For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Begged His Father To Take The Cross Away Because With Perfect Fear He'd Pray With Passion Every Sin He'd Slay And Preeminently To God He'd Say You're My Greatest Joy Please Stay Your Will Be Done I Will Obey!

When devils roar and Christ is sad; And all His future's dark and bad; He faced His Father's wrath so mad; To Him all sins our God would add; He'd lose the pleasure of His Dad; Alone, forsaken – no more glad; But on that cross He conquered bad; And took away His Father's mad; Rose up alive in light He's clad; And now to us His goodness add; All sins forgiven we are glad; Someday all joy and no more sad!
With soul in sorrow He could die; He'd pray and sweat and loudly cry; "Oh Father let this cup pass by! For You can do all things on high! Your will be done – I will comply!" This prayer is hard – we can't deny; Was Jesus' love now spent and dry? From Him did faith and boldness fly? Is our King weak as death drew nigh? A million "No's!" we must reply! Our King is King of kings on high! He's perfect man in every eye; His prayer shows us a perfect cry; Perfect fear – from wrath He'd fly; Perfect hate – toward sin defy; Perfect joy in God nearby; The perfect Man must pray this cry! But on His God He would rely; And give His life and finally die; Then rise to ascend in the sky; And our salvation full apply!

That's my King!  Do you know Him!?

Fear not mere men who bodies kill; And leave the souls untouched and still; But fear the God Who at His will; Casts souls and bodies with great zeal; Straight into hell – justice fulfill; Jesus obeyed with perfect skill; And feared His God Whose wrath would spill; All over Him on Calvary's hill; Millions of hells would be His pill; The darkest chill and greatest ill; Would be His plight – it was God's will; When perfect Man this fear did feel; His only prayer – He must appeal; His fear is perfectly ideal; Fear only God Who souls can kill!
Christ hated sin with perfect hate; He lived the righteous, sinless state; But knew He soon would bear the weight; Of all our sinful wicked freight; As sin our God would then equate; The perfect Savior Who's the Great; This cannot be for it's innate; That more than all, sin, Christ would hate!  And so He prayed:  "Father create!  Another way – this cross negate!" But as He cried and lay prostrate; On His Father's will He'd wait!
The Father is Jesus' greatest delight; The joy they have is out of sight; So when Christ sees His terrible plight; The Father turns His back from sight; And says: "My only Son I'll smite!" He cannot take this darkest night; But for His Father's presence fight! With every fiber of His might; "Oh Father take the cross from sight!"  But so we could be saved tonight; Our Savior died and did what's right; And rose again – our sovereign Knight; To be our joy and delight!

That's my King!  That's my King! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Never Ever Fell Away But Always Did Just What He'd Say Then God Did Strike The Shepherd Slay His Own He Won't Deny But Pay He Died And Rose To Love Display!

We've all fallen away
By what we think and do and say
The disciples here have led the way
They all forsook Him – went astray
But Jesus never fell away!

Oh, we've all fallen away
His disciples failed to understand
Jesus rebuked them
They had hard hearts
They didn't understand Him
They all fell away
But Jesus never fell away!

We've all fallen away
Jesus' disciples lacked faith
They argued in pride and arrogance over who would be the greatest
They failed to deny themselves, pick up their crosses, and follow Him
They all fell away
But Jesus never fell away!

We've all fallen away
Peter had to be called Satan
Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink in the raging sea
Peter denied His Lord Jesus three times
Peter fell away
They all fell away
But Jesus never fell away!

We've all fallen away
We've made gods of all kinds of things and people and hopes and dreams instead of the only true God
We've taken God's name in vain
We've disregarded the right worship of God
We've all sinned and fallen short of God's glory
We've all fallen away
But Jesus never fell away!

We've all fallen away
We've dishonored and disobeyed our parents and other authorities in our lives
We've murdered in our hearts
We've committed adultery in our hearts
We've stolen time and money from our employers
We've lied
We've been discontent, grumbled and complained, and desired what we don't have
We've all fallen away
But Jesus never fell away!

We've all fallen away
But God . . . but God changed us
And now we'll never be the same!
By grace through faith in Christ
We now fall away from sin
We now fall away from hell
We now fall away from death
Because Jesus never fell away!

We've all fallen away
In Jesus we've fallen away from our love for sin
We've fallen away from our desires for what God forbids
We've fallen away from hatred
We've fallen away from lust
We've fallen away from idolatry
Because Jesus never fell away!

