The Destruction of Presumption

The Destruction of Presumption
Written by Jim Staley
In Hebrew, the definition of "presume" is to move or make decisions arrogantly. Webster's Dictionary says it means "to act or behave with undue boldness." In other words, when we act before knowing ALL the facts from EVERY side, we are acting presumptuously and arrogantly. Many times, it's impossible to know the full story if we cannot talk directly to the person we are making a presumption about. This is why we are to never judge a person or situation unless we are in a position of authority to do so. If we do, we will be judged in the exact same way in which we chose to judge.
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Putting LIFE Back into Life: Part 1

Putting LIFE Back into Life: Part 1
Written by Jim Staley

“If all is well, why am I like this?”

Have you ever thought that thought or said those words about yourself or your situation? I certainly have. After all, if you are a child of God and the Holy Spirit is supposed to be living inside you, then why do you feel so frustrated, angry, depressed, anxious, or *insert your own emotion here* all the time? If God is your Father, then why does it seem like He’s allowing you to go through the fires of hell every day? Have you ever had that thought? Rebekah did. In Genesis chapter 25 she felt like the twin sons inside her – Jacob and Esau – were at war, a war that was going to tear her apart.

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How to Stop the Pain Now! Part 5: The Power to Truly Forgive

How to Stop the Pain Now! Part 5: The Power to Truly Forgive
Written by Jim Staley
True forgiveness. What does that really look like? What does it feel like? Can I say that I forgive someone but deep down not really forgive them? In this article, we're going to tie together many of the concepts in this series and uncover why it's so difficult to forgive and why most people are still imprisoned in their own minds by the offense that was laid against them. Then we'll unpack the truth and mechanics of how forgiveness works and how to use those mechanics to finally get rid of that pain NOW
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Being Aware of The Presence

Being Aware of The Presence
Written by Jim Staley
There are few ideas more comforting ideas than the reality of having an omnipresent God. One of the hallmark differentiations between Yahweh, the God of the Bible, and all other supposed gods is the fact that the Most High God is universally present at all times. We do not have to call Him to come; He's already here. And although He transcends all things, He is also in all things, for all things are held together by His Word. But even though His presence is everywhere and in all things, how do we experience it? How do we pierce the dimensional veil that exists between us?
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The Gaze of Faith

The Gaze of Faith
Written by Jim Staley
If you know your Bible, then when I say the word "faith" you will most likely think of the fifteen-word definition found in Hebrews 11:1: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." But what does that mean exactly? There really is no other definition of faith given in the entire Bible. This cryptic statement from the author of Hebrews is all we get. But the reality of faith is so much deeper than its theological definition.
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