Encouragement in Christ

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Encourage each other,
With how we live our lives,
Let us stand firm in unity,
As we strive side by side.

And comfort each other,
With the gospel of Christ,
Let us not fear the enemy,
As we flee from his lies.

Encourage each other,
Though the suff’ring is long,
To always trust the Lord Jesus,
And make His gospel known.

Dear brothers and sisters,
All those cleansed by His blood,
Have affection and sympathy,
As we cling to this God.

Let us honor the cross,
As we lay down our lives,
And be encouragers for all,
To have the mind of Christ.

Behind the lines

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.

This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 1:27-2:4 ESV)

Let The Rocks Cry Out

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Bloodshed follows bloodshed,
There’s no knowledge of God,
Swearing, stealing, and adultery,
No one faithful in love.

The law is forgotten,
And the truth is in doubt,
The Lord Jesus is rejected,
By the lost preacher’s mouth.

So let the rocks cry out,
And resolve to be firm,
To praise the God of Salvation,
‘Til the day He returns.

Bloodshed follows bloodshed,
For the cleansing of sin,
And there is no other Savior,
Who can rescue lost men.

And this God is faithful,
His promises endure,
He is certain as the sunrise,
And His coming is sure.

So let the rocks cry out,
And resolve to be firm,
To praise the God of Salvation,
‘Til the day He returns.

Behind the lines

As found in the book of Hosea, there is a pattern in the Old Testament of God’s people turning away and then coming back to Him because of His faithfulness to them.

The rocks referenced here have double meaning. Physical rocks (Luke 19:40) crying out, and Christians who are living stones being built up as a spiritual house because of Christ the Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:5).

If the children of God do not cry out in praise and stand firm on the Truth, let the (physical) rocks cry out in honor of Him.

The Glorious Divine

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Rebellious nations rage,
But their plots are in vain,
Though politicians scheme and plan,
And spin like hurricanes.

For high upon a throne,
Sits One from David’s line,
He laughs at them and speaks His wrath,
The Glorious Divine.

The Father made His will,
And gave all to the Son,
Nations are His inheritance,
Ruled by a hand of iron.

All rulers of the earth,
Come tremble and revere,
Bow down and kiss the Holy One,
Submit to Him in fear.

For high upon His throne,
Christ shall reign for all time,
And blessed are those saved by Him,
The Glorious Divine.

Behind the lines

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2 ESV)

Jesus Christ is the Offspring of David and God’s Anointed Son. God’s covenant promise to David of an everlasting throne (2 Samuel 7:16, 1 Kings 8:25, Psalm 89:29, Jeremiah 33:17) was fulfilled by Christ.

Is Christ your King?

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