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 29, 2012

"That's My King!" Whose Name Demands Fame Which We Must Die To Proclaim!

He so lived and so spoke that His name became known; Since then His fame has continually grown for He must be honored just as His Father on the throne; He humbled Himself to the point of death all alone; He absorbed God's wrath for sin to atone; Yet He's alive forevermore, from the grave He's flown; All over the world His Gospel will be sown, calling sinners to Himself and making them His very own!
He's the God-man with incomparable fame; He came to heal the lame and all those afflicted with shame; He's the Lion of God Who's good but not tame; His followers must aim to proclaim the wonderful excellencies of His great, matchless name!
Holiness and righteousness are His demand; Life with Him is not bland but abundantly grand; His love and beauty you can't withstand; Your life couldn't be better planned; So reach out by faith and take His hand; Fight for holiness and take your stand, striving to obey His every command; So that one day you'll enter the promised land!
About Him we must speak; He's utterly unique; Don't worry about your technique or your voice mild and weak; But only seek with a heart that's meek to tell of a future so bleak without the glorious salvation He purchased during holy week!

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

When Jesus calls you, He calls you to death, but in the process He'll take away your breath, and ultimately give you a high better than meth!
Some like John will die as a martyr; Life on earth couldn't be harder, but God's truth over life they do prefer; Threats of suffering and death will not deter; For Christ's love in their hearts will captivate and stir; a great reward God will eternally confer!
Others will die smaller deaths day by day; Death to self and to all the "good things" He seems to delay; The idols of the heart we're called to slay; Christ must be first, it's the only way; So your number one lover don't betray, but cry "Christ is all!" and His worth display!
Don't sigh and ask Him why; Just plead and cry for Him to help you die and fix your eye on His everlasting supply; Full of love, joy, and mercy that'll never run dry; Him you'll never deny, but to His everlasting arms you'll fly and with His infinite beauty He'll forever satisfy!
What you so long for is only a whore; It's stealing your love and only wants more; It you must abhor and deplore; Against it make war I implore so that you might be set free to soar up from the floor and fly to explore the King's great beauty galore where there's fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"That's My King!" Who's The Reproducing Rabbi With All Authority On High Who Gives An Endless Supply!

He's the great God of the irresistible call; We just saw Him still the wind squall and stop the demon brawl; If He calls you He'll never let you fall; But fill you with delight as your satisfying all in all!
There's no one like Him, that's for sure; His grace and beauty will allure; From sin and wrath He's the double cure; He died and rose to make you pure; your everlasting life to make secure!
If you're His disciple, to the lost you'll be sent just like these twelve trusted Him and went; Your great King you'll represent to accomplish His merciful intent; His heart from wrath longs to relent; His first desire is not to torment or cause lament, but He pleads with everyone everywhere to repent so that He might present His infinite love and mercy to the world without extent!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

He possesses all authority in heaven and on earth; Therefore we should spread His Gospel from Philadelphia to Perth so that others might experience the miraculous new birth and enjoy everlasting mirth as they treasure Christ's amazing, incomparable worth!
If you reject Him, there's only a curse; Your everlasting destruction in hell couldn't be worse; Your dead and already in a hearse; But turn from your sin and trust in Him; Your eternal destiny He'll reverse; With love, joy, and mercy He'll immerse; And all your losses in this life He'll forever reimburse!
If you have Him, He's all you need; From all greed you'll be freed; So simply proceed to plant His seed just as He decreed; He'll supply your every need for every good deed; So go with the Gospel and plead, knowing everyone won't be agreed and for some you may even bleed just like your Savior when He was treed; But know this for certain, the Gospel will succeed and save everyone for whom Christ died indeed!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"That's My King!" Who's The Teacher, Offender, And Human Soul Mender!

He's the truth defender Who calls for surrender; The disciple maker and sender; The all races blender; The forever evil suspender; The teacher Who's tender and gloriously arrayed in unimaginable splendor!
His true disciples must trust and follow Him; Otherwise their claims to love Him are just a whim; And their future's only dim and grim; So don't just sing a hymn; But delight in Him to find joy filled to the brim; And in Him, your ocean of pleasure, you can forever swim!
In Nazareth He met rejection; They showed Him no affection; To His person and work they gave objection; This made clear their sinful infection; Because He's the ultimate display of all perfection; And He forever proved this through His death and resurrection; Giving glory to His Father of Whom He's the exact reflection; And forever cleansing His people from all imperfection!
He's the teacher of teachers Who's also the Prince of preachers; He powerfully rules over every creature, and by an infinite distance He's the universe's most beautiful feature!

