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

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Christ Is All With A Big Boot!

The "Gospel Centered Everything" movement needs to hear this from the Gospel Incarnate Himself as He speaks these grace filled words to His own inner circle of disciples (not to the Pharisees):

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'" Mark 9:43-48

And we all need to hear this, over and over again:

All the sinful hands, feet, and eyes that would ever be forgiven were counted as Jesus' sinful hands, feet, and eyes! And He was utterly cut off as no one in the history of the universe had ever been cut off, yet He was without sin and did not deserve to be cut off!

He was thrown into the fires of God's anger and judgment where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched in our place when He died on that cross!

But the worm did die! And the fires were quenched! Because the infinite God-Man did quench the infinite anger of the infinite Father! And then He rose up from the dead in victory!

And now those dreaded fires of God's anger are quenched for us forever if we will only repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Friday, June 28, 2013

"That's My King!" Who Quenched The Fire And Cooled God's Ire On That Cross Dire – Now He's Our All – Our Great Desire!

To speak of God's wrath, we must have tears; For in God's hell are greatest fears; It burns for everlasting years; The heartache there will have no peers; So please awake – open your ears; The Christ Who saves through Word appears;  Trust in the Son with all your spheres; He'll save you from these dreadful tears; He died and rose – your guilt He clears; He'll take away hell's fiery fears; Replace them all with happy cheers!
God's heart is not for eternal damnation; He longs for all to have salvation;  For He loves all His creation; From every language, tribe, and nation; From every walk of life and station; So He sent the Incarnation; God and man in one summation; He died and rose – death's termination; Believe in Him as your foundation; And you'll enjoy no condemnation; And give to Christ all adoration!

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

To stop your sin, cut off your hand; This is your great King's demand; So draw a line down in the sand; Choose your King and sin withstand; Oh come, our God, Who has all planned; And grant the grace that You command!
Heaven's better, though you're not complete; Avoid hell without two feet; For there it's never-ending heat; The worms don't die but always eat; With many stripes you will be beat; But heaven's joys are complete; Nothing else can quite compete; Plus they grow to more elite; There all things grow ever sweet; Children play – dance in the street; And how can we receive this treat – escape the everlasting heat?  On that cross, Christ took our heat; And for our sins His body beat; Then rose your sins all to delete; He crushed the devil in defeat; Now sits up high upon His seat; At God's right hand – His job's complete; For He has done the greatest feat!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"That's My King!" Who Set Us Free From Sinful "Me" Upon That Tree And Made Death Flee!

Once to sin we all were slaves; For sin alone our hearts did crave; We would always misbehave; The heart of man – totally depraved; Sin leads to a deadly grave; But our great Jesus came to save; When bold He died – our Savior brave; Our God so loved – His Son He gave; The way to holiness He'd pave; When He died – rose from the grave; To make His people all His slave; Believe in Him – your soul He'll save; And in His image make you brave!
Apart from Christ you can't do good; You cannot love – live as you should; You'd rather stay out in the hood; Praise be to God for Christ Who could; In righteousness He lived and stood; Then died upon that bloody wood; This love no one's full understood; And now in Him you can do good!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Trust in Christ – you'll be set free; He's put to death your evil "me!;" He's your righteousness to see; And from all sin you'll long to flee; Against your sin you'll both agree; God showed His anger on that tree; When Jesus died to set you free; To live alone by His decree; And glorify the One in Three;  Fix your eyes on Him and see; For holiness this is the key!
Jesus is your sanctification; That must begin at justification; Since you're now a new creation; With a righteousness foundation; Forever fixed in heavenly location; Your new life's destination is a new direction not perfection; Because you have a new affection for the God of resurrection; In Him you'll never face rejection because of His gracious election; He'll rid your life of imperfection as you trust in His protection and obey all His correction; He'll make you more like Christ's reflection to the praise of His beauty perfection!

That's my King!  That's my King! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

"That's My King!" Who Was Given No Cup Of Water But Went To The Slaughter With God's Wrath Hotter So We Can Drink The Living Water!

Oh to do good for the sake of His name; Giving Him glory is our aim; This is why from heaven He came; Over our lives all rights He'll claim; Because He died and took our blame; And rose to the praise of His glorious fame!
If you love in Jesus' name, you won't lose your reward; Pleasures in Christ there will be stored; Of treasures in heaven you'll have a horde; A great "Well done!" He will award; Be assured you'll never be bored; For Christ is our exalted Lord; Seated on high to be adored!
For all in Christ by faith who belong; If you grant them a cup you'll never go wrong; If in His name you offer it strong; You'll join the everlasting throng; And sing forever the glorious song; Give praise to the King Who's reign is long; Forever He's King to all who belong!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

May we never cause a little believing one to sin; It'd be better if we'd never been; Put a millstone on and cast us in; So from this evil, save your skin; And trust the Son Who'll always win; He's the greatest Who's ever been; He'll help us love through thick and thin; For He saved us from our sin; And on your face He'll put a grin; More joy's in Him than drinking gin!
On that cross Christ cried "I thirst!" No cup was given – He was cursed; God's wrath on Him was strong dispersed; So bad His heart did break and burst; Into judgment He's immersed; He faced the greatest worst of worst; So all evil'd be reversed; When He rose up to be the first; To conquer death and save the cursed; In Christ we love all those who thirst!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

So You Want To Be A "Rock Star" Preacher?

