Contributed on Jul 16, 2013
God is always at work at we can trust Him, even when evil looks like it is taking over.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who had just undergone a very complicated operation on his intestines, but kept complaining about a bump on his head and a terrible headache. 1. Since his operation had been on his abdomen, he couldn’t figure out why he had such a headache, but ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2013
An introduction to a sermon series on the story of Esther. In this sermon we investigate how God works providentially in Esther's life and in ours. The series is based on Charles Swindoll"s book on Esther from his great Bible character series.
Introduction: A. The story is told about 9 people who were hanging from a rope that came down from a helicopter. 1. The group of 9 people hanging from that rope was made up of 8 men and 1 woman. 2. All 9 people agreed that that one person should get off the rope, because if they didn't, the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2013
This sermon covers most of Esther 1 and 2. I tell that part of the story and then draw some applications at the end.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a husband who was heading out to work one day, when his wife said, “I bet you don't know what day this is!” 1. The husband was perplexed, but was always a quick on his feet, he said, “Of course I know what day this is, my dear. How could I ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2013
In this sermon, we consider the part of the story of Esther where she enters the contest and wins the kings heart and the crown. For application, we wrestle with the questions: Where were the parents and was Esther always godly?
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who after being away on a business trip, thought it would be nice to bring a little gift home to his wife. 1. The man went into a store and asked the clerk, “Can you recommend some perfume as a gift for my wife?” 2. The clerk showed him a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 24, 2013
This sermon covers the part of the story of Esther where she learns about the edict and is challenged by Mordecai to do something about it. For application we explore the difference one person can make.
Introduction: A. I want to begin with a fictitious and humorous obituary – sounds like an oxymoron, right? 1. Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, their name is “Someone Else.” 2. Someone Else's passing creates a vacancy ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2013
I cover the part of the story where Esther approaches the king and asks for the king and Haman to join her for a banquet. I talk about waiting on the Lord before taking important stands.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who went to church one Sunday and was very tired from his late night activities the night before. 1. Finding the sermon to be long and boring, the sleepy man finally nodded off to sleep. 2. The preacher, who had been noticing the man nodding off, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2013
In this sermon we learn that God is sovereign and we can trust Him, and that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Introduction: A. Let’s s begin this sermon with a simple riddle. 1. What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work? A stick. 2. Boomerangs are instruments that are usually made of wood, and are designed to circle back to the thrower. So, a good boomerang, in the hand of a skilled person, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2013
This sermon is the conclusion of the series and is a summary of the last two chapters of Charles Swindoll's book on Esther.
Introduction: A. The story is told about a time when God the Father, Jesus, and Moses were out playing golf. 1. Moses stepped up to the tee and hit the ball. It went sailing down the fairway and landed in the water hazard. a. Not a problem for Moses. Moses raised his club, the water parted and ...read more