“There is a great divide between the poor and the rich, in which greed will never supply a proper solution of enlightenment.”~Jon Barnes
Becoming rich is a good thing, but typically ends up in tragedy because you can lose your first love in God.It is required that the rich take great care of the poor, working class, and helpless.We are not doing such a great job at this!Choose the best options for all parties involved and let the love of God reign in your decision process.
Big business has enslaved the working class, minimized small towns, and small business because they have monopolized the system, corrupted the ways of good economic policies, and paid their friends to look the other way.God sees it all and will repay the rich who practice these crooked policies, since we all will die, soon to account for our lifestyles.
There is this huge wedge between resources, common sense spending, an absolute waste of manpower, and time when we look at all aspects of functions in our cultures.We build things like Pharaoh in the story of The Ten Commandment and we control the housing market like Mr. Potter in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life.These clear examples of evil thinking should aid in finding truthful, honest, solutions for humanity.
Did you keep, steal, or hide your brother’s wallet, wages, or saving because of your schemes, price gouging, with inferior services, products, and solutions?
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2 Chronicles 14
Early Years of Asa’s Reign
14 [a]When Abijah died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Asa became the next king. There was peace in the land for ten years.2 [b]Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God.3 He removed the foreign altars and the pagan shrines. He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles.4 He commanded the people of Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and his commands.5 Asa also removed the pagan shrines, as well as the incense altars from every one of Judah’s towns. So Asa’s kingdom enjoyed a period of peace.6 During those peaceful years, he was able to build up the fortified towns throughout Judah. No one tried to make war against him at this time, for the Lord was giving him rest from his enemies.
7 Asa told the people of Judah, “Let us build towns and fortify them with walls, towers, gates, and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they went ahead with these projects and brought them to completion.
8 King Asa had an army of 300,000 warriors from the tribe of Judah, armed with large shields and spears. He also had an army of 280,000 warriors from the tribe of Benjamin, armed with small shields and bows. Both armies were composed of well-trained fighting men.
9 Once an Ethiopian[c] named Zerah attacked Judah with an army of 1,000,000 men[d] and 300 chariots. They advanced to the town of Mareshah,10 so Asa deployed his armies for battle in the valley north of Mareshah.[e]11 Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!”
12 So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians[f] in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled.13 Asa and his army pursued them as far as Gerar, and so many Ethiopians fell that they were unable to rally. They were destroyed by the Lord and his army, and the army of Judah carried off a vast amount of plunder.
14 While they were at Gerar, they attacked all the towns in that area, and terror from the Lordcame upon the people there. As a result, a vast amount of plunder was taken from these towns, too.15 They also attacked the camps of herdsmen and captured many sheep, goats, and camels before finally returning to Jerusalem.
“The movement and actions of loving people are a gorgeous sight and should be commended, modeled, and lauded all around the world.” ~ Jon Barnes
As I engage, talk, meet and play music for people all around the world, I love looking at the great big smiles on their faces, full of love, hope, and charity.Evil does not run our country and borders. We do.Bad governments, banks, and corporate business may seem like they are in control but they are not.You are the one who determines how much to live, love, help, save, and share.Or you can lie, cheat, steal, and act a fool with your neighbors and other crooked people.
Many thanks to those who are doing a great job being human, full of love, hope, help, and commitment to God and His ways.Doing good can be expensive and meticulous but it is so worth it, as you look at the true love people give back to you.I feel so blessed to have met so many loving people in my life and I Thank God for The Spirit of Love. I prefer not to buy into the spirit of hate and confusion because I don’t understand something.
You are considered special when you make other people feel welcomed and special with your work, words, and deed. Being kind is a mandate, not an option when you walk with God.Like your job and your position in God, even when it hurts.A good smile will stab 1,000 devils in the heart spiritually because God is the one who fights our battles.Stay beautiful and encouraged.
Did the devil steal your joy or will you start smiling at how much God has Blessed You?
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2 Chronicles 7
The Dedication of the Temple
7 When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple.2 The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it.3 When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying,
“He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices to the Lord.5 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats. And so the king and all the people dedicated the Temple of God.6 The priests took their assigned positions, and so did the Levites who were singing, “His faithful love endures forever!” They accompanied the singing with music from the instruments King David had made for praising the Lord. Across from the Levites, the priests blew the trumpets, while all Israel stood.
7 Solomon then consecrated the central area of the courtyard in front of the Lord’s Temple. He offered burnt offerings and the fat of peace offerings there, because the bronze altar he had built could not hold all the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and sacrificial fat.
