(December 3 & 4, 2016) Lead Pastor, Bobby Parschauer The story of Esther ends with a description of victory and celebration. It teaches us key principles that will help us in our own spiritual battles. The purpose of the annual celebration of Purim is to remember what God has done and allow our losses to bless us. Are there battles you are facing that can by helped by these principles? Is there evidence of God’s hand in your life that you can memorialize as a reminder of the faithful hand of God? Esther is a gripping story of God at work behind the scenes. God’s people are dispersed living under the rule of the greatest kingdom until that time. What makes the book so fascinating is that God is never mentioned, there is no reference to worship or faith, heaven or hell, or the prediction of Messiah, yet God is present in every scene, every event and circumstance, working for the good of His people. We will find ourselves in this story and be comforted by the fact that the real God of the Empire is our God, the God of the Universe.