When he got to the edge of the dock, he jumped and amazingly reached the ferry. He landed with a loud thud on the deck. The Captain ran down to make s ...

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