The Good Writer

 

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“I always knew that I would be a writer, because I wanted to write about the Truth, God’s Truth.”
~ Jon Barnes


Long Time Coming

I would sit in my Grandfather’s church and listen to his sermons and respected his efforts to work for God. I would sit in my Grandmother’s lap, as a small boy, rocking away to the songs she moaned and sung.  Both their work ethics were enormously rich, full of hope, dreams, and passion for God.  They helped a lot of people and someone needed to write about these amazing people. My grandparents chiseled the message into my heart, provoking me into becoming excellent!
 

Positive Provocation

If you are not provoked by the memory of your parents or grandparents to become better, by doing the good work, then your life will suck, since you know better and refuse to read, listen, learn, and change from your wicked ways. Your clay will be broken into millions of tiny pieces by God, because you are of no Good Use to Him in His Kingdom.  Why are you so evil, hard headed, and stiff necked.  Why don’t you live out your true purpose?  Why did you give your life and soul to the devil, father of lies? Don’t be wicked, sorry, and lazy, fight! Now Get to Work!
 
Organic Outcomes
God created an organic outcome in Christ Jesus from the Cross to repent, change, and move forward in His Spirit, as true believers fighting the Good Fight of Love.  We all know the story and have made our beds in heaven or hell.  My love for you all is still pure, organic, and honest, whether you make you home with God or enslaved with the devil.  Organically, your soul will be fuel for the fire, with gnashing of teeth in Permanent Perpetual Torment or with God, seeing and knowing all things as He alone does.  I choose the Organic Option of Opulence, which is my Ongoing, Oval, Observation of God’s Obvious love for us.  know that your choice has been placed in the books and God knows your fate, right now!
 
Today’s Question
Since you know your fate, why are you living a lie?
Enjoy today’s reading

Mark 11New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Hosanna![a]
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]
18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples[e] went out of the city.
20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” [26] [g]

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

The Good Parent

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“My kids all constantly remind me how quickly I respond to them when they are doing good or bad works.  Still, some how, I can walk a mile in two steps to reach them, with an axe for a tongue, nail like fingers, and an atomic holy foot to keep them in line!”  ~ Jon Barnes

Weapons of ((M))ass 

As my children grew, I made sure they understood their boundaries and provided correction as needed.  I was around to execute judgment and I still am!  On my watch, my kids will do well and focus on God, or else they face the consequences of their actions. Now that they’re adults, we’ll get together and they laugh, reminiscing at the times when they got into trouble– knowing well enough their actions would bring upon judgment. Correction, when provided appropriately, allows kids to learn and understand personal responsibility.

The Atomic Button

Kids need to know that they are accountable for their actions and the fear of God should come over them when they see you are displeased.  Love, respect, and fear are healthy combinations and boundaries to establish and maintain wisdom, knowledge, and intelligence.  The Rod of Correction activated the Atomic Bomb in the minds of kids to learn and know that the truth is read!  The bomb was dropped every day because I was there to hit the Red button exploding new and wonderful learning opportunities in their minds to lead and guide them into God’s Truth. There is no excuse. Now get to Work!

Not Too Busy

I’m not too busy to spend time, talk, or have fun with my children and family.  They were taught how to read the Bible, respect God, and honestly do their best work with their best effort.  We have tons of fun doing crazy things, playing music, teaching, learning, sharing, and growing in love.  I am here to lead, guide, and answer questions while praying and pointing to God for answers to new questions.
Yet, we are not too busy to regularly spend quality time, living, learning, listening, and loving each other. Don’t be a Fake Parent, being driven by the money, business, opportunities, cell phone and computer, cars, houses, and boats, etc, while ignoring your own health, savings, responsibilities, and time management with God, your own kids, family, and life.  Live with Integrity!

The Rise of a Parent

Today’s Question
This is the job of a parent, teacher, or any other good person. Have you resin to the occasion or do you need a resurrection?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Mark 16

Jesus Has Risen

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robesitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him,just as he told you.’”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.[a]

[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

The Good Poet

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Express your Good Works authentically and honestly, with integrity.” ~ Jon Barnes
I Am Retired
I Am Retired
My working mentality expired
I work for fun, I’m getting it done
I’m well loved and admired
I volunteer in school each day
They still pay me as I play, (anyway)
The kids have fun, much work is done
my job is to stay out of the way
I am amazed
at what my kids are learning these days
They need someone like me to help them to see
There is a better way
The trumpets and musical toys
Brings students lots of joy
We play, singing games, Learning notes, fingering names, and memorizing reframes
My love is up for grabs
I give all that I have
They all are inspired, still I am Retired
The Good work is still fun and I am glad
The Good Walk
Going for my walk
To God I must talk
Put on your shoes, there’s nothing to loose
But a little fat to burn off
Going for my walk
Practicing what I’ve been taught
Breathe in the Fresh Air, let people stare
God will always be there
Going for my walk
Always seems so smart
To burn of some steam, you know what I mean
Shake off the dark
Going for my walk
Along the trees, touching the bark
Thank God for the air, cause He’s right there
How Great Thou Art.
~ Jon Barnes
Enjoy today’s reading.

