Usage

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Hi Peeps
Today’s Quote
“Learn to use and take the negative things in life to fuel the positive things you will do so that you can avoid unnecessary mistakes as you perfect better ideas, communication skills, and work ethics.” ~ Jon Barnes

Switch

Turn on the light switch of your mind to analyze your own behavior, discipline, practices, and goals so that the work you do reflects the value you seek. Create the formula that works for you, write it down, perfect it, and maintain your growth and development. Turn on Good Habits and turn off Bad Habits with God’s Help!

OFF

It is too easy to become lazy, by turning off your mind and responsibilities with technology so you have to balance the physical world of God’s reality and movement with the convenience of cell phones, technology, access, and computers. Use the OFF or DELETE button to rid yourself of unwanted advances of ignorance and evil traps that are planted near your goals.

ON

Right On!  Your good habits should stay programmed in your mind to stay on, which will help you to over ride the bad ones that may try to emerge in the future. Safety switches are in place if you access them by communicating with God, your parents, and other wise people who are full of love.  Good answers are hard to find from bad people, so that’s how you learn what not to do! Don’t listen to the devil, obey God!
Today’s Question
Do you use your time wisely to get the work done or are you just faking it with the lights turned off sitting in the dark?
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Leviticus 3

Procedures for the Peace Offering

“If you present an animal from the herd as a peace offering to the Lord, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects. Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and slaughter it at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[a] Then Aaron’s sons, the priests, will splatter its blood against all sides of the altar. The priest must present part of this peace offering as a special gift to the Lord. This includes all the fat around the internal organs, the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,and Aaron’s sons will burn them on top of the burnt offering on the wood burning on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
“If you present an animal from the flock as a peace offering to the Lord, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects. If you present a sheep as your offering, bring it to the Lord, lay your hand on its head, and slaughter it in front of the Tabernacle. Aaron’s sons will then splatter the sheep’s blood against all sides of the altar. The priest must present the fat of this peace offering as a special gift to the Lord. This includes the fat of the broad tail cut off near the backbone, all the fat around the internal organs, 10 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys,11 and the priest will burn them on the altar. It is a special gift of food presented to the Lord.
12 “If you present a goat as your offering, bring it to the Lord, 13 lay your hand on its head, and slaughter it in front of the Tabernacle. Aaron’s sons will then splatter the goat’s blood against all sides of the altar. 14 The priest must present part of this offering as a special gift to the Lord. This includes all the fat around the internal organs, 15 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys, 16 and the priest will burn them on the altar. It is a special gift of food, a pleasing aroma to the Lord. All the fat belongs to the Lord.
17 “You must never eat any fat or blood. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation, wherever you live.”

Love,

Jonathan

Drastic Measures

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Over the years, I’ve gradually made changes, mostly for the better, but some miss the mark; yet the daily grind and effects of practicing good life skills and making good choices are tricky issues.” ~ Jon Barnes

Right Wing

Abusive behaviors can be measured when people are always taking something from you and not giving in return, taking advantage of people’s kindness, not caring about the well being of others. These shortcut, quick fix, get rich schemes are fake attempts at learning how to love and walk with God. You cannot push your responsibilities onto someone else, because of your personal gain. Strike a balance with the give and take to bless and be blessed by God and others. If you are the only one getting all of the blessings, while the rest look at your lifestyle, a bell should start to ring in your head, signaling something is wrong.

Left Wing

Behaviors of neglect allow dumb things to occur through laziness, lack of good communication, no focus, incomplete goals, unfinished jobs, no set boundaries of daily operations and allowing people to take advantage of you. Set some time aside to help others, but you have a job to do with fixing your own problems, planting your corn, watering, harvesting, and distribution. We all have our family farms to run, without bankrupting someone else’s farm or doing a hostile takeover. Ask God to help you balance your time and efforts.

Center


Center your attention on both hands, the right wing and the left wing to balance your efforts, prayers, faith, and good works. The experience you gain by learning, listening, and applying God’s wisdom will help you to fly and land properly in all directions of travel. Help, but don’t over do it, give, but don’t over do it. Eat, but leave some for tomorrow, exercise, but don’t break a leg. Love, but do not become a prostitute for evil ways and thinking. Drastic measures can seem gradual, on a daily basis, which is a habit that is hard to detect from within. Stop setting people up with high or low expectations, but set realistic long term expectations from God for yourself.

 

Today’s Question

How do you see yourself in the Balance of love, with God and people in the Center, too Much, too Little, or not At all?
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Exodus 2

The Birth of Moses

About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.
Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This must be one of the Hebrew children,” she said.
Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked.
“Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.
“Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.
10 Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses,[a] for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.”

Moses Escapes to Midian

11 Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. 12 After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.
13 The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight.
14 The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?”
Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” 15 And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian.
When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. 16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came as usual to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father’s flocks. 17 But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds. Then he drew water for their flocks.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, “Why are you back so soon today?”
19 “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,” they answered. “And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.”
20 “Then where is he?” their father asked. “Why did you leave him there? Invite him to come and eat with us.”
21 Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife. 22 Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[b] for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”
23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God.24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.[c]

Love,

Jonathan

People Please

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Please Pray to Please God and promote proper asset management, simplicity of sharing, distribution duties, fair work, wages, clutter control, word wisdom, and appropriate actions of faith in God and not to People Pleasers.” ~ Jon Barnes

Responsibility

I try to focus my limited time and resources on completing the assignments that I already have on my plate. Yet my mind plays tricks on me to think that my plate is almost empty with nothing to do, looking for more work.  This is a trick of confusion and distraction to keep you from finishing your most important work.  Your time is limited and you must always remember this fact. Do not become a slave to Greed!

