Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen.
Webster defines practical in this way – pertaining to practice or action; or capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical.
But you already knew that didn’t you.
Practical is something you can use and put into action.
Practical is helpful, hands on, not theoretical or abstract.
Paul didn’t know what to expect when he got on board that ship. They’d been traipsing for weeks all over Asia Minor, what we would now call the Asian part of Turkey, with no luck. Now all of a sudden, Paul had this dream, telling him to cross the sea and head for Macedonia. With nothing else to guide them but that vision, they got on board a ship. How were they to know what they would find over there?View Sermon
The story of Esther is one of the great stories of the Bible. It has intrigue, humor, danger, and victory. It is the story that sets up the Jewish festival of Purim, which is marked with great celebrations and public readings of this very story. But there are a few things that this story doesn’t have: namely, it has no mention of God. Martin Luther once said that he wished the book did not exist at all for this reason. However, if we were without Esther’s story, we would be without a story of themes that are central to our faith, even if our faith is not specifically named. The story of Esther is a story of boldness in proclamation, of unified identity with all believers, of confidence in God’s guidance, and ultimately, salvation.View Sermon