Focus Blurred

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Information overload and greed prevents us from looking at one problem at a time, completing the solution, sharing the results, and mentoring someone else.” ~ Jon Barnes

One Thing

Learn to do one thing well, to improve your focus and insight so that you can apply this concept to the next thing you need to learn. In your list of things to do, you can only cross out one thing at a time.  Organize and schedule your success with steps that focus on one thing at a time to allow God to train you properly.

Progress

Each step in the right direction points to your progress and paints a story for others to see and analyze. Each story teaches us how biblical laws work in our lives and how God’s love teaches us over the entire span of our lives.

Vision

Your vision improves by allowing all of your senses to be used in each lesson God teaches you. When you pass each simple test, your focus becomes sharpened and what you do and say becomes relevant, clear for all to see the direction you are headed.
Today’s Question
Can you see where you are headed?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

1 Thessalonians 4

Living to Please God

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Believers Who Have Died

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
 
Love, 
Jonathan

Expectations

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“If you expect nothing for your quality work than you will not do the quality job, because you didn’t expect anything for your quality labor from God.” ~ Jon Barnes

You Become

You become what you think you are, within God’s plan. Your choice to engage with rigor is directly proportionate to your passion and drive to do Good Work. God gives us the honesty it takes to achieve, if we believe in the truth.

Know What

What you have learned and earned is what you now know.  Seeing and reading experiences are not the same as participating in your own experiences.  You must get the good work done and practice your skills of faith to gain hands on wisdom from God through practice and labor!

You See

You will see the results from the quality of work that you express from your love for God and you will do Good Work, as a result. There is no secret to obeying God’s ways, words, and commandments. Yes or No are your options!
Today’s Question

Are you prepared to expect better of yourself so God can bless you more?

Enjoy Today’s Reading.

1 Thessalonians 3

So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

Timothy’s Encouraging Report

But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
Love,
Jonathan

Technology Tools

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Technology is an applied science, tool, and gift– not God!

Head Game

We must all keep our heads in the Game of Life as we run our Good Race to the finish line and become content with the content and assignments God has for our lives. We are not better than the people we serve, help, and love. We must face the music of reality and adjust to the changes in our world to uphold the standards of God’s Truth, Justice, and Placement of Understanding.  God is truly The Head of The Game and not we ourselves.

Chess Games

You must decide what moves to make, even though God has all the moves figured out, pre-planned, and predestined. The thinking person will ask God for direction, ideas, and provisions to study and finish the good game well.  The non-thinking person will become a mindless dummy to model the path of fools.

Mind Games

Each piece of the chess game in life is important and the arrangement of strategy will allow you to make the best moves.  The more you give, the more you can take, because you will reap what you sow and you will have a better harvest, since you love God. Swim in the Mind of God to learn the chess game pieces so that you can move freely in love, humility, and efficiency, while teaching the Game of Life with God’s living pieces and Living Word, which is the ultimate Technological Tool.
Today’s Question
Did you learn how to play chess properly with today’s technology from God’s perspective yet?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

1 Thessalonians 2

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica

You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives,nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children[a] among you.
Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy,righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God,which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.[b]

Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

Love,

Jonathan

Clown Face

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Hi Peeps
Today’s Quote
“Your mind has been hijacked, and you are now told how to think, how to color your face, body, hair what to lift, tuck, love, add, or subtract; when to laugh, or cry, where to sit– immobile on the job or at home, and why you cannot change from today’s modern enslaved thinking; Your natural face has been erased!” ~ Jon Barnes

Modern Thinking 

Now that we look like modern people with bald heads, fake colored hair, lipo”suck”-tioned, silicone implanted, genetically altered animals, foods, chemicals, and nanotechnology, we think we have outsmarted God to reshape or undo our own image.
There is no need to idolize flesh, bones, people, modern lifestyles, and modern lies!

The computer age has exploded atomic bombs in all of our minds and we now lay in waste, refusing God’s Help. Modern Thinking says, we are in control and I can be and buy what I need. Choose to imitate the living God of Creation and Creativity, not just man-made dead technology pretending to be godlike, to clone modern people.

Dead Bones

We have become living dead bones to the digital age. Dead Bones all look like Dead Bones, and if God can put them back together, singing praises of thanksgiving, how much more should we thank God for the flesh and bone, heart and mind, or body and soul that was gifted to us by HIM? May God help us to breathe in the biblical content needed to pray for peace, restoration, and a reality check that will result in our proper modifications needed to manage our technology properly with God’s Commandments and lifestyle.

News Flash

Your personal matrix is self absorbed by sublime media ads and casual infomercials from people and other electronic devices that rings like the evening news, full of propaganda and hate, which controls our thoughts and prevent us from doing real physical work of equality and fairness. How do we handle the manslaughter and influx of digital infusion, which shoots at us like a semiautomatic weapon from the window of a drive by psycho? Pray that God gives us a mind to balance reality from fiction, always doing good and not evil.
Today’s Question
Are you the real deal, the real thing, or have you been hacked by your own digital divisiveness, looking and acting like a the perfect image of a digitally downloaded clown faced dummy?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

1 Thessalonians 1

Paul, Silas[a] and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.

Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, brothers and sisters[b] loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

Love,

Jonathan