Seeking Commonality

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August 20, 2017. In Matthew 15:10-28, Jesus tells the crowds that what goes into people’s mouths does not defile them, but what comes out is what defiles them. Pastor Keith preaches on this text, and challenges us to examine how we deal with those around us who may be different from us. How can we seek commonality and begin to bridge the gaps with others in our communities?

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