Body Language

Rob Bentz

READ : Nehemiah 8 Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people . . . and when he opened it, all the people stood up. (v. 5) Kneel. Stand. Bow. Fall prostrate. Raise hands. Clap hands. Dance. The Bible details all sorts of body language when it refers to our worship of God, including here in Nehemiah. In verse 5, when Ezra takes the platform to read the Law of the Lord – the Pentateuch or first …

A God-Centered Worldview

Rob Bentz

READ : Nehemiah 5:14-19 But I did not do so, because of the fear of God. (v. 15) Worldview. It’s a term that gets tossed around in academic and religious circles with ease. Yet most people still ask, “What is a worldview?” A worldview is the means by which we interpret, evaluate, and judge reality. It is the all-encompassing lens through which we view everything in our world. For believers, our worldview starts by turning to almighty God for wisdom …

No Response

Rob Bentz

READ : Nehemiah 5:1-13 They were silent, and could not find a word to say. (v. 8) Have you ever been caught? You know: hand-in-the-cookie-jar sort of caught? I have, although it wasn’t for cookies – it was for M&M’s. I love the little chocolate wonders so much that on the bookcase in my home office I have a 20 oz. jar that is regularly stocked with M&M’s. I spend much of my time in my office reading and nibbling …

Faithful to the Call

Rob Bentz

READ : Nehemiah 2:11-20 I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. (v. 12) Our congregation in Orlando, Florida, is putting the finishing touches on its new building. This 800-member body of believers hopes to be worshiping in the new facility within a month. Our senior pastor is not a man who worships buildings. He doesn’t necessarily see a new building program as the sign of a successful church or a Christ-centered …

Are You Concerned?

Rob Bentz

READ : Nehemiah 1 I now pray before you . . . confessing the sins of the people of Israel. (v. 6) Do you find the morality of the church – men and women who profess to know Jesus Christ – to be on a downward spiral? Are you grieved? What can you do about it? Heartfelt concern for God’s people is not a new thing. Nehemiah was deeply concerned. The nation of Israel had returned to the city of …

Fasting, Then Asking

Rob Bentz

READ : Ezra 8:15-23 Then I proclaimed a fast . . . that we might deny ourselves before our God. (v. 21) Before my wife and I go on a road trip we pray. We ask for safety and for God’s presence on our journey, seeking God’s blessing before launching out onto the highways. But in all the years we have been traveling, Bonnie and I have never fasted before praying. Ezra, the great scribe and faithful man of God, …