Each Generation 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Each Generation is responsible for teaching the next generation how to Love, live, and learn God’s lifestyle and commandments!” ~ Jon Barnes

Attention

Parents who pay close attention to the needs of their children will make the time to read, teach, and share biblical stories with their loved ones every day.  There is a life lesson to learn with every opportunity that arises and it is our parental responsibility to see and make these connections to God. Chasing after God is the goal, chasing after money is not.

Chase

Giving God His first fruits of your day will allow you to have time to chase your dreams and fulfill God’s Commandments within your daily schedule.  Balance your time with God and he’ll balance your life for Good. Do your life’s homework for an hour each day and it will pay off. Set your realistic goals and make them a priority, so that the next generation doesn’t forget who God is.

Each

Each job you do for God is important and people tend to belittle the small jobs as if they don’t count! It is better to be faithful in the small jobs and make it into heaven, than to focus only on the big jobs, hoping to hit home runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, with 2 strikes. Let us teach the next generation to play ball with God and finish the entire GAME well! You only strike out when you quit loving God and have stopped living by His commandment.
Today’s Question
Who is responsible for teaching the next generation about God, you or the devil?
Enjoy The Reading

Judges 6

Gideon

1 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites.2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. 3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. 4 They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys.5 They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. 6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help. 7 When the Israelites cried out to the LORD because of Midian, 8 he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 9 I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.” 11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” 17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.” 19 Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak. 20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the LORD disappeared. 22When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” 23 But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” 24 So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 25 That same night the LORD said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the LORD your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the secondbull as a burnt offering.” 27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime. 28 In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar! 29 They asked each other, “Who did this?” When they carefully investigated, they were told, “Gideon son of Joash did it.” 30 The people of the town demanded of Joash, “Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal’s altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.” 31 But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, “Are you going to plead Baal’s cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar.” 32 So because Gideon broke down Baal’s altar, they gave him the name Jerub-Baal that day, saying, “Let Baal contend with him.” 33 Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel. 34 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. 35 He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms, and also into Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, so that they too went up to meet them. 36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. 39Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.

Language

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The language of evil is designed to prevent the Good Language of God to flow into and through you from God’s Spirit of Love: The Mystery of Revelation X.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Negative

Negative language is the absence of God’s Perfect Language that is studied and applied from biblical scriptures. Negative lives follow the language of negative lives, sounds, and work ethics that do not match God’s suggested lifestyle patterns. It is the job of evil to make illiterate, lifelong, love learners and doers of God’s love language. Their is only one real love language of God and the negative one is a counterfeit, cheap, fake copy.

Positive

Positive Love Language of God is a Holy Spirit driven thought process that repels negative actions with words and deeds of love. The Birth of love actions are like the Birth of cool happenings from around the world, from people like you.  When the Love of God lifts us up from out of our negative poverty, language into the richness of Christ, like the Resurrection. Holy Scriptures surround and hover over us, inflating our souls with resurrection power and connection only God can give.

Daily

This daily event of choice models the picture of your life’s choices as you repel or embrace God’s Love, his Spirit, and His Language in words, works, thoughts, and deeds.  In deed we are what we say, believe, and act like, which is a daily reminder of our positive or negative relationships that we have with God and each other. Your language defines your relationship with love or hate actions and linguistics. Does your daily relationships and work ethics fit your Love Language with God?
Today’s Question
Have you forgotten your mother tongue language of love for God or are you a permanent negative, rejected deaf mute, linguistically and holistically strangled by the devil?

Revelation 10

The Angel and the Little Scroll

10 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’[a] 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
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

Direct & Specific

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God’s Direction is Specific and His Love is evenly shared and equally given to the sum of the whole or individual parts of Humanity, shining on the just as He shines on the unjust.”

Your Job

Your job is no better than the job of the next individual, as each job is important to God unto itself.  The quality in which you perform this job for God is of the utmost importance and will demonstrate your true character and love for Him. Check and Humble yourself with God’s help.  It is not my job to tell you that you stink, smell yourself.  It is your job.  If you ask me to smell you, I will tell you the truth.

Job Well

Job Well Done is what I want to hear from God at the end of my race, fighting evil and working for God with all that I have.  It is fun to be on a winning team and developing all of your skill sets to help, build, and uplift the team effort and Spirit of God! I am no better than You, yet what you chose to do with your gift and job function is specifically your decision and choice.

Directed Efforts

Direct your efforts as if God is standing next to you as you work.  Let His light shine and not your own, listening, learning, and yielding to the Spirit of God for understanding, guidance, and love.  Be patient, not pushy, bossy, or unkind.  It can be a challenge to be humble, yet bold in the Lord.  Gentle, soft steps travel the farthest, and reaches the most with honey, not vinegar, in my opinion.  Learn to Love the same each day as God loves.
 
