The book of Ezra is about spiritual restoration. It is focused on the restoration of the temple after God’s people returned from their captivity in Babylon. Their persistent disobedience and idolatry had resulted in the destruction of the temple and the enslavement to a foreign nation. But God had made them a kingdom promise—that if they would return to Him, He would bring them back to their own land. As always, God kept His promise.
 
As always, God kept His promise.
 
Ezra was one of the priests who were part of the second wave of returning exiles, and this book tells the story of work he undertook to reestablish the temple and its sacrificial system. His message was that it wasn’t enough just to restore the old ways, but that God’s people must dedicate themselves to obeying God’s Law.
 
Ezra called them to stop compromising and start recommitting themselves.
 
As they obeyed and got serious about their commitment to God, He would show His commitment to them, and they would experience the blessings of their covenant with Him. Ezra called them to stop compromising and start recommitting themselves to God. It's a reminder that when we depart from God, we lose our experience of Him. But when we return to Him, He will restore us to intimate fellowship with Him. That same promise holds true for you and me.
 
Here’s a short video that highlights five key themes in the book of Ezra. May you be blessed by it.
 
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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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