Trust

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Trusting in God means taking responsibility for your thoughts, actions, and feelings. Most people would rather lie to themselves than do the work”~TB

Truth of the Matter

The truth of the matter is that through Christ you are set free. This means that you are unchained from the failings and snares of your previous existence. The sad thing is that many of you want to keep your handcuffs because it absolves you of being responsible for your deeds or lack thereof. You’d rather blame your minds and your feelings instead of admitting that you simply did not do the work. This is a hard pill to swallow for most, but if you make the resolve to take responsibility for your actions, freedom ensues. If you truly want to heal, you must start by owning your part of the equation. God will not run your race for you. He already did the hard part, now it’s time to do yours.

Embrace Discipline and Work 

Any type of success– be it reading the Bible or talking with God– takes hard work and discipline. That’s it. There’s no seance, no magic potion; just plain work ethic, and discipline. Why is it that so few people put in the effort? More to the point, why are you so quick to complain about God when you do not put in the effort to personally know Him? Humans are foolish in that you want all the benefits of Christ, but dread putting in the work to cultivate an honest relationship with Him. Stop embracing the ‘something for nothing’ mentality. Do you not realize the joys of walking closely with the Lord? Of course, you don’t, you didn’t do the work! Friends, there’s nothing more joyous and wonderful than being in the presence of God. Embrace the work and discipline to enjoy the best relationship you could ever know.

Today’s Question

Are you trusting His process, or are you trusting your fake excuses?

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Psalm 101

1 I will sing of your love and justice, LORD . I will praise you with songs.
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. 
3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. 
4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
5 I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. 
6 I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. 
7 I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence. 
8 My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the LORD from their grip.

Influence

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“If you seek an authentic relationship with Christ, be careful with whom you give your eyes and ears.”~TB

Deeds not words

Be wary of influential people who turn your eyes away from the Lord. While we can never truly know a person’s intent, if they prove to be a stumbling block for you, avert your gaze. Anyone can say they love the Lord, but if their actions do not match their deeds, should they really hold your attention? Be diligent in how you spend your time because what may seem like harmless fun is a pathway to foolishness and sin.

Your responsibility 

It is not your job to police the wicked. At the same time, it is your responsibility not to be influenced by them either. You can avoid many pitfalls and traps when you focus your attention on the Word of God. When that is your primary influence, all of a sudden, the beautiful trappings of the world, appear to be detestable and vile. Friends, do the work and uncover the truth for yourselves. Don’t be influenced by frauds who try and sell you on a broken lifestyle. God’s influence is the only real influence, pay attention.

Today’s Question

Are you influenced by righteousness or wickedness?

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Psalm 96

1 Sing a new song to the LORD ! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD !
2 Sing to the LORD ; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. 
3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. 
4 Great is the LORD ! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. 
5 The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens! 
6 Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary. 
7O nations of the world, recognize the LORD ; recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. 
8 Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. 
9 Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. 
10 Tell all the nations, “The LORD reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly. 
11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! 
12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy 
13 before the LORD, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.

Imitation

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Listen carefully to what people say. Pay even greater attention to their actions, because though wheat and tares grow together, only one produces good crop.”~TB

Glittered Feces

The world is full of cheap imitations, claiming they love the Lord. They loudly sing and dance, putting on a great show. They are captivating and alluring in this way. In the beginning, it will appear as though they are devoutly spiritual, as they smile and say the right things. Their lives seem opulent and for a time, they will appear to be prosperous and divine. But in time, their evil deeds will outshine their false personas, revealing that their treasures and virtues are simply just gold-plated crap. When you carefully inspect the cheap knockoffs, don’t be surprised if the smell is more than you can bear.

Leap to Destruction

Oh you foolish people, do you not see that you are dancing your way into the mouth of hell? Is the party that great that you’ve abandoned the Truth? You temporarily took the peace of Christ, but you rejected His teachings. So you pretenders, actors, and thieves, enjoy your feasts, your parties, and your fanfare. The curtain is coming to a close and the crops will be separated from the weeds. Friends, pay attention because the imitators do not truly know the Lord. And soon, it will be made apparent that He does not know them either.

Today’s Question

Are you devouring the truth or are you feasting on the crap fed to you by the imitators?

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Psalm 83

1 O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. 
2Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up? 
3 They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones. 
4 “Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.” 
5Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you— 
6 these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites;
7 Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. 
8 Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude 
9 Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. 
10 They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil. 
11 Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 for they said, “Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!”
13 O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind!
14 As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze, 
15chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest. 
16Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD . 
17 Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace. 
18 Then they will learn that you alone are called the LORD, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth.

Allowed

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“When the grace of God has allowed you to survive your youth to travel and work outside of your community, you can reflect and appreciate all the things you’ve learned and the new things God wants you to share and give back to all communities; which is just one big global community of love .”  ~  Jon Barnes

Pleased

I was pleased to see Christian churches in China during my last tour and I was thankful to walk a mile upon the Great Wall of China!  At the top of the mountain, I was able to play my carbon fiber trumpet, close into the Heavens.  As I played Amazing Grace at several different spots on the walk back down, the Chinese Tourist kept taking pictures and videos of this spectacular event.