Today’s Question
 
Do you still think that you are better and more holier than everyone else and why do you think God can’t get things done without your fake, hypocritical love?
 
Enjoy Today’s Reading
 

1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Love,

Jonathan

The Good of Many

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“When you pray, think, work, travel, help, and play, try to do good for the many and not just for your selfish gain, since what you say, think, pray, and do matters.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Looks Good

Shortcuts look good at a glance until you study the map and unfold the trap.  God’s maps are thorough, clear and precise to make your journey rather nicely. Make a point to take extra time to study your map before you travel in the direction of choice, avoiding unnecessary accidents. Follow the Directions.

Many Choices

Many choose the wrong choices, even when we have seen or read the manual.  What attracts us to the wrong side of the street is the perception of lust the devil sells with his songs, stories, money, games, fame, smile, dance, meat, and drink! Discipline versus lust is all about us. Are you following your practice schedule and directions from God?

Example Exam

Examine you examples before your exam takes place.  Otherwise you may lose your race, Execute your Good lifestyle everywhere in every place.  Each step you take is close to the end, keeping in step with God, my friend. Follow the Directions of God.
Today’s Question
Are you a part of the many, who are dancing with the devil, following evil directions?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

1 Corinthians 11New International Version (NIV)

11 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

On Covering the Head in Worship

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man,[a] and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.
A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own[c] head, because of the angels.11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.

Correcting an Abuse of the Lord’s Supper

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood;do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.
33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.
And when I come I will give further directions.

Love,

Jonathan

Learning to Hear

 

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Hi Peeps
Today’s Quote
You are wasting time because you didn’t move into your future right now, and your senses are dull, being stuck, traveling backwards in time, controlled by  negative actions, decision, choices, TV, media, electronics, technology, greed, lust, and anything that will stop you from living, loving, and learning and sharing God’s truth.
 

Perfection

My definition of perfection is the process of learning how to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell the Truth in seeking God, while learning, growing, changing, forgiving, loving, understanding and using information God has taught you from his Bible.  One moves into the direction of perfection to include the tactile sense in your skin, balance of the inner ear, vestibular nerve, retina, optic nerves, eardrum inner ear, cochlear nerve, chemical sensors of smell, olfactory nerves, chemical receptors of taste, tongue, hunger, thirst, receptors in your stomach, kidneys, muscles, joints, spacial orientation, and bladder control. Your body is personal proof God exists.

One God

The One True God, that looks just like you, helps us to move into the direction of perfection, knowing that you only need the company of God to cover your weakness and sad fallen status of sin and evil!  Choosing to change is the process of being tested. Passing the test over time is important, so that God has a record of your personal labor of Obedience, Love and Goodness– which are a critical part of the process of the Christian journey.

The Clay Vessel

You are not God.  You are not The Potter! If you, being the clay vessel or glass of water, cannot hold God’s liquid lifestyle of love, then you are worthless in your present state and are in need of repair, repentance, and restoration; with your car totaled and trashed in the junkyard of life before you die and go to hell.  Let God fix your vessel, and regulate your perfect body with His Spirit of Love.
Today’s Question
Who are you married to, the Devil or God; Did you hear what God just Said?
Enjoy the Reading to see it also and feel free to use all of your senses.

1 Corinthians 7New International Version (NIV)

Concerning Married Life

Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time,so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satanwill not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Concerning Change of Status

17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.

Concerning the Unmarried

25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivideddevotion to the Lord.
36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong[b] and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.[c]
39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40 In my judgment,she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
 
Love,
Jonathan

The Manager

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
When you study from The Owner, The Big Boss, The Creator, then you can learn to change your mistakes to manage your lifestyle correctly and teach others how to improve themselves, fixing and recognizing, their own mistakes.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Recognizing Rights

It is your right to recognize your own problems and finding the right solutions quickly– early in the game of life– is essential.  God gives us the common sense to know right from wrong, and it is a good idea to surround yourself with people who are doing the right things, written by the Hand of God!

The Hand of God

How will you know what the Hand of God is when you don’t know who Your Father is? Your relationship with your Dad will help you to see and understand what life is truly about from God’s perspective, because one created the other and one is responsible for the other.  Hand in Hand, the Love is transferred from generation to generation of people who care and love God’s Management System of the Universe.  Why study and learn counterfeit information?

