The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (Jas.1:27).

There has been talk my entire adult life about pollution and what is to be done about it... Water pollution... Air pollution... Ground pollution... Those who consider themselves to be environmentally friendly are aghast at the mess we have made of our planet. In the first century, both Jews and Christians alike, looked with disgust at the morality of the Gentiles. We still do look at the morality of the world with a jaundiced eye. We consider virtues like kindness, personal integrity, compassion, friendliness to neighbors, and patience to be a part of one's personal fabric. These virtues are certainly at a premium in the world as many of the people may be considered to be polluted. So... Where does the power come from that can clean up the pollution? "I pray that out of His glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being" (Eph.3:16). The apostle Paul lets us know that there is a power out there that is strong enough as he continues.... "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge --- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (Vs 17-19). The message of Christ is different than that of the Old Testament not in it's kind, but in another respect. There is a power in the lives of Christians that the people that lived under the former covenant never knew. It is indeed, "his Spirit in your inner being." In Jesus Christ, we not only have the call to live holy lives, but the empowerment with which to live them. When we received the Holy Spirit into our lives, sin has no rule because we now know the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Adding to the Holy Spirit within us, is the Spirit inspired Word that will work in us also. Through the Spirit, and the Word given by the Spirit, Christians have the power to overcome sin. When God's Spirit is breathed into our hearts, our own breath can breath out the love of Jesus to the world. It is not a far stretch to realize that we can clean up all that pollution...

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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