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How to Stand Firm In the Lord - Philippians 4:1-7

How to Stand Firm In the Lord - Philippians 4:1-7
By Pastor Lee Hemen
June 21, 2009 AM

What is to be the main character quality that Christians are to display to the world around them and to one another? When I have asked that question before I get all kinds of answers. However, if we were to look into the pages of Scripture we would find that the one overriding character quality that believers are to display far above all others that, in truth, all others flow from is: the peace of God. It is from this inner confidence that flows from our faith whereby joy, gentleness, and assurance are found. In fact, when you find a Christian that has difficulty with his fellow believers it is because they have no inner peace. They cannot let go and allow God to work in the lives of others.

My father taught me something I have never forgotten. It was after Ed and I had fought about whatever. All I remember is that I had said some pretty harsh things to Ed, and he had with me as well. My father grabbed …

Whose Side Are You Standing On? - Philippians 3:17-21

Whose Side Are You Standing On? - Philippians 3:17-21
By Pastor Lee Hemen
June 14, 2009 AM

We have many examples throughout our lives that influence us in how we live our lives. People become patterns for us for good or bad. These examples are important. In fact, studies have shown that if parents are abusive, alcoholic, promiscuous, or live other abusive kinds of lifestyles then their children have a far greater chance of growing up to be the same. Good examples therefore are good in life. What happens if the life we used to live was not such a good example? The Bible teaches us that there is hope in such a situation. However, there are also those who use Christians or churches as examples, or rather excuses, as to why they do not believe or do not attend. Folks have many reasons for rejecting the gospel. They will say it is because of something a Christian or a church did or did not do for them at some point in time. “I went to church and no one spoke to me.” “I bought something from s…

Press On Toward the Prize! - Philippians 3:13-16

Press On Toward the Prize! - Philippians 3:13-16
By Pastor Lee Hemen
June 7, 2009 AM

Remember the movie called The Fugitive? “It is about a Dr. Richard Kimble, played by Harrison Ford, who is a successful vascular surgeon in Chicago. He comes home one night to find his wife Helen fatally wounded by a man with a prosthetic arm. He attempts to subdue the killer, but the man escapes. The lack of evidence of a break-in, his fingerprints being found on the gun and the bullets, and Helen's misunderstood 9-11 call lead the Chicago police to charge Kimble with murder; and he is sentenced to death by lethal injection.” (Wikipedia)

On the way to death row, via a prison bus, the other prisoners attempt an escape causing the bus to fall into the path of an oncoming train. Kimble barely escapes the bus' destruction and flees into the night. And then begins his flight from US Marshals and the pursuit of the real killer of his wife.

It is the single-mindedness of both the protagonist and the anta…