Defeating Every Enemy

The gladiator stands his ground
Defeating all who come around
He roars a valiant vict’ry sound
The champion of all

The colosseum stands and cheers
The gladiator proudly hears
He pounds his chest and shows no fear
He stands both proud and tall

There was one man who came before
The gladiator took the floor
He came to open different doors
A meek and mild man

The crowd did cheer to have him die
They shouted out to crucify
The devil laughed an evil cry
And made his final stand

He struck the man with whips of stone
The bruises bashed right to the bone
A crown of thorns denounced his throne
He gave himself away

Up on a cross them hung him high
Nails in His hands and feet applied
A spear pierced through his fleshly thigh
He spoke that he forgave

They laid him in a borrowed tomb
The sealed it shut with stone of doom
The guards did watch all night of gloom
To ensure no escape

But when the stone did roll away
He rose again a victor great
The greatest champion was raised
From death He had escaped

Alive forevermore is He
Defeating every enemy
Providing grace and His mercy
To all who trust in Him

To all who would just call His name
Jesus will come and freedom claim
For you today, just give Him Praise
For in Him we all win

Just Abide

The Master dead
What a tragedy
What now?

No words of encouragement
No teaching remembered
Where can I draw strength?

My friend in the grave
He left before his work was done
Why did he have to die?

I have been seen with him
They think I am guilty too
What will I do now?

They will be looking for me
They will be relentless
What will the rest of my life hold?

He was so good to us
He always encouraged us
How can I go on?

I loved him so much
My soul cries out for comfort
To whom shall I turn?

He always told us to have hope
He always told us not to worry
How long must I hide?

I will just abide
I will go until tomorrow
I will take one day at a time
I will trust him
Even though he’s dead

A Day Gone Bad for Good

I’ve often had a day that I consider bad
Not a thing goes quite the way that I would wish it had
When I look back at one day that happened long ago
My bad day seems quite beautiful compared to what I’ll show

It started with betrayal from a friend that he held dear
Then a walk to a garden where he prayed with many tears
He asked his closest friends to pray with him as one
But they just fell asleep so he had to pray alone

Soon soldiers had arrived with that friend who turned away
A kiss upon his cheek was the clue that he’s the prey
After a brief scuffle all those with him turned to flee
He was taken captive by a Roman enemy

Early in the morning several trials now were held
Religious leaders found men who would fashion lies to tell
They beat him and the spit on him as he remained quite still
They charged him with blasphemy and took him down the hill

Just before the dawn the second trial took place
That Roman procurator found him guiltless to his face
Sent him back to Herod who did not know what to do
Back to the Roman who decided pain was due

They scourged him with a whip laced with chips of stone
Then placed upon his head a crown of longest thorns
Bloody and so tired he faced a crowd he’d seen
Just five days ago they had praised him in the streets

This time they would choice between him and some known thief
They chose the other guy and gave him no relief
Crucify him was their cry and they strapped on him a cross
He bowed under its weight and another helped him up

They made it to the place that others were to die
They drove through hands and feet long and painful spikes
The cross was set upright and the terror now began
Only nine am and what a day he had not planned

He hung there for six hours and many words he spoke
He asked God to forgive them for the life that they forsook
Halfway through the sky turned dark in middle of the day
The final act was written it is finished he did say

They laid him in a borrowed tomb and set a guard to watch
The tomb wad sealed with one large stone so no one could approach
His day was over and to us it looks so very bad
But truly it’s the best day that we have ever had

We call this day Good Friday for our sins were washed away
Our healing was provided by the stripes He took that day
Deliverance from all our enemies was now ensured
His death became our victory for all of time secured

So sing aloud your praises for this worst of any day
Remember what had happened when you’re stuck in nasty days
Rejoice in all your trials and worship His great name
Jesus Christ endured the cross to take away your pain

New Covenant

The day has come
Prepare the feast
We celebrate
Egypt’s defeat

The Passover
Is here today
A meal prepared
To eat and pray

The room prepared
The table set
Jesus arrives
With closest friends

He stoops down low
He washes feet
Some think not them
They try retreat

The servants’ way
Jesus explains
Is what He came
To teach and train

After the meal
He takes the bread
This is my flesh
New Covenant

He takes the cup
This is my blood
To cleanse your sin
It is enough

They leave the room
As Jesus talks
When all is said
They end their walk

In Garden dark
He bows his head
Thy will be done
Not mine He said

My Heart Belongs to Him

Sometimes I wake up in the night
And I just want to praise Him
He’s done so many wondrous things for me
Perhaps that’s how it was that day
So many years ago
When Jesus came to town for all to see

The people heard of Lazarus
Christ raised him from the dead
They also heard He’d come to town that day
They lined the streets to welcome Him
Palm branches lifted high
They shouted as He passed along the way

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna to the King
We worship and adore you
We wave an offering
We lay our palms before you
We bow down at your feet
Jesus you are welcome here today

The priests and Pharisees
Were not at all impressed
They questioned all this praise for just a man
But Jesus silenced them
These simple words He said
The rocks would praise if quiet they remained

