A Great Reversal

By Gail Peo In Chapter 7 of Esther, the wicked, deceptive Haman was exposed as the orchestrator of the edict to destroy, kill, and annihilate the Jews, the people of Queen Esther. We felt great relief when Haman was hung on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Even the king’s anger was abated. But …

Craving Respect

By Ashley Synowicki As chapter 3 of Esther begins, we are met with a shift of events. Readers expect to see how Mordecai is honored for his loyalty in exposing the plot against king at the end of Chapter 2. Surprisingly, we learned that Chapter 3 is five years in the future. Instead of Mordecai, …

God’s Hidden Hand

by Gail Peo Queen Vashti, queen to King Ahasuerus, in the kingdom of Persia, was dismissed fromthis position because she refused to come to the king when he called her. Later, theking’s anger abated, and he began to remember Queen Vashti. In response, the youngmen in the king’s presence suggested that he make some changes. …

Faithful

If you want to know someone, what better way than to go to the source? Allow that person to describe themselves to you. That’s why I find verses in the Bible where God describes Himself especially helpful. Take, for example, these verses: And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and …

Wearing Jesus

"Religion tells you what to do. Jesus tells you who you are. When you know who you are, you know what to do."Alan Caplin I came across this quote this past week when I was in the middle of studying Colossians 3:5-17. I couldn't help thinking what a perfect summary it was of what is …

Things That are Above

By Ashley Synowicki In week 7 we discussed Colossians 3:1-4: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ …