Hall of Faith: Jacob, blessed by God

Jacob is the third generation of the great patriarch’s of the Old Testament and Israelite’s. He is the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. Jacob means “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. When he was born he reached out holding onto his twin brother’s, Esau, heel. Even when they were both in the womb we are told “the children […]

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Second Chances: Jacob

The story of Jacob takes up half of the book of Genesis in the Bible.  He is the patriarch of the Israelites. Jacob comes into the world grasping the heel of his brother, Esau.  God revealed to their mother, Rebekah that the two struggled in the womb.   This is a struggle that would continue not only for the rest of […]

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Hall of Faith: Elijah, Walked with God

  Elijah is one of only two people mentioned in the Bible as being “taken into heaven”. However, time and again he proved his faith to God and took a stand for righteousness. The name Elijah means my God is Yahweh. The story of Elijah is found in 1 & 2 Kings. In 1 Kings 17:1, we are introduced to […]

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Forgiving Those Who Hurt Us

I had my heart broken and had been betrayed and I was angry. However, I had a choice.  I could stay angry or I could learn to forgive.  I chose to forgive.  I forgave for my own good more than anything and there is nothing wrong with that. In the book of Genesis, is the story of Joseph.  He was […]

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Hall of Faith: Amram and Jochebed, they Trusted

Moses parents were listed in the Hall of Faith. “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a goodly child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” {Hebrews 11:23} Moses mother was named Jochebed, which means God is glory. She is described as a daughter of Levi, […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Rachel, She Bargained

Jacob is fleeing from his brother, after he and his mother, Rebekah, deceive his father, Isaac.   Jacob is sent to his mother’s brother, Laban. So, as he arrives he probably thinks all of his troubles are over.   His troubles with his brother are for the time being, but a whole new set of issues is about to be stirred up. […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Leah, Longed to be Loved

I have to admit that there is something about Leah that resonates with me.   Whether it is the similarity in our names or the desire to be loved, my heart always goes out to Leah. So, on to Leah’s story. Jacob has arrived in Haran and already met Rachel, Leah’s younger sister, when she {Rachel} was tending to the sheep. We […]

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Behind the Song: Surely the Presence

Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place is a praise hymn from the 1970s which is still popular today. The song was written by Lanny Wolfe and inspired by Genesis 28:16, “When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” Lanny Wolfe is an […]

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Behind the Hymn: Are you washed in the Blood

Are you washed in the Blood was written by Elisha Hoffman. Elisha Hoffman was born on May 7, 1839 in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.  He was a Presbyterian minister and composer of over 2,000 hymns and 50 song books during his 90 years. Music historian Jacob Hall described Elisha Hoffman’s musical ability in the following manner, “When a melody is born in […]

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Armour of God: Sword of the spirit

Last week, we put on the helmet of Salvation. Today, we are going to discuss fighting with the sword of the spirit when we put on the armour of God. The sword of the spirit is described as “God’s utterance, His spoken Truth, to be your one sure weapon of offence against the enemy, as you, like your Prince before […]

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Hall of Faith: Moses, was flawed

            Last week, we ended the book of Genesis with a look at Joseph. The next person listed in the Hall of Faith is Moses, who picks up the story of the Israelite’s several hundred years later, in the book of Exodus. In the Hall of Faith, Moses story is summed up as “ By faith […]

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Hall of Faith: Joseph, Prepared the Way

  Joseph was the son of Jacob, and his father’s favorite son. This is because he was the oldest son of his mother, Rachael. If you’ll remember from the story of Jacob, that Rachael was his favorite wife. Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob’s twelve sons. His mother, Rachael, died giving birth to his brother Benjamin. The name Joseph means […]

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Hall of Faith: Isaac, passed on the faith

When the angel told Sarah she was going to have a child in her old age, she laughed. However, God was true to His word and a year later Sarah gave birth to a son she named Isaac. So, it should come as no surprise that Isaac means “Laughter. He laughs.” Isaac, along with his father Abraham, and son Jacob, […]

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Hall of Faith: Abraham, was tested

Growing up in church, children learn at an early age that “Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham.” Yet, Abraham did not start out with many sons. Abraham did not even begin as Abraham. When we meet him in Genesis 12, he is known as Abram. Abram is the son of Terah and brother to Nahor and […]

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