All Good

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“No matter where you are in life, if you’re with God it’s all good.”

TB

Nothing

You could be rich. You could be poor. You could be loved by all. You could be hated by everyone. You could see the world. You could see only your neighborhood. You could influential. You could be no one. You could be content. You could be miserable. Regardless of your situation, if God is not at the head of it, it means nothing.

Everything

Humans are curious and arrogant creatures. We desire to define everything against our own understanding, as God doesn’t exist. As such, we create rules and goals that we pass on pretending as if man has the final say. Once you’re done playing with plastic morals and achievements, drop your worldly possessions and desires to pursue Christ. In Him, you will have everything.

Today’s Question

Are you tired of being led by the blind?

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Ezekiel 22

1 Now this message came to me from the LORD : 2 “Son of man, are you ready to judge Jerusalem? Are you ready to judge this city of murderers? Publicly denounce her detestable sins, 3 and give her this message from the Sovereign LORD : O city of murderers, doomed and damned—city of idols, filthy and foul— 4 you are guilty because of the blood you have shed. You are defiled because of the idols you have made. Your day of destruction has come! You have reached the end of your years. I will make you an object of mockery throughout the world. 5 O infamous city, filled with confusion, you will be mocked by people far and near. 6 “Every leader in Israel who lives within your walls is bent on murder. 7 Fathers and mothers are treated with contempt. Foreigners are forced to pay for protection. Orphans and widows are wronged and oppressed among you. 8 You despise my holy things and violate my Sabbath days of rest. 9 People accuse others falsely and send them to their death. You are filled with idol worshipers and people who do obscene things. 10 Men sleep with their fathers’ wives and force themselves on women who are menstruating. 11 Within your walls live men who commit adultery with their neighbors’ wives, who defile their daughters-in-law, or who rape their own sisters. 12 There are hired murderers, loan racketeers, and extortioners everywhere. They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign LORD . 13 “But now I clap my hands in indignation over your dishonest gain and bloodshed. 14 How strong and courageous will you be in my day of reckoning? I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will do what I said. 15 I will scatter you among the nations and purge you of your wickedness. 16 And when I have been dishonored among the nations because of you, you will know that I am the LORD .” 17 Then this message came to me from the LORD : 18 “Son of man, the people of Israel are the worthless slag that remains after silver is smelted. They are the dross that is left over—a useless mixture of copper, tin, iron, and lead. 19 So tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you are all worthless slag, I will bring you to my crucible in Jerusalem. 20 Just as silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin are melted down in a furnace, I will melt you down in the heat of my fury. 21 I will gather you together and blow the fire of my anger upon you, 22 and you will melt like silver in fierce heat. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have poured out my fury on you.’” 23 Again a message came to me from the LORD : 24 “Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: In the day of my indignation, you will be like a polluted land, a land without rain. 25 Your princes plot conspiracies just as lions stalk their prey. They devour innocent people, seizing treasures and extorting wealth. They make many widows in the land. 26 Your priests have violated my instructions and defiled my holy things. They make no distinction between what is holy and what is not. And they do not teach my people the difference between what is ceremonially clean and unclean. They disregard my Sabbath days so that I am dishonored among them. 27 Your leaders are like wolves who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people’s lives for money! 28 And your prophets cover up for them by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. They say, ‘My message is from the Sovereign LORD,’ when the LORD hasn’t spoken a single word to them. 29 Even common people oppress the poor, rob the needy, and deprive foreigners of justice. 30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. 31 So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!”

Redundant

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Study the Bible and you will find that the stories of our lives are nothing new.”

TB

Amazing

It’s a amazing to me how easily people will back corrupt leaders, ideas, environment, and the like, all for a paycheck, status, resources, etc. Deep down they know that it’s wrong, but they’d rather obtain their ill-gotten gains than to combat evildoing. As such, they too become evil! Friends, turn away from evil especially if you stand to gain from their wicked ways. Temporary comfort in the natural world does not absolve you from the account you must give in due time.

