There are at least three general positions on the matter of civil disobedience. The anarchist view says that a person can choose to disobey the government whenever he likes and whenever he feels he is personally justified in doing so. Such a stance has no biblical support whatsoever, as evidenced
In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of
In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be
In 1776, one vote gave America the English language
instead of German.
In 1839, one vote elected Marcus Morton governor of
In 1845, one vote brought Texas into
The Hebrew midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s orders and refused to kill the Jewish babies (Ex. 1:15–22). Daniel and his three friends refused to eat the king’s food (Dan. 1), and the three friends also refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s image (Dan. 3). The apostles refused to stop witnessing in
We read in the Bible how, at the end of the Great Flood, the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat (which some identify as the Armenian Highlands). Since the Torah doesn’t ascribe any intrinsic holiness to Noah’s Ark, it is not at all surprising that once Noah left it, there isn’t any real
Some Bible students have seen in Haman an illustration of the “man of sin”, or the Antichrist, who will one day appear and ruthlessly rule over humanity (2 Thess. 2; Rev. 13).
Haman was given great authority from the king, and Satan will give great power to this wicked world ruler we call the
Myra Wattinger was 40 years old and living in Pasadena, Texas when she experienced a traumatic event in her life. She was raped and then became pregnant. She did not feel that she could take care of a child, so she placed an ad in the Houston Post newspaper at the time she gave birth to a baby
In 1937 Walt Disney released the first full-length animated movie which has garnered almost one billion in total sales: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Producing an animated movie was a gargantuan task. Disney artists drew over one million pictures. Each picture flashed onto the screen for a mere
Centuries after Esther lived, there lived a man named William Cowper. At the young age of thirty-two, wracked by deep depression and despair, Cowper decided finally to take matters into his own hands and kill himself. He hired a carriage to take him to the Thames River.
The carriage driver, a
John Parker was seated outside the president’s box, in the passageway beside the door. From where he sat, Parker couldn’t see the stage, so after Lincoln and his guests settled in, he moved to the first gallery to enjoy the play. Later, Parker committed an even greater folly: At intermission, he
Means to follow your husband as he follows Christ.
Intended to bless and protect the wife, not to enslave her.
Does not mean that she is without voice in decision – making (Gethsemane).
Never to be used by the man by force.
Never to be used as an excuse for evil.
Should always reflect the way
Chuck Swindoll writes, "Though God may at times seem distant, and though He is invisible to us, He is always invincible. This is the main lesson of the Book of Esther. Though absent by name from the pages of this particular book of Jewish history, God is present in every scene and in the
Tony Evans described God's providence this way:
“There are many times in our lives when God is nowhere to be found.
There are many times when we look for God, but He cannot be located.
There are many times when it seems like God is letting things happen to you and me that He wouldn’t
WHY STUDY THIS BOOK?
• To learn important lessons about the Providence of God – especially His ability to preserve His people, despite the severity of threats from formidable adversaries.
• To encourage us to continue to trust in God and His Providence when circumstances around us seem darkest
I admire Queen Vashti. In the midst of an unsavory
"scene she was brave enough to say no to that which was
blatantly wrong, and in resisting this insulting act of
indignity, she took a stand against the greatest power in her
universe. Good for her!
Submission does not mean that a wife is a
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that God is asleep when
it comes to nations, or that He is out of touch when it comes
to carnal banquets, or that He sits in Heaven wringing His
hands when it comes to godless rulers (and foolish
presidents!) who make unfair, rash, or stupid decisions.
"So it came about when the command and decree of the king were heard and many young ladies were gathered to Susa the capital into the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken to the king’s palace into the custody of Hegai, who was in charge of the women". (Esther 2:8).
I’m intrigued by
Knowing the king’s strong sensual appetite, the counselors suggested that he assemble a new harem composed of the most beautiful young virgins in the empire. This was not a “beauty contest” where the winners were rewarded by having a chance for the throne. These young women were conscripted against
On July 9th, 1755, during the French and Indian War, after a difficult battle, George Washington gathered his troops and went to Fort Cumberland in western Maryland, arriving there on July 17, 1755.
The next day, Washington wrote a letter to his family explaining that after the battle was over, he
What a blessing it is to have a pastor who loves the Lord, who teaches the Word, and who leads his "flock" aright. I thank God we have a man like that in the church which I attend. In these days of apostasy, when there is such a tragic departure from an emphasis on the Word, how we
J Vernon McGee offers the following illustration of humility of mind and adds a practical application. The story is told of a group of people who went in to see Beethoven’s home in Germany. After the tour guide had showed them Beethoven’s piano and had finished his lecture, he asked if any of them