Dominos

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The selection of dominos you choose in life is well played, based on the information you have received and use from God’s life skills of playing the game.” ~ Jon Barnes

Chances

God teaches us what type of moves to make with what is in our hearts, minds, mouths, eyes, ears, and hands. The placement of each movement, thought, word, deed, picture, and sound has a measure of value by faith that will work for your good if you pray, connect, ask, and work with God.

Choices

Your selections and choices are not God’s choices because your heart, mind, body, and spirit needs continuous training from the Holy Spirit of God, so that your light shine before people, with truth and honesty. The history of your choices becomes obvious to everyone that you serve God while playing dominoes in life.

Placement

Your scores are tallied in heaven in your holy bank account of love as you fulfill your destiny and purpose for God. Each move is strategic, necessary, well placed, and wonderfully executed, when using God’s word as a placement roadmap and guide. Making the best, honest choices in life with God’s love will help everyone play Dominos, the way God plays Universal Dominos. Stop cheating know the rules, and play fairly, because you are only cheating yourself out of Heaven.
Today’s Question
Do you speak with God about your universal domino strategies of love in your life?
Enjoy The Reading

Numbers 1

Registration 

A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle[a] in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month[b] of that year he said, “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops, and you will be assisted by one family leader from each tribe.
“These are the tribes and the names of the leaders who will assist you:
Tribe Leader
Reuben Elizur son of Shedeur
Simeon Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai
Judah Nahshon son of Amminadab
Issachar Nethanel son of Zuar
Zebulun Eliab son of Helon
10 Ephraim son of Joseph Elishama son of Ammihud
Manasseh son of Joseph Gamaliel son of Pedahzur
11 Benjamin Abidan son of Gideoni
12 Dan Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai
13 Asher Pagiel son of Ocran
14 Gad Eliasaph son of Deuel
15 Naphtali Ahira son of Enan
16 These are the chosen leaders of the community, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.”
17 So Moses and Aaron called together these chosen leaders, 18 and they assembled the whole community of Israel on that very day.[c] All the people were registered according to their ancestry by their clans and families. The men of Israel who were twenty years old or older were listed one by one, 19 just as the Lord had commanded Moses. So Moses recorded their names in the wilderness of Sinai.
20-21 This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and families[d]:
Tribe Number
Reuben (Jacob’s[e] oldest son) 46,500
22-23 Simeon 59,300
24-25 Gad 45,650
26-27 Judah 74,600
28-29 Issachar 54,400
30-31 Zebulun 57,400
32-33 Ephraim son of Joseph 40,500
34-35 Manasseh son of Joseph 32,200
36-37 Benjamin 35,400
38-39 Dan 62,700
40-41 Asher 41,500
42-43 Naphtali 53,400
44 These were the men registered by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, all listed according to their ancestral descent. 45 They were registered by families—all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older and able to go to war. 46 The total number was 603,550.
47 But this total did not include the Levites. 48 For the Lord had said to Moses,49 “Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites. 50 Put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant,[f] along with all its furnishings and equipment. They must carry the Tabernacle and all its furnishings as you travel, and they must take care of it and camp around it. 51 Whenever it is time for the Tabernacle to move, the Levites will take it down. And when it is time to stop, they will set it up again. But any unauthorized person who goes too near the Tabernacle must be put to death.52 Each tribe of Israel will camp in a designated area with its own family banner.53 But the Levites will camp around the Tabernacle of the Covenant to protect the community of Israel from the Lord’s anger. The Levites are responsible to stand guard around the Tabernacle.”
54 So the Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Love,
Jonathan

Allow

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“It is God, who allows the sun, moon, stars, and earthly provisions to exist and as Look Up into the sun, while swimming, I smile with thanksgiving, amazement, and respect!” ~ Jon Barnes

Look Up

Look up and enjoy the many blessings that God has given to all of us from the beginning of time, in this age. As God spins time forward, He stands still to enjoy the circle of His story, from start to finish. Our life cycle is but a quick sneeze or cough into the air, compared to the amount of time controlled by God in His Hands and care. Nothing happens that God cannot see, hear, smell, touch, feel, imagine, or taste. Look up and enjoy the infinite cloud formations of creativity and wisdom in God’s justice.

