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We begin a new series this week, entitled, Unconditional. This month, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day which is a celebration of human love. Americans are estimated to spend 19.6 billion dollars on this day for cards, flowers, and other gifts! All of us want to be loved because it has a powerful impact upon our hearts and lives. Human love often comes with conditions, like buying a gift for Valentine’s Day! God loves us completely with no strings attached. This unconditional love holds great power for our lives! Our struggle is to fully comprehend the power of this love. In this week’s sermon, Connect, we turn to John 15:7-17. Jesus is the source of this unconditional love and these words help us let this love flow through our lives! As you read John 15: 7-17, we pray that you sense the complete and full love of God! John 15:7-17: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit– fruit that will last– and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John. 15:7-17 NIV