Ezra Project messages inspire people and church families to recommit to reading, doing, and sharing God’s Word. Why is an emphasis on Bible reading important today? According to Barna Research:
- 75% of Christians overlook the Bible when shaping their worldview
- Only 40% of men and women say they read the Bible either weekly or daily
- Only 14% of born-again adults rely on the Bible as their moral compass
Like in the days of Ezra, an Old Testament priest who brought God’s Word back to the Israelites, people today need to come back to the Word of God. Ezra Project messages will improve Bible reading in your personal life and in the church family. Review the Ezra Project messages available to you and your church, and contact us to schedule one today.
Redeeming The Time Because The Days Are Evil
What keeps people from reading the Bible? Busyness. Redeeming the Time is a powerful and practical message addressing the time issue for Christians. Is busyness an issue in your life? Do you struggle to find time for Bible reading and prayer? How much time are you spending on your highest priority, God? Scripture texts include Ephesians 5:15-18, select verses from Exodus, Matthew and more.
We look at Moses and Jesus and how they managed their time filtering their stories through four busy barriers, reasons Christians are too busy to make time for their highest priority—God, and too busy to find time for Bible reading and prayer:
- We act on our own
- We make excuses not to follow God
- We won’t accept the sovereignty of God
- We try to do it all ourselves
The question is will you make time for God in your life? Will you conquer the busy barriers and commit to redeem the time because the days are evil? We conclude the message with four decisions needed to redeem the time to spend on our highest priority—God.
Sweeter Than Honey
Only, about 15% of Americans read the Bible daily; about half do not read the Bible at all anymore. Sweeter than Honey convicts the Body of Christ of its neglect and indifference toward God’s Word, then encourages believers to re-connect with the Bible by making it appealing to the souls as honey is to the palate. Scripture texts include Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119:103, and 2 Timothy 4:3-5.
Sweeter than Honey is a dynamic power point presentation that shows Christians how to enjoy God’s Word. We share:
- Making the case for Bible reading
- Why read the Bible
- How to enjoy God’s Word
- A Bible reading covenant
Sweeter the Honey is a most pleasant way to convict and encourage congregations to get back to enjoying the Bible again. We normally see about 65% of those in attendance commit to daily Bible reading. That’s good for them, and your church!
Living Power: Basic Instructions Before Life Everyday
Most Christians have no plan for intentional spiritual growth; we grow accidentally. Living Power will inspire Christians to take a powerful step toward personal, intentional, spiritual growth. Where do you turn for spiritual power to fuel your physically and spiritually demanding life? God’s power supply! Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Living Power is a dynamic power point presentation that demonstrates the power of God’s Word. We share:
- How to develop a passion for God’s Word
- Why read the Bible
- Successful methods of Bible reading
- Scriptural reasons to read the Bible
- How to hear from God everyday of your life
Living Power is virtually guaranteed to raise personal, family, and church-wide Bible reading. Only about 16% of Christians are currently daily Bible readers. The Body of Christ is becoming Biblically illiterate. Living Power successfully challenges Christians to commit to the Word of God again. Living Power will show how to become a 21st century Ezra, based on Ezra 7:10, and plug into God’s power supply in Hebrews 4:12.
Origins of the Sacred Writings…God’s Word or Man’s?
Jesus was not an author. Neither Mohammed nor Buddha ever wrote anything. There is no Hindu author. So, where did these so-called sacred writings really come from? Origins compares the backgrounds of each of the foundational teachings of the four major religions of the world-Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Find out where these books came from and who really wrote them.
- Which book was written first?
- How much time passed between the death of the leaders and actual written records of what they taught?
- What are the earliest dates of copies of each of the writings, and how many are there?
- Who claimed they heard from God and who didn’t?
- Is the Bible the only Book God ever wrote?
Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus now live in American neighborhoods. Discover what books they are reading.