8 For the next seven days Solomon and all Israel celebrated the Festival of Shelters.[a] A large congregation had gathered from as far away as Lebo-hamath in the north and the Brook of Egypt in the south.9 On the eighth day they had a closing ceremony, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the Festival of Shelters for seven days.10 Then at the end of the celebration,[b] Solomon sent the people home. They were all joyful and glad because the Lord had been so good to David and to Solomon and to his people Israel.
The Lord’s Response to Solomon
11 So Solomon finished the Temple of the Lord, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do in the construction of the Temple and the palace.12 Then one night the Lord appeared to Solomon and said,
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices.13 At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.15 My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.16 For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.
17 “As for you, if you faithfully follow me as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations,18 then I will establish the throne of your dynasty. For I made this covenant with your father, David, when I said, ‘One of your descendants will always rule over Israel.’
19 “But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the decrees and commands I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods,20 then I will uproot the people from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make it an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations.21 And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled. They will ask, ‘Why did the Lord do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’
22 “And the answer will be, ‘Because his people abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead and bowed down to them. That is why he has brought all these disasters on them.’”
“We have a society of people who think that they are connected, but they are not.” ~ Jon Barnes
There are so many options to choose from that causes us to move into separate directions and work in isolation than to come together and share.The devil’s job is to divide us to keep good people from working together.Wasting food and not giving it to the poor is an evil act.Making bad harmful products and selling them to people is another evil plot of waste and destruction. We must all use and develop better options.
Build better relationships that will last with love and not lust.Build better products that will last a lifetime with quality, not for quantity and greed.Conserve energy by building things right the first time to pass on to the next generation.Teach people the ways of God so that we can climb out of this mess and evil stress.We can do it if we connect.
What if God’s thoughts were like ours?Would the sun break down each year?How much would it cost us to send a mechanic to fix it?Would we all freeze to death in the meantime? And Yet, the cost of the Sun’s energy is FREE from GOD who provides all things to us, for us, and we are collectively not thankful for our free blessing of the Universe.We don’t even acknowledge that God has done all of the work.
Why are we this disconnected from God and how much more stupid can we get?
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2 Chronicles 1
Solomon Asks for Wisdom
1 Solomon son of David took firm control of his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him very powerful.
2 Solomon called together all the leaders of Israel—the generals and captains of the army,[a]the judges, and all the political and clan leaders.3 Then he led the entire assembly to the place of worship in Gibeon, for God’s Tabernacle[b] was located there. (This was the Tabernacle that Moses, the Lord’s servant, had made in the wilderness.)
4 David had already moved the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the tent he had prepared for it in Jerusalem.5 But the bronze altar made by Bezalel son of Uri and grandson of Hur was there[c] at Gibeon in front of the Tabernacle of the Lord. So Solomon and the people gathered in front of it to consult the Lord.[d]6 There in front of the Tabernacle, Solomon went up to the bronze altar in the Lord’s presence and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on it.
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
8 Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place.9 O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth!10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,[e] for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people—12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”
13 Then Solomon returned to Jerusalem from the Tabernacle at the place of worship in Gibeon, and he reigned over Israel.
14 Solomon built up a huge force of chariots and horses.[f] He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. He stationed some of them in the chariot cities and some near him in Jerusalem.15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.[g]16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt[h] and from Cilicia[i]; the king’s traders acquired them from Cilicia at the standard price.17 At that time chariots from Egypt could be purchased for 600 pieces of silver,[j] and horses for 150 pieces of silver.[k] They were then exported to the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.
“leaning on your own understanding leads to languish, lust, pride, greed, and bad choices because we intentionally forget God’s plan and ways which prompt us to break His Commandments.” ~ Jon Barnes
When you are busy writing your own music, orchestrating your life, playing the parts in your head, and organizing your personal family band, you don’t have time to lust after the looks and sounds of another band. Yes, you can notice beauty from a distance, but, it is the inner beauty that attracts God, and drives the motives of the righteous.Be sure to score this type of music and thinking into your soul, so that people can see your real beauty, not just your hair cut or lipstick. Score quality, relevant, realistic, honest, and natural beauty in your heart, work, life, and faith.