Repetitive

As much as I like to believe I’m unique, just spending some time in the Bible, I am made acutely aware of how ALL of our stories have already played out in so many different ways. Even in the Old Testament, people carried on, doing evil things, worshiping false gods, and not knowing who God is. So why is it shocking that in 2020 the story is still the same? Well, it isn’t. What brings me great comfort in knowing that the same sovereign God from the Bible is the same God who is here with us. So while our stories are not new, we still make the choice to be on the right or wrong side of the narrative. Study well to understand where you are and where you are going.

Today’s Question

Have you not read enough of the Bible to know what happens to flesh-driven people?

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Ezekiel 8

1 Then on September 17, during the sixth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, while the leaders of Judah were in my home, the Sovereign LORD took hold of me. 2 I saw a figure that appeared to be a man. From what appeared to be his waist down, he looked like a burning flame. From the waist up he looked like gleaming amber. 3 He reached out what seemed to be a hand and took me by the hair. Then the Spirit lifted me up into the sky and transported me to Jerusalem in a vision from God. I was taken to the north gate of the inner courtyard of the Temple, where there is a large idol that has made the LORD very jealous. 4 Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel was there, just as I had seen it before in the valley. 5 Then the LORD said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and there to the north, beside the entrance to the gate near the altar, stood the idol that had made the LORD so jealous. 6 “Son of man,” he said, “do you see what they are doing? Do you see the detestable sins the people of Israel are committing to drive me from my Temple? But come, and you will see even more detestable sins than these!” 7 Then he brought me to the door of the Temple courtyard, where I could see a hole in the wall. 8 He said to me, “Now, son of man, dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and found a hidden doorway. 9 “Go in,” he said, “and see the wicked and detestable sins they are committing in there!” 10 So I went in and saw the walls covered with engravings of all kinds of crawling animals and detestable creatures. I also saw the various idols worshiped by the people of Israel. 11 Seventy leaders of Israel were standing there with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan in the center. Each of them held an incense burner, from which a cloud of incense rose above their heads. 12 Then the LORD said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the leaders of Israel are doing with their idols in dark rooms? They are saying, ‘The LORD doesn’t see us; he has deserted our land!’” 13 Then the LORD added, “Come, and I will show you even more detestable sins than these!” 14 He brought me to the north gate of the LORD ’s Temple, and some women were sitting there, weeping for the god Tammuz. 15 “Have you seen this?” he asked. “But I will show you even more detestable sins than these!” 16 Then he brought me into the inner courtyard of the LORD ’s Temple. At the entrance to the sanctuary, between the entry room and the bronze altar, there were about twenty-five men with their backs to the sanctuary of the LORD . They were facing east, bowing low to the ground, worshiping the sun! 17 “Have you seen this, son of man?” he asked. “Is it nothing to the people of Judah that they commit these detestable sins, leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at me, and provoking my anger? 18 Therefore, I will respond in fury. I will neither pity nor spare them. And though they cry for mercy, I will not listen.”

Fools

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t lose your Biblical sense in the pursuit of chasing cents.”

TB

Checks

The Bible sure talks about fools a lot, especially how His people should not interact with them. Seriously, look it up. Fools are bad for business. Be that as it may, why is it that so many fools run businesses? Well, because many folks will entertain fools it the price is right. When fools get into power, they put other fools into power, corrupting the very flow of work and prosperity. Friends, what good is a fortune if it’s in exchange for your soul?

Balances

We must balance our spiritual check books because God is the ultimate Accountant. His payout is way higher and everlasting than any deal a human being can make. Instead of trading your gifts and labor for pennies on the dollar, take a step back and ask yourself ‘does God really want this for me?’. Friends, the beauty and curse of free will is that we choose the path that we’re on. So don’t forfeit spiritual wisdom for ill-gotten fleshly gains.

Today’s Question

Are you ruled by God-given sense or flesh-driven cents?

