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by: Kenny Mitchell---April 29, 1993 HE IS MY WARMTH IN THE WINTERTIME- WHEN THE SNOW HAS BLEACHED THE GROUND. HE IS MY COOL BREEZE IN SUMMER- WHEN THE SUN'S ALWAYS HANGING AROUND. WHEN THE NIGHTTIME COMES, I FEEL HIS GUIDING LIGHT JESUS IS MY ANSWER TO EVERYTHING THAT'S RIGHT! EVERYTHING I'VE EVER NEEDED- YES, JESUS, MY LIFE HE COMPLETED! ITS AMAZING TO KNOW HE CONTROL'S IT ALL! WITH HIM, I AM LIVING LIFE AT IT'S BEST! JUST TRY JESUS, I KNOW YOU'LL BE IMPRESSED! HE'S THE EVERYTHING WE'VE NEEDED ALL THE WHILE! HE IS TENDERNESS TO ME- WHEN THIS OLD WORLD GIVES ME A FROWN! HE'S MY GUIDANCE WHEN MY EAGERNESS NEEDS TO BE SLOWED DOWN. WHEN I LOOK UP TO HIM, I FEEL HIS LOVING TOUCH! JESUS STOPS THE PAIN, AND I LOVE HIM, OH SO MUCH! EVERYTHING I'VE EVER NEEDED- HE TOOK ALL MY SINS, NOW THEY'RE DELETED! IT'S AMAZING TO KNOW HE LOVE'S US ALL! IF YOU WILL JUST GIVE HIM A CHANCE- WITH JESUS, THERE ARE NO 'I CAN'TS'! HE'S THE EVERYTHING WE'VE NEEDED ALL THE WHILE! GOD HAS HIS EYE ON YOU By: Kenny Mitchell---May 1, 1993.... WHEN YOU GO TO CHURCH, EVEN THOUGH YOU FEEL BAD- GOD HAS HIS EYE ON YOU! WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR TEMPER AND REALLY GET TOO MAD- GOD HAS HIS EYE ON YOU! WHEN YOUR DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND SENDING UP PRAYER- GOD HAS HIS EYE ON YOU! IT'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE, BUT YOU'RE NOT THERE- GOD HAS HIS EYE ON YOU! IF WE COULD FACE THE LORD-EYE TO EYE! WOULD HE BE SMILING OR STARTING TO CRY? THE THINGS WE DO, THE THINGS WE SAY; ARE ALWAYS NOTICED BY SOMEONE EACH DAY! THE GOOD WE DO OR THE HARM WE CAN CAUSE- COULD MEAN THE DIFFERENCE IN A SOUL THAT IS LOST! SO, IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN-BETTER STAY TRUE BLUE- BECAUSE, MY FRIEND, GOD HAS HIS EYE ON YOU! THE UPLIFTER TRIBUTE by: Kenny Mitchell ---- May 9, 1993 I START OUT WITH A SILENT PRAYER, TO PUT MY MIND IN GEAR; SEARCHING THROUGH THE BIBLE, I FEEL GOD SO NEAR! AS MY COMPUTER SCREEN SHOWS THE NAMES ON MY MAILING LIST; I PRAY FOR EACH OF THEM, IN HOPE'S THEIR LIVES ARE BLESSED! I SCAN THROUGH THE LETTERS FROM THOSE OF YOU THAT CARE; THEN, WITH GOD'S HELP, THE WORDS COME THAT I CHOOSE TO SHARE! WHEN A POEM IS COMPLETED, OR A VERSE COMING SHINING THROUGH- I THANK GOD ABOVE, FOR AGAIN, HELPING ME IN WHAT I DO! WE ALL GO THROUGH OUR TRIALS, THIS LIFE IS NOT A BREEZE; BUT WHEN THERE IS A FRIEND CLOSE BY, IT PUTS OUR MIND AT EASE I WANT TO BE THAT FRIEND, WITH THE UPLIFTER AS MY TOOL, WITH THE BIBLE AS MY HELPER, AND PRAYER AS MY FUEL! AS I SIGN AND WRITE IN EACH LETTER, GOD BLESSES ME SO MUCH AND I HOPE AND PRAY EACH WEEK, THAT YOUR HEART IS TOUCHED! OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, GOD'S GIVEN YOU TO ME! LET'S WORK TOGETHER, SPREADING THE NEWS-'JESUS SETS YOU FREE! TO ALL MY LOYAL READERS, I TRIBUTE THIS POEM TO YOU! AND I HOPE THE WEEKLY UPLIFTER'S NAME ALWAYS STAYS TRUE! THE ZOO OF SIN written by Kenny Mitchell IT IS NOT AN ATTRACTION, BUT IT'S A PLACE WE'VE ALL BEEN; AT ONE TIME IN OUR LIVES, WE LIVED IN A ZOO OF SIN. THE CAGES THAT HELD US CAPTIVE, SOME WE'RE BIG, SOME SMALL BUT WE KEPT THE LOCKS SECURE, BY SAYING 'NO' TO GOD'S CALL! THE KEY WAS ALWAYS CLOSE BY, IN A SHAPE YOU COULDN'T MISS; IT WAS THE OLD RUGGED CROSS, JUST GOD'S LOVE AND THIS. SO MANY TIMES IT WAS A VISITOR FROM THE OTHER SIDE; THAT SHOWED US JUST HOW GOOD IT WAS TO TAKE A FREEDOM RIDE! WHEN THE CAGES OPENED UP AND THE LOVE OF GOD POURED IN; THEY VANISHED INSTANTLY, SO OUR NEW LIFE COULD BEGIN! WITH THIS NEW-FOUND FREEDOM, OUR JOY WAS OVERFLOWING; AND