We've all fallen away
Because of the cross and resurrection, we've fallen away from the curse because Jesus fell into the curse
We've fallen away from God's wrath because Jesus fell into God's wrath
We've fallen away from everlasting judgment because Jesus fell into everlasting judgment
We've fallen away from pain, tears, and death because Jesus fell into pain, tears, and death
We've fallen into fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore because Jesus was cast out of fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore on that cross!
Praise God that Jesus never fell away!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's Coming Back To Every Evil Attack He Won't Be Slack All The Wicked He'll Smack, Stack, And With Everlasting Pain Wrack Then Supply All We Lack As The One Who Always Has Our Back!

ISIS is killing
Islam is ruling
Children are starving
Young girls are being raped
Parents are weeping
But they don't know
That Jesus is coming!

ISIS is killing
Journalists are beheaded
Churches are destroyed
Christians are dying
Evil seems to be winning
Death is rampant
But oh let me tell you!
That Jesus is coming!

ISIS is killing
True Islam is followed
The Quran is being obeyed
Sharia law is being enforced
Criminals are being crucified
Thieves have their hands cut off
But Jesus is coming!

ISIS is killing
Jesus – the God-Man – is being denied
The only true God is being defamed
The death and resurrection of Jesus is being dismissed
Converts to Islam are being forced
But it's only for right now
Because Jesus is coming!

ISIS is killing
Like Saul they think they're serving God
But my God can still change Sauls into Pauls – come LORD Jesus and do it!
My Muslim friends are deceived
The Quran is lying
Muhammad is dead
allah is a false god
But Jesus is coming!

ISIS is killing
They'd kill me if they could
For writing like this
But we've got to keep on speaking
Because Jesus is coming!

ISIS is killing
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is livid-furious-angry
God hates all evil doers
He will repay all unrepentant sinners in hell forever
So we've got to keep warning the world
That Jesus is coming – with fire in His eyes and a sharp sword in His mouth!

ISIS is killing
The preacher is preaching
Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the LORD!
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life!
Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life!
But the wrath of God remains on him!
Believe Him!
Obey Him!
Because Jesus is coming!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's Worthy To Be Remembered And Him We Proclaim Who Took All Our Shame And Died For Our Blame Then Rose To Great Fame So We're Never The Same But Live To Acclaim His Glorious Name!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember His infinite worthiness
Remember His absolute moral perfection and absolute perfection in every other way
Remember His unparalleled compassion
Remember His unprecedented hatred of evil
Remember His irresistible love that surpasses knowledge
Remember that He always remembers us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that it appeared He was born from a sexually immoral relationship, yet He was born of a virgin
Remember that the Lord of glory, the God of heaven and earth was born in the feeding trough of a cow
Remember that as soon as He was born, wicked humanity was trying to kill Him
Remember that as a young boy He amazed them in the temple with His answers and understanding
Remember that He was submissive to His parents
Remember that He always remembers us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that He came as a preacher and teacher – He is the Prince of preachers like no other!
Remember that His first and last words were “Repent and believe the Gospel!”
Remember that no one ever taught like this Man!
Remember that He taught with authority – all authority in fact – like no other religious teacher that has ever crossed the horizon of this world!
Remember that He astonished crowds and made them marvel!
Remember that though heaven and earth shall pass away, His Words shall never pass away!
Remember that He always remembers us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that He called Himself the great "I AM!"
Remember that He said He and the Father are one
Remember that He said if you have seen Him, then you have seen the Father
Remember that Thomas called Him “My Lord and my God!”
Remember that He forgives sins – which only God can do
Remember that He said all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father
Remember that He was prayed to
Remember that He was worshiped
Remember that He is God Almighty
Remember that He always remembers us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that He healed the sick
Remember that He cleansed lepers
Remember that He made the lame to walk
Remember that He made the deaf to hear
Remember that He made the blind to see
Remember that He raised the dead to life
Remember that He always remembers us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that He was betrayed by one of His closest friends
Remember that Peter denied Him three times with cursing and swearing
Remember that every one of His disciples abandoned Him
Remember that He cried out to God and sweat like drops of blood
Remember that He was spit on
Remember that He was mocked
Remember that He was beaten beyond human recognition
Remember that He was nailed to the cross
Remember that He suffered the wrath, judgment, and curse of God on that cross
Remember that He was forsaken by God on that cross
Remember that He always remembers us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that He's the God of the impossible!
Remember that He's the God of the resurrection of the dead!
Remember that He rose up from the dead!
Remember that He conquered the grave!
Remember that He conquered sin!
Remember that He conquered the devil!
Remember that He has all authority in heaven and on earth!
Remember that He is always with us and will never leave us nor forsake us!
Remember that we are to be busy making disciples and teaching them to obey all that He has commanded!
Remember that He always remembers us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that He loves you more than you could ever know!
Remember that He's working out everything in our lives for our good!
Remember that those Who seek Him lack no good thing!
Remember that He's pursing us with goodness and mercy all of our days!
Remember that He disciplines those He loves!
Remember that if you have Him and nothing else, you have it all because He is the all in all!
Remember that He always remember us!

