The Deal

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Improve your character flaws by allowing God to teach you how to deal with them more effectively, efficiently, and honestly.” ~ Jon Barnes

Cards

We are all dealt a hand of cards to use, exchange, and play out. These choices will bring about success or failure.  Your honest play is always the best choice since the dealer already knows what is in your hand before you play your card to make your move.  God is simply measuring your character, movement, and choice of actions in the cards that you play.  

Cheating

Cheating, stealing, and stacking the deck is forbidden and your every move is being watched, used, recorded, and documented. Your character flaws will improve based on your true belief in God and measure of faith.  People will notice the good work, steady focus, and positive cards that you play in your hand. breaking the rules is evil and a distraction to others that follow your lead, in which you will pay the great price.

Verdict

Judge yourself by God’s standards to make corrections in your faith and actions, before He judges you. Your last breath is your last card. Do not be a fool and wait until the last second, with dishonest intentions to trick God! It will not work. God will allow you to develop these burning, dishonest thoughts with your verdict in hell, along with your personal flaws of evil works and lack of faith and losing hand.
Today’s Question
Do you lack the faith in God, because you have no deal, connection, work ethic, and Godly experience? 
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2 Samuel 4 

The Murder of Ishbosheth

When Ishbosheth,[a] Saul’s son, heard about Abner’s death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and all Israel became paralyzed with fear. Now there were two brothers, Baanah and Recab, who were captains of Ishbosheth’s raiding parties. They were sons of Rimmon, a member of the tribe of Benjamin who lived in Beeroth. The town of Beeroth is now part of Benjamin’s territory because the original people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim, where they still live as foreigners.
(Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth,[b] who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled.)
One day Recab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth, went to Ishbosheth’s house around noon as he was taking his midday rest. The doorkeeper, who had been sifting wheat, became drowsy and fell asleep. So Recab and Baanah slipped past her.[c] They went into the house and found Ishbosheth sleeping on his bed. They struck and killed him and cut off his head. Then, taking his head with them, they fled across the Jordan Valley[d] through the night. When they arrived at Hebron, they presented Ishbosheth’s head to David. “Look!” they exclaimed to the king. “Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you. Today the Lord has given my lord the king revenge on Saul and his entire family!”
But David said to Recab and Baanah, “The Lord, who saves me from all my enemies, is my witness. 10 Someone once told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ thinking he was bringing me good news. But I seized him and killed him at Ziklag. That’s the reward I gave him for his news! 11 How much more should I reward evil men who have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed? Shouldn’t I hold you responsible for his blood and rid the earth of you?”
12 So David ordered his young men to kill them, and they did. They cut off their hands and feet and hung their bodies beside the pool in Hebron. Then they took Ishbosheth’s head and buried it in Abner’s tomb in Hebron.
Love,
Jonathan

Copies

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Your life is an original copy of which you can learn and do by studying from the Master, God!” ~ Jon Barnes

Ability

The ability you develop from being focused and obedient is part of the reward system and building of your love, faith, and work ethic. Balancing your abilities, talent, and common sense can be a challenge when you are copying the wrong things, based on intellect only. God teaches you how not to be greedy. Copy God’s qualities.

Execution

As your light shines, execute the fundamentals of faith, not the flashy, flickering, fake motions of attention seekers. Let the message and actions of God’s light teach your DNA to follow and copy God’s teaching style and soothing answers. When properly executed, peace and joy will follow your mature execution of God’s standards in His Spiritual Education in your life.

Exaltation

Your health, opportunities, and decisions will look like God is walking with you. Your choices and your faith will get the work done to maintain who you are in God. Let your light shine to exalt the love of God in all things you do and copy His perfect Will with obedience and trust. Find ways to help with kindness, forgiveness, and quality work ethics of faith in God, while copying the Original Author of our Faith. Read to copy and exalt God in all of your ways.
Today’s Question
When you shine a light on people, do they see your darkness instead?
 
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2 Samuel 2 

David Anointed King of Judah

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”
“Yes,” the Lord replied.
Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”
“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.
David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.
When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

Ishbosheth Proclaimed King of Israel

But Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had already gone to Mahanaim with Saul’s son Ishbosheth.[a] There he proclaimed Ishbosheth king over Gilead, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, the land of the Ashurites, and all the rest of Israel.
10 Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he became king, and he ruled from Mahanaim for two years. Meanwhile, the people of Judah remained loyal to David. 11 David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years.

