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, July 19, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's Worthy Of Extravagant Devotion With Greatest Emotion For He Swallowed God's Fury Ocean And Rose To The Extreme Promotion!

We waste a lot
We waste time
We waste money
We waste God-given gifts
We waste opportunities
We even get wasted
We waste certain years of our lives
You may even waste your whole life
But you can't waste anything on Jesus!

We waste a lot
The Scribes and Pharisees viciously wasted the very Messiah their Scriptures spoke about
Jesus' disciples wasted an opportunity to rejoice in the value of their Master
Judas Iscariot wasted the very Savior Who chose him to be a disciple for 30 pieces of silver
But they don't know that you can't waste anything on Jesus!

We waste a lot
We waste time worrying when God says be anxious for nothing
We waste time fearing when God says fear not
We waste time sinning when God says redeem the time for the days are evil
We waste time doubting when Jesus says only believe
We waste time desiring when Jesus is the Desire of all nations
Because you can't waste anything on Jesus!

We waste a lot
We waste money and aren't even as concerned about the poor as Jesus' disciples
We waste money on lottery tickets
We waste money on illegal drugs and alcohol to get drunk
We waste money on pornography and prostitutes
We waste money on ourselves
But you can't waste anything on Jesus!

We waste a lot
We waste our purity on promiscuity
We waste our energy on anger
We waste our desires on coveting and comparing ourselves with others
We waste our relationships on love for me, myself, and I
We waste our holiness on rebellion
But you can't waste anything on Jesus!

We waste a lot
But this woman who anointed Jesus didn't waste one drop
She gave the best to Jesus; Shall you give your best to Jesus?
She gave the most expensive to Jesus; Shall you give the most expensive to Jesus?
She gave it all to Jesus;  Shall you give your all to Jesus?
She gave it only to Jesus; Shall you give your all to Jesus only?
Because Jesus is worthy of the best
Jesus is worthy of the most expensive
Jesus is worthy of our all in all for He is the all in all
And you can't waste anything on Jesus!

We waste a lot
But Jesus never wasted anything
He redeemed every part of every second of every time most effectively for the glory of His Father to save us from all of our wasted time
He maximized the use of money even though His money manager was a master deceiver and denier
He glorified God perfectly with His greatest gifts by giving them all up on that cross
He made the absolute maximum most of every opportunity to love the LORD His God will all of His heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love His neighbor as Himself so that we might be saved
He was totally left as waste and wounded for our transgressions and absorbed the wrath of God on that cross in our place so that we might be forgiven
He rose up from the dead to save us from all our waste and to turn our wastefulness into wonderful redemption
So that now, because of the great love with which He loved us:  where our waste abounds His grace abounds all the more
For this reason and many more, you can't waste anything on Jesus!

We wasted a lot
But Jesus' life was wasted on that cross so that we might live to never waste again
Now we live for Him, and you can't waste anything on Jesus
Basic Christianity is extravagant devotion to our King
You'll waste no time on Jesus!
You'll waste no money on Jesus!
You'll waste no love on Jesus!
You'll waste no desire on Jesus!
You'll waste no devotion on Jesus!
You'll waste no commitment on Jesus!
You'll waste no obedience on Jesus!
You'll waste no sacrifice on Jesus!
You'll waste no delight on Jesus!
You'll waste no worship on Jesus!
Spend it all!  Spend it all!  Spend it all! Oh Christian spend it all on Jesus Christ!
He alone can forgive!
He alone can heal!
He alone can save!
He alone can satisfy!
He alone can fulfill every hope and dream and longing you've ever had times 10 Billion times 10 Billion!
Come and taste and see that He is good!
Because you can't waste anything on Jesus!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Stayed Awake And Made Earth Quake When He Died To Break And Crush The Snake Then Rose New Life To Make And His People Take All For Love's Sake So Now For Him Alone We Ache!