WHEN YOU TOOK A LOOK AT US, OUR FACES WE'RE JUST GLOWING! AS CHRISTIANS WE'RE INSTRUCTED TO MAKE VISITS TO THIS ZOO; AND WHEN YOU GET THERE, LET THE BIBLE TELL YOU WHAT TO DO! THE SIGNS ALL AROUND WILL SAY "DO NOT FEED THE SINNERS!" THEY WE'RE POSTED BY THE DEVIL, YOU KNOW HOW HE HATES WINNERS THIS WORLD IS SO FULL OF PRECIOUS PEOPLE TRAPPED IN SIN; SOME DON'T EVEN REALIZE THE DEVIL HAS HIS GRIP ON THEM! BUT WHEN WE MAGNIFY THE CROSS AND TELL OF GOD'S GREAT PLAN; THOSE CAGES WILL BURST OPEN-WHAT A THRILL TO BE BORN AGAIN! NEVER ALONE By: Kenny Mitchell 3/11/93 I NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE WHEN EARTHLY FRIENDS FORGET. CROWDS OF PEOPLE MAY DISAPPEAR, BUT THERE'S ONE WHO'S NEVER LEFT ME YET! WHEN I LOOK AROUND AND THINK- NOT A SINGLE PERSON CARES; THAT'S WHEN A ROOMFUL OF JESUS ANSWERS ALL MY PRAYERS! HE BLESSES ME WITH GOOD DAYS- AND LEADS ME THROUGH THE BAD. MY LIFE IS COMPLETE WITH JESUS; HE'S THE BEST FRIEND I'VE EVER HAD! WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, HIS LOVE FILLS MY HEART. THIS SPECIAL TIME WITH JESUS; IS THE WAY MY DAY MUST START! AS THE YEARS GO BY, I WON'T REGRET- MY QUIET TIMES AT HOME. CAUSE ALTHOUGH, THOSE TIMES BY MYSELF; I REALLY WAS NEVER ALONE! I KNOW SOMEDAY, BY THE GRACE OF GOD; I'LL GET A SPECIAL CALL. I'LL JOIN ALL THE FRIENDS OF JESUS- IN HEAVEN'S FELLOWSHIP HALL! WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE? by: Kenny Mitchell 1-29-93 WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE? HEAR THE SPITEFUL THINGS WE SAY! WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE- THAT WE STAY HOME ON THE SABBATH DAY? WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE- THAT WE FORGET TO READ GOD'S WORD? WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE? WELL, THIS IS WHAT I'VE HEARD! WE ARE, EVERYONE, GOD'S CHILDREN JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS, WE ARE THE CHOSEN OF ALL CREATION- AND GOD'S LOVE NEVER ENDS! SO, WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE- WHEN WE RUN OUR NEIGHBORS DOWN? AND WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE- WHEN WE CONSTANTLY WEAR A FROWN? HOW DO YOU THINK GOD FEELS, WHEN HE LOOKS DOWN FROM ABOVE? HE WIPES THE TEARS FROM HIS EYES, BUT STILL HE GIVES HIS LOVE! KNOWING WHO WE ARE- AND WHO'S REALLY IN CONTROL, SHOULD PUT US ON THE RIGHT PATH; AND MAKE HEAVEN OUR FINAL GOAL! LET GOD LOOK DOWN AND SMILE, WHEN HE SEES THE THINGS WE DO! WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE- CHILDREN OF THE KING, THAT'S WHO! THE DEVIL IS TAKING A VACATION BY: KENNY MITCHELL 4/1/93 THE DEVIL IS TAKING A VACATION RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S.A.! HE HAS WORKED SO HARD TO GET OUR COUNTRY THE WAY IT IS TODAY! HE NOW HAS ENOUGH LOYAL WORKERS TO CONTINUE THE JOB ALONE! HE KNOWS HE CAN SIT BACK AND RELAX NOW- KNOWING MOST OF OUR MORALITY IS GONE. HE NO LONGER HAS TO POISON THE MINDS OF OUR YOUTH--IT'S DONE EVERY DAY! AND THOSE CALLED OUR NATION'S LEADERS WILL DO ANYTHING FOR ENOUGH PAY! HE HAS EVEN CREPT INTO OUR CHURCHES- CAUSED PREACHERS TO CRY IN SHAME! THE WORD 'SIN' HAS A WHOLE NEW MEANING; AND WORSHIP IS NOW JUST A GAME! IT'S TIME FOR WE AS GOD-FEARING CHRISTIANS TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE FIRE! TO BRING OUR COUNTRY BACK TO IT'S KNEES- SHOULD BE OUR ONE DESIRE! BECAUSE THE DEVIL WILL NEVER TAKE A VACATION HE'LL KEEP WORKING UNTIL JESUS COMES! AND THE MORE PEOPLE HE CAN TAKE TO HELL WITH HIM THE BETTER JOB HE'S DONE! WE CAN'T SIT AROUND ANY LONGER; WITH OUR HEADS STUCK IN THE SAND! WE BETTER OPEN OUR EYES AND HEARTS AND BIBLES- AND SEE JUST WHAT