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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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Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:4-5
Once again we find ourselves waiting for updates. We are captured by the news. We are scrolling through our phones looking for stories.  We can't help but to be moved by the pictures and the footage.  While observing all of this again we ask the same question..."When will all of this stop?"
 
We live in a nation where our freedom of expression has become our path to destruction. We have shared our feelings and opinions on social media to the point that we offend those that we thought were our "friends." Basic statements of opinion turn into cultural differences, deep seeded hurt and offense. We have become our own worse enemy. 
 
There's no doubt that we live in a dark world. Yet, in the middle of darkness, the light and hope of Jesus breaks through. Yes we are saddened that this senselessness took place.  We hate that evil exists. But we should be incredibly grateful that a day is coming when every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more tears (Rev. 21:4).  I, for one, am thankful for the light of Jesus that overcomes all darkness.
 
It is during difficult days like this that we find ourselves lifting up a short and brief prayer. We pray for the families. We pray for understanding. We pray for direction. 
 
On days like this communities turn to their faith. For a moment there is an embrace and a moment to connect. There is a moment to gather, discuss and to pray.
 
Take a moment this week within your community to say a prayer. Pray for one another, for victim's families, and for our nation. 
 
Pastor Jeff
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