War between Israel and Judah

12 One day Abner led Ishbosheth’s troops from Mahanaim to Gibeon. 13 About the same time, Joab son of Zeruiah led David’s troops out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. The two groups sat down there, facing each other from opposite sides of the pool.
14 Then Abner suggested to Joab, “Let’s have a few of our warriors fight hand to hand here in front of us.”
“All right,” Joab agreed. 15 So twelve men were chosen to fight from each side—twelve men of Benjamin representing Ishbosheth son of Saul, and twelve representing David. 16 Each one grabbed his opponent by the hair and thrust his sword into the other’s side so that all of them died. So this place at Gibeon has been known ever since as the Field of Swords.[b]
17 A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David.

The Death of Asahel

18 Joab, Abishai, and Asahel—the three sons of Zeruiah—were among David’s forces that day. Asahel could run like a gazelle, 19 and he began chasing Abner. He pursued him relentlessly, not stopping for anything. 20 When Abner looked back and saw him coming, he called out, “Is that you, Asahel?”
“Yes, it is,” he replied.
21 “Go fight someone else!” Abner warned. “Take on one of the younger men, and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel kept right on chasing Abner.
22 Again Abner shouted to him, “Get away from here! I don’t want to kill you. How could I ever face your brother Joab again?”
23 But Asahel refused to turn back, so Abner thrust the butt end of his spear through Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He stumbled to the ground and died there. And everyone who came by that spot stopped and stood still when they saw Asahel lying there.
24 When Joab and Abishai found out what had happened, they set out after Abner. The sun was just going down as they arrived at the hill of Ammah near Giah, along the road to the wilderness of Gibeon. 25 Abner’s troops from the tribe of Benjamin regrouped there at the top of the hill to take a stand.
26 Abner shouted down to Joab, “Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitterness is the only result? When will you call off your men from chasing their Israelite brothers?”
27 Then Joab said, “God only knows what would have happened if you hadn’t spoken, for we would have chased you all night if necessary.” 28 So Joab blew the ram’s horn, and his men stopped chasing the troops of Israel.
29 All that night Abner and his men retreated through the Jordan Valley.[c] They crossed the Jordan River, traveling all through the morning,[d] and didn’t stop until they arrived at Mahanaim.
30 Meanwhile, Joab and his men also returned home. When Joab counted his casualties, he discovered that only 19 men were missing in addition to Asahel.31 But 360 of Abner’s men had been killed, all from the tribe of Benjamin. 32 Joab and his men took Asahel’s body to Bethlehem and buried him there in his father’s tomb. Then they traveled all night and reached Hebron at daybreak.
Love,
Jonathan

The Pusher

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Our experiences and God’s Word are used to prepare, push and provoke the growth of our faith and work in the Kingdom of God, not your agenda, pride, or ego.” ~ Jon Barnes

Pushes

People who place priority on the plans of God are pushed forward into their dreams and realities of God’s Purpose for their lives. They push themselves up the steps of righteousness to show others how to climb. These stories also show what it is like to fall down the steep steps of God when you are selfish, disobedient, and careless about God’s directions and commandments.

Posts

The bible posts these wonderful stories so that you push through your personal experiences, to visualize your character and actions within God’s Word, Stories, Psalms, and Lifestyle. Help people in your family to develop their faith by not being a hypocrite with the Word of God.  Let the simplicity of your movements be full of God’s purpose and peeks of love.

Peeks

Push to the peeks of your faith to show, share, and teach the steps in your work and perks of obedience, due diligence, and delivery of God’s methods. Peek the interest of your loved ones by doing good things with your faith, allowing them to see, imitate, and believe the handy work of God. Develop, manage, and push your time, actions, and faith as a blessing and not a curse.
Today’s Question
Are you using or pushing your talent into a blessing or a curse?
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2 Samuel 1 

David Learns of Saul’s Death

After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag. On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s army camp. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect.
“Where have you come from?” David asked.
“I escaped from the Israelite camp,” the man replied.
“What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.”
The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”
“How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.
The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him.When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.
“He responded, ‘Who are you?’
“‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.
“Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’
10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”
11 David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news.12 They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.
13 Then David said to the young man who had brought the news, “Where are you from?”
And he replied, “I am a foreigner, an Amalekite, who lives in your land.”
14 “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.
15 Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him. 16 “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.”

