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Needed: More Ezra

Ponder: Seeking, doing, and teaching the word of God.
Scripture: “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to
teach statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10, NKJV).
 
Over 2400 years ago, Ezra emerged as a leader among the Jews. Being both a scribe and a
priest (Ezra 7:11), serving the Lord was no mere ritual to him. He had prepared his heart
to seek, do and teach God’s law.

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Never Take Revenge

Today’s Verse: “Never take your own revenge” Romans 12:19.
 
How are we able to avoid taking revenge? According to human thinking David had
reasons to take revenge against Saul, but he did not. What kept him from taking
revenge are the same reasons we can use to avoid taking revenge.

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Our Price

Ponder: “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and
suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised
up on the third day” (Matthew 16:21).
 
“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities”
(Isaiah 53:5a). Jesus paid the price for our redemption. What a price! It began with His
leaving Heaven, giving up the rights and privileges of being part of the God Head
(Philippians 2:6-7) and becoming like us.

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