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THE STAGE IS SET

THE STAGE IS SET
THE PLAYERS ARE READY
THE LIVES ARE TORN APART
THE DESTRUCTION IS IMMINENT

WHERE
will it come from?
WHO
is bringing this about?
WHY
such sorrow?
WHY
won't the plans work out?
WHAT
have we brought upon ourselves?

AND YET
THE HAND OF GOD
STRIKES
IT APPEARS TO STRIKE
WITHOUT
REASON
WITHOUT
MERCY

Haven't we
followed in Your Ways?
Haven't we
walked in Your Footsteps?
Haven't we
taught our children well?
Haven't we
done the Sacraments?

AND YET
THEIR LIVES REVEAL
A
HEART
THAT
IS
NOT
THE FATHER'S

THEIR LIVES REVEAL
A
HEART
THAT IS HARD
HARD AS STONE


THERE IS
NO
LOVE

THE WORD
IS
SPOKEN
THE CALL
IS
MADE
TO
LOVE YOUR BROTHER
AS
YOURSELF
AND YET
THERE IS
NO
LOVE

THERE IS
NO
SACRIFICE

THERE IS
NO
LAYING DOWN YOUR LIVES

BUT
I
TELL YOU THIS DAY
I
WILL CREATE
A
PLUMB-LINE

I
WILL CREATE
A
STANDARD
OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS
AND
SACRIFICE

I
WILL CREATE
WITHIN MY BODY A STANDARD
AND
I
WILL JUDGE
ALL
ACCORDING TO THIS STANDARD
FOR
I
MUST HAVE LIVES
THAT ARE
SURRENDERED

I
MUST HAVE LIVES
THAT WILL
PAY THE PRICE

I
MUST HAVE LIVES
THAT WILL
MAKE THE SACRIFICE
OR
THERE IS
NO
LOVE

LOVE
PAYS THE PRICE

LOVE
MAKES THE SACRIFICE

LOVE
IS
NOT
JUST A WORD
OR
AN
EMOTION
OR
A
FEELING

LOVE
IS
COMMITMENT
TO THE
ONE TRUE GOD
TO
THE LIVING GOD
TO
GIVE UP ALL
TO
HONOR
THE FATHER

I
GAVE IT ALL UP
I
CAME DOWN
I
SURRENDERED
I
SACRIFICED
I
SHED MY BLOOD

I
DO
NOT
REQUIRE
THE
SHEDDING OF BLOOD
BUT
I
DO REQUIRE
THE SACRIFICE

I
DO REQUIRE
THE LIFE LAID DOWN
AT
MY CROSS
AT
THE FOOT
OF
MY CROSS

I
DO CALL
YOU TO STAND UP
AND
DEFEND
MY NAME

I
DO CALL
FOR YOU
TO BE
A
TRUE CHRISTIAN
NOT SOMEONE
WITH
A
BUMPER STICKER

NOT SOMEONE
WHO
SPEAKS THE WORDS
WHO
CAN RECITE
THE BIBLE VERSES
BUT
SOMEONE WHO
WILL GIVE
ALL
TO
DEFEND
MY NAME

I'M
CALLING
MY ARMY TOGETHER
I'M
CALLING
AND
I'M
WAITING FOR THEM
TO
RESPOND
SO FEW
ARE
RESPONDING

I
CALL
AND
I
CALL . . .
BUT
THEY ARE BUSY

THEY WILL
NOT
LAY DOWN
THEIR RELIGION
THEIR TRADITIONS

THEY WILL
NOT
LAY IT
ALL
DOWN

I
WILL NOT HONOR
THOSE
WHO DO
NOT
HONOR
ME

I
WILL TAKE
FROM THEM
THEIR POSSESSIONS
THEIR LOVED ONES

I
WILL TAKE
FROM THEIR LIVES
ALL
THAT THEY OWN
ALL
THAT THEY POSSESS
ALL
THAT THEY PUT
BEFORE
ME

I
WILL TAKE
FROM THEM
AND
I
WILL FIND
MY TREASURED POSSESSION

I
WILL FIND
THOSE WHO
WILL FALL AT MY FEET
IN
LOVING SURRENDER
WHEN
I
TAKE IT ALL

I
WILL FIND
MY OWN
THE PURE ~ THE BRAVE ~ THE REBELLIOUS

THE
ONES WHO WILL
GO
AGAINST THE RELIGION
GO
AGAINST THE GRAIN
GO
AGAINST THE POWER
OF
THE EVIL ONE

THAT WILL
STAND TALL
AND
DECLARE
THAT
I AM
FAITHFUL
EVEN WHEN 10,000 FALL AROUND THEM
THEY WILL STAND
TALL

THEY WILL STAND
IN
MY POWER
AND
IN
MY STRENGTH!

THEY WILL STAND
IN
MY FAVOR
IN
MY RIGHTEOUSNESS!

THEY WILL STAND
AND
I
WILL STAND
WITH
THEM!

I WILL STAND WITH THEM!!!


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