Stay Awake

Stay awake to notice the signs, seasons, times, and reasons for the things happening now and to come. God is in control of all things and the day of evil will not be fun. God allows choices to occur so that the grapes grow right. The season for squeezing the juice from the souls of these grapes will be out of sight. God allows us time to look, learn, and life the commandments, you already know, but many are pleased to sin, with words, works, and in deeds to challenge All Mighty God!  Stay awake in the debate, so that you can relate to the battle at hand for everyone.

Too Late

It’s not too late to study, work, and participate, so allow God to teach you a new language.  Each day you will learn new vocabulary to discern and use God’s Grace, Love and Analogies. My ancestors of old often preached and told the stories of fire and brimstone. Lying is the devil’s biggest workshop and if you belong there you ought to stop, his tree of Drama is in your life.  Stop, drop, and think, use the cup that Jesus drinks and flow with living waters before it’s too late. All things happen, because God is our captain and you, His Children, are not a mistake.
Today’s Question
Why does God allow us to Choose?
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Revelation 17

Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast

17 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
babylon the great
the mother of prostitutes
and of the abominations of the earth.
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority,until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Speed

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“Tempo and speed are of no concern to God, because all things are still to Him!” Jon Barnes

Tempo

The tempo of life is a variation upon the theme, yet life is the theme of today. Along with it brings the emotional message of the soul that is hidden, yet here to stay, forever.  Which focus will you commit to, the lifestyle to the Heavenly Rich and Famous or the lifestyle of the poor victim’s burn unit? Choose your tempo wisely.

Variations

We hope, live, and love with God’s truth and meaning to reveal the understanding and wisdom of God.  This honest theme is not like the fast, flash, and fleshy lifestyle of the world.  Our vapor of love should move slowly to enjoy every second of every breath we take, before our last one arrives. Still quickly getting the good work done, no pun intended.

Movement

The quality of your movement is directly proportionate to the quality of faith, love, and charity you have committed to God, with honor, quality, honesty, and care. You know that every movement that you make comes from the Power of God, which will get you there. Pray for God’s Speed and not your own speed! Enjoy life’s variations and movements in God.
Today’s Question
Are you being still for God so that He can teach you to become a fast, efficient, strong, love ant of goodness and mercy?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

2 Peter 3

The Day of the Lord

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s wordthe heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Love,
Jonathan

Roadblocks

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote 
“Many times we put stumbling blocks in front of ourselves, cutting off communication, thinking up lies, not listening, and imagining things that don’t exist, being dishonest with God.” ~ Jon Barnes

Blocked Choices

 Holding on to bad choices blocks good information from transmitting from the source of God’s Stories into your heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. When presented with the facts, we tend to build bridges to lies, always talking about and doing negative, nonproductive, and hurtful things. Our time expires from waste, distraction, excuses, and laziness, which prevents us from seeing and doing the true work God wants us to accomplish.

Blame Game 

We play games, blaming each other by leaving our assignments undone, running from the truth, and hiding behind the roadblocks that we have personally built in our disobedience.  Together we all build the perfect blocks to permanently shut down good work. The blame game blocks future choices because we are stuck with clogged arteries and our main organs cannot function properly to move clean blood and good information freely.

Mind Blocked 

 Your mind wants to search for the truth, but it cannot function well with old, inaccurate, and misinformation. We then teach each other, our children, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations how to enslave others with non-Biblical principals called tradition, that relates to all of us. Fortunately, the Spirit of God unblocks anything with love, obedience, kindness, long-suffering, meekness, gentleness, and patience, when we maintain our bridge and roadways with God’s ways.
Today’s Question
Are you paying close attention to see how good people use God’s lifestyle to break through major roadblocks in their lives or do you want God to use the belt on your butt to unclog your roadblocks?
Enjoy Today’s Readings

Hebrews 6

Warning Against Falling Away

1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so. 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

This Age

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Hi Peeps,

 

Today’s Quote

“Out of this age will be birthed an amount of people chosen for Kingdom business and it is your job to become one of the chosen by God to labor on His Farm!” ~ Jon Barnes

Unknown Numbers

God multiplies his creation of mankind so that he may choose the people who have hearts of love. If you don’t love God, then you don’t love yourself or your family, friends or enemies. Hell was not made for a fireworks display or any show of power, but for wicked lost souls to burn for eternity. Heaven is for those who connect with God’s spirit of love and truth by their faith walk and active works.

