WHAT DOES REAL MINISTRY LOOK LIKE? Part 2

WHAT DOES REAL MINISTRY LOOK LIKE? Part 2
Written by Jim Staley
Created in the Image of God
 
What is the image of God? What does it look like? How do we obtain it? Many people interpret it from their own perspective, relying on their own background and context. There is nothing inherently wrong with this because a man can only understand the information he's presented with within the confines of his own worldview. Unfortunately, this understanding will be short of its true definition. Quite possibly the greatest understanding of the image of God comes when we look through the eyes of the poor. From this view, we can better understand who God is and what He is calling us to do because we are starting from a low position. Those who choose to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the poor and the weak will most likely comprehend the gospel in its truest sense and will fully understand God's compassion. It is this compassion that is the underlying DNA of His image.
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WHAT DOES REAL MINISTRY LOOK LIKE? Part 1

WHAT DOES REAL MINISTRY LOOK LIKE? Part 1
Written by Jim Staley
The Character of Compassion
 
Theology and ministry are two completely different terms that make up a perfect whole. Theology without ministry is nothing but worthless ideas and philosophy. And ministry without theology is like running a race with no clear finish line. It lacks real purpose because theology defines the parameters for proper ministry. So how do we get to proper ministry from the ivory towers of theology? Imagination. Imagination is the ability to see something without eyes. Like a painter that transfers his thoughts to the canvas via his imagination, so a minister transfers theology to ministry through the medium of his imagination. And as the physicist Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
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Did Moses Really Change God's Mind?

Did Moses Really Change God's Mind?
Written by Jim Staley

In Exodus 32:10, God tells Moses to leave Him alone so that He can wipe out the entire Israelite nation and give all the inheritance to Moses. Yahweh had had enough of the sin and complaining so His apparent plan was to make a new nation out of Moses. Who wouldn't take that deal? But Moses jumped in and gives God multiple reasons why He shouldn't annihilate everyone and God apparently changes His mind. Is it possible to change the mind of the Creator? Does God need anger management classes? What's really going on here?

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Melchizedek Two-Book Theory Refuted: Part 1

Melchizedek Two-Book Theory Refuted: Part 1
Written by Jim Staley

Book of the Law vs. Book of the Covenant: Are they two separate books? 

Those of you who have come into the Hebraic roots of your faith and have embraced the "front of the Book," as I like to call it, have come to appreciate and love the Torah and its incredible connections to both our Messiah and our lives today. Its rich principles powerfully transform the soul into the image of the Creator through the power of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, a fairly new doctrine threatens to undermine one of the foundations of our faith—the Law of God. This teaching is a doctrine founded upon a single theory: that there is a difference between the "Book of the Law" and the "Book of the Covenant." We will prove there is no difference at all and that the teaching is completely contrived by the authors of the doctrine. Proving no difference between the two, but that they are, in fact, used interchangeably and synonymously, demonstrates the falsehood of this teaching.

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Putting Life Back Into Life: Part 4

Putting Life Back Into Life: Part 4
Written by Jim Staley

We've come to the final part in this series in the hope of putting life back into our lives and putting back the shattered pieces of the beautiful glass menagerie of our past. The only item left on our agenda is to deal with our own Personal Liabilities and then, from there, we can rewrite the formula to bring forth a net positive, freeing us to be all we can be through Christ.

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