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, September 17, 2019

"That's My King!" In Galatians 6!

Jesus Was Never Caught In Transgression
The Sinless God-Man Named God's Will His Obsession
He Gently Restored With Perfect Expression
He Bore Our Great Burden And Took Our Oppression
He Died And Then Rose To Save Without Question
So Trust In The Son And Love With Aggression
Bear Others' Burdens And Ease Their Depression
You'll Follow Christ's Law And Live Your Confession!

That's my King!

Jesus Watched With Perfect Sight
And All Temptations Crushed With Might
He Bore Our Burdens – Loved All Right
Was Counted Nothing – God Would Smite
He Died To Save From Wrath And Fright
Then Rose To Be Our Chief Delight
Now He Is Something None Can Slight
All Knees Will Bow – Boast In His Light!

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

Christ Is Worthy To Be Paid
Down Our Lives For Him Are Laid
The Greatest Teacher God Portrayed
He Sowed And Reaped And Worked And Prayed
Only Good His Life Displayed
He Died And Rose For Those Who Strayed
To Bring Them Everlasting Aid
In Him New Creatures We Are Made
Sow To The Spirit Don't Be Swayed
Do Good And Serve Him Unafraid!

That's my King!

Christ The God-Man Did All Good
He’d Not Grow Weary Like We Would
But Came To Do All Good We Should
Yet For Our Sins Died On That Wood
Then Rose From Death Like No One Could
Now We Do Good Because He Stood
So Don’t Grow Weary Love The Hood
Especially Brother And Sisterhood!

That's my King!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

New Hymn: Christ Our Substitute!

When Jesus died upon the tree
He took God's wrath to set us free
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Anger that burned so hot toward you!
Fell on God's Son and pierced Him through!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

On the tree Christ was counted sin
All evil you have and done and been
O praise Him! Alleluia!
God punished Him for what we did!
None of His wrath or judgment hid!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

God in His anger struck the Son
His sword awoke justice was done
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Crushed by His Father God was pleased!
To finally have His wrath appeased!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Cursed by His Father on the cross
Forsaken God His greatest loss
Alleluia! Alleluia!
He's made a curse so we are blessed!
Cast out so we are heaven's guest!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

His only Son He did not spare
All of God's anger He would bear
O sing ye! Alleluia!
No pity or compassion showed!
So that to us God's mercies flowed!
O Praise Him! O Praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The cup of fury Christ would drink
Horrors unknown below He'd sink
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Pled for another way to save!
Your will be done I am Your slave!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Because He suffered all God's wrath
Opened for us salvation's path
O praise Him! Alleluia!
No condemnation now we face!
But feel the Father's warm embrace!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh how the Father loves the Son
Raised from the dead His work is done
O praise Him! Alleluia!
In purpose they are one in love!
No broken union up above!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

(Tune: All Creatures Of Our God And King!)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

"That's My King!" In Galatians 5!

Jesus Kept The Law In Whole
He's Both Its End And Final Goal
He Died And Rose To Save Your Soul
For He Alone Could Take The Scroll
His Works Shall Justify You Whole
His Spirit In You Does Control
Your Faith Will Work Through Love Extol!

That's my King!

In Christ What Matters All The Most
Is Faith That Works Through Love Up Close
Not Cutting Of The Flesh We Boast
But In The Cross Of Christ Engrossed
We Live For Him Like Heavenly Host
Faith Works Through Love In Him We Boast
Who Died And Rose And Loved Utmost!

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

Jesus Christ Ran Perfectly Well
So You And I Won't Go To Hell
He Is The Truth In Whom We Dwell
Was Persecuted, Died, and Fell
But Rose Alive And Now We Tell
Of Him Whose Glories None Can Quell
Oh May His Love Our Hearts Compel
To Live For Him All Sin Expel!

That's my King!

