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Deliverance: Ahava, Love - David Mitts

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deu 6:5) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message   The core of the Gospel is love. We all know the classic salvation scripture of John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (Joh 3:16) We know that not only does God love the world but also that God is love. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1Jn 4:8) If our salvation is based on knowing God, then learning to love is essential. The new covenant is marked by intimacy with God. Because finding fault with them, He says: "BEHOLD, THE DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH—NOT ACCORDING TO THE COVENANT THAT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS IN THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT O

Deliverance: The Sh’ma Part 2 - David Mitts

““Hear, Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message   Listening is the key to entering the reality of the Kingdom of God. Last chapter we examined the ancient Hebrew letters that make up the word, sh’ma . Reviewing, the letters are “shin”, “mem” and “ayin”. Ayin, in ancient Hebrew, is the picture of an eye, which clues us in that perspective is a key to listening. How we see someone greatly impacts how open we are to listening with an open heart and mind to their input. One could argue that the major purpose of higher education is to empower the degree recipients to be credible in the larger conversation of society. The recent pandemic has clearly demonstrated how vulnerable we all are to the “experts”. These voices often ran counter to just basic logic, common sense if you will. Their declarations of safe and effective practices were often ludicrous. Even to this day, you can see th