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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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01/11/2010

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Being Where We Should Be


"I have found David, son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do...I rejoiced with those who said to me, 'let us go to the house of the Lord' " (Acts 13:22, Psa. 122:1).

An early memory in my childhood was sitting in a church building and listening to a sermon. Not being overly excited by the experience, I asked my mom when it would be over..."Soon". she said gently. I am now the one delivering the sermon and fervently hoping that same question is not being asked. Do we find great satisfaction, joy and encouragement in worshipping the Lord on His day? Are we drawn closer to God, being encouraged by those worshipping with us? Do we want everyone to experience the same blessings that we do? My late great friend Ed Nevins, when he heard some of us complaining about attendance at services once said, "I don't understand, I love being here." Ed was over 80 at the time...

My experience has been (correct me if I am in error) that the more we put into something, the more we get out of it. As we develop a greater sense of "ownership" and responsibility, our appreciation of the worship with others ought to develop too. In Acts 2:46-47, we find these words; "Every day they continued to meet in the temple courts....praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people." EVERY DAY... There are some important reasons why we should meet together and I would like to share some of these with you over the next few days. I can remember having Hebrews 10:25 drilled into me. Its the verse that talks about not "forsaking the assembling of the saints." I finally realized that the verse, to have real meaning, had to be read together with the preceding one. It says; "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." (the KJV says "provoke" and the NAS "stimulate) How can we possibly spur, provoke or stimulate one another to love and good deeds if we are not together!

When we gather, wonderful opportunities are opened to us. Opportunities to learn and opportunities to develop stronger ties with our brethren. Great chances to exhort one another as the common bond that holds us together is magnified and strengthened. Through this ever growing bond, we as a group can become a powerful agency of service for the Lord. I hope that all of us will grow a greater sense of "serving the Lord with gladness and coming into His courts with praise" (Psa. 100:2).

Have a great beginning to your week.... Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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