Who Is in Charge and What the Church Is Not

Jim shares a short, but powerful message on this week’s Torah portion (Terumah) and reveals one of the most incredible hidden messages in the original Hebrew of Proverbs 30:4-6. (PFT Fellowship 2-5-11)

You may stay connected with Jim Staley and his family at: https://StaleyFamilyMinistries.com

Here is an image portraying what Jim Staley is talking about in the video above from Proverbs 30:4-6 in the original Hebrew.

Image Copyright: John F Boylan M.Div. I found the image along with more information about it here: http://www.narrow-gate.net/jeffking/archives/002892.html Boylan has written a book available on Amazon which I have not read yet entitled:  “Again, God Speaks: God Reveals His Hidden Secrets”.

Here are a couple of other images summarizing a really long study tracking Hebrew names to their common English derivations.  There were no J’s back then – that is a recent innovation.

This image is via www.lavia.org

Messiah graphic found on Pinterest via Brian Laing

Now that we know a little about who is in charge, let’s talk about our role.  If we are His body here on earth (and I believe we are if we have believed into Him), then we should know what we are and what we are not. For many years I have thought that He often contains (or restrains) Himself based on what we think and do and say. It is not that He cannot do anything that He wants to do, but He has His ways and His goal is for us to come into harmony with Him. Thus He waits patiently for our proper call. As long as we are distracted and busy doing other things, we are clearly not busy doing His work and inviting His presence in our midst.  We must seek Him to find out what that entails.

This week I got an email from a friend, named Kit Pharo on “What the Church is Not.”  He is doing a whole email series on what the church is not. His initial list is below:

The Church is NOT:

  • a man-made building
  • a man-made denomination
  • a set of man-made doctrines
  • for unbelievers (non-Christians)
  • a social club or gossip center
  • an entertainment center
  • an event that has a dress code
  • a place to drop off your kids
  • a place where large crowds sit in rows staring at the back of someone else’s head
  • an organization with a distinction between clergy and laity
  • an event that must start at a specific time on a specific day
  • a substitute for individual Bible study and prayer
  • the only place you should act Christ-like
  • a 501.c.3 organization
  • an organization that is based on anyone other than Jesus Christ
  • headquartered here on earth

I [Kit] ask that you pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we go through this series.   May we all be enlightened by God.   May we all be willing to submit to God’s will – and may God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

As Kit says, “Don’t just GO to church; BE the Church”

If you want to see more on this topic, please drop him a note asking to be added to his devotional email list here: Email: Kit@PharoCattle.com and/or visit his website for more information: www.PharoCattle.com

So please join me in seeking Him and finding out what we need to do NOW!

PLEASE NOTE:  I will be reopening the FGST email list and sending periodic transmissions to it via Constant Contact.  If you want to be on that list you may subscribe/unsubscribe here.  The anticipated volume for FGST is 1-4 per month and it is whatever I think is important enough to send out.  I only want to be in touch with people who really want to hear from me so opt in or out any time for any reason.  The same form gives you the option to sign up for OKGrassroots (Oklahoma political) and CLibertyC (multi-state/library project) as well.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Who Is in Charge and What the Church Is Not


Bible Study Guides for the New Testament – a work in progress


I am pleased to be a part of this project.  You see, Jesse C. Jones, met the Lord about the same time my earthly father did and they made sure their children had a chance to study the word and meet Him too!  So Jesse has been a lifelong friend and mentor in the things of the Lord.  I began helping to publish his works on Scribd many years ago and now we are working on these bible study guides for the new testament.  They are free to read and download.  All you need is the link!

Please like and share if you enjoy these works.

For a list of these study guides available online, please visit SCrosnoe on Scribd – Bible Study Guides by Jesse C. Jones. If you hit a pop-up page asking you to become a member to read free, simply click the ‘x’  in the upper right corner to remove the pop-up and continue to our links on scribd. The books are free to all and do not require membership to  read/download. They do not appear easily in search menus on Scribd, however, and you will need the links to access them.

Jesse’s website is here (and more of his books are available here).

Here’s what is available so far (this list will be updated as new chapters are added):

Acts – A Study on the Acts of the Apostles

Romans – A Study on the Epistle to the Romans

I Corinthians – A Study on the First Epistle to the Corinthians

       II Corinthians – A Study on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (coming soon)

Hebrews – A Study on the Book of Hebrews

I Peter – A Study on the Book of I Peter

II Peter – A Study on the Book of II Peter

Jude – A Study on the Epistle of Jude

Revelation of Jesus Christ – A Layman’s Commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ 




“If we want to change the world, it is important that we study the Creator’s guide book!”