The Cross Of Jesus Christ Is The Greatest Imprecation
Where The Sinless Son Of God Was Our Full Propitiation
And Every Curse Of God Fell On Him In Cruel Damnation
There He Was Made Sin Which God Hates With Indignation
And Took All God's Full Anger So That We Might Have Salvation
Yet He's God's Beloved Son Who's Named LORD In Exaltation
The Holy Perfect God-Man Was Raised For Our Justification
He Took Our Imprecation
Withstood Every Temptation
Condemned Our Condemnation
Conquered Death For Every Nation
And Now There's Only Celebration
In Him Who Is Our Preoccupation, Infatuation, and Holy Fascination!

That's my King!

Jesus Christ Shall Come Again
To Judge And Punish All Who Sin
Thy Kingdom Come Among All Men
Is Prayer For Judgment To Begin
So Flee To Christ Who Died For Sin
Then Rose Again Victory To Win
Pray God Would Save And Bring All In
And Plead With Christ To Come Again!

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

Jesus' Crucifixion Was The Greatest Sin Unspeakable
He Bore The Wrath God That's A Burden So Unbearable
Crying War Psalms To His Father In A Pain That's Inconceivable
He Gave His Life For Ours To Redeem The Unredeemable
Then Rose Up From The Grave To Give A Joy Indescribable
And Now We'll Be With Him With A Life That's Indestructible
Because The Prince Of Peace Took Our Curse So We're Acceptable
In Christ Our Joy Forever We Find All Things Most Desirable!

That's my King!

Christ Came And Loved To Set Us Free
Was Crushed And Cursed Upon That Tree
Then Rose And All Shall Bow The Knee
To Call Him LORD Who Calmed The Sea
He Set Us Free To Love And Be
Those Who Serve To His Degree
So Turn From Sin And To Him Flee
Love Neighbor Just Like His Decree!

That's my King!

Christ Walked In The Spirit Without Any Sin
He Had No Evil Flesh Within
The Perfect God-Man Came And When
He Died For Sinners Christ Would Win
And Rise The Greatest Who's Ever Been
In Him Our Flesh Is Dead Within
By Faith We Fight – New Life Begin!

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

Jesus' Good Works Had No Fleshly Percent
There Was No Flesh In Him To Any Extent
From Works Of The Flesh He'd Never Repent
For He Never Did Any Wherever He Went
But On That Cross To God's Wrath He Was Sent
God's Curse He'd Inherit And Take Our Torment
Then Rise From The Dead And Make His Ascent
So Turn From The Flesh In Him Be Content
He Saves And Forgives All Those Who Repent!

That's my King!

Jesus Bore Fruit Like No One On Earth
He's Filled With The Spirit Prior To His Birth
Loved, Served, And Cared With Joy And Mirth
He Above All Is Of Infinite Worth
So Trust In The God-Man Of Heaven And Earth
He Fills With His Spirit And Gives You New Birth
You'll Walk By The Spirit In Joy And Mirth
And Christ Will Be All Your Infinite Worth!

That's my King!

Christ Is Gentle, Good, And Kind
Like None You'll Ever See Or Find
He Loved And Served And Healed The Blind
The Faithful God-Man Pure Refined
He's Spirit-Filled Yet Sore Maligned
With Self-Control And Peace Of Mind
He Died And Left All Life Behind
Then Rose To Crush All Death Combined
Now With The Spirit We're Aligned
He Dwells In Us As God Designed!

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

Christ The Only Faithful Man
In Gentleness None Better Than
Self-Controlled His Whole Life Span
Yet Died According To God's Plan
And Bore His Wrath For Every Stan
Japan, Iran, and Pakistan
Then Rose And All Death Overran
Trust In Him The Spirit Can
Make Disciples Not A Fan
You'll Bear Fruit No Law Can Ban!

That's my King!

Jesus Christ Was Crucified
For Sinners He Was Cursed And Died
Then Rose To Conquer And Provide
Salvation For His Wayward Bride
So Trust The Son And Take His Side
To Him You Will Belong Abide
You'll Crucify Your Flesh Inside
And Humbly Walk The Spirit's Stride!

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Five Point JESUS-ist!

I am a five point JESUS-ist, and I firmly believe in each of the five points of JESUS-ism:

1. TOTAL DEPRAVITY: Matthew 7:11: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children . . . .

Mark 7:21-23: For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.

