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December 20, 2016
By Mike Evans

When the Jewish people were facing the threat of mass extinction, a courageous young woman named Esther answered the call and stepped forward to save them. Esther had been chosen as queen over the Persian empire to replace Vashti. While no one knew that Esther was Jewish, the identity of her cousin Mordecai was known. He earned the enmity of a powerful official named Haman. Ahasuerus had promoted Haman and ordered everyone to bow when he passed by, but Mordecai refused. In keeping with his Jewish faith, he would bow to no one but God.
December 14, 2016
By Mike Evans

In the second chapter of Joshua we are told of a Divine intervention and miraculous deliverance in the story of Rahab, the prostitute. Days before the famous march around the walls began Joshua had sent two men to assess the situation inside the city. As they stealthily slipped from shadow to shadow down the streets, an alarm was given and the men were forced to run for their lives. They took refuge in the home of Rahab. She hid them and asked that in return they promise to spare her life when Jericho was captured.
December 12, 2016
By Mike Evans

Submission to the voice of the Holy Spirit saved the life of the apostle Paul and his shipboard companions while he was sailing to Rome to appeal to Caesar. Despite Paul’s admonition and warning, it was determined that the ship could reach the next scheduled port without difficulty. Readying the ship, the crew hoisted the sails on the first sunny day. Several hours after leaving port—at the point of no return—a storm overtook the ship. Unable to turn back to the port at Fair Havens, the craft and its terrified crew were left to be battered by the angry waves. It would have been well within Paul’s right to toss out a hearty “I told you so!” Instead, he did the one thing he knew would help the situation: He began to fast and pray.
December 7, 2016
By Mike Evans

If you have studied the Bible, you know the story of Jacob—how he and his mother, Rebekah, deceived his father, Isaac, into giving him the blessing that should have gone to his twin brother Esau. To save his life, he was sent away to live with his mother’s brother, Laban. Soon after his arrival in Haran, Jacob fell deeply in love with Rachel. After pledging to work seven years for her hand in marriage, Jacob was deceived by Laban, who replaced Rachel at the marriage ceremony with her veiled older sister Leah. A devastated and disappointed Jacob promised to work an additional seven years in order to marry Rachel.
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