1.  The LORD makes people great in the eyes of the world as He chooses:

Genesis 12:1-2: Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”

Genesis 39:2-3, 21, 23: The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.  His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands . . . But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison . . . The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.

Exodus 7:1: And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh . . . .”

Joshua 3:7: The LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. ”

Joshua 4:14: On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.

1 Samuel 2:6-8: The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.  The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.  He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.  For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.

2 Samuel 7:8-9: Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.”

Daniel 1:9: And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs

Psalm 75:6-7: For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.

Philippians 2:5-11: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

2.  The LORD doesn’t need you:

Psalm 135:6: Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

Isaiah 59:1: Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear

Acts 17:24-25: The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.

Matthew 3:9: God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

3.  The LORD grants all mercies, ministries, and positions in His Church as He sees fit:

Romans 9:15: I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.

1 Corinthians 4:7: For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

Romans 12:3: For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

2 Corinthians 4:1: Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.

1 Corinthians 12:12, 18, 24, 28: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ . . . But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose . . . But God has so composed the body . . . And God has appointed in the church . . . .

4.  The LORD delights in and lifts up the humble:

Psalm 147:6: The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

Isaiah 57:15: For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:  “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

1 Peter 5:5: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Matthew 18:4: Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 23:11-12: The greatest among you shall be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Mark 9:35: If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.

5.  Therefore . . .

a.  Consider all other preachers (and people!) better than yourself:

Philippians 2:3: Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

b.  Seek the LORD to build your ministry or it is vanity:

Psalm 127:1: Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

c.  And forget about yourself and exult in the glory, beauty, and satisfaction of Christ alone!

Philippians 3:7-11: But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

CHRIST IS ALL!

Friday, June 7, 2013

"That's My King!" Who Has A Powerful Name That All Must Proclaim Since He Took Our Blame And Death He'd Tame!

A man was crushing the demons' aim; His disciples said: "Stop!  You're not the same!  To be one of us you cannot claim;" Then to the Christ His disciples came; The Christ Who loves and heals the lame; Jesus – the most powerful Name; Don't hide this truth in prideful game; This selfish lust is wicked shame; He deserves all the world's acclaim; Let heaven and earth and all proclaim; He took our sin and dreadful blame; Then rose for all time – pride to tame; And end our selfish, focused shame; So we'll be new – never the same!
"Do not stop him!" Jesus said; "If in My name the truth he'll spread; He won't say "Bad!" once demons fled; He's not against the Living Bread; So then he's for the Living Head;" Who on that cross His blood He'd shed; And in the tomb be three days dead; Then rise alive to end our dread; For though our sins were dark and red; He died to make us clean widespread; All captives to freedom He's led; And with His body we are fed; On all our enemies He'll tread; Until with Him we're finally wed!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

For all in Christ by faith who belong; If you grant them a cup you'll never go wrong; If in His name you offer it strong; You'll join the everlasting throng; And sing forever the glorious song; Give praise to the King Who's reign is long; Forever He's King to all who belong!
May we never cause a little believing one to sin; It'd be better if we'd never been; Put a millstone on and cast us in; So from this evil, save your skin; And trust the Son Who'll always win; He's the greatest Who's ever been; He'll help us love through thick and thin; For He saved us from our sin; And on your face He'll put a grin; More joy's in Him than drinking gin!
Again the lesson is on humility; For only in this is true tranquility; We need to be saved from pride disability; And that's why Christ came in vulnerability; He lived with no trace of fallibility; And died a death with no respectability; He took our sins without culpability; Then rose from the dead with eternal durability; He overcomes our inability; And to heaven opened free accessibility; So trust Him now without gullibility; He'll grant your life unshakable stability!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

"That's My King!" Who Received The Child, Was Meek And Mild, Then Died Reviled, And On This Son His Father Smiled!

God made us all with a desire to be great; This desire was good as God did create; Then all went wrong – the banned fruit Adam ate; They listened to Satan and took His bait; Now we all sin, and it's God we hate; We are the center – our self we inflate; But we have a Savior Who's greater than great; He humbled Himself – to the child He'd relate; He went to the cross and bore our sins weight; On that tree He was made our wicked God hate; And bore in His body an infinite freight; Then rose up free to an endless estate; He died for His bride – His precious soul mate; Now for His return we eagerly wait; His beauty and love we can't overstate!
If you want to follow Jesus, you can't be proud; Humble yourself – on your knees be bowed; May your heart be good soil, ready and plowed; For no hard hearts will be allowed; So come to this Christ and cry aloud; He can save the proudest in any crowd; Even the mean, God-haters avowed; Since our Christ with mercy is well endowed!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

To follow our King, we must love the least; Even all children from west to east; Some can't speak up before they're deceased; The doctor's knife on their necks unleashed; Others starve and enjoy no feast; And still others die from disease increased; But we have a King Who loves the least; He lived and died as our great High Priest; And rose triumphant – He'll crush the beast!  He removes our sins as far as west to east; From all sin and pain we'll be released; And enjoy in Him an everlasting feast that will never cease – our joy will only increase as we rest in peace!
What should our main motivation be?  For loving the least and children we see?  Jesus boldly said:  "It has to be Me!"  Who set that child upon His knee; In Him, you get the great One In Three; For He's our delight Who set us free; There's no one like Him – all must agree; Who died for sinners on that tree; And rose alive to make death flee; We do all we do so more of Him we see; He's the greatest joy that will ever be; So delight yourself in Him, that is His plea!

That's my King!  That's my King!