by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Philippians 1:27-28

You know it is a solemn thing friends, to look over
the past year and to face the New Year. We are facing,
unquestionably, a dangerous New Year with the threat
of nuclear war constantly. Someone has predicted that
there will be a nuclear war very soon and that China
will be the one that will set it off. That is the
prediction of someone who claims to be a seer and able
to foresee the future. There are all sorts of predic-
tions. We know that at any moment there may be this
terrible nuclear war upon the human race. So it is a
dangerous year as long as men are fighting one
another, there is no question about it. As long as
they have weapons of destruction, it could be a
dangerous year.

We are reminded also of the tragic world situation we
are in, violence on our streets, sin abounding. And
then we look at the church as we find so many who have
a name that they live, but are dead.

First of all I want to` think about the New Year with
a note of victory for the people of God. In
Philippians 1:27 and 28, we read a tremendous
statement, "Only let your conversation (manner of
life) be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ: that
whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I
may hear of your affairs that ye stand fast in one
spirit, with one mind striving for the faith of the
gospel; And in nothing terrified by your
adversaries." The latter part of that verse, "Stand
fast in one spirit with one mind striving together for
the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by
your adversaries," is the victory of the child of God.
In the midst of a needy church, in the midst of a
dangerous, tragic world, my beloved friends, facing a
dangerous new year, I would encourage your hearts by
this tremendous statement of God's Word. Paul lived in
a tremendous day. The early Christians lived in
tremendous days of danger. This has always been so, ...

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