My Watch

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“On your watch, it is your responsibility to protect, love, mentor, and keep your family safe, focused and well trained in the ways of God and Love with clear examples, ready for battle at any time!” — Jon Barnes

When

When I was young and in need, I wanted someone to help mentor me and spend some time each day to show, model, explain, re-teach, quiz, and make sure that I understood each message, lesson, and commandment about Love from God.  My parents, family, wife, kids, friends, and enemies could only do the best they could do.  Time is limited. But, when you learn to ask God to mentor you, then you become among the ones with the best answers in the room, for understanding.

Look Up

People will look up to you for solutions to copy and fix personal problems.  Your insight and management skills will train others to do better, when you accept what God is teaching you.  Lazy people who refuse to comply to God’s methods will live a lifestyle that says, danger, disaster, problems, roadblocks, greed, wast, and foolishness all over their face.  Look up and you will see these people coming, many from your own family.  Often times it is you who will be doing the wrong things until you ask God yourself!  Look up, seek, and pray!

Destination

In every culture from the beginning of time, someone introduced a wicked practice of disobedience, greed, hatred, envy, laziness, dishonor, lying, cheating, and enslaving others with their hunger for power and injustice. Many have followed this evil. The love of God does not do these things, but His Holy Spirit teaches us how to pray, play, work, and share what we are blessings.  Thought history, there are short periods of time in which we listen to God and this actually works well, before it all goes to hell again.
Today’s Question
Will you keep listening to God or will you become distracted with your own agendas of disobedience?
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1 Chronicles 13

Bringing Back the Ark

13 David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. He then said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the Lord our God, let us send word far and wide to the rest of our people throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their towns and pasturelands, to come and join us. Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of[a] it[b] during the reign of Saul.” The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it seemed right to all the people.
So David assembled all Israel, from the Shihor River in Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim. David and all Israel went to Baalah of Judah (Kiriath Jearim) to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who is enthroned between the cherubim—the ark that is called by the Name.
They moved the ark of God from Abinadab’s house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it. David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, timbrels, cymbals and trumpets.
When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.
11 Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.[c]
12 David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?”13 He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.
Love,
Jonathan

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

Life

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The creation of life is the greatest gift of love God has given us to experience, expand, and study, yet many of us refuse to obey His Basic Commandments and lifestyle lessons.” ~ Jon Barnes

Proliferation

The expansion of life since the beginning of time is a number we cannot accurately measure and no one thing has been able to stop God’s creations and proliferation of life and love.  God controls everything.  We have been trying to control, enslave, and kill off the lives of others as well, but good people manage to fight back to find ways to thrive, in spite of our flaws.  Otherwise, we would all be extinct and not having this conversation about the proliferation of life.

Appeal

The men and women in my family who taught me to work hard and provide for the next generation were exemplary roles modes for me to copy.  They were fruitful and multiplied.  Great teachers also fell in line with the same mindset and character of responsibility, faith, obedience, sacrifice, and excellence. I enjoyed mastering the model that was given to me by God from the beginning of time and I’m thankful that His choices appeal to me and my family. As a result, I discipline myself with God’s information to be the man the next generations to come and copy, as some of my ancestors have done.

Idolatry 

Sex becomes an idol in your own mind when we seek out other ways to become disobedient to God’s ways, ideas, and lifestyle.  We begin to worship our own thoughts of how much, how many, how frequent, how long, and with what options we choose to engage in our own lust, evil, and wicked ways.  Enslaved in our own evil minds, we think of crazy ways to worship ourselves by becoming the most deviant in our actions, thoughts, and lifestyles to make normal life seem not so normal any longer.  History has great records of such events.
Today’s Question
How deviant is your behavior towards God’s lifestyle and commandments and why do you continue down that path?

