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Child or Adult?

Walking into Toys R Us you can be staggered by the number of aisles and variety of toys available for a child's amusement. You buy what you think will be just the right toy for your child or grandchild and think to yourself "this will keep 'em busy." But the reality is that most toys will be used for a brief time until they are either broken by overuse or of no longer interest to the child. A child is focused on themselves. They seek their own satisfaction and don't understand what it means to hurt another by keeping them away from "their toys." Paul used the picture of a child to challenge the Corinthian Christians concerning the way they acted when they assembled together. He said, "Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults." (1 Corinthians 14:20) The Corinthian Christians preferred specific gifts over others, showed off their "spiritual abilities," and became inconsiderate o…

Hard Truth

Truth is not always easy to share, even among those you love and respect, but in the case of Esther and Mordecai, it was essential to share for the fate of the Jewish race depended on it. So, when Esther is challenged by Mordecai to speak to the king about the dire situation concerning Haman's plan to annihilate the Jews and she seems to hesitate, Mordecai shares the truth with her. He says, "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:12-14) Three messages are encapsulated into these three sentences and bring truth to us in our lives: Position in a seemingly safe place does not guarantee protection from evil when it manifests itself. Living in America doesn't mean your…

Hand of God

The book of Esther is an illustration of the perpetual chess game between God and satan. It takes place approximately 473 years before Christ's birth. The pieces on the chess board include King Xerxes, the ruler over the 127 provinces of the Persian Empire that stretch from India to Africa; Queen Vashti, the reigning queen of the realm who was a beautiful and willful woman; Mordecai, a Jewish man of the tribe of Benjamin whose family had been taken into exile by King Nebuchadnezzar, a previous world ruler; Esther, his cousin whom he had adopted after her parents had died; Haman, an instrument of satan and hater of the Jews; and various pawns who were nobles, eunuchs, royal officials, and officers in the military. The story revolves around the potential annihilation of the Jewish people. As is important in any chess game, the idea is to always be several moves ahead of your opponent. Here are moves that God made to be ready when satan made his first move: God has to have created Esth…