The Score of your life is a video, musical, stage and an invitation to the movies in your life and character definition directed by God or the devil. The documentation of your actions speaks volumes from your heart and people know who you are, at a glance.Your history has painted a clear picture of where you are headed, because many will die in their sins and few will be saved by the grace of God! Your job is to take the invitation and re-write your the story and score to your personal movie and life. We all can see, what you don’t want us to see, especially God!
Take the deal and don’t get distracted by the jokes, play time, and party life of empty pleasure, from one night stands. Marry your King or Queen and live like one, treating your mate, with the quality of how God teaches you in all things. Good students of God will be the best, honest, servants, communicators, and helpers, who actively listens to God and healthy reason. Let God show you what to do, who to marry, where to work, how to talk, listen, and grow in grace. Avoid the empty attention from lust, greed, and power, which cannot be fulfilled and study God’s Bible, which is a score, script, story, and law unto itself of the Word of God.
Did you know that we are all composers inventing and branding the music and script of our own artwork, history, language, culture, and life or are you lusting after another script ignoring your own and copying, hijacking, or destroying someone else’s life?
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Conquest of the Midianites
31 Then the Lord said to Moses,2 “On behalf of the people of Israel, take revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors.”
3 So Moses said to the people, “Choose some men, and arm them to fight the Lord’s war of revenge against Midian.4 From each tribe of Israel, send 1,000 men into battle.”5 So they chose 1,000 men from each tribe of Israel, a total of 12,000 men armed for battle.6 Then Moses sent them out, 1,000 men from each tribe, and Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest led them into battle. They carried along the holy objects of the sanctuary and the trumpets for sounding the charge.7 They attacked Midian as the Lord had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men.8 All five of the Midianite kings—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba—died in the battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.
9 Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder.10 They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived.11 After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals,12 they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.13 Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.14 But Moses was furious with all the generals and captains[a] who had returned from the battle.
15 “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded.16 “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the Lord at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the Lord’s people.17 So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man.18 Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.19 And all of you who have killed anyone or touched a dead body must stay outside the camp for seven days. You must purify yourselves and your captives on the third and seventh days.20 Purify all your clothing, too, and everything made of leather, goat hair, or wood.”
21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the men who were in the battle, “The Lord has given Moses this legal requirement:22 Anything made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, or lead—23 that is, all metals that do not burn—must be passed through fire in order to be made ceremonially pure. These metal objects must then be further purified with the water of purification. But everything that burns must be purified by the water alone.24 On the seventh day you must wash your clothes and be purified. Then you may return to the camp.”
Division of the Plunder
25 And the Lord said to Moses,26 “You and Eleazar the priest and the family leaders of each tribe are to make a list of all the plunder taken in the battle, including the people and animals.27 Then divide the plunder into two parts, and give half to the men who fought the battle and half to the rest of the people.28 From the army’s portion, first give the Lord his share of the plunder—one of every 500 of the prisoners and of the cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats.29 Give this share of the army’s half to Eleazar the priest as an offering to the Lord.30 From the half that belongs to the people of Israel, take one of every fifty of the prisoners and of the cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, and other animals. Give this share to the Levites, who are in charge of maintaining the Lord’s Tabernacle.”31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses.
32 The plunder remaining from everything the fighting men had taken totaled 675,000 sheep and goats,33 72,000 cattle,34 61,000 donkeys,35 and 32,000 virgin girls.
36 Half of the plunder was given to the fighting men. It totaled 337,500 sheep and goats,37 of which 675 were the Lord’s share;38 36,000 cattle, of which 72 were the Lord’s share;39 30,500 donkeys, of which 61 were the Lord’s share;40 and 16,000 virgin girls, of whom 32 were the Lord’s share.41 Moses gave all the Lord’s share to Eleazar the priest, just as the Lord had directed him.
42 Half of the plunder belonged to the people of Israel, and Moses separated it from the half belonging to the fighting men.43 It totaled 337,500 sheep and goats,44 36,000 cattle,45 30,500 donkeys,46 and 16,000 virgin girls.47 From the half-share given to the people, Moses took one of every fifty prisoners and animals and gave them to the Levites, who maintained the Lord’s Tabernacle. All this was done as the Lord had commanded Moses.
48 Then all the generals and captains came to Moses49 and said, “We, your servants, have accounted for all the men who went out to battle under our command; not one of us is missing!50 So we are presenting the items of gold we captured as an offering to the Lord from our share of the plunder—armbands, bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces. This will purify our lives before the Lord and make us right with him.[b]”
51 So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from all the military commanders—all kinds of jewelry and crafted objects.52 In all, the gold that the generals and captains presented as a gift to the Lord weighed about 420 pounds.[c]53 All the fighting men had taken some of the plunder for themselves.54 So Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted the gifts from the generals and captains and brought the gold to the Tabernacle[d] as a reminder to the Lord that the people of Israel belong to him.