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

When they heard Him they were dazed and amazed; But their hearts were left unfazed when they should have bowed down and praised this God-man Who would soon die and be raised!
His hometown He offended when instead they should have comprehended His divine character and beauty truly splendid; On that cross He was expended and His life was ended but then forever extended just as His Father always intended!
He's the greatest Prophet without honor; Yet there's no one fonder; He's the only one to conquer; All for the glory of His Father!
Faith in Him they truly lacked; though reasons to trust Him couldn't be more packed, stacked, or better backed; But still He'd interact until finally they attacked but through His death He had the greatest impact!
So won't you trust Him now; To delight in Him He'll show you how; To be His co-heir He'll allow; To you the whole world He'll endow; He'll mend your soul and with joy lift your brow; To Him alone you'll bow and enjoy in His presence the everlasting wow!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

"That's My King!" Who's Worthy To Follow In Every Matter, Not To Flatter, But All Sin To Shatter!

True disciples will follow the Master; They hate their sin which brings only disaster; They flee to Christ all the faster; Bringing joy and delight to their fearful pastor!
Jesus is worthy to obey, whatever the cost; Compared to Him all is counted as lost; If by trials and fears you're tossed; His mercy and love you'll never exhaust!
Every single sin will keep you from heaven; Not just the bigs ones or the deadly seven; All of them spread like gangrene leaven; Your ability to hear from God they deafen!
But Jesus came to die for all kinds of sin; All the sin that has been and all the sin that's within; Even the sin you can't mention to your kin!
In His name and by His Spirit we gain justification and sanctification to save us from all condemnation and damnation because with God He's given us a new relation in which we'll fall before Him in prostration and elation to give Him all adoration for this great salvation!
He's gracious and merciful, even when we fail; With compassion and tenderness He'll care for the frail; Compared to all others their kindness is pale; For on that cross He brought us to God and lifted the veil!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

So follow the true God, all others are sad; they're a short lived fad only leading to bad; If you trust them you'll wish you never had; But trust in Jesus alone, and He'll make you glad!
God ordained the Church to help us follow Him alone; He rules her from heaven seated on His throne; Unrepentant sin she must never condone; And if they don't turn she must even disown!
But this is done in hope and love to restore; Even though it's a chore and your insides tore; The goal of it all is to open a door; To welcome the sinner back to praise and adore; The God of heaven with Whom they once were at war!
For God's glory we do this when one's gone amiss; We again long for justice and mercy to kiss; We must dismiss or we would be remiss; But the end goal is the offender's eternal bliss!
We do this because Jesus is just that great; His glory shines forth with unbearable weight; He wants His Church within the straight gate; To be holy and pure more than any gold plate in order that His beauty to the world might translate!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Monday, September 3, 2012

"That's My King!" Who Lost Everything So That You Might Gain Everything!

The everlasting peace He enjoyed was turned into hostility and pain as He suffered the wrath of His Father on that cross so that you might be justified and have peace with God!
He endured the condemnation you deserved so that now you are free from condemnation forever!
He was crushed on that cross for all your sins – past, present, and future – so that now where your sin abounds, grace abounds for you all the more!
He contains in Himself all the treasures of wisdom, knowledge, and perfect righteousness so that by faith in Him you can receive Him as your wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption!
He was made your sin and crushed on the cross so that now you are made righteous in Him!
He's the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb Who was slain so that now you are righteous and can be as bold as a lion!
Your sins were brought near Him, counted as His, and He suffered for them so that now they are removed from you as far as the east is from the west!
He met your sins and their punishment head on at the cross so that now they have all been cast behind the LORD's back!
The Father remembered your sins in Jesus on the cross so that now they have been blotted out for His own sake, and He will remember them no more!
He Who's whiter than the purest light was made filthy with your sins so that now, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow!
He conquered every temptation He ever faced, never sinned once in the smallest way, and was obedient all the way unto death on the cross so that now, by grace through faith, you died with Him and died to the power of sin's rule over your life!

