What’s the Real Meaning of “No Idols”?

What’s the Real Meaning of “No Idols”?
Written by Jim Staley

DOES THE SECOND COMMANDMENT MEAN OUR CHILDREN CAN’T PLAY WITH TOYS?
 

I was asked recently whether or not it was permissible for children to play with dolls since pagans used dolls in their worship practices. Does this break the second commandment? Let’s take a closer look.

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In the Likeness of God

In the Likeness of God
Written by Jim Staley
Why is it that so many professed believers feel like God is so distant from them? Why do people across this beautiful planet feel as though God is somewhere "way out there" and that there's a huge gulf between Him and them? How is it possible for us to feel like we're far from our Creator when He's omnipresent? If He is, indeed, everywhere and as close as my breath then why do I not feel His presence in my life like I desire to? These questions and more will be answered in this short article. Hopefully by the end we'll have a strong grasp of exactly how to "feel" close to God and to experience His manifest presence.
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Laws of Communication - Part 5

Laws of Communication - Part 5
Written by Jim Staley

How to be a better parent, teacher and minister

Part 5


What is your goal when you’re trying to teach someone something? If you’re a minister, what are you trying to accomplish when your sermon is over? If you’re a parent who’s trying to teach your children how to navigate life and serve God, what does that look like in the moment? In both of these examples, the correct answer is a changed heart. And that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in the fifth article of this communication series.

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Laws of Communication - Part 4

Laws of Communication - Part 4
Written by Jim Staley

How to be a better parent, teacher and minister

Part 4
 

A teacher’s job is to communicate, but doing so effectively often seems to be our biggest problem. The Latin word for communication is communis which means to have something in common. In other words, in order to communicate with those we’re trying to teach we need to try to have something in common with them. No matter the kind of relationship, if we don't find something we have in common with the one with whom we’re trying to communicate, we’ll fall flat on our faces. The fundamental law of communication compels us to build bridges before we even attempt to convey whatever we’re trying to convey.

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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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