Fugitive

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Fugitives are always running away from God’s truth by cooperating and using all of the wicked ways of evil to hide, change, or rearrange God’s Words and Work.” ~ Jon Barnes

Want

It is not all about what you want to do– your life and actions should be based on what God has planned for your life. Look for the connections that stimulate your growth in God.  Omit the things that will hinder your thinking, praying, working, and reading about God’s Love. Do not become distracted like a fugitive running from all the good you should be doing. Embrace the best love choices in your life with God’s help.

Give

Give more and eat less so that you can lighten up your load and cares of this world.  Follow the movement of God in your life and avoid the ways of fugitive thinkers and evil doers. Give your time to the good work and look at all of the miracles that will follow your personal ministry of help and service to your community.  Lighten up your approach and do more with less.

Expose

Expose the evil plans of wicked people by executing the Good Plans that God gives you to follow. Resist the devil and he will become the fugitive running for cover. The fire of God’s Spirit is more than capable of fixing any problem and exposing the real truth to a dying, sinful world. It is all good when evil is exposed by the good you do.  Count it all as joy and keep your faith in doing God’s work.
Today’s Question
Are you a fugitive in your own mind and heart? 
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1 Samuel 14

1 One day Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to where the Philistines have their outpost.” But Jonathan did not tell his father what he was doing. 
2Meanwhile, Saul and his 600 men were camped on the outskirts of Gibeah, around the pomegranate tree at Migron.
3 Among Saul’s men was Ahijah the priest, who was wearing the ephod, the priestly vest. Ahijah was the son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the LORD who had served at Shiloh. No one realized that Jonathan had left the Israelite camp. 
4 To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between two rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh. 
5 The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash, and the one on the south was in front of Geba. 
6 “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD . He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”
7 “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.” 
8 “All right then,” Jonathan told him. “We will cross over and let them see us.
9 If they say to us, ‘Stay where you are or we’ll kill you,’ then we will stop and not go up to them. 
10 But if they say, ‘Come on up and fight,’ then we will go up. That will be the LORD ’s sign that he will help us defeat them.” 
11 When the Philistines saw them coming, they shouted, “Look! The Hebrews are crawling out of their holes!” 
12 Then the men from the outpost shouted to Jonathan, “Come on up here, and we’ll teach you a lesson!” “Come on, climb right behind me,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “for the LORD will help us defeat them!” 
13 So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed those who came behind them. 
14 They killed some twenty men in all, and their bodies were scattered over about half an acre. 
15 Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army, both in the camp and in the field, including even the outposts and raiding parties. And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified. 
16 Saul’s lookouts in Gibeah of Benjamin saw a strange sight—the vast army of Philistines began to melt away in every direction. 
17“Call the roll and find out who’s missing,” Saul ordered. And when they checked, they found that Jonathan and his armor bearer were gone. 
18 Then Saul shouted to Ahijah, “Bring the ephod here!” For at that time Ahijah was wearing the ephod in front of the Israelites. 
19 But while Saul was talking to the priest, the confusion in the Philistine camp grew louder and louder. So Saul said to the priest, “Never mind; let’s get going!” 
20 Then Saul and all his men rushed out to the battle and found the Philistines killing each other. There was terrible confusion everywhere. 
21 Even the Hebrews who had previously gone over to the Philistine army revolted and joined in with Saul, Jonathan, and the rest of the Israelites.
22 Likewise, the men of Israel who were hiding in the hill country of Ephraim joined the chase when they saw the Philistines running away. 
23 So the LORD saved Israel that day, and the battle continued to rage even beyond Beth-aven.