The Book Has Been Found
Finding the Word of God changed everything for a young Jewish king, and can for you too. The text is 2 Kings 22 where the high priest found the Book of the Law in the temple, took it to 8-year old Josiah, the King of Israel, and Josiah hears the Word of God for the first time. It changed everything for the King, the nation of Israel, and the surrounding region! The power of God’s Word is the same today as it was then; it can change our political leaders, our nation, and us. Yet, like the Jews then, we look for God in all the wrong places today. This message:
- Reveals four places we look for God and come up empty
- Uncovers the most reliable place to find God
- Offers numerous successful methods to read the Bible
- Provides several Scriptural reasons to read God’s Word
- Challenges us to eliminate idols, destroy destructive influences, and restore uninterrupted, unhurried time with God
Our Christian beliefs have been shaken by significant historical events. Discover what shook our Biblical foundation. What happened to our “goodness” in the last 50 years and more importantly, what we Christians can do about it? Can we point the way back to solid ground? Can we find something to believe in again?
The answer is hidden in the Word of God. There are secret codes in the Bible; not the Da Vinci code or a code of Hebrew letters and numbers that some computer deciphers. No, these codes are uncovered by opening the Bible and peering inside! You will be fascinated by a Bible code that specifically addresses your life issues, after you discover what shook our beliefs in our country, our government, our schools, our churches, our neighborhood, and each other. Discover a Bible code of:
- Commitment—the C word we love to avoid
- Obedience—who wants to obey anybody in today’s world
- Discipline—how good are we at self-discipline
- Evidence—can you see God sightings in your life
Believe Again will point people back to God’s Word!
12 Practical Principles of Leadership According to Ezra
Discover and apply 12 fantastic leadership principles Ezra followed to lead his people back to God’s Word. He changed a nation! You can change your private and public life by following Ezra’s example. Great for men’s ministry! Some of the 12 practical principles of leadership according to Ezra are:
- Operate in God’s timing
- Operate with God’s provision
- Operate with God’s protection
- Operate in obedience
And 8 more!
We are greatly concerned about Bible reading among men. We believe men are Biblically instructed to be spiritual leaders in their homes, churches, and occupations; yet many struggle to do so. To become Biblical spiritual leaders, men need to be Biblically grounded; yet Barna Research shows only 40% of men say they read the Bible daily or weekly. We challenge men to re-connect to God’s Word. We equip men for Biblical spiritual leadership in their personal, family, and professional lives.
Mighty Men of God Conferences
Christian men are Biblically instructed to be spiritual leaders in their homes, churches, and occupations; yet many struggle to do so. To become Biblical spiritual leaders, men need to understand their God given talents and abilities, discover their passion and purpose in this thing called life, redeem time for kingdom building not just making a living, and discover Biblical principles applicable to their work, marriages, finances, families, and ministries.
Today we need men who are trained to be Christian warriors, men who are willing to stand up for Christianity by being examples to follow in a world becoming increasingly void of Christian role models. A Mighty Men of God Conference equips men for Biblical spiritual leadership in their personal, family, and professional lives. Men will be trained to become mighty men of God.
What is a Mighty Man of God?
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts–features a spiritual assessment instrument and workshop on your God-given spiritual gifting
Personal Power–four keys to personal power–Commitment, Obedience, Discipline, and Evidence
Passion, Purpose, and What are You Good at?–features a powerful questionnaire and workshop on discovering your passion, purpose, and natural talents
Redeeming the Time–a workshop on Biblical time management
Two Essential Spiritual Principles for Mighty Men of God
Breakout Sessions with Mentors–explanation, assignments, and accountability of conference 90-day follow up plan
Conference and Follow-up Accountability Format
A 10-hour life-changing conference beginning Friday evening and ending Saturday afternoon; a time of spiritual reflection, worship, Bible study, and prayer. Each man will receive a 75-page Mighty Man of God Conference Workbook.
At the conference, each man will be assigned a mentor for follow up and accountability. There will be assignments to complete in the Conference Workbook every 30 days for three months. The first 30 days will focus on mastering the two essential spiritual disciplines learned at the conference and completion of three workbook topics: passion, purpose, and ministry. The second 30 days will focus on marriage and family. The final 30 days will focus on work and financial responsibility. At the end of 90 days, men will attend a testimony banquet with their wives who will be given opportunity to share testimonies of changes they have observed in their husbands. Each man who faithfully completes all his assignments will be recognized and graduated as a Biblical Mighty Man of God.
