“Better is a neighbor who is nearthan a brother who is far away.” Proverbs 27:10b

Communicating long distance is ever becoming easier: long distance calls, online chatting, cell phones, video calls, e-mail, long distance travel, blogging, Facebook, internet communities, etc. We must not be fooled by soaking in cyber-“fellowship.” Nothing replaces consistent, flesh-and-blood, face to face fellowship. Nothing replaces the local body of Christ. And I mean local. We even stretch the limits of this kind of fellowship when we have to drive an hour to gather with God’s people on Sundays and therefore rarely have contact throughout the week.