What it is

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Imagine what we could achieve if we were honest with ourselves”

It is

Having a relationship with God logistically isn’t difficult. Think about it. Reading the Bible, praying, treating others with kindness– these aren’t difficult things. Yet, there’s never enough time to pray or read, which are vital essentials to that relationship. Even better, we tell ourselves we have valid reasons as to why we aren’t doing these things. Funnily enough, many of us are well-read on what’s going on in social media, but we haven’t the faintest clue of what’s in the book of Luke.

What it is

We’re prone to overcomplicating/ over-reasoning why we don’t achieve what it is we need to do. Whether it’s cleaning up your room or spending time reading the Bible, everyone is guilty of throwing out a reason as to why the work was left undone. Then we feel bad, as though the guilt is enough to absolve us from our lukewarm relationship with Christ. Honesty is a tough pill to swallow. In order to get to know God, completing our missions and objectives are crucial. As I work on being black and white on how I spend my time, I find myself unburdened by anxiety when I honestly account for my day-to-day activities. I’ve learned that bottom line, I’ve either done the work or I didn’t because I didn’t want to. Nothing more and nothing less.

Today’s Question

Are you being intentional in your time with God or are you tired?

 

Enjoy the reading

Clean and Unclean Food

1 You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead, 
2for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession. 
3 Do not eat any detestable thing. 
4 These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 
5 the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep. 
6You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. 
7 However, of those that chew the cud or that have a divided hoof you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the hyrax. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you. 
8 The pig is also unclean; although it has a divided hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses. 
9 Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales. 
10 But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.
11 You may eat any clean bird. 
12 But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 
13 the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon, 
14 any kind of raven, 
15the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,
16 the little owl, the great owl, the white owl, 
17 the desert owl, the osprey, the cormorant, 
18 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. 
19 All flying insects are unclean to you; do not eat them. 
20 But any winged creature that is clean you may eat. 
21 Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to the foreigner residing in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to any other foreigner. But you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.

Tithes

22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 
23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. 
24 But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away), 
25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose. 
26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice. 
27 And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. 
28 At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 
29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Waywardness 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“We tend to use fancy words and phrases to describe our insubordinate, deviant, wicked, behaviors, habits, and ideas to sell and use so that we can con others into thinking that breaking the rules is okay.” ~ Jon Barnes

Recalcitrance

In general, when your life is not going well, you need to get rid of something that is evil in your lifestyle and you must get rid of that behavior too. Your lack of cooperation with God and His standards is obvious, as you continue to rebel and break God’s laws. You are not blessed, but cursed by your own hands and actions. Honest mistakes can happen, but habitual lies, stealing, cheating, and recalcitrance will keep you walking in the dark with the devil in a trance, thinking you are going to heaven, but going to hell. 

Obstinate  

God places the right people, teachers, Christians, and mentors in our lives but many refuse to do the right things and obey with honor and discipline.  We follow our friends, drinking buddies, drug buddies, perverted buddies to the barrooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and anywhere to find a good time, at the expense of your relationship with God and honoring His lifestyle. The best way to do Good is to follow the good path God has set for you to repentance, simplicity, honesty, quality service, humility, and forgiveness. People who are difficult to manage and habitually walk is the way of darkness will be judged by God.

Account

Many people will be held accountable to a higher degree because they knew better and chose to ignore God’s principles and conditions. Stubbornly being resistant to God’s Authority and love with defiance flowing in your veins, they will net an easy access and direct path to hell. Enjoy the path of your faith and actions and be clear which direction you are headed in. Only you can take each step for yourself away from God or towards Him. Did you comprehend that?
Today’s Question
Do you have somewhere to hide so God cannot find you in your waywardness or will you yield to God’s Spirit, boundaries, and faithfulness?
Enjoy The Readings

