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Christ the King Church is a fellowship of Christian believers. We are committed to the good news . . . that God is good, and He saves sinners. We meet on Sundays at 4:oo pm. The service is followed by a potluck.

Psalm 34 . . . by Kiki Mackey

Our call to worship tonight is from Psalm 34, verses 8 though 10: 

O taste and see that the Lord is good;

How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;

For to those who fear Him there is no want.

10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;

But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.

 

Last week our call to worship was a plea from the psalmist to make God seen. In this same Psalm we are given a description of what this is God is like—He is good. It says here that to those who fear and seek God no good thing is held back from them. 

 

The dictionary and thesaurus try and give a picture of what good is by some of the following words and definitions:

Of a favorable tendency or character; bountiful, handsome, attractive, not depreciated, free of injury or disease, something that can be relied upon, profitable, advantageous, agreeable, pleasant, full, true, adequate, loyal, honorable, and satisfactory... just to name a few. 

 

It is splendid to consider that the Lord would give us such things.  

Yet there are times that we feel like the lions in these verses, who—though they are at the peak of their strength, suffer from not having enough. And in these feelings our worship to God is threatened by the belief that God has not really given us good things. 

 

It is then our charge to go back to the beginning and grasp the tangible reality that God is good. Taste it—see it—be blessed by taking refuge in Him!

For whether or not we can see profitableness for what we are currently given, we trust that He who works all things for good is working on our behalf.

For God Himself is good: favorable of character, bountiful, free from depreciation, able to relied upon, pleasant, full, adequate, and satisfactory. And at the end of the day, God does not withhold good from us because He has not withheld Himself from us. 

Our God is good. Let us strive to make that seen and experienced in our worship together tonight. 

Light of the World . . . by Joseph Littlefield

 

 

Light of the World

In the beginning of time

The Word spoke saying,

“Let there be light”

And light broke forth through the darkness.

 

In the continuing of time

The Word, through the prophets, spoke saying,

“The Light comes soon”

Promising a rescue from sin’s darkness.

 

In the zenith of time

The Word spoke saying,

“I am the Light”

Piercing sin’s darkness by piercing His flesh.

 

In the culmination of time; in the time beyond time

The Word will speak saying,

“My Light shall be forevermore.

No need for stars, no need for sun.  

My light is perfect light.  My light is infinite light.  My light is ultimate light.

Darkness is conquered.

The finished work is fully lit.”

 

All from Jesus . . . by Joseph Littlefield

 

 

All from Jesus

Jesus:  

Creation was spoken into being by Him.

It is held together because of Him.

And it all exists for Him.

 

Jesus:

The fallen world waited on Him.

The Old Testament hinted of Him.

Time built up awaiting Him.

 

Jesus:

Everything is referenced to Him.

It is all affected by Him.

It will all culminate with Him.

 

Jesus:

Sin’s solution is nothing other than Him.

Death’s end comes through Him.

Satan’s fate is dealt by Him.

 

Jesus:

The Church is built upon Him.

The Bride is prepared for Him.

His family is grown because in Him.

 

Jesus:

The throne of Grace is accessed through Him.

The Father’s love is brought because of Him.

Our heavenly citizenship is made by Him.

 

Jesus:

Our breath is borrowed from Him.

Our voices are to sing to Him.

Our lives are to live for Him.

 

Jesus:

Our significance is brought through Him.

Our satisfaction comes from Him.

Our greatest longings are met in Him.

 

Jesus:  Jesus.

Our punishment was paid by Him.

Our justification is secured in Him.

Our freedom is gained because of Him.

Our forgiveness comes through Him.

Our redemption is bought by Him.

Our adoption is on account of Him.

Our new life exists in Him.

Our inheritance is given from Him.

Our eternal home is being prepared by Him.

Our destiny is settled because Him.

Our final state will be with Him.

 

Jesus.  Jesus.  Hallelujah Jesus.

Worthy because of His Blood . . . by Joseph Littlefield

Worthy Because of His Blood

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders…He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reignb on the earth.” Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”  The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.


 

When we are in times of great distress, let us remember the elder’s timeless words, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”  The reason why He is able to open the scroll is because He was slain, and with His blood purchased us for Himself.  He is worthy and capable of dealing with all of our needs – not because He was a good teacher, not because He was a nice guy, not because He did miraculous things but because He, as God, was killed for us.  In God’s economy sacrifice is the greatest sign of love and love is the greatest power in all the world.  That is why He is worthy to come into our lives, in the middle of our tears and to bring triumph.

 

Faint Whisper . . . by Joseph Littlefield

The Faint Whisper

 

In Psalm 19, the writer tells us that “the heavens declare the glory of the Lord.”  However, Job 26 says that creation is but “a faint whisper” of who God is.  So which is it? Does creation boldly speak about the Lord as we are told in Psalm 19 or is it actually just a hint of the Lord as we read in Job 26?

