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Coffee with the King is on holidays for two weeks, heading over to the land of theme parks, extra large fries, and insipid coffee. So what are you going to do while I’m gone?

My guess is that you haven’t read every single post on this site. (If you have, then you deserve a medal or something. Let me know, and I’ll bring you back an Americano with wings on a leash, if they let it through customs.) So you might want to work through one of the previous series.

I’ve tried to make it a little easier to access past series. As well as the bible book index, I’ve recently added a chapter index.  (It’s to the right, if you’re using a computer; all the way down the bottom of the main section, if you’re on a mobile device.) It helps you jump straight to a particular chapter of the Bible rather than getting every post in that book. (They still open in reverse chronological order, but there’s not much I can do about that unless I want to transfer the website to a different platform.)

Anyway, meet you in Luke chapter 7 when I get back: Monday, October 5.

Esther – part 4

This week we’re looking at the OT story of Esther. You really need to start from Monday’s post.

Chapter 6

Later that night. The king can’t sleep. Too much wine, perhaps? So his attendants start reading to him from the chronicles of his reign. The official record of events. All the best stuff that’s happened to him as king so far. That should put him to sleep.

But it doesn’t work. Because it just so happens that they’re reading from the bit where Mordecai saved the king from assassination by Bigthana and Teresh. And the king asks, ‘What honour and recognition has Mordecai received for this?’ But there was no record. Nothing was done for him. The king thinks this is outrageous, and decides he’s going to do something about it. But he can’t think of how to reward Mordecai. And no-one was around to suggest a Coles-Myer gift card.

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Esther – part 3

This week we’re looking at the OT story of Esther. You really need to start from Monday’s post.

Chapter 4

Mordecai, of course, finds out about the proclamation. The impending disaster about to come upon him and his people. So he asks Esther to help.

Esther’s scared. She reminds Mordecai that anyone who just ‘drops by’ uninvited to see the king will be killed; even the queen. Unless the king extends his sceptre and welcomes them in. So basically you’re dicing with death over the king’s mood. If he’s got a hangover that morning, you’re gone. So Esther tries to stay out of it.

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Esther – part 2

This week we’re looking at the OT story of Esther. You really need to start from Monday’s post.

Chapter 2

Xerxes is now missing his wife. After all, she was ‘pleasing to look at’. But the irrevocable law of the Persians meant that he couldn’t go back on what he’d decreed. ‘What will I do?’ he thought. ‘If only I were an Australian politician, this would be an easy barnacle to scrape off.’ But he was stuck.

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App update

From later this week, the Coffee with the King app will no longer be available from the App Store / Google Play. As far as I understand, if you’ve already got it, you can still use it. But you’ll lose it when you get a new phone/tablet or upgrade your phone’s operating system.

Given the recent fall in the Aussie dollar and the end of the first-year sweetheart deal from my provider, the annual cost was approaching 1000 AUD, so it simply wasn’t viable. Sorry to the 30 people who voted saying they wanted it to continue, but a 100% price rise wasn’t expected!

But you can make your own “bookmark” app – just by making a direct link to today’s reading on your phone/tablet’s home screen:

iPhone/iPad instructions (or see the generic how-to video here)

  1. Open the Safari web browser and go to
    www.coffeewiththeking.org
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  2. Press the share button at the bottom of the screen (pictured, right).
  3. Select “Add to Home Screen”. This will create an icon on your home screen that will take you to today’s Coffee with the King. With one fewer press than the app.

Android instructions

You probably already know, because you’re an Android user. But just for the sake of completeness, and to spare the feelings of iOS users:

  1. Open your web browser and go to www.coffeewiththeking.org .
  2. Native Android browser, press “more” (top right). If you’re using Chrome, press the three dots at top right.
  3. Select “Add shortcut on home screen” (native) or “Add to home screen” (Chrome). This will create an icon on your home screen that will take you to today’s Coffee with the King. With one fewer press than the app.

Esther – part 1

This week, we’re going to take a look at the OT book of Esther. A book that Christians often ignore. Some of you, I’m guessing, might never have heard a sermon on Esther. Yet among the Jewish people, it’s one of the most popular stories. They read it out loud each year at the feast of Purim, a feast commemorating the events of this book.

(In fact, whenever Esther is read at the feast of Purim, every time the arch villain of the story is mentioned, the audience makes disparaging noises. A bit like a bad pantomime. Or if an Australian prime minister turns up to a sporting event. So whenever you read the name ‘Haman’ later in the story – he’s the bad guy – if you really want to get into the spirit of it, you need to boo and hiss. Maybe in your head, if you’re reading this on public transport. )

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Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part Five (Ps 78:1-8)

In honour of Father’s Day last Sunday, all this week we’ve been looking at Christian parenting. But not just for parents – for everyone. Our text is Psalm 78:1-8, which is the introduction to a very long Psalm that recites the great deeds of God in Israel’s history. But the introduction itself tells us a lot about teaching future generations about God. We’re using John Piper’s six key ideas as our “window” into the Psalm:

(1) God, the central reality in our lives, (2) has given us a fixed deposit of his truth (3) which we are to teach (4) so that our children might know that truth (5) and therefore put their trust in God (6) enabling them to live lives of loyal obedience.

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Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part Four (Ps 78:1-8)

In honour of Father’s Day last Sunday, all this week we’re looking at Christian parenting. But not just for parents – for everyone. Our text is Psalm 78:1-8, which is the introduction to a very long Psalm that recites the great deeds of God in Israel’s history. But the introduction itself tells us a lot about teaching future generations about God. We’re using John Piper’s six key ideas as our “window” into the Psalm:

(1) God, the central reality in our lives, (2) has given us a fixed deposit of his truth (3) which we are to teach (4) so that our children might know that truth (5) and therefore put their trust in God (6) enabling them to live lives of loyal obedience.

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Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part Three (Ps 78:1-8)

In honour of Father’s Day last Sunday, all this week we’re looking at Christian parenting. But not just for parents – for everyone. Our text is Psalm 78:1-8, which is the introduction to a very long Psalm that recites the great deeds of God in Israel’s history. But the introduction itself tells us a lot about teaching future generations about God. We’re using John Piper’s six key ideas as our “window” into the Psalm:

(1) God, the central reality in our lives, (2) has given us a fixed deposit of his truth (3) which we are to teach (4) so that our children might know that truth (5) and therefore put their trust in God (6) enabling them to live lives of loyal obedience.

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