Stronger Together

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Family is like a tapestry where each member is a fiber. Individually not as impressive, but woven together, quite formidable.”~TB

Work

I communicate with my parents almost every day. My dad and I will usually have talks after he gets out of school where we talk about God, opera, theories and everything else in between. I’ve had people praise how amazing my relationship with my parents is, but oh friends, it wasn’t always so. What people see from the outside is the culmination of years of work, trial and error.

There were a few years where my dad and I could not throw together a few sentences to each other without getting offended. Yeah, it wasn’t pretty. Looking back, it’s probably because we’re so similar. But, I have to thank God that we never gave up on each other, and eventually we hashed things out, cried, hugged, and moved on. These days, if we’re annoying one another, it’s probably because one of us needs a nap or needs to eat.

Tapestry

I like to think of God as a Master Artist, creating a unique and exquisite tapestry that are families. Each member is a specific thread or fiber, providing a layer of complexity and beauty to the tapestry. Sometimes those fibers snag and if you don’t allow the Master Artist to patch things up, what once was a beautiful woven creation becomes a frayed and tattered garment. Families argue, we don’t always treat each other as we should and in those moments, the opposition will whisper in your ear all of the reasons you should leave or not forgive.

Friends, remember that the devil’s job is to separate us and keep us on opposing sides. It’s easier to cause problems individually than in a unit. Divide and conquer, it’s an effective strategy. But if we can look at each other as God looks at us, we can look past the offenses, learn how to forgive and  not look for the reasons to leave, but remember the reasons worth staying. My relationship with my family will never be perfect. I’m prone to putting my foot in my mouth, ha. But, even in the tough days, I try and focus on the gorgeous tapestry that is my family and my, what an amazing creation from the Master Artist. He’s done a great work in you and your family too.

Today’s Question

Are you admiring your family tapestry or are you not able to see past the fray?

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Isaiah 39

1 Soon after this, Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a gift. He had heard that Hezekiah had been very sick and that he had recovered.
2 Hezekiah was delighted with the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did those men want? Where were they from?” Hezekiah replied, “They came from the distant land of Babylon.”
4 “What did they see in your palace?” asked Isaiah. “They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed them everything I own—all my royal treasuries.”
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the LORD of Heaven’s Armies:
6 ‘The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says the LORD .
7 ‘Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king.’”
8 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the LORD is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.”

 

Waters

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Notice how water travels in circles, currents, streams, oceans, ice, and steam to cut, clean, maintain, and deliver God’s message of sustenance and salvation.” ~ Jon Barnes

Travels

While hiking and traveling around the world, I noticed how the water keeps moving from the mountains into the seas.  Like air, it never stops doing its job of cleaning, circulating, and rotating.  No one can control the weather or its purpose, as it brings what the planet needs from God. Travel with God to get what you need and help others along the way.

Cuts

Notice how the water cuts into the land in such an artistic way that the Hand of God can be seen on the ground as well as in the sky, clouds, and Heavens.  Things are always moving, painting, blowing, and flowing like orchestrated musical visual notes of God’s daily compositions of all styles, with all cultures, and all creation.  Wash away negative attitudes and cut new opportunities with your smile.

Art

The art of God’s Ways can clearly be seen anywhere you go if you open up your eyes and mind to see His DNA and thumbprints on all things.  It is quite overwhelming because I would take pictures and videos of everything all of the time.  I had to leave my camera home so that I could just enjoy my mind, body, heart, spirit, senses, and eyes to capture the wonder and splendor of God’s Creations, Science, and Art to let God’s blessings and glory circle around my being.
Today’s Question
Are you studying, sharing, and appreciating God’s Art Forms on a daily basis or are you walking around incarcerated with electronics, cell phones, TVs, movies, and technology of artificial life?
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Psalm 59

For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Saul sent soldiers to watch David’s house in order to kill him. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

