Words from the Heart for Thursday May 9th, 2019

He read the Law to them from sunrise until noon. He did it as he faced the open area in front of the Water Gate. He read it to the men, the women, and the children old enough to understand. And all the people paid careful attention as Ezra was reading the Book of the Law.

Nehemiah 8:3 (NIV)

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In Public

Total enrolment in public schools in Canada declined by 1.8 percent between 2006 and 2015, from 5.2 million to a little over 5.0 million students. Alberta had the largest increase in public school enrolment over the period at 13.7 percent. Saskatchewan (6.5 percent) and Manitoba (0.5 percent) also experienced increasing enrolment levels. All other provinces saw a decline in public school enrolment over the period. Per-student spending in public schools increased 17.3 percent. Specifically, per-student education spending in public schools, accounting for changes in prices, increased from $10,901 to $12,791.

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I grew up in a church where it was common for people to say “my faith is a private thing” and I always had to hold back from responding, “then it isn’t Biblical faith.” The Bible is filled with commands and illustrations of the faith of God’s people being on public display. Nehemiah 8:3 puts it clearly: “He read the Law to them from sunrise until noon. He did it as he faced the open area in front of the Water Gate. He read it to the men, the women, and the children old enough to understand. And all the people paid careful attention as Ezra was reading the Book of the Law.” There was not a more public place than the area in front of the Water Gate in Jerusalem. Ezra read God’s word for everyone to hear. God calls His people to proclamation. Those of us who have been redeemed from our sin are to let everyone know what Jesus has done for us. While the transformation He has accomplished ought to be noticeable to all, the Bible is clear that we must also confess with our lips.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley