The Power of Being in Hot Water!

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

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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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Prison Passover Update 2018

Prison Passover Update 2018
Written by Jim Staley

This year has been the best Passover here yet. Virtually everyone who started with me over the last 2 and a half years had a difficult time giving up their old ways and the cream has risen to the top. It was just four of us this year. We did not invite anyone this year that wasn't already designated as Messianic on official record with the chaplain or a part of our group. And this made it very special. All year the four of us have been looking forward to this moment. They had never celebrated it before and I had been teaching on it for months, so they were eager to experience it.

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My Third Hanukkah in Prison

My Third Hanukkah in Prison
Written by Jim Staley
It's hard to believe, but I just had my third Hanukkah in prison. It was bittersweet. Sweet from the perspective that it definitely felt more like Hanukkah thanks to the nice silver menorah they gave us (we had a junky wooden one last year) and the two feast days we had with great times of fellowship and Bible study. But it was bitter because I couldn't get away from the deep feelings of wanting to be home teaching my children instead. But that day will come sooner than later. The Messiah will light the hearts of the eight members of my family and no one will ever quash them again. Until then, I'm going to continue to be the best light in this dark place that I can.
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Update from Prison - October 2017

Update from Prison - October 2017
Written by Jim Staley

Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you a quick update from camp. The Father is doing great things here. Sukkot was amazing—one of the best I have ever celebrated. In the last month, two guys have been saved and another has rededicated his life to Christ. The other guys are growing strong and our Messianic group continues to grow. Our brotherhood is deepening and has become obvious to the other Christians on campus. Many are not happy about it and the clear move of God in our midst demonstrated by the love we have for each other. We don't just show up once a week at a service. We meet throughout the week, hanging out and discipling one another. We have an Erev Shabbat service early Friday evening. I make a big meal for everyone and we fellowship and discuss all the Father did that week. It has become a great place to invite friends and everyone looks forward to it.

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