GOD HAS PLANNED. HEAVEN CAN BE OUR ETERNAL VACATION- FROM THE DEVIL AND ALL WICKED THINGS! SO CHRISTIANS, WHILE YOU'RE ON GOD'S PAYROLL; LET'S BE WORKING FOR THE KING OF KINGS! QUALITY TIME BY: KENNY MITCHELL **** APRIL 6, 1993 THERE ARE MANY THINGS I HAVE TO DO EACH AND EVERY DAY. I EAT AND SLEEP AND GO TO WORK SO I CAN EARN MY PAY. I THINK ABOUT VACATION AND WHERE I PLAN TO GO. I VISIT WITH MY FAMILY, BECAUSE I LOVE THEM SO! BUT IN MY BUSY SCHEDULE I ALWAYS SET ASIDE- MY PRAYER TIME WITH JESUS, IN HIM I DO CONFIDE. I THINK THAT IT'S FANTASTIC THAT WE TALK ONE-ON-ONE. I FEEL SO REFRESHED EVERYTIME WE GET DONE. GOD IS ALWAYS THERE, WAITING QUIETLY FOR MY CALL, TENDERLY, PICKING ME UP, WHEN I OFTEN SLIP AND FALL! BUT PRAYER FOR ME IS SWEETEST WHEN IT COMES AS PRAISE; THANKING JESUS FOR HIS BLESSINGS, IS WHEN IT REALLY PAYS! NO ONE DESERVES MORE, THIS SPECIAL ATTENTION THAT I GIVE; GOD'S THE ONE THAT MADE ME, THE VERY REASON THAT I LIVE! EVERY MORNING THAT I WAKE, IS ONE MORE CHANCE FOR ME- TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH JESUS, TRY IT, YOU'LL AGREE! BECAUSE NOTHING CAN COMPARE WITH A HEAVENLY CONVERSATION! AND WHO SHOULD BE MORE THANKFUL, THAN GOD'S OWN CREATION? THE WHISPER OF HIS NAME BY: Kenny Mitchell **** April 11, 1993 RUSHING ALL AROUND, THE DAY IS SO FULL OF STRESS. PEOPLE YELLING AT EACH OTHER, THINGS ARE IN SUCH A MESS! WHEN YOU FEEL IT ALL CLOSING IN, IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME- GET RELIEF FROM JESUS, JUST BY WHISPERING HIS NAME! A CALM WILL COME ALL OVER YOU, A HOLY WARMTH INSIDE; JUST BREATHE THE NAME OF JESUS, YOU WILL NOT BE DENIED! HE'S LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND WAITING JUST FOR YOU; WHISPERING HIS SWEET NAME, IS ALL YOU'LL NEED TO DO! NO FANCY WORDS ARE NEEDED WHEN YOU TALK TO THE LORD; JUST PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME, HE LOVES TO BE ADORED! AND THE ABIDING PEACE YOU FEEL, THE VICTORY YOU CLAIM; CAN ALL BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE WHISPER OF HIS NAME! LIFE HERE ON EARTH IS FULL OF TROUBLES NOT A FEW; EVERYONE WANTS TO BE HAPPY, BUT ONLY ONE WAY IS TRUE! THE GOD WE SERVE IS GREATER, THAN THE DEVIL AND HIS GAME; AND WE DON'T HAVE TO YELL,JUST WHISPER HIS PRECIOUS NAME! WHEN WE FINALLY GET TO HEAVEN AND WE SEE OUR REWARD! IT WILL BE SO WONDERFUL, OUR CONVERSATION WITH THE LORD! THE WHISPERS WILL BE GONE AND ALL VOICES WILL PROCLAIM; JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, PRAISE HIS GLORIOUS NAME! SOMEBODY PRAYED By: Kenny Mitchell ++ April 14, 1993 FROM THE BEGINNING OF MY LIFE I HAVE BEEN BLESSED- BECAUSE SOMEBODY PRAYED FOR ME! WHEN I WOULD GET REALLY SICK, GOD WOULD DO HIS BEST! BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS PRAYING, YOU SEE! WE WOULD GO TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY MORN; IT WAS THERE I WAS TAUGHT OF GOD'S LOVE. AND I KNOW IN MY HEART, SINCE THE DAY I WAS BORN- THAT PRAYER PROVIDED MY PROTECTION FROM ABOVE! EVEN AFTER I GREW UP AND GOT AWAY FROM THE LORD- THE PRAYING DID NOT STOP FOR ME! THANKS TO CHRISTIANS WITH BURDENS, I WAS NOT IGNORED! AND I NOW KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE FREE! IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE ALL REMEMBER TO PRAY AND PLEAD WITH THE ONE IN CONTROL; BECAUSE YOUR SERIOUS CONTACT WITH JESUS EACH DAY. COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN A LOST LOVED ONE'S SOUL! 