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Sports & Concussions: Keeping Your Head Safe
Posted On 09/10/2013 01:05:55 by Apalachee-Center
Keeping Your Head Safe: Sports & Concussions by Jon Williams, Clinical Supervisor, Apalachee Center     Labor Day weekend has come and gone and the annual autumnal rites of passage have begun.  With the start of the school year, athletics will be taking on a prominent role all across the United States.  Tallahassee is like many All-American cities, with football being offered to... Read More

Mordecai's Practice Esther 2:11 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/09/2013 11:04:00 by RayHanselman
Esther is now in the best place for the women in the palace of Shushan. She is undergoing beauty treatments that will prepare her to be presented to King Ahasuerus who is looking for a new queen. While Esther is being prepared she obeyed her older cousin Mordecai by keeping a secret about her nationality and family. Mordecai cared for Esther when her parents died, and now she is within the palace of the king. In chapter two and verse eleven we see the continued care and concern of Mordecai for E... Read More

Esther's Secret Esther 2:10 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/08/2013 12:08:02 by RayHanselman
King Ahasuerus was in need of a new queen, and he received advice from his servants that fair young maidens should be brought to the palace, kept in the care of Hege the chief chamberlain, and prepared for royal selection. We left our story with Esther being gathered among those fair maidens from all over the Persian empire, and we saw that she gained special favor of Hege who immediately gave her the best preparations, seven maidens to care for her, and the best place in the house of women loca... Read More

Esther's Favor Esther 2:9 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/07/2013 07:33:08 by RayHanselman
As our story continues in the book of Esther, we have found the servants of King Ahasuerus gathering fair young maidens who are candidates to be the new queen from all over the empire to receive a special spa treatment within the palace of Shushan. Esther, who is the young cousin of Mordecai, has been selected to be among them, and she is now in the care of Hege who is the king's chief chamberlain who will prepare the ladies for presentation to him. In chapter two and verse nine we learn of spec... Read More

Maidens Gathered Esther 2:8 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/06/2013 10:19:20 by RayHanselman
The decree has been sent out, and fair maidens are being gathered together all over the lands of Persia. King Ahasuerus desires a new queen, and young ladies from all over the empire are to be gathered together to be housed and cared for by the king's chief chamberlain for a time of beauty treatment. We were introduced to Mordecai and his young cousin Esther, and in chapter two and verse eight we discover more about how Esther enters this mighty plan. We read:
So it came to pass, when... Read More

Esther - Esther 2:7 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/05/2013 07:46:37 by RayHanselman
The scene has been set, and now the plan of God for the children of Israel is coming more and more to light for their salvation. King Ahasuerus has been embarrassed by Queen Vashti for her failure to respond to his request to appear at his feast with the royal crown upon her head. He was advised by one of his seven princes, Memucan, who knew the Persian law, to banish her from his throne forever to prevent chaos from occurring throughout the empire. This edict was carried out and now King Ahasue... Read More

Mordecai Carried Away Esther 2:6 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/04/2013 10:14:51 by RayHanselman
We have been introduced to a new character in our story named “Mordecai”. He was a Jew from the linage of Benjamin and plays an intriguing role throughout this book. In chapter two and verse six, we learn that Mordecai's life was not filled with ease. We read:
Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
This verse begins with a daunting phr... Read More

Mordecai Esther 2:5 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/03/2013 11:17:14 by RayHanselman
After giving the approval to the suggestion of his servants to search the Persian empire for “fair young virgins”, King Ahasuerus now waited to discover which one of them would be his new queen. In chapter two and verse five, our story introduces a new main character with whom the will of God will be fulfilled. We read:
Nowin Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name wasMordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;
Our verse be... Read More

The Maiden which Pleases the King Esther 2:4 – Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/02/2013 09:43:36 by RayHanselman
  The servants of King Ahasuerus have noticed his sadness since the edict was given that Queen Vashti should be banished forever from the throne. They have offered the suggestion that a beauty contest be held with all the fair young virgins within the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the Persian empire. These young ladies would be placed in the charge of chamberlain Hege who would put them through an extensive spa treatment, and their care would be second to none. In chapter two a... Read More