24 Now the men of Israel were pressed to exhaustion that day, because Saul had placed them under an oath, saying, “Let a curse fall on anyone who eats before evening—before I have full revenge on my enemies.” So no one ate anything all day, 
25 even though they had all found honeycomb on the ground in the forest. 
26 They didn’t dare touch the honey because they all feared the oath they had taken. 
27 But Jonathan had not heard his father’s command, and he dipped the end of his stick into a piece of honeycomb and ate the honey. After he had eaten it, he felt refreshed. 
28 But one of the men saw him and said, “Your father made the army take a strict oath that anyone who eats food today will be cursed. That is why everyone is weary and faint.” 
29 “My father has made trouble for us all!” Jonathan exclaimed. “A command like that only hurts us. See how refreshed I am now that I have eaten this little bit of honey. 
30 If the men had been allowed to eat freely from the food they found among our enemies, think how many more Philistines we could have killed!” 
31They chased and killed the Philistines all day from Micmash to Aijalon, growing more and more faint. 
32 That evening they rushed for the battle plunder and butchered the sheep, goats, cattle, and calves, but they ate them without draining the blood. 
33 Someone reported to Saul, “Look, the men are sinning against the LORD by eating meat that still has blood in it.” “That is very wrong,” Saul said. “Find a large stone and roll it over here. 
34 Then go out among the troops and tell them, ‘Bring the cattle, sheep, and goats here to me. Kill them here, and drain the blood before you eat them. Do not sin against the LORD by eating meat with the blood still in it.’” So that night all the troops brought their animals and slaughtered them there. 
35 Then Saul built an altar to the LORD ; it was the first of the altars he built to the LORD . 
36 Then Saul said, “Let’s chase the Philistines all night and plunder them until sunrise. Let’s destroy every last one of them.” His men replied, “We’ll do whatever you think is best.” But the priest said, “Let’s ask God first.” 
37 So Saul asked God, “Should we go after the Philistines? Will you help us defeat them?” But God made no reply that day. 
38 Then Saul said to the leaders, “Something’s wrong! I want all my army commanders to come here. We must find out what sin was committed today. 
39 I vow by the name of the LORD who rescued Israel that the sinner will surely die, even if it is my own son Jonathan!” But no one would tell him what the trouble was.
40 Then Saul said, “Jonathan and I will stand over here, and all of you stand over there.” And the people responded to Saul, “Whatever you think is best.” 
41 Then Saul prayed, “O LORD, God of Israel, please show us who is guilty and who is innocent. ” Then they cast sacred lots, and Jonathan and Saul were chosen as the guilty ones, and the people were declared innocent. 
42 Then Saul said, “Now cast lots again and choose between me and Jonathan.” And Jonathan was shown to be the guilty one. 
43 “Tell me what you have done,” Saul demanded of Jonathan. “I tasted a little honey,” Jonathan admitted. “It was only a little bit on the end of my stick. Does that deserve death?” 
44 “Yes, Jonathan,” Saul said, “you must die! May God strike me and even kill me if you do not die for this.” 
45 But the people broke in and said to Saul, “Jonathan has won this great victory for Israel. Should he die? Far from it! As surely as the LORD lives, not one hair on his head will be touched, for God helped him do a great deed today.” So the people rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death. 
46 Then Saul called back the army from chasing the Philistines, and the Philistines returned home. 
47 Now when Saul had secured his grasp on Israel’s throne, he fought against his enemies in every direction—against Moab, Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. And wherever he turned, he was victorious. 
48 He performed great deeds and conquered the Amalekites, saving Israel from all those who had plundered them. 
49 Saul’s sons included Jonathan, Ishbosheth, and Malkishua. He also had two daughters: Merab, who was older, and Michal. 
50 Saul’s wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz. The commander of Saul’s army was Abner, the son of Saul’s uncle Ner. 
51Saul’s father, Kish, and Abner’s father, Ner, were both sons of Abiel. 
52 The Israelites fought constantly with the Philistines throughout Saul’s lifetime. So whenever Saul observed a young man who was brave and strong, he drafted him into his army.

