The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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03/03/2011

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Connecting To Others


"They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" (Acts 2: 42).

My heart is a bit heavy this morning. One of the elderly women in our congregation passed away last night. I would like to dedicate this devotional to my sister-in-the-Lord, Jeanne Davis...She was a very special person. I have one special memory of a time when I was visiting with her in the hospital, to share with you. One of our other elderly women called her on the phone to cheer her up. As the conversation ensued, it was clear to me that Jeanne was turning the tables and cheering up June...That was her. True worship connects us to others. It is more than just cliche conversation or social interaction. "Let us not give up the meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-----and all the more as you see the day approaching" (Heb. 10:25). In the New Testament church, real worship without mutual encouragement is just not there. In real worship our focus is on pleasing God. In doing so, our hearts are touched and we are able to look beyond ourselves. Real worship is God-pleasing worship....In God-pleasing worship, we are bound to address the needs of others. In God-pleasing worship we are to extend God's love to others. In real worship we always attempt to "consider how we can spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Heb. 10:24). This much is clear to me...In real worship, we are to engage one another spiritually. As we interact, we are to build up our love for one another in the Lord. It is just what we are supposed to do... Whenever I was with Jeanne, I always walked away feeling better. I hope she felt the same way...

Have a wonderful day....Let your light shine for HIM... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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