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SWEET SARA Written by: Kenny Mitchell (Dedicated to Uplifter Member, SARA GOLDSMITH) SHE SORT OF EASED INTO MY LIFE, HER VOICE SO FULL OF CHEER SHE MADE ME FEEL SO GOOD INSIDE, SO SWEET SHE WAS TO HEAR HER LIFE, THOUGH FILLED WITH HAPPY YEARS, ALSO HAD PAIN; BUT SHE FOUGHT BACK-WON THE BATTLE TO REALLY LIVE AGAIN! HER MIND WAS SHARP, HER PEN WROTE ART, SHE WAS FIRST CLASS BUT HER HEART CRIED OF LONELINESS, THINKING OF HER PAST HER DEAR BELOVED HUSBAND, WHO HAD GONE ON YEARS BEFORE STILL STAYED PACKED INSIDE HER MIND, UNITED FOREVERMORE! SWEET SARA, MY DEAR, HOW WE ALL DO MISS YOUR SMILE. I PRAY FOR THE DAY I SEE YOU WALKING DOWN OUR AISLE! JUST KNOW, WE ALL STILL NEED YOU, YOU MADE OUR DAY BRIGHT. UNTIL YOUR ON YOUR FEET AGAIN, I'LL PRAY FOR YOU EACH NIGHT! DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GO? Written By Kenny Mitchell OH, IT'S SO COLD OUTSIDE, AS THE ALARM PLAYS IT'S TUNE AND, HEAVEN, WOULD REALLY BE JUST STAYING IN BED 'TIL NOON! BUT, IT IS SUNDAY, THE SABBATH DAY, THAT MUCH YOU KNOW- GOT TO GET READY FOR CHURCH, BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GO? YOU STUMBLE INTO THE BATHROOM, THE MIRROR MAKES YOU FROWN YOU HEAR IT START TO RAIN, YES, YOU'LL PROBABLY DROWN! SEARCHING FOR YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL BOOK, YOU STUB YOUR TOE- THE CHURCH BELLS ARE RINGING, BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GO? YOUR CAR IS SO NASTY, AND THERE'S MUD HOLES EVERYWHERE IF IT GETS ANY COLDER, YOU WILL SLIDE ALL THE WAY THERE! YOU KNOW THERE WON'T BE EVEN A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE SHOW; TIME TO VISIT GOD'S HOUSE, BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GO? THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS WILLING TO LEAD US DOWN HIS TRAIL- THE ONE PAVED WITH HEARTACHE-THE FINAL STOP IN HELL! AND IF YOU CHOOSE HIS WAY, AND THROW AWAY YOUR SOUL; ETERNITY IN THE PIT OF FIRE, BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GO? PEACE IN MY VALLEYS Written By Kenny Mitchell WHEN I AM ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP, SO SWEET, BUT YET I KNOW- THAT SATAN'S RIGHT BEHIND, HE WANTS TO SEE ME LOW! I CAN'T LET UP A SECOND, OR LOOK BELOW IN DOUBT, HE FEEDS ON MY FRUSTRATION, HE WANTS TO WEAR ME OUT! BUT EVEN IF I STUMBLE, AS OFTEN I SEEM TO DO; THE LORD IS QUICK TO COMFORT ME, AS LONG AS I STAY TRUE! HE MEETS ME IN THE VALLEYS, WHEN MY HEART IS TORN TO BITS OPENING UP FLOODGATES OF HIS HEALING WATERS, HE REMITS. THE PEACE IN MY VALLEYS, WHEN MY HUMAN WAYS SEEM BLEAK- IS THE RAINBOW REMINDER OF WHO PUT ME ON THE PEAK! AND WHEN I'M IN THOSE VALLEYS WITH MOUNTAINS ALL AROUND- MY PRAYERS ECHO LOUDEST, AND MY PEACE IS EASILY FOUND! "I PRAYED A DIFFERENT WAY TODAY" Written By Kenny Mitchell THIS MORNING AS I TALKED TO JESUS, OPENING UP MY SOUL, I COULDN'T SEE THE HOURS AHEAD, OR HOW MY DAY WOULD GO. SO I THANKED HIM AND PRAYED FOR MY MANY UPLIFTER FRIENDS THEN I PRAYED A DIFFERENT WAY, THAT GAVE ME PEACE WITHIN "DEAR LORD," I SAID "I DO NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING FOR ME." JUST LET ME BE AROUND SOMEONE THAT YOU'VE MADE HAPPILY!" LET GOOD THINGS BE ABUNDANT TO ALL THOSE I COME NEAR... LET ME SHARE THEIR JOY, BECAUSE YOU GAVE THEM CHEER!" I DROVE TO WORK, SATISFIED, PROTECTED AND ENTHUSED. AS TURMOIL FLOWED ALL AROUND ME, I BECAME QUITE CONFUSED MY DAY, ITSELF, WAS GOING WELL, BUT OTHERS, WHAT A MESS! WHEN A PROBLEM WOULD ARISE,I'D SAY,"WE CAN HANDLE THIS!" GOD HAD TAKEN A SIMPLE PRAYER, AND TURNED IT ALL AROUND. PEACE WITH MY JESUS, LET ME HELP MY FRIENDS REBOUND. IN THE MIDST OF THESE DILEMMAS, GOD SHINED RIGHT THROUGH I PRAYED A DIFFERENT WAY TODAY--AND I GOT A DIFFERENT ANSWER, TOO! HE HAS TIME FOR ME Written by Kenny Mitchell HURRY IS THE KEY WORD IN THIS LIFE THAT RUSHES BY, PEOPLE SO TIED UP IN THINGS, AND STILL MORE THEY TRY! WHEN I AM ALL ALONE I SOMETIMES SEE THIS AS JUST A BLUR- BUT JESUS ALWAYS HAS TIME FOR ME, WITH HIM I DO CONCUR. WHEN OTHERS SEEM SO FAR AWAY, SO BUSY WITH THEIR PLANS, I GRAB HOLD OF JESUS, OH, HE HAS THE MOST GENTLE HANDS. AND WE TALK FOR HOURS, HE NEVER SEEMS TO TIRE; YES HE HAS THE TIME FOR ME, EVERY BIT THAT I REQUIRE! ALTHOUGH I DO DEPEND ON HIM, EACH AND EVERY DAY, I'M HUMAN AND I FORGET SOMETIMES, UNLESS MY SKIES ARE GRAY BUT BECAUSE HE IS JESUS AND HIS MERCY IS SO VAST. HE HAS SECURED MY FUTURE AND FORGOTTEN MY PAST! SO HONORED! Written By Kenny Mitchell DEAR GOD, I'M SO UNWORTHY OF ALL YOUR LOVE AND CARE AND YET YOU TAKE THE TIME TO ANSWER EVERY PRAYER. ALTHOUGH I SOMETIMES QUESTION THE WAY IN WHICH YOU DO, I AM SO HONORED TO GET TO SHARE SOME TIME WITH YOU! MY FAITH IS SOMETIMES WEAK AND THE DEVIL TRIES TO SCHEME; BUT WHEN I CALL OUT TO YOU, I KNOW I AM REDEEMED! NO CHANCE COULD I EVER COME CLOSE IN MY MEAGER WAYS- BUT I AM SO HONORED THAT YOU FIND JOY IN JUST MY PRAISE! HEAVEN IS SUCH AN AWESOME LAND, I'M HEADED FOR SOME DAY. IT IS HIS LOVE AND MERCY, NO WAY I COULD REPAY! SO WHEN I GET TO THINKING THAT I'M SUCH A WORTHLESS MESS. I'M HONORED BY MY JESUS, WHO SHARES WITH ME, HIS BEST! WHEN IS MOTHER'S DAY? Written By Kenny Mitchell WE