June 2017 – Esther, Jonah & Daniel

Esther, Jonah & Daniel

This month, we have the opportunity to dive into three epic Old Testament stories where God showed up miraculously to defy severe odds for His people and His purposes.  Esther became queen and was instrumental in saving God’s people from genocide through faith, persistence, and wisdom.  Jonah defied God and ran from His assignment to Ninevah, earning a ride in the belly of a fish.  God was faithful in spite of Jonah’s attitude.  Daniel flourished at a high level in the king’s court, using his gifts and his faith to advance God’s name in a pagan culture bent on destroying him and his friends.  God rescued him from the lions and added favor to his life and ministry.


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