Very insightful! It brings to light how important it is that we never lose sight of the awesomeness of the gospel. Not just in its literal form, but also in the way we live it out each and every day. Are you “Standing for the Gospel?”

Sermons, Musings & Amusings by Michael Jennings

Nehemiah 8.1-3, 5-6, 8-10


“And Ezra open the book in the sight of all the people … and when he opened it, all the people stood up.”

Standing is a sign of respect.  We are taught to stand when someone enters a room, stand during the singing of the national anthem, stand when the bride marches down the aisle.

In many churches today, the people stand during the reading of the gospel – the reading from Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.  Standing during the reading of the gospel is a sign of respect, a sign of recognition that the words of the gospel are important.  Standing tells us that we should listen to these words with care and attention.

When Ezra the priest opened the book of the Law of Moses, all the people stood up.  The people recognized the importance of the words they were about to hear. …

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