Numbers 34

Boundaries of the Land

34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your special possession, these will be the boundaries. The southern portion of your country will extend from the wilderness of Zin, along the edge of Edom. The southern boundary will begin on the east at the Dead Sea.[a] It will then run south past Scorpion Pass[b] in the direction of Zin. Its southernmost point will be Kadesh-barnea, from which it will go to Hazar-addar, and on to Azmon. From Azmon the boundary will turn toward the Brook of Egypt and end at the Mediterranean Sea.[c]
“Your western boundary will be the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.
“Your northern boundary will begin at the Mediterranean Sea and run east to Mount Hor,then to Lebo-hamath, and on through Zedad and Ziphron to Hazar-enan. This will be your northern boundary.
10 “The eastern boundary will start at Hazar-enan and run south to Shepham, 11 then down to Riblah on the east side of Ain. From there the boundary will run down along the eastern edge of the Sea of Galilee,[d] 12 and then along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea. These are the boundaries of your land.”
13 Then Moses told the Israelites, “This territory is the homeland you are to divide among yourselves by sacred lot. The Lord has commanded that the land be divided among the nine and a half remaining tribes. 14 The families of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh have already received their grants of land 15 on the east side of the Jordan River, across from Jericho toward the sunrise.”

Leaders to Divide the Land

16 And the Lord said to Moses, 17 “Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun are the men designated to divide the grants of land among the people. 18 Enlist one leader from each tribe to help them with the task. 19 These are the tribes and the names of the leaders:
Tribe Leader
Judah Caleb son of Jephunneh
20 Simeon Shemuel son of Ammihud
21 Benjamin Elidad son of Kislon
22 Dan Bukki son of Jogli
23 Manasseh son of Joseph Hanniel son of Ephod
24 Ephraim son of Joseph Kemuel son of Shiphtan
25 Zebulun Elizaphan son of Parnach
26 Issachar Paltiel son of Azzan
27 Asher Ahihud son of Shelomi
28 Naphtali Pedahel son of Ammihud
29 These are the men the Lord has appointed to divide the grants of land in Canaan among the Israelites.”
Love,
Jonathan

Don’t See

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Your Greed, Lust, and Pride does not allow you to appreciate, experience, and see what your Father God Provides for you right before your very Eyes.” ~ Jon Barnes

Think

You have developed a lifetime worth of bad habits, full of fat repetitious behavior, based on your own thoughts, ideas, traditions, and works that are evil, selfish, or wrong, because God’s ways of love are missing in your mind! Your wicked heart makes every excuse to block the mind, body, and soul to use God’s Good work and ways of righteousness.

Thank

You should thank God for the devil’s process, so that you may learn from God and clean up your mess and allow your heart to process the truth. Thank God for a mind that listens to develop a loving heart that transitions into a repenting, mature, masterpiece of God’s Working Spit Art, which will allow you access into the Gate of Heaven.

Thunk

Avoiding and running from your clean up job with Love is not progress, because the richness of Lust, Pride and Greed has an empty thunk sound of need, in the trunk of your soul, ringing for eternity in want. All the power, money, fame, talent, and fake feelings of bliss, is just a technological misappropriation of true love, with a hollow front. Trumped by your own empty shell games, your greed has been sold and now returns to claim your evil soul’s remains in the thunk, trumped sound of Hell and perpetual pain.
Today’s Question
How can you see the truth in God’s Love, since you are using the devil’s eyes of Lust, Greed, and Pride?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Genesis 29

Jacob Arrives at Paddan-Aram

29 Then Jacob hurried on, finally arriving in the land of the east. He saw a well in the distance. Three flocks of sheep and goats lay in an open field beside it, waiting to be watered. But a heavy stone covered the mouth of the well.
It was the custom there to wait for all the flocks to arrive before removing the stone and watering the animals. Afterward the stone would be placed back over the mouth of the well. Jacob went over to the shepherds and asked, “Where are you from, my friends?”
“We are from Haran,” they answered.
“Do you know a man there named Laban, the grandson of Nahor?” he asked.
“Yes, we do,” they replied.
“Is he doing well?” Jacob asked.
“Yes, he’s well,” they answered. “Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the flock now.”
Jacob said, “Look, it’s still broad daylight—too early to round up the animals. Why don’t you water the sheep and goats so they can get back out to pasture?”
“We can’t water the animals until all the flocks have arrived,” they replied. “Then the shepherds move the stone from the mouth of the well, and we water all the sheep and goats.”
Jacob was still talking with them when Rachel arrived with her father’s flock, for she was a shepherd. 10 And because Rachel was his cousin—the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother—and because the sheep and goats belonged to his uncle Laban, Jacob went over to the well and moved the stone from its mouth and watered his uncle’s flock. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and he wept aloud. 12 He explained to Rachel that he was her cousin on her father’s side—the son of her aunt Rebekah. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban.
13 As soon as Laban heard that his nephew Jacob had arrived, he ran out to meet him. He embraced and kissed him and brought him home. When Jacob had told him his story, 14 Laban exclaimed, “You really are my own flesh and blood!”