Rescue me from my enemies, O God.
    Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.
Rescue me from these criminals;
    save me from these murderers.
They have set an ambush for me.
    Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord,
    though I have not sinned or offended them.
I have done nothing wrong,
    yet they prepare to attack me.
    Wake up! See what is happening and help me!
Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel,
    wake up and punish those hostile nations.
    Show no mercy to wicked traitors. Interlude
They come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths;
    their words cut like swords.
    “After all, who can hear us?” they sneer.
But Lord, you laugh at them.
    You scoff at all the hostile nations.
You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
    for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
    He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
11 Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons;
    stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees,
    O Lord our shield.
12 Because of the sinful things they say,
    because of the evil that is on their lips,
let them be captured by their pride,
    their curses, and their lies.
13 Destroy them in your anger!
    Wipe them out completely!
Then the whole world will know
    that God reigns in Israel. Interlude
14 My enemies come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
15 They scavenge for food
    but go to sleep unsatisfied.
16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    the God who shows me unfailing love.

Love,

Jonathan

Done

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Today’s Quote
“People who love God are busy doing the work, studying the lessons, practicing, changing, growing, and going down that narrow road to Christ, but the many fake people are seen for who they are and their lifestyles stink with obvious stupidity.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Labels

The work of idiots does not need affirmative labels from my lips, because the actions of fools smell and look quite evil and corrupt.  Irresponsible behavior is irreconcilable and the accounting of thoughts in such work is in contempt to God.  Evil knows better and chooses to follow folly and defiant behavior.

Paintings

The reality of how well you paint God’s Word reflects upon your quality of heart, mind, body, and spirit that connects to The Love of God in your lifestyle.  The degree to which your love for God swims in integrity ripples like the waves at the seashore of life for all to visualize.  Constantly paint the Word of God in your heart, mind, soul, actions, and be done with the wickedness of this world.

Artwork

The artwork from your life, mind, and heart is handed out to the world with every breath you take, thought you think, word you say, and idea you complete.  Let every sentence paint a musical picture of an exhibition that God can be proud of and people will believe your truth and walk with God since your integrity is intact.
Today’s Question
If your own family doesn’t believe or live by God’s truth, how can you share or believe what you don’t even have or experience within your own family?
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Psalm 11 

For the director of music. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

Love,

Jonathan

Fairness

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“We love God because He is our father and loved us first and as His sons and daughters, he will make sure we get what we deserve.” ~ Jon Barnes

Full

We cannot see the full story of the sea is a person’s life. Only God Can. God is more than fair when you look at the full story and study each episode in the bible and compare them to your sea and storms in life.  It takes time to comprehend the ways of love and how God test us to see if we do what we believe in our sea of life.  God knows if you believe in His full story of faith, love, and works of compassion.

Organization

Organize your oil of love so you do not waste it on the ground. Give your gifts of love and make sure your loved ones receive them from your hands.   Insist upon giving you free gifts of love from God so that all can see the love of God in your lifestyle. You cannot understand the future of your choices until the fullness of the new day comes. Finish each day well with good intentions.

Order

Allow God to order your structure, approach, and unique talent to flow into the sea of life. Your life is a painting of God, a one of a kind piece of art, like a snowflake, cloud, drop of water, or air molecule that filters and recycles to help others in the process. Order your priorities to match God’s ways and enjoy the peace of God’s Power, Love, and Purpose. Be content and share to let God fight your battles.
Today’s Question
Do you love God and others so that you may enjoy God’s Fairness and Righteousness or will you take matters into your own hands, as if God needs your help?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Genesis 34