Mark 15New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Before Pilate

15 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.
14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.
27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. [28] [a]29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”(which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b]
35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,[c] he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,[d] and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Burial of Jesus

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

Flagrant Foul

 

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Hey Peeps,
Quote of the Day

“I want my life to be better than the Fowl, domesticated chicken, who lays eggs, eat feed, pooping on everything, getting fat, and waiting around to be eaten.  Yet, I must maintain Good integrity in my thoughts and actions to live better than the Flagrant Fouls I see people commit against each other.  ~  Jon Barnes

The Flagrant Fowl

The Flagrant Fowl is a person that goes around committing flagrant fouls against people, employers, family, and friends at work, church, and at home all of the time, breaking the rules, making people wait, work, worry, and wonder about their work ethic and integrity.  These people say one thing and consistently do the opposite.  They refuse to change and admit their mistakes.  This type of lazy, inconsiderate thinking is what a Flagrant Fowler does. One must learn to listen and change from their evil way, which is true repentance.
 

The Fabulous Front

We see people look good, sound good, act good, and amass the best report of excellence to only find out that it was a con job.  From within, you can begin to see that the long term action doesn’t fit.  These people never want to lose and will try to win at all cost, committing flagrant fouls in every game they play in life.  It’s only about them, their stuff, and their money, and their pride. But, God knows your evil and your heart, so beware, you will not get away with doing evil.

Your Tiny Talent

Your Tiny Talent is not a bargaining chip to use as a trump card to omit scripture and commandments– disobeying God’s word.  Pride and arrogance makes Tiny Talent seem bigger than it really is. Your half truths will not work with a lying evil, heart as well.  Honest  and integrity is worth its weight in Gold, because we listen to what God has to say.  Just do the right thing all of the time, even when it is not popular and your talent will make room for itself.  Your talent is not you and it will not do the real good work or make you become a good person. Your heart is what makes you corrupt or good.
 
Today’s Question
Are you a Flagrant Fowl? 

Mark 14New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

14 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you,[b] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

The Last Supper

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”
16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”
19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”
20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 “This is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep will be scattered.’[d]
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice[e] you yourself will disown me three times.”
31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

Gethsemane

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[f] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!”and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.
51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked.64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

Peter Disowns Jesus

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.
“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.
68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.[g]
69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.
After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”
72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.[h] Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice[i] you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
 
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

The Good Copy

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“With the limited time that I have left in my life, it only make Good Sense to copy, imitate, and create Good Works that are inspired and learned from God, the Good Shepherd.”  ~  Jon Barnes.

You Are

You are God’s Copy of Himself, in His Image, we all were created to be like Him. Even though each priceless human copy of creation that is born with the gift of life may thrive,  God enjoys the unique qualities and variations of Himself.  Is the copy smarter, or better than the original? The devil thought so and lost!  What do you think?

Think on This

A Good Copy understands and learns from the Master Creator and loves to please His Father.  A Bad Copy rebels and hates instruction and will try to find a way to conquer, kill, steal, or destroy the the original owner, Master Engineer. Evil will try to find another way around the Golden Rules.  Are you evil, still?

The Good Copy

The Good Copy makes other Good Copies to get the Good Work done, by faith.  They know that following the Master is the only way to you can truly know Him and His Ways.  The Good Copy teaches, preaches, shares, gives, loves, and hopes that everyone will learn and live by the instructions of the Good Story from the Good Master.  This Good Cycle is a Good Thing and God will hand pick and select the Good Copies for Himself.  You should be that Good Copy.
Today’s Question
What and Who Are you trying to Copy?
Enjoy Reading today’s Readings

 

Mark 13New International Version (NIV)

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” 
2“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 
4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 
6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 
7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 
8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 
9“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 
10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 
11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 
12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 
13Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 
14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’standing where itoes not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 
15 Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 
16 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 
17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 
18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 
19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again. 
20 “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 
21 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 
22 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 
23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. 
24 “But in those days, following that distress, “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 
25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 
26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 
27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. 
28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 
29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that itis near, right at the door. 
30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 
33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 
34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 
35“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 
36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 
37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”

