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 this was not only the best Yom Kippur I have had so far, it has been the best Yom Kippur I have EVER had in my life! As a matter of fact, it was such an extraordinary day that it made me feel like I have never celebrated it before! Why? Well, maybe you will understand a bit more after I share with you a little of my Yom Kippur adventure with you in this post.
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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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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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