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, November 29, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's Our Perfect Substitute He Was Killed Like A Murderous Brute Though He's Innocent Without Dispute Yet Silent And Mute Our Sin God Did To Him Impute So We'll Have And Bear His Righteous Fruit!

Barabbas is guilty
He's in prison
He's a rebel
He's a murderer
He revolted against the government
But Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
He deserves to die
He's sinned against others
He's sinned against God
He deserves hell forever
Yet Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
But Jesus died and rose to save the guilty
Barabbas is in prison
But Jesus came to set the prisoners free
Barabbas is a rebel
But Jesus came to spread out His hands all the day long to a rebellious people
Barabbas is a murderer
But Jesus came to be murdered in order to save murderers who repent and believe in Him
Barabbas revolted against the government
But Jesus came to establish an everlasting and perfect government where He would be King forever
Because Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
I am Barabbas
You are Barabbas
We are Barabbas
We deserve everlasting prison in hell
We have rebelled against our Creator Who has been nothing but good to us
We have murdered and murdered in our hearts
We have revolted against authority in numerous ways
We are Barabbas
But Jesus took Barabbas' place!
Jesus took our place!

Barabbas is guilty
But by grace through faith in Jesus, the guilty can go free
Jesus was made guilt, though He knew no guilt
Jesus was a prisoner, though He did nothing deserving of prison
Jesus was counted as the rebel of all rebels, though He knew not an ounce of rebellion in His life
Jesus was counted murder, though He knew no murder
Jesus was treated as a threat to the government, though He upholds all things, including government, by the Word of His power
Jesus was found guilty and Barabbas was set free
Because Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
But Barabbas was set free
And by faith in Christ, you get even better than Barabbas
You're forgiven of all your sins
You're given the very righteousness of Christ
You're set free from sin
You're set free from hell
You're set free from the bondage of the devil
You're given eternal life in the presence of God where there's fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore
You're given Christ as your all in all
Because Jesus took Barabbas' place!
Because Jesus took your place!
Because Jesus died and rose and conquered all!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My King Can't Be Bound!

Meditation on this: "And they bound Jesus . . . ." Mark 15:1

They bound my Jesus?

He can't be bound
Nobody like Him can be found
Pilate He would confound and finally astound
But He let Himself be bound
And His enemies surround
On that cross He'd be downed
With the greatest sufferings around
Yet He didn't stay in the ground
But rose up to be crowned
So His grace would abound
To the lost and found
His name is the most beautiful sound
May His praises forever resound!

That's my King!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

I didn't deserve to be born.

I didn't deserve to be born in a country where the Gospel is freely preached.

I didn't deserve to be brought up under the influence of the Gospel.

I don't deserve the family I have.

I don't deserve the friends I have.

I don't deserve the education I have.

I don't deserve the job I have.

I don't deserve the life experiences I've enjoyed.

I don't deserve the health I've been given.

I don't deserve the food, clothes, and shelter I've enjoyed these many years of life.

I don't deserve the material resources I've been given.

I don't deserve the gift of marriage.

I don't deserve the gift of children.

I don't deserve the gift of singleness.

I don't deserve joy, peace, and happiness.

I don't deserve any of the pleasures this life or the next has to offer.

I don't deserve for things to go my way.

I don't deserve health, wealth, and prosperity.

Because of my sin, all I do deserve is death, judgment, curse, loneliness, ridicule, slander, joblessness, homelessness, nakedness, starvation, pain, suffering, depression, despair, brokenness, and everlasting torment away from the presence of the LORD in His love and mercy and in the presence of the LORD in His everlasting wrath and fury for all eternity.

But in Christ, I get what I don't deserve!

I'm born again!

I'm reminded of the Gospel daily!

I have friends and family who love Jesus and point me to Him!

I get educated in the Word of God!

My job is to study and preach God's Word!

Christ is my health, my clothing, my food, and my shelter!

Christ is more valuable than all the earth!

Christ is my great heavenly Spouse Who is more beautiful than all and loves and satisfies like no other!

Christ allows me to disciple spiritual children!

Christ allows me to receive singleness as a gift and cry:  “Whom have I in heaven but You!  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You!”  Psalm 73:25

Christ is all joy, all peace, and all happiness in and of Himself!

Christ is the pleasure and treasure of life!

Christ makes all things go my way for He works all things for my good!

Christ is my health, wealth, and prosperity!

Christ has forgiven and saved me for Himself!

Christ is all!

Thank You my Eternal Lover!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Was Wickedly Denied By A Close Friend On The Inside With Curse And Swearing “No!” He Cried In Pride And Fear To All He Lied But Jesus Faithful Went And Died To Save His Faithless Cheating Bride!

Jesus is worthy for us to lose all things
All hopes and dreams and diamond rings
All joys this world to your life brings
For all true pleasure from Him springs
He bids us fly and gives us wings
And when the persecution stings
His Bride – to Him – She tighter clings
And of His grace forever sings
For He's the mighty King of kings!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Peter is a trusted friend
Which makes denial worse offend
Peter's heart to pride does tend
"I'll stay with You until the end!"
But on his words Christ can't depend
He cursed and swore and played pretend
Not once or twice or three times bend
And Jesus' name he won't commend
Denying Christ to hell will send
Before His Father He'll suspend
All knowledge of this wicked friend
But wait – there's mercy to transcend
All failures that our God offend
Because the Christ did condescend
And never once did He offend
But lived God's will as He'd intend
At the cross His wrath expend
And to the grave He'd soon descend
Then rise alive to all death end
On Him alone we must depend
His love we cannot comprehend!

That's my King!

