Lesson #425

Lesson #425
Written by Jim Staley

Lesson # 425 here at Marion Camp: I can't fix everyone, and I'm not the Holy Spirit. (Okay...I'm not exactly sure which number lesson this is, but it's pretty high up there!)

This is a hard one for me. Any of you out there a fixer? Me, too. I know how things are supposed to look when it comes to spirituality. And when I see someone not hitting their potential or breaking the Scriptures, my entire wiring goes crazy. I tend to want to push them to be all they can be and sometimes that comes across in a negative way to the ones I care about the most. I know it might come as a shock, but I'm a pretty passionate person. ;-) 

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Testimony!

Testimony!
Written by Jim Staley

Today I felt a strong urge to fast the morning hours and really dig into prayer. Doing so resulted in a divine appointment that closed with a major God-wink. I finished praying at about 11:45 AM and was writing in my journal about the crazy amazing things that happened this last week, things I'll get to share someday. Right at noon, one of the guys that lives across from me came over and asked me what I was doing. He's one of the leaders in here and everyone respects him. I told him that I had just finished praying and was just writing in my journal. He started asking me questions about the Bible and told me that he had never read the Old Testament. I started sharing with him just how important it is and how it relates to the New Testament. I shared with Him the concept of Torah being God's instruction manual and how when you know what the front of the book says, you can find whatever situation you're going through in one of the stories and it will tell you exactly what you need to do or not do. We talked about everything under the sun and I just let the Spirit go where He wanted to go.

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Solving Conflict Before It Starts

Solving Conflict Before It Starts
Written by Jim Staley

One of the guys here wanted me to keep him accountable to stop smoking. He told a group of us that if we see him smoking to come up and say something. So, yesterday, I saw him smoking and decided to approach him and only say “what's up?” My hope was that he would get the message. Instead, he got offended and told me out loud to not boss him around. I just walked away, but was really bothered at how he handled the situation.

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Crazy Total Eclipse Connections!

Crazy Total Eclipse Connections!
Written by Jim Staley

CRAZY TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE CONNECTIONS!
Most of you know certain parts of the United States will experience a major total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017. It has been almost 40 years since this has happened in the country. Because I am in the #1 spot in the US to view it, I have compiled for my own personal records a list of very interesting statistics that surround this event. Here they are!

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28 Year Old Drug Dealer Gets Saved!

28 Year Old Drug Dealer Gets Saved!
Written by Chadwin Burke
My name is Chadwin Burke. This is how I finally committed myself to Jesus Christ. It was a long road of pure wickedness before I found Him. Here is my story:
 
My dad was in prison most of my life so I lived with my mother most of my life. I hated my dad because of this. We moved around a lot depending on who she was dating. Whey they would split, we would pack up and move again. My mother worked a lot and I was home alone a lot. As I was walking home from school one day, my friends ask me if I wanted to come over and play games and smoke some weed with them, so I went with them. I was 10 years old. I had a blast. I didn't really get into the getting high thing but I realized I could make good money by selling it. So I saved all my Christmas money and lunch money and starting selling drugs before I was even in sixth grade. 
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