The Water Cooler

The Water Cooler

In Deuteronomy 6:5, the sense we are left with is this:  It is with our very selves that we are to love God.  All that we have at our disposal: our power, our emotional health, our relational influence, our physical strength - all of it - our VERY SELVES - can be oriented in love toward God and toward our neighbor. 

Opportunities to love God and others with our strength come around everyday, but we are not always ready to be faithful when they do.  We are not ready, because we too often waste our strength on selfish things instead of on loving God and our neighbor in these ways. Believe me, I know.  

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Fragments

Fragments

Like we talked about last week, The Shema speaks of one, unified God: "Hear O Israel, The Lord is our God, the Lord alone."

And in the next part of the verse, Jesus invites us to love God with all of ourselves.  

Not a part. Not a fragment. Not a piece. Not sometimes. Not in between appointments. Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind, all of your strength. 

All. All of you. All the time.  

This means my heart, my soul, my mind, and body - they’re all meant to work together toward one unified purpose. One me working toward one purpose. Loving one God.  

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My Whole Portion

My Whole Portion

One of the biggest struggles we face in our society is that we have so much freedom that a lot of us don’t know how to choose one option and not another.  

But what would it look like for us this morning to make some hard choices about what matters most, even if it meant surrendering good things in our lives to choose the things that really matter?  

This week, we are starting a new sermon series called “Whole Self In” and we’ll be spending the next few weeks looking at a passage in Scripture that Jesus called the Greatest Commandment: The Shema.  

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