Optics

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“How you experience life depends on your personal set of optics.”~TB

Vision

Some of us have perfect vision— able to see things without sight. For those of us that don’t, we need glasses to correct our impairment. With the aid of glasses, I am able to see things far away that I otherwise cannot. Boy would the world be in trouble if I drove without the help of glasses or contacts. In the same manner in which we see, our personal relationship with Christ allows us to improve our vision as Christians. In faith, we all have to wear our Christ-prescribed glasses, because without them we either can’t see up close, far out, or not at all. When we walk without God’s help the optics are skewed as we fail to see what really is and what really isn’t.

Constrict

When you narrow in on the problems and failures of your life, your sight is myopic and useless. Like walking into a wall repeatedly, your vision is so constricted that the minutiae and little things of life become the big and impossible thorns in your side. If all you see in life is the negative or what you lack, it’s time to ask God to help you dilate your sight so that you can see the bigger picture.

Dilate

A widened perspective is important to help see the grand scheme of things. However, without the details of Christ, we are unable to see the nuances of God’s handbook, the Bible, which helps teach us how to spend our time. Too wide of a lens can make us paralyzed or obtuse in our thinking because we lack the focus to process what we see properly. If you’re in this camp, God’s got the right prescription for you too.

Balance

Life is messy, imperfect, and full of tests that we pass, fail, and repeat. Human understanding of life is futile because our black and white vision pales in comparison to God’s vision. In order to get a glimpse at God’s view, we must allow Him to prescribe the correct sight. Your 20/20 vision isn’t going to cut it on it’s own. Fortunately for us, God’s insurance plan is free and only requires us to accept the gift of salvation. If you’re tired of not seeing the full picture or need help seeing the important details ask our Holy Optometrist to give you the right vision.

Today’s Question

Are you content with remaining blind?

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Isaiah 14

1 But the LORD will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel.
2 The nations of the world will help the people of Israel to return, and those who come to live in the LORD ’s land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies.
3 In that wonderful day when the LORD gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains,
4you will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say, “The mighty man has been destroyed. Yes, your insolence is ended.
5 For the LORD has crushed your wicked power and broken your evil rule.
6 You struck the people with endless blows of rage and held the nations in your angry grip with unrelenting tyranny.
7But finally the earth is at rest and quiet. Now it can sing again!
8 Even the trees of the forest— the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon— sing out this joyous song: ‘Since you have been cut down, no one will come now to cut us down!’
9 “In the place of the dead there is excitement over your arrival. The spirits of world leaders and mighty kings long dead stand up to see you.
10 With one voice they all cry out, ‘Now you are as weak as we are!
11 Your might and power were buried with you. The sound of the harp in your palace has ceased. Now maggots are your sheet, and worms your blanket.’
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.
13 For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north.
14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’
15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.
16 Everyone there will stare at you and ask, ‘Can this be the one who shook the earth and made the kingdoms of the world tremble?
17 Is this the one who destroyed the world and made it into a wasteland? Is this the king who demolished the world’s greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners?’
18 “The kings of the nations lie in stately glory, each in his own tomb,
19 but you will be thrown out of your grave like a worthless branch. Like a corpse trampled underfoot, you will be dumped into a mass grave with those killed in battle. You will descend to the pit.
20You will not be given a proper burial, for you have destroyed your nation and slaughtered your people. The descendants of such an evil person will never again receive honor.
21 Kill this man’s children! Let them die because of their father’s sins! They must not rise and conquer the earth, filling the world with their cities.”
22 This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: “I, myself, have risen against Babylon! I will destroy its children and its children’s children,” says the LORD .
23 “I will make Babylon a desolate place of owls, filled with swamps and marshes. I will sweep the land with the broom of destruction. I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
24The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath: “It will all happen as I have planned. It will be as I have decided.
25 I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel; I will trample them on my mountains. My people will no longer be their slaves nor bow down under their heavy loads.
26 I have a plan for the whole earth, a hand of judgment upon all the nations.
27 The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has spoken— who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?”
28 This message came to me the year King Ahaz died:
29 Do not rejoice, you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken— that the king who attacked you is dead. For from that snake a more poisonous snake will be born, a fiery serpent to destroy you!
30 I will feed the poor in my pasture; the needy will lie down in peace. But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine and destroy the few who remain.
31Wail at the gates! Weep in the cities! Melt with fear, you Philistines! A powerful army comes like smoke from the north. Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight.
32 What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them, “The LORD has built Jerusalem ; its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”