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Ezekiel 7

1 Then this message came to me from the LORD : 2 “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to Israel: “The end is here! Wherever you look— east, west, north, or south— your land is finished. 3 No hope remains, for I will unleash my anger against you. I will call you to account for all your detestable sins. 4 I will turn my eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins. Then you will know that I am the LORD . 5 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Disaster after disaster is coming your way! 6 The end has come. It has finally arrived. Your final doom is waiting! 7 O people of Israel, the day of your destruction is dawning. The time has come; the day of trouble is near. Shouts of anguish will be heard on the mountains, not shouts of joy. 8 Soon I will pour out my fury on you and unleash my anger against you. I will call you to account for all your detestable sins. 9 I will turn my eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins. Then you will know that it is I, the LORD, who is striking the blow. 10 “The day of judgment is here; your destruction awaits! The people’s wickedness and pride have blossomed to full flower. 11 Their violence has grown into a rod that will beat them for their wickedness. None of these proud and wicked people will survive. All their wealth and prestige will be swept away. 12 Yes, the time has come; the day is here! Buyers should not rejoice over bargains, nor sellers grieve over losses, for all of them will fall under my terrible anger. 13 Even if the merchants survive, they will never return to their business. For what God has said applies to everyone— it will not be changed! Not one person whose life is twisted by sin will ever recover. 14 “The trumpet calls Israel’s army to mobilize, but no one listens, for my fury is against them all. 15 There is war outside the city and disease and famine within. Those outside the city walls will be killed by enemy swords. Those inside the city will die of famine and disease. 16 The survivors who escape to the mountains will moan like doves, weeping for their sins. 17 Their hands will hang limp, their knees will be weak as water. 18 They will dress themselves in burlap; horror and shame will cover them. They will shave their heads in sorrow and remorse. 19 “They will throw their money in the streets, tossing it out like worthless trash. Their silver and gold won’t save them on that day of the LORD ’s anger. It will neither satisfy nor feed them, for their greed can only trip them up. 20 They were proud of their beautiful jewelry and used it to make detestable idols and vile images. Therefore, I will make all their wealth disgusting to them. 21 I will give it as plunder to foreigners, to the most wicked of nations, and they will defile it. 22 I will turn my eyes from them as these robbers invade and defile my treasured land. 23 “Prepare chains for my people, for the land is bloodied by terrible crimes. Jerusalem is filled with violence. 24 I will bring the most ruthless of nations to occupy their homes. I will break down their proud fortresses and defile their sanctuaries. 25 Terror and trembling will overcome my people. They will look for peace but not find it. 26 Calamity will follow calamity; rumor will follow rumor. They will look in vain for a vision from the prophets. They will receive no teaching from the priests and no counsel from the leaders. 27 The king and the prince will stand helpless, weeping in despair, and the people’s hands will tremble with fear. I will bring on them the evil they have done to others, and they will receive the punishment they so richly deserve. Then they will know that I am the LORD .”

And Then

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“No matter where you go or what you’ll go through, you will always be there.”~TB

Fixed

Everyone at some point in their life has had a deep-seated “if only” mindset and the world supports that type of thinking. “If only I had more money or if only I had that car/job/spouse/house, and then everything would be perfect and I wouldn’t have anything to worry about,” etc. We often erroneously believe that once a situation changes, then poof we magically change right along with it. This idea of and then is very misleading because it does not take Spoiler alert: no matter what circumstance you are in, the only thing that is always a constant is you. 

Pliable 

So even if you received all of your heart’s desires, things may change externally, but internally, the same things remain. Therefore, we must ask God to changes our hearts and minds; and we must change our behaviors to realize God’s peace and contentment. True peace and contentment are counterintuitive to the world’s standards. The world teaches us that we are to consume, consume, consume. However, those who know God understand it’s He who sets all things in motion. For us to get out of our and then mindsets, we have to understand the present presence of God’s peace. When we focus on Christ, we count all circumstances as joy and then our priorities are aligned with His.

Today’s Question

Are you letting “and then” stall your growth in Christ?

