Faithful Heroes: Jacob DeShazer

Jacob Daniel DeShazer was born on November 15, 1912 in West Stayton, Oregon. He grew up a farm boy, who always wanted to be a pilot. After graduating high school, he eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940. “On Sunday December 7, 1941, while peeling potatoes, DeShazer heard news of the attack on Pearl Harbor over the […]

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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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Names of God: Almighty God

Almighty God is written in the Hebrew Bible as El Shaddai Almighty means “having complete power or omnipotent” Meaning is believed to be “God, the All-Powerful One” or “The Mighty One of Jacob” “by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above,blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings […]

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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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