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

He was wounded for your transgressions; bruised for your iniquities; and the chastisement for your peace was upon Him!
He was made an enemy of God and utterly vanquished on that cross so that now your enemies should not rejoice over you.  For when you fall, you shall arise; when you sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light to you.  You shall bear the indignation of the LORD because you have sinned against Him, until He pleads your case and executes justice for you.  He will bring you forth to the light; You will see His righteousness!
God did not merely pardon your sins or pass over your transgressions.  Instead, He chose not to restrain His anger or have mercy on His own Son, but He delighted to crush Jesus on the cross in your place.  Therefore, your God is unlike any other, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage.  He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.  He will again have compassion on you, and will subdue your iniquities.  He will cast all your sins into the depths of the sea.  Micah 7:18-19
On the cross where His Son hung, the Father showed no grace or mercy; displayed the full measure of His anger; exhibited no lovingkindness; and did not relent from doing harm to His own Son so that now He might be gracious and merciful to you; slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness; One who relents from doing harm against you because Jesus paid it all, taking all the harm upon Himself!
He Who alone earned the right to have the highest honor in the Father's eyes was abandoned on that cross so that now you might be kept as the apple of God's eye!
He died in the place of the wicked Barabbas and in the place of all those wicked ones His Father had given Him so that now the Father might have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn and live!
On that cross, Jesus was cast out and forsaken by the Father so that now, if you come to Him, He will by no means cast you out!

That's my King!

On that cross, Jesus perished in your place so that now if you believe in Him, you will not perish, but have everlasting life!
He faced the fierceness of God's infinite wrath on the cross so that now you have been saved from this everlasting wrath in hell where the fire is unquenchable and where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!
He has the greatest mind in the universe – no one can instruct Him!  His mind is the most wise, the most knowledgeable, the most keen, and the most humble, and in Him, you have the very mind of Christ!
He's the temple Who was torn down and rebuilt in three days!
He's the most beautiful, the most glorious, the most precious temple of the LORD, and by grace through faith, you are united to Him – You are the temple of the Holy Spirit; you were bought with a price; and you are not your own for He purchased you with His own blood!
He was established in strength like no other, and He had the Holy Spirit upon Him in power and without measure.  And you have been established in Christ, sealed, and you have been given the Holy Spirit in your heart as a guarantee of your inheritance!
He was crucified and died, but He rose again in power and glory to newness of  life, conquering sin, death, and Satan.  And you have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer you who live, but Christ lives in you!
He embodied and lived out every spiritual blessing imaginable, and you have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ!
He's the holiest of the holy and the most blameless of the blameless.  And you have been chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, that you should be holy and without blame before Him in love!
He's the preeminent Son of God, and you have been predestined to adoption as sons of God!

That's my King!

Though He died on the cross, He's alive now!  You too have been made alive together with Christ!
He came down from the heavenly places to be mocked, mistreated, beaten, and killed because of your sin so that now you have been made to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus!
His access to the Father was cut off on the cross so that now you have access by one Spirit to the Father!
You have boldness and access to God with confidence through faith in Him!
Darkness overcame Him on the cross so that now we have been delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins!
He suffered for you so that now He is in you!
He emptied Himself on that cross so that now you are complete in Him!
In the Garden of Gethsemane, He deeply feared the wrath of God, and He feared being excluded from the presence of His Father so that now you have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind!
He's the perfectly sanctified One and in Him, you are sanctified and one with the sanctifier, therefore Jesus calls you his brother!
On that cross, He was cut off from God's grace, obtained no mercy, and found no help from anyone in His greatest time of need so that now you can come boldly to the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need!
All the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus bodily, and through His perfect work, you have been given exceedingly great and precious promises, that through them you may be partakers of the divine nature!
He's the saltiest salt and the brightest light of the world so that now, in Him, you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world!

That's my King!  I wonder if He's your light of lights today?!

He's a friend of tax collectors and sinners, and now He calls you His friend!
He produced the most beautiful, sweetest, and longest lasting fruit through His life, death, and resurrection so that now you are chosen and appointed by Him to go and bear lasting fruit!
He was the most submissive, joyful, righteous, and obedient slave of God to ever live on earth so that now you are a slave of righteousness and a slave of God!
He left all His glorious, heavenly inheritance in order to come to earth, take on human flesh, and suffer for your sins.  In Him, you are an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ!
He gave His body to be beaten, hit, spit upon, and crucified so that now you are a member of the body of Christ!
Through His death and resurrection, the first fruits of the new creation have arrived so that now, in Christ, you are a new creation!
He was the greatest saint Who ever lived, so that now, in Him, you too are a saint!
He was holy and righteous like no other so that now, in Him, you are holy and righteous too!
He was exposed, naked, and abandoned on the cross so that now your life is safely hidden with Christ in God for all eternity!
Jesus, the beloved Son in Whom the Father was well pleased, was made an object of wrath on the cross so that now you are the elect of God, holy and beloved!
Jesus, the only true Person of God Who alone lived a fully pleasing life in the Father's sight, was the Priest Who interceded with His own body on the cross so that now you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, the people of God!
On that cross, all His strength was dried up and consumed; He was a man Who had no strength so that now you can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you!