SET ASIDE A DAY EACH YEAR TO HONOR OUR SWEET MOM; WE SEND HER CARDS AND FLOWERS-SHE CRIES WHEN THEY COME. BUT WHAT REALLY MAKES A MOTHER'S DAY, HAPPENS FREQUENTLY- A MOTHER'S BOND WITH HER CHILD, IS SPECIAL EASILY! FROM THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN SHE HAS PRIDE IN HER EYES, EVERY STEP ALONG THE WAY, WE ARE-WITH HER, FIRST PRIZE! THOSE WOBBLY LITTLE FEET FINALLY STANDING ON THEIR OWN IT'S MOTHER'S DAY AGAIN, SHE'S A QUEEN ON HER THRONE! AND WHEN WE'RE ALL GROWN UP-WITH HER HELP ALONG THE WAY. FROM HER, WE LEARNED OF JESUS, AND ALSO HOW TO PRAY. BUT THE VERY BEST OF ALL THOSE DAYS SHE WILL EVER SEE- IS THE DAY WE GIVE OUR HEARTS TO CHRIST! MOM'S JUBILEE! "I AM NOT A REJECT" Written By Kenny Mitchell THE WORLD MAY LOOK UPON ME AND THINK, "MY, WHAT A LOSER!" BUT THE ONE THAT OVERLOOKS ME, IS FAR FROM AN ABUSER. HE LOVES ME LIKE I'M SPECIAL, THE CREAM OF THE CROP; I AM NOT A REJECT, BECAUSE I AM HEADED FOR THE TOP! IF THE WORLD WOULD JUST LOOK CLOSER, AND GAZE INTO MY EYES THEY'D KNOW ALTHOUGH, I'M SORT OF PLAIN, I DO HAVE A SURPRISE FOR ONE DAY, WHEN THOSE NOT LOOKING, THEY'LL FIND ME NOT HERE I AM NOT A REJECT, MY SALVATION MAKES THAT CLEAR! OH, YES, I MAY FAIL MANY TIMES, AND FALL ALL ALONG THE WAY, BUT AS LONG AS I TRUST MY SAVIOR, HE'LL RENEW ME DAY BY DAY. AND THE ONLY KIND OF REJECT THAT I WOULD EVER WANT TO BE. WHEN SATAN COUNTS THE SOULS HE GAINED, IT WON'T INCLUDE ME! I MAY NOT FIT INTO THE PLANS OF MANY EARTHLY FRIENDS, BUT AS LONG AS I GET TO HEAVEN, I WILL GET MY TRUE AMENDS. SO IF I FEEL 'OUT-OF-PLACE', UNWANTED AND UNLOVED; I REJECT THOSE FEELINGS AND DRAW MY BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE! (Dedicated to V.V.) FIRE WORKS! Written By Kenny Mitchell IF YOU WANT TO BE WARMED BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LAMB--- FIRE WORKS! IF YOU WANT TO SAY 'NO' AND TO HELL YOU ARE DAMNED--- FIRE WORKS! IT CAN TAKE THE CHILL RIGHT FROM YOUR BONES! IT CAN BURN YOU FOR ETERNITY AMID YOUR PLEAS AND GROANS! YOU CHOOSE YOUR FLAME AND HOW IT'S USED! STAY IN TOUCH WITH GOD-YOU WON'T BE ABUSED! BUT IF YOU DEAL WITH THE DEVIL--YOU ARE GONNA LOSE---- FIRE WORKS! SO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE FOR ALL TO SEE, JESUS WILL PROVE- FIRE WORKS! A PRAYED-UP CHRISTIAN CAN PUT THE DEVIL ON THE MOVE--- FIRE WORKS! A MILLION HOLY VOLTS FROM THE MASTER'S HAND! CAN SEND A SHOCKING MESSAGE TO OLD SATAN'S BAND! BUT STAY ENERGIZED, DON'T LOSE YOUR JUICE! THE ENEMY STILL HAS A LITTLE TIME ON THE LOOSE! WHEN GOD GETS, READY, LIGHTS THAT FINAL FUSE-THERE WILL BE ---FIREWORKS!!!! SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL Written By Kenny Mitchell OUR LIFE IS LIKE A DOCUMENT THAT WE ALL FILL OUT EACH DAY IT LISTS OUR WORDS, THOUGHTS AND DEEDS-WE MAKE IT OUR OWN WAY AND WHEN THAT DAY IS OVER-WHAT REMAINS IS A DOTTED LINE- IT'S GIVEN TO THE MASTER TO CHECK, AND HOPEFULLY, SIGN. I WONDER HOW MANY PAGES OF OUR LIVES HAD TO BE PUSHED ASIDE. I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES THE MASTER READ AND THEN SADLY CRIED! IT DOESN'T TAKE A LAWYER TO GET A SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL! JUST A PARDON FROM OUR JESUS MAKES FOR EASY SIN REMOVAL. SO AS YOU WRITE YOUR DAILY LOG, PRAY AND TRUST IN THE BOSS- HE DOESN'T NEED A COMPUTER-NOT ONE GOOD PAPER HAS BEEN LOST! AND AT THE END OF YOUR DAY WHEN YOU TURN IN YOUR SHEET- YOU'LL GET HIS SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL-SATISFACTION SO SWEET! ALL ABOUT MY FRIENDS Written By Kenny Mitchell GOD HAS GIVEN ME TREASURES THE KIND YOU NEVER CASH IN- AND I FEEL I NEED TO TALK ABOUT 'YOU'; MY SPECIAL FRIEND. BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE THIS IN YOUR HAND, READING IN RIGHT NOW I HOPE YOU WILL FEEL MY LOVE FOR YOU, THE WAY THAT GOD ALLOWS SOME OF YOU, LIKE SUZIE, TELL ME TRUTH-HELPING LIGHT MY WAY. THERE'S BETTY WITH HER WARM SMILE, WHO CHEERS MANY A DAY! THOSE, LIKE GENNY, WITH A HEART OF GOLD, FAITHFUL AND SO KIND AND I THANK GOD FOR ALL OF YOU, YOU EASE MY WEARY MIND! SOME OF YOU NEED COAXING, LIKE BILL AND SWEET DARLENE! BUT THE PRECIOUS HELP YOU GIVE ME, IS THE BEST I'VE EVER SEEN THOSE OF YOU FROM OUT OF TOWN, LIKE GREG, TORI, AND ADELE. YOUR SUPPORT, LOVE, AND PRAYERS HAVE DONE THIS BODY WELL. I KNOW I CAN'T NAME ALL OF YOU IN THIS SPACE I FILL BUT LIKE NELL, NORMA, MAERENE, AND ZELMA, YOU, TOO, ARE REAL AND REMEMBER THE UPLIFTER IS OUR CHANCE TO SHARE AND UNITE AND DON'T FORGET I LOVE YOU AND WILL PRAY FOR YOU TONIGHT! THAT LITTLE TUG Written By Kenny Mitchell SOME YEARS AGO, WHEN BUT A CHILD, I MET MY DEAREST FRIEND I HEARD HIS WHISPER, I SAW HIS SMILE, AND HIS OUTREACHED HAND AS I CAME TO HIM HE DID NOT GRAB OR PULL ME FORCEFULLY IT WAS JUST A LITTLE TUG ON MY HEART, AND THEN HE SET ME FREE OH YES, HE DID QUITE A NUMBER ON SATAN THAT WONDERFUL DAY! MY JESUS CLEANSED MY SOUL AND SENT THE DEVIL ON HIS WAY. AND WHEN I FIND MY QUIET TIME-AND CALL OUT TO HIM IN PRAYER THAT LITTLE TUG ON MY HEART, REMINDS HE'S STILL THERE! IT'S AMAZING JUST HOW MIGHTY SUCH A LITTLE TUG CAN BE-- IT SAVED ME FROM A LIFE OF SIN, AND WARNS ME CONSTANTLY! WHEN TEMPTATION SLIPS AROUND AND CATCHES ME