Be Occupied with Joy

In the Book of ECCLESIASTES, we are told to how to have our hearts occupied with joy, but here in America, our world view is generally occupied with the lusts of the heart and the cares of this world.  We continually seek a bigger house, a newer car, a better job, better friends, new spouses, and the spotlight for our success at achieving the “American dream.”

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Contending for The Name

The name Jacob means ‘Deceiver’ and eventually he has his name changed by God to Israel, which means ‘God Contended’.  Until recently, I had not realized how important Jacob’s name, and the transformation of his name, are to the story.  After teaching the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel of the LORD to our 3-4 year old class at church, here are some things I learned along the way.

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