You may host a conference at your church, or combine men from various churches. The minimum fee is for 10 men; or $690. The most cost effective conference is 20 men or more!
10-14 men $69
15-19 men $59
20 or more $49
Allen J. Huth is the Founder and President of the Ezra Project, a 10-year old non profit corporation with a mission to connect God’s people to God’s Word. He is also a Personal and Business Performance Consultant, with nearly 15 years of experience working with business leaders of small and midsized companies. In the Mighty Men of God Conference, he combines spiritual, personal, and business principles with practical experience to offer men a life-changing opportunity to figure out, and live out, life to its fullest.
Schedule a Mighty Men of God Conference for your church or community.
Allen J. Huth has been the retreat speaker at several church men’s retreats. To ignite a passion for the Word of God among men, contact the Ezra Project. We will customize messages to your retreat format, or help you design your church men’s retreat. The bottom line of our participation in your men’s retreat is more men will read God’s Word.
Contact the Ezra Project about your men’s retreat.
We enjoy the opportunity to speak at your men’s ministry meeting weekdays or weekends. Our message will challenge men to rekindle a passion for God’s Word. We have touched hundreds of men with our personal experience of daily Bible reading for over 40 years—through the teenage years, college, marriage and child raising, and the challenges of the work-a-day world, because Allen Huth is not a pastor, he is a layman like the men in your men’s ministry.
Contact the Ezra Project to schedule an Ezra Project challenge to your men’s ministry.
Open Book Ministries
A Historical Glimpse …
We began our journey in the summer of 2004 (although the story really begins in the livingroom of a Community Group and in the dining hall of a Christian prayer retreat center in earlier days …)
In 2004, Cathy opened her home and a few women gathered around her diningroom table to study the book by Martha Peace, “Becoming a Titus 2 Woman.” In January of 2005, we shared in a women’s Bible study sponsored by the women’s ministry of our precious home church. The name of the 12 week study was: Conversation Peace. Upon completion, many of the women were yearning for more …no one wanted to say “goodbye.”
bible-pages-in-wind3So, we launched into our first year of a formal women’s mentoring ministry: SACRED SEASONS WOMEN’S MENTORING. There were 12 women ….6 older (we preferred the description ”seasoned women” instead of “older women” until someone misquoted and called us “seasonings”!) … and there were 6 absolutely precious, beautiful younger women.
We spent our first year meeting once per month as a full circle, and at least once during the month in our one-on-one connections. Sweet memories … precious ladies … Marsha ~ Corrie, Audrey ~ Katie, Susan ~ Mia, Cathy ~ Michelle, Vicki ~ Angela, Marla, Shawna. We made a one year covenant agreement to do life together. It was certainly not a perfect journey and not all of life turned out as we had planned. However, several lifetime connections were made …and multiple lifetime ministry lessons were learned.
Today we have employed much of what we learned the first year: a vision for our first and foremost relationship with God to be developed, a retreat atmosphere, God’s Word preeminent, holy friendship, truth. We keep ourselves reminded of this: our first year was the loom upon which the fabric of this ministry was securely bound.
We have pressed forward.
The Holy Spirit has and continues to lead us…we continue to grow in His grace, to be good listeners … first. We intentionally “live what we preach” by seeking a private audience with the Lord daily. God’s Word is our daily bread. We changed our name to “Open Book Ministries” which is a truer reflection of our love of God and His Word and the message of the tandem journey: to live and share open lives. We are an independent ministry who serves, with great delight, as the women’s branch of the Ezra Project. Godly women have sat in seats of leadership and helped us shape what OBMin is today. For this we are eternally grateful! And God’s will continues to unfold …
The Future …
We are quick to declare that we have much to learn. We continue to press forward into the upward call which God has on our lives… the highest call… to know HIM! (Philippians 3:10-14) to love and stay very near to HIM! (John 15:1-11) to love His people … sincerely and sacrificially! (1 Peter 4:8). Our hope is to engage, equip, encourage, and empower women for the Lord’s purposes and glory! Our dream is to one day have a retreat house that is designated fully to offering individuals the opportunity to learn and live a retreat lifestyle. It is our desire to see women … and men …linked together in holy, tandem journeys.
Pray for us as we press forward into the vision God has engraved upon our hearts!