Allow me to welcome you to the Bishop Clifford L. Frazier blog. My wife, CoPastor Pamela Frazier, has for years encouraged me to write my thoughts, revelations and insights into God’s word for others to consider. Years passed between the first time she made the suggestion and now. A couple of years ago, my daughters and son-in-law arrested me at the dinner table one evening asking questions about the Bible. It was a good exchange, and I was impressed by the quality of their questions.
When the exchange was about over, my children strongly urged me to write and share with others what we discussed. Once again, I listened but didn’t act. Finally, my good friend, Richard Byrd, the designer of this blog layout, said to me you must write; and a great vehicle for doing so is the blog. Like the proverbial straw that disabled the Camel’s back, I took his words along with the promptings of my family and friends and decided to launch this blog.
Those that know me know that I am the “TechnoRev.” I love technology in all forms. Indeed, I was one of the first preachers in the world to present the preached word from my computer back when the Radio Shack TRS-80 was the rage. With that in mind, I am exploring using my video cameras to add a video thought for the week to my blog. I’m sure you’ll let me know what you think about it.
I want to be open to you to share your questions and interests with me as well. Some of my blogs will be excerpts of answers I’ve given to others addressing various subjects including walking with God issues and knowing His word. If you have questions please feel free to leave them with me. I will do my best to answer them in a timely fashion.
Without question, I have many assignments including writing for the Gospel Today magazine, but I think the opportunity to share my thoughts and musings is exciting. I trust that you will be blessed, challenged, and stirred to dig deeper into God’s word and think through the issues that face the church and believers.
The story is told in Nehemiah about an old man named Ezra. The scene was the time of restoration of Jerusalem. Found buried in the rubble was God’s word. The people had been without the word for so long that they lost their ability to read it and understand it. Knowing that they had a treasure in their hands, albeit a treasure whose content was now a secret, they searched for someone who could reveal its message.
They found the old man Ezra. Excitement filled their hearts as they anticipated what they were about to learn. The people built a special pulpit from which the Word would be spoken by Ezra. I can only imagine what must have been the pulsating atmosphere as the people watched the senior prophet unroll the sacred text.
It was the first day of October early in the morning that Ezra began reading the Word of God. When he started, the people stood up showing their respect. Before one word of the text was spoken, Ezra blessed the Lord while the people raised their hands, bowed their heads and worshiped. When Ezra and his men concluded reading God’s word, the people just cried and cried. I’m sure they realized just how precious just hearing God’s word can be.
The reading committee that included Nehemiah said to the people don’t cry. The time for crying was all those years that you were estranged from God’s word. Its time now to eat the fat and drink the sweet and send portions to them that have nothing, and why? Because the joy of the Lord is your strength. What is the joy of the Lord? Hearing the Word of God.
One of the features of this story is Nehemiah’s observation that Ezra and the men that stood with him who read the word of God to the people for three hours, gave the sense and caused the people to understand the reading.
In a world filled with confusing voices all vying for our attention, posing drastically opposed viewpoints and all claiming to be correct, we need a clear understanding of the Word of God. It is no understatement to say, our lives depend on it. For man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that continues to go forth out of the mouth of God. It is my prayer that this blog will contribute to the cause of making the Word that comes from God make sense and understandable. May God bless you.
Bishop Clifford Frazier