Sandra Crosnoe, a watchman on the wall in Oklahoma

“The cover art is based on the concept of looking through the window of one’s World View.”
Rex Morache Cover Artist

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Bible Study Guides for the New Testament – a work in progress

The Life of Jesus – a Timing Study by Clint Young

The Life of Jesus – a Timing Study
by Clint Young- 1/1/2019

The life of Jesus is of great importance. Soon Jesus will return and do away with this corrupt system of men replacing it with a new world of true peace and safety. This timing study will give the reader a better understanding of where we are in the prophetic time line.

The timing of Jesus’ ministry is important towards better understanding the timing of these last days we now live in. Jesus mentioned 3 days as recorded in Luke 13:32. He said he would cast out devils and do cures for 2 days. Then on the third day he would be perfected. I believe that these 3 days were speaking of 1000 year days. If so, then Jesus would and will cast out devils and do cures for 2000 years from the time he made this statement. Then on the last 1000 years Jesus would be perfected. Jesus will come again and rule the Earth providing mankind a period of perfect peace and harmony for a 1000 years. I believe this is the day of perfection mentioned in Luke 13:32.

To better understand the time we are now in as of 2019, I have presented a time progression study of the life of Jesus. Each date and event is listed with care to make sure it best fits with all the scriptures regarding Jesus. Some place the date of the birth of Jesus around 4 BC based upon the proposed death date of Herod the Great being 4 BC. Using the date of Herod’s assumed death to pinpoint Jesus’ birth is quite confusing. For one there were 3 different Herods in Jesus’ time. If the first Herod, Herod the Great, did indeed die at 4 BC and was the same Herod that died causing Joseph to return to Israel from Egypt, then Jesus would have been much older at the time of his baptism than the 30 years old as clearly defined by Luke 3:23

Luke 3:23 “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,”

A much better approach to determine when Jesus was born is to look where the greatest accuracy can be found. For his day the best documented person was Tiberius Caesar. Much better historical documentation can be found surrounding the life of Tiberius Caesar compared to any of the minor rulers of that day, such as Herod. Luke 3: 1-2 defines that the ministry of John the Baptist began on the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar. This was the year 29 AD according to historical records. Looking at the year John the Baptist began his ministry, the age of Jesus when he was baptized by John the Baptist, and the most likely crucifixion date of Jesus, the year of Jesus’ birth that best fits this documentation is 1 AD. From that date the following date and event progression is listed within the best accuracy I can provide at this time.

1 AD – Jesus is born on Passover day of 1 AD.
1 AD to 3 AD – Herod attempts to have Jesus killed by murdering all the boys under the age of 2 in Bethlehem and surrounding regions.
1 AD to 3 AD – Joseph flees to Egypt with Mary and Jesus.
8 AD to 10 AD – Joseph returns to Israel after he hears that Herod is dead. Joseph takes his family to Galilee.
29 AD – The ministry of John the Baptist begins. This date is based upon the historical records of Caesar Tiberius which are the most accurate for that time.
31 AD – John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River. Jesus began to be about 30 years old when he was baptized according to Luke 3:23
31 AD – Jesus’ ministry begins 40 days after he is baptized by John and lasts until 34 AD. This is a total time of about 3 years.
34 AD – Jesus is crucified on the 4th day of the week (Wednesday) March 23, 34 AD. Jesus remains in the tomb 3 full days and nights after being placed into the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea. Between 29 AD and 36 AD, only two years had a Passover on the 4th day of the week.  That is the year 31 AD and year 34 AD. The year 31 AD would not allow enough time for the ministry of Jesus to occur from his baptism until his crucifixion. Below are listed important considerations in determining when Jesus was crucified.
Important considerations in Determining when Jesus was Crucified:
1.  Jesus’ ministry did not begin until after John the Baptist’s ministry began. John the Baptist’s ministry began in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar ( Luke 3:1-3) which was 29 AD. This date is well defined by historical records. Being the most documented man of his time, using the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar brings about greater accuracy for the timing of events surrounding Jesus’ life.
2.  Pontus Pilate was governor of Judea until 36 AD Since Jesus was tried by Pontus Pilate, the latest date that he could have been crucified was 36 A.D.
3.  The broad range of years when Jesus’ crucifixion may have occurred were from 31 AD to 36 AD
4.  The beginning of this range of years, 29 AD, is not possible because Jesus’ ministry lasted around 3 years.
5.  Jesus was crucified and died on Passover day.
6.  Jesus being crucified on the 4th day of the week and being placed into the tomb late on the 4th day to the early part of the 5th day allows a full 3 days and nights for Jesus’ body to be in the tomb before he arose. Jesus’ crucifixion is commonly defined as occurring on Friday because he was crucified the evening just before a Sabbath. However, the referred to Sabbath coming just after the crucifixion is not defining a weekly Sabbath. It was defining the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread which is always a Sabbath. This Sabbath occurs immediately after the day of Passover day every year.

