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, April 27, 2013

"That's My King!" Who Suffered Many Things And True Salvation Brings By Rising King of Kings!

The command to silence Jesus gave; Until He's raised up from the grave; For only through His death He'd save; And tread upon death's killing wave; The way to life He'd clear and pave; And all our condemnation waive; For though to sin we were a slave; We'd sin and lust and misbehave; Christ died and rose so God forgave; His Spirit makes us strong and brave; And leads us holy to behave; Since we're forevermore God's slave!
The three obey – their mouths they close; But Christ's good words a problem pose; Until the Son from the dead rose; How could Christ die? – this no one knows; Yet this is how God's story goes – a Suff'ring Servant Isaiah shows; He takes God's wrath – He's crushed with blows; And through His death evil's deposed; To save us from death's wicked lows; For us the Christ this suffering chose; And let Himself be stripped of clothes;  Now all our sin He does expose; By faith in Him we find repose; For He the devil will oppose; And win the victory for all those; Who trust the Son for He arose!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Scribes say Elijah must come first; But Christ is here – was this reversed?  No – Elijah's come as it was versed; And Christ must die – receive the worst; For on that tree He would be cursed; And in God's wrath be all immersed; Then rise alive and death's grip burst; Earth's dreaded curse would be reversed; All broken hearts He'd have them nursed;  And for this Christ alone we thirst!
To read the Bible as we should; We all must read as Jesus would; For how He reads is always good; Not wrong and blind under a hood; Interpreting as literal wood; So read like Christ just as you should; Then He won't be misunderstood!
The cross comes first and then the crown; For all glory our King's cast down; He Who is the greatest Noun – the greatest of all those around; He died to win a wedding gown; So down on us our God won't frown; For we've been lost but now we're found; Our God raised Jesus from the ground; And now His grace towards us abounds; His love forever will astound!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

O JESUS, KING MOST WONDERFUL!

Sang this hymn for the first time ever in church today to the tune "O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing!"

This will sing or preach or both!

O Jesus, King most wonderful,
Thou Conqueror renowned,
Thou Sweetness most ineffable,
In Whom all joys are found!

When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine,
Then earthly vanities depart,
Then kindles love divine.

O Jesus, Light of all below,
Thou Fount of life and fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire!

Thy wondrous mercies are untold,
Through each returning day;
Thy love exceeds a thousand fold,
Whatever we can say.

May every heart confess Thy Name;
And ever Thee adore;
And seeking Thee, itself inflame,
To seek Thee more and more.

Thee may our tongues forever bless;
Thee may we love alone;
And ever in our lives express
The image of Thine own.

(Attr. to Bernard of Clairvaux)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"That's My King!" Whose Transfiguration Revealed His Glorification In A Bright Sensation As The Beloved Son Of All Adoration!

Jesus did choose His leaders three; Peter and James and John – not me; His choice is always wise and free; So trust His right and good decree; He took them up the mount to see; His glory bright – they'd all agree; To speak of death upon that tree; He's cast our sins into the sea; And then He rose to make death flee; So bow to Him on bended knee; And trust the Son – He'll set you free!
On that mount His clothes became the purest white; They shined and dazzled – a radiant bright; His face shined like the sun that ends the night; The scene made the three all tremble with fright; He's the God Who dwells in unapproachable light; His glory and beauty are clear out of sight; He alone heals your sick, sinful plight; He saves to the uttermost with powerful might; He's history's unconquerable, shining Knight; Who brings you to joy's unspeakable height; He's the God Who always does what's right; And He'll fill you with everlasting delight!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Elijah and Moses show the end is near; Elijah must come for the Christ to appear; The Prophet like Moses will speak as God's Seer; In Jesus these fulfillments all are here; May God give you an ear that you might hear; May you turn to God's Christ and believe and fear; For He died on that cross and was stabbed with a spear; Then He rose from the dead and lives without peer; If you trust in Him with faith sincere; He'll save you from hell to a heavenly sphere; And He'll make you like Him to persevere!
Jesus is God's holy, beloved Son; He's in a class by Himself and second to none; After His face had shined like the sun; Only Jesus was left – the others were done; In Him God's redemption has begun; If by faith to His arms you'll freely run; You'll be saved in Christ, and you'll be God's son; He'll love you like Christ – He'll never shun; His love for you cannot be outdone; May this truth your heart forever stun; As you find your delight in the face of the Son!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"That's My King!" Who sent John Piper to preach "CHRIST IS ALL!"

he preached the GOD Who is not small!

he made CHRIST known by arcing Paul!

he lived war-time – the thrift store mall!

he preached for babies – life for all!

he preached all races – one stand tall!

he preached the cross – Christ's death – the gall!

For on that tree God's wrath did fall!

And our Christ rose death to recall!

he preached the Christ Who does enthrall!

"Delight in God!" was his great call!

I'm so thankful for your pastoral call!

Like no other you showed me CHRIST IS ALL!

I love you Pastor John!  Keep preaching Him up!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

"That's My King!" Whose Kingdom Came, All Power He'd Claim, And Earth's Kings Tame For His Great Name!

What Jesus says will always go; And all He says – it will be so; His Words are right so long ago; With truth and grace they always flow; And when this world is gone with woe; His Words will stand – forever sow; He'll conquer every doubting foe; All to His grace our praise we owe; For on that cross His love He'd show; And rise again so we could know; Salvation's gift on us bestow; Then by His Word we'll daily grow!
All the Bible is true and clear; For our God spoke to bring us near; All Words are true and do cohere; Don't doubt His Word and from Him veer; God's Word came down – He did appear; And died and rose to save from fear; His love and beauty have no peer; So give Him your attentive ear; He'll save you from judgment severe; And grant you life with joyous cheer; If Him by faith you'll trust sincere!
Some truths God spoke are hard to understand; Our sinful minds, His truth withstand; Our wants and wishes we demand; And for this sin the cross was planned; Christ died and rose at God's command; Triumphant over death He'll stand; His Kingdom will ever expand; He'll hold us in His strong right hand; He's all the glory in this land!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Some standing there would no death taste; Until God's Kingdom came with haste; The meaning of this must be traced; Is Christ transfigured a foretaste?  Is this the cross where He's disgraced?  His rising where all death's erased?  Or Pentecost – the Spirit's placed?  Or when the temple is defaced?  On these truths His Kingdom's based; The greatest foes our King has faced; And crushed the evils we've embraced; So with salvation we'll be graced; And be all cleansed and pure and chaste; To never more be dead disgraced!
Be assured of this –  His Kingdom came with power; And there's more to come at this age's last hour; Over all authorities our King will tower; All those who reject Him from His wrath they'll cower; But on His beloved children – blessings He'll shower; He'll take all in your life that's been sad or sour; And turn it for joy like a blooming flower; All enemies against you He'll finally devour; For He's the greatest of the greats – the world Superpower!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013