Excuses Executed

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The story of the cross is a Historical Fact that Jesus was miraculously born, crucified, and resurrected, being the only Son of God used as a sacrifice to atone for our sins.”   ~  Jon Barnes

The Sacrifice

What did you give up to follow Jesus?  What did you give up to become a good person, helping others to learn, live, and grow?  Which test did you pass to demonstrate your love, loyalty, and longing to serve God, by living The Truth?  Yes we all have been tempted, but did you resist and change?  Lend me your ear and God will help you to Hear and do the Truth, I pray!  You are without Excuse.

Compelled to Comply

It is true that the Truth can hurt, yet you must be compelled to comply to the will of God, since the universe is His Story and Playground.  Don’t wait, be compelled to comply with God’s standards of excellence to walk in the path God has set before us. Be overjoyed that you were selected to be in the mix and earned respect from God.  Otherwise, you are not chosen!  Who will tell God who to choose?  The naked truth is, life is not your choice and you should Fear God as much as you should Love Him!

Caos Conquered

From the beginning, we are all here to help the story along, as we pick our parts to play, helping and growing in the Story God Has Set in Play.  Even Though we make the choice, it is not a choice for God, since He knows the Outcomes.  When you understand this, you can realize that God’s Ways are the proper solutions and His Will Will Be Done, Period!  Darkness is given time because it is a part of design! Your life’s execution hinges on your life’s excuses and the fate of eternity hangs in the balance.  Which way will it tip for you?
Today’s Question
Is your head hard as a brick, with a heart of stone, or can you see God in what I’m saying?  
Executed Excuses! Get rid of your Excuses to be trainable, coachable, and teachable.
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Luke 24New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them,“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Jonathan

Show Me

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Hi Peeps,

 

Today’s Quote
“When you want to learn something, you will pray and ask God to show you how.  Often times, God uses Good Parents to teach and model solutions to your problems, needs, and desires.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Ask God

Asking God is like asking your Dad. Sit. Look. Listen. Learn. Then pray and ask questions for clarity, as you obey and do what you are told. Many years ago in junior high school, I was asked to pray for my basketball team in the huddle, before the final game.  I didn’t, because I was too embarrassed.  Then the truth came out when my friend said, ” but Jon, your grandfather is a minister and you know how to pray!” My friend immediately jumped in and said the prayer himself!  I was ashamed, and it is one of the few moments I’ll never forget in life.  Are you ashamed of God, your Father?  Show Me Your Faith!

Ask God Again

Asking God is like asking your Mom. Stand, watch, pay close attention, and do the best job you can.  Then pray that you don’t become a lazy, lustful, lying, thief– living a lifestyle that is all wrong, because of your disobedience, arrogance, hard head, and stiff neck.  Many years ago, I would get into trouble intentionally and I didn’t care.  Well, God zapped me and nothing would go right in my life, so I changed.  Guess what, things started to go right as I became more obedient and do my best work.  Laziness is a choice.  Show Me Your Work!

Experience God

Once you have the experience, knowledge, and wisdom, you can pass it on to help your children and other people. I realized that I couldn’t read well in high school, so I started to take my cousins to the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, as often as I could, for years.  No one told me to do this, maybe it was God!  I would also quiz them in math, while eating grapes.  If they said the correct answer, they received a grape!  It was God who taught me how to become an expert teacher, before I could read well. Ironically, I should have been the one getting tutoring at the library, but God honored my heart, faith, and desire to help my family to do better!  Show Me Your Results.
Today’s Question
What Good are you and where is your love, if you can’t learn and accept the Truth from God, your parents and others, to pass along valuable information to your family, friends, and enemies?  You will be Tested!
Enjoy The Reading.