Those who do not take into consideration the Sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are always trying to place Jesus’ crucifixion on Friday. But doing so violates the presence of Jesus’ body in the tomb for 3 full days and nights. Proper dividing of the Word must take into consideration of all factors. When something does not fit, often not all of the equation is being looked at. Part of the rightful timing equation for the crucifixion of Jesus must include the Sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This Sabbath can vary with the day of the week from year to year. In 34 AD the Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on the 5th day of the week following the Passover which occurred on the 4th day.

7.  For Jesus to be in the grave 3 days and 3 nights and to rise on the first day of the week, he had to be crucified on the 4th day (Wednesday) and placed into the tomb near the end of the 4th day until early morning of the 5th day. For the Jews each day begins when the sun goes down. In 34 AD as the sun went down on the 4th day (Passover), the 5th day began (First day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread).
8. The Passover begins on a full moon. The dates of previous full moons can accurately be determined from astronomy. Only 31 AD and 34 AD have a full moon on the 4th day (Wednesday) for their perspective years.
9.  31 AD does not allow enough years for the defined ministry of Jesus to occur from the beginning date of John the Baptist’s ministry of 29 AD. This leaves 34 AD as the most likely year that Jesus was crucified.
10.  The evidence that best corresponds to all of the scripture for the crucifixion date of Jesus is the 4th day (Wednesday), March 23, 34 AD Overall, the evidence weighs in favor of this date when considering the years between 29 AD and 36 AD.
11. For the Jewish days, each day ends with the going down of the sun, not at midnight. In Julian calendar days the Passover in 34 AD began on Tuesday evening as the sun went down and went to Wednesday until the sun went down. Jesus was crucified and died on the Julian calendar day of Wednesday.

Events Surrounding the Crucifixion of Jesus:

  • The 4th day, March 23, 34 A.D. begins the Passover day: This day begins with the going down of the sun at the end of the 3rd day.
  • The beginning of the 4th day (just after it gets dark):  Jesus and his disciples eat the Passover meal together.
  • Towards the beginning of the 4th day soon after the Passover meal begins: Judas leaves the meal to meet with Jewish religious leaders to betray Jesus.
  • Towards the beginning of the 4th day after eating the Passover meal: Jesus and his disciples, except for Judas, go together to the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • Evening of the 4th day after Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane:  Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss.
  • Evening and early morning of the 4th day: Jesus is tried by the Jewish religious leaders.
  • Morning of the 4th day: Jesus is delivered to Pontus Pilate by the Jewish religious leaders to be judged.
  • Morning of the 4th day: Pontus Pilate delivers Jesus to Herod.
  • Morning of the 4th day: Herod returns Jesus to Pontus Pilate.
  • Morning of the 4th day: Pontus Pilate sentences Jesus to death by crucifixion.
  • Morning of the 4th day: Jesus is crucified.
  • Afternoon on the 4th day: Jesus lays down his life to atone for all sin at around 3:00 pm. Immediately, the veil of the temple is ripped into two parts being torn from the top down. An earthquake occurs creating a crack in the ground just below the cross where Jesus is crucified.
  • After 3:00 pm on the 4th day:  A Roman soldier pierces the side of Jesus causing a flow of water and blood to flow from Jesus’ side. Some of this mixture of blood and water flow down the crack in the ground created by the earthquake.  The mixture of blood and water flow onto the mercy seat of the covenant which is sealed in a cave just below the exact location where Jesus is crucified.  The atonement for the sins of mankind is made not only spiritually but also by the blood of Jesus flowing onto the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant.
  • After 3:00 pm on the 4th day:  Joseph of Arimathea goes to Pontus Pilate to secure the body of Jesus. Joseph secures the body of Jesus from Pilate.
  • Late afternoon on the 4th day: Joseph prepares the body of Jesus for burial.
  • From the end of the 4th day until possibly the beginning of the 5th day: Joseph and his helpers place Jesus in the rock tomb that was to be the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
  • The 5th day begins as the sun goes down ending the 4th day.  This is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is a Sabbath.
  • The beginning of the 5th day until after the 1st day begins: Jesus remains in the tomb a full 3 days and full 3 nights.
  • 1st day: Jesus rises from the tomb. This could have been as early as when the sun went down on the 7th day (Saturday night) until early morning on the first day (Sunday morning).
  • 1st day in the morning – Mary goes to the tomb where Jesus was placed by Joseph of Arimathea
  • 1st day in the morning – Mary is met by Jesus.
34 AD – Jesus rises from the tomb on the first day of the week, March 26 – 27, 34 AD. If Jesus rose before midnight, this would have been the Julian date of Saturday, March 26, 34 AD.  If he rose after midnight, this would have been the Julian date of  Sunday, March 27, 34 AD.
32/34 AD to 2032/2034 AD – Jesus continues to cast out devils and do cures.
2029 AD to 2031 AD – The great tribulation begins. The great tribulation lasts 3 1/2 years just prior to the return of Jesus.
2033 AD to 2034 AD – Jesus returns.

