Every church should clearly and compellingly proclaim God’s message (2:4), with members who know and support the work of the church to teach and tell “all” (2:4) people that “there is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God” (2:5a). Every church should also have a church official and officers to manage the church …Read More
From the very start of the Book of Esther, King Xerxes of Persia is introduced as great. He rules from his winter capital city of Susa over a vast land stretching from Northern India to the Upper Nile. His empire is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-faith and his rule is impressive in its organization.Read More greatness, King Xerxes
King Xerxes regrets his hot-headed dismissal of Queen Vashti and, on advice of counsel, authorizes a search for beautiful young women throughout his provinces. They are culled from their families and communities and placed in the royal harem in Susa. Far from home and family, they undergo a year-long regimen of beauty treatments.Read More identity, obedience
When Mordecai hears of the decree to kill the Jews, he responds with grief. In deep mourning, wearing sackcloth and ashes, Mordecai makes himself a spectacle throughout Susa. His fellow Jews respond and also wearing sackcloth and ashes, lament and fast as they cry out for help.Read More communication, God hears!
I walked out very early this morning seeing Venus so bright and low in the eastern sky, that she was reflected in the still water of the bay. And Orion suspended high above her among all the other stars so luminous I was overcome with wonder at the beauty of it all and found myself so naturally falling into a rhythm of praise and exhalation that seemed to rise from within me.Read More creation, praise
In these verses the father warns his son about falling into the web of an immoral person. He describes one whose words may be “as sweet as honey and as smooth as olive oil,” but whose character is ruined by sin. He warns that associating with such people will only lead to “bitter poison and pain.”Read More wisdom, words