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April 8, 2022

Moved to Action


When Queen Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was deeply distressed. She sent clothing to him to replace the burlap, but he refused it.

Esther 4:4 NLT



Is there anything that makes you “deeply distressed?”

Esther was living in the comfort of the palace when she received word that her uncle, who had cared for her as an orphan, was in mourning. Mordecai was mourning the edict of the king to kill all Jews. When Esther hears of him being in mourning, she was “deeply distressed.” This deep distress caused Esther to do something and eventually approach the king and save her people.

Years ago, I got deeply distressed about the way churches treated people going through a divorce. We started a ministry at our church called Divorce Care. In the past twenty-plus years, hundreds of men and women have found hope and healing through this ministry. We now have expanded the ministry to include Divorce Care for Kids.

About five years ago, Cindy, my wife, became concerned for young ladies who found themselves with unexpected pregnancies. As a result of her concern, we now have a ministry called Embrace Grace that ministers weekly to young women in our community giving them love, hope, and support in their journey.

There are many opportunities to make a difference in our world. You just have to see a need and allow your heart to be moved to action. The great works of transformation come when someone allows the Holy Spirit to disturb their heart.



Holy Spirit, disturb my heart. Help me to see the areas of my world where I could make a difference. Help me to see what I can do to make a difference.

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