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  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Four

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 25, 2024

    "He who heeds instruction gets understanding. Honoring the Lord is the rebuke of wisdom, and before honor is humility. The ear that hears rebukes (instruction) of life will abide among the wise." Proverbs 15:33. 31 Prophetic Utterance: "I founded Israel because I loved the people, says the Lord. I uphold the United States of America because the people loved Me." This truth has almost vanished from Christian ethics and the U.S. Constitution in the last 6 decades. Many are launched into... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Three

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 18, 2024

    "Stop the fear! Only Believe!" Jesus roared into a crowd gathered on the shores of Lake Galilee. Mark 5:36. Two people obeyed. Torment is a product of what one sees, hears and believes in the heart. Faith works exactly the same way, Fear tormented Jairus as his 12-year-old daughter lie very ill. However, he had seen and heard that Jesus healed and made people whole. A woman with a 12-year issue of blood had heard and seen this, also. What they believed in their hearts was going to make all the... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Two

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 11, 2024

    "Come unto Me, all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Learn from Me, and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden light," Matthew 11:28 Fear with torment contaminates and erodes a faith which believes God's word is true. Fear of God, however, is to "honor, respect, and revere' our Creator. This 'fear' brings knowledge, wisdom and understanding: an unfailing faith. The Bible contains God's inspired word, written by many authors who tell the same story.... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week One

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 4, 2024

    "That we no longer be children, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, but speaking the truth in love may grow up into Him Who is the head of the whole Body, Christ (Messiah) Jesus." Ephesians 4:14-16 Christians are reborn, from fear of torment, by Holy Spirit power to love as God loves, by self-mastery, which is Jesus Messiah, saying what Father says and doing what Father does! Jesus is our Pattern for victory, Example to imitate and Sample for tasting and seeing that the Lord is good... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 52

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Dec 28, 2023

    "Then God said, let there be lights in the firmament of Heaven to divide day from night, let them be for signs and seasons, for days and years. Then, God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night, and He made stars, also. God saw it was good so the evening and the morning were the fourth day." Genesis 1:14-19 Nine times in history, blood moons fell on Jewish feast days, moedim (mo-ed-eem, plural in Hebrew). Blood moons came at Passover and... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 51

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Dec 21, 2023

    It was just at midnight when the Love of God came as an ordinary baby, placed in a manger filled with hay, in a cave, in the little town of Bethlehem, Judea. Mary and Joseph may not have heard the Heavenly Host of stars and angels announce Love's arrival to the shepherds who, then, went looking for the Sign, (Signature of God) but these new parents knew His Name. "Immanuel. God with us."  Isaiah 9 proclaims: "Unto us a Child is born; a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 49

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Dec 14, 2023

    "Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he who reads it may run with it," Habakkuk 2:2. Christmas cards create a vision. Notice, the Babe is in a manger of hay, Mary and Joseph are reverent and attentive. The shepherds, lambs and cattle are quiet in the barn. The star shines. Three kings, who came from afar, present little boxes of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And, we assume, because of the vision we see, all this took place in the little town of Bethlehem. Not quite! Artists... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 49

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Dec 7, 2023

    Channukah is celebrated, this year, December 7-15. Christians know little about this event, as it is found only in the Apocrypha of the Bible. It took place at the time of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and is considered a Christmas story only because it falls in our December. Channukah will overlap December 25 in 2024. The account is not unlike that of the war that broke out in current Israel, October 7, 2023. The Year was 148 BCE. The Persian empire has fallen and Irael is sandwiched between... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 49

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Nov 30, 2023

    "Moreover, Brethren, we make known to you the Grace of God in our Lord, Jesus (Messiah) Christ, though rich, became poor that you, through His poverty, might be made rich." 2 Corinthians 8: 1, 9 Apostle Paul goes on to relate the joy and comfort that comes with a certain grace: the grace of giving. Grace is a gift and giving is a grace. We often say that grace represents unmerited favor and that is true. However, God's grace is to treat us as if sin never existed in our lives, so He is free to s... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 46

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Nov 16, 2023

    "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward. But, when you do a charitable deed, do not let the left (brain) know what the right (brain) is doing." Matthew 6:1-3 That is, make up your mind to do right. Reflect the just, right character of God placed in the creative side of your brain. The left brain is society based and self-seeking. The left brain is often referred to as 'soulish'. The Apostle Paul called it 'fleshly desire'.... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 45

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Nov 9, 2023

    "Beloved, I pray that you prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 2 A soul filled with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is a prospering soul. No doubt about it. God wants us to prosper! Humanity is created with a spirit, a soul and a body. Spirit and soul are different. "For the Word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the to the division of soul and spirit; of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 44

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Nov 2, 2023

    "Mordecai answered Esther, 'Do not think that you will escape [death] in the king's palace any more than [your people], for if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for [your nation] from another place, but you and your house will perish. Yet, who knows whether you have come to [be queen] for such a time as this?'" Esther 4:13, 14 Look at these Scriptures in the light of the election season which has, already, begun. Who are you? Who are 'your people'?... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 42

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Oct 26, 2023

    Jesus called the Pharisees on their religious practices, "Woe to you, for you tithe [every tenth leaf] of mint, anise and cumin, but have neglected the weightier things of the law: justice, mercy and faithfulness. This you should have done without leaving the other (tithing) undone." Matthew 23:23  Sin misses a mark. Archers stand off several yards and aim at a 'bull's eye'. One who gathers arrows shouts to the archer where the arrow lands. If it did not hit the center of the target, he calls... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 41

