A Time Such As This

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Speaking Peace

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As we come to the end of the story of Esther it is vital that we take the time to investigate what the author of this story really wanted us to see.  There is no denying that the story contains the central reality of God’s power to work behind the scenes to save His people […]

The Appointed Day

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As Christians we often face the accusation that our God cannot be the God of love and moral perfection that we claim Him to be when there are scores of examples of horrid violence in the Old Testament committed by the people of God often times at the direction of God.  Chapter 9 of Esther presents […]

Longing for Justice

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Unfortunately we had some difficulties with the sermon audio for this message.  You can find a comprehensive set of notes below.

Living Gospel Irony

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As the story of Esther has progressed the gap between the characters of Esther and Haman has widened as we have seen Haman’s character deteriorate into evil and Esther’s character flourish in goodness.  Well in chapters 5-6 this progression reaches its crescendo.  And as we continue to observe these two characters we will learn more about […]

More valuable than life

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As news of the king’s decree of destruction reaches the ears of the Jewish community in Persia they begin to mourn publicly.  Mordecai typifies this response, a response that we will see is a beautiful and genuine act of worship.  And yet when he appeals to Esther for help we see a real wrestle in […]

Know the enemy

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As we continue in the story we come to chapter 3 with 5 years having passed since Esther became queen.  It is here that the story teller chooses to pick up the action again because the enemy of the people of God has been promoted to prominence.  This morning we meet Haman and we hear of […]

Our best for the pagans

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Living in the western world it isn’t hard to see that society is slipping away from Christian ideals.  This creates confusion for many in the church as we seek to know how to engage with this post-Christian world.  Looking at the way Mordecai and Esther conduct themselves as we meet them in chapter 2 helps […]

Longing for a better king

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This morning as we start to journey through the story of Esther we meet the first main character… the leader of the Persian Empire under whose reign Esther and the other Jews were forced to live; King Ahasuerus.  And from the very outset we see that he is a man completely engulfed by his own […]