Say NO

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Saying no to idiots with deflection, intervention, prevention, preparation, kindness, a gift, and love is wisdom from God’s Word.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Gifting

It is impossible to give a gift of love when there is no LOVE in your heart.  People who destroy themselves cannot love someone else.  Honestly look to see how people treat themselves and how they care for their children, family, and other people in the same manner. When a person is selfish, they will treat their children like slaves.  Separating yourself from fools and their foolishness is a gift from God for you to share with your family first.

People

A person who teaches and rewards their children for good work will gain a lifelong friend full of wisdom and understanding to improve upon their parent’s lessons in life.  People who teach their children how to fight with The Word of God, simply live by the truth and not with an attitude. Copy this model from God and teach others by examples success in your life lessons.

Negotiation

Negotiation skills are a gift from God, but wisdom teaches you how to avoid the pitfalls of pitiful thinkers.  After you have spoken the truth, walk away and let God do the rest.  Be the truth and you will always do your best.  Stay with God and accept nothing less.  Stop asking for handout and advice as if you are needy.  Help yourself, buy your obedience to Love, the sowing of good seeds, and properly sharing the harvested oils of wisdom.  Your forest of righteousness will nicely grow when you tell other people NO.
Today’s Question
Do you think I would be able to accomplish being a good father, loving husband, hard worker, and a man of faith if I said yes to all the dumb things people asked me to do for them and within my lifetime? 
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.

Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
    How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
    with sorrow in my heart every day?
    How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
    Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
    Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love.
    I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
    because he is good to me.
 

Love,

Jonathan

Ethics

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Learn to simply live in God’s Truth with balanced faith, wisdom, justice, ethics, morals, values, compassion, and humility, so that your own children will believe you.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Around

It is hard to raise kids when you are not around to monitor, mentor, and protect your investment.  People cannot protect your loved ones for you.  You must place the proper checks and balances into the choices, decisions, options, and contingency plans into the neighborhood, environment, forest, streets, places, and homes where you live.

Anyone

People will invite you to the best events because they want to be associated with your quality of thoughts, work ethics, morals, values, and integrity.  You are known for who you are at an instant, as you open your mouth to speak, sing, or work.  What comes out of you is the real you and that reality is genuine.  So believe people when they exercise their evil intentions.  They are not lying about who they really are.

Accumulates

Character is accumulated when you save, practice, share and spend what you preach around anyone all the time.  Be who you are with God and learn how to handle your own business, lifestyle, and choices properly.  Say no to idiots!  The more you practice good habits from God, your heart of ethics will override satan’s attempt to derail your movements, prayers, thoughts, and actions.
Today’s Question
Did you ask God who you really are or will you continue to lie to yourself?
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Psalm 12 

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.[a]

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!
    The faithful have vanished from the earth!
Neighbors lie to each other,
    speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.
May the Lord cut off their flattering lips
    and silence their boastful tongues.
They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content.
    Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”
The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,
    and I have heard the groans of the poor.
Now I will rise up to rescue them,
    as they have longed for me to do.”
The Lord’s promises are pure,
    like silver refined in a furnace,
    purified seven times over.
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,
    preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about,
    and evil is praised throughout the land.

Love,

Jonathan

People

people-2557396_1920.jpgHi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Many people misuse, misguide, lie, cheat, steal, and purposefully misplace God’s Truth to distort reality to benefit themselves, which provides a negative relationship, role model, and reality for yourself, kids, parents, grandparents, family, spouse, other people, and God.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Never

Never put yourself in a negative position to where your own spouse, children, family, and friends lose respect for you and the choices that you make each day in your life.  Your laziness and deceit smell like the poor work you put into your relationship with God and your family. The fruit of your work will be as rotten as your motives, mindset, health, body, and willingness to change negative habits. When you stop exercising God’s faith and principles you will behave like the negative characters in the Bible.

Stop

Stop thinking that you know it all or need to see and know everything.  We are not God.  When you are alone and isolated in your stupor and sin, pray, repent, and think again on your own motives of honesty to correct your behavior. Why sabotage your own life?  Evil will blind and bind you up with the devil’s cause, without you even knowing it.  Do not live in isolation, ignorance, and trashy mess.

