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The Courage to Act (5 of 11)
Series: God's Perfect Work through Imperfect People
This evening, we continue our sermon series through the OT book of Esther. This is our fifth message in a series we've entitled God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People.
Remember what we've seen so far in Esther. In a miraculous way, a poor Jewish orphan girl named Esther becomes queen of the powerful Medo-Persian empire. God put here there for a reason. Her cousin, Mordecai, had raised her from birth. He was a wise and righteous man who discovered and reported a plot to kill the king. Instead of being recognized for his heroic act, his enemy, Haman was promoted to a place of prominence in the king's court. Haman hated Mordecai and had it out for his people, the Jews. He had the king sign an edict that all of the Jews throughout all of the provinces in the empire should be put to death. Mordecai knows that God has placed Esther in the king's palace for ''such a time as this.'' He has challenged her to do the unthinkable - approach the king uninvited and intercede for the lives of her people. If she does this, she could face death.
Tonight, we continue our series by looking at chapter 5 as we think about the subject, The Courage to Act. READ 5:1-14 - PRAY
Martin Luther took a stand against the most formidable power of his time - the Roman Catholic Church. He was like the Little Engine That Could going up against the entire Union-Pacific Railroad. In 1517 Luther called for a debate by nailing his Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenburg. This debate, along with his lectures and books, put him on a track that ran to Rome. A collision was inevitable. In April of 1521 the governing council of the Germanic states convened in the city of Worms to confront Luther about his beliefs. When asked if he would repudiate his inflammatory statements about the Pope and the Church, he faced his accusers with stalwart resolve and proclaime ...
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