'A DAD FOR ALL SEASONS' by Kenny Mitchell..... (Dedicated to R.L. MITCHELL) HE GAVE ME HIS NAME ON THE DAY OF MY BIRTH; AT THAT TIME, I HAD NO IDEA OF IT'S WORTH! AS THE YEARS FLEW BY, HE PASSED EVERY TEST; HE IS MY SWEET DADDY AND HE IS THE BEST! WE NEVER WE'RE RICH, BUT WE ALWAYS GOT BY; AND IF I ASKED FOR SOMETHING, HE'D GIVE IT A TRY! HE WAS ALWAYS THERE, ME AND MOM DIDN'T WORRY! BUT AT CHRISTMAS TIME, I WISHED HE WOULD HURRY! HE TOOK US TO CHURCH AND DID HIS FAIR SHARE! AT THE KITCHEN TABLE, HE ALWAYS SAID PRAYER! THE RESPECT THAT HE GAINED WAS TREASURED BY ME! PRIDE FOR MY DADDY IS WELL-FOUNDED, YOU SEE! AS HE GROWS OLDER I REALIZE SO MUCH MORE; HOW MY LIFE HAS BEEN BLESSED AND WHAT DADS ARE FOR! WHY DO I LOVE HIM? THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF REASONS- HE'S A REALLY GREAT GUY, THIS DAD FOR ALL SEASONS! NUMBER ONE FAN By: KENNY MITCHELL --- MAY 28, 1993 I HAD A DREAM THE OTHER NIGHT, I WENT TO CHECK MY MAIL. I HAD HIGH HOPES THAT MY READERS WOULD WRITE-BUT, OH WELL! AS I LOOKED INTO MY PO BOX, ONLY ONE LETTER COULD I SEE; I TOOK IT OUT AND WONDERED, FROM WHOM COULD THIS BE? I KNEW THAT IT WAS SPECIAL, FOR IT WAS TRIMMED IN GOLD! AND THE WRITING ON THE INSIDE WAS SO FANCY AND BOLD! IT SAID, "WHAT A FINE JOB, MY SON, I'M SO PROUD OF YOU! SPREADING THE WORD OF JESUS IS WHAT ALL PEOPLE SHOULD DO! THERE IS NOT ALOT OF TIME LEFT, SO KEEP THE NEWS ALIVE; I WILL IMPRESS YOUR READERS, TO HELP YOUR WORK SURVIVE! I KNOW YOU GET DISCOURAGED, BUT YOUR TOUCHING MANY HEARTS; JUST GIVE THEM SOME TIME, I KNOW THEY'LL DO THEIR PARTS!" WHEN I LOOKED AT THE SIGNATURE, MY EYES FILLED WITH TEARS; IT WAS SIGNED, "YOUR FRIEND, JESUS OF MANY, MANY YEARS!" AS I WOKE UP, I GLEAMED, AND THANKED GOD FOR THIS VISIT; AND I KNEW THERE WAS A MESSAGE AND I SURELY DIDN'T MISS IT FOR IF GOD IS HAPPY WITH THE WORK THAT I'M TRYING TO DO- I'LL PUT MY FAITH IN HIM, IN BLESSING FRIENDS LIKE YOU! AS LONG AS WE ARE BREATHING ---By Kenny Mitchell FROM THE FIRST BREATH WE TAKE TIL THE DAY WE BREATHE NO MORE GOD HAS US IN HIS LOVING CARE, HE'S THE ONE WE'RE WAITING FOR SO AS LONG AS WE ARE BREATHING, WE SHOULD KEEP HIS NAME ALIVE CAUSE IF HE TURNED HIS BACK ON US, HOW COULD WE SURVIVE? AS LONG AS WE ARE BREATHING, THERE'S STILL TIME TO REPENT; BUT DON'T PUT IT OFF TOO LONG, YOUR LIFE MAY SOON BE SPENT! AND EVERY BREATH WE TAKE AFTER JESUS COMES IN OUR HEART, IS TIME WE HAVE TO HELP A SINNER MAKE A BRAND NEW START! IT SHOULDN'T BE A JOB TELLING OTHERS ABOUT GOD'S PLAN; BUT THE DEVIL'S ALWAYS HANGING AROUND TO SLOW US DOWN AGAIN. JUST FILL YOUR HEART WITH AMMUNITION FROM GOD'S HOLY BOOK; AND WHEN SATAN SEES YOU COMING, HE WON'T TAKE A SECOND LOOK! NOW DON'T SMILE THINKING,"I'M SAVED, I CAN BREATHE EASY NOW!" WE CHRISTIANS HAVE A JOB TO DO, AND THE BIBLE TELLS US HOW; WITH PRECIOUS LITTLE TIME LEFT, EVERY BREATH BELONGS TO HIM; AND WHEN THE WORK'S ALL OVER, YOUR BREAK WILL NEVER END! IF HELL HAD TO CLOSE IT'S DOOR By KENNY MITCHELL JUST IMAGINE IF YOU WILL, SUNDAY MORNING AT NINE O'CLOCK YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE EARLY, SO YOU DON'T HAVE SO FAR TO WALK. YOU HAVE TO PARK TWO STREETS AWAY FROM CHURCH BUT-NO BIG DEAL YOU'RE GOING TO WORSHIP THE LORD-YOU KNOW HOW GOOD THAT FEELS THERE'S STANDING ROOM ONLY INSIDE THE SANCTUARY AISLES; EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK--SINGING CHRISTIANS WITH GLOWING SMILES! THE OFFERING PLATES ARE PASSED AROUND, THE MONEY OVERFLOWS; ALL THROUGH THE SERMON, THE PRAISE CONTINUALLY GROWS! WHEN THE ALTAR CALL IS GIVEN THE CROWD MOVES TOWARD THE FRONT A CLOSER WALK WITH JESUS IS WHAT THEY ALL EAGERLY WANT! WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE NOON, THE SERVICE DOESN'T QUIT; YOU CAME FOR YOUR BLESSING, AND YOU WON'T LEAVE WITHOUT IT! THE STORES AND SHOPS ARE ALL CLOSED, THIS