Learning

Admitting that you are wrong and changing your wicked ways is the beginning steps of true love, repentance, and obedience to God and other people.  Since God will judge your behavior, the effects of your lifestyle will be seen by all who know you, as your mess will be all over your house and into the streets.  Your sin will be a public embarrassment unto yourself unless you learn to obey the truth and stop living in your personal lies!
Today’s Question
Why are you such a hypocrite, who is unwilling to change, repent, or discuss terms of improvement?
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Job 42 

Job Responds to the Lord

42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do anything,
    and no one can stop you.
You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’
    It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about,
    things far too wonderful for me.
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!
    I have some questions for you,
    and you must answer them.’
I had only heard about you before,
    but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I take back everything I said,
    and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

Conclusion: The Lord Blesses Job

After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has. So take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf. I will not treat you as you deserve, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did as the Lord commanded them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
10 When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lordgave him twice as much as before! 11 Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money[a] and a gold ring.
12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. 14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.
16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. 17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

Love,

Jonathan

Arguments

character-1797362_1920 (1)Hi Peeps
Today’s Quote
“Each side of an argument sounds good, but there can be only one truth to God’s solution for passing His Test.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Dialog

You can speak truthful things out of context and misplace the accuracy of Love and Good Intentions.  This is when silence is the truth and patience is understanding with wisdom.  The more people talk, the greater the probability foolishness will spill from their lips.  Let your dialog copy what God has to say and reflect upon the biblical stories of old.  This dialog will teach you more about the big picture when you read and muse the complete stories and experiences.

Questions

 
Even though you may have questions, focus, read, and observe all the moving parts in the dialog to get a full understanding of its content, character, structure, pictures, colors, tones and textures.  Your questions will be answered in light of all sides of the arguments before and after they occur.  Vain babbling will continue only because you keep opening up your mouth.  Ergo, your answers will improve in your silence, meditation, prayer, reading, and listing to God, minus your thoughts.

Answers

After you ask the question, God will give you the answers you seek from the most interesting sources and you must be quiet and still to absorb the answers form many directions.  Clarity comes with your good work of faith and time will show, breed, and cultivate God’s solutions, answers and perfect Will.  An argument is a small component of the story with many words, yet God’s solutions are of few words with answers of infinite consequences.
Today’s Question
Why are you always arguing with people and God?
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Job 16 

Job’s Fifth Speech: A Response to Eliphaz

16 Then Job spoke again:
“I have heard all this before.
    What miserable comforters you are!
Won’t you ever stop blowing hot air?
    What makes you keep on talking?
I could say the same things if you were in my place.
    I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you.
But if it were me, I would encourage you.
    I would try to take away your grief.
Instead, I suffer if I defend myself,
    and I suffer no less if I refuse to speak.
“O God, you have ground me down
    and devastated my family.
As if to prove I have sinned, you’ve reduced me to skin and bones.
    My gaunt flesh testifies against me.
God hates me and angrily tears me apart.
    He snaps his teeth at me
    and pierces me with his eyes.
10 People jeer and laugh at me.
    They slap my cheek in contempt.
    A mob gathers against me.
11 God has handed me over to sinners.
    He has tossed me into the hands of the wicked.
12 “I was living quietly until he shattered me.
    He took me by the neck and broke me in pieces.
Then he set me up as his target,
13     and now his archers surround me.
His arrows pierce me without mercy.
    The ground is wet with my blood.[a]
14 Again and again he smashes against me,
    charging at me like a warrior.
15 I wear burlap to show my grief.
    My pride lies in the dust.
16 My eyes are red with weeping;
    dark shadows circle my eyes.
17 Yet I have done no wrong,
    and my prayer is pure.
18 “O earth, do not conceal my blood.
    Let it cry out on my behalf.
19 Even now my witness is in heaven.
    My advocate is there on high.
20 My friends scorn me,
    but I pour out my tears to God.
21 I need someone to mediate between God and me,
    as a person mediates between friends.
22 For soon I must go down that road
    from which I will never return.
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Wooden Cross

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“I wear a wooden cross given to me by two Russian Missionaries, working and preaching at a local church in New Mexico, because it is a symbol of the good work that I’m doing with Music in Education around the world.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Black

Since I wear black clothes with a cross around my neck, people assume that I am a missionary, minister, or priest. However, I’m just a good guy who loves to read the bible as much as possible, which is my reply.  Good people having fun should be talked about more often.

