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  • Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Apr 10, 2021
     | 88 views

    Jesus concluded the profound statements from the cross with a final prayer to the Father. This was not a resignation of defeat, but the words of the sovereign Lord who remained in complete control, even in death.

  • Haman’s Sinister Scheme Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Apr 7, 2021
     | 55 views

    The plot continues to thicken for Mordecai and Esther. Just when it appeared the Jews would enjoy a season of peace and prosperity, Haman devised a plan to destroy the them throughout the kingdom. Regardless of Haman's intentions, God remained sovereign and would preserve His people.

    Haman’s Sinister Scheme Esther 3: 8-15 While Esther, Mordecai, and the Jews within Persia may have rejoiced in Esther being crowned as queen, they would soon find themselves dealing with an executive order from Ahasuerus that would strike fear in their hearts. The hatred Haman had for Mordecai had ...read more

  • Trouble Is Brewing Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Mar 31, 2021
     | 64 views

    Mordecai, Esther, and the Jewish population in Persia may have been excited that a Jew had been selected as the new queen, but their excitement would not last. Trouble is brewing within the kingdom - a situation that will affect every Jew in the Persian Empire.

    Trouble is Brewing Esther 3: 1-7 It is likely that Mordecai and the Jews within Persia were feeling confident about their current situation. Although they remained a captive people within the land, one of their own had been crowned queen over the kingdom. This surely increased their outlook for ...read more

  • The Foundation For Favor Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Mar 24, 2021
     | 118 views

    Often events and circumstances in life take us by surprise. At times life is going according to plan, and then without warning, difficulty arrives. Thankfully, God is omniscient, knowing all things. He is never taken by surprise and always works according to His divine will.

  • The Search For A Queen (Part 2) Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Mar 17, 2021
     | 101 views

    As chapter two of Esther continues, we see more of the sovereignty of God revealed. Although it appeared His people had been forsaken, God had a plan and would use Esther to help bring about its fulfillment. Sovereignty is an attribute that brings peace and comfort to believers.

    The Search for a Queen (Part 2) Esther 2: 10-18 We have learned that due to her refusal to accommodate the king’s ridiculous demands, Vashti had been removed from her position as queen. After some time had passed, the king’s advisors developed a plan to locate and crown a new queen. The plan ...read more

  • My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Mar 14, 2021
     | 1,034 views

    While we may understand the words Jesus spoke in this statement, we lack the ability to comprehend the enormity of His words and the actual context in which He spoke them. He was forsaken so we could escape being eternally condemned and forsaken.

  • The Search For A Queen (Part 1) Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Mar 10, 2021
     | 132 views

    God's people were bound in captivity, but they were not forsaken. The Lord was working behind the scenes, orchestrating events that would benefit and prosper them. We see His sovereign hand at work in the selection of Esther as queen of Persia.

    The Search for a Queen (Part 1) Esther 2: 1-9 As we studied chapter one, we discovered a detailed picture of what life was like within the Persian Empire. King Ahasuerus was a man of great wealth and power. He sought to expand the kingdom, and nothing was off limits in his pursuit to do so, not ...read more

  • Behold Thy Mother Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Mar 7, 2021
     | 1,919 views

    The third saying from the cross of our Lord provided provision for His mother. Even as He hung in agony, dying to atone for sin, He was concerned with the well-being of His mother.

    Woman, Behold Thy Son John 19: 26-27 We have now come to the 3rd of Jesus’ sayings upon the cross. Literally these are two statements, but they are typically combined as the 3rd saying because they are within the same context. They both share the same idea and reveal a common desire of our ...read more

  • The Defiance Of The Queen Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Mar 2, 2021
     | 212 views

    Queen Vashti was expected to behave in a way contrary to conscience and she refused the king's command. Her refusal was the right decision to make, but it cost her dearly. Living upright will not always gain one the favor of the world.

  • Woman, Behold Thy Son Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Feb 27, 2021
     | 2,049 views

    As Jesus endured the sufferings and horrors of the cross, He remained concerned for the well-being of others. In this compelling statement, we find Jesus made both physical and spiritual provision for His mother.

    Woman, Behold Thy Son John 19: 26-27 We have now come to the 3rd of Jesus’ sayings upon the cross. Literally these are two statements, but they are typically combined as the 3rd saying because they are within the same context. They both share the same idea and reveal a common desire of our ...read more

  • The Decadence Of The King Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Feb 24, 2021
     | 244 views

    Esther lived within the Persian Empire, an environment hostile to the Hebrew people. Although their situation seemed dire, God had a plan to preserve and prosper His people. The opening passage provides insight to the culture in Persia.

    The Decadence of the King Esther 1: 1-9 The opening chapter of Esther reveals the ungodly condition of the society in which God’s people were dwelling. It was a culture that possessed and promoted unbridled lusts and insatiable appetites. The people within Media and Persia had one goal in life: ...read more

  • Today Shalt Thou Be With Me In Paradise Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Feb 20, 2021
     | 1,438 views

    As Jesus hung on the cross, between two condemned malefactors, He spoke words of grace to one who was repentant. In His dying moments, our Lord revealed the grace He came to secure for all who look to Him by faith.

  • Father, Forgive Them... Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Feb 13, 2021
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     | 1,470 views

    As Christ was lifted between heaven and earth upon the cross, He uttered seven statements as He hung dying to provide redemption for fallen humanity. The first was a prayer to the Father, one in which Christ sought forgiveness for those responsible for the crucifixion.

    Father, Forgive Them Luke 23:34 Luke 23:33a – And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him. These are the solemn words that Luke records concerning the crucifixion of our Lord. There is no great detail, just a simple statement, there they crucified him. ...read more

  • A Word Of Conclusion For The Church Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Feb 9, 2021
     | 539 views

    As Paul concludes the first letter to the Thessalonian church, he offers a final exhortation and encouragement. They faced much adversity, but the Lord would abide faithful, guiding them in ministry.

  • The Heart Of A Healthy Church Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Feb 2, 2021
     | 819 views

    Having spent much time dealing with the end times, Paul shifted his focus mid-way through the closing chapter. He sought to ensure the church developed and maintained a healthy culture in order to remain effective in the midst of trying times.

    The Heart of a Healthy Church 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-15 We are getting close to the conclusion of the first letter Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church. He has covered much with them – seeking to encourage, admonish, and challenge them in their faith. Thessalonica was not a perfect church, but ...read more