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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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10/02/2013

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"Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually" (1 Cor.12:27)

When I was a kid and we chose up sides for a baseball game, the weakest players were placed in the outfield. For some reason, the most weak was put in right field. I think there was the thought that it was the least likely place for a ball to be hit. Inevitably, balls would be hit there and for better or worse, he had to make a play just like your shortstop would. An error made by any member of the team affects the entire team. Regardless of a weakness or two, the team had to stick together to achieve success. Few qualities are more essential for the success of any organization than unity... A team. corporation, labor union, or even a family of four will get get more done when they cooperate... It really helps if they listen to one another, respect one another, and like one another. It goes without saying that the church, the body of Christ finds this oneness to be essential also. Now some disunity happens when Christians differ over doctrine. The gospel of Christ is just what it says.... The gospel of Christ! Here's what Paul said about that: "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel----which is really no gospel at all" (Gal.1:6-7). Anything new would lack the heart of the gospel, the good news of Christ. Another reason for disunity often stems from Christians failing to treat one another with honor and kindness, and failing to forgive one another. It doesn't take a nuclear physicist to figure out that selfish insistence that having one's own way in matters of opinion can be the root of many divisions... When Paul writes those Christian virtues that we like to call "the fruit of the Spirit," none of those characteristics have a speck of selfishness in them. If the church is to be the one body of Christ that it was intended to be, unity of its members is tantamount.. Pitchers, catchers, shortstops, and even right fielders, working together...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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