The Purpose of Affliction

The Purpose of Affliction
Written by Jim Staley

"But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew."

That's how verse 12 starts in the book of Shemot (Exodus). The people of Israel were blessed immensely in Egypt under Joseph's reputation. But "now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph." That’s where the affliction begins and where our study of this most terrifying word called begins.

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The Fire of God

The Fire of God
Written by Jim Staley

When we think of light, we often think of light bulbs, turning on the light, no darkness, et cetera. Our western minds quickly go to the most familiar part of what light is to us. But if you lived in the first century, the word “light” brought a single word to mind....fire. Fire was the origin of light in their world; the two words were almost synonymous. Fire is the origin and light is simply the result of the fire’s existence. In this article I would like to share a little of the power of this word and make a few connections to not only the scriptures but also to how it can apply to our lives.

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