Soon Jesus Christ will return. Most likely that will occur within the next 15 years 3 months. My best guess for the return year of the Lord Jesus Christ is 2033.

NOTE: Attempting to determine the year when Jesus will return is not contrary to scripture. We can know the year, but not the exact day or hour of his return.

When 15 years and 3 months is reduced by the time of the 3 1/2 years of great tribulation, this only leaves 11 years and 6 months (at most) until the great tribulation begins.  When I say “at most” the timing could be shorter by up to 1 or 2 years. When the great tribulation begins, all normality that we have experienced will be gone. The times will become quite horrific for most. Billions will die. Man now has the weapons in his arsenals to destroy all flesh on the Earth. If the natural progressions of the great tribulation are allowed to play out, then all flesh on the Earth will be destroyed. Fortunately, Jesus will stop that natural progression and save mankind from total destruction.

The next couple of decades are going to be quite interesting and most challenging. It will be challenging for most just to survive. The key to survival will be to draw as close to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Heavenly Father as possible. By repentance and humility proper pursuit of the divine can be made. Such pursuit will be most important to survive what is soon coming.

Hope this article on the Life of Jesus – a Timing Study can be of help to you and yours,  Clint.

[Editor’s note:  Clint Young is a friend of mine and has been for many many years. I know him to be a man of integrity and a serious student of scripture. He has a very analytical mind and has spent a great deal of time studying scripture relative to prophetic events (past present and future).  He currently lives in Texas. /sc]

More on when Jesus was actually born via Jonathan Cahn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptlsXtTf6n0 (from 2012)

Murder at the Manor NYE

When : New Year’s Eve (full cast)
Where : Gustafson Manor

BLANCHE BATTERS played by : Donna

CINDERS played by : Abbie

DEE MINOR played by : Melissa

DOCTOR FUMBLES played by : Christopher

EM FATALE played by : Shelly

GENERAL CUSTARD played by : Jeremy

INSPECTOR DENAUX played by : Brian

MRS WITHERING played by : Sandie

PROFESSOR PEACOCK played by : Bryce


THE BUTLER played by : Noah

I played Mrs Withering at our NYE celebration at the manor, only sad news Lord Heathcliff was murdered and we were all instantly suspects.  It was a harrowing evening but we slowly unraveled the sordid details of each character and eventually it was the inspector who ‘confessed’ to the ‘accident’.

I of course was distraught over Lord Heathcliff’s death, but others kept accusing me of bumping the old fellow off because of his recent marriage to the young floozie Em Fatale!  I still think the reverend did it but at least we had a confession and lots of fun.

Find out more here – http://www.murdermysteryparty.co.uk/game.asp?gid=25

It was truly an interesting evening at the manor…

Mrs Withering (aka Sandie)

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Murder at the Manor NYE

Happy New Year – My Toast for 2019

Special thanks to my good friend Shelli Dawdy for the best Happy New Year graphic of all times!

MY TOAST for 2019

The Lord is good; His mercy endureth to all generations.

May you walk in His ways; May you bring a smile to His face;

May you experience His love for you and extend His love to all you know!

Let’s do a new thing together and bring blessings to our land in the here and now.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them: Happy New Year — My Toast for 2019

Snowflakes – Each One Unique


This year I made snowflakes, I usually do a crafting project for the holidays.  I know they look like tree ornaments, but they are not or they could be.  They are anything you want them to be.

