The Position of the Creator and the Creature

The Position of the Creator and the Creature
Written by Jim Staley

In order for there to be proper harmony in a relationship, religious or otherwise, there must be a correct order in it. Any time the proper order is challenged or gets out of balance, the relationship is in jeopardy. In the same way, if we do not understand the difference between who the Creator is and who the created is in both real and experiential terms, our entire relationship with Him is at risk of spiritual cancer. If we truly want to have a dynamic and spirit-filled life we must first understand how our relationship is supposed to work.
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The Voice

The Voice
Written by Jim Staley
There are many who read the Bible from cover to cover each and every year. They know the stories and can even tell you chapter and verse of many of the most famous scriptures. But is the Bible just an ancient document that contains words and historical data from times past? Or is it a living, breathing, dynamic portal to connect each and every generation to the Divine? Some say 'yes' and others say 'no.' There's only one difference between the former and the latter: The Voice.
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Apprehending the Divine

Apprehending the Divine
Written by Jim Staley
Discovering What is Truly Real
 
What is "real"? How do we humans determine what's real and what isn't? Do we not define it with our five senses of touch, taste, hear, smell, and sight? As beings of a physical world, we're entrenched in the idea that if we cannot experience something within the confines of those five senses it must not be "real." The problem with that line of thinking is that it presupposes that reality is dependent on a finite creature to define it. And because we are finite creatures, we struggle with understanding the reality of something we cannot experience with our outward senses. Herein lies the disconnect we have with the Divine. 
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Going Behind the Veil

Going Behind the Veil
Written by Jim Staley
The picture of the temple grounds of ancient Israel is really the picture of our spiritual journeys. There are some who spend their time as Levitical worker bees, making constant sacrifices for God. Then there are some who spend all their time looking into the water of the Word (the Brazen Laver), increasing their knowledge of the Bible daily. And then there are others who are barely seen anywhere in the courtyard; they're behind the veil in the temple itself. The question is: which one are you?
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The True Meaning of Being Poor in Spirit

The True Meaning of Being Poor in Spirit
Written by Jim Staley
In our spiritual journey with the Creator, there can be almost nothing more detrimental or more damaging to hitting our full potential than possessing too much of earth. Mathew 5:3 says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven." These words are not just a theological statement but are a formula for how to truly possess all the treasures of heaven...by becoming poor in spirit. But what does that really look like? In short, man must refuse his heart's carnal desire to possess the earth.
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