The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

12/14/2012

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"And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again" (2 Cor.5:15).

Back in my ice skating days, we would play a little game that we found to be fun. We would get as many people as possible in a straight line, maintaining contact with each other by holding on at the hips. The leader would then skate as fast as possible with all of hanging on for dear life. The leader then turned and stopped while each of us kept going straight. The trick was to slingshot the last person in the line at a great rate of speed. It only worked if we were able to maintain contact with the person in front of us. To maintain a mental equilibrium, it is important for us to maintain contact with the people around us. Whether they are family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors, these social relationships are critical to our well-being. When it comes to our spiritual well-being, relationships are critical too. First of all, we must develop and maintain a close relationship with God. One of the best ways to do this is through a healthy and powerful prayer connection. God should become our Abba Father, or dad. Our spiritual well-being gets a shot in the arm also by maintaining close relationships with other Christians. In today's verse we find that Christ died and was raised up so that we would no longer live solely for ourselves, but for Him. When we cultivate relationships with fellow-Christians who have this same bond, we become stronger. We have to stay in contact for it to work... Being together will allow us to encourage and stimulate one another in a positive fashion.... to God..... to Us.... to Others.... Stay in contact! Stay close! It will make us better....

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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