For Such a Time as This…
This month, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim honoring God’s divine deliverance made possible by one woman’s obedience!
Thousands of years ago, a royal edict was issued in ancient Persia to destroy the Jewish people living in that region. As Queen, Esther was their only hope, and her uncle Mordecai urged her to approach the king, reveal her Jewish ancestry, and ask that the order be reversed – an act punishable by execution.
“If you remain silent at this time…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 4:14)
Faced with devastating consequences, Queen Esther had a life-changing choice to make. Would she dare draw near to the king uninvited and endure the possibility of death? Or shrink back in fear while her family was destroyed? Armed with quiet courage, Esther humbly moved toward the king and set in motion a chain of events ultimately leading to the salvation of her people!
Like Esther, you were created with such precision that no other person can do what you are called to do. Made alive at the very moment in history when your life can have the greatest impact on those around you. That’s how important you are to God!
So I want to encourage you today to simply put your trust in His promises. Take bold steps of faith, and watch your destiny be further revealed. Remember, you were born for such a time as this!
Everlasting, Unfailing, & Yours…
Like many of you, February holds a special place in my heart. That’s because more than 35 years ago, my sweetheart proposed on Valentine’s Day and our journey to becoming one officially began!
Wanting every detail to be meaningful and fun, Marcus carefully concealed the proposal in a fortune cookie at one of my favorite restaurants, The Dragon Den. Breaking it open, I slowly read the words that changed my life forever, “Joni Lynn, will you marry me?” Filled with joy and surprise, I said yes!
Later, after discovering my engagement ring wrapped in a heart-shaped box of chocolates, I remember thinking about all the time and energy Marcus spent precisely planning this moment. And as incredible as it was – and still is – God’s plan to love and redeem you through Jesus Christ is even better!
So, while Valentine’s Day floods my heart with warm memories, it may remind you of fresh pain. Whether it’s a broken relationship, the loss of a loved one, or the ache of hope deferred because the right one still hasn’t been revealed, you can experience the beauty and fullness of the Father’s heart for you.
Jesus paid the price so that God could hold you in His arms and whisper words of peace and purpose. I pray you’ll reach out to Him and celebrate a love that’s everlasting, unfailing, and yours – today and every day!
I Am David
Did you know you were created for a life of greatness?
It’s true! But many times, unresolved pain from the past can stand in the way of a blessed future. The good news is there’s hope, and it can be found by looking deeper into the life of King David!
January 1-4, one of my favorite guests, Pastor Jimmy Evans, will join me on Joni Table Talk to share his four-part series, I Am David. In this revealing teaching, you’ll discover how to overcome the obstacles holding you back, empowering you to fulfill your divine destiny!
Though far from perfect, the life of David proves that that with God, all things are possible.
From the devastating wounds of his childhood to his triumphant victories in battle, get an honest look at how this “man after God’s own heart” rose above every setback, failure and disappointment to become Israel’s greatest king!
So whether it’s dealing with rejection or defeating lust, you can experience freedom in Christ! My prayer is that you’ll tune in for these special programs and find hope and healing, transforming you pain into purpose and giving you the boldness to respond to the whisper of greatness in your heart!
January 1 – I Am David Pt. 1 / The Wounded Son
January 2 – I Am David Pt. 2 / The Waiting King
January 3 – I Am David Pt. 3 / The Warrior
January 4 – I Am David Pt. 4 / The Winner
All I Want for YOU this Christmas!
In John 10:10, Jesus offers an “abundant” life. However, during the holiday season, life can seem all-too-abundant with so much to do and so little time!
When I think about Jesus’ words, I believe He was promising something far richer than lists and deadlines, busyness and exhaustion. Like so many of you, my life is full of to-do’s. But they’re only truly productive when they create a stronger connection with the people that matter most!
This Christmas, I pray you’ll take time to rest in God’s presence and spend precious moments with family and friends – a gift that will help you live an abundant life and love others well. Merry Christmas from the Lamb Family!
South Africa, Safaris & a Season of Thanksgiving
Recently, the Lamb Family traveled to South Africa, and our time there was an incredible blessing filled with adventure!
During our trip, Marcus had the honor of preaching multiple services for Pastors At and Nyretta Boshoff at Christian Revival Church, as well as serving as a guest speaker for Dreamweek Conference and preaching a service for Pastor Bert Pretorius at 3C Church.
While we definitely experienced a powerful time of ministry, our four-day safari at Kruger National Park is a memory I’ll cherish forever. With all three kids and their spouses in tow, we made our way through the stunning terrain of South Africa to have close encounters with giraffe, zebras, rhinos, hyenas and so much more!
In a season of thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the beauty of God’s creation and the joy of sharing it with people that bring so much love and laughter into my life. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my favorite moments!
What if I told you that an unseen world exists all around you? Filled with angels and demons, this invisible reality is a battlefield where an ongoing war wages for the heart of humanity.
With so much fascination focused on the supernatural in our culture, I felt led to dive deeper into this topic on Joni Table Talk this month. As believers, it’s critical we get a biblical perspective about spiritual beings and the role they play in heaven and on earth, which is why we’ll hear about it from two of my favorite guests.
October 24-26, the late John Paul Jackson and former Satanist, John Ramirez, will dispel many of the misconceptions about the supernatural world as they share powerful stories you don’t want to miss. From encounters with angels and demons to the seductive lure of witchcraft and the occult, they’ll separate fact from fiction to strengthen your faith!
Uncover the truth about the forces of darkness as you discover how to boldly engage in spiritual warfare and protect your family. My prayer is that you’ll tune in for these special Joni Table Talk programs and find answers and insight, empowering you to break free from demonic influences and live with divine purpose!
Josh in Brazil!
As a parent, it’s always a joy to see my children lift up the name of Jesus! That’s why I’m so proud of my son-in-love, Joshua Brown, who recently traveled to Brazil to speak at the Extreme Worship Conference in Rio de Janeiro.
Hosted by worship artists, Emerson Cruz and Fernanda Brum, this event was an incredible opportunity for Josh to share what the Holy Spirit has laid on his heart for this generation. He and Rachel were so honored to be a part of an experience created to inspire the world to pursue God with passion and purpose!
From how to become an “atmosphere changer,” to thriving while waiting on God’s promises, to walking in supernatural breakthrough – Josh spoke truth in love and lives were transformed for eternity!
When I think about God’s faithfulness in guiding our children and their spouses, I’m overwhelmed. Watching Him use their gifts and talents for His glory is an answer to prayer and an indescribable blessing! Having said that, I want to encourage you today.
If you have a child that’s not living for Christ, put your trust in the Lord. It’s hard to imagine, but He loves your kids more than you do and knows exactly how to capture their hearts.
Your son or daughter’s past, present, and future is secure in God’s hands. So freely surrender every fear and frustration, and receive His peace. In doing so, I believe you, too, will one day experience the joy of watching them lift up the name of Jesus!