Sunday, August 23, 2015

My STRONGHOLD



It was King David who gave this name to the LORD!

"...My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge,
 my Shield and the horn of my salvation. 
He is MY STRONGHOLD,
 my refuge and my Savior
— from violent people you save me."


Also in Psalm 18:2
"The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer; 
my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge,
 my Shield and the Horn of my salvation, 
MY STRONGHOLD."

"The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
 The Lord is THE STRONGHOLD OF MY LIFE 
 — of whom shall I be afraid?"

"He is my loving God and my Fortress
MY STRONGHOLD and my Deliverer,  
my Shield, in whom I take refuge"


Martin Luther used similar names for God in this powerful hymn.


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Pathfinder

"Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD;
point out the right road for me to follow.
Lead me by Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God who saves me...
The LORD is good and does what is right;
He shows the proper path to those who go astray."
Psalm 25


"...We have these three witnesses:
 the VOICE of the Holy Spirit in our hearts,
 the VOICE from heaven at Christ’s baptism,
and the VOICE before he died.
 And they all say the same thing:
that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
1 John 5:6-8



And if you leave God’s paths and go astray,
you will hear a VOICE behind you say,
 “No, this is the way; walk here.”
Isaiah 30:21


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Father to the fatherless



"He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow..."
Deuteronomy 10:18 NIV


"Father of orphans,

    champion of widows,
        is God in his holy house.
God makes homes for the homeless,
    leads prisoners to freedom..."
Psalm 68:5-6 The Message



Absent fathers come in many forms...
Absent because of death...
Absent because of divorce...
Absent because of neglect...
Absent because of being a "workaholic"...

No matter what reason there may be for an absent father,
 there is one FATHER who said:
"I will never leave you or forsake you."

The Message translation says it this way in Hebrews 13:5-6
 "Since God assured us, 
'I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,' 
we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help;
 I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?"



Monday, June 15, 2015

The GOD of our Fathers



"Then we cried out to the LORD God of our Fathers..."
"O LORD God of our Fathers, 
Are You not God in Heaven,
And do You not rule over all the kingdoms,
In Your hand is there not power and might...?"
"Blessed be the LORD God of our Fathers..."
"The God of our Fathers raised up Jesus..."
"The God of our Fathers has chosen you
that you should know His will,
and see The Just One,
and hear the voice of His mouth."
(Multiple selections from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible)



  1. "Faith of our fathers, living still,
    In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
    Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
    Whene’er we hear that glorious Word!
    • Refrain:
      Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
      We will be true to thee till death.
  2. Faith of our fathers, we will strive
    To win all nations unto thee;
    And through the truth that comes from God,
    We all shall then be truly free.
  3. Faith of our fathers, we will love
    Both friend and foe in all our strife;
    And preach thee, too, as love knows how
    By kindly words and virtuous life."


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Jehovah Gmolah - The LORD who Rewards



In a previous post I mentioned a book by Marilyn Hickey entitled
(To see that post, click HERE!)

When I purchased the book, I also bought an afghan featuring
I keep it on the foot of my bed,
and I pull it over me when I'm chilly and need just a bit more cover.

 While folding up the light blanket the last few mornings,
I discovered a Name for God that I have not yet featured on Rock4Today.

Then today I stumbled across a "Daily Bible Study Blog"
featuring and explaining this same name for God.
You can find that post by Ken Herschell by clicking HERE.




"But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
and that He is a REWARDER
of those who diligently seek Him."
Hebrews 11:6



In looking up verses for this post I was surprised
at how much the Bible has to say about REWARDS.
According to Blue Letter Bible, from Genesis through Revelation
REWARDS are mentioned OVER 50 TIMES in the New King James Version.


At the back of THE BOOK, the Apostle John quotes Jesus' words,
"Behold, I am coming quickly,
And My REWARD is with Me,
to give to everyone according to his work."
Revelation 22:12



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Friday, May 29, 2015

Great and Glorious!



"Don't be afraid of the enemy!
Remember the LORD,
WHO IS GREAT AND GLORIOUS,

and fight..."
Nehemiah 4:14

"Your right hand, O LORD, is glorious in power.
Your right hand, O LORD, smashes the enemy.
In the greatness of Your majesty,
You overthrow those who rise against You.
You unleash Your blazing fury;
It consumes them like straw...
Who is like you among the gods, O LORD---
GLORIOUS in holiness,
Awesome in splendor,
Performing great wonders?"
(A few verses from Exodus 15)





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reliable!






When the Jews asked Jesus who He was,
Jesus answered by linking Himself to the Father and said,
"He who sent Me is RELIABLE,
and what I have heard from Him I tell the world."
John 8:25-26

God is RELIABLE because He is FAITHFUL.
 
"He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind;
for He is not a man, that He should change His mind."
1 Samuel 15:29


It sounds like Samuel might have paraphrased this verse:
"God is not human, that He should lie,
Not a human being, that He should change His mind.
Does He speak and then not act?
Does He promise and not fulfill?"



"May God himself,
 the God who makes everything holy and whole,
 make you holy and whole,
 put you together—spirit, soul, and body—
and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. 
The One who called you is completely dependable. 
If He said it, He’ll do it!"



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Monday, May 11, 2015

"Greater Than"



A symbol as a Name for God?
I think it fits!

"Now I know that the LORD is greater than all the gods..."

 King Solomon,
the King of Israel who built the magnificent temple,
said this:
 "The temple I am going to build will be great,
because our God is greater than all other gods."
2 Chronicles 2:5

We can be "over-comers", 
because when we become God's children,
He lives in us!
"The One who is in you,
IS GREATER THAN
the one who is in the world."
1 John 4:4

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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Capstone



"The Stone the builders rejected has become the Capstone,
the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:22-24 NIV

"See, I lay a Stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious Cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in Him
will never be put to shame.
Now to you who believe,
this Stone is precious.
But to those who do not believe,
The Stone the builders rejected
has become the CAPSTONE.
1 Peter 2:6-8 NIV

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Rock Repair Shop!




No New Names this week!


Many of my rocks are in need of repair...
This is my rock repair shop!

Sun, rain, ice, snow and wind have required touch-up work to the rocks!

Why am I working on them so frantically right now?
Because at the upcoming Ladies Retreat,
they will be available for a donation to the scholarship fund of the
 Rock Haven Bible Camp!
One load of rocks has already been taken to the camp.


For more information about the camp,
or the Ladies Retreat, click HERE to see their Facebook page,
or HERE for more information about the camp.


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you can find it by clicking on this link:  Rock4Today!