We've fallen asleep
Sin has won
Death has come
The Devil has triumphed
But he didn't know that One would come Who would never fall asleep!
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
Adam and Eve slept in the garden and ate the forbidden fruit
Nakedness became shameful
They tried to hide from God
They blamed everyone but themselves
We became totally depraved
The creation was all cursed
But it was cursed in hope of the Second Adam Who would never fall asleep!
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
Noah got drunk
Abraham lied and had sex with Hagar
Jacob was a lying, deceiver
Judah was a whore-monger
David was a murderous adulterer
Israel committed adultery on her wedding night by making a golden calf
The whole history of Israel is one of rebellion and disobedience to God
But don't you know that the only true Israelite Who has ever crossed the horizon of this world never fell asleep!
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
John the Baptist came preaching to try and wake us up
But the Pharisees kept sleeping and missed their own Messiah
The disciples couldn't stay awake in the Garden of Gethsemane
And they all fled and left Jesus alone in His greatest time of need
Judas kept sleeping and betrayed his only Savior
Peter kept sleeping and denied the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Pilate kept sleeping and unjustly condemned the Righteous One
Israel kept sinning and killed their own Messiah
But True Israel never fell asleep though He'd weep, suffer deep, die for His sheep, of evil make a clean sweep, then up from the grave He'd leap to all His people keep with a grace that's far from cheap!
And His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
But Jesus came to bear in His body on that tree all the sins that have resulted from our sleepiness
He stayed awake when He had no food for forty days
He stayed awake when Satan was tempting
He stayed awake when the Pharisees tried to kill Him
He stayed awake when Judas betrayed Him, Peter denied Him, and all His disciples left Him alone
He stayed awake when they spit on Him, beat Him, stripped Him naked, made fun of Him, and put a crown of thorns on His head – Oh He stayed awake!  He stayed awake for His Father's glory!  And He stayed awake for You!
He stayed awake when they nailed His hands and feet to that tree!
He stayed awake when He was all alone and naked and thirsting and dying and suffering on that cross!  He stayed awake!
He stayed awake when the Father crushed Him with the wrath, judgment, and curse that we deserve!
He stayed awake and cried:  "My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?!"
He stayed awake.  He stayed awake for you because He loves you.  And then He died.
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
But He has awakened from the dead!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!
He's alive to wake you up!  And wake you up forever!
And He lives awake forevermore to save all those who would turn from sin and trust in Him!
So that now we can fall asleep no more!
Because His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

Now we stay awake
We believe in Him!
We trust in Him!
We delight in Him!
We treasure Him!
We follow Him!
We turn from sin and fight sin!
We die to self!
We seek to live faithfully and do whatever He calls us to do!
We seek to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded!
We are enabled and empowered by His Spirit to obey all that He has commanded us for the glory of God!
We are being conformed into the image of Christ day by day for the glory of our King!
And even now He stays awake and prays and intercedes for us according to the will of God!
Because His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Is The Highest Class His Beauty None Can E'er Surpass His Every Word Shall Come To Pass And In Him Joys We'll Amass!

Talk is cheap
Our words are a vapor
We say we will do but then we don't do
But what Jesus says happens and His Word stands forever!

Talk is cheap
We plan and speak our plans and then they don't go according to our plan
Our tongues are a fire and a world of unrighteousness
They are a restless evil, full of deadly poison and cannot be tamed
But Jesus can tame anything, anytime, anywhere all by Himself!
And what Jesus says happens and His Word stands forever!

Talk is cheap
Politicians are promising
TV commercials are conniving toward covetousness
The media is maneuvering and manipulating
Prosperity preachers are pilfering and profiting
But they don't know
That Jesus knows every secret motive and intent of their hearts and will make every secret known someday!
He always tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help Him – well – He is God!
He is the Truth incarnate!
And what Jesus says happens and His Word stands forever!

Talk is cheap
Our fathers let us down
Our mothers let us down
Our sisters and brothers let us down
Our best friends let us down
Our pastors let us down
But oh don't you know
That there is one Man – the God-Man – Who will never let us down, put us down, hold us down, or keep us down!
He's the Everlasting Father!
He gathers us together as a mother hen gathers her baby chicks under her wings to be saved, safe, and satisfied forever!
He's our great Elder Brother Who always speaks the truth, always loves, always comforts – perfectly!
He's the best friend this world has ever known Who displayed the greatest love this world has ever seen when He laid down His life for His friends on that cross!
He's the Pastor of pastors Who fearlessly feeds His flock the finest of food so they might be saved from the fierceness of His Father's fury forever!
Because what Jesus says happens and His Word stands forever!