John 6:44: No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.

2. UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION: John 15:16: You did not choose me, but I chose you . . . .

Luke 10:21: In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

John 17:9: I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.

3. LIMITED ATONEMENT: John 10:11, 26: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep . . . but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.

Mark 10:45: For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

4. IRRESISTIBLE GRACE: John 6:37: All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

Luke 14:23: And the master said to the servant, “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”

5. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS: John 10:28-29: I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

John 5:24: Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

John 6:39-40: And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

John Calvin On Penal Substitution

My tribute to John Calvin on his birthday today:

Opposing Calvin’s Inconsistency On The Cross, The Father’s Anger Toward The Son, And The Heart Of The Gospel

In this essay, I attempt to show the following:

1. How both Calvin and Bavinck contradicted themselves on penal substitution

2. How God's Word and Reformed Confessions disagree with their false statements on penal substitution

3. How Calvin himself denied his false statement on penal substitution throughout his sermons and commentaries

4. And finally, how I totally agree with what both Calvin and Bavinck were trying to guard and preserve: the fact that the Father never stopped loving the Son while He was on the cross and that the ontological Trinity remained intact – the intratrinitarian relationship between the Father and the Son was never broken apart.

I invite any feedback! Thanks!

There's No One Like Our King!

"This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times." Philip Schaff

Friday, June 7, 2019

Old Town Cross!

Yeah, I’m gonna tell the world ‘bout the old town Cross
I’m gonna tell ‘till I can’t no more
I’m gonna tell the world ‘bout the old town Cross
I’m gonna tell ‘till I can’t no more!

I got the Gospel in my heart
Jesus died and rose
I’m the one He chose
Got the new, bright, righteous clothes
Trust in Christ alone, ha
By my God I’m known
I been dead so sad
Then He came down off that throne, now

Only Christ can tell me somethin’
He can tell me somethin’
Only Christ can tell me somethin’
He can tell me somethin’

Christ is God and man too
Came to earth to save you
Took God’s curse to rescue
You and me from wrath due
No He didn’t stay dead
Rose up just like He said
Took away all my dread
Now His truth I must spread

Only Christ can tell me somethin’
He can tell me somethin’
Only Christ can tell me somethin’
He can tell me somethin’

Yeah, I’m gonna tell the world ‘bout the old town Cross
I’m gonna tell ‘till I can’t no more
I’m gonna tell the world ‘bout the old town Cross
I’m gonna tell ‘till I can’t no more!

Friday, May 17, 2019

"That's My King!" In Galatians 4!

Christ Is The Son Whom God Has Sent
He's God And Man Whose Life Was Spent
For Us He Suffered Hell's Torment
Then Rose To Crush All Death's Lament
In Him We're Sons To Full Extent
So Trust The Son: Believe, Repent
His Spirit Dwells Within Your Tent
And "Abba Father!" Cries Content!

That's my King!

Christ Jesus Came So You Would Know
The One True God Who Saves From Woe
For Through His Son He Came To Show
The Way To Freedom – Life Bestow
Christ Died And Rose For All We'd Owe
There's No More Slavery – Mercies Flow
So Cling To Christ In Him You'll Grow
We're Free He's Conquered Every Foe
Our God Forever Us He'll Know!

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

Christ Formed In You Is God's Great Goal
And Though You've Sinned And Lied And Stole
Christ Died And Rose To Save Your Soul
Then Lives In You To Make You Whole
All Thoughts And Deeds He Must Control
For Christ Himself Is Our One Goal
Forever Lord Your Name Extol!

That's my King!

Jesus Christ We Make Much Of
Much More Than Any Other Love
Our God Came Down From Up Above
The Spirit Rested Like A Dove
The Father's Pleased And Made Much Of
Christ Died And Rose To Show Us Love
Christ Formed In Us The Goal Above!

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

Jesus The Promised Son Who's Free
He's God In Flesh Oh Come And See
Our Awesome God The One In Three
To Set Slaves Free He'd Come And Be
The God-Man Crushed Upon That Tree
Then Rise From Death And Make Sin Flee
Trust Him And Praise On Bended Knee
From Sin And Death He Set Us Free!