Let's remember Jesus
Remember that He came as a Lamb, but He's returning as a Lion
Remember that He came humble and meek, riding on a donkey, but He's returning with wrath and fury on a war horse
Remember that He came with patience and mercy, but He's returning with a sharp sword in His mouth and flaming fire in His eyes
Remember that He will judge the wicked and the dead
Remember that He will consume all of His and our enemies forever
Remember that with Him, for all eternity, you will be perfectly, fully, abundantly, and extravagantly happy, joyful, and satisfied beyond what you could ever dream or imagine!
Remember that He always remembers us!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"That's My King!" Whose Blood Was Out Poured As The Covenant LORD So We're Clean And Restored Through Our Christ The Reward Who's Always And Only And Ever Adored!

In a heated rage man's blood was shed; Cain killed his brother Abel dead; In envy-lust the ground soaked red; It cried to God, "you're cursed," God said; Sin causes death, from God we've fled; But there's a promise we have read; The Seed will crush the serpent's head; He suffered on that cross and bled; Then conquered death and left it dead!
The life is in the blood, so you shall not eat; The blood of bulls and goats that bleat; Jews could only eat the meat; Or be cut off – their hopes delete; But blood of bulls and goats won't treat; The sickness – sin has brought defeat; We need a greater hope complete; It's in the blood of Christ elite; His life and death – the greatest feat!  On that cross we did mistreat; The LORD of glory Who they beat; His blood poured out like slaughtered meat; He bore God's wrath in all its heat; Then rose to conquer all defeat; And cause the devil to retreat; Now by His blood we are complete; He gave Himself – His blood so sweet!  We shout with joy in the street!  His praise always we'll now repeat!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Jesus' blood of the New Covenant is our propitiation; He took away God's wrath so that we could have salvation; Because He died and rose for our eternal justification; He's the New Covenant LORD Who's our bloody mediation; So now we're forgiven and enjoy God's "Righteous!" declaration; Which we have by faith alone in the Christ our blood relation; Now there's no more fear of wrath – no hell-fire or damnation; Through His blood we have redemption from all sinful desolation; From every nation we're brought near by His blood of consecration; Through His blood we now have peace so there's no more agitation; The precious blood of Christ Who is our Lamb of jubilation; Cleanses us from sin so there's no more indignation; By His blood we're freed from sin to live out holy dedication; By His blood alone there will be no more condemnation; And by His blood alone we'll conquer every manifestation and representation of our enemies' perpetration; For the glory of our King Who's our joy and adoration!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Monday, August 25, 2014

A New Hymn: Christ Is All!

Based on Psalm 73:25-26, 2 Chronicles 20, and Psalm 34:10

Tune:  Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

Whom have I in heav'n but You LORD
You are everything to me!
You're my King, my LORD, my Savior
From my idols set me free!
Make me hope in You alone LORD
Be the “Christ is all!” to me!
Come and capture my whole being
And Your beauty let me see!

Nothing on earth I desire LORD
Save for You and You alone!
At the cross Your great love out poured
Sent Your Son Who did atone!
Then He rose up with all power
Conquered hell, sin, pain, and death!
Now His name is my strong tower
To Him run and you'll find rest!

I am weak – I have no power
LORD! I don't know what to do!
But my eyes are ever on You
Father come and lead me through!
You're my God Who has all power
There is nothing You can't do!
Come and save now – Spirit lead me
Grant me mercy pure and true!

