What About Me?

What About Me?
Written by Jim Staley

As soon as we sit down for our midnight Bible study,

Blake says, 3…2…1…

Lights, camera, ACTION! 

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The Spirit IS the Answer

The Spirit IS the Answer
Written by Jim Staley

Today is the 153rd day since I have been incarcerated. The number 153, as I have stated before, has been a significant number in my journey. My case number was 153, I had the ankle bracelet on for exactly 153 days, so I was excited to see what the Father would have planned on this very special day.

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Keys to the Kingdom Part 2

Keys to the Kingdom Part 2
Written by Jim Staley

In continuing our search for the “Keys to the Kingdom” that are given to a remnant among His people, it’s vital that we understand which group they’re given to. Not everyone has the keys. Prophetically, the Father divides His people up into seven assemblies that are detailed in the beginning of the book of Revelation. If you look carefully at each church, you will find that the Philadelphia church in chapter three stands out as having two characteristics that none of the other churches have. Let’s take a look.

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Keys to the Kingdom Part 1

Keys to the Kingdom Part 1
Written by Jim Staley

In the last post we talked about how, according to 1 Corinthians 12, the Spirit only gives His gifts to spiritual “idiots,” those who choose to learn only from Him. Unfortunately, we are so programmed to think of “learning” with our physical minds that we will completely miss what He is saying. He is not saying that you cannot learn from preachers, teachers, personal study, books, etc…that learning is good, too. But that learning is all on the works/obedience side of the coin. On that side of the coin, we learn ABOUT spiritual things that we can apply to our lives. On the Spirit/faith side of the coin, we “learn” and “absorb” directly from the Spirit, the “spirituals.” In the text, the word “gifts” does not exist. So technically, verse 1 says, “Brothers, about the spirituals, I don’t want you to be ignorant.” On the Spirit side of the coin, we don’t learn ABOUT spiritual things, we LEARN spiritual things. And there is a big difference.

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The Two Sided Coin Part 2

The Two Sided Coin Part 2
Written by Jim Staley

In the last article we discovered that faith and works are really two sides of the same coin. We can now understand why James can say in his own book that “faith without works is dead.” We conceded that understanding “works” for God is not that difficult. It’s simply doing what He said because we love Him and want to please Him…no different than the reason a husband does something to please his wife. He doesn’t do it to be married (saved), he does it BECAUSE he is married. So the question becomes, “How do we add the faith side of the coin into the mix?” How do we live by faith? What does that look like? Is that the same as believing? What about trust? In this post, we’re gonna nail all this down once and for all and, hopefully, some of you will have the same breakthrough, “light bulb” moment that I did.

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