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

After Jacob had stayed with Laban for about a month, 15 Laban said to him, “You shouldn’t work for me without pay just because we are relatives. Tell me how much your wages should be.”
16 Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. 17 There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes,[a] but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face. 18 Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.”
19 “Agreed!” Laban replied. “I’d rather give her to you than to anyone else. Stay and work with me.” 20 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.
21 Finally, the time came for him to marry her. “I have fulfilled my agreement,” Jacob said to Laban. “Now give me my wife so I can sleep with her.”
22 So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood and prepared a wedding feast.23 But that night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24 (Laban had given Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.)
25 But when Jacob woke up in the morning—it was Leah! “What have you done to me?” Jacob raged at Laban. “I worked seven years for Rachel! Why have you tricked me?”
26 “It’s not our custom here to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn,” Laban replied. 27 “But wait until the bridal week is over; then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.”
28 So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too. 29 (Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid.) 30 So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years.

Jacob’s Many Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive. 32 So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[b] for she said, “The Lord has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me.”
33 She soon became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. She named him Simeon,[c] for she said, “The Lord heard that I was unloved and has given me another son.”
34 Then she became pregnant a third time and gave birth to another son. He was named Levi,[d] for she said, “Surely this time my husband will feel affection for me, since I have given him three sons!”
35 Once again Leah became pregnant and gave birth to another son. She named him Judah,[e] for she said, “Now I will praise the Lord!” And then she stopped having children.
Love,
Jonathan

My Mistakes

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Hi Peeps,

 

Today’s Quote

“Funny, we are all alike, yet still different enough to think differently. Our wrong is never right, as we all look and act the same.” Jon Barnes

Misinterpret

My actions and judgements are misguided and wrong when I do not communicate effectively with God, family and people. It is my responsibility to engage and master the tools of life with all that I have.  Our laziness prevent us from digging deeper past the amount of work that it takes to simply make a true statement, phone call, or write a love letter explaining our position.

Misunderstand

We encourage mistakes by not allowing ourselves time to check, re-read, re-focus, and recalculate our ability and effectiveness to love each other. The proof is in your own writing, works, words, charity, dreams, and reality, based on your love for God and His good work of faith in your life; or the lack of love and faith. I have learned to blame myself for my own misinterpretations of the obvious, truth of simplicity. We are all dumb! Wise up.

Miscalculation

I can’t miscalculate the truth of how frail humanity is and I refuse to understate God’s infinite Grace, Glory, Power, and Mercy. I will not slip in my thinking by omitting God’s 10 commandments from my lifestyle of love to share with everyone. Your daily blunders and oversights will not change the outcomes of God’s Infinite Wisdom, Understanding, and Facts of things to come. Recycle your junk, mistakes, evil, sin, and trash by giving it back to God through repentance, so that He can recycle your blunders and credit your soul with a heavenly slot and plot of land.
Today’s Question
Did you miscalculate how to land your soul’s rocket launch to Heaven, through the pearly gates or did you buy the wrong rocket fuel for take off?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

James 3

Taming the Tongue

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Love,
Jonathan

Donald’s Trumpet

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“I can’t wait to take lessons from The Cat, Michael the Archangel, who is the leader of all the angels of the army of God in Heaven; as I will be listening to how cool he plays the trumpet sound, in the new age to come.”

Michael’s Trumpet

It is cool how God chose the Trumpet to represent his Voice and Call to arms in the epic final battle of the age to come, when we all can witness the final chapter of understanding, truth, and justice to God’s Story. Which army will you play and fight with? This fight should be quick and rather painless, as the mouth of hell opens up for the last time consuming all of it’s participants and flesh patriots of pleasure, lust, greed, sin, and the likes.

Sign Me Up

Sign me up for some lessons so I can learn all about God’s Trumpet Business and how I can be a part of His army of Swinging Orchestral, Celestial Cats, Rockin’ in the United Band of Lights and Feathers. Flying into Heaven’s Pearly Gates will be a sight to behold, with my new axe in hand, being permanently hard wired into the mind, soul, body, and spirit of God, who is all things, and in all things musical forever.