2 Kings 20 

Hezekiah’s Sickness and Recovery

20 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”
When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,“Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard,[a] this message came to him from the Lord:“Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own honor and for the sake of my servant David.’”
Then Isaiah said, “Make an ointment from figs.” So Hezekiah’s servants spread the ointment over the boil, and Hezekiah recovered!
Meanwhile, Hezekiah had said to Isaiah, “What sign will the Lord give to prove that he will heal me and that I will go to the Temple of the Lord three days from now?”
Isaiah replied, “This is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised. Would you like the shadow on the sundial to go forward ten steps or backward ten steps?[b]
10 “The shadow always moves forward,” Hezekiah replied, “so that would be easy. Make it go ten steps backward instead.” 11 So Isaiah the prophet asked the Lord to do this, and he caused the shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial[c] of Ahaz!

Envoys from Babylon

12 Soon after this, Merodach-baladan[d] son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a gift, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been very sick. 13 Hezekiah received the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did those men want? Where were they from?”
Hezekiah replied, “They came from the distant land of Babylon.”
15 “What did they see in your palace?” Isaiah asked.
“They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed them everything I own—all my royal treasuries.”
16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord: 17 The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. 18 Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king.”
19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.”
20 The rest of the events in Hezekiah’s reign, including the extent of his power and how he built a pool and dug a tunnel[e] to bring water into the city, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. 21 Hezekiah died, and his son Manasseh became the next king.
Love,
Jonathan

Story

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Focus on the story God wants you to tell with your life so that others can be blessed in the lifestyle that is following God.” ~ Jon Barnes

Lies

Lies are not stories that are told by good people. Evil people believe and follow lies because, this is what they are interested in selling, living, promoting, and doing.  Foolishness is the result of sharing, telling, thinking, and doing things without love, respect, honor, integrity, and God. Since God is true love, fake love will lack substance, wisdom, and the fruit of the Spirit. Focus on True Love in all that you do!

Learn

Learn about the true stories of old when you read them yourself. Most people know nothing about the Bible so, they can’t even have an intelligent conversation or factual thought process for themselves to naturally engage. Stop relying on others to do your homework, thinking, and praying for you. Read and pray to God each day and know the stories for yourself. Drink your own water, eat your own food, and live your own life as God intended for you to do. Being a slave to evil thoughts, ideas, stories and work is not the goal of good people in a good community.

Rules

Do not follow the rules and ways of wicked people. Break the rules of sin in your life by not participating in foolish behavior. You know better. Live the truth by seeking the kingdom of God, which is to Love God and people as you love yourself. Stand up for yourself and your family, by following the commandments of God and your life will have meaning, purpose, and clarity. Your love will be pure, honest, and simple. The focus of your story will be crystal clear, organized, and ordered by God, openly for all to see, feel, and understand. Good news is not fake news. We live, eat, and breath the real story of how God supplies all of our needs each day.
Today’s Question
Have you decided what side of the story to live on, fiction or non-fiction; your reality or God’s reality?
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2 Samuel 14 