“Your Greed, Lust, and Pride does not allow you to appreciate, experience, and see what your Father God Provides for you right before your very Eyes.” ~ Jon Barnes
You have developed a lifetime worth of bad habits, full of fat repetitious behavior, based on your own thoughts, ideas, traditions, and works that are evil, selfish, or wrong, because God’s ways of love are missing in your mind! Your wicked heart makes every excuse to block the mind, body, and soul to use God’s Good work and ways of righteousness.
You should thank God for the devil’s process, so that you may learn from God and clean up your mess and allow your heart to process the truth. Thank God for a mind that listens to develop a loving heart that transitions into a repenting, mature, masterpiece of God’s Working Spit Art, which will allow you access into the Gate of Heaven.
Avoiding and running from your clean up job with Love is not progress, because the richness of Lust, Pride and Greed has an empty thunk sound of need, in the trunk of your soul, ringing for eternity in want. All the power, money, fame, talent, and fake feelings of bliss, is just a technological misappropriation of true love, with a hollow front. Trumped by your own empty shell games, your greed has been sold and now returns to claim your evil soul’s remains in the thunk, trumped sound of Hell and perpetual pain.
How can you see the truth in God’s Love, since you are using the devil’s eyes of Lust, Greed, and Pride?
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Jacob Arrives at Paddan-Aram
29 Then Jacob hurried on, finally arriving in the land of the east.2 He saw a well in the distance. Three flocks of sheep and goats lay in an open field beside it, waiting to be watered. But a heavy stone covered the mouth of the well.
3 It was the custom there to wait for all the flocks to arrive before removing the stone and watering the animals. Afterward the stone would be placed back over the mouth of the well.4 Jacob went over to the shepherds and asked, “Where are you from, my friends?”
“We are from Haran,” they answered.
5 “Do you know a man there named Laban, the grandson of Nahor?” he asked.
“Yes, we do,” they replied.
6 “Is he doing well?” Jacob asked.
“Yes, he’s well,” they answered. “Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the flock now.”
7 Jacob said, “Look, it’s still broad daylight—too early to round up the animals. Why don’t you water the sheep and goats so they can get back out to pasture?”
8 “We can’t water the animals until all the flocks have arrived,” they replied. “Then the shepherds move the stone from the mouth of the well, and we water all the sheep and goats.”
9 Jacob was still talking with them when Rachel arrived with her father’s flock, for she was a shepherd.10 And because Rachel was his cousin—the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother—and because the sheep and goats belonged to his uncle Laban, Jacob went over to the well and moved the stone from its mouth and watered his uncle’s flock.11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and he wept aloud.12 He explained to Rachel that he was her cousin on her father’s side—the son of her aunt Rebekah. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban.
13 As soon as Laban heard that his nephew Jacob had arrived, he ran out to meet him. He embraced and kissed him and brought him home. When Jacob had told him his story,14 Laban exclaimed, “You really are my own flesh and blood!”
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
After Jacob had stayed with Laban for about a month,15 Laban said to him, “You shouldn’t work for me without pay just because we are relatives. Tell me how much your wages should be.”
16 Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel.17 There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes,[a] but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.18 Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.”
19 “Agreed!” Laban replied. “I’d rather give her to you than to anyone else. Stay and work with me.”20 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.
21 Finally, the time came for him to marry her. “I have fulfilled my agreement,” Jacob said to Laban. “Now give me my wife so I can sleep with her.”
22 So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood and prepared a wedding feast.23 But that night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her.24 (Laban had given Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.)
25 But when Jacob woke up in the morning—it was Leah! “What have you done to me?” Jacob raged at Laban. “I worked seven years for Rachel! Why have you tricked me?”
26 “It’s not our custom here to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn,” Laban replied.27 “But wait until the bridal week is over; then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.”
28 So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too.29 (Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid.)30 So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years.
Jacob’s Many Children
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive.32 So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[b] for she said, “The Lord has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me.”
33 She soon became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. She named him Simeon,[c] for she said, “The Lord heard that I was unloved and has given me another son.”
34 Then she became pregnant a third time and gave birth to another son. He was named Levi,[d] for she said, “Surely this time my husband will feel affection for me, since I have given him three sons!”
