The Two-sided Coin of Relationships

The Two-sided Coin of Relationships
Written by Jim Staley

You can’t have heads without having tails at the same time. There is no such thing as a positive without a negative, a villain without a hero, a Ying without a Yang. In our culture, we seem to always be forced to make a choice: black or white, left or right, up or down, Democrat or Republican, paper or plastic, right or wrong. But the truth is that life is a combination of them all. No one is truly right or truly wrong, completely altruistic or entirely hypocritical. We are all walking contradictions at one time or another. We just don't see it. And the more the Spirit has me studying relationships, behavior, and how the human psyche works – with the purpose of how to walk out this Torah-based New Covenant – the more I can see just why we humans make the decisions we do from a biblical perspective. I have concluded that we are all blind, emotional beings who simply can’t stand the fact that everyone is not like us. It’s that simple.

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Public Challenge

Public Challenge
Written by Jim Staley

I recently was “publicly challenged” on something that was said in one of my articles. And although I and many others strongly disagree with how Christ is portrayed through "publicly challenging" someone instead of privately going to them, addressing them personally in comments, or simply inquiring for more info first before attacking, I can still appreciate the zeal and a desire for truth. Unfortunately, sometimes I’ve noticed though that through our desire to find or divulge the truth at all costs, we can actually cause more damage to the kingdom and turn good people away from hearing the truth we are trying to share. The Bible says the GREATEST commandment is love and if we don't operate in love then He compares us to a clanging cymbal. I would like to remind everyone that without the spirit of love infused into all that we do, we are that clanging symbol in our King's ears. I have learned over time in my own life that all my knowledge amounts to nothing without love and I have no desire to learn a single thing more if I don't already pass the test of love. Being mentored and yoked with those that are stronger than me in my areas of weakness have helped me to see the "egg on my face" in the times I couldn't see it myself and humility had to become my close friend for change to actually happen in my life. I would encourage all of you to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure you pass the test of love before passing out your knowledge to others. Knowledge puffs up but love stays low and on its knees consistently.

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Only Two Commandments to Obey?

Only Two Commandments to Obey?
Written by Jim Staley

Here is a great question that came in through Facebook: "My pastor tells me that Jesus only told us to keep the two greatest commandments and that Jesus had nothing to do with the Torah. He says that Jesus was the word of John 1:1. What do I say to him?"

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I'm Right, You're Wrong...Now What?

I'm Right, You're Wrong...Now What?
Written by Jim Staley
Okay. So we probably don't say the title of this article in those exact words, but I can bet you we sometimes think it when we're in the middle of a heated debate with someone we strongly disagree with! There seems to be more arguing, slander, gossip, and mean-spirited talk among those who consider themselves part of the body of Christ than in any other group of people. I'm all for passion, but when passion crosses the Word of God or the character of Messiah, that's where we must draw the line and back up. Quick. This article addresses the age-old strategy the enemy has been using as he, once again, attempts to destroy and discredit the people of the Book.
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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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