Talk is cheap
Jehovah's witness are talking a false jesus
Mormons are talking a false bible
Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists are talking false religions
Atheists are talking no god at all
But the truest, most amazing, most beautiful, most glorious talk that has ever been talked from any talker who has ever tracked across any terrain was talked by Jesus – the Word made flesh Who talked the talk and walked the walk like no one in the history of this universe!
Because what Jesus says happens and His Word stands forever!

Talk is cheap
But God made us to talk
And to talk expensively about the exhaustive expanse of His extravagant, excellent, efficacious, love!
We are to talk Jesus up!  Not that He needs to be talked up, for He's already as up as up can be up and more than anyone is up – He is up!
But everyone just doesn't know that He is the upest of the up!  So we must go and tell them and make disciples of all nations!
We must go and tell them that whatever they talk up is nothing compared to the King of UP!
We must tell them that He is the greatest and that He can take whatever is down in their lives and turn in right side up since He is the Up of ups!
His talk can turn the sexually immoral right side up!
His talk can turn the drunkards and drug addicts right side up!
His talk can turn the self-righteous church member right side up!
His talk can turn the most wrong side downest of the down person who has ever lived right side up to the up and up!
Because what Jesus says happens and His Word stands forever!

Talk is cheap
But let us talk about what is most expensive!
Let us talk about our LORD Jesus Christ Who is God the Son and Who is all in all!
Let us talk about the death of our Savior on that cross!
Let us talk about the resurrection of our Savior and His absolute conquering of sin, death, and hell!
Let us talk about His ruling and reigning right now over every square inch of this universe!
Let us talk about His return when He will make every wrong right and wipe away every tear from our eyes!
Let us talk about Him with passionate love in our hearts, faithful and diligent action in our wills, truth on fire in our minds – all for His glory, honor, and praise!
Because what Jesus says happens and His Word stands forever!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's The Only True And Living Christ So By False Christ's Don't Be Enticed To Save His Elect He Alone Sufficed For By The Whip He's Cut And Sliced Then Died And Wrapped In Grave Clothes Spiced But Rose Alive – The Living Christ – Oh Great Salvation's Highly Priced And Now Hell's Fires Have All Been Iced!

He's the way, the truth, and the life Who came to end the strife, die for His wife, and give His elect everlasting life!
Don't believe any new revelation; False christ's and gospel's lead to damnation; But go back to the foundation; The Word of God – His perfect quotation; It tells all we need for spiritual formation; His love song to us in full summation; Who came to save from every nation; And make us His own without condemnation!
Don't be deceived by wonders and signs; All this, God's Word, it undermines; He has spoken and this defines; His perfect will and His designs; Every Word of His combines; To give us joy with no confines; The joy He'll give has no declines; It's deep like everlasting mines!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

All His elect He did select He will collect; Destroy every evil sect; False christ's and prophets will be wrecked; All lies about Him He'll reject; And disinfect the truth correct; Protect His own with due respect; God's wrath He'd deflect; And never neglect His beloved elect but soon resurrect; Then our lives direct; And give us more joy than we can expect; For He's our all in all affect!
He'll come in the clouds with great glory and power; A refuge and strength – a mighty strong tower; All of our enemies He will devour; They'll cry to the mountains with shaking and cower; And finally He'll ground them all into powder; But blessings upon His people He'll shower; And by His Spirit He will empower to live for His glory in every hour!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Was Made An Abomination Enduring Desolation While Facing Our Damnation Then Rose For Our Justification To Save Elect From Every Nation!

All were left desolate by His face so marred; Couldn't tell He's a man – so bruised and scarred; He's like a body burnt and charred; From God's presence He was barred; And took our curse to wrath discard; An abomination God would regard; His only Son He loved yet jarred; With curse and judgment He'd bombard; And from His Son turn His face hard; And yet because He was so marred; God will always have our guard; And from His presence we're not barred; Enjoy pleasures much enlarged that come forever supercharged!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?