IS THE SABBATH DAY THE WORKERS AND THE CUSTOMERS DID THEIR SHOPPING SATURDAY! NOT A SINNER CAN BE FOUND AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE; 'CAUSE EVERYONE'S IN CHURCH TODAY-THE ONLY PLACE TO BE! WOULDN'T IT BE WONDERFUL IF HELL HAD TO CLOSE IT'S DOOR! IF THE SINNERS ALL REPENTED, NO MORE VIOLENCE ANYMORE! IT WOULD BE A TASTE OF HEAVEN-SO, CHRISTIANS WE MUST TRY- TO SHUT DOWN SATAN'S OPERATION BEFORE THAT FINAL GOODBYE! GRAND OPENING--SOON!! Written by KENNY MITCHELL IN MEMORY of BROTHER DAVID MICHAEL....... INSPIRED by the thoughts of SUE GILL..... DEDICATED to MILLIE MICHAEL, his loving wife.... A GREAT SERVANT OF THE LORD, A CHRISTIAN, FIRST CLASS, HE DIDN'T FEAR HIS FUTURE OR TRY TO HIDE HIS PAST. A MAN WHO KNEW HIS BIBLE FROM BEGINNING TO THE END, A BIG PLUS IN HEAVEN NOW, BUT A LOSS OF A DEAR FRIEND. EVERY TIME A CHRISTIAN IS CALLED UP TO THEIR GREAT REWARD; IT'S JUST ONE ANGEL CLOSER, TO THE COMING OF THE LORD. BECAUSE WHEN ENOUGH GREAT SAINTS, JOIN IN HEAVEN'S CHOIR. THERE IS GOING TO BE A GRAND OPENING-THIS COULD BE THE HOUR! THERE IS SORROW, OH YES, WHEN A LOVED ONE HAS TO GO; BUT WON'T HEAVEN BE SWEETER, WITH BROTHER DAVID IN FRONT ROW! AND SO MANY OTHERS, PRECIOUS SOULS, THAT WE HAVE KNOWN; AT HEAVEN'S GRAND OPENING ALL OUR SADNESS WILL BE GONE! IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE CLOUDS & USE THE VISION OF YOUR SOUL CONSTRUCTION'S GOING ON SINCE BROTHER DAVID'S ON THE ROLL. I CAN SEE A BANNER STRETCHING CLEAR ACROSS THE SKY- IT READS-GRAND OPENING--SOON! REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH! SO WRAPPED UP IN JESUS By: KENNY MITCHELL I AM SO WRAPPED UP IN JESUS, NOT THE HEAVY CHAINS OF SIN; THERE IS SUCH A THRILL IN LIVING RIGHT, WHERE DO I BEGIN? WHEN JESUS SAVED MY SOUL, THE DEVIL LOST HIS GRIP- NOW THAT I AM CHILD OF GOD, SATAN BETTER WATCH HIS LIP! WITH GOD'S PROTECTIVE HAND GUARDING ME NIGHT AND DAY; MY MIND IS ON THE PROMISE LAND, AND I KNOW I'M ON MY WAY! EVERY SITUATION IN MY LIFE, I SHARE IT WITH THE MASTER; I FEEL HIS PRESENCE INSTANTLY, I DO NOT FEAR DISASTER! I TAKE MY JESUS WITH ME EVERYWHERE I CHOOSE TO GO! IF MY LORD ISN'T WELCOME THERE, I KNOW, SO SHOULD I SAY "NO" WHEN PEOPLE MEET ME I HOPE THEY SEE THE HAPPINESS THAT I FEEL BECAUSE BEING A CHILD OF THE KING IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL! WHEN YOU'RE WRAPPED UP IN JESUS, THERES NO TIME FOR THE DEVIL YOU SHOULDN'T BE WISHY-WASHY-YOU NEED TO STAY--ON THE LEVEL. AND IF YOU GET ENOUGH OF JESUS, TO COVER YOU UP COMPLETE; THE INNER PEACE THAT YOU FEEL WILL ALWAYS BE SO SWEET! NOT ENOUGH TIME by Kenny Mitchell WE HEAR IT SAID SO OFTEN IN OUR EVERYDAY AFFAIRS- WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE TIME, BUT WE REALLY DO CARE! WE FILL OUR SCHEDULES UP SO TIGHT WE CAN HARDLY BREATHE BY THE TIME WE GET SOMEWHERE, IT'S ALMOST TIME TO LEAVE WE'RE BUSY WITH THIS AND THAT, THE HOURS CLICK AWAY; AS WE LAY OUR HEADS ON OUR PILLOWS-NIGHT TURNS TO DAY! WE ARE IN SUCH A HURRY-SO MANY THINGS TO BE DONE. OH YES, WE'D LOVE TO VISIT, BUT, SORRY WE'VE GOTTA RUN! NOW, GOD SITS UP IN HEAVEN-CHECKING ALL THIS OUT. HE KNOWS WHO'S DOING WHAT, AND WHO'S GETTING THE CLOUT! WHEN HE DECIDES IN A SPLIT SECOND & THE TRUMPET SOUNDS. THERE WON'T BE ENOUGH TIME FOR THE LOST TO BE FOUND! WE BETTER GIVE SOME TIME TITHE AS WELL AS OUR MONEY; BEING LATE FOR HEAVEN WILL NOT BE, ONE BIT FUNNY! WE NEED TO TAKE TIME FOR JESUS,SLOW DOWN ENOUGH TO LIVE ENJOY THE BLESSINGS FROM THE LORD, SO MANY HE DOES GIVE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR US TO BE PREOCCUPIED! JESUS IS COMING AGAIN AND ALL THE WICKED WILL