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Jeremiah 17

1 “The sin of Judah is inscribed with an iron chisel— engraved with a diamond point on their stony hearts and on the corners of their altars. 
2 Even their children go to worship at their pagan altars and Asherah poles, beneath every green tree and on every high hill. 
3 So I will hand over my holy mountain— along with all your wealth and treasures and your pagan shrines— as plunder to your enemies, for sin runs rampant in your land. 
4 The wonderful possession I have reserved for you will slip from your hands. I will tell your enemies to take you as captives to a foreign land. For my anger blazes like a fire that will burn forever.” 
5 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD . 
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. 
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. 
9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 
10 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” 
11 Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools. 
12 But we worship at your throne— eternal, high, and glorious! 
13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced. They will be buried in the dust of the earth, for they have abandoned the LORD, the fountain of living water. 
14 O LORD, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone! 
15 People scoff at me and say, “What is this ‘message from the LORD ’ you talk about? Why don’t your predictions come true?” 
16 LORD, I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for your people. I have not urged you to send disaster. You have heard everything I’ve said. 
17 LORD, don’t terrorize me! You alone are my hope in the day of disaster. 
18 Bring shame and dismay on all who persecute me, but don’t let me experience shame and dismay. Bring a day of terror on them. Yes, bring double destruction upon them! 
19 This is what the LORD said to me: “Go and stand in the gates of Jerusalem, first in the gate where the king goes in and out, and then in each of the other gates. 
20 Say to all the people, ‘Listen to this message from the LORD, you kings of Judah and all you people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem. 
21 This is what the LORD says: Listen to my warning! Stop carrying on your trade at Jerusalem’s gates on the Sabbath day. 
22 Do not do your work on the Sabbath, but make it a holy day. I gave this command to your ancestors, 
23 but they did not listen or obey. They stubbornly refused to pay attention or accept my discipline. 
24 “‘But if you obey me, says the LORD, and do not carry on your trade at the gates or work on the Sabbath day, and if you keep it holy, 
25 then kings and their officials will go in and out of these gates forever. There will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem. Kings and their officials will always ride in and out among the people of Judah in chariots and on horses, and this city will remain forever. 
26 And from all around Jerusalem, from the towns of Judah and Benjamin, from the western foothills and the hill country and the Negev, the people will come with their burnt offerings and sacrifices. They will bring their grain offerings, frankincense, and thanksgiving offerings to the LORD ’s Temple. 
27 “‘But if you do not listen to me and refuse to keep the Sabbath holy, and if on the Sabbath day you bring loads of merchandise through the gates of Jerusalem just as on other days, then I will set fire to these gates. The fire will spread to the palaces, and no one will be able to put out the roaring flames.’”

 

Set Aside

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Set aside your old foolish ways that you can live well in Christ.”~TB

As You Are

God will always love you in every stage of your life. Be that as it may, a life full of misdeeds will dampen the Truth and Joy God wants to share with you. Sinning does not revoke your salvation. It does, however, disrupt your connection to Christ. God doesn’t let go of you when you sin, you let go of Him when you do. Stop chasing fleshly pleasures as they lead you astray. Do not desire a life of power because the pursuit of your own status will cause you to forget whose power actually matters. Though this world can offer things that satisfy immediate fleshly desires, the human lifespan is a millisecond compared to eternity. Invest wisely.

Throw Off

If you’re tired of the obstacles and mayhem that comes with secular life, look to God. Throw off your vices, devices, and sinful behaviors to experience the Truth, joy, and contentment that can only come from our Father in Heaven. Cultivate the discipline and perseverance required to lead an honorable life. This means abandoning the ways of the world and adopting the teachings of Christ. When you apply the Godly wisdom that can be found in the Bible, notice how your life changes. The Truth will open your eyes, and suddenly what you once craved is detestable. If you allow God to write the Truth on your hearts, the world has less influence on your behavior. Follow Him to set aside junk so that you can possess your inheritance.

Today’s Question

Did you set aside your old life or is it throwing you off?

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Proverbs 6

1 My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger— 
2 if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— 
3 follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. 
4 Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. 
5 Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net. 
6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 
7Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 
8they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 
9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 
11then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. 
12 What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars, 
13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. 
14 Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble. 
15 But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing. 
16 There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things he detests: 
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, 
18 a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 
19 a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. 
20 My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. 
21 Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. 
22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. 
23 For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life. 
24 It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman. 
25Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you. 
26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life. 
27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire? 
28 Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? 
29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished. 
30 Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. 
31 But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house. 
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself. 
33 He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased. 
34 For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. 
35 He will accept no compensation, nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.

