Monday, August 20, 2018

The Door


We were on the outside
We were trying to get in
But we were carrying a burden
Of death and guilt from sin
We were trying to buy a ticket
We were pounding ten times more
But there's only one way to enter in
By the one who is the door.

Knock and His door shall be opened
Seek and you will find,
If your heart's contrite and needy
And you're know you're weak and blind
Cause it's locked up from the inside
And you don't have a key
But the one who holds the keys of life
Has worked for you and me.

Now there is only one door
Not many like some say
One way through to heaven's gates
That's through the One who is the Way.
The veil of separation
Was parted at his cost
To make a way of entry
And a refuge for the lost.

So lay down all your burdens
Only he can grant you sight
Only he can cleanse you from your Sin
And draw you to the light
Enter in God's Holy presence
What are you waiting for?
Come in from all your wandering
For Jesus is the door.

So call out to the watchman
And kneel down on the floor
Cast yourself upon its threshold
Jesus has become the Door
And He opens into heaven
And He opens into grace
And He opens into glory
And He's made for you a place.

And He opens into heaven
And He opens into grace
And He opens into glory
And He's made for you a place.

Anthony Foster
August 20, 2018





The Commission


The glory of the risen Christ Shows the power of the King
In mercy he has sacrificed Once for all His offering.
And this was to his single purpose- According to His plan
This is truth we shall confess- According to His command

Chorus:
Go therefore and disciple all the nations
Go therefore and baptize those who believe
In the name of the Father and the name of the Son
and the Holy Spirit bid them come
Teach them to obey the Word that you have received.

All authority is His He has the power and the right
To pursue his purpose to its end By the power of his might
According to his kindness According to His grace
He will make disciples In every time and place.

Chorus:
Go therefore and disciple all the nations
Go therefore and baptize those who believe
In the name of the Father and the name of the Son
and the Holy Spirit bid them come
Teach them to obey the Word that you have received.

His kindness is tender His purpose we desire
His power without limit His greatness we admire
We must see and worship the risen Christ.
He is the one you are looking for
We must see and worship the risen Christ.
He is the worthy one He is the Lord.

Bridge:
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Even to the end of the age.

Chorus:
Go therefore and disciple all the nations
Go therefore and baptize those who believe
In the name of the Father and the name of the Son
and the Holy Spirit bid them come
Teach them to obey the Word that you have received.

Anthony Foster
August 20. 2018


Sunday, August 19, 2018

My Way to Glory


Jesus worked my way to glory- God is with me, I am changed
He has closed his ranks about me My whole life is rearranged
No longer an alien, abandoned no longer
No longer a slave to sin My faith's getting stronger.

Jesus worked my way to glory Jesus died to get me there
He did the impossible His resurrection now declares
God is for us not against us, He is with us all the way
To glory I will set my sights- learn to trust and to obey.

Jesus worked my way to glory This is redemptions story
What I could never do he's done My place secured before the throne
The victory is won by God's own Son.

Jesus worked my way to glory This exempts me from God's wrath
Now just as you secured the Way lead me on that righteous path
I'll rest in His resurrection No worldly loss or worldly gain
Nor Satan's lies won't detour me or turn me from His way.

In the life and hope and righteousness that he promised I will trust
It is finished, it's accomplished Now His work declares me just
The unimaginable cost he bore That my joy could be complete
Lord circumcise my heart to love you till I glory at your feet!

Jesus worked my way to glory This is redemptions story
What I could never do he's done My place secured before the throne
The victory is won by God's own Son.


After listening to a devotional by John Piper
Anthony Foster
August 19, 2018









Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ever Loved


Behold what manner of love is given
Look what our Father has done
That we might be called his daughters
That we might be called his sons

Chosen and adopted
We are ever loved
A future and a hope is ours
And a home up above

Now are we God's children,
and it does not yet appear
Beloved, what we shall be:
But we know that, when he draws near

We shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is.
And every man that has this hope
In Him is one of His

He purifies himself, even as he is pure.
He purifies himself, for this is sure:
We are ever loved
We are ever loved
We are ever loved
And this love will endure

1 John 3:1-3
Anthony Foster
August 18, 2018


What We Were Made For


Once there was a garden
Where the presence of the Lord
Was evident everywhere
But an angel with a flaming sword
Now guards the garden's entryway
For mankind was cast out
And the story of the One who is the door
Is what the Bible's all about

But with our souls at enmity
With the God whose image we bear
There was no way we could devise
That could give us entry there
But though the entryway was sealed
And death became the wage of sin
The righteous Son has suffered
That he might make a way back in.