 

 

Solution

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Accept the solutions that God provides, rather than relying solely on your own.”~TB

What Should Be

As the body of Christ, we are all interconnected. This means that God desires for us to do our part, helping one another. When you read the Bible regularly, you understand its principles and how each of us has a role in assisting our brothers and sisters. In a perfect world, we would all step up and assist willingly. But, since the world is not perfect, we tend to thwart and disrupt God’s plan, leaving our brothers and sisters hanging. Fortunately for us, God has an infinite supply of backup plans and will send resources to those in need. Friends, accept those solutions, no matter if they don’t fit with your own ideas.

What Is

When manmade solutions fail, as they often do, rely on the solutions of our Father in Heaven. Like Jonah and the Gourd, God most likely sends provisions and resources that to the human eye seem unlikely and absurd. Further, sometimes those solutions require you to be humble, swallow your pride, and accept the help offered by others. Friends, don’t be prideful and refuse help because you don’t want to appear weak. Truth is, we are all weak, so stop pretending! Instead, be glad that God loves you enough to send help in your time of need. Don’t forget, there are lessons to be learned in moments such as these. More to the point, this is an opportunity for the giver to receive a blessing as they are blessing you. So take joy in receiving heavenly solutions rather than staring at the manmade problem.

Today’s Question

Are you holding onto your problems instead of accepting God’s solutions?

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Psalm 146

1 Praise the LORD ! Let all that I am praise the LORD . 
2 I will praise the LORD as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. 
3 Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. 
4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. 
5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God. 
6 He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. 
7 He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The LORD frees the prisoners. 
8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the godly. 
9The LORD protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. 
10 The LORD will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations. Praise the LORD !

 

Someone

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Someone has to be brilliant in your family, so why can’t it be you with Christ shining in your life!” ~ Jon Barnes

Rather

God would rather you be hot or cold, good or bad, in or out, but this fake Christianity, false stuff, and man-made religious stuff that God does not respect or honor will not hold up in The Court of Pearly Gates!  God would rather you follow Him, honor His ways, commandments, and laws through Jesus.

Interesting

Interestingly enough, most of us are always following our stuff and we try to sprinkle a little God Dust over us as a cover-up, self-made, man-made tactical approach to damage control, hypocrisy, and lies.  God’s Court System is bigger, better, and smarter than any court system in the Universe and beyond.  There are no hung juries in Heaven with God as the Supreme Court Justice!

Understands

Fortunately, God understands our moves, motives, madness, and He has the best solutions to all of our problems, but will we listen to Him?  God is the Chess Master and we are the pieces on the board.  According to History, mankind has been evil since the beginning of time and notice how badly we have treated each other. Notice that it is the Goodness of God that sustains humanity and not we ourselves.
Today’s Question
Can a stranger see the brilliant light of Christ shining in your life every day and anywhere? 
 
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Psalm 52

 

For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 
2 You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor. 
3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. 
4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue! 
5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. 
6 The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying, 
7 “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!” 
8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. 
9 For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

Protection

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“God protects those who are doing His work and He provides opportunities, solutions, and miracles to honest individuals with integrity, character, and love.” ~  Jon Barnes

When

When you pray, ask for direction.  When you speak, pray for peace.  When you moan, ask for protection and love.

You

So don’t be afraid, He will hear every whisper. God knows all of the things you will need.  So trust and believe that He will take care of all of your issues to provide all that you see.

