Yom Kippur 2018...In Prison, but My Best One Yet!

Yom Kippur 2018...In Prison, but My Best One Yet!
Written by Jim Staley
Well, this is my third Yom Kippur in prison and it was not only the best Yom Kippur I’ve had here so far, it was the best Yom Kippur I have EVER had! As a matter of fact, it was such an extraordinary day that it made me feel like I’ve never celebrated it before! Why? Well… 
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YOM TERUAH'S TRANSITION FROM PEASANTS TO KINGS

YOM TERUAH'S TRANSITION FROM PEASANTS TO KINGS
Written by Jim Staley
Chag Sameach Yom Teruah (Happy Feast of Trumpets) Everyone from Marion Camp! 
 
Today was an absolute gorgeous day and the sun was shining beautifully all day. I slept in today and then prepared for our 2:30 service. It was just me and Juan. We had a great feast and topped it off with a homemade Butterfinger cheesecake that a guy makes here at the camp; it's as good as anything I've had at any restaurant! Then we dove into Genesis 21 and talked about the story of Isaac being weaned and then shot over to 1 Samuel 1 and discussed the birth of Samuel and him being dedicated after he was weaned. Then I made the connection for him that both Isaac and Samuel, two incredible men of Yahweh, were dedicated to God after they were weaned and their whole lives changed after that moment. For Isaac, there was a great celebration in his name to commemorate the event and then Ishmael was removed from his house. For Samuel, he was brought to the Temple by Hannah and his ministry as a prophet of Israel began. In both scenarios, there was a tremendous transition that happened after the time of weaning.
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Salsa

Salsa
Written by Jim Staley

You know what I have learned since being in prison? God loves salsa. Yep, He loves it. How do I know? Well, I just do. Let me explain. I was making some salsa for our Rosh Hashanah service and I while I was making it, I had a revelation that I would like to share with you.

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The Power of Being in Hot Water!

The Power of Being in Hot Water!
Written by Jim Staley

Submitting to the “190”
 

We’ve all heard the expression “He's in hot water.” And all of us have been in hot water at one time or another. Furthermore – and I think it’s safe for me to say this – most of us don’t like it and do everything we can to avoid it! Nevertheless, from time to time the Father allows His children to end up there. But why? What’s the purpose behind it?

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The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is

The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is
Written by Jim Staley

“The greatest teacher, failure is.”

                                         -- Yoda, Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

They just showed the latest Star Wars film here. This quote from it hit me hard. There are so many spiritual parallels to the biblical record in the Star Wars franchise: how we fight not against flesh and blood but against spiritual principalities in high places, the force being the Spirit of God holding all things together and available to all who seek it, and the Jedi being the powerful prophets of old who are called to protect and fight against the "prophets of Baal," if you will. But my favorite parts of all the Star Wars movies revolve around Yoda. This almost-1000-year-old Master Jedi has said some of the most profound things I've ever heard, and the above quote is one of them.

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