Praying

Pray to become an effective instrument for God in a way that people can receive the truth easily, honestly, openly, and wonderfully.  There is no formula for doing the right things in life, but to follow the suggestions (Commandments) God has put in place.  I pray you continue to make the right choices and enjoy The Love.

Positivity

People in China positively love the interaction, music, and connection to my culture, talent, and expertise.  It is a pleasure to travel, express, and share the love of God with music, books, pictures, CDs, videos, technology, and more importantly in person with people all around the world.  God will allow your dreams to come true when you do the work of Faith First!!!
Today’s Question
Are you doing the Work of Faith first with your time, talent, tongue, and money with God’s Character and Ethics or does your fake faith looks like the house of a hoarder?
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Psalm 15 

A psalm of David.

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
    Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
    speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
Those who refuse to gossip
    or harm their neighbors
    or speak evil of their friends.
Those who despise flagrant sinners,
    and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,
    and keep their promises even when it hurts.
Those who lend money without charging interest,
    and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.
Such people will stand firm forever.

Love,

Jonathan

Wooden Cross

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“I wear a wooden cross given to me by two Russian Missionaries, working and preaching at a local church in New Mexico, because it is a symbol of the good work that I’m doing with Music in Education around the world.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Black

Since I wear black clothes with a cross around my neck, people assume that I am a missionary, minister, or priest. However, I’m just a good guy who loves to read the bible as much as possible, which is my reply.  Good people having fun should be talked about more often.

Man

As a minority, I am surrounded by New Mexicans, Spanish, and Indian cultures and I teach almost 700 of their children how to play the trumpet each week.  The music is used to build confidence, fine motor skills, problems solving, math, language, and they read my book in class.  Students respond to great information in all the same ways.

Mission

Since I hold influence, students are paying close attention to what I say and do.  My moral compass is under a microscope in every way to give an example of an honest lifestyle of character for God.  I have a lot to learn, as people are always watching you.
Today’s Question
As a humbled person, have you picked up your wooden cross to follow Jesus to inspire others to read and live by Biblical ethics?
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Esther 10 

The Greatness of Mordecai

10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores.And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? Mordecai the Jew was second in rankto King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
Love,
Jonathan

Google

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Obtaining good information is cool, but you still have to translate, digest, muse, believe, and correctly use God’s good resources in a manner that is acceptable to The Creator.”

Translation

What you do and say may not be good, unless God says it’s good.  Use God’s Google Search Engine to clarify and translate your thoughts into actions so that you can simplify your steps, order your path, and pass through the valley of nonsense that awaits you in the journey.  Misinformation, altered motives, and hidden agendas plague our cultures with large holes of misunderstandings, deception, poverty, greed, waste, lust, and the likes.

Interpretation

God’s wisdom shows us how to navigate into and through life as we share and live out the true meaning and translation of His Spiritual Commandments  into everyday living.  The story of our lifestyle will begin to read and reflect the wisdom we receive from doing the homework of reading, studying, practicing, learning, teaching, and growing together in unity.  Following the leadership of God and not our own imaginations will give you the cutting edge of successes that you seek.

Lifestyle

As a lifelong learner with God’s binoculars, you will begin to see The Truth like an eagle and beyond.  Then you will be able to see the proper moves to make in your decisions and plans.  Aligning and calibrating these choices with God’s plans is the process of your faith and good works moving in the same directions, following God’s love.  Google God’s Good Love each day to translate your morning inspiration, devotion, meditation, prayer, and motivate yourself with great joy.
Today’s Question
 
Are you transforming your life with God’s Translations and not your own imagination?
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1 Chronicles 8 

Descendants of Benjamin

Benjamin’s first son was Bela, the second was Ashbel, the third was Aharah,the fourth was Nohah, and the fifth was Rapha.
The sons of Bela were Addar, Gera, Abihud,[a] Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.
The sons of Ehud, leaders of the clans living at Geba, were exiled to Manahath.Ehud’s sons were Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera. Gera, who led them into exile, was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.[b]
After Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushim and Baara, he had children in the land of Moab. His wife Hodesh gave birth to Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam,10 Jeuz, Sakia, and Mirmah. These sons all became the leaders of clans.
11 Shaharaim’s wife Hushim had already given birth to Abitub and Elpaal. 12 The sons of Elpaal were Eber, Misham, Shemed (who built the towns of Ono and Lod and their nearby villages), 13 Beriah, and Shema. They were the leaders of the clans living in Aijalon, and they drove out the inhabitants of Gath.
14 Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth, 15 Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, 16 Michael, Ishpah, and Joha were the sons of Beriah.
17 Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, 18 Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.
19 Jakim, Zicri, Zabdi, 20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, 21 Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.
22 Ishpan, Eber, Eliel, 23 Abdon, Zicri, Hanan, 24 Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah,25 Iphdeiah, and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.
26 Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, 27 Jaareshiah, Elijah, and Zicri were the sons of Jeroham.
28 These were the leaders of the ancestral clans; they were listed in their genealogical records, and they all lived in Jerusalem.