OFF-GUARD! THAT'S WHEN I FEEL THAT LITTLE TUG AND I ANSWER TO THE LORD. SO, IF YOU DON'T KNOW JESUS, AND YOU KNOW THINGS AREN'T RIGHT IF YOU'VE BEEN FEELING SOME LITTLE TUGS-DON'T PUT UP A FIGHT REACH OUT TO THE SAVIOR-HE WILL SOOTHE YOUR TROUBLED SOUL--- THEN FOLLOW THOSE LITTLE TUGS, LET HIM BE IN CONTROL! THE NEXT BLESSING Written By Kenny Mitchell WHEN YOU'VE HAD A TASTE OF HEAVEN, WHEN JESUS GETS THAT CLOSE THERE IS NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO, I LOVE TO BE GOD'S HOST. AND THOUGH THE TRIALS KEEP COMING, VICTORY'S ON IT'S WAY! THE NEXT BLESSING WILL BE A DOOZY, I GET RADICAL WHEN I PRAY! I DON'T WANT A LITTLE HINT OR 'NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP'; I WANT EXPLOSION IN MY SOUL-A HUNK OF GLORY I CAN KEEP! AND THOUGH SATAN SMEARS MY WINDOWS-MY TEARS OF JOY UNSTAIN- MY NEXT BLESSING'S ON IT'S WAY AND I PREDICT SOME HEAVY RAIN! MY JESUS HAS ALL POWER AND HE'S SO ANXIOUS TO SHARE WITH ME I'D BE SILLY TO IGNORE THAT AND TO GIVE UP SO EASILY! SO, THE DEVIL WINS A ROUND OR TWO, THERE'S ONLY ME TO BLAME MY NEXT BLESSING READY AND WAITING AND LABELED WITH MY NAME! "STAY CURRENT" Written By Kenny Mitchell EACH DAY WE START IN HIGH GEAR AND YET WE STAY BEHIND OUR HOURS ARE FULL OF TENSION, AND A VERY CLUTTERED MIND! WE STACK THINGS UP FOR LATER DATES, AND DO JUST WHAT WE CAN SOMEWHERE IN OUR PILE OF LIFE, WE LOST THE MASTER'S PLAN. THE RENT IS DUE, THE CAR NEEDS FIXED--THE KIDS NEED IT ALL AS WE THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE WE FORGET WHO MAKES THE CALL! IN SERVICE TO OUR SAVIOR EACH DAY HE SHOULD COME FIRST- WITHOUT HIS DIVINE DIRECTION OUR LIVES WOULD BE THE WORST! STAY CURRENT, VISIT OFTEN, HE HAS HEALING, LOVE AND PEACE BY ABIDING MORE WITH JESUS, THE TENSION IT WILL CEASE. SO IF YOU FIND, YOU'RE FAR BEHIND WITH HIM LOW ON THE LIST- IF JESUS CAME BACK TODAY, WOULD YOU BE ONE HE MISSED! "A RAM IN THE BUSH" Written By Kenny Mitchell OUR LORD IS SO VERY FAITHFUL, HE WILL SUPPLY OUR NEEDS; WE STUMBLE AROUND, UNAWARE, IT'S BEST TO FOLLOW HIS LEADS! WE ASK SO MANY THINGS OF HIM, BUT WHEN HE CALLS OUR NAME- WE SEARCH FOR ABRAHAM'S RAM IN THE BUSH-HOPING TO STOP THE PAIN! WHEN THERE'S NO 'RAM IN THE BUSH' WE NEED TO FOLLOW THROUGH 'CAUSE A SACRIFICE IN GOD'S NAME WILL NEVER PROVE UNTRUE. WE MAY NOT SEE THE WAY OUT, BUT THAT'S WHERE FAITH COMES IN; WHEN WE PROVE OUR LOVE TO GOD, YOU'VE SHARED WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND! YOU CAN'T EXPECT 'A RAM IN THE BUSH' WHEN GOD CALLS ON YOU HE'LL NEVER ASK THE IMPOSSIBLE-HE KNOWS WHAT YOU CAN DO! AND WHEN YOU HUMBLY