Monday, November 17, 2014

Peter's Rock!


"Simon Peter's Rocks"!

As I drank my morning cup of coffee earlier today,
I was meditating on "Simon Peter's confession".
Jesus had just asked his disciples,
"Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
Matthew 16:13

Peter quickly answered,
"You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
Matthew 16:16 NKJV

The same verse in a different translation says:
"You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God."
Matthew 16:16 NIV

Jesus went on to tell Peter,
"You are Peter, a rock. 
This is THE ROCK on which I will put together my church,
 a church so expansive with energy 
that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out."

Those words must have had a profound effect on Peter,
that affected him...
because in his epistles,
he makes several references to Jesus
as either a STONE or a ROCK.

In 1 Peter 2:6-8 he quotes part of this verse from Psalm 118:22,
so if Peter were painting God's Names on Rocks,
I think this would be one of them.

also lists these "Rock" names given by Peter:
"A Living Stone" - 1 Peter 2:4
"An Elect Stone" - 1 Peter 2:6
"A Stone of Stumbling" - 1 Peter 2:7-8
"A Rock of Offense" - 1 Peter 2:7-8

And although I used this rock in a previous post,
I believe Peter could have painted it,
because he referred to Jesus as a "Precious Stone" in 1 Peter 2:6.

Attesting to the fact that Jesus had truly become his ROCK,
Simon Peter, son of Bar-Jonah
also had other names he attributed to the Son of God.
Maybe I'll feature them next week!

Peter also had a name for us - Lively Stones.
To see one of my previous posts on this, click on the highlighted letters above.

Thanks for stopping by!
With the recent onset of COLD weather,
I've done a post entitled "Frost Magic" on Joy4Today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Captain of My Salvation

In the Old Testament Joshua encountered God as
"The Commander of the Army of the LORD"
Joshua 5:14

When David faced the giant, he called upon
"The LORD of Heaven's Armies".
1 Samuel 17:45

King Hezekiah encouraged his people in the battle against Sennacherib:
"Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or discouraged..
for there is a greater power with us...
With us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles."
2 Chronicles 32:7-8

The writer of Hebrews calls JESUS
"The Captain of our Salvation".
Hebrews 2:10

The above WORDfocus comes from the NKJV study Bible.
Strong's concordance amplifies the word "Captain" further
saying it also means
Hero, Champion, Founder, and Scout.
What great titles for our Savior!

When our way becomes a bit foggy,
and it's hard to see the path in front of us,
it's good to know that
and will lead the way!

A little over two years ago
I did a related post entitled TSEBAOTH.
If you missed it,
click on the highlighted letters to take you there.

 HERE is where you will find my Joy4Today's post entitled
"Who da Thunk It?"

Monday, October 13, 2014

The One and Only Great "Potentate"

Only one time have I seen this name mentioned in the Holy Bible...

Speaking of Jesus Christ's appearing, Paul said,
"He who is
the King of Kings and Lord of lords."
1 Timothy 6:15

This same Jesus is the One who will come as Ruler and Conqueror,
and is described in Revelation 6:2 and 19:11,

"...There before me was a white horse!
Its rider held a bow,
and He was given a crown,
and He rode out as a Conqueror...

...I saw heaven standing open
and there before me was a white horse,
whose Rider is called Faithful and True.
With justice He judges and wages war."

Jesus Christ alone is the One who is worthy to be our exalted Ruler!
Revelation 5 describes in detail why He alone is worthy.

Are you ready to meet Him?
To see the trailer of Billy Graham's new release,
called "HEAVEN", click on the highlighted letters...
or to get your own free copy, click HERE!

With fall making a gorgeous appearance here in the Ozarks,
I hope to share a few photos of it soon on Joy4Today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2014

The "Firstborn"

"She brought forth her FIRSTBORN son,
and called His Name JESUS"
Matthew 1:25

"He is the image of the invisible God,
the FIRSTBORN of all creation.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth,
 visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. 
 All things were created through Him and for Him.  
And He is before all things and in Him all things consist. 
Colossians 1:15-17 

The FIRSTBORN in Bible days held the highest honor in the family.
Jesus, as the Son of God, holds the highest honor in God's family.
"He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So He is the first in everything."

Or to read the same verse from  the NIV translation::
"And He is the Head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning and the FIRSTBORN from among the dead,
so that in everything He might have the supremacy."

Jesus was the FIRST to be resurrected from the dead with a resurrection body
that would never die again.

"For God knew His people in advance,
and He chose them to become like His Son,
so that His Son would be the FIRSTBORN 
among many brothers and sisters.
And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him.
And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself.
And having given them right standing,
He gave them His glory."

