Prison Passover Update

Prison Passover Update
Written by Jim Staley

PRISON PASSOVER UPDATE! 

I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Pesach to everyone. We've just started the beginning of the religious New Year and are enjoying the Feast of Unleavened Bread. While I may have celebrated Passover under much better conditions than those I had this year, I've discovered that the same Spirit that was present at a catered meal served in an impeccably-decorated room of 400 people and friends and family all around me is the same Spirit that graces us four guys who love Yeshua and honor His feasts here at the prison. Instead of a catered meal, it's TV dinners. Instead of an amazing live worship band, there are songs played from an mp3 player over a 25-year-old sound system in the chapel. Instead of wearing nice clothes, we're in our sweats. But the love we have for each other and the presence of the Almighty is so thick that it's already brought tears to my eyes. And we haven't even gotten to the actual Seder! 

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Suburbanitis Has Got to STOP

Suburbanitis Has Got to STOP
Written by Jim Staley

SUBURBANITIS HAS GOT TO STOP!

If there is one thing I've learned since I've been in prison it’s that people living in the suburbs going to suburban churches are so stuck in our suburban bubbles and mindset that the second something doesn't go our way or someone comes into our bubble who doesn't fit our suburban, elitest, all-about-me-and-my-profile attitude, we pull out our guns of judgment and fire away. And watch out if it's a religious "all-about-truth" suburbanite because they skip the entire judgment part and go right to screaming, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" like it's some cheer at a football game. Those kind seem to feed off the flesh of any sheep that has a single defect. After a year in my new training facility, I have seen just how ruthless, uncaring, uncompassionate, and un-Christ-like most of us suburbanites really are. It's high time we start turning this train around before we destroy the kingdom of God from within.

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Ten Things We Can Learn from Narnia

Ten Things We Can Learn from Narnia
Written by Jim Staley

I just finished watching the film adaptations of C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, one of my favorites of all time. The movies are meant to tell spiritual messages and the Gospel itself is written all through them. With Aslan representing the Lion of Judah and Yeshua and the children who are the kings and queens of Narnia (the kingdom of heaven) representing us, the entire series is riddled with incredible spiritual symbolism, amazing subtleties, and hidden messages. I wanted to share a few from the third movie that really hit me good.

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The Master Gardener

The Master Gardener
Written by Jim Staley

You know how I always say, “Whatever happens in the supernatural will manifest itself in the physical?”  Well, this past summer I joined the gardening program here and planted twenty-eight tomato plants, some pepper plants, and tasked myself with watching over them the way a mother hen watches over her chicks.  I pulled weeds, hoed, and watered faithfully. I noticed the Spirit telling me early on that this garden was a symbolic representation of my life and ministry.

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There's a Snake in My Staff

There's a Snake in My Staff
Written by Jim Staley

Blake and I were having one of our late night Bible studies recently and got to talking about the dawning of Moses’ and Aaron’s ministry. Because Yahweh operates in patterns and is always trying to teach us something, we should be able to learn a lot from their opening act. Let’s take a look into their first moment in the limelight and see what we can learn.

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