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There was a story in the papers years ago that occurred in Hamburg, Germany. The skeletal remains of a man were found in his apartment, sitting in front of a TV set, with Christmas lights twinkling nearby. But the lights were from a long past year. In fact, the man had been dead for five years. And nobody had missed him.

He was divorced and disabled, and had become obsessively reclusive. So the other tenants just went about their business. It was not until his bank account ran dry (From automatically paying his rent and utility bills) that his landlord investigated.

Could this happen to one of our church members? Would we notice someone’s absence? Would we investigate? This all coincides with the command we have to love our neighbor.

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