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Oct 19, 2023

    "You shall remember the Lord your God for it is He Who gives your hands the power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)." Deuteronomy 8:18 Covenant is a compact between two people that has blessings – and curses, if the covenant is broken. You may notice a Certificate of Deposit blesses with interest until the CD matures. Cashing in early, has a charge. When we believe on Jesus that covenant gives us tither's rights in... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 41

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Oct 12, 2023

    “When wisdom enters your heart and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion (judging justly and reasoning rightly with a touch of class) will preserve you. Understanding will keep you and deliver you [from evil] so you may walk in the way of goodness and righteousness.” Proverbs 2:10-20 Fear of torment is not something to manage. It must be refused! Such ‘spiritual warfare’ allows reverence of God to rule. One who imitates God as a dear child is dangerous to the wiles of the devil... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 40

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Oct 5, 2023

    The Lord said, "Have I not commanded you to be strong and of good courage (very resolute)? Do not be afraid nor be dismayed, I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." And Joshua said, "OK!!" Joshua 1:3, 9 Can we just believe that the Lord is with us, wherever we happen to be? Psalm 118:25-27 is David's assessment of God as faithful: "With the merciful, You show mercy, with the blameless, You are blameless, with the pure,... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 39

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Sep 28, 2023

    “The feasts of the Lord which you (Moses) shall proclaim to be holy convocations are My Moeds (holy days).” Days of feasting and worship were put in place by God to mystify and confound the enemy so that their wranglings were ignored as the Hebrew people feasted, rejoiced and praised the Lord. Seven such feasts began with Passover and ended with Succoth, each year. The joy of the Lord is STRENGTH that the adversary cannot comprehend. Nehemiah 8:10; John 1:5 Succoth begins September 30th... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 39

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Sep 21, 2023

    "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgiveorgive and cleanse (purify, beautify) us from all unrighteousness (whatever is not like Him)" I John 1:9 Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. September 25, this year. The most well attended of any Jewish festival. Not the Jubilee year, just past, when all possessions were returned to their proper owner, all debts canceled and slaves freed, but Yom Kippur when sin is covered up for another year.  Jesus came to die on the Cross in order to... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 37

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Sep 14, 2023

    "God gives wisdom, and knowledge, favor and joy to a man who is good in His sight." Ecclesiastes 2:26. Isaac had been promised to Abraham and Sarah for 25 years. Now, the time was right. This couple received strength to conceive their Promised son. Acting on God's word, God took care of the details.  Year 5784 begins in Israel, Friday evening and Saturday of September 14, 15. Rosh Hashanah (head of the year). Jehovah's civil year of 360 days. God said in 2023 (5783), "Every man's issue will be... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 36

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Sep 7, 2023

    "One generation shall praise Your works to another, and declare Your mighty acts." Psalm 145:4 Ah, September! School, again. Football, again. New friends, again. We never outgrow it. Nostalgia takes us back to marching band and drills to do at half-time. It is noted in the newspaper's 'Old Time' events; scrapbooks are filled with pictures of people, in strange clothing, posing eyes squinting with forced smiles. But look! These are our parents and grandparents!!  Every 80ish years society goes... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 35

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Aug 31, 2023

    "Come unto Me, all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. Rest is not laziness or quitting. It is doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason with the right people. Jesus is speaking of a sin/inequity burden Adam created by giving his dominion over to Satan, the father of lies, deception, depression, greed and avarice. Evil calling evil good. Isaiah 5:20 Pilgrims and Puritans sought these shores because of severe persecution under British kings.... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 32

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Aug 24, 2023

    "While the earth remains, seed-time and harvest..." Genesis 8:22. God has a Plan. Sowing and reaping is constant, going on at all times. Even unbelievers will tap into this prosperity. God enhances vision, effort (measure of faith) and wisdom. Human Effort plus Resources plus Holy Spirit Anointing equals Miracles! Dough enhancer is added to bread dough, a certain measure for every measure of flour. Gluten is softened so bread rises higher and bakes up softer and lighter. Smart chefs use it....

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 32

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Aug 10, 2023

    "The earth yields crops by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. When grain is ripe, the farmer puts in his sickle. Harvest has come." Mark 4:28, 29. All seed is time sensitive. Harvest starts as seed comes out of the barn and is placed into good, fertile soil. "As a rancher/farmer, my most important crop is my children!" North Park (Walden) Colorado has 3 seasons: Before Hayin', Durin' Hayin' and After Hayin'. Surrounded by the Continental Divide on three sides,... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 31

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Aug 3, 2023

    Psalm 91 "Under His wings you shall take refuge. You shall not be afraid of the arrow that flies by day... for He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you ... in their hands they shall bear you up!" My uncle, Fred E. Brands, turned 17, October 31st, 1941. December 7th he enlisted in the United States Navy. World War II had begun at Pearl Harbor. Freddie took training as a navigator in the Naval Air Force. There were six men in his fighter: Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator, Left, Right and Tai... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 30

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jul 27, 2023

    Things were bad in Babylon. The king had been dreaming, but had no idea what he dreamt, except that it frightened him. The Chaldean soothsayers were no help. The king grew furious and ordered the death of all the 'wise' men. Daniel asked the King's Captain why this was so urgent. Daniel asked for a stay of execution, headed for home, conferred with his Hebrew companions and "the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision." Daniel 2 Perspective is a valuable game changer. Like louvered... Full story

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