In reality it is both.  In reality, the sovereign, omnipresent, eternal, transcendent Lord of the Bible is clearly seen in what He created.  But the sovereign, omnipresent, eternal, transcendent Lord of the Bible is so sovereign, so omnipresent, so eternal and so transcendent that all that creation can muster up to proclaim Him does not begin to paint His full picture.  Though creation sings of Him the song does not encompass Him.

If every person who has ever lived raised their voices, as one, to bellow out an anthem of His praises; and if the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas and every other peak and valley of this world added its pristine bass line it would not be enough.  If planets soared together in perfect rhythm; and if every sun and all the stars of all the galaxies provided the special effects it would not be grand enough.  If earthquakes trembled in time with the notes; and if comets flared and solar systems burst with crescendos of joy; if black holes reversed their direction and exploded with the worthiness of the Lord; it would not speak boldly enough.  If every miniscule sub-atomic particle of everything, everywhere, from every age, for all eternity pulsed together to the melodious proclamation of His power and His wisdom and His beauty and His honor and His glory and His love; it would not be a sufficient song.  It would not cover it.  It would not be enough.  It would still be just a hint of who He is.  He made all of everything from nothing; His words – The Word bringing everything into existence.  The whole glorious, vast, magnificent realm of creation is not His equal – not all of it nor anything else ever will be.  He alone is God. 

His Eternal Magnificence . . . by Joseph Littlefield

His Eternal Magnificence

In the 19th chapter of the book of Acts we read that a businessman named Demetrius, in the city of Ephesus, was extremely concerned about what the Apostle Paul was saying.  He roused a crowd to the brink of violence; saying that “there is danger …that [the great goddess Artemis] may even be deposed from her magnificence [by Paul’s words].”  The great goddess Artemis might have been deposed of her magnificence by the mere words of Paul.  Demetrius thought one man’s words might topple a god’s glory.  A tiny human would oust a massive deity.  The divine would be crushed by a finite creature? What an utterly absurd thought.

Reality is not so with our God.  For the true God; the God of the Bible; the God in whom we move and breathe and have are being; the God who is the Alpha and Omega; the God who is before all things and above all things and in whom all things hold together; the God who has not been fashioned by human hands; that God will not be deposed of His magnificence by anything.  We need not fear that He will be thwarted by some man’s words.  We need not worry that the creator of the Universe, the infinitely sovereign Lord who for all eternity is praised as worthy and for all eternity is sung of as holy will be in anyway overthrown from His position by the small words of a small human.  God’s words brought everything from nothing.  His words bring hope to the hopeless.  His words bring meaning and order and beauty.  His words are power.  His words are life.  He is the only true king.  Nothing said by anyone or anything will change that.  He will never be unseated.

 

Eternity's Song . . . by Joseph Littlefield

Eternity’s Song

 

When the sun lies down upon the western hills

When the waterfall has its relentless spill

When the moon arises in the sky so still

It is a whisper of you to me

 

When the hawk floats by with the lofty clouds

When the meadow’s blanket is a golden shroud

When the ice covered limb is earthward bowed

It is a veiled portrait for me to see

 

When the newborn rests in her mother’s hands

When the starlit ceiling is a vast expanse

When the loon’s cry echoes its final stand

It is a faint hint of who you are

 

When the sea’s ablaze with a crystal fire

When scarlet gems dot the bramble briar

When fresh fallen snow is the hill’s attire

It is a glimpse of you from afar

 

But when the Perfect One hung from a tree

When He stretched out battered on Calvary

When, through the spear, was death decreed

Your song came louder, Your voice rang clear

 

When the temple veil was ripped in two

When the earth trembled and midnight grew

When the slaughtered Lord went in a tomb

The canvas stretched and Your heart appeared

 

And when the grave surrenders to the King

When all hell crumbles and victory rings

When the Lamb is seen atop everything

All that exists will take up His true song

 

The mountains and oceans will find harmony

Every child of the King, all the beasts and trees

All will join together in His symphony

Rising as one grand orchestra throng


 

The Cross is God’s masterpiece for all to sing

Creation the vapor, Christ the real thing

 

The End is a Promise of Hope . . . by Joseph Littlefield

The End is a Promise of Hope

In our world of uncertainty and fear let us find courage in the future promised to us.  In our world of corruption and pain let us find hope in our guaranteed end.  In our world of loss and sadness and cruelty and death, let us find comfort in the Comforter who is beyond our world and before our world and above our world.  The end is coming and we are in His hands.  

Revelation 21: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more…”  5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son…22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb…25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there…

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price…20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

Come Lord Jesus, Come

 

What God Offers . . . by Joseph Littlefield

What God offers to sinful, bankrupted strangers like us is more than we can fully fathom.  It is full and beautiful and manifold and glorious - just as He is.  

