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My “Ebenezer”

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18-19 RSV).
Robert Robinson, an English preacher and song writer, wrote the hymn, “Come Thou fount of Blessing” that contains these words in 1758 when he was only 23 years old:
“Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home;
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.”

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What Are We Communicating?

“Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening'” (1 Sam 3:10 NASU).
I recently learned that there are more than 200,000 words in the English language. We, however, only use approximately 500 of them in our daily lives. Of course, there are more than 500 words in our vocabulary, but much of that is recognition vocabulary, words we recognize and know but don’t use. These 500 common words have about 1,400 definitions, and this is the reason there is so much misunderstanding, and adds challenges to good communication.

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“Fighting Fire With Fire”

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21 NASU).
Abigail Van Buren, best known for her famous “Dear Abby” column, was once the queen of witty advice. On one particular occasion she said something especially thought provoking: “People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.”

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