Joab Arranges for Absalom’s Return

14 Joab realized how much the king longed to see Absalom. So he sent for a woman from Tekoa who had a reputation for great wisdom. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning; wear mourning clothes and don’t put on lotions.[a] Act like a woman who has been mourning for the dead for a long time. Then go to the king and tell him the story I am about to tell you.” Then Joab told her what to say.
When the woman from Tekoa approached[b] the king, she bowed with her face to the ground in deep respect and cried out, “O king! Help me!”
“What’s the trouble?” the king asked.
“Alas, I am a widow!” she replied. “My husband is dead. My two sons had a fight out in the field. And since no one was there to stop it, one of them was killed. Now the rest of the family is demanding, ‘Let us have your son. We will execute him for murdering his brother. He doesn’t deserve to inherit his family’s property.’ They want to extinguish the only coal I have left, and my husband’s name and family will disappear from the face of the earth.”
“Leave it to me,” the king told her. “Go home, and I’ll see to it that no one touches him.”
“Oh, thank you, my lord the king,” the woman from Tekoa replied. “If you are criticized for helping me, let the blame fall on me and on my father’s house, and let the king and his throne be innocent.”
10 “If anyone objects,” the king said, “bring him to me. I can assure you he will never harm you again!”
11 Then she said, “Please swear to me by the Lord your God that you won’t let anyone take vengeance against my son. I want no more bloodshed.”
“As surely as the Lord lives,” he replied, “not a hair on your son’s head will be disturbed!”
12 “Please allow me to ask one more thing of my lord the king,” she said.
“Go ahead and speak,” he responded.
13 She replied, “Why don’t you do as much for the people of God as you have promised to do for me? You have convicted yourself in making this decision, because you have refused to bring home your own banished son. 14 All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.
15 “I have come to plead with my lord the king because people have threatened me. I said to myself, ‘Perhaps the king will listen to me 16 and rescue us from those who would cut us off from the inheritance[c] God has given us. 17 Yes, my lord the king will give us peace of mind again.’ I know that you are like an angel of God in discerning good from evil. May the Lordyour God be with you.”
18 “I must know one thing,” the king replied, “and tell me the truth.”
“Yes, my lord the king,” she responded.
19 “Did Joab put you up to this?”
And the woman replied, “My lord the king, how can I deny it? Nobody can hide anything from you. Yes, Joab sent me and told me what to say. 20 He did it to place the matter before you in a different light. But you are as wise as an angel of God, and you understand everything that happens among us!”
21 So the king sent for Joab and told him, “All right, go and bring back the young man Absalom.”
22 Joab bowed with his face to the ground in deep respect and said, “At last I know that I have gained your approval, my lord the king, for you have granted me this request!”
23 Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. 24 But the king gave this order: “Absalom may go to his own house, but he must never come into my presence.” So Absalom did not see the king.

Absalom Reconciled to David

25 Now Absalom was praised as the most handsome man in all Israel. He was flawless from head to foot. 26 He cut his hair only once a year, and then only because it was so heavy. When he weighed it out, it came to five pounds![d] 27 He had three sons and one daughter. His daughter’s name was Tamar, and she was very beautiful.
28 Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years, but he never got to see the king. 29 Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. 30 So Absalom said to his servants, “Go and set fire to Joab’s barley field, the field next to mine.” So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded.
31 Then Joab came to Absalom at his house and demanded, “Why did your servants set my field on fire?”
32 And Absalom replied, “Because I wanted you to ask the king why he brought me back from Geshur if he didn’t intend to see me. I might as well have stayed there. Let me see the king; if he finds me guilty of anything, then let him kill me.”
33 So Joab told the king what Absalom had said. Then at last David summoned Absalom, who came and bowed low before the king, and the king kissed him.
Love,
Jonathan

Toll

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“It can take a toll if you follow that rabbit hole, doing the wrong things, motives, and habits from the beginning of each day.” ~ Jon Barnes

Bridge

Like a bridge connecting things together, people need to ask questions and debate concepts so that it becomes relevant to them. The truth is still God’s Truth. Engaged participants light up and learn more by being truthful, inspired, transparent, and active in the quest for knowledge, justice, and solutions to problems. This bridge of honest communication is immediate, rich, and full of life, with movement on both sides of the street. Love is the Bridge.

Balanced

Ask one question at a time and master the answers so that you can ask more questions to stay relevant, consistent, and current in your faith, prayers, work and walk with God. Listen to the wonderful answers God will give you, by waiting for the answer, after asking the question. Be ready to receive and use the answers God will give you. Believe! Don’t follow your own answers. Follow the communication bridge that connects you to God. Love produces Love!

