The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


Church of Christ




Closer Through Fellowship

"Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily torn" (Ecc4:12-13).

The wise writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes would have loved to barbecue over charcoal. I love to watch the coals get hotter and hotter as the heat spreads through their proximity to one another... As we attempt to get closer to God, we have served the soup, appetizer, and main course... Those are: 1. Seeing the Lord through His creation... 2. Meditating on God's Word... 3. Spending time in prayer... Now its time for the dessert. A wonderful way of drawing closer to the Lord is through the fellowship of other like-minded Christians. Last night at Northfield, we had what we call our Barnabas Ministry. For about 15 or 20 minutes before service, we spent time writing encouraging notes to one another. It is my job to address them and get them in the mail today. "But encourage one another day after day, as it is still called Today...." (Heb. 4:13). A brother of mine from NY sends out a wonderful devotional (I got one this morning) entitled "Encouragingly Yours" with Heb.3:13-14 as his credo. I am lifted up when I read it.... Later on in the Book of Hebrews, the writer again admonishes us to lift one another up... "and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds" He follows this thought by saying that we "should not forsake our own assembling together..." (Heb.10:24-25). The verses are a perfect tandem for capping off our thoughts about drawing closer to God. They are a recipe for a wonderful dessert. When Peter and John were released from prison (Acts 4:23-31) they immediately sought the comfort of others. When Peter had his shackles miraculously removed, (Acts 12:12) he went quickly to be with others... In our assemblies we are to draw closer to others and to the Lord through singing, prayer, and getting into His Word.. I believe that they serve as a foretaste of God's presence, as we enjoy the fellowship of God and His servants even now. I close with a verse from Psalms in which we can sing with David... "in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever" (16:11).

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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