Balaam’s Anarchy (Jude 8-11)

Three types of men of whom we read,
Subverting truth in these three ways:
Ungodly words and thoughts and deeds,
Pretend to grace while license seed,
And from Christ’s kingship turn away.

For they have turned to futile dreams,
In libertine defilement,
Who make their bodies full unclean,
Rebellion is the food they glean,
And on anarchy fully bent,

When Satan comes then to accuse,
Stoop not to disrespect your head,
For Michael, standing for the Jews,
Asked only that the Lord rebuke,
When incensed by what Satan said.

Stoop therefore not as foolish beasts,
Abusing all familiar things,
And always on their lusting feast,
While mocking what they can not see,
Swift judgment on them Jesus brings.

Beware of Cain whose bitterness,
Towards God led him to swiftly kill,
Beware of Balaam and his press,
Beware of Karah’s restlessness,
Licentious anarchy instilled.

Receive the words that Jesus gave,
Acknowledge Him as your true head,
For He alone has power to save,
And free us from rebellion’s grave,
And raise our spirits from the dead.

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The Call

What is it that you worship?
You say you worship Christ,
Or is He just your idol,
Who is not in your life?
You wipe Him off on Sunday,
While praying for yourself,
Consumption is your worship,
Your Jesus-on-the-shelf.
But if you are a Christian,
Then why does it not show?
And where is your compassion,
For those who live below?
There is no closet Christian,
But wear the cross with pride.
If Christ is yet your master,
Proclaim you are His bride!
And answer when He’s calling,
And preach Him to the lost,
And work to reap the harvest,
Oh! come and bear your cross!
Release your coward passions,
Say, ‘I surrender all!’
Arise and take His standards,
And follow when He calls.
For He will give you power,
To do what He will show,
Do not cast back your shoulder,
But take the plow and go!

I John 1:1-4: Good News

This boundless, joyous news,
Extravagance of grace,
As lepers bearing food,
Unto a starving race:
Jehovah of the Jews,
To gentiles shows His ways,
And with His grace infused,
Proclaim this news in praise!

Who has always been,
Who we listened to,
Who we all have seen,
Who we touched His wounds,
The Word of life in Him,
Who came to me and you,
To take away the sin,
And in us life renew.

Incarnate life revealed,
In flesh before our eyes,
The covenantal seal,
Of which we testify.
And witness to what’s real,
That Jesus lived and died,
All brokenness to heal,
Who rose again to life!

Then we are joined to Christ,
And through Him partners made,
In fellowship, His bride,
And brothers in His grace,
That joy may full abide,
And joy be full displayed,
Then freely testify,
The grace you have obtained.