The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Heb.3:13).

Have any of you have seen the movie Dead Poets Society? It focuses around an unconventional teacher (Robin Williams) in an exclusive private school. The recurring theme in the movie is characterized by the Latin phrase, carpe diem. As you probably know, the phrase means to seize the day. For the people in the first century when our Bibles were written, one might carpe diem because this was all they had. The Lord has always given His people a reason for joy and hope. The Thessalonians were concerned about their Christian friends who had died, and Paul reassured them that they were going to heaven too, even though Christ had not yet returned. Our lives have a purpose, a direction and an end. In Paul's day the Christian message contrasted starkly with the contemporary world. Carpe diem meant that this short life was all that they had! The hope found in belief is a useful, fruitful and optimistic life followed by an eternity with Jesus. A pessimism bordering on hopelessness are the fruits of unbelief. You may have wondered about today's title. NFFNSNC are Latin letters found on many Roman tombstones. It means; "I was not, I was, I am not, I care not." How sad! As the Easter season is upon us, the Christian world focuses on the empty tomb of the resurrected Jesus. It rejoices in the hope, redemption and life that is found there. We should indeed carpe diem. We do seize the day and live in the moment, but with a glorious hope that there is even more ahead....

Have a great day...Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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