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Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
--Romans 5:1 GNT

 

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June Newsletter pdf is now online.

Fish Fry Fundraiser - Saturday, May 18, 4-7 PM - Report

Thank you to everyone who bought plates at our latest fundraiser. We raised another $1500+ to help pay down our disaffilation loan. God bless you all!

It is time again for a Fish Fry at Ebenezer. Plates will include fish (flounder, talapia), French fries or baked potato, slaw, hush puppies and dessert with tea, coffee, or water for in-house plates. Take-out will be avaialble. We are requesting donations to help us continue to pay-off our disaffiliation loan. We thank you for your support.

 

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Quote to Ponder

"...in times to come instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, you will have clowns entertaining the goats."

--C. H. Spurgeon

 

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For Meditation

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be 'cured' against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because we 'ought to have known better', is to be treated as a human person made in God's image.

--C. S. Lewis, "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment" in "God in the Dock."

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Mini-Bible Lesson #83: And Two Others

References: John 19:38-42; John 12:42-43; NIV Application Commentary: John by Gary M. Burge, pp. 534-536

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus—but secretly because of his fear of the Jews—asked Pilate that he might remove Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took His body away. Nicodemus (who had previously come to Him at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes. –John 19:38-39 HCSB

In John 12:42-43, the Apostle John proclaims that some of the rulers of the Jews believed in Jesus, but because of fear of being banned from the synagogue or worse—and “preferring praise from men more than praise from God,” they would not publicly acknowledge this belief.

After Jesus’ death on the cross, two of these Jewish rulers publicly came forward to ask for Jesus’ body and arranged to bury him in a new tomb (hewn out of a rocky hillside). They were incognito disciples no more. What changed?

Jesus is now dead. Christ has not yet risen from that death. Yet, these men now come forward.

The Church, and rightly so, emphasizes the Resurrection of Jesus—as a sign of his divinity and power, as a sign of hope for all mankind that must ultimately face their own deaths, as a sign of Jesus’ triumph over death. But we often forget these last words of Jesus while on the cross: “It is finished!” (John 19:30)

Jesus came to die on that cross. It was always his ultimate goal. His goal was not to rise from the dead (death held no fear for him because he had the power give his life and to take it back at any time). His goal was to die and die a humiliating and excruciating death on a wooden cross as a condemned man who had done nothing to deserve any punishment at all—from man or God. Unlike every human being since Adam who deserved no less a punishment because of our rebellion against our Maker, Our God.

When Jesus finished this work, the path was clear for all men to be saved from their sinfulness, and the Holy Spirit could now begin its work—calling people to come to the foot of that cross and be saved and changed into the likeness of the sinless Jesus.

There would be a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all the disciples at Pentecost, but the work had already begun. The thief on the cross and Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus are witnesses to that change—as they changed when Jesus proclaimed that glorious truth: “It is finished!” That’s why the day of Jesus death is called “Good Friday.”

May you be bold in the knowledge that Jesus has done all the work for you. You are saved by believing in Him and what he has done for you. He did all the work. And, if you let him, he will do all the work to make you over into his image.

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Special Resources

The picture below is our new Resource Room with books, dvds, videos, and a TV screen (not shown in photo). Individuals are encouraged to take resources home for Bible study or reading; and classes can use the room to show videos related to their studies. We would appreciate donations of books or dvds, especially for young children for this collection.

 

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Ongoing Collections - Updated - 10/09/2023

CCC & TI Food Pantry Collection - Yearly in April

Throughout the month of April, we will be collecting single serve, microwaveable or ready-to-eat items for students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Suggested items: single serve Ramen Noodles, macaroni and cheese, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, cookies, single serve canned meats, etc.

Oakhill Backpack Ministry

We are beginning to collect single serve, easy to microwave or use food items to send home with needy children, such as, fruit cups, mac and cheese, snacks, noodles, etc. The children will receive a backpack of these items to take home on the weekends, and use for themselves and their families. Put the items in the old fellowship hall. We thank you for helping.

Local Schools Supply Closet

We continue to collect items for our local teachers.This ministry provides items for teachers and their students that they cannot obtain through the regular budget.

They include the following: Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, facial tissues, sharpies, dry board markers highlighters, black/blue/red ink pens, colored pencils, glue sticks, composition books and notebook paper (wide and college ruled), crayons, scissors (children's type), index cards, construction paper, pencil sharpeners, sheet protectors, file folders, large and small legal pads, white out, paper clips, staples, pencil pouches, markers, rulers, ring binders, card stock white/assorted, 3 ring note books, large and small pencil top erasers, and post it notes.

South Caldwell Christian Ministries

We are collecting non-perishable food and clean used clothing in good condition that will be taken to South Caldwell Christian Ministries. You may leave the items at the church on Sundays or during normal office hours (8:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).

We thank you for helping us to minister to the needs of our community.

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4948 Burns Rd., Granite Falls NC 28630