Plea Deal

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Do not rely on a last-ditch, last second, plea deal with God during the last breath and seconds of your life, to correct all the wrong you have lived in your life as if God doesn’t know the end of your fate.” ~ Jon Barnes

Be Honest

Being honest and praying to God to improve your faith is a lifestyle of repentance, good work, and fellowship with God because you love Him with all of your heart.  As in a marriage, true love will make the relationship work, last, and prosper. In a fake marriage or fake relationship with God, why would you cop a fake plea deal with the Creator Judge of All Things?

Right Know

Right now, I am happy to know the right truth in God by studying, learning, doing, helping, giving, and living out that commandments that God has given us to follow.  We do our best to focus and walk in the plans of God for our lives, serving others, being honest, and praying with repentance and thanksgiving in The Truth. This is the Right Know, for your life, Right Now! Take the Real Plea Deal, while you can.

Offer

Thankfully, God offers a way of escape for our ignorance and shortcomings. However, your continued rejection of the Plea Deal is on record with every “NO THANKS” you have placed and stamped on His Heavenly Salvation Offer, based on your unbelief and daily wicked actions.  Your clear rejection of God’s offer of salvation, repentance solution, and lifestyle package is clearly of no interest to you. I plead with you right now to make a change, not for my sake, but for your sake. Take the Plea Deal and enjoy God’s Honest Offer or live you lie!
Today’s Question
Can the devil make a plea deal stick for you with God?
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Ruth 1 

Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

In the days when the judges ruled,[a] there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.
Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find restin the home of another husband.”
Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10 and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”
11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— 13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”
14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye,but Ruth clung to her.
15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”
20 “Don’t call me Naomi,[b]” she told them. “Call me Mara,[c] because the Almighty[d]has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[e] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.
Love,
Jonathan

Talk To Him

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Talk to God better than you talk with yourself and notice how more honest you become with your own ideas, accuracy, accountability, faith, and belief, which will positively affirm and affect your actions with other people in your life.” ~ Jon Barnes

Affirmation

Each person has their own Affirmative Action Plan in place, which is at the core of their values, choices, faith, and love. Each day we affirm our thoughts, plans, goals, and agendas onto another person, without regard to the well being of others. Our laws, schools, business, society, housing, faith, and work practices do not match the true intentions of what God has designed and purpose for us to achieve. 

Buttons

The buttons are products of evil thinking can be seen among the ruins of world poverty, genocide, slavery, human trafficking, sex trade, gaming, lying, cheating as is a direct result of institutionalized lifestyles full of laziness and contempt. We all play the game of how to find the button under the three cards, as the dealer shuffles to ask and onlooker to choose the correct card with the button located underneath. The hands of a thief are quicker than the eyes of an honest person so that you must use all of your senses to catch and correct the wicked buttons.

Distractions

I think we should be more concerned about pushing God’s buttons that any other potential problems and distractions humans can face. We all should affirm our actions to perceive that God knows and will judge us for all of the evil buttons we select and push in lifetime. Perhaps we should push the Fruit of the Spirit from God to promote His Affirmative Action Plans of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control to rule and regulate our lives around the world.  Don’t let the love of money, fame, power, and lust, pride, and greed distort and distract God’s Affirmation of practicing Love in your life, culture, or community. Why waste your talent and faith in God with distractions? 
Today’s Question
Do you believe that your personal affirmative action plans are pushing God’s Fruit of the Spirit or His Hell Botton?
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Deuteronomy 26

Harvest Offerings and Tithes

26 “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession and you have conquered it and settled there, put some of the first produce from each crop you harvest into a basket and bring it to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored. Go to the priest in charge at that time and say to him, ‘With this gift I acknowledge to the Lord your God that I have entered the land he swore to our ancestors he would give us.’ The priest will then take the basket from your hand and set it before the altar of the Lord your God.
“You must then say in the presence of the Lord your God, ‘My ancestor Jacob was a wandering Aramean who went to live as a foreigner in Egypt. His family arrived few in number, but in Egypt they became a large and mighty nation. When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves, we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey! 10 And now, O Lord, I have brought you the first portion of the harvest you have given me from the ground.’ Then place the produce before the Lord your God, and bow to the ground in worship before him. 11 Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.
12 “Every third year you must offer a special tithe of your crops. In this year of the special tithe you must give your tithes to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that they will have enough to eat in your towns. 13 Then you must declare in the presence of the Lord your God, ‘I have taken the sacred gift from my house and have given it to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, just as you commanded me. I have not violated or forgotten any of your commands. 14 I have not eaten any of it while in mourning; I have not handled it while I was ceremonially unclean; and I have not offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God and have done everything you commanded me. 15 Now look down from your holy dwelling place in heaven and bless your people Israel and the land you swore to our ancestors to give us—a land flowing with milk and honey.’

A Call to Obey the Lord’s Commands

16 “Today the Lord your God has commanded you to obey all these decrees and regulations. So be careful to obey them wholeheartedly. 17 You have declared today that the Lord is your God. And you have promised to walk in his ways, and to obey his decrees, commands, and regulations, and to do everything he tells you. 18 The Lord has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. 19 And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown. You will be a nation that is holy to the Lord your God, just as he promised.”
Love,
Jonathan

 

Copyist

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Too often we are copying people and not doing our own homework, following God, The Bible, and His Lifestyle Requirements for good living.” ~ Jon Barnes 

Fear

Fear from the devil’s tricks locks up our minds with confusion, eats up our thoughts, waists our processing and thinking time, and prevents us from naturally seeing the truth.  The blindfolds of fear also clog our ears, dulls our senses, and stops us from remembering and using scriptures to fight our battles. The world copies wicked order of thinking to control, enslave, organization, cheat, steal, and lie to people to hide the real truth behind evil and deceptive practices and agendas. This is how we get caught up in the mess of copying other wicked people because we fear the world and not God.

Frozen 

Being stuck in your self-made anxiety, given to you by the devil, freezes up your assets and ability to say, think, and do the good work for the Kingdom of God.  You can handcuff yourself to these unwanted things because you haven’t settled your mind to listen to the scriptures, not your thoughts. You cannot freeze your mind into God’s scriptures and mindset if you have not read the whole Bible to remember the correct story for your situation and destiny. As a result, we tend to freeze up and copy what we fear and know, rather than learning directly from God through His Bible. 