BE TRIED! BUT FOR THOSE PREPARED, WE HAVE-ONE FINAL SPEEDY DATE. IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, WE'LL BE AT HEAVEN'S GATE! SPEAK UP By: Kenny Mitchell WHEN WE BECOME CHRISTIANS OUR REBIRTH SHOULD BE KNOWN. BLENDING IN WON'T GET IT, IF YOU HAVE TO--STAND ALONE! IF YOU'RE WORKING FOR THE LORD, HE WILL BE BY YOUR SIDE; JUST SPEAK UP FOR JESUS, DON'T LET YOUR SALVATION HIDE! WHEN WE BECOME CHRISTIANS THE DEVIL LOSES GROUND! BUT WE NEED TO STAY FIRED UP-HE'S ALWAYS HANGING AROUND! IF WE'RE NOT TELLING OTHERS ABOUT GOD'S WONDERFUL PLAN; WE'RE JUST HELPING THE DEVIL & HE DOESN'T NEED OUR HAND! WE'RE AT CHURCH AND THE PREACHER'S SERMON IS REALLY GOOD; HOW ABOUT AN "AMEN", LET'S PRAISE GOD LIKE WE SHOULD! AND IN OUR DAILY LIVES WHEN THE CHANCES COME ALONG; LET THE GLOW OF LIVING FOR JESUS-TO ALL, BE IT KNOWN! SPEAK UP FOR JESUS, WITH LOVE AND KINDNESS IN YOUR HEART! BACK UP YOUR WORDS, WITH A LIFE SHOWING YOUR FRESH START! A JOY-FILLED CHRISTIAN LIFE LETS THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW; THAT LIVING FOR THE LORD IS THE VERY BEST WAY TO GO! ENLARGED HEART BY: Kenny Mitchell I REMEMBER WHEN I STRUGGLED WITH THE ACHES AND PAINS OF SIN I HAD A TYPE OF HEART TROUBLE THAT MY DOCTOR COULD NOT MEND IT TOOK A TRIP TO THE ALTAR, AND I MET THE GREAT PHYSICIAN; IN JUST AN INSTANT I WAS HEALED-I FOUND WHAT I WAS MISSING! THE TEARS ROLLED DOWN MY FACE, AND A GLOW I KNEW APPEARED! THE VERY THING THAT SAVED ME WAS ONCE WHAT I HAD FEARED. MY EYES, ONCE BLINDED BY THE DEVIL, NOW SAW NEW LIGHT! ALL THAT WAS WRONG IN MY LIFE, HAD SUDDENLY TURNED RIGHT! AS I LOOKED I SAW THE FACES OF THE MANY CHRISTIAN FRIENDS HAPPINESS ABOUNDED, KNOWING PRAYER HAD CONQUERED SIN. MY HEART NO LONGER ACHED, MY BURDENS WERE ROLLED AWAY; I HAD TO LET THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW, WHAT HAPPENED TO ME THAT DAY! I FOUND AS I WENT THROUGH LIFE, ANY GOOD AND CARING DEED- WAS A SURE-BUMPER CROP, WITH EACH AND EVERY CHRISTIAN SEED! THE MORE LOVE I SHARED WITH FOLKS, THE BIGGER MY HEART GREW AND A CHECK UP WITH THE GREAT PHYSICIAN WAS SO EASY TO DO! TO HAVE AN ENLARGED HEART SHOULD BE EVERY CHRISTIAN'S GOAL; THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE LOVE-DEEP INSIDE YOUR SOUL! GOD CAN MEND A BROKEN HEART, AND BYPASS THE FIRE OF HELL; AND THE PRICE JESUS PAID AT CALVARY, CANCELS OUT YOUR BILL! HE JUST SHINED HIS LIGHT Written by: KENNY MITCHELL (Dedicated to my dear friend, KENNY FORD) I WAS DRIFTING THROUGH LIFE, MY FUTURE UNSURE; I KNEW JESUS WAS THERE, BUT I HAD MADE A DETOUR. IN THE MIDST OF MY TROUBLES, THE SKY SUDDENLY TURNED BLUE, I HAD A NICE HOME, IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD, TOO! BUT THAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF MY TURN AROUND! BECAUSE GOD HAD A WITNESS IN THIS NEIGHBOR I FOUND! WE WOULD STAND IN OUR YARDS, WITH OUR NEIGHBORLY CHAT; HIS VOICE WAS SO CHEERFUL, I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT! ALTHOUGH, NOT IN CHURCH, I STILL LOVED TO LISTEN; AS HE TALKED OF JESUS, I KNEW WHAT I WAS MISSING! HE NEVER WAS PUSHY, JUST A KIND AND DEAR FRIEND; IT WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED, TO START MY LIFE ON IT'S MEND. HE NEVER JUDGED ME OR CALLED ME A SINNER; HE JUST SHINED HIS LIGHT, AND I KNEW HE WAS THE WINNER! AS THE MONTHS WENT BY I CAME TO LOVE HIM AS A BROTHER; HE AND HIS FAMILY, TO ME, WOULD BE LIKE NO OTHER! EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T LIVE SIDE BY SIDE ANYMORE! I KNOW HE STILL PRAYS AND HE STILL HAS AN OPEN DOOR! AND WHEN WE DO VISIT, THE WARMTH OF GOD'S LOVE STILL FLOWS AND I KNOW, UP IN