Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dearly Loved



DEARLY LOVED SON

Peter was remembering his experience on the mountain
when he gave this name to the Lord Jesus.
It was when Jesus gave a glimpse of Who He really was to a selected few,
and when God the Father's voice was heard from the cloud saying,
"This is MY DEARLY LOVED SON,
who brings me great joy.
Listen to Him."
(Matthew 17)

Peter quotes these very words of the Father:
"This is MY DEARLY LOVED SON,
who brings me great joy."
2 Peter 1:17

The Apostle John said,
"God showed how much He loved us
by sending His one and only Son into the world
so that we might have eternal life through Him."

Wishing you much JOY this Christmas season
as you celebrate God's gift of 
HIS DEARLY LOVED SON
so that we could have eternal life!


I'm still thinking about a post for Joy4Today.
Maybe I'll come up with one before the week is through!
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Chosen!



Peter says Jesus was CHOSEN BY GOD
for great honor
and anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced!

(1 Peter 2:4) 



My husband "Chose" me to be his bride.
God has also CHOSEN us and wants us to be His very own to show others His goodness and light.   (1 Peter 2:9) 


Thanks for looking at Peter's names for our Lord Jesus with me!
On my Joy4Today blog this week,
I've featured some photos of "This Old House".
(Click on the highlighted letters to take you there.) 
 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bishop of Our Souls



Continuing with "Simon Peter's Rocks"!

Speaking of Christ Jesus, Peter said:
"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes you were healed.
For you were as sheep going astray;
but are now returned unto the Shepherd and
THE BISHOP OF YOUR SOULS."
1 Peter 2:24-25



The New Living Translation states the same verses this way:
"He personally carried our sins in His own body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
By His wounds you are healed.
Once you were like sheep who wandered away,
But now you have returned to your Shepherd,
The Guardian of your souls.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Author of Life






Continuing with Simon Peter's Names for God...

This one comes from Peter's speech after healing the crippled beggar
at the temple gate called Beautiful...


and addressed to the onlookers who were amazed at what had happened.
Peter said, "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you?
Why do you stare at us 
as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?"
Then speaking of Jesus,
he accuses them of disowning "the Holy and Righteous One",
and states that they were guilty of killing

This title reminds me of the Apostle John's words
when he quoted Jesus in John 10:10,
"...I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full."



Thanks for your visit!
Linking up with Jenny Matlock for a round of Alphabet fun again!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Peter's Rock!


OR

"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
THE LORD OF HEAVEN'S ARMIES
is
THE CAPTAIN OF OUR SALVATION!
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 BLESSED AND ONLY POTENTATE,
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
the HOLY SPIRIT is the LIVING WATER
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

OUR POWER SOURCE!



"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
HE INCREASES STRENGTH."


"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!