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Key Connections: Ezra, Bible Reading, and more…

March 21, 2019

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from key Christian articles around the web! Topics include Bible reading, the book of Ezra, and what the Word of God produces in you.

A Guide for Bible Reading (Jared Olivetti, Gentle Reformation)

I’ve been reminded that we all need both encouragement and instruction in Bible reading. Encouragement because we have real enemies who would keep us from it and instruction because we’re not naturally good at it. That is, just because we have the Bible open and are reading words on a page doesn’t necessarily mean we’re reading it correctly and in a way that will benefit us spiritually.

What the Word of God Produces in You (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)

A rich and regular diet of the word of God will increase your wisdom. The Bible is the Word of God. It comes from the mind of God. Thinking God’s thoughts after him is the best way to grow in wisdom for every area of your life.   

The Gospel in Ezra (Kathleen Nielson, Crossway)

God provided his Word, which Ezra the priest set his heart to study and do and teach (Ezra 7:10). Old Testament history comes to a close with a picture of God’s people gathered around God’s Word, yearning for the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises—the fulfillment that would come with the Word made flesh.

Your Pastor Needs Your Prayers (Silverio Gonzalez, Core Christianity)

Pastors who don’t see the fruit of their labors should not give up. They shouldn’t look at the situation before them and draw premature conclusions. It’s easy to think that people aren’t passionate about their faith or that in finding an actual lack of passion that one should give up. But God likes to raise the dead, and surely, he can work in us to create a passion for his glory, renew our passion, and work even when we lack all desire and passion for his glory.


The Author
Davis Wetherell

Davis Wetherell (MA in English, Marquette University) is a writer and editor. He recently managed article content for Unlocking the Bible. He has taught college classes on literature, rhetoric, and composition. Davis has a heart for writers and loves to serve them. Check out his blog.



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