The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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A Closer Encounter

"Come near to God and He will come near to you...." (Jas.4:8).

When I looked at the emails you sent me about the New Year, they revealed the idea of a closer relationship with the Lord. Today's verse is a good start point for everyone... Since 2014 is now a part of our past, it becomes a learning tool for making the New Year a better one. Since a close relationship with someone (including God) depends upon good communication, how did we do in that department last year, and is there room for improvement. Were we faithful enough in listening to Him though His Word? Another year has gone by... Did we read His Word enough? If we did not, can we honestly say we took our relationship with Him seriously enough? In the past year, were we steadfast enough in talking to the Lord in prayer? Any effective communication is a two-way street, therefore, serious Bible study must be accompanied by serious prayer. I guess the bottom line question here is about whether our degree of prayerfulness either increased or decreased this past year. To have a closer and more intimate relationship with the Lord, 2015 must be a year marked by a desire to understand His will for us. We can only come to know what He wants of us by listening.... Listening both through the Word and by talking with Him. This should be number one on our bucket list of improvements. A "Close Encounter" of the good kind...

Have a great New Year's Day... Come near to God and He will come near to you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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