Made For More (Week 6): Esther

At the risk of ticking some of you off (including my daughter), I think one of the creepiest shows on TV is “The Bachelor”. The show features a cool looking but generally shallow single guy who has about a dozen beautiful and equally shallow single women who compete against each other to become his soulmate. The winning woman (who by the final episode has just about sold her soul!) gets the guy and the false promise of a “happily ever after” life. In reality the relationship usually goes from ideal to ordeal once the cameras are turned off because we are made for far more than just looking good. How does God’s definition of beauty differ from man’s? Does femininity have a tough side? What are the right and wrong ways women (and men too) can gain and use influence?

Join us this Sunday (Mother’s Day) as we look at these questions. As we conclude our series called Made For More we will meet a woman named Esther who was more than just a pretty face. She was an attractive woman who competed with 127 other knock-outs on the original “Bachelor”. Esther had depth. She stepped up, changed the world and became beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. It’s going to be a great way to celebrate our women in general and our moms in particular on Mother’s Day. In addition, we will hear another inspiring Made For More testimony, have a terrific time of worship and be giving out a really great gift to all women in attendance. As wonderful as moms are, Mother’s Day can be tough for so many so let’s be praying for and sensitive to those who are in a season of sorrow. That’s why I know this message will minister to you wherever you are.

This has been such a good series, I hate to see it end but the good news is we’ve got another neat study starting on May 20th that I know you’ll love. I want to wish all of our moms a happy Mother’s Day and tell all our women at North Ridge how much you are loved, valued and appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend and can’t wait to hang out with you and your crew on Sunday at 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM or 5:00 PM.

Sure Do Love You,



Pastor Mike

Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages:                   (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)


Esther 2:8-9 When the king’s order and edict had been proclaimed, many young women were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the king’s palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem. She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem.


Esther 4:12-14 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish and who knows but that you have come to your Royal position for such a time as this?


Esther 4:15-16 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”


Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Exodus 4:10-12 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since You have spoken to Your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”


2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.