Man

As a minority, I am surrounded by New Mexicans, Spanish, and Indian cultures and I teach almost 700 of their children how to play the trumpet each week.  The music is used to build confidence, fine motor skills, problems solving, math, language, and they read my book in class.  Students respond to great information in all the same ways.

Mission

Since I hold influence, students are paying close attention to what I say and do.  My moral compass is under a microscope in every way to give an example of an honest lifestyle of character for God.  I have a lot to learn, as people are always watching you.
Today’s Question
As a humbled person, have you picked up your wooden cross to follow Jesus to inspire others to read and live by Biblical ethics?
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Esther 10 

The Greatness of Mordecai

10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores.And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? Mordecai the Jew was second in rankto King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
Love,
Jonathan

Discouragement

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“People may pretend to be your friend and many may plot against you just because you are doing a good thing and they want what you have.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Don’t 

Silly rumors and reports of lies should not distract your attention and focus on your mission.  While maintaining your family structure and integrity, keep doing the work that God has for you to do.  Keep the steady pace of your own business and watch how God will bless you.

Give 

By giving  100%  of your attention to God’s truth you will enjoy the rewards of a good a faithful servant. Your main focus must be maintained and your quality of service cannot be compromised.  Feel great about the wonderful job you do for the Lord and be content in your humble service.

Up

Let go of the vanity of this world and follow Christ as the example of your faith.  Your ordered steps are an encouragement for you and others to follow.  Many times people will take their eyes off of God’s Plan to follow some fool with a fake plan.  God will see to it that your job is completed as you follow His plans.
Today’s Question
Why do you let others discourage you so easily?
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Nehemiah 8 

all the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had given for Israel to obey.
So on October 8[a] Ezra the priest brought the Book of the Law before the assembly, which included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand. He faced the square just inside the Water Gate from early morning until noon and read aloud to everyone who could understand. All the people listened closely to the Book of the Law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform that had been made for the occasion. To his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah. To his left stood Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam. Ezra stood on the platform in full view of all the people. When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet.
Then Ezra praised the Lord, the great God, and all the people chanted, “Amen! Amen!” as they lifted their hands. Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, and Pelaiah—then instructed the people in the Law while everyone remained in their places. They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage.
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God.” For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
10 And Nehemiah[b] continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lordis your strength!”
11 And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.” 12 So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.

The Festival of Shelters

13 On October 9[c] the family leaders of all the people, together with the priests and Levites, met with Ezra the scribe to go over the Law in greater detail. 14 As they studied the Law, they discovered that the Lord had commanded through Moses that the Israelites should live in shelters during the festival to be held that month.[d]15 He had said that a proclamation should be made throughout their towns and in Jerusalem, telling the people to go to the hills to get branches from olive, wild olive,[e] myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees. They were to use these branches to make shelters in which they would live during the festival, as prescribed in the Law.
16 So the people went out and cut branches and used them to build shelters on the roofs of their houses, in their courtyards, in the courtyards of God’s Temple, or in the squares just inside the Water Gate and the Ephraim Gate. 17 So everyone who had returned from captivity lived in these shelters during the festival, and they were all filled with great joy! The Israelites had not celebrated like this since the days of Joshua[f] son of Nun.
18 Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God on each of the seven days of the festival. Then on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, as was required by law.
Love,
Jonathan

Argue

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The devil loves to argue, lie, cheat, steal, and cause strife in families, communities, and workplaces all around the world, and you must recognize this wicked behavior before being drawn into it.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Better 

Good people are better than that.  They answer questions, stick to God’s facts, and move onto the task at hand.  Allow God to fight His battles and only do your part.  You cannot live, think, breathe, and work for other people. Your work is for yourself, which should inspire others to do better. Don’t let others prevent you from doing your work.