Credit

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t give the devil more credit than he deserves.”~TB

3 Things

To understand what you’re up against, you must know your battlefield. There are three things that will constantly test you. Know what you’re up against so that you can pass your tests. Give credit where it is due, but don’t let these things rule over you.

The Devil

There is no reason to fear the devil. The enemy can only do so much to you. When you give credit to the evil one for all of the struggles in your life, you are abdicating your responsibility in the decisions that you make. You have to make the choice to act on his influence, he can’t force you to sin.

The Flesh

As sin-fallen creatures, your flesh will always desire ungodly things. Power, sex, money, these are temptations that you must control your flesh around, otherwise, you will be ruled by them. You control your flesh, not the devil. So when you screw up, credit yourself, not him. Read the Word to tame your flesh. Lean on the Holy Spirit to form a disciplined thought life. You can to actively choose to deny your flesh, don’t sleep on your authority.

The World

The world is a vile place that will chop and screw you up if you let it. Society mocks what is good, branding it as ‘lame’ or ‘uncool’. Do not fall for the illustrious ways of the world. It will seduce you into debt, jealousy, shame, violence, and destruction. The world is quite influential if you give it credit. But even still, you make the choice to buy shiny things you cannot afford. You make the decision to adhere to sinful practices in order to gain influence. You choose to deny God because you bow down to the pressure of your peers.

Today’s Question

Are you taking credit for your choices or is it always someone else’s fault?

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Proverbs 3

1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. 
2 If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. 
3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. 
4 Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. 
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 
7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 
8 Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. 
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. 
10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. 
11 My child, don’t reject the LORD ’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. 
12 For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. 
13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. 
14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. 
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 
16She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.
17 She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.
18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. 
19 By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. 
20 By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, 
22 for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. 
23 They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. 
24 You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. 
25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, 
26 for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. 
27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. 
28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” 
29 Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you. 
30 Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm. 
31 Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. 
32 Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly.
33 The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright. 
34 The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. 
35 The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!

Authenticity

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“If being authentic requires you to physically change yourself, that’s not authenticity”~TB

As You Are

We live in a time where people scream authenticity yet their behaviors and desires say anything but. Their bodies, minds, and spirit are chemically, physically, and mentally altered by man-made foolishness. Society–backed by money-hungry companies– spend millions of dollars to create a fake utopian illusion that distorts love and teaches people they are not good enough as they are. Instead, you need to spend money to be considered acceptable. Do you know who already considers you beautiful and acceptable? God. He made you and already paid the ultimate price for you. No marketing department of any corporation will ever invest that much on you.

Open Your Eyes

If being the ‘real’ you requires you to change your appearance, how real are you? There is another name for that; idolatry. Friends, be wary of people, products, and businesses that profit off of your insecurity. God created you as you are intended. Open your eyes and see that the very people shouting ‘freedom, self-expression, and choice’ are trapping you into their distorted version of reality. If freedom means conforming to a society built by a fallen world, that is not freedom. If practicing ‘self-love’ involves discarding the teachings of the Bible, truly that is not love at all! Watch yourselves on this slippery slope. Stop being enticed into self-worship, seeking validation from other confused people. If it’s authenticity and love that you seek, turn your eyes to God.

Today’s Question

Are you an authentic Child of God or has this sin-fallen world taught you to be your own god?

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Psalm 100

1 Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! 
2 Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 
3 Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 
5 For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Contentment

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Greed, waste, and laziness will make you lose more money than you can ever earn, but God can teach you how to be productive and content.” ~ Jon Barnes

Begin

Begin to look at everything God has done on this planet as a tourist and admire His creations to become inspired to learn, grow, share, care, and develop the talent He has given you.  You are never too old to learn new things to color, dance, sing, read, listen, and give back to your community. As a result, you will find and develop many talents because of your willingness to be obedient to God’s ways and open to learning.

