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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

If We Have Christ, We Desire Nothing More!

"Wherever we turn in the church of God, there is Jesus. He is the beginning, middle and end of everything to us . . . There is nothing good, nothing holy, nothing beautiful, nothing joyous which He is not to His servants. No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast, for Jesus is the joy of heaven, and it is His joy to enter into sorrowful hearts. We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us. All our lives long we might talk of Jesus, and yet we should never come to an end of the sweet things that might be said of Him. Eternity will not be long enough to learn all He is, or to praise Him for all He has done, but then, that matters not; for we shall be always with Him, and we desire nothing more." Frederick Faber

Saturday, June 4, 2016

"Christ Is All" In The Coffin

Oh Father, please help me get back in the coffin.

Please help me live in the coffin.

True life only comes inside the coffin.

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I need to do is get into the coffin.

When I am afraid, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't fear.

When I am anxious, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't worry.

When I am alone, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't know they are alone.

When all my personal hopes and dreams are shattered, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't have hopes and dreams.

When I selfishly desire my own happiness, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't selfishly desire.

When I'm tempted to sin, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't sin.

When I'm tempted to lust, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't lust.

When I'm tempted to sin in anger, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't feel unrighteous anger.

When I'm afraid I'll never get married, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't need to be married.

When I'm afraid I'll never have children, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people don't need children.

When I don't feel like praying, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people pray.

When I don't feel like reading my Bible, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people read their Bibles.

When Christ is not all to me, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people know that Christ is all.

When God is not my greatest joy, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people know that God is the greatest joy.

When I feel overwhelmed by the trials and hardships of this life, I need to get back in the coffin. Dead people have endured all trials and hardships.

Oh Joseph, get back in the coffin!

Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)

One-way missionaries bought one-way tickets to the mission field and packed their bags in coffins.

Spurgeon said: “I have now concentrated all my prayers into one . . . that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

Martin Luther said: “Until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.”

“Then Jesus told His disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.'” (Matthew 16:24-25)

The truest, most full, most joyous, most satisfying life is found when you are dead inside the coffin.

Inside the coffin, life is gloriously beautiful!

Oh Joseph, get back in the coffin!

For inside the coffin, the Coffin Crusher dwells!

Monday, May 16, 2016

"That's My King!" In Proverbs 9!

Jesus' Feast Gives Eternal Life
He Died To Save From Wrathful Strife
And Make Us Pure – His Lovely Wife!

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

Jesus Christ Was Severely Abused
Though He Never Scoffed Or Words Misused
He's The Wisest Of All And Yet Was Bruised
Shamefully Used, And Falsely Accused
But He Rose And Left All Foes Confused
Now From Judgment For Sin We're Forever Excused!

That's my King! That's my King!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"That's My King!" Who Was Single Yet He Burned Aflame With Passion Yearned For His Bride Who Spurned Her Righteousness He Earned And From Her Sin She Turned To Long For His Return!

"For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion." 1 Corinthians 7:9

Jesus was a single man His whole time on earth, but He was always aflame with passion for His bride, the Church. At the consummation of all things, He will take her to Himself and marry her so that He might express His flaming passion for her in new, glorious, and utterly sensational ways for all eternity!

Come Lord Jesus!

He was single all His life
And conquered every strife
Then gave His precious life
So we could be His wife!

That's my King!

Pleasures of marriage He never knew
He lived and died – the single Jew
There's joy in sex and marriage true
But from a greater joy He drew
Eternal pleasures are what He knew
Joys from His Father through and through
His delights in the Father flourished and grew
The pleasures of sin away He threw
No lust His heart would ever pursue
For God's beauty itself is the greatest view
His heart was crushed when this Beauty withdrew
For on that cross God's wrath would spew
Forsaken by God He paid our due
Though no sin to Him would ever accrue
He became sin for me and for you
Then He arose and made all things new
To bring you to God – a bride clean and true
Come to Him now – your desires He'll subdue
You'll cry from your heart:  "All my joy is You!"

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

Oh Father please come – my need seems dire
Please come help me fight overwhelming desire
Oh God You alone can put out the fire
Turn my eyes upon You and lift me up higher
To trust and obey all that You require
May I find "Christ is all!" –  my great King and Sire
And delight in Him – our greatest Desire!

That's my King!

God's Word says singleness is the best way
And you'll be happier if single you stay
All your attention on God you can lay
He'll fill all your thoughts – to Him you can pray
He wants you alone with Him everyday
A Lover Who's jealous and won't let you stray
He's the Fountain of all delight so survey
His glorious beauty on full display
He died to take your sins away
And lives to give you life His way
So trust in Him and fight to obey
He'll grant you contentment – come what may!

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

One day you'll be married for eternal duration
This fact is certain – God's declaration
For all who trust in Christ for salvation
Will marry the Lamb in the new creation
His bride you will be from every nation
You'll marry the King – the best combination
Most loving, most kind, your closest relation
The greatest Spouse – beyond all expectation!
If you have Him, fear no deprivation
You'll know all is good at the consummation
Where joys in Him pass all imagination
And grow forever in great adoration
The Husband-King is all compensation
So find in Him life's full celebration!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Christ Is All!" For Muslims!

Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

What Does The Quran Say?

Surah 9:29: Fight those who do not believe in Allah

Surah 9:73: O Prophet! Strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them.

Surah 9:123: O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you

Surah 48:29: Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves.

Surah 2:216: Fighting is ordained for you

Surah 5:33: the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land.

Surah 5:51: O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them.

Surah 8:12: I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.

Surah 8:59-60: And let not those who disbelieve think that they can outstrip (escape from the punishment). Verily, they will never be able to save themselves (from Allah's Punishment). And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery) to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allah does know.  And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.