The few counted

Love the truth, and God will set you free to fly around in Heaven with the few He chooses to select.  Check out the manual to study and learn about the criteria and practical commandments needed for access into the Heart of God and His Pearly Gates. Follow the straight path of the few and avoid following long lines of wickedness and evil.

That Age

That age to come will be Glorious and God will set the record straight and will write down your name in his Holy Role Call Book of Life.  If you have not enlisted in His Army when you are alive, then you will follow the opposite path of the Pearly Gate; The Gate of Hell. Focus on getting your name placed in His book and maintaining a good standing of faith and good works to finish your personal race. Do not die twice!  That Age is on the other side of death and will come quickly for the wicked, who did not choose God as a true source of Love and Leadership.

Today’s Question

Can you imagine how many people there are in Hell right now, who would scream and die again gladly to tell you how not to go there? Imagine the volume of all of those voices at once; Hundreds of Trillions beyond comprehension?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Philemon

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:
Grace and peace to you[a] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Paul’s Plea for Onesimus

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— 10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,[b] who became my son while I was in chains. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.
17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refreshmy heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Love,
Jonathan

Helpful Hints

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Hi Peeps,

 

Today’s Quote

“Stop saying how hard it is doing good work, instead of saying look how much fun it is when you have completed the hard work with excellent quality. ~ Jon Barnes

 

Personal

Your quality of work is personal between you and God, with no place to hide.  Match your focus with God’s intentions and you will find success and happiness.  Focus your attention on money, fame, power, and fortune to find failure and emptiness.  This is a personal choice and I’m happy with what you choose for yourself.

Hard Choice

It is hard for me to be lazy and not do a Good Job, as if God is still in the room watching me practice, study, read, pray, play, work, or think.   My mind keeps God close in the Room, the devil is nowhere to be found!  When I turn on my TV, that is a whole different story.  As a result, I turn on the TV sparingly, as needed.  That struggle is real, so I just turn it off!

Easy Choice

Life is so much easier when I just do the Good Work and allow God to help, lead, and guide my day with excellence.  I come up with the best ideas, while helping, mentoring, and coaching others to fight off evil vibes. Let us not get stuck in the mud with negative talk, irrelevant questions, and lazy thinking.  Act out the right choices with God’s patience and practices.


Today’s Question

Do you enjoy the Helpful Hints of others, when God is trying to communicate with you or are you stuck in the mud of your past ignoring today’s assignments, goals, and focus?

Enjoy today’s reading.

Philippians 4

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.[a]
Love,
 
Jonathan

Naked News

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“True Love from God is Naked to the senses and operates above the mind and body’s physical radar, displaying radiant beams of light from The Heavens, which can not be seen, yet is perceived!”  ~ Jon Barnes

Visual News

From a scientific standpoint, vision is a chemical, neurological process that is logical and controlled by the mind and body functions, working together with the eyes and imagination of images and shadows of perception. We are visual creature and designed to be aroused, alarmed, or alerted, immediately.  This world works, functions, and processes daily life functions in this manner. It is cool, law and order or chaos, based on your choices.

Visceral  News

Visceral News is the study of God’s Love, daily writing onto your heart from the Spirit of God, lifted from the pages of His Bible, burned into your mind’s eye to perfectly orchestrate the music in your life, from the melodious new sounds in your head, shining and vibrating from the pores of your body, exhaling and inhaling God’s Spiritual Lifestyle and commandments.

Choice News

Choice News is the information you choose to write upon the flesh of your heart to determine the name of your God; Jesus or the devil. You will follow and worship your God each day with your actions and each breathe you take.  At the end of your last breath, you shall make payment to The God, who created all things, worshiping with God in Heaven or Burning with your fake god with satan in Hell.
Few will make the simple, free choice to serve and Love God, most will make their own complicated choice of damnation and destruction, naturally using their own visual lust, using 10% of their minds.  The other 90% of your mind is regulated by God’s Visceral Wisdom that you will never see because of your disobedience and foolishness.
Today’s Question
Are you walking in the path with the fewest visceral children of God or are you walking down the path of the many visually distracted, using only 10% of your minds for your selfish gains and 0% of your heart for God?
Enjoy the Readings.
 

2 Corinthians 5New International Version (NIV)

Awaiting the New Body

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan,longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God,who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Love,
Jonathan