That's my King!

On that cross, He did not even receive a cup of water when He needed it so that now you have all your needs supplied according to God's riches in glory by Christ Jesus!
On that cross, He seemed to lose all confidence when He cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?!" so that now you have the LORD as the strength of your life and as your confidence!
In His glorious death and resurrection, Jesus triumphed over all His and your enemies so that now you shall always be led by God to triumph in Christ!
In the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, He endured and triumphed over the greatest worries, fears, and anxieties ever known to man so that now you can cast all your worries, fears, and anxieties on God because He cares for you!
On that cross, He was forsaken and left utterly alone so that now you are never alone for Christ is always with you, and He will never leave you nor forsake you!
On that cross, Jesus manifested the ultimate picture of the greatest strength wrapped in the most lowly weakness so that now you should boast in your weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest upon you because His grace is sufficient for you, for His strength is made perfect in weakness!
Through the cross of Christ, God brought the greatest good out of the greatest evil so that now, though you are not a lot of things you should be, you can take heart since God has chosen the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are so that no flesh should glory in His presence!
Through the resurrection of Jesus, God did what is impossible for man.  Therefore, your God is the God of the impossible so that now, in any and every hopeless situation, against all hope you can have hope in your great God of the impossible!  Your God is the God of the resurrection so you can  grow strong in your faith, giving glory to God!

That's my King!

Through the cross, Jesus purchased all you need for life, ministry, and godliness so that now you have your sufficiency from God, and He is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work!
On that cross, He was a fragrant offering and a well pleasing sacrifice to God so that now you have God working in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure!
On that cross, He more than conquered all your enemies so that now you will do valiantly through God for it is He who shall tread down your enemies!
On that cross, He was shut out of the glorious, all satisfying presence of His Father because of your sin so that now you will have fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore one day forever in God's very presence!
On that cross, Jesus endured the hardest and most infinite affliction in your place so that now your momentary and light affliction, which is for a moment, is working for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, and your present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in you!
In His life and death, Jesus shed many tears; endured much pain and sorrow on your behalf; and resisted every sin all the way to an obedient death on the cross so that now you have certainty that one day you shall have no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain; there shall be no more death and no more sin!
The Father's love for the Son is infinitely great.  Yet He did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all.  Therefore, since He has given us the greatest gift imaginable in His Son, surely He will also freely give us all things!

That's my King!  Is He the great thing of "all things" to you?

In His life and death, Jesus experienced tribulation, distress, persecution, hunger, thirst, nakedness, peril, the nails and spear at the cross, and the infinite wrath of God so that now you shall not be separated from the love of Christ for any of these reasons or for any other reason in the universe.  No trial in your life should ever make you doubt God's love for you.  Even in all your hardships, God's love is strong toward you.  He has given the greatest evidence of His love for you at the cross when He crushed His one and only beloved Son in your place!
On that cross, the Father did not come to Jesus' aid in any way so that now you have certain and unshakable promises causing you to be strong, courageous, and fearless because God is with you, and He is your God and will strengthen you and help you and uphold you with His righteous right hand!
On that cross, Jesus was excluded from the joy of the LORD so that now you will one day enter into the joy of your LORD!
Jesus went to the cross according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, and His enemies were gathered against Him to do whatever God's hand and His purpose determined before to be done.  Therefore, since God is in absolute control of the most wicked action in the universe (the crucifixion of Jesus), and He worked it for your good, you can rest assured in the following truths about God's absolute sovereignty working for your good in every and all situations!
Your hairs are numbered and if not even a little bird can fall to the ground apart from God's will, you should fear nothing for God loves you much more than little birds!
In His book they all were written – every detail of every day fashioned by Him for your good before even one came into being!
All your times are in His hands!

That's my King!

