Resources on Providence

Resources on Providence

The Park City Podcast – S1:E18

Providence and Conversion What are we to make of the 400-year period when Israel is awaiting the Messiah and God appears absent? What’s so miraculous about conversion? In this episode, David and Phil discuss God’s providence as Israel awaits the coming Messiah.  Then, in the devotional, they discuss how the Lord works in our hearts to lead us to faith.  This discussion on God’s providence stems from the current sermon series on the book of Esther.  Despite not being mentioned…

Relief

In this passage, we wrap up the book of Esther with two reminders about the work of God in our lives.  First, He is working even when we cannot see Him.  Second, He uses all of us to accomplish His purposes through our unique gifting.  Wherever we are, God has commissioned us to be Christ there.   Esther 9:1-10:3 9 On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out.…

The Park City Podcast – S1:E17

providence and election Where do we see God’s providence in Israel’s exile to Babylon? How is the doctrine of election good news? In this episode, David and Phil discuss God’s providence during the division of the kingdom of Israel and its subsequent exile to Babylon.  Then, in the devotional, they discuss what the Bible has to say about the doctrine of election, as well as what makes this a challenging topic to talk about.   This discussion on God’s providence…

The God of Reversals

In this passage, two reversals take center stage.  First, Mordecai experiences a reversal of fortunes as he goes from outcast to joining the king’s leadership.  Second, Esther leads the charge in the reversal of Haman’s decree against the Jews.  These two reversals remind us that God has a habit of redeeming broken things, and in fact, that is the very work He is doing presently.  While we may not personally experience the redemption of what is broken, we know that…

The Park City Podcast – S1:E16

Providence and Salvation How does God’s covenant with King David reveal more of His redemptive plan? What are the implications of being saved by grace? In this episode, David and Phil discuss God’s covenant with King David and the Lord’s providence in promising an everlasting Kingdom. Then, in the devotional, they introduce the topic of salvation and discuss the implications of being saved by grace through faith. This discussion on God’s providence stems from the current sermon series on the…

The Park City Podcast – S1:E15

Providence and the Holy Spirit’s Work in Believers What does the exodus teach us about God’s providence? What role does the Holy Spirit play in our salvation? In this episode, David and Phil highlight God’s providence from the exodus to the period of the judges of Israel.  Then, in the devotional, they discuss the value of the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of a believer.   This discussion on God’s providence stems from the current sermon series on the…

Deliverance Comes From God

Esther 6:1-14 1 That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. 2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.4…

The Moment of Decision

Esther 4:1-17 1 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. 3 In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many…

The Park City Podcast – S1:E14

Providence and The Holy Spirit’s Work in the Life of Christ What do we learn about God’s providence through His preservation of Joseph? How does Jesus’ reliance on the Spirit show us our need for that same reliance? In this episode, David and Phil discuss God’s providence in the lives of Jacob and Joseph, and they consider how God’s providence is decisive over all human actions.  Then, in the devotional, they discuss the Spirit’s work in the life of Christ…

Power, Persecution, and Providence

Esther 3:1-15 3:1 After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. 2 All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. 3 Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” 4 Day after…

The Park City Podcast – S1:E13

Providence and the Holy Spirit’s Work in the Old Testament Where do we see God’s providence in the life and calling of Abraham? How does examining the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament help us learn about our present need for Him? In this episode, David and Phil highlight God’s providence in the life and calling of Abraham.  Then, in the devotional, they discuss how the Holy Spirit was at work throughout the Old Testament.  This discussion…

Esther and Mordecai

Esther 2:1-23 2:1 Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. 2 Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 3 Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai,…