In the Pressure of Persecution

The Hiddenness of God

February 4, 2024 • Rich Millhouse • Esther 3

 Esther chapter 3, explores the theme of "The Pressure of Persecution" and the chain reaction of decisions and actions. Haman's rise to power, Mordecai's refusal to bow down, and the subsequent plot to annihilate the Jews illustrates the power of destructive anger. However, just as an edict of destruction and murder is sent by couriers throughout the empire, so Jesus would proclaim an opposite message of healing, liberation and forgiveness sent out by his messengers, the church. 


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What does a lost Persian battle at Marathon and a king's rash rule making have to do with the Jewish people in exile? Esther chapter 1 explores and answers these questions. Listen and see how the seemingly Hiddenness of God is really about God at work even when we can't see it.  

In Our Pain

January 28, 2024 • Rich Millhouse • Esther 2

How do you deal with painful situations in your life? Do you have a numbing solution of your choice? Esther chapter 2 explores the Hiddenness of God in our pain and challenges our solutions. How does Ahasuerus deal with his pain of a lost battle? How does Esther deal with the pain of living in exile without mother or father? Sometimes our pain and sin lead to compromise and we believe the world's false promises. But Esther's story reminds us that those things will not disqualify us from the opportunity for later obedience. God is not finished with us yet.  

In Crisis and Courage

February 11, 2024 • Rich Millhouse • Esther 4

Esther chapter 4 explores the effects of a crises in our lives and how we may recognize and respond. Esther must make a choice, will she remain isolated and passive to the upcoming annihilation of the Jews? Or, will she demonstrate courage and risk approaching the king to stop it?