Listen, O Israel!

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 10/8/2023 10:00 AM

What if the answer to living a fulfilled life is hidden within the ancient scriptures? Prepare to explore the Ten Commandments, not merely as inscribed words, but as guiding principles that take root with intention, practice, and time. We delve into the depth of God’s patience and mercy for those who love Him and discuss the ripple effects of decisions made generations ago. 

The essence of this sermon is remembering; remembering who God is and recounting His deeds. We ruminate on the vital role the Ten Commandments play in shaping our relationships and worship, exploring Jesus’ encapsulation of these laws into loving God and our neighbor. We take a deep dive into Scripture, exploring its transformative power when we wrestle with it, and how it can shape our perception of the world. We share our thoughts on Jesus’ call to action and the essence of living out our faith. Listen in as we discuss the importance of passing down the Scripture to ensuing generations, both within and outside the home.


  • First Reading: Mark 12:28-31
  • Second Reading: Deuteronomy 5:1- 21; Deuteronomy 6:4-9
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday The Golden Calf: Exodus 32:1-14
Tuesday Help Those in Need: Deuteronomy 15:7-11
Wednesday Pursue Justice: Deuteronomy 16:18-20
Thursday What Makes a Good King: Deuteronomy 17:14-20
Friday Care for the Vunerable: Deuteronomy 24:17-22
Saturday The First Fruits: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Sunday Ruth Follows Naomi: Ruth 1:1-17

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Gracious God, as I awaken to a new day, I am reminded of the power of Your Word and the guiding principles set forth in the Ten Commandments. I am profoundly thankful for Your patience and mercy, Your enduring love, and the transformative power of Your Word. As I journey through today, let me keep in mind the essence of these commandments: to love You with all my heart, mind, and soul, and to love my neighbor as myself. As I immerse myself in the teachings from the sermon, I pray for the wisdom and understanding to apply these principles in my daily life. As I go forth, help me to be a reflection of Your love, living out my faith with intention, practice, and time. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I reflect on the day, I am grateful for Your guiding presence. As I ponder upon the sermon's insights on the Ten Commandments, I realize the depth of their meaning and the impact they can have on my life. I pray for the grace to live out these commandments in my interactions, relationships, and decisions. Let the understanding I've gained not just be mere words but be transformed into action. Help me to pass on Your teachings to the next generation, setting a firm foundation of faith in their hearts. As I lay down to rest, I thank You for the peace and comfort of Your love. May I awake refreshed and ready to continue my journey of faith transformation. In Your holy name, I pray. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: The sermon explores the transformative power of Scripture. In your personal experience, how has engaging with Scripture changed your life? (Refer to: Romans 12:2)

  • Reflection Question 2: How can we practice intentional remembering of God's work in our lives, as mentioned in the sermon? What practices can we adopt to ensure we don't forget God's goodness and mercy? (Refer to: Psalm 77:11-12)

  • Reflection Question 3: What is one key takeaway from the sermon that you would like to apply in your life moving forward? (Refer to: James 1:22)