The Vibe

Experiencing the Heavenly Vibe of God must be the kind of wonder that words, works, feelings, pictures, music, thoughts, or any other chemical, sensory or neurological process human process can not grasp. Don’t settle for a lowly fake substitute teacher of God’s Ways. Study from God directly from His Book to get His Vibe and practice among friends who participate, read, pray, and do the good work of Faith. Get your Trumpet and start practicing Now!
Today’s Question
Will God give you a Trumpet (or a position) to Play in His Army of ONE or will there be heat, wailing, and gnashing of teeth for you?

2 Thessalonians 1

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

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,[b] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Love,

Jonathan

Thankful Moments

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Each second that you get a chance to breath, communicate, make music, create, help, Love, and do good work for God is a Thankful Moment in time, which is to your credit of for Worship, honor, and Truth in your Faith Walk.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Alone

What you do for God is not always seen or readily understood by others.  However, God Knows that you are thankful.  We don’t go around with a sign that says, “hey, look at me doing good work”.  Your work speaks to God for itself.  It is the good work that activates your faith and pleases God, when you walk in faith.

Share Thanksgiving

We are thankful because we share the Good News of God in our lifestyle, which talks to the people all around us. Your words mean nothing when you cannot back them up with your faith in action.  Faith in action is sharing and caring with thanksgiving in action.

Stay Happy

I stay Happy because I am alive and can make someone else happy with the quality work that I do.  Pretend that God is always standing over you, and your perspective will change your work ethic. God’s love activates the “Stay Happy” feeling in your heart when you go through the storms at work, while relaxing, on the job, at church, or on vacation.  My Grandmother always had a beautiful loving smile.
Today’s Question
Do you look unhappy and unhealthy because you are not thankful to God for your life, faith, family and work?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Colossians 4

Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Further Instructions

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Final Greetings

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant[a] in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[b] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[c]among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
Love,
Jonathan

The Roman Life Parallel

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It is a blessing to positively respond to the good deeds of hard working innocent people, because you are responding directly to God, His Will, His Faith, and His LAW!”  ~ Jon Barnes

The Roman Heart

God cuts into your heart and fills it with His Spirit of love, truth, and kindness; but you can turn it into the heart of a Roman Stone, by ignoring God’s commandments, ways, and lifestyle.  Dishonor is at your door because you know the truth and refuse to obey or listen to what God is telling you.  You are always right and everyone else is wrong. God only talks to you and no one else.  Like a stone, you no longer have a way to hear from God, even when you think you do.  How can a loving christian even talk to a stone cold mature, righteous christian?

The Roman Stone

Beware of the Roman Stone that clogs up the arteries, the mind, the heart, and the soul of reason so that all communication from God is cut off from you.  This is a self-inflicted wound of pride before the fall with your path set in front of us all.  As we try to help and communicate, your eyes and ears are wide open, yet your mind, body, heart, and soul and cut off in an isolated state.  God will say, depart from me as I knew you not, when you say “Lord LORD look at all I did for you, look at what I gained, and look at what I GOT!”  The Roman Stone will make you believe that you are right and righteous, when you are not.  None of us are righteous; God will judge you.

The Cut Off

The devil has cut you off from your loved ones and you are all alone, because you are too arrogant, sorry, and lazy to pick up the phone and ask for help from your christian brothers and sisters .  You don’t want help, advice, or a prayer indeed, because your poop doesn’t stink and your blood no longer bleeds like the rest of us.  You lie, cheat, and steal, since no one is in sight, your sinful – so called christian ways may send you to hell tonight.  So, get on your knees, on the phone, or at church with a friend to help you intercede, and find your way back to God again, indeed.  Uphold the Laws of God and get rid of your roman stone.
Today’s Question
Is God’s Wrath upon you and how would you know this, unless God sends a messenger to set you straight; If God Still loves you?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Romans 3New International Version (NIV)

God’s Faithfulness

What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.
What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak
    and prevail when you judge.”[a]
But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!

No One Is Righteous

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11     there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.”[b]
13 “Their throats are open graves;
    their tongues practice deceit.”[c]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[d]
14     “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[e]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[f]
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g]
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faithin[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Love,
Jonathan