ANSWER HIM WITH 'YES, LORD, I'M HERE!" YOUR BLESSINGS WILL BE SWEETEST, AND HIS STRENGTH WILL STAY SO NEAR! "MISUSE" Written By Kenny Mitchell GOD GAVE ME TWO EYES-TO SEE THE WORLD'S NEEDS- ALONG WITH THE BEAUTY-I MUST SOW THE SEEDS... BUT THESE EYES GET OUT OF FOCUS-VISIONS UNCLEAR- I SEE WHAT I WANT-AND I'M BLIND TO THE TEARS... GOD GAVE ME TWO HANDS-SO MUCH THEY CAN DO LIFTED UP TO HEAVEN I CAN ALWAYS GET THROUGH. SOMETIMES THEY MAY POINT-AND CAUSE SO MUCH PAIN- BUT WHEN THEY'RE HELD OUT IN LOVE-GOD SMILES AGAIN. GOD GAVE ME TWO LEGS AND FEET-SO WHY AM I SITTING? STANDING UP FOR JESUS IS PRAISE HE SHOULD BE GETTING. BUT SOMETIMES IN ANGER, OR IN DOUBT, I START KICKING. I SHOULD BE MARCHING TO ZION-AS THE CLOCK KEEPS TICKING! GOD GAVE ME ONE MIND AND ONLY ONE HEART- SOMETIMES I MESS UP-CAN'T TELL THEM APART! BOTH OF THESE ORGANS HAVE FLEXIBLE STRENGTH-ROOM TO GROW HOW I CHOOSE TO FILL THEM-GOD LETS ME CONTROL! WITH WATERY EYES AND BLOOD-STAINED HANDS- I CAN FALL TO MY KNEES AND MY SAVIOR UNDERSTANDS! WHEN I OPEN MY HEART, ADMIT TO HIM, I HAVE STRAYED HE'LL CLEAR MY HEAD-SHOW ME CALVARY-THE DEBT HE PAID! SO MERCIFUL IS MY GOD, DESERVING MUCH MORE THAN MY ALL! HE WATCHES ME FAIL, BUT TENDERLY PICKS ME UP WHEN I FALL SO I MUST TAKE ALL MY GIFTS THAT MY MASTER HAS GIVEN- AND TRY NOT TO MISUSE THEM-THEY'RE PROPERTY OF HEAVEN! "IT JUST FEELS SO GOOD" Written By Kenny Mitchell DEAR GOD, AS I LOOK UP TO YOU, I KNOW YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL YOU'VE HEARD OUR PRAISE AND OUR PAIN, EVERY TIME WE CALL- THE MORE I CHOOSE TO TALK TO YOU THE MORE I WANT TO SAY; IT JUST FEELS SO GOOD TO GET TO VISIT WITH YOU TODAY! SOMETIMES I GET ALL TIED UP WITH SUCH SILLY EARTHLY CHORES, I BEGIN TO GET THAT EMPTY FEELING, I KNOW THE TIME IS YOURS BUT WHEN I PUSH IT ALL ASIDE, AND SURRENDER MY ALL TO YOU; IT JUST FEELS SO GOOD WHEN YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO! ++++++A TRIP TO AUNT SHARON'S++++++ By Kenny Mitchell LOOKING BACK ON MY LIFE, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN BLESSED; WITH A LOVE FOR MY FAMILY THAT PASSED EVERY TEST. ALTHOUGH LIFE IN MY HOME WAS AS GOOD AS COULD BE, A TRIP TO AUNT SHARON'S WAS ALWAYS SPECIAL TO ME! WHEN I WANTED TO ACT CRAZY OR JUST NEEDED A GOOD LAUGH, A LITTLE WHILE AT HER HOUSE, PUT ME ON THE RIGHT PATH. THE KID'S THEY ALL LOVED ME, THEY ALL TOUCHED MY HEART WE SHARED MANY GOODTIMES, GROWING UP, THEN APART! FROM CLYDE PLAYING DRUMS AND ME ON ELECTRIC GUITAR, TO BURNING SHARON'S WIG HEAD IN A FAKE MOVIE FIRE! WE ALL HAD SO MUCH FUN, HOW COULD WE EVER FORGET; I