HEAVEN HIS REWARD CONTINUALLY GROWS! Written by Kenny Mitchell WE ARE SUCH A LOWLY BUNCH, OF THE HUMAN RACE I SPEAK; WE TRIP AND FALL EVERY FEW STEPS-YES, WE ARE WEAK! BUT ALMIGHTY GOD IN HEAVEN STRETCHES OUT HIS ARMS TO US ALL WE HAVE TO DO TO HAVE IT ALL IS GIVE HIM OUR TRUST! WHEN GOD SMILES DOWN ON ME IT WARMS ME THROUGH & THROUGH IT'S SUCH SATISFACTION KNOWING HE IS HAPPY IN WHAT I DO! FOR SOMEONE SO GREAT TO BE PLEASED WITH JUST LITTLE ME- OVERFLOWS MY HEART WITH PRAISE, I'M WHERE I WANT TO BE! YOU KNOW GOD LOVES TO SMILE BUT SELDOM GETS A CHANCE; WE CHRISTIANS GET LAZY & THAT LETS THE DEVIL ADVANCE! AND KNOWING HOW GREAT AND BIG OUR WONDERFUL MASTER IS; I DON'T WANT HIM MAD AT ME, I AM VERY SURE OF THIS! AS WARMING AS GOD'S SMILE CAN BE, SO MUCH MORE-HIS WRATH IF YOU ARE LEFT WHEN HE COMES BACK, IT WON'T BE A LAUGH! BEING PLEASING IN HIS PRECIOUS EYES IS MY DAILY GOAL! BECAUSE WHEN GOD SMILES AT ME-IT SATURATES MY SOUL! THE COMPANY I KEEP Written by Kenny Mitchell IF YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TO VISIT ME, I MAY NOT BE ALONE I HAVE COMPANY MOST OF THE TIME IN MY LITTLE HOME. BUT DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU, FEEL FREE TO COME ON BY BECAUSE THE COMPANY THAT I KEEP, IS, BY NO MEANS, SHY! WE DON'T HAVE WILD PARTIES, ALL THOUGH WE DO REJOICE; & YOU HAVE TO LISTEN CLOSELY, TO HEAR HIS PRECIOUS VOICE SO IF YOU COME TO VISIT ME, AND MY COMPANY'S THERE- BY ALL MEANS, JOIN RIGHT IN, WE HAVE FRIENDSHIP TO SHARE SOMETIMES HE STAYS ALL NIGHT, IF TROUBLES ROB MY SLEEP; I'M SO PROUD-NOT ASHAMED OF THE COMPANY THAT I KEEP! ANY TIME I CALL ON HIM, I KNOW HE WILL RESPOND; STICKING CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, WE HAVE A SPECIAL BOND! ALTHOUGH HE'S AT MY HOME ALOT, HE STILL HAS TIME FOR YOU JUST INVITE HIM IN YOUR HEART, THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO FOR JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD IS A WHIZ AT VISITATION- AND YOU'RE REALLY IN GOOD COMPANY WITH THE MASTER OF CREATION! DON'T LET THEM ERASE LOVE Written by Kenny Mitchell THERE'S A MOVEMENT GOING ON TODAY, I SEE IT ALL AROUND; THE BOOK STORE'S MAY BE CLOSED, THE LIBRARIES SHUT DOWN! ALL OF SATAN'S WORKERS HAVE GOT A MASTER PLAN- TO REMOVE 'LOVE' FROM THE DICTIONARY, AS QUICK AS THEY CAN! IT REALLY WON'T BE HARD, 'CAUSE THE MEANING IS SO BLURRED! "TRUE LOVE DOESN'T EXIST" IS WHAT I'VE OFTEN HEARD! AND WE THROW IT AROUND ALOT, AND ITS USED SO MUCH IN VAIN; THAT THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF IT-ARE GOING DOWN THE DRAIN. THE DEVIL DOESN'T USE THE WORD, IT JUST GETS IN HIS WAY; AND IT'S THE LAST THING HE WANTS TO HEAR ANYBODY SAY! THE DAY 'LOVE' IS WIPED OUT FROM OUR WORLD, HEART & MIND- OUR PLANET WILL BE FULL OF SIN AND REALLY IN A BIND! I'M MAKING PREPARATIONS NOW, AS I LOOK AROUND TODAY; THE LOVE FOR GOD, IT HURTS TO SEE, IS QUICKLY FADING AWAY! OUR ONLY HOPE IN THIS WICKED WORLD IS LOOKING TO THE SKY; WITHOUT THAT HEAVENLY LOVE YOU CAN KISS YOUR SOUL GOODBYE! BUT WAIT--OH NO, THE DEVIL IS NOT EVER GOING TO WIN! EVERLASTING LOVE FROM GOD, WILL BRING US TOGETHER AGAIN. AND IN OUR FINEST HOUR WHEN WE FLY UNITED TO OUR HOME ABOVE; WE'LL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOD ERASING LOVE! I'M LOOKING UP TO HEAVEN Written by KENNY MITCHELL (In Memory of....MY UNCLE, ROY MITCHELL) GOD GIVES US MEMORIES, FEELINGS WE WILL ALWAYS HOLD DEAR; OF SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WE LOVED THROUGH THE YEARS. YOUR SWEET, GENTLE VOICE WITH A SMILE THAT ALWAYS GLOWED. I'LL MISS YOU, UNCLE ROY AND THE KINDNESS YOU ALWAYS SHOWED. WHEN WE ALL MET AT