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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Meeting Your Destiny

Meeting Your Destiny
Written by Jim Staley

Vayishlach: And He Went

In this week's portion, I would like to focus on a couple different topics. At first they may seem disconnected, but I believe the connections will be made the deeper we dive into them. 

The story starts off with Jacob leaving his uncle Laban's household. He had worked over 20 years for his two wives and all his livestock, all of it predicated on the fact that Jacob chose to deceive his brother Esau as well as his father for both the inheritance and the firstborn blessing. It was this deception that caused him to have to flee for his life to Laban's house to begin with. But while there, Jacob himself gets deceived. On his wedding night, after working for Rachel for seven years, he ends up receiving Leah instead. The old adage "what goes around comes around" is definitely appropriate for Jacob. But the story goes much deeper than that. And in order for Yahweh to use Jacob in the way He desired, Jacob would have to be purged of his sin once and for all.

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