He opened heaven's gateway
God's son who holds the keys
Was slain for us that we might live
And change our destinies.
And now we are forgiven
He takes our guilt away
He justifies us justly
Because the price he paid

He is propitiation
He drank the cup of wrath
And now no condemnation
Can ruin the narrow path
He is the resurrection
And that's what dead men need
Eternal life and a new body
And our spirit now is freed

We approach the throne now boldly
To stand redeemed and cleansed
Before God's grace and glory
In a home that never ends.
This is what we were made for
To enjoy God forever
Fully freely in His presence
In a bond no sin can sever.

Everlasting and immortal
Undying-beyond time
Perpetually persistent
In the presence of love divine.
This is what we were made for
With our Father to abide
Free to enjoy Him fully
Washed clean and purified

Free to enjoy Him fully
Because our Savior died
Free to enjoy Him fully
Forever unified!

1 Peter 3:18
Anthony Foster
August 18, 2018


Devotional by John Piper
Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)

The greatest good of the good news — the gospel — is the enjoyment of fellowship with God himself. This is made explicit here in 1 Peter 3:18 in the phrase “that he might bring us to God.” That’s why Jesus died.

All the other gifts of the gospel exist to make this one possible.

We are forgiven so that our guilt does not keep us away from God.
We are justified so that our condemnation does not keep us away from God.
God is propitiated so that his wrath doesn’t stand between us and God as our Father.
We are given eternal life now, with new bodies in the resurrection, so that we have the capacities for being with God forever and enjoying God to the fullest.

Test your heart. Why do you want forgiveness? Why do you want to be justified? Why do you want the wrath of God to be propitiated? Why do you want eternal life? Is the decisive answer, “Because I want to enjoy God now and forever”?

The gospel-love that God gives is ultimately the gift of himself. This is what we were made for. This is what we lost because of our sin. This is what Christ came to restore.

“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).


Bless His Holy Name!


From the depths of my soul a song rings out
Of his greatness and goodness my voice will shout
Bless God with my heart and not just my mouth
My soul forever will sing!

Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones obey his word,
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
who do the will of the Lord
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of His reign...
Bless the Lord, O my soul-
Again and again and again!

With wonder and awe I will praise His name
With the thoughts of my mind I will do the same
May blessing my God be my one true aim
My soul forever will sing!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

(Psalm 103)
Anthony Foster
August 18, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

Feelings Will Follow


Feelings are fickle and bound to change
The heart is deceitful and this fact remains
It may be a hard saying and harder to swallow
If you focus on facts then feelings will follow
Feelings are sheep who go easily astray
They need a shepherd to guard over their way
Left to our ways in self pity we'd wallow
If you focus on facts then feelings will follow

If we set our minds on things above
On enduring truth and amazing love
When we can feel God's glories shine,
Then will the facts and our feelings align
O what amazing joys we feel
When rightly reckoning what is real
Then the feelings we're meant for will fill up the hollow
If you focus on facts then feelings will follow.

So test everything and hold to what's real
Then shall we know, and taste, and feel
The joys that cannot be expressed.
Examine your feelings - find if they pass the test

There's a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to act and and a time to reflect
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Take some time for a reality check

We have this choice in what we confess
Depressed or distressed or infinitely blessed
Feelings are fickle and that you well know
If you focus on facts then feelings will follow
If you focus on facts then feelings will follow
If you focus on facts then feelings will follow

Anthony Foster
August 17, 2018



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Partakers


In the Gospel we participate
And God works in our hearts
He makes us partakers of grace
And then sets us apart.

For His good pleasure we have lived,
And part of heaven possessed;
Partakers have His grace received,
And trust him for the rest.

Blest are believers who partake of Gospel grace for Jesus' sake;
Their souls shall triumph in the Lord -Glory and joy are their reward.

The souls enlightened from above
Partakers of the Word,
Shall see what wisdom, power, and love
Shine in their dying Lord.

Yes, and we must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus' sake:
O may our souls be found in him,
And of his righteousness partake!

Blest are believers who partake ofGospel grace for Jesus' sake;
Their souls shall triumph in the Lord Glory and joy are their reward.