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna to the King
We worship and adore you
We wave an offering
We lay our palms before you
We bow down at your feet
Jesus you are welcome here today

I need to welcome Him
Into my heart today
The stony heart must now be rolled away
He’s coming here for me
My future in His hands
My heart belongs to Him this glorious day

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna to the King
We worship and adore you
We wave an offering
We lay our palms before you
We bow down at your feet
Jesus you are welcome here today

Rolling Stones

The men were aghast
When Jesus had asked
That they roll away the stone
They did what He said
But then they all fled
For fear of a stink from the tomb

Then Jesus looked higher
He prayed to the Father
To glorify Himself today
He called Lazarus
Come forth from the grave
The people were soon all amazed

Lazarus walked out
There was no doubt
He had risen from the dead
They slowly unwrapped
His body in tact
And praised God for this great event

About two weeks later
In a scene much greater
Another stone was rolled away
It was not a man
But by angel’s plans
The stone was rolled back from the grave

When Peter arrived
With John by his side
The empty tomb greeted them there
Mary had been there
She looked everywhere
Then an angel said shed not a tear

Jesus has risen
Just as he said
You’ll not find the living among the dead
Go and I’ll meet you
In Galilee
Then you will go His story to spread

As she hurried off
Jesus appeared
He stopped and told her not to fear
He is alive
For all to see
Soon all the world will be longing to hear

Two stones rolled away
Two dead men alive
Two miracles made
Two moments in time

Our stones can defeat us
Our stones hold us back
But God has the answer
Your stone He’ll attack

He’ll roll it away
By man or His power
You’ll rise once again
Through His grace this hour


The Stone Was Rolled

He came to Bethany that day
He heard the news but then delayed
His good friend sick in bed did lay
He waited several days

Then He heard His friend was dead
He then did go to see His friend
He knew what God would do ahead
His perfect plan was laid

The sisters of His friend did weep
They knew their brother did not sleep
They laid him in a tomb to keep
And rolled a stone to seal

They met Jesus on the way
If you had been here he’d be safe
They wept as they showed Him the place
Where the tomb was sealed

Jesus wept then raised His eyes
He prayed that God be glorified
He looked the men right in the eye
Now roll away that stone

When it was moved He made a cry
Lazarus come forth to life
The dead came forth with head held high
Unwrap him and go home

A few days later Christ was dead
His borrowed tomb was sealed in dread
A stone slab had become His bed
But He had other plans

An angel came and rolled the stone
Jesus came forth to gain His throne
Death was defeated, sin atoned
Now on His word we stand


At The Foot Of The Cross – Music Video

I wrote this song back in 2014 and am truly hopeful that one day it will be in a hymnal somewhere.  It is a beautiful Good Friday or Easter hymn about the precious blood of Jesus.  Here are the words and the video (the best I can do with my limited talent)

At the foot of the cross, the blood drips down
From the nails in his feet and the thorns in his brow
A crimson pool gathers there on the ground
At the foot of the cross.

There is forgiveness at the foot of the cross
Mercy unending, at such a great cost
Grace everlasting, eternal and free
At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross, my tears pour out
I am free from my fear, free from my doubt
I found a Savior to turn me about
At the foot of the cross

There is forgiveness at the foot of the cross
Mercy unending, at such a great cost
Grace everlasting, eternal and free
At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross, I now kneel in prayer
To my wonderful savior, who died for me there
He has risen to Heaven, and will soon take me there
From the foot of the cross.

There is forgiveness at the foot of the cross
Mercy unending, at such a great cost
Grace everlasting, eternal and free
At the foot of the cross

A Humble Act

I cannot think of Jesus without thinking of His birth

He left His heav’nly home to become a babe on earth

The worship of the angels was replaced by shepherds praise

As they laid Him in a manger filled with hay 

What a humble act

The Fathers love displayed 

That Christmas day

I cannot think of Jesus without thinking of His life 

He healed all those who came and made the dead alive 

He taught about the kingdom as He walked from town to town 

Authority displayed on earthly ground

What a humble act

The Fathers love relayed

To all who pray

I cannot think of Jesus without thinking if His pain 

They beat Him and they whipped Him again and again

A crown of thorns they placed as the blood rushed down His face

Carrying His cross in such disgrace

What a humble act

The Fathers will obeyed

His Son He gave

I cannot think of Jesus without thinking of His death

The nails were through His hands and feet He struggled for His breath

Father please forgive them came His plea before He died 

Then He gave His life for you and I

What a humble act

The Fathers grace came down 

Became our own

I cannot think of Jesus without thinking that He lives 

The stone was rolled away and His body was amiss

He showed Himself to thousands for death had no hold on Him

Victory over death and hell was His

What a triumph song 

The Fathers power to save 

Up from the grave

I always think of Jesus because He walks with me

Keeping me from harm through every stormy sea

He tells me that He loves me and His grace will cover me

He comforts me with His gentle peace

What a loving Savior 

What a faithful friend

Lord of all creation

With me ’til the end