Luke 23New International Version (NIV)

23 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”
So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”
On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.” [17] [a]
18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”
23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then
“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
    and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[b]
31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[e] When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
Jonathan

The Good Game

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Why follow someone else’s game plan when God will teach and give you the Good Game, Good Rules, Best Benefits, and Eternal Elevation into Heaven.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Play The Game

Many are called but few are chosen to play the game for God.  His team is amazing and God doesn’t need a big army.  God selects the most humble, honest, and hard working people to do the best job for His services to execute The Play Book.  God will even have mercy on an honest loser, who repents and looks to God with a clean heart, dying to do better.  God always makes the right choice and knows the outcome of each play, before the Game is Played.

God’s Good Rules

The 10 Commandments are a great reference guide to focus, memorize, and live by, so that you minimize any foul plays, off sides, flagrant fouls, penalties, or ejections from the Great Game.  Each Biblical story comes equipped with wonderful, relevant, lessons and meanings, each time you re-read them. God allows and activates the Golden Rules in His Word to His Children you love and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.  If you are a devil, nothing is activated, while God still shines on the just and the unjust.
 

Know Your Playbook

 
Don’t get this confused and know your Playbook.  If you are a habitual sinner and your heart is evil, you will be ejected from the Heavenly Games and placed into the fiery Pit forever. God is no fool and the Bible will warn you, if you read it.  Don’t take my word for it.  Read Your Playbook and know and practice your Game moves and positions so that you may be considered worthy.  Fake Christians will be punished more severely because the bought and know the playbook, but they ignore the writings and their actions are not by the book.  Real Christians buy The Book and live by The Book, which is The Bible.  Then you can have more fun playing other Good Games given and granted by God!
 
Today’s Question
 
You Got Game?
 
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

The Good Schedule

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“What is the use of making a good schedule and plan, when you don’t follow what God is telling you to do?”  ~  Jon Barnes

Learn to Follow

God gives us His Bible to help us understand, plan, and learn from the stories and mysteries of old, so that we don’t fall for the same dumb tricks of the devil.  Now, if you don’t study, listen, pray, and learn, then what do you expect?  You will fail to improve when you chose to live a lie by not changing, improving, learning and following God’s wisdom and ways!

Let God Lead

When you let God Lead, you are in fact following Him and your steps are ordered to avoid mayhem. As you travel out of step, your road gets bumpier in your disobedience.  Check your compass and make sure you are going in the right direction with the right steps.

Live Your Talk

People talk the good game, but when you look at their actions, we all tend to live a lie if we don’t change our sorry ways.  Yes, living the truth takes real, honest practice, and Holy Help from God!  We all know what to do by now and we know where to get the Good Information, yet we tend to ignore the plan and schedule to be lazy, distracted, or unconcerned.  Remember, God is looking at and judging your lazy action, like the person who buried his money in the dirt.

Luke 21New International Version (NIV)

The Widow’s Offering

21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me.14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.
20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.
Jonathan

The Good Mind

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s quote

“Imagine how Big the Mind of God really is?  You can’t!”   ~  Jon Barnes

 
 

Who Am I

 
Who am I that I should not learn, listen and live by the laws, commandments, thought, stories, and lessons from God?  How can I afford to ignore the plans of the Master Builder of All Things? When will I learn to use all of my resources to ride the wave of creativity God has given me to help others, to honestly develop my humility, respect, and love for God?  Your ability to truthfully answer and pursue these kingdom questions will help guide you through the Mind of God to develop a Good Mind for yourself, as a Master Servant of Love.
 

The Master Servant

The master servant understands his place, in the Mind of God, to work like a King, using all of God’s Royal Resources, Wisdom, Understanding, and Talents for Him with love, respect, creativity and obedience. God gives His Master Servant assignments to complete so that they may prove themselves as wonderful, worthy,  workers, ready to receive their Heavenly Rewards.  On average people can practice learning from God during their lifespan, as God will judge His Good and Faithful Servants.

