1. Brave / Week 7 / Be Brave: Expose the enemy


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    There are times when we've got to step up to expose the enemies in our lives, and in the seventh chapter of Esther, the small-town girl turned Queen experienced one of them. What can we learn…

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    • Brave / Week 6 / Be Brave: Stop fighting God


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      Perhaps no chapter in the Bible presents the two opposing themes of God's sovereignty and man's pride quite like Esther 6. On the one hand, God sovereignly moves through events like insomnia…

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      • Brave / Week 5 / Be Brave: Approach the throne


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        The 5th chapter of Esther gives us an incredible contrast between 2 very different attitudes with which we can approach the throne of our King, and as Paul points out, it is the difference between…

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        • Brave / Week 4 / Be Brave: Make the change public


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          In Esther 4, we find the Queen struggling with her identity, or at least, with the idea of going public with her identity. Isn't that us? We've been changed by the power of God personally…

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          • Brave / Week 3 / Be Brave: Sharks in the water


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            All good stories have plenty of plot twists and turns, and it is usually the presence of a villain or impossible situation that makes the climax of a movie so powerful. Esther is no different, and…

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            • Brave / Week 2 / Be Brave: Let God redeem bad choices


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              Esther 2:1 says that later, King Xerxes remembered what he'd done to his queen. All of us can relate to the regret of bad choices, can't we? And yet, just like Xerxes, even though we regret…

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              • Brave / Week 1 / Be Brave: Start a coup


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                The story of Esther isn't about perfect people as much as it's about imperfect people in the hands of a perfect God at the perfect time accomplishing his purpose. In chapter 1, we find…

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                • Easter At The Gathering // 2015 // Open


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                  Nothing is worse than the anticipation of a great adventure only to find that the place you had been anticipating was closed. Sadly, the church has become that for so many who anticipate hope, need…

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                  • The Helper, Part 11 // How to be a fruit tree


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                    After everything we've learned about the Helper and what he wants to do in us and through us, it all comes down to this one simple truth: when the Spirit bears fruit, our lives bear truth. Nothing…

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                    • The Helper, Part 10 // Be clear, not weird.


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                      When it comes to using the gifts of the Spirit in the church, too often we're guilty of being more confusing than clear, and at the end of the day, clear is critical because the gospel must be…

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