Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Beauties of Christ




Oh God, you are rich in mercy,  And because your love is great
You loved us, even when we were dead-You did not leave us to our fate
Though dead in our trespasses, You made us alive with Christ!
And so by grace we have been saved  By grace Love has sufficed.

We were not fitting vessels, We had no virtuous form.
We had no eyes for beauty With which Christ is adorned.
You raised us up with Jesus We’re seated in the heavenly place-
For we have now been placed in Christ  For In Him we find grace

Lord thank you for new eyes to see
Now on Christ we set our minds...
The beauties of Christ are glorious
To these eyes that once were blind!

God acted without condition In the grave we heard His call-
He sovereignly awakened us And saved us from the fall.
Now the beauties of our Savior We see and apprehend
His beauties are all-glorious And they are our journey’s end.

The riches of his mercy  Overflowed  us in our need.
There was no negotiation And so dead men are freed!
This was an act of mercy.  God saw our dreadful plight
He pitied our stone coldness And called us to the light!

Lord thank you for new eyes to see
Now on Christ we set our minds...
The beauties of Christ are glorious
To these eyes that once were blind!
Lord thank you for new eyes to see
Now on Christ we set our minds...
The beauties of Christ are glorious
To these eyes that once were blind!

Ephesians 2:4–6, 2 Corinthians 4:4
January 16, 2019
Anthony Foster


Monday, January 14, 2019

The Window of the Heart

We may grow weary and faint of heart
We may want to quit before we start
For trouble haunts us and weighs us down
Burdens leave us broken and bound.

We have a weapon to wield and raise
The power to direct our gaze
A gift of choice that we can use
To choose to change our point of views

We set our minds on higher things
We wield this weapon and spread our wings
Our minds are set on things above
Pursuing peace and joy and love.

The mind`s the window of the heart.
Don`t let our thoughts dwell on the dark,
Open the window Lord, set our sights
To seek the Son and see the light.

Beyond the roots of brokenness
There is real truth we can confess
And if we set our hearts aright
We`ll overcome and fight the fight.

Fling wide the window of the Heart
Lord as we consider You, You`ll start
To transform minds that will pursue
The good the beautiful, the true.

Bridge
Whatsoever things are true, whatever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just, that purity conveys,
Whatsoever things are lovely, or things of good report,
If there be any excellent ways, or anything worthy of praise,
Think on these things for all of your days!

So take the gift from off the shelf
Re-think, repent and rend your self
Reflecting on the better part
Open the window of the heart.
Open the window of the heart.
Open the window of the heart.

Hebrews 12:3, Romans 8:5–6, Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:8

1/14/19 Anthony Foster

Sunday, January 13, 2019

After a Little While


We are waiting, we are waiting
Here in hope, anticipating
The God of all Grace will see our trial
After we have suffered  a little while.

How long Oh Lord will I cry
How long oh Lord I wonder how why
You seem to hold back and delay
In afflictions midst
Can make sense of this
I can’t see beyond this pain so help me pray

But after a little while we are made pure
After a little while We will endure
And after a little while, Christ will restore
Strengthen for this term
Establish and confirm
Call us to His glory forevermore.

Then I will stand in awe
As you abolish every flaw
You are the God of every Grace
Past and future and in this place
And from this inexhaustible Grace you send
What we need to endure to the end

But after a little while we are made pure
After a little while We will endure
And after a little while, Christ will restore
Strengthen for this term
Establish and confirm
Call us to His glory forevermore.

1 Peter 5:10
Mark 13:13
Hebrews 10:39
January 13, 2019
Anthony Foster


Monday, December 31, 2018

Blood Bought Grace


God will equip you with every good thing
That you may do his will, and do right
He works in us that which is pleasing
What is pleasing in his sight

By blood bought Grace
It is worked in us
By blood bought Grace
In God we trust.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God who works in you,
Both to will and to work for His good pleasure
Know it is God who works in you...

Bridge
Glory be to Jesus forever and ever.
Forever and ever. Amen!
Glory be to Jesus forever and ever.
Forever and ever. Amen!