Judas turned away and never came back
But Peter took a different track
Though his faith was slack
And he failed when the devil attacked
Jesus prayed for all he lacked
Christ is all power packed
The devil He smacked, cracked, and destroyed in fact
And showed mercy to poor Peter who lacked
So after his fall he'll never be sacked
But have a strong faith intact
He died for His King – his final act
This King does ravish and attract
And has an eternal impact
He'll supply all you ever lacked
And when you fail He'll never turn back
But turn you back on the right track and that's a fact!

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

Jesus the truth would never deny
But every evil He'll defy
Unlike Peter He cannot lie
He's the faithful God on high
He created the sky
From greatest wrath He did not fly
But took the cross and there He'd die
And end His life with bitter cry
My God forsaken, tell me why?!
But then He'd rise to life apply
So death forever say goodbye
For He's the King Who rules the sky
And is beheld by every eye
He's purest beauty – our supply
So come and trust Him – don't deny
And to His every Word comply!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christ Is All In All Your Pain

"I'm cursed!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm alone!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm sad!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm an outcast!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm rejected!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm beaten."

So was Jesus.

"I'm ridiculed!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm spit on!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm tortured!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm betrayed!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm estranged from my closest friends!"

So was Jesus.

"I"m forsaken by my own father!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm poor!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm blind!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm naked!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm tempted!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm dead!"

So was Jesus.

And now He's alive forevermore so that you will never be those things again for all eternity if you repent and believe in Him!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Rules And Reigns Over Sex He Created It For Good Effects To Homosexuality He Objects It Doesn't Meet His Specs These Actions He Rejects But If You Turn And Become His Subjects He Forgives And Protects And Gives Joy Like No One Expects!

The unrighteous won't go to heaven, but they'll go to hell
From God's eternal Kingdom He'll expel
To all joy and peace they'll say farewell
In fire and torment they will wail
Suffer like in a jail with a torture cell
Where there is no bail
But Jesus came to save from hell
And though we're poor and weak and frail
He's the greatest in every detail
His righteousness does far excel
The mission He will never fail
His hands and feet pierced with the nail
And on that cross His body pale
He died as frail with shout and wail
He bore the wrath and seemed to fail
But that's not all – there's more to tell
He rose alive to death expel
He crushed in two the temple veil
For now in Christ with God we dwell
Our sin is gone and all is well
So "Christ is all!" we preach and yell
Our Warrior-King Who did prevail
Above all lovers He'll excel
His love our faithfulness compels!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

While defining sin we must have clarity
And not worry about our popularity
We do so without severity, barbarity, or vulgarity
But with all love and charity in bold temerity
For the sake of God's great verity
With regularity we stand in solidarity
With all Christ's posterity exercising true faith in sincerity
So that His Bride might enjoy prosperity!

That's my King!

We must show compassion and love
When any sin we speak of
For we've all been shown the greatest love
In God the Son Who came from above!

That's my King!

In all these matters to Christ we must look
For our sins He took
Erased them from His book
When He died and the earth shook
We're washed clean like a brook
Sanctified and off the hook
Justified and by righteousness overtook
Filled with the Spirit and written in the Lamb's book
So to our Christ let's forever look!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Loves The Dirty Rose And Everything About Us Knows Our Highest Highs And Lowest Lows And Yet In Love Poor Sinners Chose He Died For Us And Then Arose Now All Our Sin He Does Oppose In Doing This His Deep Love Shows!

Oh the love of Christ displayed
When on that cross our King was slayed
No one there to give Him aid
By a friend He was betrayed
The Father turned and wrath conveyed
His Son our evil sin was made
Sin's ugly debt by Christ was paid
And in a tomb all death was laid
But our great King is like a grenade
He broke the chains of death decayed
And rose alive to give us aid
The devil's house He'll fully raid
And if you'll trust the Son Who paid
From God's full wrath He'll give you shade
For now His righteousness you're made
And therefore live just as He prayed
In holiness and grace arrayed
We turn from every sin He slayed
And live for Him as unafraid
May His Word our hearts pervade
In every part He must invade
As our minds on Him are stayed
Let's all the devil's schemes evade
Then follow Christ and not be swayed
And never do what He's forbade
His laws are good and meant to aid
To give us joy in what He's made
They're not a burden heavy weighed
But give the greatest joy surveyed
So trust Him now – don't be delayed
For over you He'll serenade!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Love does not delight in evil bad
Your sin will always make you sad
It's end is death so don't be mad
When I speak up to make you glad
And call you to repent from bad
For when you die you'll wish you had
Turned to the Son Who died for bad
And rose alive in glory clad
He'll righteousness to your life add
Believe in Him – you won't be sad, mad, or bad
But have the everlasting glad!

That's my King!

Love rejoices in the truth of God's Word
Everything else is sin absurd
And makes His glory dim and blurred
He wants your joy full and stirred
He's on a mission undeterred
In His commands true joy's conferred
So taste and see Him – He's preferred
To give you peace and joy unheard!

That's my King!

Love will tell you when you're wrong
Not like the affirming, hateful throng
It won't stay silent long
But stand for truth strong
And tell you to God you belong
Who will lead you along
Your life eternally prolong
Make you hate the wrong
And sing of all His truth in song!

That's my King!

Jesus is the truth we need
He never did an evil deed
But hated every evil seed
Rejoiced in the truth decreed
For sinners He did die and bleed
Then rose from death we all are freed
And He's our everlasting Creed
Who saves from all despair and greed
And every sexual misdeed
He'll give you life and so we plead
Come to Him with urgent speed!

That's my King!  That's my King!