My nephew Joel, who fought a valiant fight against glioblastoma,
is now seeing the GLORY OF GOD in person.
It was his desire that "the glory of the LORD would be revealed" through his life.
I believe this was accomplished!
If you wish to view the celebration of his life,

Thank you for stopping by.
To see my companion blog where I get on my "Soap Box",
click on Joy4Today!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Spiritual ROCK

 Jesus Christ

 "Our Spiritual ROCK"

Our Source of Living Water

The LORD said to Moses,
"Strike the Rock,
and the water will come gushing out"
Exodus 17

Footnotes from Blue Letter Bible state that
"This rock, which is a vast block of red granite,
15 feet long, 10 broad, and 12 high,
lies in the wilderness of Rephidim, to the west of Mount Horeb, a part of Sinai.
There are abundant traces of this wonderful miracle remaining at this day.
This rock has been visited, drawn, and described...
...holes and channels appear in the stone,
which could only have been formed by the bursting out and running of water."

The story in Exodus 17 is an interesting one
when the LORD gave water to thirsty Israelites,
but what I find even more interesting is what that ROCK represents.

The Apostle Paul makes that clear in 1 Corinthians 10 when he writes,
"they drank from the Spiritual Rock that traveled with them,
and that ROCK was CHRIST."

Jesus Himself made the statement,
"He who believes in Me,
as the Scripture has said,
out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
He spoke this concerning the Spirit,
whom those believing in Him would receive.

I've read those verses many times,
but it really sunk in today when I realized that
given to us from Jesus Christ, our Spiritual Rock!
I am so thankful for this Gift of Living Water!

Thanks for your visit!
Hope to see you again soon on Joy4Today when I find another topic
that I just can't keep to myself and have to share!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Christ - The Power of God


"But we preach Christ crucified,
unto the Jews a stumbling block,
and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks,

Christ the Power of God"
1 Corinthians 1:23-24

"Ah, LORD God!
Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth
by Your great POWER and outstretched arm.
There is nothing too hard for You."

"He gives POWER to the weak,
And to those who have no might

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

Once again, thanks for your visit!
Hopefully, I'll have a post soon on Joy4Today!
My lap top has not been connecting well with the internet,
so I'm having to use my husband's PC when he's not on it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


"This is a statement that can be trusted:
'If we have died with Him, we will live with Him.
If we endure, we will rule with Him.
If we disown Him, He will disown us.
If we are unfaithful,
because He cannot be untrue to Himself."
2 Timothy 2:11-13

"...The LORD your God is indeed God.
who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations,
and lavishes His unfailing love
on those who love Him..."
Deuteronomy 7:9

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The LORD, the GOD of Israel

I, the LORD, will hear them;
I, the GOD of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open rivers in desolate heights,
And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water...
That they may see and know,
And consider and understand together,
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Isaiah 41:17-18 and 20

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
'May they prosper who love you.

Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.'

For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, 'Peace be within you.' "

For a look at Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota,
check out my post on Joy4Today!

Thanks for stopping by!
God bless!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Bread of God

Last year when my little sis came to visit and stayed at our farmhouse,
she left a priceless little farewell thank-you gift on the night stand.

Apparently this little book has been in print for nearly a century,
and has been reprinted many times.
It has short devotionals for each day of the year,
and they only take a minute or two to read.
I've been reading it every night before I go to sleep.

Although I had featured Jesus as the "Bread of Life" in a previous post,
this little book made me aware of other titles having to do with BREAD.
(Photo by Tricia Turner - Blogger @ Expeditions by Tricia.
Click on highlighted letters above to take you to her blog.)

The one that stood out to me the most last week was
"The Bread of God",
and came from the verse in John 6:33 (KJV) where Jesus says,
"For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven,
and giveth life unto the world."

The little book is available from Amazon
if you are interested in getting it for yourself or as a gift.
(Click on AMAZON to take you to that link.)

Maybe it's because I am a bread lover that
the words that stood out to me from the July 10th reading were,
 that nothing will ever satisfy people's hunger except for
"For He satisfies the longing soul,
and fills the hungry soul with goodness."
Psalm 107:9 NKJV

Thanks for stopping by!
Joy4Today will have a new post up within the next few days!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Coming Soon!

I wasn't thinking of that title as a name for Jesus 
as I began writing this post.
I don't have it painted on a rock,
but it could be!

In Revelation 3:11, Jesus said,

and again in Revelation 22:7,

What I was thinking about,
and am very excited about,
is a new book!

I just received my copy in the mail yesterday from Amazon,

Thanks for dropping by!