Revenge against Shechem

34 One day Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, went to visit some of the young women who lived in the area. But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her. But then he fell in love with her, and he tried to win her affection with tender words. He said to his father, Hamor, “Get me this young girl. I want to marry her.”
Soon Jacob heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter, Dinah. But since his sons were out in the fields herding his livestock, he said nothing until they returned. Hamor, Shechem’s father, came to discuss the matter with Jacob.Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the field as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious that their sister had been raped. Shechem had done a disgraceful thing against Jacob’s family,[a] something that should never be done.
Hamor tried to speak with Jacob and his sons. “My son Shechem is truly in love with your daughter,” he said. “Please let him marry her. In fact, let’s arrange other marriages, too. You give us your daughters for our sons, and we will give you our daughters for your sons. 10 And you may live among us; the land is open to you! Settle here and trade with us. And feel free to buy property in the area.”
11 Then Shechem himself spoke to Dinah’s father and brothers. “Please be kind to me, and let me marry her,” he begged. “I will give you whatever you ask. 12 No matter what dowry or gift you demand, I will gladly pay it—just give me the girl as my wife.”
13 But since Shechem had defiled their sister, Dinah, Jacob’s sons responded deceitfully to Shechem and his father, Hamor. 14 They said to them, “We couldn’t possibly allow this, because you’re not circumcised. It would be a disgrace for our sister to marry a man like you! 15 But here is a solution. If every man among you will be circumcised like we are, 16 then we will give you our daughters, and we’ll take your daughters for ourselves. We will live among you and become one people. 17 But if you don’t agree to be circumcised, we will take her and be on our way.”
18 Hamor and his son Shechem agreed to their proposal. 19 Shechem wasted no time in acting on this request, for he wanted Jacob’s daughter desperately. Shechem was a highly respected member of his family, 20 and he went with his father, Hamor, to present this proposal to the leaders at the town gate.
21 “These men are our friends,” they said. “Let’s invite them to live here among us and trade freely. Look, the land is large enough to hold them. We can take their daughters as wives and let them marry ours. 22 But they will consider staying here and becoming one people with us only if all of our men are circumcised, just as they are. 23 But if we do this, all their livestock and possessions will eventually be ours. Come, let’s agree to their terms and let them settle here among us.”
24 So all the men in the town council agreed with Hamor and Shechem, and every male in the town was circumcised. 25 But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, who were Dinah’s full brothers, took their swords and entered the town without opposition. Then they slaughtered every male there, 26 including Hamor and his son Shechem. They killed them with their swords, then took Dinah from Shechem’s house and returned to their camp.
27 Meanwhile, the rest of Jacob’s sons arrived. Finding the men slaughtered, they plundered the town because their sister had been defiled there. 28 They seized all the flocks and herds and donkeys—everything they could lay their hands on, both inside the town and outside in the fields. 29 They looted all their wealth and plundered their houses. They also took all their little children and wives and led them away as captives.
30 Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have ruined me! You’ve made me stink among all the people of this land—among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few that they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!”
31 “But why should we let him treat our sister like a prostitute?” they retorted angrily.

Love,

Jonathan

Childlike Minds

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The Mind of Kids need something More to do with their time during the day, away from the TV, Games, and Sports…  They must have MUSIC and Art Language to express Love; The sounds of Physical and Applied Science can be visually seen, heard, felt, smelled, touched, and tasted, with each Good Note.” ~ Jon Barnes          

Changed Mind

A child’s mind is developed from the actions of love from the heart of the parents, family, caregivers, teachers, preachers, government, leaders, policies, procedures, technology, and other influences of God’s Loving Provisions.  We abuse God’s loving provisions with evil, greed, lust, power, lies, and laziness, which is in the heart of every wicked person, who do not share God’s Love and ideas.

Loving Provision

Loving Provisions are stripped away from evil people, leaving them to die in their sins, making Hell a wonderful personal place of worship for eternity.  Loving Provisions are given to Good People who follow God and His Commandments in obedience to biblical lifestyle, knowing that the Richness of God and His Grace, Mercy, and Kindness will reward the faithful with the riches of LOVE. See what I’m saying, share the love!

Mature Minds

From the Heart, God speaks to your repented heart, by covering you with His Blood to wash away your daily sins,  teaching your mind and instructing your body to walk in Biblical Love.  Your light shines and your deeds walk before God in truth and in Spirit, that connects you to God!  Your daily work is of a Mature Minded, Child of God, worthy of Heaven’s Rewards! Otherwise, you are an evil child of Satan, capable of doing anything, avoiding God’s Truth and LOVE.
Today’s Question
Are you willing to pay the cost of disobedience and self imposed ignorance of an empty mind and veiled, dead heart?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.
 

