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Today's reading: Nehemiah 8:1-8

One of my favorite passages in Nehemiah is Nehemiah 8:1-8 because of how it highlights the importance of God's Word and our need to know and understand it. The picture that came to mind from reading this passage was moving for me--in a motivating way, but also in a convicting way. Ezra stands before all the people (men, women and all who could understand what they heard) and publicly reads God's Law from morning until the middle of the day, and "the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law" (vs. 3). That's almost unheard of in our modern, packed full, self-centered, always on the go culture. Think about it with me. If we were invited to an event where we knew the Bible was going to be read out loud for six or more hours, would we be excited about it and inclined to attend? (This was the convicting part for me.)

Now the motivating part. God is for us, and He gave us His Word so we can know who He is and have a close and intimate relationship with Him. How awesome is it that we don't have to wonder about God and what He desires for our lives? The Bible is the primary way God speaks to us, and through its pages we can hear and understand His heart, His mind, His voice and His absolute love for us. So if we want to know God better, regularly spending time reading, considering and studying the Bible is a must.

How would you describe your attitude or mindset toward God's Word? Are you eager to hear, read and understand it? Why or why not? Will you join me in committing to spend a little more time each day connecting with God through His Word? Tami

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What a blessing you are, Tami!

I was moved by the words " all of the people"... "were all as one man"(vs.1) and "And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law"(vs.3b). All was as one,all were attentive,and all understood.

Time goes fast if you are with someone you love, or enjoying what you are doing.


How would you describe your attitude or mindset toward God's Word? Are you eager to hear, read and understand it? Why or why not?

Yes, I was looking forward today's blog Bible study and most of the time I do. I just don't know if I am willing to stand for seveal hours while the Bible is being read! Tami, you bring some brilliant insights to God's Word, thank you so much! Why? I am reading and hearing what my best Friend is saying to me that day!

Will you join me in committing to spend a little more time each day connecting with God through His Word?

Yes, I will.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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