The Advantage

 

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Hi Peep
Quote of the Day
“When You take advantage of people, depending on someone else to feed you, because you failed to commit, developing your dreams, goals, and assignments of Good Works that you are destined to accomplish; you have been taken Advantage of by the devil.”
~  Jon Barnes

No Excuses

I had to look myself in the mirror and become the Best Dad in the World for my Kids!  I had to look at myself in the mirror and become the Best Husband for my Wife!  I had to look myself in the mirror and become the Best Teacher for my Students!  I had to look at myself in the mirror and become the Best Manager of my Time.  I had to look in the mirror and become the Best Solution to my Problems, All with God’s Speed and Help!

No Dreams

When you refuse to obey God, your life and dreams become meaningless because you enjoy enslaving, hurting, and destroying the lives of other people with your words, works, thoughts, actions, and your lies. Your lust for sin is so great that you would sacrifice your body, time, money, love, production, abilities, mind, and soul to work for the devil.
You chose to work for the devil because you do not work for God! As a result, you and the devil together take advantage of all of God’s Good Processes, resources and People to Plot your own Pretty, Pity, Party’s Pleasure Palace of Pollution, Promoting Propaganda of Pure chaos in every Path and Place you Proceed to Position yourself in and through.

No Position

You have no position with God because you are not His and He doesn’t know or recognize you as a Child of God!  It is better to be a Humble, God Fearing, rich or poor, honest worker, who loves God and go to heaven with a Position with Christ than to live like a Poor or Rich King on Earth as a servant of the devil, living a lie, creating problems, and hurting people.  Your choice and position is clear to God and God alone will have No Position for evil people in His Kingdom.

No Joke

Today’s Question
Is your life, job, and family a Joke to you or do you walk with God and His Blessings?

Mark 12New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
“But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?”
12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[b] to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
And they were amazed at him.

Marriage at the Resurrection

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.19 “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. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection[c] whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[d]? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared:
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.”’[h]
37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”
The large crowd listened to him with delight.

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
 
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

The Good Planets

 

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“God’s Real Estate can not be compared to anything except that your soul is worth more than planet earth by itself.  So can you guess how many planets God owns? No, you can’t”  ~ Jon Barnes
 

You Can’t Count

We have over 7 Billion souls living today on planet earth, which are all owned by God.  All things including the devil, belongs to God!  Since the beginning of time, name a planet that was made by the hands of man. Count how many stars man has placed into the sky.  How much oxygen have we created to sustain life on earth?  We can’t even count the grains of sand by the sea.

Think With Love

Think how much God loves you and values each soul of every person from the beginning of time and beyond.  We are incapable of understanding or determining how rich in love, wisdom, knowledge resources and assets of raw materials God possesses. We all belong to God, whether we believe it or not. God knows if you love Him and He knows when you will die and where you are going.  We should all love God with more respect, reverence, and commitment.

We are Blessed

We are the center of attention in the universe, which is God’s foot stool, the earth. All provisions have been provided for us, better than we can provide for our own families.  The floor of God’s room is full of galaxies and uncharted planets. Money is not necessary with God.  It is man who enslaved us with greed, lust, deceit, evil, lies or selfishness, which comes from the devil.  You are truly blessed, if you know and love God, because He first loved and created us.
Today’s  Question
Do you really Love God, your Father or your stuff?
Enjoy today’s reading
 

Divorce

10 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
“What did Moses command you?” he replied.
They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’[a] ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] and the two will become one flesh.’[c] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”

The Little Children and Jesus

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[e] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days laterhe will rise.”

The Request of James and John

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
39 “We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

Inside Out

 

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Hi Peeps,
Quote of the Day.

“Your thinking is Inside Out, when you clean your cup on the outside, leaving it filthy on the inside as you drink.”  ~  Jon Barnes.
 

Outside.

On the outside, it appears that we are thinking, praying, and drawing closer to God, but on the inside, our hearts and minds are living a lie.  As we confront the truth in love and obedience, my prayer is to become more honest with myself, with you, and God!  As a result, my attention becomes focused on cleaning my own selfish motives and doing the work of Love.

Double Minded

God hates a double minded person, who speaks the truth in part and constantly practice lies in reality.  We tend to hide behind our own agendas 99% of the time, calling on God for the big bailout or home run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Our double minded status is clear to God before we were born and it is up to you to see yourself as you are, before God judges you and your actions.  We know better but prefer the lavish look of the devil, power, greed, and lust.