Free Yourself

Repent, read, reorganize, and freeze yourself into the repentance mode as you gather and analyze God’s Biblical Intel to navigate your life from out of evil fear. Relax and walk through the shadow of death, anxiety, uncertainty, and emptiness and know that God is always with you, which makes you more than a conqueror. Fear God and not evil, so that you can fight with the fruits of the Spirit and not with your own intellect. 
 
Today’s Question
Are you copying God or Man?
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Deuteronomy 12

The Lord’s Chosen Place for Worship

12 “These are the decrees and regulations you must be careful to obey when you live in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must obey them as long as you live.
“When you drive out the nations that live there, you must destroy all the places where they worship their gods—high on the mountains, up on the hills, and under every green tree. Break down their altars and smash their sacred pillars. Burn their Asherah poles and cut down their carved idols. Completely erase the names of their gods!
“Do not worship the Lord your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods. Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored. There you will bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your voluntary offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your herds and flocks. There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you.
“Your pattern of worship will change. Today all of you are doing as you please,because you have not yet arrived at the place of rest, the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession. 10 But you will soon cross the Jordan River and live in the land the Lord your God is giving you. When he gives you rest from all your enemies and you’re living safely in the land, 11 you must bring everything I command you—your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, and your offerings to fulfill a vow—to the designated place of worship, the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored.
12 “You must celebrate there in the presence of the Lord your God with your sons and daughters and all your servants. And remember to include the Levites who live in your towns, for they will receive no allotment of land among you. 13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings just anywhere you like. 14 You may do so only at the place the Lord will choose within one of your tribal territories. There you must offer your burnt offerings and do everything I command you.
15 “But you may butcher your animals and eat their meat in any town whenever you want. You may freely eat the animals with which the Lord your God blesses you. All of you, whether ceremonially clean or unclean, may eat that meat, just as you now eat gazelle and deer. 16 But you must not consume the blood. You must pour it out on the ground like water.
17 “But you may not eat your offerings in your hometown—neither the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, nor the firstborn of your flocks and herds, nor any offering to fulfill a vow, nor your voluntary offerings, nor your sacred offerings.18 You must eat these in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose. Eat them there with your children, your servants, and the Levites who live in your towns, celebrating in the presence of the Lord your God in all you do.19 And be very careful never to neglect the Levites as long as you live in your land.
20 “When the Lord your God expands your territory as he has promised, and you have the urge to eat meat, you may freely eat meat whenever you want. 21 It might happen that the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—is a long way from your home. If so, you may butcher any of the cattle, sheep, or goats the Lord has given you, and you may freely eat the meat in your hometown, as I have commanded you. 22 Anyone, whether ceremonially clean or unclean, may eat that meat, just as you do now with gazelle and deer. 23 But never consume the blood, for the blood is the life, and you must not consume the lifeblood with the meat. 24 Instead, pour out the blood on the ground like water. 25 Do not consume the blood, so that all may go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what pleases the Lord.
26 “Take your sacred gifts and your offerings given to fulfill a vow to the place the Lord chooses. 27 You must offer the meat and blood of your burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord your God. The blood of your other sacrifices must be poured out on the altar of the Lord your God, but you may eat the meat. 28 Be careful to obey all my commands, so that all will go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and pleasing to the Lord your God.
29 “When the Lord your God goes ahead of you and destroys the nations and you drive them out and live in their land, 30 do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’ 31 You must not worship the Lord your God the way the other nations worship their gods, for they perform for their gods every detestable act that the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices to their gods.
32 [a]“So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them.
Love,
Jonathan

Frozen

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t allow yourselves to become frozen in fear by your trials as they are a stealthy attack to stop you from doing good.” ~Taryn Barnes

Fear

When we allow fear to plague our hearts and minds, we stop relying on God and start obsessing over our personal circumstances. Like ice coursing through our veins, our progress, and good works come to a halt, frozen in time, while evil enjoys the temporary setback. Though there are times where we lose battles, we must always remember the war has already been won.

Melt

Melt away your fear by remembering who made you. We are all capable of finishing our race in victory when we lean on God’s principles and not our own understanding. When we focus on the forest and not the individual trees, then we can see the stumbling ice blocks for what they really are, desperate attempts from a losing team.

Question of the day

Are you using the heat lamp of God’s word to melt away your fear?