David’s Song for Saul and Jonathan

17 Then David composed a funeral song for Saul and Jonathan, 18 and he commanded that it be taught to the people of Judah. It is known as the Song of the Bow, and it is recorded in The Book of Jashar.[a]
19 Your pride and joy, O Israel, lies dead on the hills!
    Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
20 Don’t announce the news in Gath,
    don’t proclaim it in the streets of Ashkelon,
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice
    and the pagans will laugh in triumph.
21 O mountains of Gilboa,
    let there be no dew or rain upon you,
    nor fruitful fields producing offerings of grain.[b]
For there the shield of the mighty heroes was defiled;
    the shield of Saul will no longer be anointed with oil.
22 The bow of Jonathan was powerful,
    and the sword of Saul did its mighty work.
They shed the blood of their enemies
    and pierced the bodies of mighty heroes.
23 How beloved and gracious were Saul and Jonathan!
    They were together in life and in death.
They were swifter than eagles,
    stronger than lions.
24 O women of Israel, weep for Saul,
for he dressed you in luxurious scarlet clothing,
    in garments decorated with gold.
25 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen in battle!
    Jonathan lies dead on the hills.
26 How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan!
    Oh, how much I loved you!
And your love for me was deep,
    deeper than the love of women!
27 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
    Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead.
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Painting

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“When every cell in your body is absorbing and responding to the holy painted pen of faith in the scriptures from the bible, your house of prayer communicates with God and meditates on His Will, from a subatomic, physical, and spiritual level.” ~ Jon Barnes

Life

Your prayer life is the sum total of faith in actions from your obedience to God and not just saying empty words without meaning. Lies, greed, evil thoughts, lust, sin, and selfish actions have no spiritual content, value, meaning or hope in God. Your life becomes humbled when you think about God, His Commandments, stories, and lifestyle.  As a result, your faith works and evil troublemakers are rebuked.

Faith

You must believe that all things are known and perceived by God and you must have the faith to live by humility and prayer so that your motives are focused, heard, felt, and connected by your faith in God. Your lack of focus to take the time in reading and studying the scriptures paints a weakness in your faith and effectiveness to share the love with others. Be prepared, because you will always be tested.

Mercy

May God give us mercy and grace to read, listen, hear, do, and pray His Will, blessings, and purpose into our lives and into the world. Mercy helps us to care about the person next to yourself and your actions are the direct answers to their prayers. If you connect your mind and mouth to God in prayer as you speak and do things for people, Enjoy the fruit of your actions. This grace is active faith in prayer, pure mercy without ceasing.
Today’s Question
Did you finish your painting job or is your heart falling apart?
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1 Samuel 31 

The Death of Saul

31 Now the Philistines attacked Israel, and the men of Israel fled before them. Many were slaughtered on the slopes of Mount Gilboa. The Philistines closed in on Saul and his sons, and they killed three of his sons—Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malkishua. The fighting grew very fierce around Saul, and the Philistine archers caught up with him and wounded him severely.
Saul groaned to his armor bearer, “Take your sword and kill me before these pagan Philistines come to run me through and taunt and torture me.”
But his armor bearer was afraid and would not do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When his armor bearer realized that Saul was dead, he fell on his own sword and died beside the king. So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and his troops all died together that same day.
When the Israelites on the other side of the Jezreel Valley and beyond the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their towns and fled. So the Philistines moved in and occupied their towns.
The next day, when the Philistines went out to strip the dead, they found the bodies of Saul and his three sons on Mount Gilboa. So they cut off Saul’s head and stripped off his armor. Then they proclaimed the good news of Saul’s death in their pagan temple and to the people throughout the land of Philistia. 10 They placed his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths, and they fastened his body to the wall of the city of Beth-shan.
11 But when the people of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all their mighty warriors traveled through the night to Beth-shan and took the bodies of Saul and his sons down from the wall. They brought them to Jabesh, where they burned the bodies. 13 Then they took their bones and buried them beneath the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted for seven days.
Love,
Jonathan

Error

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Error messages pop up from God all of the time, but if we do not listen, read, or look at the lessons and solutions to our problems, we continue in error in our hearts.” ~ Jon Barnes

Message

God gives us solutions in our messages and circumstances. When we pay attention to the lesson plan, our answers are plain and simple. Following Gods plans are rewarding and complete, which builds up our faith, love, and service in the Lord. Read, practice, listen, and perform the work needed along with your faith and reduce the number of error messages in each day.

Programming

Follow God’s programming and watch the channels he provides naturally in your life. There is no need to watch TV and computer programming all of the time. Minimize your distractions and enjoy the hand of God upon your work.