We began with a payment of death that we had no means to pay; an eternity of suffering would not touch it.  For this infinite cost, by way of the infinite Christ, our infinite debt was infinitely paid.  It is wiped away.  The payment is complete.

And we were guilty of the highest form of highest treason – rebellion and wickedness perpetuated against an infinitely pure God.  For this infinite crime, God, by way of Christ’s infinite work, acted as the Great Judge, declaring us not guilty – we’ve indeed been made infinitely innocent of all wrong doing.

And we are born as orphans.  Not just orphans but foreigners to God.  Not just foreigners but enemies; enemies of God Himself.   We were utterly alone.   But by the glorious Christ we have glorious adoption.  We are no longer alone.  We are no longer enemies but we are friends.  We are not just friends but His beloved children; full heirs to the God of Heaven.

God paid our fine; taking away our debt – but He did more.  He declared us innocent of everything – but He did more.  He made us part of His family; His precious children.  In the courtroom beyond time, He stepped down from the bench and entered humanity; paying the penalty with His very own blood – but He did more.  Back at His bench His righteous words rang out “Innocent!”, and His eternal gavel sealed our fate – but He did more.  He then turned back to us and clothed us in His own robes, held us close and whispered in our ear, “Come child.  Come home child.  Come, let’s eat together.”

And for all eternity that will be what He continues to offer us; a blessed meal with a perfect Father.

The Transcendent Immanent God . . . by Joseph Littlefield

The Transcendent Immanent God

Some religious “gods” are thought to be deities afar off.  They are over all things and perhaps powerful, like the imposing Allah of Islam.  Or they are so removed from our world that they are likened to the uninvolved, impersonal god of the deist; who began things but has left us alone ever since.  These gods have transcendence and that is all.

Other religious gods are deities who are close to us.  They may be thought of as a Santa Claus in the sky – if you will- here to indulge our every fancy.  The Greek mythological characters were thought to be involved in this world, affecting its course.  But they were, in fact, no more than highly imperfect humans on a grand scale.  They were drunkards and liars and adulterers and worse.  They were very immanent but did not possess a transcendence lifting them above us.

I wish not for either type of god.  I wish, instead, for what our hearts long for.  I wish for the God of reality.  I wish for the Triune God who is true; a God who is both transcendent and immanent as only He can be.  The true God is the one spoken of by Isaiah – high and lifted up, full of holy glory whose thoughts are above our thoughts and whose ways are beyond our ways.  He brought everything into being and holds all things together.  He is truly transcendent.  Yet, He is also the God spoken of as the God who took on flesh.  He stooped low to enter humanity in the most immanent way possible.  And on the day of Pentecost He went stooped even further.  He went beyond just being among us to making His dwelling inside us.

This is the true God.  He is immanent and transcendent.  No imposter is like Him.  None should be worshipped but Him.

The Pinnacle of Eternity . . . by Joseph Littlefield

 

 

Calvary is the hinge of all eternity.  The Cross is the single most significant event ever.  The Universe was spoken into existence for it.  All Scripture points to it.  We find true meaning in it.  Sin is dealt with by it.  Death is killed because of it.  Satan’s end is sealed with it.  Life is purchased through it.  Forgiveness comes to us by it.  Hope ushers forth from it.  All things work together for good because of it.  An eternity of praise won’t exhaust it.

It is the greatest pinnacle in all existence.  Calvary is the highest of heights.  It is the deepest of depths.  The Cross is the greatest of all things great.  It is the most amazing of all things amazing.  Nothing surpasses it.  Nothing overshadows it.  Nothing matches it.  Nothing confounds it.  Nothing detracts from it.

It is the ultimate statement of our Lord.  It is the most distinguishing event ever.  It shows that which our Lord possesses and none of the imposters do.  It is the purest, weightiest, most dazzling masterpiece of grace.  It is, in fact, the very definition of grace.  All other things gracious are only so to the extent they are like the Cross, to the extent they are like Jesus;  Jesus who embraced this Cross and endured the pinnacle of all things evil that by the pinnacle of all things gracious He might hinge eternity and show Himself as the single and sole savior of the world.

From Eternity Past . . . by Joseph Littlefield

From Eternity Past

Before crucifixion existed the plan to use it did.  Before Israel was made the choice to work through her was.  Before an old man was given a new promise the One of promise gave all life.  Before the Garden and before the serpent and before the fall; all was set, the serpent lost and the fall was righted.  For in eternity past, the Holy One was planned as the seed of the woman, the blessing of Abraham, the Son of David, the sacrificial, slaughtered Lamb of God.  The cross was always the plan.

We look back and see, with hearts of praise, what was looked on and decided by the mighty, magnificent, most Holy triune God.  The cross was set as the way, long before the confines of time, by the one wise to ordain it, the one obedient to endure it, and the one powerful to seal it.