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Let's Learn a Bible Verse!

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
--2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

"If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and its not so bad." --C. S. Lewis, God In The Dock, p. 52.

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

Thank you to everyone 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

"First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil." --Fr. Dwight Longenecker.

In the Last Days, Good will be called Evil and Evil will be called Good.(In comment section of YouTube video.)

 

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For Meditation

The time is always ripe for re-union. Divisions between Christians are a sin and a scandal, and Christians ought at all times to be making contributions towards re-union, if it is only by their prayers. I am only a layman and a recent Christian, and i do not know much about these things, but in all the things which I have written and thought I have always stuck to traditional, dogmatic positions. The result is that letters of agreement reach me from what are ordinarily regarded as the most different kinds of Christians; for instance, I get letters from Jesuits, monks, nuns, and also from Quakers and Welch Dissenters, and so on. So it seems to me that the 'extremist' elements in every Church are nearest one another and the liberal and 'broad-minded' people in each Body could never be united at all. The world of dogmatic Christianity is a place in which thousands of people of quite different types keep on saying the same thing, and the world of 'broad-mindedness' and watered-down 'religion' is a world where a small number of people (all of the same type) say totally different things and change their minds every few minutes. We shall never get re-union from them.

--C. S. Lewis, God In The Dock, p. 60

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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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