Communication

Actively listening and speaking to God is a form of reading, praying and meditating on God’s words. This process begins with your belief that God is real along with your own activated faith and works of love. You will see the hand of God on your life, because I told you so if you will listen and do what God suggest. Pay the Toll of obedience to cross the bridge and develop the best relationship with God in truth and in spirit. The cost of Love is simply LOVE in action, not just empty, mindless, words!
Today’s Question
Why are you trying to avoid the Toll Bridge of Love from God?
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2 Samuel 11 

David and Bathsheba

11 In the spring of the year,[a] when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.
Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period. Then she returned home. Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m pregnant.”
Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent him to David.When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing. Then he told Uriah, “Go on home and relax.[b]” David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept that night at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.
10 When David heard that Uriah had not gone home, he summoned him and asked, “What’s the matter? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?”
11 Uriah replied, “The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents,[c] and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I would never do such a thing.”
12 “Well, stay here today,” David told him, “and tomorrow you may return to the army.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he couldn’t get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.

David Arranges for Uriah’s Death

14 So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15 The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” 16 So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. 17 And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.
18 Then Joab sent a battle report to David. 19 He told his messenger, “Report all the news of the battle to the king. 20 But he might get angry and ask, ‘Why did the troops go so close to the city? Didn’t they know there would be shooting from the walls? 21 Wasn’t Abimelech son of Gideon[d] killed at Thebez by a woman who threw a millstone down on him from the wall? Why would you get so close to the wall?’ Then tell him, ‘Uriah the Hittite was killed, too.’”
22 So the messenger went to Jerusalem and gave a complete report to David. 23 “The enemy came out against us in the open fields,” he said. “And as we chased them back to the city gate, 24 the archers on the wall shot arrows at us. Some of the king’s men were killed, including Uriah the Hittite.”
25 “Well, tell Joab not to be discouraged,” David said. “The sword devours this one today and that one tomorrow! Fight harder next time, and conquer the city!”
26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 When the period of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son. But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.
Love,
Jonathan

Individuality

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Good old-fashioned, individual work and responsibility creates the net for success with God’s blessings of reaping what you sow.” ~ Jon Barnes

See

Your honest flow is not a show, but an opportunity to see the hand of God working in your life, with your personal touch and efforts, based on His principles and not your own logic.  Take notice of how God responds to your loving kindness and obvious obedience to basic scripture principles. Now, test these principles with your individual actions to learn how God operates with you personally. You will see the hand of God for yourself.

Personalities

Since our personalities and work ethics vary like fingerprints, our measure of faith, focus, and rewards will vary as well. Each person will get what they deserve and God will determine why. Pray that your personality grows towards obeying God and ignoring your own free will. The individual choice is only yours to make and it will match the DNA of your personality.

Alive

Your life comes alive when you see the results of obeying God’s good steps, by avoiding the bad steps in life.  Respect and honor will follow the good steps that you take.  Repent and avoid old mistakes. Habitual sinners are liars who refuse to grow up, change, or improve, because, they stay busy pointing at the mistakes of others, with no focus on God and themselves.
Today’s Question
Do you lack the focus of listening, reading, and learning about God and His applications?
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2 Samuel 8 

David’s Military Victories

After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath, their largest town.[a] David also conquered the land of Moab. He made the people lie down on the ground in a row, and he measured them off in groups with a length of rope. He measured off two groups to be executed for every one group to be spared. The Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.
David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River. David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers,[b] and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.
When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them. Then he placed several army garrisons in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money. So the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem, along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of Tebah[c] and Berothai.
When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the entire army of Hadadezer,10 he sent his son Joram to congratulate King David for his successful campaign. Hadadezer and Toi had been enemies and were often at war. Joram presented David with many gifts of silver, gold, and bronze.
11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, as he did with the silver and gold from the other nations he had defeated— 12 from Edom,[d] Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek—and from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 So David became even more famous when he returned from destroying 18,000 Edomites[e]in the Valley of Salt. 14 He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
15 So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people. 16 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian. 17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary. 18 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard.[f]And David’s sons served as priestly leaders.[g]
Love,
Jonathan

Copies

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Your life is an original copy of which you can learn and do by studying from the Master, God!” ~ Jon Barnes

Ability

The ability you develop from being focused and obedient is part of the reward system and building of your love, faith, and work ethic. Balancing your abilities, talent, and common sense can be a challenge when you are copying the wrong things, based on intellect only. God teaches you how not to be greedy. Copy God’s qualities.