On that cross He was made an abomination; God made Him to be sin Who knew no deviation; From God's law in full summation; He's the only perfect man in total consecration; Yet He took upon Himself all sinful degradation; And every vile manner of God-abomination; Then He swallowed condemnation; And rose in celebration; So that we could have salvation; And live for Him as our foundation; So come and fully trust the God-Man incarnation; He'll take all your abomination that causes desolation and be your meditation – your "Christ is all!" preoccupation!

That's my King!  That's my King! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's The Greatest Father Of All Life He's The Author He Molds As The Potter His Son He Would Slaughter Then Raise And Give Honor In Life There's None Larger So Bow To Your Father!

He's the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ; By sin He can't be enticed, and His Word for all the universe sufficed!
From everlasting to everlasting He's the One guarantee; He's the great One in Three; A Spirit you can't see; Self-sufficient and free; He's in the heavens and does all He wants with glee; He knows all things – what will and could be; Ordained each day in His decree; Perfect and holy in every degree; Created all things with His Word as the key; In omnipotent power He parted the Red Sea; He loves the whole world – that includes you and me; He sent His Son to die on that tree; And raised Him alive to set us all  free!
He's the great I AM; Who called Abraham; Then he passed the exam; Where God provided the ram; He's the Father Who can save or damn; So trust in the slain Lamb; Who's also the great I AM!
He's the Father of lights; He made the days and the nights; He'll take you to new heights; And for His children He fights!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

He's measured the waters in the hollow of His hand; He's marked off the heavens with His mighty span; The nations are nothing like a grain of sand; A drop in the bucket against Him can't stand; There's none like Him, so understand; He rules over all by His command; And every event He's perfectly planned!
He's the Father Who loves you the best; He's the God Who is love and pursues you with zest; Provides all your needs and makes sure you're blessed; Works all for your good on a holiness quest; And though you are stressed, distressed, and even depressed; He pursues you with mercy without any rest; He showed His great love and truly impressed; When He gave up the best of what He possessed; He gave up His Son on that cross so distressed; And crushed Him with wrath, alone and undressed; But raised Him alive to conquer the pest; And now in His righteousness you can be dressed; Forgiven from all the law you've transgressed; He'll remove your sins as far as east is from west; Just trust in His Son Who past the great test; With Him you'll be forever obsessed; Filled with pure joy at Your Father's request!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Endured To The End But Was Not Saved And Did Descend To Bear God's Wrath And Life Extend To Those Who Trust Him As Their Friend!

When He died all His work was done; He nailed perfection under the sun; Endured to the end as second to none; And put the devil on the run; Conquered the grave to evil stun; He's heaven's glory – God the Son; And all because His work is done; You can endure – new life's begun!
He endured to the end for His sinful bride; She is the Church for whom He died; Though she's gone astray quite wide; Against Him sinned and fought and lied; For Her "Forsaken!" He has cried!  He suffered death for all her pride; Wrath and love in kiss collide; For her in wrath He's cast outside; Then rose to make her joy abide; To give her beauty from His side; She's the lover He has eyed; And calls her to endure though tried; To go the distance He's the guide; And all she needs He has supplied; In Him she must and will abide; For she will never leave His side; And though she'll sin, and He will chide; He does this so His love's applied; In Him all pleasure He'll provide; His Gospel news will spread worldwide!

That's my King!  I wonder if you know Him today?!

Enduring to the end can't be done alone; We need each other God has shown; To go astray we all are prone; So when in sin and self we roam; We need our friends who won't condone; The evil seed of sin we've sown; Our good friends love and help dethrone; The sinful pride we've often known; So let us love as Christ has shown; For He is our rejected Stone; Who gave His life and did atone; By faith we are His flesh and bone; With patient care let's not postpone; But love church family as our own; In Christ we know his love unknown; So we can love with Him alone!
May we be together with deep affection; Love in all our imperfection; Only here is sure protection; We meet on day of resurrection; Spur on to love and new direction; Confirm our calling and election; Bear with weakness and rejection; Humbly give and take correction; Submit to others with no objection; Serve each other with affection; Bear with others' imperfection; Since our Christ Who is perfection; Died for sinners' insurrection; Rose alive in resurrection; Now we love from deep reflection; On that cross of His rejection!

That's my King!  That's my King!