Come and See

In Jordan’s waters, John did say,
“Christ will come, you’ll see!
In the desert make a way,
He will come, you’ll see!”
Jesus came to Jordan’s shore;
The Holy Dove shone on the Lord.
John said, “I have seen! I have seen!”

Come with me to Jordan, come!
Won’t you come and see?
Behold the Lamb of God has come!
John baptized where the waters flowed,
But Jesus will with the Holy Ghost!
Come with me to Jordan, come!
Won’t you come and see?

Andrew went where John did show,
“Simon, come and see!”
Jesus took them to His home,
He said, “Boys, come and see!
Simon, a new name you’ll own:
Peter, Rock, Cephas, Stone!
Follow Me, since You have seen!”

Come with me to Jordan, come!
Won’t you come and see?
Behold the Lamb of God has come!
John baptized where the waters flowed,
But Jesus will with the Holy Ghost!
Come with me to Jordan, come!
Won’t you come and see?

Philip told Nathanael, “Come,
We have found the Christ!
Nazareth is where He’s from,
Seen Him with my own two eyes!”
“What good could be a Nazarene?
But He saw me ‘neath that fig tree!
And Jacob’s Ladder He must be!”

Come with me to Jordan, come!
Won’t you come and see?
Behold the Lamb of God has come!
John baptized where the waters flowed,
But Jesus will with the Holy Ghost!
Come with me to Jordan, come!
Won’t you come and see?

3-11-2019





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Face to Face (Audio)

I recently had the pleasure of collaborative songwriting with Hope Kemp, whom I met in the Rabbit Room Facebook group.

The song is “Face to Face,” which you can read here (with some Scripture texts that the song is based on).

You can listen to the song here.

Face to Face

With Hope Kemp

Update: Listen to the audio here.

I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19 CSB).

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his faithful love
toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed
our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
For he knows what we are made of,
remembering that we are dust. (Psalm 103:11-14 CSB).

All man’s days are wilting grass;
The winds of history steady blow.
But God, as endless ages pass,
Forever reigns upon His throne.

The heights of heaven overhead
Do not measure indifference
But sound the depths of love instead,
And overflow with holy bliss.

O the love of Jesus,
Far beyond time and space;
Our promised and priceless treasure
Is to see our Savior face to face

His holiness keeps our sin away
At farther lengths than we can know,
But we are welcomed, near to stay:
Our sins, not we, are told to go!

O the love of Jesus,
Far beyond time and space;
Our promised and priceless treasure
Is to see our Savior face to face

Our Good Shepherd ever smiles
At the thought of every sheep,
Never grudging all the miles
He has run for those He seeks

O the love of Jesus,
Far beyond time and space;
Our promised and priceless treasure
Is to see our Savior face to face

O the love of Jesus,
Far beyond time and space;
Our promised and priceless treasure
Is to see our Savior face to face

Christmas in Constantinople

(to the tune of “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”)

Apollinaris of Laodicea
Thought Jesus had lost His human mind
He tried to say his body was like ours
But only His mind was divine

He tried to protect Christ’s Godhood
Like his friend Athanasius
He went too far, this time, for sure
The other direction from Arius
Synods and councils met to figure
What to do with this new teaching
Then in ole Constantinople
Three answered with gospel preaching

The Gregs and Basil, Cappadocian Fathers,
Stopped this mess right there in its tracks
Jesus can’t heal what He don’t have
They stood their ground and didn’t turn back

11-28-2018

Christmas at Chalcedon

(to the tune of Frosty the Snowman)

Leo the Great
Hated Eutyches’ confusion
They met at Chalcedon
To talk about the Son
And how many 𝜑𝜐𝜎𝜄𝛼.

Emperor Marcian,
Orthodox as he could be,
Convened the Council there
In the October air
To show the truth from heresy.

They would not hear Eutyches say
Divine and human merged,
But when the Council gaveled closed,
Their Definition they urged:

Foll’wing the Fathers,
We all with one consent
Confess one Lord and Son
With the Godhead one,
Like us except for sin.

Truly God and
Truly man, body and soul
Begotten God’s 𝜐𝜄𝜊𝜍
Born of 𝜃𝜀𝜊𝜏𝜊𝜅𝜊𝜍
Two natures does He own.

There must not be confusion in
Divine and human stuff,
But each nature keeps all its own
Properties preserved.

One Person now has
Two natures all unmixed.
Only Begotten Son,
The Word, Beloved One
Upon Him our hopes are fixed.


11-28-2018

The Definition of Chalcedon

Anything Good (Psalm 4:6-8)

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Many are asking, “Who can show us anything good?”

Let the light of your face
Shine on us, LORD.
You have put more joy
In my heart, in my heart
Than they have when their grain
And new wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace
I will both lie down and sleep in peace
For you alone, LORD,
Make me live in safety.

Download/listen to audio here.