Than

More than you know, God is in control and he supplies all of us with the essentials to love, work, care, and share with others.  Your personal missionary work is important.  Don’t allow someone else’s hate or goals define who you are in God.  Let God define who you are in Him.  Perhaps then, you will win an argument, because you are better than that, with God’s love and wisdom.

That

Know that you now understand how to stay focused on your job with prayer, fasting, meditation, singing, playing, working, and living by the fruit of the Spirit.  There is never a need to debate or argue vain babbling with ignorant people trying to cause or start trouble by smearing your good name and intentions.  Just walk away, since you have other things to do, with little time to waste.
Today’s Question
Did you recognize and walk away from ignorance today?
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Ezra 10 

The People Confess Their Sin

10 While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him. Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, a descendant of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God, for we have married these pagan women of the land. But in spite of this there is hope for Israel. Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and to send them away with their children. We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law of God. Get up, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight. We are behind you, so be strong and take action.”
So Ezra stood up and demanded that the leaders of the priests and the Levites and all the people of Israel swear that they would do as Shecaniah had said. And they all swore a solemn oath. Then Ezra left the front of the Temple of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. He spent the night[a] there without eating or drinking anything. He was still in mourning because of the unfaithfulness of the returned exiles.
Then a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles should come to Jerusalem. Those who failed to come within three days would, if the leaders and elders so decided, forfeit all their property and be expelled from the assembly of the exiles.
Within three days, all the people of Judah and Benjamin had gathered in Jerusalem. This took place on December 19,[b] and all the people were sitting in the square before the Temple of God. They were trembling both because of the seriousness of the matter and because it was raining. 10 Then Ezra the priest stood and said to them: “You have committed a terrible sin. By marrying pagan women, you have increased Israel’s guilt. 11 So now confess your sin to the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and do what he demands. Separate yourselves from the people of the land and from these pagan women.”
12 Then the whole assembly raised their voices and answered, “Yes, you are right; we must do as you say!” 13 Then they added, “This isn’t something that can be done in a day or two, for many of us are involved in this extremely sinful affair. And this is the rainy season, so we cannot stay out here much longer. 14 Let our leaders act on behalf of us all. Let everyone who has a pagan wife come at a scheduled time, accompanied by the leaders and judges of his city, so that the fierce anger of our God concerning this affair may be turned away from us.”
15 Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah opposed this course of action, and they were supported by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite.
16 So this was the plan they followed. Ezra selected leaders to represent their families, designating each of the representatives by name. On December 29,[c] the leaders sat down to investigate the matter. 17 By March 27, the first day of the new year,[d] they had finished dealing with all the men who had married pagan wives.

Those Guilty of Intermarriage

18 These are the priests who had married pagan wives:
From the family of Jeshua son of Jehozadak[e] and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah. 19 They vowed to divorce their wives, and they each acknowledged their guilt by offering a ram as a guilt offering.
20 From the family of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah.
21 From the family of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel, and Uzziah.
22 From the family of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah.
23 These are the Levites who were guilty: Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (also called Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.
24 This is the singer who was guilty: Eliashib.
These are the gatekeepers who were guilty: Shallum, Telem, and Uri.
25 These are the other people of Israel who were guilty:
From the family of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malkijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Hashabiah,[f]and Benaiah.
26 From the family of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth, and Elijah.
27 From the family of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad, and Aziza.
28 From the family of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai.
29 From the family of Bani: Meshullam, Malluch, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal, and Jeremoth.
30 From the family of Pahath-moab: Adna, Kelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui, and Manasseh.
31 From the family of Harim: Eliezer, Ishijah, Malkijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,32 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.
33 From the family of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.
34 From the family of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel, 35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Keluhi,36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib, 37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasu.
38 From the family of Binnui[g]: Shimei, 39 Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah,40 Macnadebai, Shashai, Sharai, 41 Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah, 42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.
43 From the family of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel, and Benaiah.
44 Each of these men had a pagan wife, and some even had children by these wives.[h]
Love,
 
Jonathan