This week, Pastor Rebecca wraps up our series going through the book of Esther. As we reach the resolution of the story, we see what finally happens and how the Jewish people are protected. The story of Esther is messy, where the reader is wondering where God is in the everyday circumstances. How do we navigate a messy world where it seems like God is absent?
Gary takes us through chapters 5-7 as the plot thickens in Esther’s story. One of the main themes in Esther is how we see “coincidences” or things that “just so happen” to occur at exactly the right time. Since the author intentionally doesn’t mention God, we are left to peer behind the events as they happen on the surface, and see God’s hand working, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
Looking at chapter 4 of the book of Esther, Gary challenges us to consider who we identify as; with the people of God, or with the world. Esther faces a tough choice in this chapter, how will she respond when her life is threatened and the lives of the entire Jewish people?
As we continue through the Book of Esther we see themes that can be reflected in the world around us. Gary looks at chapter 3 and the history of the issues of the Jewish people, and how that can be mirrored in the disdain often reserved for God’s people throughout history.
The Book of Esther is unique in the Bible in that God isn’t actually mentioned once! There are no prayers, God doesn’t speak, and we get to see the dramatic story unfold. Throughout the story, we see messiness, scandal, sex, and drama, and yet… we see the Lord at work whether it looks obvious at the time or not.
Rebecca, with guest appearance from her husband Nate, is sharing some principles about parenting that ALL of us can apply to our lives. No matter what phase of life you find yourself in, these principles apply to friendship, discipleship, and parenting.
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Week 2 in our Conquering the Giants series. Gary is speaking about how we face illness in our lives. While in the middle of the COVID-19 issue this is timely, it’s also incredibly relevant to our everyday lives. Whether you are dealing with a chronic issue, a scary diagnosis, or walking through that with someone you love, illness is a part of our lives. How do we face that giant?
There is so much fear in our world right now; all areas of our lives have gone topsy turvy. How do we deal with fear? How do we face giants that seem impossible? Pastor Gary Bye kicks off our new series by talking about the fear that all of us have.
This Easter Sunday is truly different than any we have experienced before! Pastor Gary Bye looks at how the 3 Days that changed the world that first Easter echo in our lives today; particularly during this season of uncertainty.