by Duane Bemis

Fellowship through Suffering
Dr. Duane Bemis

I was struggling one day with my chronic 24/7 physical pain when a person at the Veteran Administration gave me a verse that allowed me to anchor my faith once again upon the ROCK of Christ. Come with me on this scriptural journey through the third chapter of Philippians. List with your heart, mind, and soul to make sure you receive your portion of this spiritual meat.

In 1973 I was in a head on accident that killed 5 people two of which were my son Andrew and my daughter to be Nicole. From that accident, before shoulder harnesses I injured my neck. 40 years later and 5 neck surgeries and I still have chronic pain every day. I will give you, the reader, insight into how I have learned for the past 32 years as a Christian in how the Lord has helped me cope with long-lasting physical pain.

Let us begin with a word or conversation with you that I want to pray for a spirit of unity to mingle with the walls of our hearts. "Father God Almight, the God of Abraha, Issac and Jacob, come and share Your heart with us. I ask that You flow through these words and encourage those who deal with chronic physical pain, thanks. Amen."

Philippians 3:1-2

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!

Rejoice: The Apostle Paul is talking to Christians and he is telling them all to rejoice. So, why do many Christians always look mad? Why do they seem bitter? Why do they seem troubled by doing the Father's will? Why do they frown, why are they sad, and so unforgiving? Christian, you do call yourself a believer right, then rejoice this week and again I say rejoice. Since surgery number four where they moved my right vocal cord and it no longer works my voice sounds terrible. I could not sing before but now I don't even like to hear my voice. But I still rejoice and I still si ...

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