Shawn Stone is the executive pastor at Maranatha Chapel. He shares the Bible with inspirational and encouraging passion while breaking down the Bible's complexities into something everyone can understand. Use the dropdown menu to browse all of Shawn's series.
Shawn Stone - July 10, 2019 - Esther 1
Seeing through the facade. Realize the foolishness of pursuing the things of the world. The hiddenness of God is never the absence of God. Look beyond penultimate beauties to find ultimate beauty—
Shawn Stone, July 17, 2019, Esther 2
God is not obsessed with appearances and neither should we be. God uses ordinary things to accomplish His extraordinary purpose. God is very patience with people and so should we be. God alone has the power to turn us into real beauties.
Pressing Forward in the Providence of God / Esther, July 24, 2019
Shawn Stone, July 24, 2019, Esther 2:19 - 3:15
Moving forward with God in times of chaos and turmoil. “Providence is like a Hebrew word. It is only understood when read backwards."—John Flavel
To deal with chaos, we need to understand the nature of chaos, and learn to understand the end from the ...
Shawn Stone - August 14, 2019 - Esther 4
God uses people from all parts of society and places them to fulfill His purposes. When we are faced with an undesirable choice, w cling to unshakeable hope, and tackle an unavoidable duty. If you rish losing the "palace" you might lose everything. But if ...
Shawn Stone - August 21, 2019 - Esther 5-6
Who is the real hero in this story? The Author never gives us the whole plot, but expects us to trust one step at a time. The Author always rewards those who trust Him. When you are struggling to move forward remember the Author has entered the story.
Haman - A Case Study In Pride / Esther, August 28, 2019
Shawn Stone, August 28, 2019, Esther 3:1-5, 5:9-13, 6:1-10
What is pride? “Pride is the ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling concentration upon self,” wrote C.S. Lewis. Pride leads to foolishness, evil, and death. But there is a cure!
Shawn Stone, September 4, 2019, Esther 7-8
The safest move we can make is to be in the will of God. What is God's ultimate move? We are saved by identification and propitiation. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 ...
God of Great Reversals / Esther, September 11, 2019
Shawn Stone - September 11, 2019 - Esther 9-10
God is the God of great reversals so: Never judge things by the way they appear right now. Even when we can’t see what He is doing, we can know what He is doing. Even our darkest of days can be transformed into good.