Pictures

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“If you only knew how many pictures I have taken over the last year… you all would probably faint, because in my mind, each picture is like a musical note that tells a story of life’s infinite possibilities of moments to share with a limited budget of time to love, share, and care for others; like you love God and yourself.” ~ Jon Barnes

Pictures Of

My wife gave me a new lens to take pictures of an exhibition, nature, and people so that I can learn about new angles, lighting, and perspectives. There are many options to choose from when taking a shot and you must see it first before you can notice possibilities of a picture. By faith, you keep clicking and searching for God’s Truth in your actions and pictures. The exhibition is in your mind but the work begins when you take the camera out of the bag, connect your lens of choice, turn on the camera, focus, and click.  After you have done the work, taking a thousand pictures, you may find 20 really good ones that are rare.

An Exhibition

During your picture taking of an exhibition, each photo session brings new meaning, enlightenment, enchantment, and pleasure from the joys of learning and the wisdom it can bring. God teaches us how to work harder and smarter. Using and sharing these experiences, stories, and pictures provide language and content for people to better understand your walk with God from your visual perspective. You can enjoy how we all use God’s provisions, supplies, and earthly materials to create art, language, pictures, buildings, designs, and plans for sustaining our good lifestyle. Bless God.

Photo Shoot

Each day we take photo shoots of our experiences to learn, grow, and share our perspectives on life, love, liberty, and God’s Standards. I am always careful to live by the Golden Rules, not to inflate my ego above God’s authority to change His design or method book on life.  Since God created every picture we could ever think of, He has given us an opportunity to play, learn, love, and share some of this experience. Enjoy your photo shoot and thank God for the opportunity, by loving Him first and loving your neighbor as you honestly love yourself.
Today’s Question
How will God rate your pictures of an Exhibition at the time and work of your lifestyle?
Enjoy The Reading

Deuteronomy 24

24 “Suppose a man marries a woman but she does not please him. Having discovered something wrong with her, he writes a document of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house. When she leaves his house, she is free to marry another man. But if the second husband also turns against her, writes a document of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away, or if he dies, the first husband may not marry her again, for she has been defiled. That would be detestable to the Lord. You must not bring guilt upon the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession.
“A newly married man must not be drafted into the army or be given any other official responsibilities. He must be free to spend one year at home, bringing happiness to the wife he has married.
“It is wrong to take a set of millstones, or even just the upper millstone, as security for a loan, for the owner uses it to make a living.
“If anyone kidnaps a fellow Israelite and treats him as a slave or sells him, the kidnapper must die. In this way, you will purge the evil from among you.
“In all cases involving serious skin diseases,[a] be careful to follow the instructions of the Levitical priests; obey all the commands I have given them. Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam as you were coming from Egypt.
10 “If you lend anything to your neighbor, do not enter his house to pick up the item he is giving as security. 11 You must wait outside while he goes in and brings it out to you. 12 If your neighbor is poor and gives you his cloak as security for a loan, do not keep the cloak overnight. 13 Return the cloak to its owner by sunset so he can stay warm through the night and bless you, and the Lord your God will count you as righteous.
14 “Never take advantage of poor and destitute laborers, whether they are fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns. 15 You must pay them their wages each day before sunset because they are poor and are counting on it. If you don’t, they might cry out to the Lord against you, and it would be counted against you as sin.
16 “Parents must not be put to death for the sins of their children, nor children for the sins of their parents. Those deserving to die must be put to death for their own crimes.
17 “True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans, and you must never accept a widow’s garment as security for her debt. 18 Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God redeemed you from your slavery. That is why I have given you this command.
19 “When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all you do. 20 When you beat the olives from your olive trees, don’t go over the boughs twice. Leave the remaining olives for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. 21 When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, don’t glean the vines after they are picked. Leave the remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. 22 Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. That is why I am giving you this command.
Love,
Jonathan

Inspired

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote

“I’m so thankful to have such a great wife, children, and grandchildren because, I love them, we communicate often, they are humble, and we pray for God’s inspiration and directions. ~ Jon Barnes

Humble

When my family asks me questions to seek out information, we both learn from our success and failures together. We rejoice when things go well and we cry when things hurt!  We laugh and act crazy when we play, pray and work. We live life to the fullest, while we are still above the dirt!

Lifelong

 
My family pushes me to study, read, learn, grow, and do better each day, we pray.  We are learning to listen, help, give, and take criticism to improve our ways.  God is pleased at our efforts to grow in grace. Now, He has me traveling around the world with love, spreading His Grace.  God is Good!