The Family of Saul

29 Jeiel[c] (the father of[d] Gibeon) lived in the town of Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah, 30 and his oldest son was named Abdon. Jeiel’s other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner,[e] Nadab, 31 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah,[f] 32 and Mikloth, who was the father of Shimeam.[g] All these families lived near each other in Jerusalem.
33 Ner was the father of Kish.
Kish was the father of Saul.
Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malkishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
34 Jonathan was the father of Merib-baal.
Merib-baal was the father of Micah.
35 Micah was the father of Pithon, Melech, Tahrea,[h] and Ahaz.
36 Ahaz was the father of Jadah.[i]
Jadah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri.
Zimri was the father of Moza.
37 Moza was the father of Binea.
Binea was the father of Rephaiah.[j]
Rephaiah was the father of Eleasah.
Eleasah was the father of Azel.
38 Azel had six sons: Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.
39 Azel’s brother Eshek had three sons: the first was Ulam, the second was Jeush, and the third was Eliphelet. 40 Ulam’s sons were all mighty warriors and expert archers. They had many sons and grandsons—150 in all.
All these were descendants of Benjamin.
Love, 
Jonathan

Integration

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“After seeing different parts of the world, I can see the integration of cultural influences. I look at the US with a more focused lens, which allows me to respect God’s gift of life, liberty, and love more freely, deeply, and honestly.” ~ Jon Barnes

Punctuation

Stamps of cultural punctuations are seen in every city, country, and continent traveled because people share, travel, live, and learn new things all of the time. God’s image and face are stamped upon everyone with two eyes, a nose, lips, and a pair of ears. God’s face would look like the finest culmination of people qualities that punctuates perfection, the like we have never seen.

Proclamation

I proclaim that ignorance is not an excuse for not studying the bible to learn, share, and integrate God’s instructions of good living, wise planning, and fundamental truth about love. Whereas, living your life with honest dreams, goals, and values that serve, help, and protect others from evil, upholding real justice is a good thing. One should integrate, punctuate, and participate in the quality functions of God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy. 

Pronunciation

Kindly pronounce and articulate the gospel truth of love with your best work and actions each day to clearly communicate your self-worth and expertise to share, give, and earn a living, while helping others to see God in your life. Enslaving your family with evil intentions, bad habits, and wicked ideas is just NOT wise. Integrate what God has to offer and understand His ways of obedience, love, honor, and respect.
Today’s Question?
Do you honor and respect your Heavenly Father or do your ways and work integrate the opposite of faith?
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1 Samuel 9 

Saul Meets Samuel

There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land.
One day Kish’s donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, “Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys.” So Saul took one of the servants and traveled through the hill country of Ephraim, the land of Shalishah, the Shaalim area, and the entire land of Benjamin, but they couldn’t find the donkeys anywhere.
Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!”
But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.”
“But we don’t have anything to offer him,” Saul replied. “Even our food is gone, and we don’t have a thing to give him.”
“Well,” the servant said, “I have one small silver piece.[a] We can at least offer it to the man of God and see what happens!” (In those days if people wanted a message from God, they would say, “Let’s go and ask the seer,” for prophets used to be called seers.)
10 “All right,” Saul agreed, “let’s try it!” So they started into the town where the man of God lived.
11 As they were climbing the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water. So Saul and his servant asked, “Is the seer here today?”
12 “Yes,” they replied. “Stay right on this road. He is at the town gates. He has just arrived to take part in a public sacrifice up at the place of worship. 13 Hurry and catch him before he goes up there to eat. The guests won’t begin eating until he arrives to bless the food.”
14 So they entered the town, and as they passed through the gates, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the place of worship.
15 Now the Lord had told Samuel the previous day, 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”
17 When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”
18 Just then Saul approached Samuel at the gateway and asked, “Can you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”
19 “I am the seer!” Samuel replied. “Go up to the place of worship ahead of me. We will eat there together, and in the morning I’ll tell you what you want to know and send you on your way. 20 And don’t worry about those donkeys that were lost three days ago, for they have been found. And I am here to tell you that you and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes.”
21 Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and placed them at the head of the table, honoring them above the thirty special guests. 23 Samuel then instructed the cook to bring Saul the finest cut of meat, the piece that had been set aside for the guest of honor.24 So the cook brought in the meat and placed it before Saul. “Go ahead and eat it,” Samuel said. “I was saving it for you even before I invited these others!” So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
25 When they came down from the place of worship and returned to town, Samuel took Saul up to the roof of the house and prepared a bed for him there.[b] 26 At daybreak the next morning, Samuel called to Saul, “Get up! It’s time you were on your way.” So Saul got ready, and he and Samuel left the house together. 27 When they reached the edge of town, Samuel told Saul to send his servant on ahead. After the servant was gone, Samuel said, “Stay here, for I have received a special message for you from God.”
Love,
Jonathan