• Private Interpretation Devotional

    Ezra 7:10

    It is common for people to say things like, “That may be what the text means to you, but what it means to me is….” We are not allowed, however, to find all sorts of contradictory meanings in a given text but must instead work to discover the single meaning intended by the author. The best way to do this is not to study the Scriptures by ourselves only but also in concert with other mature Christians who have great understanding of the Word of God. View Resource

  • Studying, Doing, and Teaching Devotional

    Ezra 7:10

    One commentator has noted that if Ezra could esteem Torah, that one small portion of Scripture, we should be much more eager to plumb the depths of the completed canon that we possess today. Regular Bible study should be a part of every Christian’s life, and should include both the simple reading of the printed page and further detailed study in which we work hard to understand the more complex portions of the Bible. View Resource

  • The Role of Fasting Devotional

    Ezra 8:21–23

    Fasting places no obligation upon the sovereign God to respond in a way we have asked. Yet He does take special delight in us when we show our helplessness in fasting, and He will respond by giving us a greater knowledge of Himself, a deep sense of our dependence on His grace, and maybe even the specific request we bring to Him. Perhaps we would see the Lord move more mightily in the church if we fasted more often. View Resource