You, Not God

You are not God and we must all follow the playbook of life, The Bible, to navigate in the presence of God.  But, your angelic pilots licensee helps you to spiritually flow and fly around to work, help, and love others. However, you can not be all things to all people.  This job description is not in your pay grade. Writing helps me to stay on point, on task, working in my lane to move forward, without becoming overwhelmed. You are not a spy for the devil, so find your purpose and job.

Overwhelmed

Step back and take a look at what you have to share, sell, give away, and use to benefit others.  Waste management allows you to save time and money, while you teach, work, and live well within your means.  Your assets align up wonderfully to complete your goals and tasks, when you move them from the clutter of the garage, closet, or room to fulfill your purpose for God.  You have what you need! Please People, use what you have.
Today’s Question
Are you using what you have or are you knee deep in overwhelming clutter?
Enjoy today’s Reading.

Galatians 2

Paul Accepted by the Apostles

Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,[a] just as Peter had been to the circumcised.[b] For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. James,Cephas[c] and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.

Paul Opposes Cephas

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[d] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Love,
Jonathan

You know ACT

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“When you see someone doing the wrong thing, don’t follow them. Gently provide better solutions by doing the Right ACT and fulfill your duty!”  ~Jon Barnes

The Right ACT

We all understand right from wrong, yet we tend to choose the wrong things– following our human instincts of lust, greed, power, and other unfair acts.  These decisions are calculated, as we decide to go along with peer pressure, political ties, flawed government policies, bad leadership, and other schemes of deception.  The Right ACT are laws and commandments from the Bible that Trumps all other ACTS.  Did you do your part or are you following a fool; yourself? Listen, Obey, and Follow God and His Plan!

The UnFair ACT

Still life can be unfair, particularly when you are not prepared to deal with the loss of a loved one, job, money, house, car, savings, opportunities, and the likes.  As you navigate in life, don’t be arrogant and think that bad things cannot happen to you and be compassionate enough to help others in need when unfair things happen to them.  Be Kind as much as you can.  Save and stop wasting your resources so that you can be a fair blessing to someone else.

The Applications ACT

As you apply God’s wisdom, you will see changes in your life, goals and quality with your improved decisions, questions, and answers.  Stay focused on the Golden Rules to navigate around the same pitfalls that befall all of us, since the beginning of time.  True meaning will unfold right before your eyes and the scales fall off.  Let the rain of God clean the air and turn your sky blue, today. Get to work and stop following your own lies! Save, be still, and pay attention to God.
Today’s Question
Can you see clearly now that the rain is gone?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Acts 23New International Version (NIV)

23 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”
Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!”
Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’[a]
Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)
There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,”they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

The Plot to Kill Paul

12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”
16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracksand told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him to the commander.
The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”
19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”
20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrintomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”
22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.”

Paul Transferred to Caesarea

23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen[b] to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”
25 He wrote a letter as follows:
26 Claudius Lysias,
To His Excellency, Governor Felix:
Greetings.
27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin. 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment.30 When I was informed of a plot to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers to present to you their case against him.
31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.
 
Jonathan

The Good Act 1

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Adam and Eve were given eternal life, but disobeyed God, lied, ate the fruit and eventually died, which killed the Good Act of creation for mankind. Yet, God is clearly in Charge with an amazing Game Plan!” ~ Jon Barnes

The Death March 1

Since Adam and Eve listened to the devil and ate the fruit of Death, we all march to the Death Drum from their Disobedience. They had the perfect setup!  Before the first child was born into existence, we managed to mess up the perfect paradise. Why  do we enjoy talking to the devil and listening to his lies? Is life, the earth, the heavens, the truth and all it’s provisions and accommodations, so generously given to us by God, NOT good enough for us? Is the word choice a mental malfunction, mind game with pride that moves to overthrow and enslave, even God our Father, Creator? God is no fool and He is in complete control.

The Children of Hell

God’s gift of the perfect life was too great of a responsibility for us to handle and we failed the 1st test miserably. So God gave us about 10-20 thousand more years to figure things out and see if we could handle the honest truth of being responsible people.  We Failed again and The Flood killed everything on the planet except what was in the ark with Moses.  The hope was that we all would learn and pass on the stories to prevent future generations from becoming so wicked, evil, and nasty!  No such luck, as many of us would rather ride the hi way to Hell than to obey God’s simple, honest truth of love. The Good Act 2 didn’t work either!

The Good Act 3

Since evil grew exponentially in society again, God had to take matters into His own hands and create a God Child, Jesus, to live a sinless life, educate, perform miracles, die on the cross, raise from the dead, walk around earth for months, preach and teach; before ascending into the Heaven right before everyone’s eyes.  We now have The Good Act 3, The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit to help, lead, guide and direct us with connecting to God’s Truth and entering into Heaven by perfect choice. Provisions are set, yet many will place their bets on their own intellect and stupidity, bound sill for Hell! The best and last plan of God is in play. Three strikes you are out, Game Changer!
Today’s Question
Are you Thankful that God spelled the entire story out for us to choose, follow, obey and Love God, living Eternally with Him or to Hate God and live Eternal Death in Hell with satan? Play Ball!
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Acts 8New International Version (NIV)

And Saul approved of their killing him.

The Church Persecuted and Scattered

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.

Simon the Sorcerer

Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.

Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c]38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
Jonathan