Language

I love learning a new language as I am balancing my work,  time and efforts. It is teaching me how to practice, be patient, and improve each day with love, what a blessing. We all speak the same language, even within the same culture, but sometimes we can get a little confused.  So I’ve learned to practice things more than once, inspired and full of God’s reflection, inspiration, and muse.
Today’s Question
Did you act and complete your work, while being inspired by God or does your pride prevent you from listening to your family, spouse, or children?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Revelation 2

To the Church in Ephesus

“To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans,which I also hate.
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

To the Church in Smyrna

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:
These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

To the Church in Thyatira

18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’
26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[b]—just as I have received authority from my Father.28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Love,

Jonathan

The Distance

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Add up the cost and look at the distance you have traveled, see the picture you made as you unraveled, to know if you are headed into God’s Palace or Blistery Basement.” ~ Jon Barnes

In my Dream

In my dream, I called up my father and talked to him.  Through my mind’s phone and video I traveled and sat with him.  Talking to the family, listening to live music being recorded– connecting with other musicians was my focus. We talked a lot about Jesus as He continued to feed us, living the life with my family of servants of our God and King. I am not the judge, I am learning to be the obedient, humble, servant son!

Do You Serve

Who do you serve as you examine the roads you travel?  Did you choose the road full of loneliness, shame and babble?  Lean of God, trust and don’t just take the Word from us, but go to the source. Eat, be merry and rejoice, that you experience God’s Grace and Love with your own work, faith, and choice. Be careful how you serve, by accidentally stepping on some nerves, while you try and help with love each day.  Always review, and examine your approach, you are not always right with your boast.  Learn from your mistakes, they are all over the place.  Stop acting like God, or you’ll become a fraud, pretending to serve, yet lost in your deception.  Be the Good Wife, Person, or Servant from Conception.

Each Day

Each day gets better and better, since the first day that I met her, God showed me the one that I would play at her wedding.  But to my surprise, I soon realized that I would be that groom of this bride at my wedding. God said to Marry, this woman full of honesty, smarts, looks, Love, and savvy, yet my flesh wanted to hold off, wait, and terry. Finally, my girl got the memo and helped me through my window to make the choice of right or wrong.  God said to me, “Marry Her”, I did and actually carried her to the chapel and bedroom with life’s lesson, kids and possibilities.  Stop, think and wonder, who I could have plundered, if I didn’t learn the honest lesson of Humility.

Make Me Proud

I’m so proud of my kids, they actually listened, learned, worked, loved and did. The fruit from my tree didn’t fall far from me, living the things I taught, preached, lived each day.  They considered their own thoughts and tests and studied God’s Art, learning from Him to see what is best, fixing their mistakes in every way.  I smile, love and admire in their travels they seek my help, yet I’m retired. Even when they know the way, still they call and say, Dad I love you–  what do you think about this?  Thanking God everyday, in the race we must pray to give, listen, and share each word with love, a hug, and a kiss! With God, Go The Distance!
Today’s Question
In your service for God with each passing hour, with your kids, are you a stumbling block, full of wisdom, knowledge; yet denying the real Power of Love of God in your life?
Enjoy the Reading.
 

1 Corinthians 8New International Version (NIV)

Concerning Food Sacrificed to Idols

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.[a]
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
Love,
Jonathan

Roman Christmas Concept

 

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“We are constantly given examples, concepts, models, and system of how to Love God and people, yet evil blinds the eyes of many, leaving only a few to travel the straight and narrow road.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Christmas Time is Here

During this Christmas Holiday, train yourself to love and live the lifestyle Jesus would be proud of.  Be the example for others to follow and inspire truth, justice, and positive change in all people, all around the world.  Christmas Time is Here everyday of the year.

Snowflakes in The Air

As I travel through Europe this season, I am enjoying the winter weather, comfort and warmth of my wife, family, friends, and life.  Since each snowflake is different like fingerprints, enjoy the unique path the Will of God has on your life and embrace the truth your good works of faith can give to others.

Pitch your Tune

Pitch your spiritual tent and sing songs of love, thanksgiving, and understanding so that others can see the path to walk with God.  Your perfect pitch, sings through the air with it’s own signature vibration, unlike anyone else. Only you can sing your message of God’s Goodwill and Glad tidings of Glory and love to mankind.
Today’s Question
Are you observing, upholding, and obeying God’s laws, authority, and rulers or are you singing to your own tune and fleshy ways?

Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Romans 13New International Version (NIV)

Submission to Governing Authorities

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Love Fulfills the Law

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a]and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

The Day Is Near

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[c]

Love,

Jonathan