Play Nice

Playing nicely on the playground, at work, home, church, and everywhere you go is like saving money and developing good friends.  Saving your money by not wasting products, goods, and services are the best tool for consumption with contentment, just as saving your time by being obedient with God from the beginning.  Nurturing family, friends, students, and people will leave a lasting impression of gratitude, faith, and integrity.

Channel

Turn the channel from negative points of view and see yourself fixing your own problems each day one step at a time.  Do what you say and check off things on your list.  Channel your energy, thoughts, and prayers into doing all things with the best intentions with simplicity, focus, and fulfillment of joy.
Today’s Question
Has money become your only motivation and not God? 
 
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1 Chronicles 10 

Saul Takes His Life

10 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa. The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malki-Shua. The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him.
Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.”
But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died. So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together.
When all the Israelites in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.
The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. They stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news among their idols and their people. 10 They put his armor in the temple of their gods and hung up his head in the temple of Dagon.
11 When all the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all their valiant men went and took the bodies of Saul and his sons and brought them to Jabesh. Then they buried their bones under the great tree in Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.
13 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.
Love,
Jonathan

Mapped

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The more steps you take towards God along the narrow path, your map in life becomes more centered and beautifully balanced around Him.” ~ Jon Barnes
 

Increase

Gradually increase the number of steps towards God each day and you will start acting like Him. Your choices and options in life become randomly clear, cleaner, and easier to follow, adjust, and adapt to moving in God’s plan and direction. Your own plans are not good enough since we don’t have The Map of Life. When you meet people, it is good to have the right things to say and give because you are following God and His Map of Life for you. Be a blessing.

Pension

We all pay into the Great Pension Plan in life because God has mandated that we will reap what we sow.  Your choice of maps will also affect the outcome of your personal pension plan and it’s purpose. The Good Work you do for God by faith activates and accumulates your heavenly Pension Plan of eternal action and acceptance, based on your repentance and honest heart. Guard your personal pension plan with pure love for God in all things that you do.

Savings

We all have different levels and types of savings plans, but Jesus knows who is following the Map of Savings with The Bank of Christ. Your debits and credit of the fruit of the Spirit are being calculated by your faith and works. Your lifestyle is following your map of choice, which has a destination of purpose or foolishness. Saving with God is an act of being Saved and the more savings you accumulate the more you can help others as an example. God is the final judge!

Given

Your tithes are money you personally put into the Kingdom to advance ministry all around the world. Church, Missionary, Evangelism, Street Ministry, Music Ministry, and the likes can all help support the Body of Christ and global network of support. Only God can judge what, when, where, how, and why you give to the Kingdom of God and It’s Church Body. Some methods are traditional and other may be rather creative, but God knows your heart and motives in your thanksgiving, tithes, offerings, and steps towards Him. Give your time, money, and best effort.
Today’s Question
Are you following God’s Map or the map of man?
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1 Kings 7 

Solomon Builds His Palace

Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.
One of Solomon’s buildings was called the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.[a] There were four rows of cedar pillars, and great cedar beams rested on the pillars. The hall had a cedar roof. Above the beams on the pillars were forty-five side rooms,[b] arranged in three tiers of fifteen each. On each end of the long hall were three rows of windows facing each other. All the doorways and doorposts[c] had rectangular frames and were arranged in sets of three, facing each other.
Solomon also built the Hall of Pillars, which was 75 feet long and 45 feet wide.[d]There was a porch in front, along with a canopy supported by pillars.
Solomon also built the throne room, known as the Hall of Justice, where he sat to hear legal matters. It was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.[e] Solomon’s living quarters surrounded a courtyard behind this hall, and they were constructed the same way. He also built similar living quarters for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married.
From foundation to eaves, all these buildings were built from huge blocks of high-quality stone, cut with saws and trimmed to exact measure on all sides.10 Some of the huge foundation stones were 15 feet long, and some were 12 feet[f]long. 11 The blocks of high-quality stone used in the walls were also cut to measure, and cedar beams were also used. 12 The walls of the great courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams between every three layers of finished stone, just like the walls of the inner courtyard of the Lord’s Temple with its entry room.

