Why is so much attention paid to the opulence of Persia in the first half of Esther chapter 1; and is there any message in that section for us today. You will be riveted on the story of Ahasuerus, and even more riveted by the REST of the story.
This lesson is part of a continuing series through Hebrews that tracks the commentary Better With Jesus available on Amazon. This study is open to the public via zoom and you can message me if interested in joining.
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
Gaffling for the Glory (When expectations and experience pushes you to go rogue.)
There's a lot we should do...
A lot we could do...
A lot we want to do...
A lot we can do...
But only one thing we NEED to do...
And that's what God ask us to do.
God's patience — with us — is often misunderstood as His permission — for us.
If we're not careful, before we realize or recognize it, we can drift farther and farther away from God's presence and purpose, by mistaking His patience with us for His permission to us.
We're going to look at how even the greatest of servants are prone to drifting.
When Elijah saw it… (1 Kings 19:3) he couldn't quit seeing it! It captured his mind and manipulated his heart. How did it happen so fast? God was at work exposing the heart of a drifter.
Elijah didn't go from the fires of Carmel to fretting and the fears that captivated his focus overnight — he had already started drifting before the mountain top experience. The valley of despair just revealed the folly of his misaligned vision. His attention had drifted from the Lord and now he's in a tailspin. A misplaced focus will make a show. And our missteps will be manifested in the folly of our fretting over what others are saying they can and will do because we have already shifted our focus off of what God had asked us to do.
The evening before he ran the fastest marathon ever recorded… he out ran, even after starting late, Ahab and his chariot. A 31 mile run in world record time… because the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. Chariots can get up to 40mph. Let's be conservative and cut it in half. The fastest ever marathon was run at an average speed of 13mph. The fastest recorded speed in a s
The Christian life is one of balance, and the news is one example. We should be informed. We should know what's going on and strive to have accurate information. We should study. But as Eccles. 12:12 says much study is a weariness of the flesh. There's a downside to too much news. We need to be careful how much we're consuming.
Note: Lesson 1 and Parts I & II of Lesson 2 are from Part I.
Lesson 1: God's Word is like a:
(Part I) Goad that directs
(Part II) Stake that protects
Lesson 2: Man's words can be:
(Part I) Untrustworthy.
(Part II) Overwhelming.
(Part III) _________________.
Lesson 3: We are the ______________ ______ .
Family Worship Guide
Memory Verses: John 10:28
Day 1: Ecclesiastes 12:9-12 How is God's Word like an ox goad? How is it like a stake? What verses can you think of that support this? How are man's words untrustworthy and overwhelming? Where did Solomon say the words of the wise come from? Why is it important to know where wisdom comes from?
Day 2: Read Lamentations 2:18, 3:49-50 and John 16:33 Why was Jeremiah's ministry so difficult, i.e. what did he experience and see? How are we affected by pictures, videos, and news? Why does the news follow, "If it bleeds it leads"? How and why is news wearying? What can you do to avoid being wearied by the news? Since Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation," what does this mean for us regarding the news now and in the future?
Day 3: Read 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 and John 10:28 How are we like the falling man? How are we not like the falling man, or in other words, how can we avoid the despair he must've experienced even though we're "falling" too? What awaits those who don't know God?
Comparing the christian life to a Race. This message was given for my daughter who had just won the Florida State Championship in Track as a Senior and Graduated the night before.
These great achievements are nothing compared to gaining Christ and eternal life.