As children we learned that each snowflake is unique.  Well as I was making these, I got a glimpse of our Heavenly Father’s creativity.  Each of my snowflakes is unique.  No two are identical.  Some obviously are very different, but some had the same types of beads.  However, I can assure you their loops were never the same!

You are perfectly and wonderfully made – a unique creation – a mighty miracle with Heavenly purpose.  My prayer is that if you are reading this that you may know intimately your Heavenly Father and walk in His ways all of your days.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Psalm 139:14 KJV

So as I pondered snowflakes, a song kept rippling in my head.  I did a post about it here several years ago.  Special thanks to Susan White for singing that song and leading me into worship at moments of great need and moments of great sorrow through the years!

As we celebrate the Savior’s birthday (whether we got the date right or wrong) – remember that you are special and unique.  He came to earth to be born so that He could rescue you.  What love divine!



Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Snowflakes – Each One Unique

Book Review: Testing Prayer by Candy Gunther Brown and a testimony too

Book Review:  Testing Prayer:  Science and Healing by Candy Gunther Brown

Review by Sandra Crosnoe via Finding Gems & Sharing Them (Nov 30, 2018)

Having had polio at age 2 (now 66), health and healing has been a lifelong priority as you can well imagine.  My personal experiences will probably color my review of the book, Testing Prayer by Candy Gunther Brown, so you should be aware of that.  A short version of my journey would be that around the age of 12, I met the Lord and had a physical touch from Him that resulted in my being able to stop wearing a Milwaukee brace early following a spinal fusion.

On the next visit to the doctor, he confirmed that I could indeed stop wearing the brace.  It was not a complete healing, because there was still deformity to my body, but there was definite improvement not only in my spine, but I went from being sickly all the time to not so much.  Through the years,  I sought the Lord off and on regarding the matter, sometimes more intensely than others.

In more recent years, my breathing has been an issue.  Around the year 2000, I had a sleep study done, which resulted in me using a bi-pap machine to sleep at night.  At that time I had an arterial blood gas done that has remained in my files;  I just found it again the other day when filing a new one.  But I will come back to that.

In 2017 my cat, Ivory, was diagnosed with early stage kidney disease and I had stem cell therapy done on her.  I would lay hands on her and pray for her kidneys at night repetitively — often feeling a heat transfer.  Somewhere in that time frame, I began to lay hands on her and pray; then lay hands on my chest and pray for my lungs and my heart.  The scripture the Lord gave me was “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  I told Him I was not righteous; His answer to me was that He was my righteousness.  So I kept on praying.

The arterial blood gas done recently that I compared with the one back in 2000 showed improvement (not the decline you would expect to see in an aging person having had polio).

Link to Amazon for book purchase options

Link to Amazon for book purchase options

I tell you all this personal background to give you some perspective to how I saw the book Testing Prayer.  Surprisingly to me the book started out with a trip through healing ministries history from the Toronto Blessing forward and backward mentioning many names I was familiar with through the years and a few new ones.

The author then discussed the difficulties of collecting data surrounding prayer and measuring results.  There were so many factors involved.  Some people were willing to share; some ministries objected to the intrusion.  Sometimes there were medical follow-ups but more often than not if there were, the results were not common knowledge.  Nevertheless, the author managed to report rather extensively on cases and shared many stunning stories, some with medical data, a few less credible and one apparent falsification.

One of the powerful takeaways for me was that some who ultimately got healing sought prayer many, many, even hundreds of times. Most of the body of the book was from an eight-year study and incredibly well sourced.  Approximately one sixth of the hardcover book is references and footnotes.

Another thing I believe she helped me with was something I have sensed but became clearer with this book.  I don’t think it was something specific she said, but some of the ministries taught and she conveyed that when we pray for someone who needs healing, we do not need to lay the responsibility of having faith on them.  We share and pray in faith for people and have the faith for them reaching out on their behalf.  We trust the Lord for the results, which may be slow and through the years or mighty instantaneous miracles.  In any event, keep praying!

“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”    James 5:15-16 KJV

[Special thanks to Cindy Cain for helping me edit this review prior to release.  It reads much better now!]

Rod MacIlvaine, pastor of Grace Community Church in Bartlesville, wrote a review of the book Testing Prayer here.  It was his mention of this book in a podcast that I listened to that made me aware of the book.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Book Review: Testing Prayer by Candy Gunther Brown and a testimony too

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