by Jim Perdue

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From Rags to Riches (3 of 11)
Series: God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People
Jim Perdue
Esther 2:1-23

This evening, we continue our sermon series through the OT book of Esther. We will spend at least 10 more weeks in this book as we think about the theme God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People.

Tonight, we begin this series by reading the second chapter in the book of Esther and thinking about the subject, From Rags to Riches. READ TEXT - PRAY

The phrase ''from rags to riches'' is one that we have all heard before. It was a man by the name of Horatio Alger Jr. who coined the phrase and made a name for himself in the late 1800's. Mr. Alger was the author of novels for boys and became famous for his stories about boys who rose from poverty to wealth and fame through hard work, virtuous living, and luck. He devoted much of his time and money to helping orphans and runaway boys in New York City. The name Horatio Alger is still used to describe fictional and real-life individuals who achieve ''rags to riches'' success through their own efforts. We all love a good ''rags to riches'' story don't we? We love to hear how a local boy who grew up in poverty made good through hard work and struggled and fought his way to the top. We love to remember the story of Cinderella - a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. Are these ''rags to riches'' stories only the stuff of fairytales or do they happen in real life too?*

I'm sure you may have your own example of a ''rags to riches'' story in real life. But I want to direct your attention tonight to a true story about a woman named Esther.

A.B. Simpson once said, ''God is preparing His heroes and when the opportunity comes, He can fit them into their places in a moment, and the world will wonder where they came from.'' Dr. Simpson might have added that God also prepares His heroines, for certainly Esther was divinely prepared for her role as the ...

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