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"That's My King!" Who Is Alive Forevermore!

Christ Jesus Burst Up From The Tomb
Since For Our Sins He Died In Gloom
And God's Full Wrath He Did Consume
Now No More Weeping! – Joy Resume
He's Conquered Death And All Our Doom
He Lives! All Hearts Prepare Him Room
He's Conquered Death With Earthquake Boom
Praise Him Our Loving, Saving Groom!

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

"That's My King!" In Galatians 3!

Christ Crucified Before Your Eyes
He Took Your Hell Forsaken Cries
Alone And Cursed Humble He Dies
But Then Crushed Death Alive He’d Rise
By Faith Alone He Is Our Prize
No Works Of Law Salvation Buys
God Gives The Spirit He Supplies
So Trust In Christ Let Faith Arise!

That's my King!

Christ Our Righteousness Saves From The Curse
Abraham Saw His Day As The First
The Scripture Still Speaks By Chapter And Verse
Christ Died For Our Sins To Save The Perverse
Then Rose From The Dead The Curse To Reverse
By Faith Alone We Believe And Immerse
In Christ God Blessed The Whole Universe!

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

Those Who Rely On Works Are Cursed
For You've Not Done All God Has Versed
But One Has Come The Curse Reversed
For Christ Obeyed The Perfect First
Yet Died And Took The Curse's Worst
Then Rose The Chains Of Death He Burst
And Now For Him Alone We Thirst!

That's my King!

Jesus Worked For You And Me
Each Law He Lived Out Perfectly
Yet Cursed He Died To Hell's Degree
He Was The Curse Nailed On That Tree
Then Rose From Death To Set Us Free
By Faith We're Justified In Thee
So Turn From Works And To Christ Flee
The LORD Is Good Oh Taste And See!

That's my King!

Christ Is The Offspring Promised Of Old
Through Him And For Him The Covenant's Told
He Came And Lived As No One's Been Bold
The Perfect God-Man More Precious Than Gold
Yet Into The Hands Of Sinners He's Sold
They'd Mock Him And Beat Him And Spit On Him Scold
He Suffered God's Wrath And Died Unconsoled
Then Rose From The Tomb To Break Death's Grip Hold
So Trust In The Son Your Great God Behold
And No Good Thing From You He'll Withhold!

That's my King!

By Faith In Christ The Promise Receive
God's Law Was Given That None Could Achieve
Yet Jesus Did All That God Would Conceive
He Lived And Then Died And Then Rose To Retrieve
All That Was Lost Through Our Sin We Unweave
Flee To Christ Now And To Him Alone Cleave
Trust In The God-Man: Repent And Believe!

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

Faith In Christ Has Been Revealed
He Died And Rose Salvation Sealed
Now All His Power He Shall Wield
To Do Us Good Our Sins Repealed
We're Sons Of God Baptized And Healed
We're One In Christ No More Concealed
By Faith Alone Confess And Yield
To Christ Our Everlasting Shield!

That's my King!

Christ The Jew Who's Slave And Free
Behold The Man Who Calmed The Sea
It's God We Nailed Up On That Tree
Then Rose To Save Both You And Me
In Him We're One So Come And See
The Love We Show On Bended Knee
It's Proof We Know The One In Three!

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"That's My King!" In Hebrews 13:17!

Christ Our Leader Did Obey
His Submission Led The Way
And Though He's Perfect Every Day
Yet On That Cross Our God Would Slay
Then Christ Would Rise To Take Away
Our Stubborn Hearts That Go Astray
He Gave Us Leaders To Display
Love And Truth To Help Us Stay
In God's Holy, Righteous Way
So Make Their Call A Joy Today
And Seek To Follow All They Say
You Leaders Tremble, Don't Betray
You'll Give Account To God One Day!

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

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Were You There When They Crucified My LORD?

A few more verses for a good, old spiritual:

Were you there when they crucified my LORD?