Furnishings for the Temple

13 King Solomon then asked for a man named Huram[g] to come from Tyre. 14 He was half Israelite, since his mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father had been a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. Huram was extremely skillful and talented in any work in bronze, and he came to do all the metal work for King Solomon.
15 Huram cast two bronze pillars, each 27 feet tall and 18 feet in circumference.[h]16 For the tops of the pillars he cast bronze capitals, each 7 1⁄2 feet[i] tall. 17 Each capital was decorated with seven sets of latticework and interwoven chains. 18 He also encircled the latticework with two rows of pomegranates to decorate the capitals over the pillars. 19 The capitals on the columns inside the entry room were shaped like water lilies, and they were six feet[j] tall. 20 The capitals on the two pillars had 200 pomegranates in two rows around them, beside the rounded surface next to the latticework. 21 Huram set the pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one toward the south and one toward the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz.[k] 22 The capitals on the pillars were shaped like water lilies. And so the work on the pillars was finished.
23 Then Huram cast a great round basin, 15 feet across from rim to rim, called the Sea. It was 7 1⁄2 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference.[l] 24 It was encircled just below its rim by two rows of decorative gourds. There were about six gourds per foot[m] all the way around, and they were cast as part of the basin.
25 The Sea was placed on a base of twelve bronze oxen,[n] all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, and the Sea rested on them. 26 The walls of the Sea were about three inches[o] thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a water lily blossom. It could hold about 11,000 gallons[p] of water.
27 Huram also made ten bronze water carts, each 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet tall.[q] 28 They were constructed with side panels braced with crossbars.29 Both the panels and the crossbars were decorated with carved lions, oxen, and cherubim. Above and below the lions and oxen were wreath decorations. 30 Each of these carts had four bronze wheels and bronze axles. There were supporting posts for the bronze basins at the corners of the carts; these supports were decorated on each side with carvings of wreaths. 31 The top of each cart had a rounded frame for the basin. It projected 1 1⁄2 feet[r] above the cart’s top like a round pedestal, and its opening was 2 1⁄4 feet[s] across; it was decorated on the outside with carvings of wreaths. The panels of the carts were square, not round.32 Under the panels were four wheels that were connected to axles that had been cast as one unit with the cart. The wheels were 2 1⁄4 feet in diameter 33 and were similar to chariot wheels. The axles, spokes, rims, and hubs were all cast from molten bronze.
34 There were handles at each of the four corners of the carts, and these, too, were cast as one unit with the cart. 35 Around the top of each cart was a rim nine inches wide.[t] The corner supports and side panels were cast as one unit with the cart. 36 Carvings of cherubim, lions, and palm trees decorated the panels and corner supports wherever there was room, and there were wreaths all around.37 All ten water carts were the same size and were made alike, for each was cast from the same mold.
38 Huram also made ten smaller bronze basins, one for each cart. Each basin was six feet across and could hold 220 gallons[u] of water. 39 He set five water carts on the south side of the Temple and five on the north side. The great bronze basin called the Sea was placed near the southeast corner of the Temple. 40 He also made the necessary washbasins, shovels, and bowls.
So at last Huram completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of the Lord:
41 the two pillars;
the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
the two networks of interwoven chains that decorated the capitals;
42 the 400 pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that decorated the capitals on top of the pillars);
43 the ten water carts holding the ten basins;
44 the Sea and the twelve oxen under it;
45 the ash buckets, the shovels, and the bowls.
Huram made all these things of burnished bronze for the Temple of the Lord, just as King Solomon had directed. 46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan. 47 Solomon did not weigh all these things because there were so many; the weight of the bronze could not be measured.
48 Solomon also made all the furnishings of the Temple of the Lord:
the gold altar;
the gold table for the Bread of the Presence;
49 the lampstands of solid gold, five on the south and five on the north, in front of the Most Holy Place;
the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs—all of gold;
50 the small bowls, lamp snuffers, bowls, ladles, and incense burners—all of solid gold;
the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, with their fronts overlaid with gold.
51 So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple.
Love,
Jonathan