2 Corinthians 4New International Version (NIV)

Present Weakness and Resurrection Life

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[b] Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Love,
Jonathan

Art of God

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The Art of God is full of His Heart, Full of Love, Music, Creativity, Composition, and Compassion, which drives life, science, math, language, technology, history, society, nature, physics, time, and galaxies for His children to explore in His playground. Be a child and study the Art of Play with God!”  ~ Jon Barnes

Stuck in Mud

You can be stuck in the mud or a pile of poop, licking, eating, smelling, and enjoying your splendor of corruption and evil gain or you can begin to understand and reconcile your choice of evil vs. good. Do Your Good!  Mud Thinkers pile it on thick, avoiding the Good Holy Water at all cost, so they can’t come clean with reality, responsibility, and duty to the God’s truth of their choice!  God doesn’t choose, you do: Yet, God knows your choice and future. Smell and know our Rightful Aroma!

Weak Minded

Weak minded people copy Bad TV, computer links, and bad behavior from home or social environments. Strong Minded people copy God’s lifestyle and receive comfort from Him to share with others. Acts of violence and ignorance rape our society of honesty, humility, love, and order so that chaos rules the land with our leaders.  Many Evil owners and leaders  play games with the economy, work, wages, stocks, houses, prices, oil, energy, and the likes to control and herd the masses into neutralized slave labored volunteerism.  Like frogs in a warm pot, we all swim, but should know better. Sincerely, wake up!

Your Mind

Your Mind is the best computer ever and no artificial intelligence will be able to control or out think it, unless you give up your right to develop and exercise your daily devotions and responsibilities to God with the mandate of Greater Good for mankind in our World.  Otherwise, you are trapped into the devil’s virtual reality world of lust, stuper, greed, evil, and weak minded dumbness.  Even a computer is smart enough to know that it has a creator- programmer- operator, with an  off on button. Save your time, mind, resources, and money to create and manage a better good for your future.
Today’s Question

Are you using God’s Artistic Mind to develop your mind and strategy for the future?

Enjoy Today’s Reading.

2 Corinthians 3New International Version (NIV)

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Love,
Jonathan

Act of Communication

 

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Hi Peeps,
Happy Thanksgiving!
Today’s Quote
“Communicate your problems with your parents and you’ll find solutions quickly, since God fearing parents will have God Given solutions. Communicate your problems to God in prayer, you’ll find your solutions immediately, if you are paying close attention. God is in control.” ~  Jon Barnes

Get To work

The ACT of working is your solution and direction you take, once you’ve communicated your problem.  Fixing your problem becomes an easy step by step process, since you started to step in your direction.  If you do not step, you will not move, work, or solve your problems.  Do the work, the research, prayers, and communication to move into your destiny of ACTS to perform.

Faith in Action

No action means no faith, with no commitment to complete the job.  Complete your education, lessons, reading, research, network, prayer, and communication efforts so that God helps you to reap what you sow.  If you sow nothing, what can you expect from God?  When you put your faith in ACTion, obedience is the catalyst  for future blessings.  Honoring God is an Honest Habit to have, living your faith in Action.

Acts of Art

Communication is an ACTive art form that moves in many directions, flows like water, and requires both parties to actively listen and reproduce the content in question. This exchange of information is like a rich tennis match, with both parties actually engaged in critical thinking, physical movement, and problem solving.  Your Faith is an Art Form of Prayer, Obedience, and Communication with God that promotes your love and respect for Him.  The success of your work is a direct result of your Faith in Action and Communication, productivity, and commitment to complete life’s art work for God.
Today’s Question
Why don’t you communicate with your loved ones more often to discuss how to navigate through God’s Commandments and Biblical Stories in your lives?

Enjoy Today’s Readings.

Acts 9New International Version (NIV)

Saul’s Conversion

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

Aeneas and Dorcas

32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
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