He is the Sun of Righteousness
New heavens he will make;
None but the new-born heirs of grace
His glories shall partake.

The saints on earth and redeemed dead
But one communion make;
All join in Christ their living Head,
And of his grace partake.

Blest are believers who partake of Gospel grace for Jesus' sake;
Their souls shall triumph in the Lord Glory and joy are their reward.

After Isaac Watts
Philippians 1:6-8
Anthony Foster





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bought By Blood


In vain we seek for peace with God by methods of our own:
Jesus, there's nothing but your blood can bring us near the throne.
You have redeemed our souls with blood, and broke the prisoners chains;
You made us kings and priests to God, and with you we shall reign.

Justice upon a dreadful throne Maintains the rights of God;
While Mercy sends her pardons down, bought with a Savior's blood.
Our souls he washes in his blood, and cleanses every stain;
The Spirit from our God Descends like purifying rain.

Chorus:
So now Immortal glory to God the Son belongs
Bought by Blood shall ever be our neverending song
Lord, cleanse our souls from every sin by our Redeemer's blood;
Now let our flesh and soul commend the honors of our God!

He bought our lives with blood. This is why God's Son came down
Now his own blood hides all our sins, and guilt no more is found.
Blest be the Lamb, my dearest Lord, Who bought me with his blood,
And quenched his Father's flaming sword In his own vital flood.

It cost him death to buy our souls and for sins to atone,
And all the  joys he gives were bought with agonies unknown.
The great compassion of our God like a mighty river rolls;
Here peace and pardon bought with blood Is food for dying souls.

Chorus:
So now Immortal glory to God the Son belongs
Bought by Blood shall ever be our neverending song
Lord, cleanse our souls from every sin by our Redeemer's blood;
Now let our flesh and soul commend the honors of our God!

After Isaac Watts
Anthony Foster
August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Make His Marvels Known


We cannot but speak of what
We have seen and heard
We must declare the good news
The Gospel in the Word

We shall Make His Marvels known Make His Marvels known
We shall proclaim His Righteousness and Make His Marvels known

In goodly word and selfless deed
We work out what Christ works in
And for all He does we'll stand amazed
As he puts to death our sin.

We shall Make His Marvels known Make His Marvels known
We shall proclaim His Holiness And make His Marvels known

We will give a voice to miracles
And the mighty works he's wrought
For what he started He'll complete
To the day for which we've sought

We shall Make His Marvels known Make His Marvels known
We shall proclaim His Power and Might and make His Marvels known

Oh so many blessings we receive
All the good gifts we have known
But best of all He gives himself
In His presence at His throne.

We shall Make His Marvels known Make His Marvels known
We shall proclaim His Blessedness Make His Marvels known

When he returns there'll be no doubt
None shall deny His worth
We will witness to this truth each day
Until Christ returns to Earth!

We shall Make His Marvels known Make His Marvels known
We shall proclaim His majesty And Make His Marvels known!
We shall Make His Marvels known Make His Marvels known
We shall proclaim His majesty And Make His Marvels known!

Anthony Foster
August 13, 2018

The Throne


The whole creation join as one,
To bless the Great I Am
The One who sits upon the throne,
And to adore the Lamb.
His name is called Ancient of Days
Worthy of all honor and praise

Who dares refuse to fear thy name,
Or worship at thy throne?
Thy judgments speak thine holiness
Through all the nations known.
His name is called the Judge of men
His righteous rulings none defend.

Jesus, we bless thy Father's name;
Who is from age to age the same;
What heav'nly blessings from his throne
Flow down to sinners through his Son!
His name is called Immanuel
With us evermore to dwell.

Jesus, Son of God, shall sit
High on his father David's throne;
Shall crush his foes beneath his feet,
And reign to ages yet unknown.
He shall be called Messiah King
The ruler over everything.

The sovereign King of kings,
The Lord of lords most high,
Writes his own name upon
His garment and his thigh:
His name is called The Word of God;
He rules the earth with iron rod.

And now may we, His children dear
Boldly approach the throne of grace
His beloved bride he draws us near
That we may worship face to face
His name is called the Church's head
And by his hand our souls are fed.

Now we approach a spotless God,
And bow before his throne
Our instruments and sacred songs
Rehearse the faithfulness we’ve known
His Name is called Lord Adonai
Now lifted high and glorified.

After Isaac Watts
Anthony Foster
August 12, 2018