The book of Esther reads like a movie script, complete with a beautiful, courageous young girl (Esther), a fearless hero (Mordecai), and the dastardly villain (Haman). It’s a story of faith, bravery, suspense, betrayal and palace intrigue with a satisfying ending. How does Esther inspire us today?
Finding motivation for faith does not have to be a difficult task, because the Old Testament is full of individuals whose faith and actions were God-honoring and incredibly heroic. If we observe and study their lives we will find a treasure trove of faith strengthening tools and examples for our practical everyday use.
Glory is overrated! We glorify the oddest things. We praise uniqueness over integrity, honor.style over perseverance and extol boisterousness over sound reasoning. Glorifying God is a different story, though. How can we do that, even when things are at their worst?
Freedom of choice is very important to citizens of the United States. If God knows the end from the beginning as well as all our thoughts, do we still have real freedom of choice? Is there a difference between "freedom" and "license" to do something?
Loving our enemies is probably one of the most difficult concepts that Jesus gave to his followers, however he is probably one of the GREATEST examples of truly living what he spoke. How did he show his love for those who cursed him and eventually killed him? How did Jesus show devotion to those who were devious and hostile, attachment to those who antagonized him and affection for those who became his adversaries? How can we adopt that same attitude of love in our lives? Listen to this week’s inspiring Christian Questions for the answers.
What kind of legacy are you leaving your children, and if you don't have children, what kind of example are you leaving your friends and family? Can you do better? Have you ever thought about what it takes to make a beautiful character that will be remembered for the ages?