1. The story behind the name Hadessah.

    Hadessah Grace Satterfield

    I would like to tell you quick story about the meaning of the name Hadessah. Of all the books in the entire Bible there are only 2 books that are named after a female. The book of Ruth and the book of Esther. Now the story of Esther opens on the great and terrible king of Persia. His name is Xerxes. Xerxes the Great. He is known for his fight against the Greeks in the Persian Wars and particularly the battle against the spartans. Anyway -- the story opens on Xerxes, he is drunk and he’s having a wonderful time but becomes very angry because his queen embarrasses him in front of his guests.

    Then in chapter 2 there is a complete scene change as we are introduced to 2 Jews living in Persia. It says, “Now there was Jew from the tribe of Benjamin living in Persia whose name was Mordecai. He was raising his uncle’s daughter whose name was Hadassah, that is Esther.” So -- Hadassah is Esther’s real name - her Hebrew name - and Kelly and I just think it is such a beautiful and strong name.

    Myrtle
    Well, after some research we learned that Hadassah means myrtle tree. This is significant because, well -- Kelly loves trees but also, in the Bible humans are likened to trees.

    “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream...”

    Also, Zechariah has a vision of Jesus walking among the myrtles trees. Hadassah means myrtle tree and the myrtle tree symbolizes God’s righteous people who have been set apart for God’s purposes on the earth.

    The story of Esther is about a girl named Hadassah who was God’s righteous and chosen one - set apart for a very special purpose. Xerxes was so angry with his wife that he threw her out of the castle and then began a campaign, much like today’s The Bachelor, to find a new queen. Hadassah, or Esther, becomes that queen. God placed this righteous Hebrew in the palace of Xerxes the Great. Then, at just the right moment, Esther risks her life to approach the king, invites him to dinner, and convinces him to save her people from complete destruction. God used Hadassah to save the Jewish nation from a horrible holocaust. Incidentally, Jews today still celebrate that event in the Festival of Purim.


    Hidden
    Now there’s another interesting part about her name. In the story - Hadassah changes her name to Esther - which is a Persian name that means hidden. Hadassah is a Jew, who was hiding in the Persian Empire by taking a Persian name that literally means hidden.

    Now -- I find this fascinating because I believe that we are called, as Christians, to be in the world and to be part of the world while at the same time not being of the world. In other words - we are to be hidden within our own culture so that our righteousness might bring blessing on the people around us. This is the heart of what it means to be missional. Jesus hid his glory and became a man. The God of the Universe hid himself as a blue-collar carpenter in a little town called Nazareth.

    And so... Hadassah means myrtle tree - which is a picture of God’s righteous ones whose roots are set firmly in Jesus Christ - and Esther means hidden - which is a perfect picture of our missional mandate. With our faith deeply rooted in the righteousness of Christ we able to live and hide and influence our very culture.

    So - we are very excited about our new little baby girl and we are honored to name our little princess after the righteous and hidden Queen. /// story clips taken from 'one night with the king'.

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  2. As we open to the 132nd Psalm this evening we are opening to God’s record of the life of David. We are not sure if David wrote this Psalm or if it was written about him, but we do see the powerful message it contains.

    This Psalm is one of a set of 15 called the Psalms of Ascents. These were Psalms for pilgrims walking up to Jerusalem for the three feats each year that God asked for them to celebrate: Passover/Unleavened Bread; First Fruits, and Tabernacles (Exodus 23).

    There are also 15 broad steps leading up into the Temple Herod built, which also may have been the place that they Psalms were sung as they ascended into the House of the Lord. Whether both or either of these are the 15 steps or stops used, these Psalms are very much a part of the worship of the Lord.

    In Psalm 132 we find an explanation of David’s habits as a young man that fortified him for Goliath, a life of hardship and for being so useful to God.

    The Resolves of
    David’s Youth

    Thus Psalm 132 records how David started walking with the Lord as a young boy.

    This Psalm can be placed either at the start of David’s walk after being anointed King by Samuel in 1st Samuel 16.13; or here as he looks back and remembered God’s Hand on his life.

    What we can be sure of is that Psalm 132 is all about Making the Holy Resolves of a Godly Walk

    Dr. John Barnett continues his series on The Life of David. 19Sept2010PM LOD-17

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  3. Genesis 37
    Joseph was a boy with big dreams, big plans and a huge destiny from God that he felt ready to step into....is it possible God had some other ideas? Perhaps there where some lessons God wanted to teach Joseph along the way? Perhaps God could see the bigger picture, and what Joseph thought was going to be an ascent to greatness, actually took a downward plunge to humility. Throughout these few chapters of Genesis, we see Joseph grow from a 17-year-old boy who lacked wisdom, to a man in his 30's who had learnt to rely fully on God. As we explore the life of Joseph, we'll be looking at how God wants us to step into our own Kingdom destinies, but that sometimes there's a season of refining he wants us to go through before we do.

