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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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11/03/2010

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Our Ebenezer


"Here I raise my Ebenezer: Hither by thy help I've come;
And I hope by thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home;
He to rescue me from danger Interposed His precious blood.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wand'ring from the fold of God."

Robert Robinson 1858


Have you sung the song, "O thou Fount of Every blessing"? It is indeed an oldie, written by a Methodist minister, it is what Robert Robinson is most famous for. Every once in a while we sing words in songs, especially if they old ones, that have some strange words. If you are as old as I am, you can probably remember a few of them. If it piques your curiosity, send me one or two...Ebenezer has always been one of those words for me. How can you raise something if you don't know what it is? The children of Israel were on the brink of extinction, but under the leadership of the prophet Samuel a slow recovery was begun. (1 Sam 3:20, 7:6). The Lord caused the ark of the covenant to be returned by the Philistines, and Samuel called the people to be repent and be spiritually renewed. The Philistines were defeated and Samuel set up a stone. He called it "Ebenezer," which means "stone of help." So there you have it...That strange word now has a meaning, which some of may have already known...

Believers of many ages after this event have taken courage from Samuel's Ebenezer. We have the greatest of all Ebenezers' today. He is called Jesus Christ. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matt. 6:33). Jesus promises to meet our needs. He has told us that through Him that we can reach the Father. We can live a life free from the guilt of sin, because in Him we have forgiveness. Through Him we have learned the importance and power of prayer and how it connects us to the will of God. Through Him we have learned that to is better to serve than to be served. And finally, through His death and resurrection, we have the hope of eternal life. Robert Robinson's words, though a bit archaic, still ring true today... I would say that we have quite an Ebenezer......Quite a stone of Help...

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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