“On your watch, it is your responsibility to protect, love, mentor, and keep your family safe, focused and well trained in the ways of God and Love with clear examples, ready for battle at any time!” — Jon Barnes
“We all know right from wrong as we make our choices in life and it is understood that we will pay the cost for such activities of personal selection.” ~ Jon Barnes
1 Chronicles 6
The Priestly Line
Phinehas was the father of Abishua.
5 Abishua was the father of Bukki.
Bukki was the father of Uzzi.
6 Uzzi was the father of Zerahiah.
Zerahiah was the father of Meraioth.
7 Meraioth was the father of Amariah.
Amariah was the father of Ahitub.
8 Ahitub was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Ahimaaz.
9 Ahimaaz was the father of Azariah.
Azariah was the father of Johanan.
10 Johanan was the father of Azariah, the high priest at the Temple[b] built by Solomon in Jerusalem.
11 Azariah was the father of Amariah.
Amariah was the father of Ahitub.
12 Ahitub was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Shallum.
13 Shallum was the father of Hilkiah.
Hilkiah was the father of Azariah.
14 Azariah was the father of Seraiah.
Seraiah was the father of Jehozadak, 15 who went into exile when the Lordsent the people of Judah and Jerusalem into captivity under Nebuchadnezzar.
The Levite Clans
The Temple Musicians
Territory for the Levites
“Sightseeing is the act of enjoying God’s creations all around the world and being thankful for noticing and appreciating the handy work of God!” ~ Jon Barnes
2 Kings 14
Amaziah Rules in Judah
Jeroboam II Rules in Israel
“Our experiences and God’s Word are used to prepare, push and provoke the growth of our faith and work in the Kingdom of God, not your agenda, pride, or ego.” ~ Jon Barnes
2 Samuel 1
David Learns of Saul’s Death
David’s Song for Saul and Jonathan
Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
20 Don’t announce the news in Gath,
don’t proclaim it in the streets of Ashkelon,
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice
and the pagans will laugh in triumph.
let there be no dew or rain upon you,
nor fruitful fields producing offerings of grain.[b]
For there the shield of the mighty heroes was defiled;
the shield of Saul will no longer be anointed with oil.
22 The bow of Jonathan was powerful,
and the sword of Saul did its mighty work.
They shed the blood of their enemies
and pierced the bodies of mighty heroes.
They were together in life and in death.
They were swifter than eagles,
stronger than lions.
24 O women of Israel, weep for Saul,
for he dressed you in luxurious scarlet clothing,
in garments decorated with gold.
Jonathan lies dead on the hills.
26 How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan!
Oh, how much I loved you!
And your love for me was deep,
deeper than the love of women!
Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead.
“When your mom tells you what to do and perhaps it seems impossible to understand the simple lesson, it is the child’s job to honor the parent by making the right choices in completing the task, as God leads and guides you.” ~ Jon Barnes
The Work Ethics
A New Copy of the Covenant
A Call to Love and Obedience
“Life’s answers reveal themselves through honest and meaningful research within the original search engine; the Bible” ~ Taryn Barnes
We use modern techniques to find solutions on how we should live our lives. Where we eat, how we dress our homes or ourselves, who we choose to spend our time with, often is dictated by answers of this world. We fill ourselves up with false security Googling lifestyles that bring us comfort and ease, fattening ourselves like cattle prepped for slaughter. Instead of using the ultimate resource to verify that we’re living according to God’s doctrine. When faced with difficult situations that have difficult answers, we dismiss the truth, searching for a word Man has spoken to validate our disobedience. Friends, do not be led astray by the sweet nothings of this world.
Escape the modern trap by referring back to the original source of knowledge, the Bible. When searching for the truth, confirm it with biblical scripture to measure if what you’re living is God’s actual truth. It takes due diligence to ensure that we’re walking the right path, rather than adding our own addendums to assuage our own comfort of disobedience. See to it that the actions you seek to live out are in step with what has been written. Like a healthy, balanced diet, the Living Word takes discipline, continuity, and patience to digest. It’s not for the faint of heart but will provide you
Confirmation will shine in your life when you follow God’s word. It may not be glamorous or popular, but God’s warmth and peace overshadow the world’s temporal comforts. Our lives will either be confirmed or condemned when we meet our maker and what we do now, in this world matters. All imitations will be sussed out and dealt with accordingly. Seek confirmation from Him rather than your peers.
Question of the day
Are you using God’s search engine or an imitation?
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Numbers 10 NIV
The Silver Trumpets
The Israelites Leave Sinai
“We live in a world where instant gratification can often provide us with temporary solutions, but God’s solutions are rarely instant, yet will sustain you for a lifetime.”
Be patient when problems require more complex formulas to the equations of your life as the right formula requires open ears to gain the knowledge. Patience is an art form which takes years to craft and hone– depending on your willingness to listen. Some learn fast and others, not so much, but in the end, it’s something we develop or endure. The choice is yours.
Be disciplined in your work as what knowledge you acquire throughout life will help you learn and apply the formulas to your personal equations. In math, we learn the functions and techniques successively, and life isn’t very different. So be disciplined in learning and retaining the smaller functions, which will later combine into more complex formulas, becoming the necessary solutions to life’s challenges.
Beware of the glamorous and attractive shortcuts the world provides as those solutions will provide temporary comfort, compounded with deeper problems down the road. Biblical solutions are plain and simple, yet require a great amount of patience and discipline to truly accomplish. There is more effort and sacrifice needed, but the reward, immeasurable
Question of the day
Are you seeking the world’s short-term fixes or God’s everlasting solutions?
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