Were you there when he kissed Him on the cheek?

Were you there when he swore I don't know Him?

Were you there when the innocent's condemned?

Were you there when He fell and could not walk?

Were you there when they spit upon His face?

Were you there when they whipped and beat Him down?

Were you there when they stripped His clothes for fun?

Were you there when they crowned His head with thorns?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Were you there when they mocked Him to His face?

Were you there when He longed for one more drink?

Were you there when He groaned and cried in pain?

Were you there when He suffered all alone?

Were you there when he bore the wrath of God?

Were you there when God did forsake His Son?

Were you there when He died and left this world?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Were you there when God raised Him from the dead?

Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble . . . .

Were you there when they crucified my LORD?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"That's My King!" In Galatians 1!

Jesus Saves And Speaks Through Paul
God's Grace Is Free To Those Who Call
Christ Died And Rose – Alive Stands Tall
From Evil Age Delivers All
Grace To You – Christ Took Our Fall
He Drank The Bitter, Curs-ed Gall
So Glory Be To God Our All!

That's my King!

Jesus' Grace Won't Let You Go
For Him Who Called Has Told You So
Christ Died And Rose His Love To Show
Now Grace To You Will Ever Flow
All Other gospels We'll Forgo
They Are No Gospel Only Woe
For Christ Alone Our All We Know
Cling To Your God And Don't Let Go!

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

God's Approval Jesus Sought
In Every Word And Deed And Thought
Please God Alone Is What He Taught
Man's Opinion's Good For Naught
For This He Died – Salvation Wrought
Through Resurrection Life He Brought
Freedom From All Sin He Fought
Now Please The LORD's Our Only Ought!

That's my King!

Jesus Is Our Perfect, Holy Gospel Revelation
He Took Away God's Wrath Through His Blood Propitiation
Then Rose Up From The Dead For Our Whole Justification
He's Reconciling People From All Tongues And Tribes And Nations
Even Made A Jewish Terrorist His Pristine New Creation
Now We Glorify Our God For His Great Renowned Salvation!

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

"That's My King!" In Galatians 2!

Jesus Never Ran In Vain
Perfection Lived Without One Stain
Yet For Our Sins The Christ Was Slain
Then Rose Our Freedom To Attain
Now With All Power He Shall Reign
To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain!

That's my King!

Jesus' Gospel Is What Paul Knew
Christ Died And Rose For Me And You
He Came To Save – Make All Things New
By Grace Through Faith Alone It's True
So Come And Trust The God-Man Jew
You’ll Love The Poor And Self Subdue!

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

Away From Christ God Turned His Face
He Stood Condemned And Took Our Place
He Died And Rose To Sin Erase
And Every Tribe And Tongue Embrace
He Died For All – We're All One Race
Step With The Gospel Stay On Pace
By Faith Alone We're Saved By Grace
And Now With Mercy God Will Chase!

That's my King!

Christ Earned By Works Our Justification
He Obeyed God's Law For Our Salvation
By God's Spirit Conquered Every Temptation
Then Died On That Cross For Our Propitiation
Absorbed God's Wrath And Our Damnation
Then Rose From The Grave Death's Cancellation
By Faith Alone In Christ Our Fixation
Forevermore There's No Condemnation
And We Do Good Works Out Of Pure Elation In The Incarnation
We Died To The Law Stipulation
We're The New Creation Who Received Imputation
And Live For God Through Our Sanctification
All For His Honor And Glorification!

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

Jesus Was Never A Servant Of Sin
The Greatest Man Who's Ever Been
Our LORD And God Who Came In Skin
He's Perfect, Pure Without Within
Yet Died For Our Sins So Life Could Begin
He Conquered The Grave Salvation To Win
We Died To The Law Now Christ We Are In
We Live To God And Enjoy His Grin!

That's my King!

Christ Loved Me! He's Crucified
"It Is Finished!" God Has Cried
Then Rose To Justify His Bride
In Him By Faith We've Also Died
And In His Righteousness We Hide
He Lives In Me And He's Our Guide
By Faith In Him We Shall Abide!

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