Two messages were given on the Lord’s Day that mutually reinforced each other: the first walks us through the Samaritan’s godly response of mercy to his neighbor in need (Luke 10), while the second emphasized the theme throughout Scripture that the Lord desires our merciful obedience and love above any sacrifice we might bring. As Keith Green put it years ago, “To obey is better than sacrifice / I want hearts of fire, not your prayers of ice.”