Hear

Hear with your heart, listen with your hand, and work with your mind to see the vision before doing the task.  Then allow God to push your steps forward into success with order and perfection.
Today’s Question
Did you know that God’s protection and plan for your life have been arranged from the beginning of time and your life, job, and work of faith is necessary for you to complete?
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Job 36 

36 Elihu continued speaking:
“Let me go on, and I will show you the truth.
    For I have not finished defending God!
I will present profound arguments
    for the righteousness of my Creator.
I am telling you nothing but the truth,
    for I am a man of great knowledge.
“God is mighty, but he does not despise anyone!
    He is mighty in both power and understanding.
He does not let the wicked live
    but gives justice to the afflicted.
He never takes his eyes off the innocent,
    but he sets them on thrones with kings
    and exalts them forever.
If they are bound in chains
    and caught up in a web of trouble,
he shows them the reason.
    He shows them their sins of pride.
10 He gets their attention
    and commands that they turn from evil.
11 “If they listen and obey God,
    they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives.
    All their years will be pleasant.
12 But if they refuse to listen to him,
    they will cross over the river of death,
    dying from lack of understanding.
13 For the godless are full of resentment.
    Even when he punishes them,
    they refuse to cry out to him for help.
14 They die when they are young,
    after wasting their lives in immoral living.
15 But by means of their suffering, he rescues those who suffer.
    For he gets their attention through adversity.
16 “God is leading you away from danger, Job,
    to a place free from distress.
    He is setting your table with the best food.
17 But you are obsessed with whether the godless will be judged.
    Don’t worry, judgment and justice will be upheld.
18 But watch out, or you may be seduced by wealth.[a]
    Don’t let yourself be bribed into sin.
19 Could all your wealth[b]
    or all your mighty efforts
    keep you from distress?
20 Do not long for the cover of night,
    for that is when people will be destroyed.[c]
21 Be on guard! Turn back from evil,
    for God sent this suffering
    to keep you from a life of evil.

Elihu Reminds Job of God’s Power

22 “Look, God is all-powerful.
    Who is a teacher like him?
23 No one can tell him what to do,
    or say to him, ‘You have done wrong.’
24 Instead, glorify his mighty works,
    singing songs of praise.
25 Everyone has seen these things,
    though only from a distance.
26 “Look, God is greater than we can understand.
    His years cannot be counted.
27 He draws up the water vapor
    and then distills it into rain.
28 The rain pours down from the clouds,
    and everyone benefits.
29 Who can understand the spreading of the clouds
    and the thunder that rolls forth from heaven?
30 See how he spreads the lightning around him
    and how it lights up the depths of the sea.
31 By these mighty acts he nourishes[d] the people,
    giving them food in abundance.
32 He fills his hands with lightning bolts
    and hurls each at its target.
33 The thunder announces his presence;
    the storm announces his indignant anger.[e]

Love,

Jonathan

Substitute

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Substitute your negative thinking about problems, depression, fear, selfish vanity, and evil pride with good thoughts, The Lord’s Prayer, good solutions, Bible stories, faith, and the good works you will do for God.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Respectfully

Respect and embrace God’s ways of doing business and thinking outside the box, the lane, and chains of slavery, bondage, hopelessness, and fear.  Use the liberty of God’s Love to battle addiction, pornography, waste, lust, selfishness, adultery, fornication, and wicked behavior.  Remain old fashioned, obedient, and set in God’s Eyes of Favor, by replacing evil with good.

Set

Set your standards of ideas, thoughts, patterns, stories, words, faith, and works with God’s vision for what is to come, because you are meditating, praying, and doing what God is asking you to do.  Your solutions are flawed, stupid, and meaningless when you are knowingly or unknowingly partnered with the devil, a cheap substitute.  Don’t use your fake ideas, but respectfully embrace and substitute your thoughts, ideas, and feeling with what God gives you. 

