WHAT DOES THE WORD "SUPPLICATION" REALLY MEAN?

WHAT DOES THE WORD
Written by Jim Staley
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."-Philippians 4:6

I think at one time or another we have all heard that verse before. But what does it mean from the original Hebraic perspective of the author? Does the word really mean "prayer?" If so, then why is Paul saying in a sense, "...but in everything by prayer and prayer,..." If supplications are just generic prayers then Paul is saying the same thing twice. But if we dig a little deeper we discover that the Hebrew sheds quite a bit more light on the true meaning and leaves us with a much greater understanding of what the Creator is trying to tell us when He says to bring our prayers AND our supplications before Him.
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Partnering with God

Partnering with God
Written by Jim Staley

My daughter recently sent me a great question and I thought there might be a few of you out there who have asked the same thing at one time or another. She asked, “Why did God use Moses at the Red Sea when He could have just made the waters open and close by His hand instead of man’s?” Here’s my shot at an answer...

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The Real Power of Shavuot

The Real Power of Shavuot
Written by Jim Staley

Shavuot is one of the only holidays that we are not really told why we are to celebrate it. It is a feast for sure in every sense of the word. It's a great celebration that initiates the wheat harvest and concludes the Spring feasts of the LORD that started on Nisan 14 with Pesach. We are told in the Torah to count seven Sabbaths from Passover and to mark the fiftieth day as a holy convocation unto Him. But what does all this mean and what does it mean for us today? What was the significance of it in biblical times and more importantly, does it have any power for us today?

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Sh'mini (Eighth)

Sh'mini (Eighth)
Written by Jim Staley
GOD'S SECOND CHANCE FOR A NEW BEGINNING
 
I know I say this a lot, but this week's Torah portion is one of my favorites to talk about. This is the portion that's all about something new. Adam lost the priesthood when he sinned in the Garden of Eden.  Since then, every historical event of the Bible led up to the inaugural moment found in this Torah portion. During it, the priesthood would be reestablished. The first part of the portion is the drum-roll moment where "Adam" begins the process of coming back to life. And not only does scripture detail opening day at the Levitical "ball park" for us, it also holds the pattern for our own inaugural moments where we, too, can experience the glory of God. Let's dive in.
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Profane Fire Makes Crispy Critters

Profane Fire Makes Crispy Critters
Written by Jim Staley

This week's portion is called Shemini, which means "eighth." It comes from the opening part of this parsha where it talks about the priests being inaugurated on the eighth day. And although there is much to be said about that and how it's connected to us being inaugurated as priests on the prophetic eighth day after the seventh millennium, today I'm going to focus on a different part of the section: the profane fire of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus chapter 10.

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