Miss America contestants aren't just pretty faces. They strive to be strong, positive female leaders. Esther is more than a pretty face too. She was crowned on her good looks, but she became a deliverer for her people and a preview of Jesus Christ.
Many denominations ordain women as pastors. Some churches cling tightly to a male model of leadership. Deborah challenges us to broaden our thinking. Are women capable of effectively leading God's people?
Marie Barone is the classic mother-in-law. Unfortunately, most people are irritated by their mother-in-law. But Ruth wasn't. And God rewarded her for it - big time!
Mary receives as much attention in the Christmas story as Jesus. And for good reason! She inspires us in many ways - perhaps the most difficult way of all!
One of the most elevated Bible characters was a foreign prostitute. Rahab doesn't meet our expectations, but she obviously met God's! How could she inspire you to put your faith into action?