Grandpa

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote 
“Grandpa was an honest musician, choir director, Minister, interior decorator, a property developer, a business man who built a church with his own money, talent, and hands, while teaching his family values about God.” ~ Jon Barnes

Without

My family is without excuse if many should die and go to hell, because my grandfather personally taught us all about the truth and I’m teaching my family to uphold God’s truth in their lives, as well. It was made clear to me that I needed to understand how to apply God’s Commandments and lifestyle laws to my personal life to walk in faith, integrity, honor, and simplicity. I have no excuse. People that I love know exactly where I stand with God in the center of my heart! There are no short cuts to heaven because you can fool people, but you cannot fool God. My question to myself is, am I a lying, cheating, stealing, lustful, foolish devil, pretending to love God?

Recite

Memorizing a prayer, giving money to churches, helping the poor, and living like a devil behind closed doors, six and a half days of the week, is wicked. The wicked can recite the Lord’s Prayer, Preach, and Teach things in the bible better than you, just like the devil lied to Eve and Adam. People make and change laws to suite their lifestyle, lust and greed. The job of evil is to appear to be nice, loving, giving, kind and helpful, so that you can slowly move into the dark side, providing much needed company in Hell. My grandpa was no fool and we often had long conversations about biblical principals. I would love to ask him tough questions that he didn’t have answers too, but was honest enough to say, “I don’t know.”

Proudly

My Grandfather and I had many heart to heart talks about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as we talked about everything, his childhood, father, being a father, an employer, owner of real-estate, helping in the community, and doing your best. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, ” You are the only one of my boys, who graduated from college!” He then said, “Thank You for doing the things I have taught you to do, raising your family and moving forward in God.” It meant a lot to know that my grand farther was pleased with my work. The last month that he lived with me in California was the last time that I would see him alive, because he died 6 months later. I proudly bought plane tickets for the visit a year before he died. Bless God for Good GrandFathers!
Today’s Question
Will your grandparents be proud of your lifestyle, action, and faith in God or will God reject you as you are rejecting Him?
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Leviticus 24

Pure Oil and Holy Bread

24 The Lord said to Moses, “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually. This is the lampstand that stands in the Tabernacle, in front of the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant.[a] Aaron must keep the lamps burning in the Lord’s presence all night. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation. Aaron and the priests must tend the lamps on the pure gold lampstand continually in the Lord’s presence.
“You must bake twelve flat loaves of bread from choice flour, using four quarts[b]of flour for each loaf. Place the bread before the Lord on the pure gold table, and arrange the loaves in two stacks, with six loaves in each stack. Put some pure frankincense near each stack to serve as a representative offering, a special gift presented to the Lord. Every Sabbath day this bread must be laid out before the Lord as a gift from the Israelites; it is an ongoing expression of the eternal covenant. The loaves of bread will belong to Aaron and his descendants, who must eat them in a sacred place, for they are most holy. It is the permanent right of the priests to claim this portion of the special gifts presented to the Lord.”

An Example of Just Punishment

10 One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father came out of his tent and got into a fight with one of the Israelite men. 11 During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the Name of the Lord[c] with a curse. So the man was brought to Moses for judgment. His mother was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan. 12 They kept the man in custody until the Lord’s will in the matter should become clear to them.
13 Then the Lord said to Moses, 14 “Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard the curse to lay their hands on his head. Then let the entire community stone him to death. 15 Say to the people of Israel: Those who curse their God will be punished for their sin. 16 Anyone who blasphemes the Name of the Lord must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel. Any native-born Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the Name of the Lord must be put to death.
17 “Anyone who takes another person’s life must be put to death.
18 “Anyone who kills another person’s animal must pay for it in full—a live animal for the animal that was killed.
19 “Anyone who injures another person must be dealt with according to the injury inflicted— 20 a fracture for a fracture, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Whatever anyone does to injure another person must be paid back in kind.
21 “Whoever kills an animal must pay for it in full, but whoever kills another person must be put to death.
22 “This same standard applies both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.”
23 After Moses gave all these instructions to the Israelites, they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him to death. The Israelites did just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Love,
Jonathan