A Prayer to Understand the Word

I reserve the majority of Wednesday and Thursday for sermon preparation. As I turn to the next passage in Acts I turn with the following prayer in mind. “O GOD OF TRUTH, I thank Thee for the holy Scriptures, their precepts, promises, directions, light. In them may I learn more of Christ, be enabled to […]

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Preach the Word and Make it Fully Known

I have long sought to follow Paul’s command to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”  Yesterday I quoted JC Ryle on the value of preaching doctrine, but you may wonder if it is really necessary to […]

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The Teaching Ministry of Ezra

I find it interesting that the king sent Ezra to Jerusalem to teach the people the Law of God and the first means that he uses to teach is prayer.  Ezra taught them the Law of God as he prayed in chapter 9.  He prayed and spoke of the laws they had broken and he […]

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The Heart of Ezra: Knowing, Doing, Teaching

On Saturday morning I spent time reading the last few chapters of Ezekiel and then I went over to Ezra and Nehemiah.  Every time I read Ezra I am compelled to read more about the man and after I read Nehemiah I am amazed at how much those two men accomplished during extremely trying circumstances.  […]

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Oct 6, We Must Make Disciples

When you study the book of Ezra you begin to see that he was a blessed man and as you study you begin to see why he was blessed.  This week we have been looking at Ezra 7:10 and we have noticed that Ezra set his heart to study God’s Word, he set his heart […]

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Oct 5, We Must DO What the Word Says!

For the last two days we’ve looked at Ezra 7:10 and saw that Ezra “set his heart to study the Law of the LORD,” but notice the second thing, “and to do it…”  Ezra didn’t just want to know what God’s Word said—he wanted to live out God’s word in his daily life.  We see […]

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Oct 4, How Do We Study the Word?

So we are looking at being the kind of person God will bless and we started looking at Ezra 7:10 where the Bible tells us, “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD…” How do we study it?  Well, we start by reading it, but we read it to hear […]

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Aug 22, It is Monday, but Sunday’s Coming!

I wake up every single Monday with the realization that “It is Monday, but Sunday’s Coming.”  I love the process of taking God’s Word, studying it, praying over it, and seeing it develop into a sermon.  Once the manuscript is written I find myself pouring over it, changing it, adding to it, taking away from […]

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