STILL WISH FOR THOSE DAYS, 'CAUSE I'M NOT GROWN YET! I LONG FOR THE TASTE OF A BIG GLASS OF SHARON'S TEA; I LONG FOR THE WAY THE KIDS ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE ME! THOUGH YOU CAN'T TURN BACK TIME, THE MEMORIES ARE SWEET; AND I KNOW A TRIP TO SHARON'S WON'T EVER BE BEAT! "I KNOW I'M GOING TO HEAVEN" (Written By Kenny Mitchell) THERE IS A MAN IN MY TOWN, HIS NICK NAME IS BIG JIM! AND, ME OF ALL PEOPLE, GOD ASK TO GO WITNESS TO HIM! I KNOCKED ON HIS DOOR AND HE KINDLY ASKED ME INSIDE WE TALKED OF MANY THINGS, FINALLY PUTTING CHIT-CHAT ASIDE. "ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?", I ASKED BIG JIM, AND TO THAT HE HAPPILY REPLIED... "WHY, SURE, I'M GOING TO HEAVEN, I DO JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER CHRISTIAN GUYS.." BROTHER JOHN SURE TELLS SOME WILD JOKES, A LITTLE OFF-COLOR SOMETIMES, BUT HE ONLY TELLS THE MEN FOLKS... LIKE BROTHER MIKE, I TRY TO GET TO CHURCH ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH, TO LET FOLKS KNOW I'M STILL OK." AND THEN I DO JUST LIKE PHILLIP DOES, I KNOW HOW TO PASS THAT EMPTY OFFERING TRAY. AND LIKE DEAR OLD BROTHER GLEASON, I FIGURED OUT THAT IT'S JUST FINE TO TAKE A NAP DURING PREACHING. NOW, PLEASE DON'T TELL MY WIFE, BUT LIKE BROTHER BILL SAID, 'BEING MARRIED DON'T MEAN YOUR STUCK WITH ONE FOR LIFE! "I FIND IT PRETTY EASY TO BE A MODEL CHRISTIAN, AND REALLY, IT'S HARD TO TELL-- WHY SO MANY FOLKS WANT TO LIVE IN SIN, AND FINALLY GO TO HELL!" I FINALLY BROKE IN, "BUT, JIM WHAT ABOUT YOUR SOUL?" HAVE YOU TALKED IT OVER WITH JESUS, ASKED FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS?".... HE SHRUGGED HIS SHOULDERS IN DISMAY AND SAID, "SHUCKS, I GUESS I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT, I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING THEM!" "MY SPECIAL MIRACLE" (Written By Kenny Mitchell) WE ARE ASKED TO CARRY BURDENS, SOME HEAVY, SOME SO LONG- BUT IF WE STAY TRUE TO GOD, HE WILL NEVER DO US WRONG. AND TODAY I CAN CLAIM THE VICTORY-A PRAYER ANSWERED TRUE; I NEEDED BETTER TRANSPORTATION, AS I'VE TOLD MANY OF YOU! SINCE MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, IN FACT, IT WASN'T THERE AT ALL MY PRAYER EACH DAY TO GOD--"DON'T LET MY OLD CAR STALL!" EACH TIME IT STARTED, ON THOSE REALLY COLD, WINTER DAYS WAS ONE MORE REASON I HAD TO GIVE MY DEAR SAVIOR PRAISE! I KNOW MANY OF YOU HAVE PRAYED FOR ME ALONG THESE LINES; A SPECIAL MIRACLE FINALLY CAME, PRAISE GOD, IT WAS MINE! I WILL USE MY LITTLE UPLIFTER MOBILE TO ADVERTISE THE NEWS JESUS TAKES CARE OF HIS OWN, HOLD ON, YOU WILL NOT LOSE!