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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 6, 2014

Sincerely pray for Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol RN as they are being treated for infection with the Ebola Virus. Pray that a vaccine will soon be available to treat this virus.

The Art UMW will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12th in the Fellowship Hall. Joyce Mutschink will give the program and Kathy Jordan will be the hostess.

Rev. Alsbrooks’ message was titled “Wits-End”. Stephen Mutschink read the scripture from Genesis 32:22-32 about Jacob wrestling with an angel and meeting his brother Esau.

Jacob was traveling with his family and all of his possessions; he had great wealth. He expected to see his brother, Esau, and he sent messengers ahead to determine Esau’s reason for the meeting. Jacob was not a standup person and had wanted to kill his brother.

The messengers came back reporting that Esau was prepared for the meeting and was bringing 400 men with him. Jacob was afraid and greatly distressed. He divided his people, flocks, herds and camels into two groups, saying that if one group was defeated, the other group might survive. He prayed for deliverance from Esau. He had trouble sleeping because of his sins.

He selected many gifts for Esau from the great number of his possessions he had accumulated. He divided them into many groups for safety and instructed his servants to tell Esau that they were a present from Jacob who was coming behind them. Jacob was hoping that the gifts would appease Esau and Jacob would be accepted.

Jacob sent the presents over before him and he spent the night in the encampment. In the morning, Jacob sent his wives into the desert with all of his possessions.

Jacob was left all alone and an angel wrestled him all night long. When he realized that he could not prevail, he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, knocking it out of joint. That is why the children of Israel do not eat of the sinew of the hip.

The angel changed Jacob’s name to Israel, The prince of God, because he proved his strength wrestling with an angel, and with man, and had prevailed.

God loves us as if we were the only person alive. He is all powerful. We have the love and mercy of God. But we keep God in the background of our lives. He is the God of grace. God is in Christ, reconciling the world to us. Wrestling with God is a way to deal with our problems. God is very patient with us. Life without God is no life at all. Stay the course, cling to God, and sin will be defeated.

Turn to God; He will make your burdens light. Make up with each other as Jacob and Esau did. We are all brothers. God will forgive all of your sins.

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