Corrections

Gently give information, corrections, and words of wisdom, as we share God’s error messages and program formats. Consider when you made silly mistakes and errors as a babe in Christ.  Mature people are needed to share real experiences and winning solutions that have been battle tested with works of faith. Do not pass on your errors as facts to be a stumbling block for others.
Today’s Question
Did you read and fix all of your error messages from your Bible reading?
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1 Samuel 30 

David Destroys the Amalekites

30 Three days later, when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and Ziklag; they had crushed Ziklag and burned it to the ground. They had carried off the women and children and everyone else but without killing anyone.
When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had happened to their families, they wept until they could weep no more. David’s two wives, Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel, were among those captured. David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
Then he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring me the ephod!” So Abiathar brought it. Then David asked the Lord, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?”
And the Lord told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!”
So David and his 600 men set out, and they came to the brook Besor. 10 But 200 of the men were too exhausted to cross the brook, so David continued the pursuit with 400 men.
11 Along the way they found an Egyptian man in a field and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and water to drink. 12 They also gave him part of a fig cake and two clusters of raisins, for he hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for three days and nights. Before long his strength returned.
13 “To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?” David asked him.
“I am an Egyptian—the slave of an Amalekite,” he replied. “My master abandoned me three days ago because I was sick. 14 We were on our way back from raiding the Kerethites in the Negev, the territory of Judah, and the land of Caleb, and we had just burned Ziklag.”
15 “Will you lead me to this band of raiders?” David asked.
The young man replied, “If you take an oath in God’s name that you will not kill me or give me back to my master, then I will guide you to them.”
16 So he led David to them, and they found the Amalekites spread out across the fields, eating and drinking and dancing with joy because of the vast amount of plunder they had taken from the Philistines and the land of Judah. 17 David and his men rushed in among them and slaughtered them throughout that night and the entire next day until evening. None of the Amalekites escaped except 400 young men who fled on camels. 18 David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back.20 He also recovered all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock. “This plunder belongs to David!” they said.
21 Then David returned to the brook Besor and met up with the 200 men who had been left behind because they were too exhausted to go with him. They went out to meet David and his men, and David greeted them joyfully. 22 But some evil troublemakers among David’s men said, “They didn’t go with us, so they can’t have any of the plunder we recovered. Give them their wives and children, and tell them to be gone.”
23 But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us.24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” 25 From then on David made this a decree and regulation for Israel, and it is still followed today.
26 When he arrived at Ziklag, David sent part of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends. “Here is a present for you, taken from the Lord’s enemies,” he said.
27 The gifts were sent to the people of the following towns David had visited: Bethel, Ramoth-negev, Jattir, 28 Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa, 29 Racal,[a] the towns of the Jerahmeelites, the towns of the Kenites, 30 Hormah, Bor-ashan, Athach,31 Hebron, and all the other places David and his men had visited.
Love,
Jonathan

Relief

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“It is a pleasure to see the fruits of your hard work in progress ripen with maturity, patience, sweat, and tears when no one is around to see you doing the work!” ~ Jon Barnes

Tension

As your muscles flex they become tense so that you can engage in the work needed for your assignment.  This daily exercise pushes you forward with plans and assignments to complete. Tension and release are required to maximize efficiency and balance, whereas laziness is constantly at rest, looking at everyone else doing the work.

Effort

There are many ways to apply good effort and it is up to you to find which application fits your work ethic. Something positive must be accomplished by your hands if you want to grow, develop, and mature. When no effort is applied, your muscles shrivel up and die. Work time is not relaxation time and too many people are doing careless work, wanting to get paid for bad service and quality.

Relaxation

People who love God and their work will live by faith and not by their talent and money. Relax in the joy of the Lord and your work will seem like playing at the park.  God always supplies the equipment and means to work in his fields. Be relieved that God is just and true to His Work and honors His Laborers with ripped fruit.
Today’s Question
Are you a Laborer or a Liar?
 

1 Samuel 29 

The Philistines Reject David

29 The entire Philistine army now mobilized at Aphek, and the Israelites camped at the spring in Jezreel. As the Philistine rulers were leading out their troops in groups of hundreds and thousands, David and his men marched at the rear with King Achish. But the Philistine commanders demanded, “What are these Hebrews doing here?”
And Achish told them, “This is David, the servant of King Saul of Israel. He’s been with me for years, and I’ve never found a single fault in him from the day he arrived until today.”
But the Philistine commanders were angry. “Send him back to the town you’ve given him!” they demanded. “He can’t go into the battle with us. What if he turns against us in battle and becomes our adversary? Is there any better way for him to reconcile himself with his master than by handing our heads over to him? Isn’t this the same David about whom the women of Israel sing in their dances,
‘Saul has killed his thousands,
    and David his ten thousands’?”
So Achish finally summoned David and said to him, “I swear by the Lord that you have been a trustworthy ally. I think you should go with me into battle, for I’ve never found a single flaw in you from the day you arrived until today. But the other Philistine rulers won’t hear of it. Please don’t upset them, but go back quietly.”
“What have I done to deserve this treatment?” David demanded. “What have you ever found in your servant, that I can’t go and fight the enemies of my lord the king?”
But Achish insisted, “As far as I’m concerned, you’re as perfect as an angel of God. But the Philistine commanders are afraid to have you with them in the battle.10 Now get up early in the morning, and leave with your men as soon as it gets light.”
11 So David and his men headed back into the land of the Philistines, while the Philistine army went on to Jezreel.
Love,
Jonathan

