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Again?
 
So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26

What a contrast. We had such a wonderful day with God's people and God's Church yesterday. We focused in on the text in Mark 12:29-30 and were reminded to "Love the Lord your God with ALL of your heart, All your soul, and ALL your mind."
 
Meanwhile several families in Texas went to church to worship the Lord and encourage each other and instead... entered into a nightmare from which they will be unable to awake. Again there was another unnecessary shooting.  One that claimed lives of those in the midst of Worship. A shooting that enters itself among the long line of recent shootings that leave us saying "Again?"

The shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas prompts two sobering thoughts. One, it could have been any of us. Two, it "was" us. In Christ, we are one. When one member suffers, all the members suffer and likewise when one rejoices all the members rejoice. 
Today our primary thoughts and prayers should be focused on Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife Sherri as they grieve the loss of their 14yr old daughter and as they mourn the other 25 members of their church. In a statement released earlier today Sherri Pomeroy said;
 
"We lost more than Belle yesterday, and the one thing that gives me a sliver of encouragement is the fact that Belle was surrounded, by her church family that she loved fiercely, and vice versa. Our church was not comprised of members or parishioners, we were a very close family," 

So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26
 
Pastor Jeff
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Vision - Connect

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"This is the most important,"  Jesus answered:  Listen, Israel! The Lord  our God, the Lord  is One.  Love  the Lord your God  with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,  and with all your strength.  "The second is: Love your neighbor  as yourself.  There is no other command  greater than these." Mark 12:29-31

You have heard the audio claim by Muhammad Ali "I am the greatest!" You have seen the footage of Babe Ruth point the bat to the outfield signaling the upcoming home run and in turn being called "The greatest". Walter Payton has been titled the greatest football player and of course Michael Jordan holds the title of greatest basketball player.

We have a knack for seeking the answer to that one simple question - "Who is the greatest?" When Christ was asked "What is the greatest commandment?" Two responses came out.  Two responses that has "Love" as the base.  His first response was grounded in the teaching of the law from Deuteronomy 6:5  and the second response was also from the law in Leviticus 19:18.

We are to love God with our complete being and we are to love our neighbor with our complete action. It is our act of connection.

Let me challenge you today to identify your "neighbor." Let me challenge you to make a connection with God and your neighbor!
 
Pastor Jeff

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