Execution

As your light shines, execute the fundamentals of faith, not the flashy, flickering, fake motions of attention seekers. Let the message and actions of God’s light teach your DNA to follow and copy God’s teaching style and soothing answers. When properly executed, peace and joy will follow your mature execution of God’s standards in His Spiritual Education in your life.

Exaltation

Your health, opportunities, and decisions will look like God is walking with you. Your choices and your faith will get the work done to maintain who you are in God. Let your light shine to exalt the love of God in all things you do and copy His perfect Will with obedience and trust. Find ways to help with kindness, forgiveness, and quality work ethics of faith in God, while copying the Original Author of our Faith. Read to copy and exalt God in all of your ways.
Today’s Question
When you shine a light on people, do they see your darkness instead?
 
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2 Samuel 2 

David Anointed King of Judah

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”
“Yes,” the Lord replied.
Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”
“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.
David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.
When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

Ishbosheth Proclaimed King of Israel

But Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had already gone to Mahanaim with Saul’s son Ishbosheth.[a] There he proclaimed Ishbosheth king over Gilead, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, the land of the Ashurites, and all the rest of Israel.
10 Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he became king, and he ruled from Mahanaim for two years. Meanwhile, the people of Judah remained loyal to David. 11 David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years.

War between Israel and Judah

12 One day Abner led Ishbosheth’s troops from Mahanaim to Gibeon. 13 About the same time, Joab son of Zeruiah led David’s troops out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. The two groups sat down there, facing each other from opposite sides of the pool.
14 Then Abner suggested to Joab, “Let’s have a few of our warriors fight hand to hand here in front of us.”
“All right,” Joab agreed. 15 So twelve men were chosen to fight from each side—twelve men of Benjamin representing Ishbosheth son of Saul, and twelve representing David. 16 Each one grabbed his opponent by the hair and thrust his sword into the other’s side so that all of them died. So this place at Gibeon has been known ever since as the Field of Swords.[b]
17 A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David.

The Death of Asahel

18 Joab, Abishai, and Asahel—the three sons of Zeruiah—were among David’s forces that day. Asahel could run like a gazelle, 19 and he began chasing Abner. He pursued him relentlessly, not stopping for anything. 20 When Abner looked back and saw him coming, he called out, “Is that you, Asahel?”
“Yes, it is,” he replied.
21 “Go fight someone else!” Abner warned. “Take on one of the younger men, and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel kept right on chasing Abner.
22 Again Abner shouted to him, “Get away from here! I don’t want to kill you. How could I ever face your brother Joab again?”
23 But Asahel refused to turn back, so Abner thrust the butt end of his spear through Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He stumbled to the ground and died there. And everyone who came by that spot stopped and stood still when they saw Asahel lying there.
24 When Joab and Abishai found out what had happened, they set out after Abner. The sun was just going down as they arrived at the hill of Ammah near Giah, along the road to the wilderness of Gibeon. 25 Abner’s troops from the tribe of Benjamin regrouped there at the top of the hill to take a stand.
26 Abner shouted down to Joab, “Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitterness is the only result? When will you call off your men from chasing their Israelite brothers?”
27 Then Joab said, “God only knows what would have happened if you hadn’t spoken, for we would have chased you all night if necessary.” 28 So Joab blew the ram’s horn, and his men stopped chasing the troops of Israel.
29 All that night Abner and his men retreated through the Jordan Valley.[c] They crossed the Jordan River, traveling all through the morning,[d] and didn’t stop until they arrived at Mahanaim.
30 Meanwhile, Joab and his men also returned home. When Joab counted his casualties, he discovered that only 19 men were missing in addition to Asahel.31 But 360 of Abner’s men had been killed, all from the tribe of Benjamin. 32 Joab and his men took Asahel’s body to Bethlehem and buried him there in his father’s tomb. Then they traveled all night and reached Hebron at daybreak.
Love,
Jonathan