The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came; You want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same; You want to be where everybody knows your name" Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo 1982

You may recognize the above words as the chorus of the Theme From Cheers. The sitcom ran from 1982-93 and won many awards. You can google the rest of the words, and surprisingly, you might think they were talking about going to church and not a bar. Most people that gather at the bar are not alcoholics, but people looking for other people to talk to. God has put into our hearts the desire to love and be loved.... To know and be known. This is what having friends is supposed to be all about. This is a part of what churches are all about. You do want to go where everybody knows your name. You want to be with people who live in your world and share the same joys and problems that you do. King Solomon is generally credited with writing the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Teacher. In it he uses his powers of observation to examine the human experience and to recount the situation of man. In the fourth chapter, there is a small but significant passage about friendship that it would be good for us to read and meditate upon. I guess that even at the time its writing, that people might have viewed the world as dog eat dog... The four short verses (9-12) revolve around the importance of intimate friendship and survival in our dog eat dog world... "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work" (V 9). The writer almost views it as making an investment. The investment is not a financial one, but an investment in a relationship. We will get a better return on that investment than any other that we make here on earth. As we focus on building relationships, we invest in making real friends and being a real friend... "But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Prov.18:24). A person who has friends, must be friendly himself. Wouldn't it be great if we approached going to worship knowing that; everybody knows your name... and they're always glad you came... you want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same... You want to be where everybody knows your name... More about friendship tomorrow... Read those Ecclesiastes verses...

Have a great day... Do good.... Give Him the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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