Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Help

“Speaking the truth in love, let us grow up into Him who is the head”  (Ephesians 4:15 )  Have you seen the movie “The Help”?  Holly and I went on Friday.  It is an inspiring story of black maids in the … Continue reading

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Letting go of the fear of death

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. . .I do not know which to choose.”  (Phil. 1:21-22)  The Apostle Paul and Queen Esther had arrived at the same place– a calm heart in the face of … Continue reading

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Desperation and deliverance

“In every province there was GREAT MOURNING among the Jews. . .MANY lay in sackcloth and ashes.”  (Esther 4:3)  It is both painful and necessary for us to become desperate.  Complacent people don’t make spiritual progress.  God would rather us be cold than … Continue reading

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Needing prayer

“Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my maidens also will fast in the same way.  And thus I will go in to the king”  (Esther 4:16)  The Esther story touches a familiar truth from God’s word.  … Continue reading

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If you remain silent

(Re Verse reading this week–Esther 4.)  Esther faced a dilemma we know well– remain silent or speak up,  seek safety or get involved.  It is always a costly choice.  We may not face death (a real possibility for her).  It will cost us … Continue reading

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Stewardship

It is a matter of stewardship–recognizing that what God gives me (talent, health, opportunity, friendship) is not for selfish purpose but for service.  “Who knows whether you have attained to royalty for such a time as this” says Mordecai to … Continue reading

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Dice Day

This week, we will be reading the story of Esther.  It will be rich reflection for followers of Christ.   While the book never mentions God (a fact that caused great consternation for the Reformers), it points to his presence and … Continue reading

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Not victims

It came one night this week as I slept–a burden to “get the word out” to people who do not know God through trust in Christ.  It is a focus that I often lose.  I get so caught up in … Continue reading

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The path

It is a choice that will be made in the quietness of a morning prayer.  It will be a decision between several options.  I will be tempted to PLEASE others–to believe that approval and support is what I need most.  … Continue reading

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Simple

It is not complicated.  Childlike actually.  Serving God is first a matter of NOT doing what He says NOT to do and then depending on Him to bless and protect.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3) are examples.  (I always … Continue reading

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