by Stan Coffey

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Victory Through God's Peace (3 of 6)
Stan Coffey
Philippians 4:6-9

Someone has said if you can keep your head on while all about you everyone is loosing their head it is a sign you don't really understand the situation. But the apostle Paul would say it is a sign that you understand the situation is under God's control. And I want to talk to you today about five steps to mental health, five steps to God's peace, the peace that passes all understanding. That is what Jesus wants each of us to have.

Now I read about a man who had a worse day than you have ever thought about having. He was a bricklayer and he applied for a leave of absence from his job so he had to give the superintendent some kind of written report as to why he needed to have some time off from his job for a little while. So he said, well this is what happened. I left too many bricks up on top of a building. And I decided to take them down so I made a pulley and I went down to the ground and tied the rope to a barrel. Then I hoisted the barrel up to the roof. So, I went up to the roof and filled the barrel with the bricks. I went back down to the ground and untied the rope, but the moment I untied the rope I realized that the barrel full of bricks was heavier than I was.

So when the barrel started down, I started up. But I didn't have presence of mind enough to let go of the rope until it was too late. When I let go, the barrel came hurling down and hit me on the shoulder giving me a severe laceration. But I managed to keep holding on to the rope and I went all the way to the top and wedged my fingers in the pulley! Now, when I did that, the barrel hit the ground and the bottom came out depositing the brick on the ground making the barrel considerably lighter than I was. Then I came down and when I fell, I fell on the pile of bricks. To make things even worse, I lost all presence of mind and I let go of the rope then the barrel came down an ...

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