The Shema

Pastor Ben Spitler

May 3, 2019

Here’s something to be thankful for this first Friday in May—a church that loves and invests and reaches out to the next generation!   I always think about that significant prayer of Deuteronomy 6, known as the “shema,”  Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
This is youth Spring Retreat weekend and 49 of our students and a dozen adult sponsors are heading out this afternoon for what we’re praying is a fun, safe, spiritually awesome and blessed time together!  Pray for that with us!  I’m praying specifically for several of my guys who don’t yet know Christ as Savior.  This could be the weekend!  Pray for Pastor Brian and Pastor Jesse (our group is joining up with another Mid-Atlantic District youth group) as they bring the Word.
I believe that everything we do as a church, for our young people and everyone else, is a way knowing God and His Word and His plan for us!  In every service, every group, every meeting, every retreat we are impressing the commands and promises of God on hearts.  Every gathering, every ministry, every bit of print material, every conversation is an opportunity to show and tell the good news of Jesus!

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