Up

Give up your old, dumb, tired, evil, wicked, ways that seem right to you, because it is not working, as you beat your head up against the wall day after day.  Lift up your head and hands to God for guidance, opportunity, wisdom, love, forgiveness, repentance, and integrity in what you are about to do.  You will feel so much better by giving up your selfish additions, attitudes, cravings, miscommunications, and misunderstandings when you replace your mess with God’s Best Thoughts!
Today’s Question
Are you so wise in your own thinking to not see what God is trying to fix in your own mind?
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Job 29

Job Speaks of His Former Blessings

29 Job continued speaking:
“I long for the years gone by
    when God took care of me,
when he lit up the way before me
    and I walked safely through the darkness.
When I was in my prime,
    God’s friendship was felt in my home.
The Almighty was still with me,
    and my children were around me.
My steps were awash in cream,
    and the rocks gushed olive oil for me.
“Those were the days when I went to the city gate
    and took my place among the honored leaders.
The young stepped aside when they saw me,
    and even the aged rose in respect at my coming.
The princes stood in silence
    and put their hands over their mouths.
10 The highest officials of the city stood quietly,
    holding their tongues in respect.
11 “All who heard me praised me.
    All who saw me spoke well of me.
12 For I assisted the poor in their need
    and the orphans who required help.
13 I helped those without hope, and they blessed me.
    And I caused the widows’ hearts to sing for joy.
14 Everything I did was honest.
    Righteousness covered me like a robe,
    and I wore justice like a turban.
15 I served as eyes for the blind
    and feet for the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor
    and assisted strangers who needed help.
17 I broke the jaws of godless oppressors
    and plucked their victims from their teeth.
18 “I thought, ‘Surely I will die surrounded by my family
    after a long, good life.[a]
19 For I am like a tree whose roots reach the water,
    whose branches are refreshed with the dew.
20 New honors are constantly bestowed on me,
    and my strength is continually renewed.’
21 “Everyone listened to my advice.
    They were silent as they waited for me to speak.
22 And after I spoke, they had nothing to add,
    for my counsel satisfied them.
23 They longed for me to speak as people long for rain.
    They drank my words like a refreshing spring rain.
24 When they were discouraged, I smiled at them.
    My look of approval was precious to them.
25 Like a chief, I told them what to do.
    I lived like a king among his troops
    and comforted those who mourned.

Love,

Jonathan

Ask God

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Embrace your mistakes, learn from them,  repent, and simply do not do them again.” ~ Jon Barnes

Some

Some mistakes you just cannot afford to make. Dying and going to hell is one of them.  Decide in your mind, heart soul, and spirit that you will repent,  connect with God, and do a better job than your parents.  Communicate with God and your parents to bridge the gap to improve your game, by understanding their mistakes.  Your skill set depends upon your ability to save time, minimize mistakes, save money, and energy to improve your love, faith, and work for God. Ask questions, pay attention, and keep learning.

Mistakes

As a child, I asked God why was my life like this and my parent’s behavior so full of challenges, tests, and obstacles?  My thought was, surely when I get older, I would try to do a better job and learn from their mistakes.  This observation sounds so easy to accomplish but in reality, most of my time is spent on prevention and not finger pointing.  Forgiving people for their mistakes allows you to learn from them, allowing you the ability to become a better advocate for justice, faith, and good works.  Become a better role model.

Afford

Your mistake is not the focus, but prevention with righteousness is the goal.  Why should you copy people from generation to generation when we should be copying God?  Asking God and seeking His wisdom is far better than ignoring Him and living with the eternal doom of hell.  Frankly, you cannot ask and connect with God after it’s too late.  The Judge will have the final say about your lifestyle and choices on earth when you die.
Today’s Question
Are you hoping God will judge you in a fair manner or are you looking for another illegal way into Heaven to avoid your earned sentence to Hell?
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Job 25 

Bildad’s Third Response to Job

25 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
“God is powerful and dreadful.
    He enforces peace in the heavens.
Who is able to count his heavenly army?
    Doesn’t his light shine on all the earth?
How can a mortal be innocent before God?
    Can anyone born of a woman be pure?
God is more glorious than the moon;
    he shines brighter than the stars.
In comparison, people are maggots;
    we mortals are mere worms.”
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Injustice

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Hell is not about justice, it’s about injustice, not believing in God, and the retributions of disobedience for eternity with the perfection of judgment by God.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Justice

Reading about justice in God’s Bible will give you an honest platform for you to see yourself and how badly you treat other people.  Studying your sinful ways will give wonderful insight on setting new goals and making needed changing in your own life.  Stop talking about the problems of others and fix your own problems with God’s justice. You’ll have fewer problems to deal with each day.

