Interrupted, Humbled, and Changed—Luke 5:1-11

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

I want you to think back and remember how you came to faith in Christ:

 

  • How did God get your attention? 
  • How did you view yourself when you first saw Christ for who he really is? 
  • What did you turn away from to follow him?

 

Each of us come to Christ in different ways. Some of us were saved with our mother’s kneeling beside us at bedtime. Others in a church. Some of us take an intellectual route—studying the evidence before coming to the life shattering conclusion that Jesus is real.

 

But there are common elements in all our testimonies. Somehow God interrupts us and gets our attention. We see ourselves humbled as sinners in the holy light of Jesus. We are changed as we forsake our sin and old lifestyle to follow Jesus.

 

We see these things in life of Peter here in Luke 5. First we see Peter…

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Unseen, God Works Behind The Scenes—The Book of Esther

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Before we get into Esther, there’s a strange issue about this book of the Bible that we need to consider: God is never mentioned in Esther. Not once. 

 

Does that surprise you? How can it be that there be a book in the Bible—a ten chapter book—where God isn’t mentioned?

 

I actually think that is the point of the book. Often, God does not seem to us to be at the forefront in our lives. He is unseen.

 

We may live out our entire lives and never see a bonafide miracle. Does that mean that God is not working? No, of course not. Even in the midst of our darkest times, God is doing 10,000 things!

 

This is what we will discover in Esther. Despite perilous times, she trusted the unseen God and he worked behind the scenes to save not only her, but her people. 

 

First, let’s see…

 

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