Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

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Identity Crisis

October 10, 2010

 

Identity Crisis

Esther

 

Synopsis: Esther was a Jew.  She canceled her identity and became the queen of the Persians.  But Haman got King Xerxes to allow all of the Jews in the empire to be killed on a certain date.  Mordecai (Esther’s cousin who had adopted her after her parents deaths) warned her and told her that she might have been put in her position for “such a time as this.” 

      Esther called her people to a time of fasting and prayer.  She chose to be identified with the people of God.  Her challenge was great, but she was given wisdom to know how to turn the table on those who wanted to destroy all of the Jews.  Through her actions Esther brought about a change and deliverance for the people of God.

      Others through history have faced their own identity crisis.  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. faced his crisis when confront by hate and threaten by violence.  Like Esther, King found the strength to face his fears when he made the choice to be identified with those who were hurting.  Like Esther, the challenge was greater than he could overcome on his own so King called fellow believers to a time of prayer and fasting.  And like Esther, King was granted wisdom to know how to confront his adversaries and bring relief to those like him who longed to be free.  A rifle shot ended his life, but not silence the message, “Let freedom ring…”

      Many believers today are faced with an identity crisis and the people of their communities are waiting for them to make a choice to be identified them in their need.  The challenge is great.  The needs are greater than our resources, but not greater than our God.  We need to come to a time of prayer and fasting.  “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

      Make your choice!  Accept your challenge!  Change your world!  Your time has come!

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Esther 4:13-16

 

Scripture Reading: Esther 4:13-14

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Accepting the Challenge

October 3, 2010

 

Accepting the Challenge

Ezra, Nehemiah

 

Synopsis: Like Billy Graham in our own time, Ezra and Nehemiah made a choice to follow God and be identified as the people of God.  It was a decision that brought danger to them and their families and those who travel with them.  They decided to return to the land of Judah and rebuild the temple and the walls of Jerusalem.  They not only made a choice, they accepted the challenge and when to work to make the change happen for them and for the lives of those around them.

      Billy Graham in an article in the October 2010 issue of Decision answered the question of “What is a Christian?”  He wrote, “I believe a Christian is three things: A Christian is a person who has made a choice, a person who has accepted a challenge, a person who has been changed through the new birth.”  Are you that kind of person?

      It is a truly wonderful blessing to live in a country where you are free to make that choice.  Most of the people in the world are denied the freedom to make that choice to follow Jesus Christ.  All who do make the choice are confronted with various challenges, starting with ourselves.  The choice is not enacted until the challenge has been meet and the change realized. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Nehemiah 8:2-3

 

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-3

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