Exposed

There is nowhere to hide, as God can see it all.  I don’t want to see it all and the evil that you do.  Let God expose you to the right path of justice, peace, understanding, and wisdom so that you can make corrections, improvements, and progress.  You have been exposed, so do something positive about it.  Or you can keep ignoring the warning signs.

Proposed

God will propose solutions to your issues after you humble yourself, pray, seek,, and use the solutions from the bible that are on your computer, phone, or book.  Since God is your true mentor, compare other mentors to the standard of God, by reading and knowing the spiritual standards for yourself.  Then live by the standards God has set in His Commandments, Ways, and Works.  Know and use God’s proposal of Faith to fight injustice is all that you think, do, say, and share.
Today’s Question
How do you expect to go to Heaven, when your lifestyle is full of injustice, lacking God’s Proposal of Faith? 
 
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Job 23 

Job’s Eighth Speech: A Response to Eliphaz

23 Then Job spoke again:
“My complaint today is still a bitter one,
    and I try hard not to groan aloud.
If only I knew where to find God,
    I would go to his court.
I would lay out my case
    and present my arguments.
Then I would listen to his reply
    and understand what he says to me.
Would he use his great power to argue with me?
    No, he would give me a fair hearing.
Honest people can reason with him,
    so I would be forever acquitted by my judge.
I go east, but he is not there.
    I go west, but I cannot find him.
I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden.
    I look to the south, but he is concealed.
10 “But he knows where I am going.
    And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
11 For I have stayed on God’s paths;
    I have followed his ways and not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from his commands,
    but have treasured his words more than daily food.
13 But once he has made his decision, who can change his mind?
    Whatever he wants to do, he does.
14 So he will do to me whatever he has planned.
    He controls my destiny.
15 No wonder I am so terrified in his presence.
    When I think of it, terror grips me.
16 God has made me sick at heart;
    the Almighty has terrified me.
17 Darkness is all around me;
    thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere.
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Comprehension

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Reading a chapter in the Bible for story content, wisdom, and comprehension with love each day is better than memorizing things you do not believe or understand.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Credit

You don’t get credit for reading and doing the work that is required of all of us who follow Jesus Christ if you are a hypocrite. Your parents cannot save you.  Faking the truth, making up Bible stories, and doing whatever comes to mind will not get you into heaven.    

Successful

Progress is consistent and seemingly slow to the successful student who is steady but crosses the finish line to finish life’s race.  The honest work that is put into the Kingdom of God is rewarded, as a true believer walking in the faith and through the Pearly Gates.  Money is not the definition of success, nor does it have value in Heaven.

Homework

Enjoy the benefits of doing your homework over the years, since you will have solutions to problems that will arise in your life. Hypocrites live fake lifestyles with the devil.  Bless God for training you and giving you the capacity to follow after righteousness. Doing the good work and exercising your faith with love, is a job well done.
Today’s Question 
How do you reason with people, family, and enemies void of biblical truth, comprehension, and love or do you just waste your time arguing with them?
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Job 2 

On another day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

Love,

Jonathan

Easy

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“It is never easy to hear about death, murder, overdose, abuse, ignorance, mayhem and evil that befalls many people.” Jon Barnes

Why

Why are we still dealing with not implementing and using the good solutions doing the right things for ourselves and families?  It is a challenge just to follow the rules and regulations to make things fair for everyone. I get it.  However, it is easy to follow simple steps of organized kindness, educated movements, and musical movements in the direction of hope and justice.

Pretend

There is no reason to fake who you are, so just be good and do the easy steps of improving your life with God.  The reality of positive change comes quickly and the fruit of your love is explosive.  It may seem like evil is winning the battle, but that is just not the case.  Death is the conclusion of all evil and wicked people will meet their maker soon enough. God has an easy solution about justice in His Own Time, soon for all of us. 

