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Coming Up at Ebenezer

We offer up prayers of thankfulness for all those men and women who gave their lives in service to our country and the world to preserve our freedoms and fight tyranny. And we honor those who came home after their service and have now passed on. Thank you for caring enough to give so much! Happy Memorial Day, May 30.

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Announcements

Notice: Church Office will be close for Memorial Day.

Robin's Nest Collection

Throughout June and July, we will be collecting toys, stuffed toys, coloring books, crayons, etc. for preschoolers and young children for the Robin's Nest Ministry that works with abused children in our area. Please place the new or in good condition items in the boxes in the old fellowship hall. Thank you for your generosity.

Pastor Alan Teaching Wednesdays

Pastor Alan is teaching from the New Testament books of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus during Wednesday evening's adult Bible study time, 7-8:00 p.m. We invite you to come and hear the Word of God expounded upon by our Pastor. You do not need to be a member of Ebenezer to attend.

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Quote to Ponder

"We are never defeated unless we give up on God."
--Ronald Reagen

 

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For Meditation

“Faith is a form of courage…it is in your best interest and of everyone else’s to maintain faith in the goodness of existence despite the evidence to the contrary.” 
  --Jordan Peterson, May 2022, Hillsdale College Graduation Speech.

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Mini-Bible Lesson #33: The Choice

References: John 6:37-40; Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, pp. 569-570.

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.  –John 6:37, NKJV

This verse has been used to justify a Calvinistic view of God—a God who chooses favorites, and ignores the unfavored (Doctrine of Election). A Calvinist says that some people are born with no hope of salvation, because God has pre-willed that it be so. So, some people are not savable. Yet, we are told that all who believe in Jesus will be saved; and that Christ died for the world—not only for a favored few (John 3:16).

The first part of this verse tells us that the Father gives the believers to Christ. We do not give ourselves. John Wesley and the Methodists believe that this shows that God, using prevenient grace, brings us into the faith in Jesus leading to our salvation. But this grace is open to everyone, not just a favored few. Each person can continue to resist the call of the Holy Spirit or surrender. God gives us that one choice—resist or surrender. If you are resisting his call, you are in open rebellion against the Father, and, therefore, condemned already (see John 3:18). If you stop resisting and surrender all to God, the Father then gives us to Jesus who will in no wise cast us out (KJV). He will not refuse us, nor surrender us back to the Devil—no matter how far from God we may believe we have strayed; we are never away from God’s presence or his power to keep us.

The Father brings us in; Jesus keeps us in. We are now the sheep of his pasture, and the Shepherd will protect us, guide us, lead us to green pastures and clear, calm water; or discipline us when we stray. We can go into situations where Satan can attack us (see the book of Job), but Satan cannot and will not win us back. We are sealed, branded, as a child of God.

“For we are definitely told that Christ’s own honor is bound up in getting us safe home. We may falter and forget and fail, prove disobedient and unruly: but Christ will not fail. With loyalty, and to the last jot and tittle, he will carry out the will that God has given him to do; and part of that will is that we must not slip through his guard (I.B. p. 570).”
This is the main way that I know I am truly saved. Though I was out of the Church for over 20 years, God never let me go; and he welcomed me back in when I returned. God is Good and Faithful. I can only hope and pray that he will give me the power and the desire to be a tenth as good and faithful to him as he is to me. Amen.

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Special Resources

In the slide show above (not seen in the mobile phone version of our website) there are pictures showing some current bulletin boards at Ebenezer put up by the Haas Family, Tasha, Emily, and Abby, and of our new Resource Room.

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

Robin's Nest Collection

We are asking our members and friends to donate books, coloring books, stuffed animals, crayons, color pencils, toys, etc. especially for younger children through June and July. These items will be given to the Robin's Nest Ministry that works with abused children in the area. Place the items in the marked boxes in the old fellowship hll area. We thank you for your generosity.

Teacher's Closet Collection

We are collecting some items for our local teachers by helping fill up the Teacher's Closet. 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.

(NOTE: they have plenty of regular pencils at this time.)

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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"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5: 16)

Our vision is to let our light shine into the dark world so that the world may come to know The Light, which is Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Contact Information: 828-396-2214 or ebenezerumc@yahoo.com;
4948 Burns Rd., Granite Falls NC 28630