Playground Time

Spend time with your Dad on the playground of life to swing your destiny into a whole new world of possibilities into the galaxies in your mind and heart.  Since God knows how you work, study the manual from the owner to unlock the true secrets and purpose of love, life, and eternity with God. The Mind of Christ is transferred to you by Him, Your Dad, from the Playground of Life.
Today’s Question
Do you have the Mind of Christ Managing your lifestyle and affairs?
Enjoy Today’s Reading
 

1 Corinthians 2New International Version (NIV)

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a]For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spiritof the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c]14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”[d]
But we have the mind of Christ.
Love,
Jonathan

The Exchange

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The minds of many are trapped like a caged bird because they refuse to study the currency exchange value that God places on the mind; giving up God’s priceless values to worthless valued sinful thoughts, ways, and objects.”  ~ Jon Barnes

The Morning

The awakening occurs in the morning when you discover how much you hate learning new things that God is trying to teach you, yet you want the dirty things the devil has taught you.  The struggle is real, as my eyes continue to open up to the truth of God’s knowledge, love, honesty, and amazing accuracy of common sense. I am Thankful to be obedient and choose to change, casting away my own corruption, guilt and shame.

We Slaves

We are all born as slaves to evil because we don’t want to play fair, do right, or help others, while exchanging our time for love, goods for service, quality for quantity.  Our current position is to get over on someone, beat someone out of their money or possessions, and hide behind the truth that if we can get away with something. We would rather take than give, lust than love, hold a grudge than forgive.  We want to control and enslave others and not let them live.

The Exchange Process

The Good Slave understands the value in the exchange process that happens when you pay for things using God’s Laws and rate of exchange process. But first, a wise person will study the exchange rate of life to understand the cost of what you are selling, giving up, or buying.  The devil is the lemon in the deal and God is the Gold of Life. Get it right and process your mind and reprogram your thinking!
Today’s Question
Do you get it or are you still a slave to the devil’s thoughts and ways?
Enjoy today’s reading.

1 Corinthians 1New International Version (NIV)

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Church Divided Over Leaders

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”;another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdomand eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified:a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness,holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]

Love,

Jonathan

Personal Roman Issues

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“We all tend to think that our own story is different, more important or special than the next, yet we all have, share, and need the same ingredients and solutions to natural problems and lessons.”  ~ Jon Barnes

No Better

I’m no better than you, as we all need to do our best work that we can pursue.  Each day is just a test to do better than the rest, when our turn comes to execute our personal path.  Then you are defined, each and every time, by your thoughts and what work you completed.  Then comes the day, our story ends this way and a new person begins to tell their story.

Mo Better

Fixing problems can be poetic, others can be pathetic, making the same mistakes each and every day. Some can get ‘mo better’ at writing personal letters to communicate new solutions at hand.  Though solutions tend to ride the waves ebbs and tides from the love letter stories of old.  It takes lots of guts, not to run amuck and produce your best fruit and Christmas Cheer through the Year.

 Lessons Less

Each lesson seems personnel in the game of choice, when each solution rests on your own personal voice. The bell chimes for thee as it does for me and you will be personally responsible for your own party. Lessons Less traveled, learned best from all of the personal issues of the rest. Less can mean more, since God is Pure? Good Spiritual health is music to my ears!
Today’s Question
Did you learn something? 
Enjoy Today’s reading.

Romans 14New International Version (NIV)

The Weak and the Strong

14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself.But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean,but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]

Love,

Jonathan

World Philosophy

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Man’s ideas and philosophy are like twinkles in the night sky, where as God’s understanding and wisdom shines brighter than the biggest sun, 24 a day for eternity, collectively across the universe.” ~ Jon Barnes

Roman Nights

As a knight in shining armor or a gladiator, men would like to be the king of their castle. But, before we go down that roman nights rabbit hole, would it not be better to study the mind and wisdom of God with His Bible and Commandments to develop our character from The Master King Himself, and not from our own imaginations? One step at a time, we must walk with God to change our fate.

Imaginations of Roam

The mind can think of and do some pretty scary stuff, as we study and look into the slavery and war accounts of human history.  We are all potentially barbarians, without God’s love and grace.  We can lie, cheat, destroy, rape, kill, enslave, and justify any manner of evil to serve our own agendas and causes.  Our imaginations naturally flow in the opposite direction of God’s thoughts and ways of grace.

God’s Grace & Mercy

God’s Grace and Mercy cover all existence of all things with expansive understanding, ultimate wisdom, and extreme quality with priceless amounts of effort.  His matchless road map of mercy gives us guidance and grace to comprehend our short sided thinking to learn about true love and service for God.  Our Father, Our Teacher, who is in Heaven,  has given us the biblical tools to overcome the evil in ourselves and master biblical content and practices in our lifestyle.
Today’s question

“Did you program your mind to be a slave to worldly wickedness or are you following the Grace of God?

Enjoy todays reading.

Romans 6New International Version (NIV)

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.