Enjoy today’s reading

 

Water From the Rock

1 In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD! 4 Why did you bring the LORD’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” 6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. 7 The LORD said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” 13 These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD and where he was proved holy among them.

Edom Denies Israel Passage

14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying: “This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come on us. 15 Our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors, 16 but when we cried out to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. “Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. 17 Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.” 18 But Edom answered: “You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.” 19 The Israelites replied: “We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot—nothing else.” 20 Again they answered: “You may not pass through.” Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. 21 Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them.

The Death of Aaron

22 The whole Israelite community set out from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor. 23 At Mount Hor, near the border of Edom, the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 24 “Aaron will be gathered to his people. He will not enter the land I give the Israelites, because both of you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25 Get Aaron and his son Eleazar and take them up Mount Hor. 26 Remove Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will die there.” 27 Moses did as the LORD commanded: They went up Mount Hor in the sight of the whole community. 28 Moses removed Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar. And Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain, 29 and when the whole community learned that Aaron had died, all the Israelites mourned for him thirty days.

In times of Darkness

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Hi Peeps,

“When all hope seems lost and the odds appear to be stacked against you, rejoice anyway” ~Taryn Barnes

Living in Las Vegas, it’s safe to say that today has been a somber, reflective day. Evil, senseless, acts occur, which can cause us to question our purpose and our faith. As sad and tragic as life can be, we must remember to band together in faith and in love, lifting up our fallen brothers and sisters.

The actions of the person responsible were evil, unconscionable, and just plain without any sense or logic. Though tragedy singes the air, the sense of community, teamwork, and faith envelop this city, with its light drowning the darkness of evil. As the city continues to rebound from this atrocity, I’m hopeful that we will continue to lift up and encourage all those affected.

Question of the day

In the darkness, do you shine your light?

Enjoy today’s reading

 

Korah, Dathan and Abiram

1 Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent 
2 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. 
3 They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD’s assembly?” 
4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown. 
5 Then he said to Korah and all his followers: “In the morning the LORD will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him. 
6 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers 
7 and tomorrow put burning coals and incense in them before the LORD. The man the LORD chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!” 
8 Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites!
9 Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them? 
10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too. 
11 It is against the LORD that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?” 
12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come! 
13 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you also want to lord it over us! 
14 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Do you want to treat these men like slaves ? No, we will not come!” 
15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, “Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them.” 
16 Moses said to Korah, “You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow—you and they and Aaron.
17 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it—250 censers in all—and present it before the LORD. You and Aaron are to present your censers also.” 
18 So each of them took his censer, put burning coals and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 
19 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the glory of the LORD appeared to the entire assembly. 
20 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 
21“Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” 
22 But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?” 
23Then the LORD said to Moses, 
24 “Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’ ” 
25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 
26 He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.” 
27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents. 
28Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 
29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the LORD has not sent me. 
30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt.” 
31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 
32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. 
33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 
34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!” 
35 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense. 
36The LORD said to Moses, 
37 “Tell Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, to remove the censers from the charred remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy— 
38 the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the LORD and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites.” 
39 So Eleazar the priest collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned to death, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar, 
40 as the LORD directed him through Moses. This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the LORD, or he would become like Korah and his followers. 
41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the LORD’s people,” they said. 
42 But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared. 
43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting, 
44 and the LORD said to Moses, 
45 “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” And they fell facedown. 
46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started.” 
47 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. 
48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. 
49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. 
50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.

 

Hail Mary

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“In an effort to derail your walk with Christ, the devil will often try and throw a Hail mary as a last ditch effort. Don’t be deterred by the distraction as it is in fact an indication that you’re on the path of righteousness” ~Taryn Barnes

Interception

Don’t allow the evil one to intercept what God has planned for your life. In times of progress and breakthroughs, there will always be some form of opposition. Keep a watchful eye to see that you don’t get caught in the trap.

Offense

A good offense is a strong defense. Arm yourself with the Word, which will remind you that God is the ultimate quarterback who has already led us to victory. After a while, you’ll begin to identify the devil’s traps and snares and will laugh at how foolish his efforts truly are.

End Zone

We don’t have to wonder if we’ll make it to the end zone. Jesus already ensured that we’d have the touchdown. Whether you get there on the 1st or 4th down, through Christ, we’ve already won the game.

Question of the day

Are you reading God’s winning playbook to block evil’s, Hail Mary?

Enjoy today’s reading

Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses

1 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the LORD heard this. 3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) 4 At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out. 5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, 6 he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.7 But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” 9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them. 10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous —it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, 11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.” 13 So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” 14 The LORD replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.” 15So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back. 16 After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped in the Desert of Paran.