35 Once again Leah became pregnant and gave birth to another son. She named him Judah,[e] for she said, “Now I will praise the Lord!” And then she stopped having children.
“If listening to God is something most of us don’t do naturally very well, then imagine what it’s like listening to each other; What a concept!” ~ Jon Barnes
Learn to listen with open ears and open eyes, with a closed mouth, so that God can easily bless you with thanksgiving in your heart. Walk the path of wisdom and focus your energy on completing the good job, ignoring evil distractions and avoiding wasted time, energy, and space. Your true faith in God determines your true path to Heaven.
Pride, lust, and greed are like wax build up in your ears, blocking out logic, words, instruction, wisdom, and knowledge. Wasteful incompetence rules the hearts of the self-righteous ignorant behaviors of lazy people, full of wanting, gaining and maintaining little. So, the evil solution is to lie, cheat, enslave, and steal from your neighbor.
We manufacture our own problems when we don’t listen and do a good job with God’s information and systems. There is a lot of work to be done each day to balance efforts and objectives with our routines, even with God’s help. We can cause quite a bit of grief when our lifestyles and beliefs contradict simple, easy, basic commandments of honest love, from God.
Do you have honest love, with God?
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6 When men became many in number on the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful. And they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not stay in man forever, for he is flesh. But yet he will live for 120 years.” 4 Very large men were on the earth in those days, and later also, when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, who gave birth to their children. These were the powerful men of long ago, men of much strength.
5 Then the Lord saw that man was very sinful on the earth. Every plan and thought of the heart of man was sinful always. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth. He had sorrow in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have made from the land, man and animals, things that move upon the earth and birds of the sky. For I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
9 This is the story of Noah and his family. Noah was right with God. He was without blame in his time. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was sinful in the eyes of God. The earth was filled with people hurting each other. 12 God looked at the earth and saw how sinful it was. For all who lived on the earth had become sinful in their ways.
13 Then God said to Noah, “I have decided to make an end to all the people on the earth. They are the cause of very much trouble. See, I will destroy them as I destroy the earth. 14 Make a large boat of gopher wood for yourself. Build rooms in the boat. And cover it inside and out with tar. 15 This is how you are to make it: The boat is to be as long as 150 long steps, as wide as twenty-five long steps, and eight times taller than a man. 16 Make a window for the boat, that goes down a cubit from the roof. Put a door in the side of the boat. And make it with first, second, and third floors. 17 See, I will bring a flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh under heaven that has the breath of life. Everything on earth will be destroyed. 18 But I will make My agreement with you. You will go into the large boat, you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the large boat two of every kind of living thing of all flesh, to keep them alive with you. They will be male and female. 20 Two of all the kinds of birds, and animals, and every thing that moves on the ground are to be with you to keep them alive. 21 And take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it. It will be food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did just what God told him to do.
“I get the impression that God enjoys His kids the way He created us to be; honest, lovable, helpful, original, respectful, and playful.” ~ Jon Barnes
First impressions are the original thoughts and actions that comes to mind as we work, play, learn, and love. They can also be wrong. Advertisement and opinions can used to change the truth and the perception of reality, when we don’t do our own homework, thinking, reading and praying.
Many of us are quick to follow fashion, fame, and fluff of the new age stuff, without considering the consequences of technology, social media, and peer pressure from access. The cost of demand is at an all time high, leaving common sense in the dust of lust. We gotta have it! Well what is it? I remember as a kid people telling me that they will live the way they want and repent in the last second of their life to make it into heaven. Good luck, I told them.
Lasting impressions are accurate stories of people who do good work and inspire generations of people. They quietly work day to day, focused, and eager to live, love, share, and care about doing God’s work and not just looking cute. The dirty work of playing, practicing, living, and loving is a true labor of obeying God’s lifestyle and we cannot make up our own rules. Your reality is the first and last impression God will have of you and your life’s work in the faith for the Kingdom of God. Love, learn, and live wisely, with God’s standards.
Are you following the many wicked trends of this world and popular people, leaving God in the library on a shelf and at church, until you die?
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1 The elder,
To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.
“Stop evil people, scoffers, and hypocrites from polluting our society by living and honest lifestyle of truth, quality, and focused love that ripples and roars like waves in the ocean.” ~ Jon Barnes
You cannot love people in isolation, but fellowship and live by faith in your loving work ethic and honest profession. Practicing positive points of God’s commandments and precepts with precision, places precious added value of labor and love to your motives, movements, and mindset. Development, experience, and progress occur in the face of committed communication, with consistent life like constant action to maintain attraction and accumulated access to God.
