Thanks for stopping by.  I'm pastor of First Baptist Church in Dupo, IL.  You can visit the church website for information on the church: www.fbcdupo.org.  Here I hope to share some inspiration and perhaps a few tales from the winding road…this journey called life, where God can be seen in the moments of our day if we are looking for Him.  ~Roger~ 

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Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.  Let your heart live forever!
Psalm 22:26 

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For such a time as this...

We continue to look into the book of Esther on Wednesday evenings.  Last week we looked at chapter 4.

When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:  "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."

So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther's instructions. Esther 4:12-17

Esther had to make a choice, and she decided that regardless of the cost she would do what she could to make a difference.  She was willing to set aside her own concerns for her personal safety and attempt to help her people.  As a result we not only see her rise to heroism but also to leadership. 

Like Esther, we have opportunities to make a difference in the lives we come into contact with.  Until we truly believe that we can make a difference we won’t really be willing to risk. Only when we move from the safe harbor of theory to the rough waters of reality --- to actually do something --- will we see any changes take place. 

Are you watching for opportunities to make a difference?  Are you ready to step out and make a difference?

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