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Psalm 103 – A Father’s Compassion

Psalm 103 – A Father’s Compassion
July 29, 2007 AM
By Pastor Lee Hemen

Father figures are important in the life of children. They have proven that the influence of a good father in the life of a child can decide whether they go onto college, pick a good future spouse, hold a good job, or succeed in life in general. A father figure can be a grandfather, uncle, step dad, a good friend of the family, or simply a good father! What is important is that a child feels loved, accepted, and forgiven by a predominate male figure in their life. The same is true spiritually as well. So much so in fact that we find within Scripture God relating to His people His role as our Heavenly Father and the importance of our close relationship to Him. Within the pages of Scripture we discover a Father’s compassion as we look at our relationship to God the Father.

David, within his music (the Psalms) often found solace in the fact that while others sought to kill him or to bring him ruin, there was always someon…

Psalm 8 – How Majestic Is the Lord!

Psalm 8 – How Majestic Is the Lord!
By Pastor Lee Hemen
July 22, 2007 AM

At one point along the Saguenay River in southeastern Canada, the water flows through a chasm between two rugged rock formations. Their pinnacles tower over 1,600 feet into the sky. Early pioneers were so awestruck by these majestic crags that they named them Trinity and Eternity. These two great truths expressed by these words should create a sense of awe in the heart of every Christian. H. W. Robinson writes that “At the heart of the Christian faith is mystery, because at the heart of our faith is the eternal, triune God. We have the Father who loves us, the Savior who died for us, and the Spirit who helps us to be holy. This divine mystery gives us reason to bow down and worship our eternal God.”

The Psalmist would agree with H. W. and expressed his own awe of God. In fact there are some passages of Scripture that are so eloquent that they rival any modern day poet in style or grandeur. We discover that so inspire…

Psalm 22 – The Ultimate Sacrifice!

Psalm 22 – The Ultimate Sacrifice!
by Pastor Lee Hemen
July 15, 2007

When bad things have happened to you, have you ever wondered aloud to God, “Why me?” We all have at one time or another.

The writer David apparently felt forsaken by God, as he was surrounded by his enemies’ scornful persecution. He lamented his tremendous suffering and his desperate struggle with death, pleading with God to deliver him from such a horrible end. Apparently his prayer was answered, for he was able to declare that the Lord had indeed answered his prayer. In fact, because of the description used by David and prophetic utterances involved, the church has understood this psalm to be a foretelling of the death of Jesus Christ. We understand that while under the influence of the Holy Spirit, David often used poetic expressions to portray his sufferings or trials, but his poetic words here became literally true of the later suffering of Jesus Christ at His enemies’ hands. Jesus would become the world’s ultimate …