Those who seek You lack no good thing
For in Christ we have it all!
You're all beauty; You're all glory
You're the God-Man; You're our all!
You alone are satisfaction
You're the pleasure of our life!
Come oh LORD and be our Treasure
Be our Joy and our Delight!

Monday, August 11, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's The Greatest Somebody Who Became A Nobody And Rose As The First New Body And Now He Can Save Anybody So We All Must Tell Everybody About This Somebody Of All Somebodies!

I was convicted of my sin last night at a Young Life camp where the question was asked:  "What is the greatest cry that your sinful flesh thinks it needs?"

My answer:  I want to be Somebody, and I want to have and to hold somebody.

So I fight to look to the only all-sufficient, all-satisfying, glorious, most beautiful Somebody once again:

There's nobody like my Somebody!  Not even close!  If you've found somebody that excites you like this Somebody you better run the other direction from that idol body!

He's the greatest Somebody like no other body has ever been!
He's the famous One, and the One we all should be trying to make more famous among the nations!
He's the Somebody to Whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is LORD!
He's the Somebody Who heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, and makes the deaf hear!
He's the Somebody Who makes demons flee, cleanses lepers, and raises the dead!
He's the Somebody Who forgives sins, calms the wind and waves, and walks on water!
He's the Somebody Who knows the future, planned the future, and works it all for your good!
He's the Somebody Who is the great I AM come in the flesh!
He's the Somebody Who's the King of kings and LORD of lords!
He's the Somebody Who's the First and the Last and the Beginning and the End!
He's the Somebody Who's the Alpha and the Omega!
He's the Somebody Who lived the only perfectly obedient life and always did His Father's will!
He's the Somebody Who died on that cross and swallowed the wrath of Almighty God!
He's the Somebody Who rose up from the grave and conquered sin, death, and the devil once and for all!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!  That's my Somebody!

He's the Somebody Who rules and reigns over all!
He's the Somebody Who has all authority in heaven and on earth!
He's the Somebody bigger and better than anything this universe has ever seen!
He's the Somebody Who made the universe and upholds it by the Word of His power!
He's the Somebody in Whom all the fullness of God dwells bodily!
He's the Somebody Who is my LORD and my God!
He's the Somebody Who loves you too much to let you have any other somebody more loved than Himself!
He's the Somebody Who wants to crush all your somebody idols!
He's the Somebody Who alone can satisfy your soul!
He's the Somebody Who alone can give you what you need!
He's the Somebody Who alone can save you from all your sins!
He's the Somebody Who alone can deliver you from God's wrath to come!
He's the Somebody Who alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

That's my King!

He's the Somebody Who is your only way back to God!
He's the Somebody Who is the resurrection and the life!
He's the Somebody Who is the God of the impossible!
He's the Somebody Who chose things that are not to bring to nothing things that are so that no human being may boast in the presence of God!
He's the Somebody Who can do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond anything we could ever ask or think!
He's the Somebody Who loves like no other lover!
He's the Somebody Who loves the unlovable!
He's the Somebody Who made the very beauty you so long to hold and crave to possess!
He's the Somebody Who alone can give you the affection that you need!
He's the Somebody Who cares for you better than anybody and knows what's best for you!
He's the Somebody Who loves you perfectly and will never leave you nor forsake you!
He's the Somebody Who pursues you even when you run away and treat Him with contempt!
He's the Somebody Who will never give up on you but chases you with goodness and mercy all the days of your life!

That's my King!

He's the Somebody Who is tender and compassionate and tough and compelling all at the same time!
He's the Somebody Who's irresistible!
He's the Somebody Who ought to be on our minds at all times!
He's the Somebody we ought to daydream about!
He's the Somebody we ought to write love songs about!
He's the Somebody we ought to write poetry about!
He's the Somebody Who ought to give us butterfly’s!
He's the Somebody Who ought to compel us to do crazy things because of love!
He's the Somebody Who's our all in all and will never let us fall!
He's the Somebody worthy of everything we've got!
He's the Somebody worth dying for!
He's the Somebody worth giving up all our hopes and dreams for!
He's the Somebody Who loves us nobodies, who are making false somebodies out of anybody, He loves us so much that He became a nobody on that cross where He died and then rose up from the dead so that we could be saved and exalt Him as the Somebody of somebodies now and for all eternity!

That's my King!  That's my Somebody!

May God grant us grace to trust King Jesus as our Somebody today!