Surah 8:65: O Prophet! Urge the believers to fight. If there are twenty steadfast persons amongst you, they will overcome two hundred, and if there be a hundred steadfast persons they will overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are people who do not understand.

Surah 9:5: Then when the Sacred Months (the 1st, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush.

Surah 47:4: So, when you meet, those who disbelieve smite (their) necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them

What Did Muhammad Say?

Bukhari: 4.52.220: Muhammad said: “I have been made victorious with terror.”

Bukhari 9.84:57: Muhammad said: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.”

Sahih Muslim 1767a: “Muhammad said: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula”

Bukhari 1.2.25: Muhammad said: “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.”

Bukhari 4.52.176: Muhammad said: “You (Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.'”

Please Turn Away From This Violence And Trust In The Prince Of Peace:  

The Lord Jesus Christ!

Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This was prophesied about Jesus Christ 700 years before He was even born! He is the Mighty God and the Prince of Peace Who alone can grant you peace with God and peace with others!

The Bible says God created all things, and He made you to be in a relationship with Him: to know Him, to trust Him, to love Him, and to obey Him.

Genesis 1:1:  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Matthew 22:37-39:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

1 Corinthians 10:31:  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

The bad news is that we have all sinned against God, selfishly desiring our own will instead of His will, and we've broken His good, holy, just, and loving laws – laws He gave us because He loves us and to help us live lives full of joy, peace, and satisfaction.

Romans 3:23:  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Because of our sin, we deserve God's just punishment and curse in hell forever.  But God so loved sinners that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save sinners!

John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus never sinned, died on the cross, bearing the anger and curse of God toward sinners, and rose up from the dead, conquering sin, death, and hell, so that if you turn from your sins and believe in Him, He will save you!

Acts 16:31:  “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved!”

Ephesians 2:8-9:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

You cannot earn God's love and favor by doing good things, praying, giving alms, or being a good person. Adam and Eve were forced to leave God's presence in Paradise for committing only one sin! God cannot be in the presence of even one sin! And you need all of your sins forgiven! Only through Jesus can all your sins be forgiven. He is God the Son, and He alone can save you and grant you peace: Jesus says: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Please trust in God the Son today!

To learn more, please visit us at:

Olney Baptist Church
239 West Chew Ave.
Phila, PA 19120
11am every Sunday

We have lunch afterward, and we love to share meals with our Muslim friends!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jesus Christ Is the Risen King He's More Beautiful Than Anything He Conquered All And Took Death's Sting Fullest Pleasures He Will Bring So Turn From Sin And To Him Cling He Will Forever Make You Sing!

25 Reasons Why Jesus Christ Rose From The Dead . . .

1. To fulfill God's promises about Jesus in the Old Testament: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Isaiah 53:8-10; Acts 13:30-37

2. To fulfill what Jesus said He would do: Mark 9:31

3. For our justification: Romans 4:25

4. So our faith won't be futile: 1 Corinthians 15:17-19

5. So we would be raised imperishable: 1 Corinthians 15:42

6. So Jesus would be a life giving spirit: 1 Corinthians 15:45

7. So we would bear the likeness of the man from heaven: 1 Corinthians 15:49

8. So death would be swallowed up in victory: 1 Corinthians 15:54-58

9. So Christ would be the firstfruits: 1 Corinthians 15:20

10. So we would have new life full of love and holiness as those dead to sin and alive to righteousness: Romans 6:3-13; Colossians 2:11-14

11. To show it was impossible for death to hold Jesus: Acts 2:24

12. To give us repentance and forgiveness of sins: Acts 5:30-31

13. So Jesus would be declared the Son of God with power: Romans 1:4

14. So Jesus would be the Resurrection and the Life: John 11:25-26

15. So we would have the powerful life of the Spirit of God dwell in us: Romans 8:11-15

16. So no one or no thing can ever condemn us: Romans 8:34-39

17. So we would be delivered from the wrath to come: 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

18. So we would believe and be saved: Romans 10:9

19. So we would enjoy God's presence: 2 Corinthians 4:14

20. So we would be born again to a living hope in God: 1 Peter 1:3-4; 1 Peter 1:20-21

21. So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father: Philippians 2:8-11

22. To prove Jesus is the Messiah: Acts 2:31-32

23. To show Jesus is God: John 20:27-28

24. To show God will judge the world through Jesus Christ: Acts 17:30-31

25. So we would seek the things above and Christ would be all in all: Colossians 3:1-11

Friday, March 4, 2016

"That's My King!" In Proverbs 7 And 8!

Jesus Christ Will Fill You With Love
The Greatest Husband From Above
In Whose Presence Is Delight
And Pleasures Of An Epic Height
And Not Just Short Love All One Night
But Joys Eternal Out Of Sight
Your Heart He'll Ravish And Seduce
And Holy Longings Pure Produce!

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

Jesus Lives And Cries Aloud
With Perfect Words He Awes The Crowd
And Humbles All The Selfish Proud
So More Than Every Jewel Endowed
Desire The King His Praise Avowed!

That's my King!

Jesus Loves Us As His Own
He Reigns With Strength Upon The Throne
And On That Cross He Did Atone
To Make Us One His Flesh And Bone
Now By His Grace Our Minds Are Blown
Through All His Love And Mercy Shown!

That's my King!

Jesus Christ Has Always Been
Through Him Creation Did Begin
And Then God's Wisdom Came In Skin
To Give His Life His Bride To Win
He Died And Rose To Save From Sin
Oh He's The Best That's Ever Been!

That's my King! That's my King!