Archive for May, 2014
Let’s open our Bibles again today to the book of Esther 3. As you’re turning I want to say how grateful I am for the men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation. Just two weeks ago the son of a family we have known for many years was killed in Afghanistan. Let’s pray for the families of those whose loved ones have paid the highest price for the freedoms we enjoy. Pray.
ILLUSTRATION – Several years ago when we lived in New Mexico we would often make trips to Carlsbad Caverns Nat’l Park. If you’ve been there you know that you walk down hundreds of feet below the surface winding through caves that have spectacular beauty. In those days there was a point where you entered one cave, and park rangers warned you that they were about to turn off the lights for just a few seconds to let you feel just how dark the caverns are so far removed from the light. When the lights went out the darkness was stifling … it’s hard to describe how it feels. It’s a relief when the lights come back on. (more…)
ILLUSTRATION – If you know anything about Super Heroes you know that some of them keep their true identity a secret … like Peter Parker. He’s Peter Parker (PHOTO) until the world needs him, then he changes his identity to Spider Man (PHOTO). It’s a little different with Dr. Bruce Banner (PHOTO). He changes his identity when somebody makes him really mad, and he becomes the Hulk (PHOTO). And then there is probably my favorite, Captain America (PHOTO). He’s just always Captain America. He doesn’t have another identity. Now which one best describes you? Are you like Peter Parker … you change your identity when people want you to be different? Are you like Bruce Banner … you change when people really make you mad? Or are you like Captain America … always just who you are.
And that’s a real challenge for us as believers … in every situation to remember that we are the people of God. Turn to Esther 2. This was a challenge for a young lady named Esther. We’re studying her amazing story in the book named after her. Let’s start by reading… (more…)
Happy Mother’s Day. I’m starting a new series from one of the two books in the Bible named after a woman … the book of Esther. You’ll find it if you go to Psalms, take a left and go two books to Esther. As you’re turning I want to give thanks to God for the fresh start we launched last Sunday. The spirit was incredible. I could tell your hearts were truly set on giving God greater glory. What would happen if we put that much prayer and intensity into every Lord’s Day? Okay, have you found Esther?
Let’s just take one quick flyover of the book, then we’ll come back and land in the first chapter. Let me give you a quick summary of the book of Esther by introducing you to the main cast of characters. The story revolves around…
FIVE FAMOUS PEOPLE … CAST OF CHARACTERS (more…)
Welcome to our new format. Our purpose in all of this is to give God greater glory.
ILLUSTRATION – That song reminds of the old Fanny Crosby hymn we sang last week, “My Savior First of All.”
When my life work is ended, and I cross the swelling tide, When the bright and glorious morning I shall see,
I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side, And His smile will be the first to welcome me.
Thru the gates of the city in a robe of spotless white,
He will lead me where no tears will ever fall;
In the glad song of ages I shall mingle with delight
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand,
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.