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FACES OF FAITH

SHE SAID 'NO'

ESTHER 1:1-12 (The Message)

Having the bravery and confidence to stand up to an inappropriate request from a superior is both paramount to the moral foundation of society and extemely difficult. We each know deep down when we are doing right or wrong. Our decisions can influence others, too.

 

A DESCENDANT OF DEBORAH

JUDGES 4:4-9 (The Message)

Having the bravery and confidence to stand up to an inappropriate request from a superior is both paramount to the moral foundation of society and extemely difficult. We each know deep down when we are doing right or wrong. Our decisions can influence others, too.

 

 

NECESSARY LIES

EXODUS 1: 8-21 (The Message)

Pharoah had a clever plan. In an attempt to obliterate the Hebrews in Egypt, he enlists midwives to pull a quick-handed maneuver by smothing any male Heberw baby seconds after birth, causing their mothers to believe they were stillborn. Instead, Shiphrah and Puah, two gutsy women, throw a wrench into his plans.

 

 

WHEN WE GET SCARED

MATTHEW 26:1-5, 14-16, 47B - 50)

Judas represents those who are afraid to stand up against the pwerful. He allows fear to move him. He faces torture and death by aligning himself with Jesus and does what many of us would do -- choose safety and betrayal, inasted of the path of suffering in a fight that seems impossible to win.

 

 

'I'M SORRY. I DON'T DANCE'

DANIEL3:8-21, 24-26

Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego exemplified courage as they walked with the presence of God among the flames. Their trust in God overcame the human tendency to fear.

REBEL WITH A CAUSE

JOSHUA 2:1-14

Rahab lived at the edge of life, on the edge of the law, of love, of hope. But even out on the eduge, God as at work in her life.

A LONG-AWAITED HOLY ENCOUNTER

LUKE 2:21-38

Luke could easily have left Anna out of the story; Simeon had already declared the Messiah was present. But she leans in from the margins, the shadows, the edges of the scene to approach her newborn king. After all, she had been waiting for 84 years to experience this moment. 

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