All things work according to His will!
As your days are, so shall your strength be and underneath are the everlasting arms!
Your right hand is held by God, and He will guide you with His counsel!
Everything worked against Jesus for His destruction on that cross so that now, all things, even those things meant for evil against you, are working together for your good!
Because of Jesus' perfect life and death, if you sin, you have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous!
If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness!
On that cross, the Father was against Jesus, condemning Him for your sake, so that now you can never be condemned because God is absolutely for you forever and no one can be against you!
In His death and resurrection, Jesus more than conquered all powers, enemies, and evils so that now you are more than a conqueror through Him who loved you!
On that cross, Jesus was crushed by God with the equivalent of an everlasting punishment so that now you are loved by God with an everlasting love!
On that cross, Jesus was cut off from the fullness of God's house and drank from the river of His wrath so that now God satisfies you with the fullness of His house and gives you drink from the river of His pleasures!
On that cross, the Father delighted to bruise the Son so that now God delights in you and as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so shall your God rejoice over you!
On that cross, the Father rejoiced to punish the Son so that now God will rejoice over you with gladness, and He will quiet you with His love!

That's my King!

Jesus, the greatest treasure in the universe, was abandoned on the cross so that you might be God's special treasure in Christ!
On that cross, the Father showed no mercy to the Son, so that now you might give the Father pleasure when you hope in His mercy!
On that cross, Jesus' appearance was marred beyond human form.  There were no smiles on His face and no laughter came from His mouth so that now you may smile at all your enemies and laugh at the future because of the salvation He purchased for you!
On that cross, the delight and desire of Jesus' heart, His very own Father, abandoned Him so that now if you delight yourself in the LORD, you will receive the desires of your heart!
While Jesus was on the cross, darkness was over the whole land and the light of the world was extinguished so that now one day you might shine like the sun in the kingdom of your Father!
On that cross, the Father withheld all good things from the Son so that now if you seek the LORD, you shall not lack any good thing!
On that cross, the Father pursued the Son with anger and condemnation so that now your heavenly Father, like the Hound of Heaven, is pursuing you relentlessly with goodness and mercy all the days of your life!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"That's My King!" Who's The Death Killer, Life Giver, And Man Thriller!

It's God alone Who kills and makes alive; When Jesus came in human flesh these powers arrive; And in Him on earth this authority was made to thrive; From this the truth we must derive:  you must bow to Jesus as Lord and God in order to survive, be revived, and from heaven not be eternally deprived!
He put an end to death's slavery by His unparalleled bravery so that life for us could be unimaginably savory!
He's the Author of Life, suffered under the knife, will finally put an end to all strife, and He's better than any husband or wife or anything else in all of life!
He's the Living Water Who raised the dead daughter and saves sinners from the hell that's hotter by His own slaughter as the great sovereign Potter!
He's the Living Bread Who bled until He was dead in order to spread the unspeakable joy that lies ahead!
He's the Living Stone Who's the Savior alone; He was whipped to the bone and died with a groan in order to ascend to the throne so that all our enemies might be forever overthrown!
He's the Living Word; To ignore Him would be absurd; Listen to Him that your heart might be stirred, and take His Gospel to all those who've never heard!
He's the Living LORD Whose Word is a two-edged sword; with Him you should never be bored but only floored the more He's explored; He can't be ignored but only and always forever adored!

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

He said only believe; His grace you'll receive; Your side He'll never leave; to Him alone must the desperate cleave; No need to grieve; He'll fill you with delight impossible to conceive!
Don't ever doubt; cast every fear out; all anxiety you can live without and be filled with joy that exceeds any amount and even makes you shout!
Jairus' little girl was dead; his heart filled with dread; hopelessness seemed to spread; But then Jesus said:  "Little girl get up from your bed!" She rose up and was fed by the Living Bread and amazement with Jesus was quickly widespread!
To conquer death He died; He was crucified; sin and Satan He defied; He was pierced in His side; redemption He did provide and opened the flood gates of eternal life worldwide!
Like no other He rose up from the tomb after the earthquake boom; All those who were raised before Him death would again consume, but He was different from the womb and rose up to banish forever all doom and gloom just like He said in the upper room so that perfect fellowship between God and man would once again resume only better than we could ever assume!
Come to Him and forever live; Abundant grace and mercy He'll give and forgive; He won't be vindictive or restrictive, but He'll make Himself forever addictive!
In amazement He'll take your breath away; He'll thrill you each new day; He'll leave you not knowing what to say; May you always follow His way and not sway or go astray but only pray and obey and may our great Lord Jesus Christ come quickly without delay, even so Lord come back today!

That's my King!  That's my King!