Painful

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“It can be painful for a teacher to allow students to learn and discover the truth with hands-on experience and supervised practical applications.” ~ Jon Barnes

Process

Listening to how others learn, process, and develop God’s information is a blessing that goes beyond intelligence. Students often teach teachers new concepts and methods to teach with, since we all keep learning new things every day, as lifelong learners. God gives us the opportunity to read, pray, and play with these concepts, stories, and commandments all the time, when we have a relationship with Him.

Developmental

Good relationships are developed over time and the work involved can be enormously rewarding when all parties are working, living, and loving together in one accord. Problems arise when there is an evil person in the camp who wants to lie, cheat, and steal everything for themselves. Wicked people are interested in developing evil slaves and good people are interested in developing good, lifelong friendship and relationships.

Deliverance

God helps me to remove my selfish thoughts, as a stumbling block to myself, so that I may give to help others in need. Then God supplies me with opportunities and blessing to feed my family above and beyond my expectations and desires. I am blown away by His Mercy, Grace, and Kindness. I just show up to the playground each and every day to hang out with God, who is there waiting for me.
Today’s Question
Who are you playing with at the playground or are you painfully hiding in darkness?
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1 Samuel 28 

Saul Consults a Medium

28 About that time the Philistines mustered their armies for another war with Israel. King Achish told David, “You and your men will be expected to join me in battle.”
“Very well!” David agreed. “Now you will see for yourself what we can do.”
Then Achish told David, “I will make you my personal bodyguard for life.”
Meanwhile, Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him. He was buried in Ramah, his hometown. And Saul had banned from the land of Israel all mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead.
The Philistines set up their camp at Shunem, and Saul gathered all the army of Israel and camped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear. He asked the Lord what he should do, but the Lord refused to answer him, either by dreams or by sacred lots[a] or by the prophets. Saul then said to his advisers, “Find a woman who is a medium, so I can go and ask her what to do.”
His advisers replied, “There is a medium at Endor.”
So Saul disguised himself by wearing ordinary clothing instead of his royal robes. Then he went to the woman’s home at night, accompanied by two of his men.
“I have to talk to a man who has died,” he said. “Will you call up his spirit for me?”
“Are you trying to get me killed?” the woman demanded. “You know that Saul has outlawed all the mediums and all who consult the spirits of the dead. Why are you setting a trap for me?”
10 But Saul took an oath in the name of the Lord and promised, “As surely as the Lord lives, nothing bad will happen to you for doing this.”
11 Finally, the woman said, “Well, whose spirit do you want me to call up?”
“Call up Samuel,” Saul replied.
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she screamed, “You’ve deceived me! You are Saul!”
13 “Don’t be afraid!” the king told her. “What do you see?”
“I see a god[b] coming up out of the earth,” she said.
14 “What does he look like?” Saul asked.
“He is an old man wrapped in a robe,” she replied. Saul realized it was Samuel, and he fell to the ground before him.
15 “Why have you disturbed me by calling me back?” Samuel asked Saul.
“Because I am in deep trouble,” Saul replied. “The Philistines are at war with me, and God has left me and won’t reply by prophets or dreams. So I have called for you to tell me what to do.”
16 But Samuel replied, “Why ask me, since the Lord has left you and has become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done just as he said he would. He has torn the kingdom from you and given it to your rival, David. 18 The Lord has done this to you today because you refused to carry out his fierce anger against the Amalekites. 19 What’s more, the Lord will hand you and the army of Israel over to the Philistines tomorrow, and you and your sons will be here with me. The Lord will bring down the entire army of Israel in defeat.”
20 Saul fell full length on the ground, paralyzed with fright because of Samuel’s words. He was also faint with hunger, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night.
21 When the woman saw how distraught he was, she said, “Sir, I obeyed your command at the risk of my life. 22 Now do what I say, and let me give you a little something to eat so you can regain your strength for the trip back.”
23 But Saul refused to eat anything. Then his advisers joined the woman in urging him to eat, so he finally yielded and got up from the ground and sat on the couch.
24 The woman had been fattening a calf, so she hurried out and killed it. She took some flour, kneaded it into dough and baked unleavened bread. 25 She brought the meal to Saul and his advisers, and they ate it. Then they went out into the night.
Love,
Jonathan