By blood bought Grace
It is worked in us
By blood bought Grace
In God we trust.

By blood bought Grace
It is worked in us
By blood bought Grace
In God we trust.

Hebrews 13:20–21, Philippians 2:12–13

December 31, 2018
Anthony Foster

Resurrection Hope


It was foretold in ages past of how the dead shall live
How those who sleep deep in earth-dust shall wake
Some will rise to life eternal, Some to endless shame (Daniel 12:2, Acts 24:15, John 5:29)
And eternal torment in a fiery lake.

So our dead shall live, their bodies rise -All those who dwell in dust
Awake and sing, yea, sing for joy (Isaiah 26:19) For in this blessed hope we trust
God will ransom us from Sheol- Draw our souls out from the grave (Psalm 49:10)
Christ will revive us from the depths, (Psalm 71:20) By resurrection power raised.

For then the tomb becomes a womb
And to life anew gives birth
We'll be transformed and be reborn
Christ will raise the sons of earth

Like seeds sown in a garden Like a simple grain of wheat
That falls into the prepared earth Our fruit will much increase
Like dry bones in the desert Barren spirits will be raised
And all the relics of the fall Shall bend their knees in praise.

The Lord will keep his promises Beyond this earthly death
We shall see their fulfillment With resurrection breath.
The perishable shall put on imperishable clothes,
Garments of praise, our raiment- Covered by the one who rose.

Bridge
We proclaim the blessed hope of our Lord's return
We proclaim that He shall raise the dead
We proclaim that death will know its final defeat
Vanquished by the power of our living head.

For when the tomb becomes a womb
And to life anew gives birth
We'll be transformed and be reborn
Christ will raise the sons of earth!

We'll be transformed and be reborn
Christ will raise the sons of earth!
We'll be transformed and be reborn
Christ will raise the sons of earth!

December 31, 2018
Anthony Foster











Friday, December 28, 2018

Doxology (Treasure the Glory)


Doxology (Treasure the Glory)

Lord make me to know your glory,
For my ultimate hope is to see
Here in your gospel the riches it holds
May your glory be revealed to me

So I will rejoice in partaking
In apprehending by grace
The hidden wisdom`s imparted
And into this vessel it`s placed

For you will present us blameless
Before your glorious throne
Where your kavod and your doxa
In majesty will be made known

Treasure the glory, the glory of God
In and above all things
Treasure the worth of the pearl of great price
And forsake all the glories to which the world clings

Now in the face of Christ Jesus
The radiance of glory appears
We long to defer to its eternal weight
O`erwhelmed by magnificent fear!

And so we have hope through the gospel
That in Gods glory we will soon share
For now we will study and seek it
As a treasure thats beyond compare

until other glories that seduce men
All the worlds glories that would compete
With the infinite treasure of Jesus
Fall in pitiful pieces at His feet

Treasure the glory, the glory of God
In and above all things
Treasure the worth of the pearl of great price
And forsake all the glories to which the world clings

Romans 5:2, Jude 24, 1 Thessalonians 2:12, Romans 9:23, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:3, John 17:24, 1 Peter 5:1, Romans 8:21, 1 Corinthians 2:7, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Romans 8:30, 1 Samuel 5:4

Anthony Foster
December 28, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Another Blessed Christmas (With You)


Another year has come and gone
And life has waxed and waned
And every step we’re side by side
Through all we’ve lost and gained.

But Christmas brings back memories
Of  days we’ve celebrated
For we got here together
These are the days for which we waited

We didn’t make the journey all alone
We had a strong companion for we are not our own.
And with the Lord we travelled and with the Lord we’ll  stay
Partakers of the promise that will see us through each day.

This Christmas is a sweet one
As others were before,
Because you’re here beside me
The one that I adore,

And as we face tomorrow
Our hope is ever true
Through happiness and sorrow
There’s Jesus and there’s you!

We will not run our race or rest alone
We have a strong companion, for we are not our own.
And with the Lord we travel on and with the Lord we’ll  stay
Partakers of the promise that will see us through each day!

Love Christmas 2018

Anthony