Alternative

Notice the route and path of wicked people and go in the opposite direction to follow God.  That is the only alternative.  Bless God for giving us a mind to do good, prepare, and work out our faith in Him.  It is refreshing to hear and see the results of the good work and stories I read about people all around the world.  Be thankful for the ease of how God operates and cares for us all.  Count our challenges as all joy, with a smile of thanksgiving.
Today’s Question
Is it that easy for you to become negative, mad, and out of control, as you always assume the worst in your situations and challenges?
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2 Kings 25 

25 So on January 15,[a] during the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls. Jerusalem was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah’s reign.
By July 18 in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign,[b] the famine in the city had become very severe, and the last of the food was entirely gone. Then a section of the city wall was broken down. Since the city was surrounded by the Babylonians,[c] the soldiers waited for nightfall and escaped[d] through the gate between the two walls behind the king’s garden. Then they headed toward the Jordan Valley.[e]
But the Babylonian[f] troops chased the king and overtook him on the plains of Jericho, for his men had all deserted him and scattered. They captured the king and took him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where they pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah. They made Zedekiah watch as they slaughtered his sons. Then they gouged out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon.

The Temple Destroyed

On August 14 of that year,[g] which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard and an official of the Babylonian king, arrived in Jerusalem. He burned down the Temple of the Lord, the royal palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem. He destroyed all the important buildings[h] in the city. 10 Then he supervised the entire Babylonian army as they tore down the walls of Jerusalem on every side. 11 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took as exiles the rest of the people who remained in the city, the defectors who had declared their allegiance to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the population. 12 But the captain of the guard allowed some of the poorest people to stay behind to care for the vineyards and fields.
13 The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars in front of the Lord’s Temple, the bronze water carts, and the great bronze basin called the Sea, and they carried all the bronze away to Babylon. 14 They also took all the ash buckets, shovels, lamp snuffers, ladles, and all the other bronze articles used for making sacrifices at the Temple. 15 The captain of the guard also took the incense burners and basins, and all the other articles made of pure gold or silver.
16 The weight of the bronze from the two pillars, the Sea, and the water carts was too great to be measured. These things had been made for the Lord’s Temple in the days of Solomon.17 Each of the pillars was 27 feet[i] tall. The bronze capital on top of each pillar was 7 1⁄2 feet[j]high and was decorated with a network of bronze pomegranates all the way around.
18 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took with him as prisoners Seraiah the high priest, Zephaniah the priest of the second rank, and the three chief gatekeepers. 19 And from among the people still hiding in the city, he took an officer who had been in charge of the Judean army; five of the king’s personal advisers; the army commander’s chief secretary, who was in charge of recruitment; and sixty other citizens. 20 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took them all to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 21 And there at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king of Babylon had them all put to death. So the people of Judah were sent into exile from their land.

Gedaliah Governs in Judah

22 Then King Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan as governor over the people he had left in Judah. 23 When all the army commanders and their men learned that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah as governor, they went to see him at Mizpah. These included Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, Jezaniah[k] son of the Maacathite, and all their men.
24 Gedaliah vowed to them that the Babylonian officials meant them no harm. “Don’t be afraid of them. Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and all will go well for you,” he promised.
25 But in midautumn of that year,[l] Ishmael son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama, who was a member of the royal family, went to Mizpah with ten men and killed Gedaliah. He also killed all the Judeans and Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.
26 Then all the people of Judah, from the least to the greatest, as well as the army commanders, fled in panic to Egypt, for they were afraid of what the Babylonians would do to them.

Hope for Israel’s Royal Line

27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin of Judah, Evil-merodach ascended to the Babylonian throne. He was kind to[m] Jehoiachin and released him[n] from prison on April 2 of that year.[o] 28 He spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and gave him a higher place than all the other exiled kings in Babylon. 29 He supplied Jehoiachin with new clothes to replace his prison garb and allowed him to dine in the king’s presence for the rest of his life. 30 So the king gave him a regular food allowance as long as he lived.
Love,
Jonatahn