The Devil

The devil was once God’s best master servant until pride and arrogance took over his mind and he tried to overthrow God.  One third of the angels and satan was thrown out of Heaven onto the earth, until God passes judgement of hell and the new order.  People who follow folly will seriously scorch with satan for eternity. End of story. Are you really on the side of God or the side of the devil?  Test yourself, who do you act like?
Today’s Question
Who’s Mind do you want to have, The Good Mind of God or the evil mind of satan?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Luke 20New International Version (NIV)

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

20 One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”
So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

The Parable of the Tenants

He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone’[a]?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest himimmediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

The Resurrection and Marriage

27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’[b] 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

41 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David?42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms:
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
43 until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”’[c]
44 David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
Jonathan

The Twisted Talk

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“The Spin Doctor’s ways have a double minded heart, saying the truth, but secretly loving the lies of luxury, lust, disobedience, and laziness.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Find Yourself

When you find yourself knowing and telling the truth, yet doing the opposite of what God would have you to do, you are in contempt and walking down the wrong path.  Stop, look at the truth and do the Truth with love, with humility.  If you are always mad, upset, and complaining, something is wrong with your love in your heart.  Where is your forgiveness, kindness, and compassion?  Find yourself in a quiet place, change your behavior and see the blessings God has for you and your family, when you do the work like God suggest and commands! Otherwise you are a lying thief.

You Are Late


Get up early, prepare, and leave early to arrive at work each day, EARLY.  Finish your assignments early and enjoy the peace of not having stress from your own mess!  Or be disobedient and see what happens next.  Can you run a business that says, store hours are at 9:00 AM and you consistently arrive late to open up shop?  People would think that you are a sorry owner.  Employers think the same about it’s employees, who are always late.  You will be forced out of business or lose your job,  because of your disobedience. Respect your blessing, your job, and take it seriously, before you lose it.  Stop teaching your kids these bad habits!  They are watching you!

The Good Twist

Let God spin your life around with His commandments and watch how He spins your mess into success, as you listen and obey, doing the right things.  Change into what God wants you to become, looking at yourself transform from inside out.  Stop pointing fingers and placing the blame for your mess on someone else. You are your own responsibility to follow Christ and not get caught up into your worldly success, house, car, money, fashion, jewelry, power and greed.  Good Growth comes with God’s Good Twist, not your own twisted thinking!
Today’s Question
Are you exalting yourself or exalting God with His Truth, Peace, single in heart, mind, works, words and deeds?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Luke 19New International Version (NIV)

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’
19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’
22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

Jesus at the Temple

45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’[c]; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]
47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
Jonathan

The good soul shack

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote

“Practice and get some lessons on how to take good care of your soul shack at home so that you may be prepared to take good care of your mansion in Heaven.”  ~  Jon Barnes

The Good Salt

You need some Good Salt to take care of your Good Shack to keep it clean, organized and ready for Good Work.  There is no substitute for Good Practice with finding Good Solutions in doing your Good Deeds. Indeed, it is not the intention of an evil person to do Good Deeds.  Ergo, be the Good Salt and spread it around so that it may be found all around your work, life, and home.  God will reward you.  However, Dead Bodies with Vultures live in The Dead Soul Shacks.

You Good Gifts

Enjoy the Good life God has given you along with His Good Salt to use for cleaning up your Good Shack. You want to maintain Good Standing with your personal housekeeping so that God will credit you your Good Mansion of eternity.  Is your Soul Shack Ready?  Well, this is how you prepare. Take One Good step at a time, which is the beginning of a thousand more good steps. So keep stepping to the finish line, using all of your time to learn from God and share it abroad, Since Jesus is LORD!

Disciplined Discipleship

Good Growth is determined by disciplined discipleship as we all prepare the soil, plow, labor,  plant seeds, water, weed, maintain, harvest, and sell fresh products so that others may buy, sell, and eat for themselves.  We cannot keep all of the profits for ourselves, while enslaving others to work and live miserably under our watch and care.

The Dead Soul Shack

Do you have a Dirty Dead Soul Shack?  We are accountable for keeping our Soul Shack Clean and providing opportunity to others, sharing the love, goods, and wealth God has provided for us all.  Don’t let evil be your god, dirtying up your Soul Shack! Dead Soul Shacks Don’t make it to Heaven Yall!  Don’t believe the Devil, who is the father of the Dead Soul Shack!  Disciplined Disciples have a Different Destination and Disposition to Deliver God’s Directives and Determined Duties, in a Delicate, Delicious, Delightful way, full of Truth, Hope, and Honest Love!
Today’s Question
Do you think God will give a saltless, bad, evil, dirty person a good clean mansion in heaven to dirty up and mess up His Real Estate?