Fools are not ashamed by the rhetoric, lies, inflated egos, latest trends, and worldly hip statements of the day, that means nothing to the Kingdom of God. They deny the existence of God by taking God’s job and pretending to enslave God, people, and the world with the lust of power, greed, technology, and deceit. Forgetting that God Owns Everything, evil looks, acts, and sounds like a famous fool of fluff, blowing in the wind. Fools hate Good Knowledge and God’s lifestyle of wisdom and love.
A Professional Fool will memorize and recite Scripture, but live a complete opposite lifestyle from the truth of God! They will use parts of scriptures to invent new stories and lies. Definitions of words become exchanged, confused, and blurred so that good communication is interrupted, cut off, deleted, and replaced. Bad becomes Good and Good becomes evil. Liar liar, devil devil, not so, say’s the Lord! Truth begets truth and advocates honesty and integrity with every spoken word and work. God will judge and advocate for Himself. Liars are already exposed as hypocrites and scoffers working undercover for the devil. God Knows!
Are you a secret agent advocating for your own beliefs along with satan?
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1 John 3
3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
More on Love and Hatred
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,[b] if the world hates you.14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God22 and receive from him anything we ask,because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
“An evil mind is at the root of a corrupt heart, which beats like a poisonous spray of chemical pesticides in the body, into the air, onto farmlands, into the oceans, from your mouth, into your job, business, corporations, governments, schools, churches, and the likes, throughout the world.” ~ Jon Barnes
As a partner with evil, greed seems unstoppable in the face of unnecessary increased pricing for basic goods and services. Resources are withheld from the working population to become independently responsible, accountable, and rewarded for honest work. Fake words, fine print, and fabricated stories lure people into the waters of entrapment, full of hungry crocodiles ready to feed. Misinformation is sprayed into the public to market the mist of profit inflation, poverty, unfair housing cost, ridiculous rental rates, slave labor, and incarceration of Good Ideas. Resist the mist of evil and practice fair ethics in the Mist of God.
Pills, drugs, enhance food ingredients, chemicals, products, and other unnatural things are blended with everyday household goods. We are told the side effects are harmless or call your physician if your heart stops beating; they may bring you back to life. Natural medicine is almost considered poisonous in the minds of many, now that the pharmaceuticals hooked us all with quick fixes, flash flood promises. We have stopped thinking for ourselves and now allow the computers to count, manage, account, and babysit us. The Myth has become reality. Machine poisoning? Balance the mass mayhem and limit your intake and exposure.
God gives us all enough land, water, resources, and intelligence to build homes for everyone, feed all people, provide jobs and education, and to manage our health, wealth and good efforts. Greed has enslaved us. If we Love God and love each other, we will build bridges for all people to travel the road to success, optimize and maintain the infrastructure with honest repairs and workmanship. End the slavery. Education, solutions, and inventions will not be shelved or hidden from public knowledge to monopolize global systems, if we are honest. The use of Myrrh, Frankincense, and other natural ingredients from God’s green earth will help cleanse minds, emotions, and physical contaminates, as we pray for guidance.
Is your family corrupt from your personal practices of white lies and short cuts, omitting God’s commandments from your home, business, and church lifestyle?
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1 John 1
The Incarnation of the Word of Life
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.4 We write this to make our[a] joy complete.
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
“The rain drops on the just and the unjust and God will reward workers who produce crops, not crap!”
God owns all land and all souls and all life. Each life matters, as He rains, water, blessings, and provisions for everyone to eat, sleep, work, play and be happy. Share the land and stop stealing it from the people.
There is more than enough food, land, water, technology, help, and truthful information that God has provided for us to help each other. Instead, we cheat, lie, steal, and enslave the masses by collecting all of the surplus. Evil then gives each person crumbs from the table, while they eat the best, hoarding from the rest. This is the human story of old as people have always been bought, enslaved, and sold.
They build jails of the ghettos of over priced, expensive shacks, making renters and owners pay ridiculous fees. Public and institutional jails seem the same, if you please. The banking home loans are so corrupt that they have taken the land, water, and building rights from the majority of the us– the working people. We are locked into our homes without bars.
How do you become a Good Farmer again for God?
The High Priest of a New Covenant
8 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a]6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.8 But God found fault with the people and said[b]:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. 10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”[c]
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.