A New Season

Today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Life is made up of many different seasons that come and go, and Solomon articulates this well in Ecclesiastes 3. As I write to you today, God has moved me forward into a new season. A couple of times over the past few months,...

For Such a Time as This

Today’s reading: Esther 7:1-6 Esther’s “for such a time as this” moment has arrived, and with God as her protector and guide, Esther handles herself and the situation well. We’re now to Esther’s second meal and the final piece of...

Firm

Today’s reading: Esther 5:9; Matthew 5:13-16 I had intended to blog about Haman and pride today, but I didn’t get past verse 9 because of what it tells us about Mordecai. Perhaps you took notice of it too? Esther 5:9 says: “And Haman went out that...

Crisis Management, Part 2

Today’s reading: Esther 4:1-17 Yesterday we looked at Mordecai’s thinking and actions in a crisis situation. But Esther 4 also gives us a look at how Esther processed and responded when she encountered crisis. When Esther hears about the king’s...

How Not to Lead

Today’s reading: Esther 3:7-15 Haman’s vengeful scheming against the Jews takes on structure and form as we move further into Esther 3. But rather than Haman’s evil plan of annihilation, it was King Ahasuerus and his poor example as a leader that...

All-In Thanks and Praise

Today’s reading: Psalm 111:1-10 The very first verse of Psalm 111 is so appropriate for a Sunday morning. I love its urging and the challenge it puts before us to praise God with ALL we have in us as we gather together for church (literally at church if your...
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