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  4. We’re working through the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes and are looking at Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

    It makes me think of when Jesus was talking and said, “A farmer goes out and sows his seed. Some fell on the rocky ground and they were taken away quickly. Some fell on the shallow soil so when the sun came, they withered. Some fell among the thorns that choked them out. But some seed fell on good soil and produced a crop of 30, 60, 100 fold of what was sown.”

    Jesus goes on to explain, saying that the seed that fell on the good soil stands for someone with a noble and good heart who receives the word, takes it in, and through Christ produces a crop. Are you the kind of person who’s a fourth soil person today? Do you have a noble and pure heart?

    8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” I know a lot of people who don’t believe in the idea that God wants to reveal Himself to us. They feel God is so distant and detached. But you can’t really believe in a God like that and read Scripture with authenticity and honesty. When you read Scripture, He’s a God who is completely involved in the lives of His disciples, revealing himself, speaking prophetically through other people to others, revealing himself through angels, speaking as a voice from heaven, a thundering voice from heaven. God wants to speak to us. You will see God.

    It makes me think of the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. The apostle Paul was there giving his ascent to Stephen. And they laid their cloaks right at his feet. Stephen who was known to be a man full of grace and power was actually a contemporary of Paul’s. They both studied under Gamaliel as Jewish Rabbis in training. And he found Christ. Stephen found Christ. Then he began to be used. At first he was a deacon in the early church and then he was used of God. He was full of power. Again, God was moving through him in powerful ways. And then because he came and gave testimony to the Jewish leaders of the day, they took him out and had him stoned.

    But do you remember what Scripture says? Right before Stephen died, he says he saw heaven open up. And his face shone like the face of an angel. He saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the father. It was just this amazing face. He had realized his life dream. His heart was to see God. His heart was to do the will of the Father. He was just confused as to what exactly that was until he found truth in Jesus Christ. Are you ready to be that good soil through which God produces a huge crop? I personally believe that that was the beginning of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus who became Paul. And that was a huge crop to be used by God to influence a guy who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament.

    So will you be that kind of a person today? Will you say, “God, if there are thorns in my life, remove them. If I do have shallow roots, Father, deepen my roots. Forgive me for having a shallow faith. And if I’m trying to have an easy (what Bonhoeffer would have called) simple faith or cheap grace, Father take me to a true, abiding faith in you. As you are the vine, I will abide as a branch in you, and you will bear much fruit through my life. I pray that we might have pure hearts, that we might see God, not only in heaven some day, but hear God moving through our lives and producing fruit and that we would hear his voice everyday.

    Let’s pray. Father God, we pray that you would give us those pure hearts. Remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh that respond to you, hearts that are sensitive to do your will. Father we pray that we would be the good soil. Plant your truth in us, God. Plant faith is us and grow that faith, that it would grow from a mustard seed to a great tree, a tree of life that you pour fruit from, fruit that will last. God thank you for loving the likes of us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Have a great day. God bless.

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  5. {{{ஜ۩۞۩ஜRevelation 8/10ஜ۩۞۩ஜ}}}The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water 11the name of the star is Wormwood ஜ۩۞۩ஜ(Luke 21:25-36)25ஜ۩۞۩ஜ “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.AS THE SECOND SUN -WORMWOOD- MOVES CLOSE, THE EARTH CRUST WILL RIP APART BY THE MASSIVE GRAVITATIONAL PULL IT HAS, LIKE A WOMAN IN LABOR, THE CONTRACTIONS ON EARTH WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE
    TELL THE BIG EVENT IN-ஜ۩۞۩ஜIsaiah 24:19ஜ۩۞۩ஜ The earth is broken up,the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken.THE SIGNS BEFORE POLE SHIFT AKA EARTH CRUST DISPLACEMENT OR AS THE BIBLE SAYS
    ஜ۩۞۩ஜ ஜ۩۞۩ஜThe sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its placeஜ۩۞۩ஜIsaiah 24:20ஜ۩۞۩ஜ The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls--never to rise again.Collective amnesia” is the phrase used to describe the “psychological phenomenon [in which] the most terrifying events of the past may be forgotten or displaced into the subconscious mind,” obscuring the real meaning of many archaeological discoveries and historical texts. the parallel between the reconstruction of buried events from the past bring to light the shattering experiences that affected all mankind.In view of the cosmic upheavals of the past, our own time of trouble is dwarfed.warning to the world that threatens to explode with hatred among the nations: the cosmic catastrophes may repeat themselves. ஜ۩۞۩ஜஜ۩۞۩ஜThere will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people--everyone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered.

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