Instructions for a Queen Esther 2:3 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 09/01/2013 11:21:17 by RayHanselman
After finding King Ahasuerus sad and remembering Queen Vashti and her banishment from the throne, his servants have suggested that “fair young virgins” be sought throughout the entire Persian kingdom to replace her. In chapter two and verse three we see further instructions for those young ladies who are found. We read:
And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the hous... Read More

Fair Young Virgins Sought Esther 2:2 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 08/31/2013 06:34:08 by RayHanselman
As we continue our story, King Ahasuerus has banished Queen Vashti from the throne, and he is lonely. He begins to remember Queen Vashti and what was done to her, and now because the Persian law cannot be changed, he cannot have her again. In chapter two and verse two his servants make an interesting suggestion concerning “fair young virgins” to solve his problem. We read:
Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king: ... Read More

Ahasuerus Remembers Vashti Esther 2:1 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 08/30/2013 07:36:34 by RayHanselman
The decree was made that Queen Vashti be banished from the throne of Ahasuerus forever, and this edit avoided chaos in homes and kept peace within the Persian empire. However, in chapter two and verse one Ahasuerus began to miss Queen Vashti, and now a new problem had to be solved. We read:
After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.
One of the conditions automatically set... Read More

The Published Decree Esther 1:22 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 08/29/2013 10:42:10 by RayHanselman
As we continue our story, Memucan has given Ahasuerus and the other six princes good counsel about how to respond to Queen Vashti's refusal to appear at the king's feast. A decree was to be sent throughout the entire kingdom that Vashti was banished from the throne and stripped of her royal advantages. The supposed result would be that women everywhere would honor their husbands whether they were small or great, and peace would remain in the kingdom. In chapter one and verse twenty-two, we end t... Read More

The King and Princes are Pleased Esther 1:20 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 08/28/2013 11:07:17 by RayHanselman
As we have watched our story unfold, we have kept in mind that Almighty God is behind the scenes governing the patterns and ways of people. Although these events seem very natural, there is a plan being enacted with the refusal of Queen Vashti and the anger of King Ahasuerus without them even knowing it. Memucan the prince has given the advice to King Ahasuerus to ban Queen Vashti from the throne otherwise the effect of her actions would be detrimental to every home throughout the great empire o... Read More

Wives Shall Give Their Husbands Honor Esther 1:20 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 08/27/2013 10:48:11 by RayHanselman
The scene has been set, and the court is in session. Queen Vashti has embarrassed and angered King Ahasuerus with her act of refusal to appear before the guests at the king's feast. Because there is a fear that all women throughout the kingdom would refuse their husbands as well, Memucan, who is one of the king's princes and well versed in Persian law, has suggested that the king banish Queen Vashti from the throne and strip away her royal position in the kingdom. In chapter one and verse twenty... Read More

Unto Another that is Better Esther 1:19 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 08/26/2013 10:45:44 by RayHanselman
The court of seven princes has been assembled before Ahasuerus the king. The question at hand is what they should do about Queen Vashti's refusal to obey King Ahasuerus' request that she appear with the royal crown upon her head at the king's feast. Memucan, one of the king's princes, has surmised that Queen Vashti's rejection would have an influence not only upon the wives but also upon all the women throughout the Persian kingdom. In chapter one and verse nineteen we learn of Memucan's suggest... Read More

Women with Contempt and Wrath Esther 1:18 - Equipped for Battle
Posted On 08/25/2013 10:05:54 by RayHanselman
The counsel of the court known as the seven princes of Media have been gathered together to advise King Ahasuerus concerning his reaction to the rejection of Vashti the queen's refusal to obey him. The king desired that she appear before his guest with the royal crown upon her head, but she refused him and would not be exploited in such a manner. One of the princes, Memucan, has begun his response to the king by explaining that all of the women in the kingdom will be affected by Vashti's decisio... Read More

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