News Flash 

Your mind is not Double Minded at all.  An evil mind is always focused on doing the work of the devil, based on your actions and not your snake-like, forked tongue.  You can lie to yourself all day long, but God is laughing at you and hell awaits like the sun shines each day. You dig? Consistent evil actions are digging two graves for you, as one is for your earthly flesh and the other is for your eternal soul.  Dig deep and draw out your own truth from God’s Word, before you die deep within your sin.

Today’s Question
Will you die twice for the same sinful price?
Enjoy today’s reading.

Mark 9New International Version (NIV)

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”

Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.
17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.[a]

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Causing to Stumble

42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. [44] [b] 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. [46] [c] 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where
“‘the worms that eat them do not die,
    and the fire is not quenched.’[d]
49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

Kale Yeah

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“You are what you eat and if you give a crap about yourself, you will do better. Kale Yeah!”  ~ Jon Barnes

Kale Yeah

The Earth is full of plants, trees, vegetables, herbs, and other natural things that were designed to help us, feed, heal,grow, and procreate to multiply on the earth.  Kale is 20 times more powerful than spinach and so I enjoy finding the best things to eat, drink, and supplement my daily nutrition. It is my responsibility to eat the right things.

Nature’s Timing

All things are recycled and reusable on the earth, even your soul, which will be burned in hell or chilling with God.  Your choice… oops, no it’s God’s Choice.  You see He is the one that will choose you, if you are honest.  Your timing, honesty, obedience, and connection to God and His Holy Spirit is your ticket with repentance.  In love, God knows your heart and judges us accordingly and He already knows your outcome, Now.  Now Then, do you get a clear picture of your fate?

In The Can

God has it all in the Can and He Can do all that He Chooses to do, without your help.  Can He?  Kale yeah!  LOL  The Master Creator is above all, knows all, and is everywhere all at the same time.  Time is held in His hand like a far, far distant planet, un imaginable by mankind.  We are allowed to learn, grow, and multiply, eating the crumbs off of the Master’s table to get a feel of love, independence, choice, and death.  We don’t know these things because we refuse to read the Bible and we listen to information from second hand sources.  Yes, we humans tend to be lazy, ignorant, and fake, hoping to pull one over on God Almighty.
Today’s Question
Are you trying to pull a fast one on God?  LOL!  It won’t work!

A side note:

Don’t take my word for it, read about God yourself.
Fake Christians will be judged more harshly, burning a little hotter than the norm.
Kale Yeah!
The funny thing is, I normally write my comments before reading the scriptures and when I read the scriptures, I see the Hand of God in what I wrote.  Bless God.
Enjoy today’s reading

Mark 8New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”
His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied.
He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, 10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
11 The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod

14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying,“Don’t even go into[a] the village.”

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Predicts His Death

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan

A Good Day

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote

“You are having a Good Day when nothing goes wrong and everything you do is your best work, focus, and love throughout the day. You simply Rock, Bless God!”

You Rock

You Rock when God fuels your fire with respect, integrity, honor, life, love, breath, depth, and good emotions to sprinkle on everyone in your path.  Your smile, your walk, your talk, and your actions all add up to success, savings, and simplicity at its best.  Sharing the Good Work, Good Life, Good Love and Good Stuff is a challenge, commitment, and lots of fun to see others smile because of your efforts.

God is Pleased

God is Pleased to see your hard work pay off and the seeds that you plant grow into fresh fruit, with lots of love, caring, and giving going on.  We are also given common sense to balance our energy, time, and talent to serve, help, and work in wisdom, with a steady hand and approach.  Your next blessing is based on what you sow right now.

Sow Now

So now, Sow NOW!  Stop eating up your seeds and sow them into good ground so that you may not starve in the day of famine.  The choices you make now can make you homeless tomorrow, so give God your life with your best effort, attention, work, play, prayers, and love.  Sow Now into God’s Good Ground of love and reap a King’s reward by obeying His commandments, laws, and lifestyle.  You’ll be glad you did.  Have A Good Day!
Today’s Question
Are you having A Good Day?
Enjoy today’s Reading
 

Mark 7New International Version (NIV)

That Which Defiles

7 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.[a])
So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”
He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
7 They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’[b]
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[c] your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[d] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[e]11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” [16] [f]
17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foodsclean.)
20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Jesus Honors a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.[g] He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[h] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand onhim.
33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Love Y’ all Madly,
Jonathan