Enjoy Today’s Readings.

Luke 17New International Version (NIV)

Sin, Faith, Duty

17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[b] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

The Coming of the Kingdom of God

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[c]
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day[d] will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife!33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” [36] [e]
37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.
He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

The Good Free Food

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Hi Peeps,

Quote of the day

“Life is Great but your priceless Soul is Gold and would you Give it Up for a piece of meat to eat; you’ve been sold? Enjoy Your Priceless Meal”  ~ Jon Barnes

Invite the Poor

We are all poor, when God is not leading and guiding us to understand his ways and commandments.  We are all worse than the a dirty person, who has not washed for a month, with body smell that churns your stomach to puke, if we don’t know God!  Invite yourself to God’s Grace and humble yourself in His space to taste the love of God at the table.  The Food is Free!

Your Rotten Meat

Why would you serve people your rotten meat, which you left out, uncooked, spoiled, and on your street? You picked it up, cooked it in your house, hoping no one could smell or tell, that your actions are that of a liar, headed straight for hell.  Your guests are all drunk and drugged up so they can’t really see, the meal they are about to eat, came from a dead person hanging from a tree!  What is in your stomach, what’s in your heart, you are about to see? You are rich indeed, so why is everyone in need?  Your fist are so tight, while thinking everything and everyone is alright, your soul is probably hell bound, tonight.

Innocent Blood

When you shed innocent blood, your sin rises above, and it is like eating the body of a dead corps.  Your mind and heart has no remorse, the blame and shame you pin on someone else, of course. The senses are numb, you smell like dung, and your friends look to find you, as they run.   You chose this table to eat, the meat that’s off the street,  your evil inside can finally reside with you in hell for eternity.  Or you can work for God, eating Fabulous Food For Free!  Enjoy Your Meal!
God is Good, so you choose the menu and facility by the quality lifestyle you led with or without God!
Today’s Question
Can you see the people in hell right now gnashing their teeth, wailing, moaning, and trying to tell you to change your wicked ways or do you see the Fabulous Free Food God has For You and For Me?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Luke 16New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
“‘Nine hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“‘A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,’ he replied.
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Additional Teachings

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Jonathan

The Good Clean Up

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Today, I woke up and I started to clean up in my bathroom and you can cook an egg on the floor, with new beginnings in store; Yeah Baby!”  ~ Jon Barnes

The Good Grind

“Today, I woke up and started to clean up,” is my new theme song, as I continually transform my life, to be able to receive the next assignments God has for me to do.  The Chant is personal and effective so that I will not get distracted and off task.  I think of my best stuff while cleaning, then I write it down.  Bless God! I don’t have time to be lazy.

The Good Gold

I found diamonds, gold, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and the likes all hiding in the big messy cabinets in the bathroom.  I struck it rich, finding all that I need and can finally use, now that I remember and can see what I have.  Many times we can not see our blessing because of all the junk and clutter the devil uses to hide the Good Stuff.  The Good Clean Up allows you to see what you have at home is, in fact, Golden! Your life is great, but your soul is Gold!  Now, get to work and take care of what you have!

The Good Glean

Your life seems to sparkle when things are organized, visible, clean, and ready to be used.  Look at how wonderfully the World looks from the Heavens and how God maintains a clean looking earth and all of his creations.  God is not a God of clutter, mismanagement and waste.  Everything has order, purpose, direction, and infinite meaning.  Look at the Good Clean up into the sky in the day and the night to watch, marvel and know that God is God, with a Good Glean! Ya know what I mean?
Today’s Question
Are you glad you cleaned up today or do you need to start like I did?
Enjoy today’s reading.

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Jonathan