GRANDMA'S, WE HAD ALOT OF FUN. I JUST LOVE TO HEAR HIM TALK, UNCLE ROY WAS NUMBER ONE. SOME PEOPLE YOU LOVE, DEEP DOWN, FOR HOW THEY ACT AND DO. I'M LOOKING UP TO HEAVEN, AND, YES, ROY, I'M TALKING TO YOU! YOU WERE THERE FOR ME IN MY TEEN YEARS, ALL I DID WAS CALL; EVEN THOUGH MY MONEY WAS SHORT, YOU GAVE MY REQUEST YOUR ALL. WHEN YOU HANDED ME THE KEYS TO A CAR I WOULD CALL MY OWN, YOU MADE A PERMANENT CONNECTION THAT WILL NEVER, EVER BE GONE NOW I THINK OF THE DAY THAT THEY TOLD ME YOU HAD DIED; I REMEMBER DRIVING IN MY CAR, WIPING TEARS, AS I CRIED. BUT THE THOUGHTS BEGAN TO FORM---UNCLE ROY IS FINALLY THERE. YOU HAVE MADE IT TO THE TOP, THAT WAS ALWAYS YOUR PRAYER. I COULD SEE YOU, OH, SO HAPPY, HUGGING YOUR DAD AND MOM, AND OTHER FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THAT BEFORE YOU, HAD GONE ON. SO, EVEN THOUGH, I WILL MISS YOUR LETTERS-I KNOW IT'S BEST; PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR ME WITH JESUS, IS MY LAST REQUEST! ETERNAL THANKS...... Written by Kenny Mitchell MY INTENTIONS WERE TO WRITE MY BLESSINGS ON A LIST, BUT AFTER I STARTED, I REMEMBERED SO MANY I HAD MISSED. FROM THE DAY I WAS BORN, GOD HAS BEEN BY MY SIDE; THROUGH THIS TANGLED-EARTHLY ROAD, I HAD THE BEST GUIDE. IF THE ONLY WORDS EVER SPOKEN FROM MY MOUTH TO THIS DAY, WERE "THANK YOU, JESUS" IT WOULD NOT BEGIN TO REPAY! HE DIED FOR MY SINS AND HE'S ANSWERED SO MANY PRAYERS; AND ALL MY MANY BURDENS HE SO FAITHFULLY BARES! THE GIFT OF SALVATION THAT SWEET JESUS GAVE TO ME; IT'S SO VERY WONDERFUL I JUST HAVE TO SHARE IT, YOU SEE! IF I KEPT IT TO MYSELF, HOW WOULD THAT MY HIM FEEL? AND, BESIDES, I'M GOING TO HEAVEN-THAT'S A PRETTY BIG DEAL! WE ALL HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY GOD IN OUR OWN SPECIAL WAYS; AND THANKSGIVING IS NOT THE ONLY TIME HE SHOULD GET PRAISE! DAILY DEVOTION AND PRAYER TIME WITH THE LORD IS THE KEY; TO A FUTURE FILLED WITH THE JOY OF A HEAVENLY ETERNITY! IT'S NOT MAGIC! Written by Kenny Mitchell EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE, EVERYTIME YOU BLINK YOUR EYES; A MILLION MIRACLES HAPPEN AND SOMETIMES THEY SURPRISE. WE GO THROUGH THIS WORLD AND SO OFTEN WE FORGET! THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL, LIFE'S NOT IN A MAGIC SET! WHEN JESUS SMILES UPON YOU AND YOUR DAY TURNS OUT RIGHT; DON'T GIVE LADY LUCK THE CREDIT, KEEP GOD IN YOUR SIGHT. NO ONE IS JINXED, EVEN THOUGH, TIMES MAY GET PRETTY BAD; TRY A PRAYER CONNECTION WITH HEAVEN, NOT A PSYCHIC AD! THERE IS NO SLIGHT OF HAND WHEN JESUS TOUCHES YOU; SHELTERED IN HIS ARMS, YOU FEEL HIM, THROUGH AND THROUGH! THERE IS NEVER A TRICK MIRROR WHEN GOD IS IN YOUR HEART; REFLECTING THE LOVE OF GOD IS DOING YOUR CHRISTIAN PART! NO FANCY GIMMICKS ARE NEEDED, NO SMOKE OR SPECIAL EFFECTS; THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE DOES EXACTLY AS GOD DIRECTS. FALLING STARS AND SPINNING PLANETS DO NOT ARGUE AT ALL; BUT WE SILLY LITTLE HUMANS CHOOSE TO IGNORE GOD'S CALL! THERE'S NO HOCUS POCUS IN AN ACT THAT'S COMING, I PREDICT PEOPLE WILL VANISH IN THIN AIR, IT WILL NOT BE A TRICK! FOR THE MASTER OF REALITY WILL COLLECT HIS FAITHFUL FEW; BELIEVE IN JESUS-NOT MAGIC-THAT, TOO, WILL SAVE YOU! I MADE THE DEVIL MAD TODAY Written by Kenny Mitchell I WOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH TROUBLES ALL AROUND. I FELT BAD, IT WAS RAINING OUT-OLE' SATAN HAD ME DOWN! I RAISED UP MY HEAD AND SPOKE TO THE OWNER OF THE SKY- JESUS SENT DOWN A BEAM OF LOVE-AND MY BURDENS SAID 'GOODBYE'. THE DEVIL STORMED OUT OF MY HOUSE, I GUESS HE WAS UPSET! BUT I'VE WARNED HIM, OH SO MANY TIMES-HE'S NOT LEARNED YET! THE MASTER THAT I SERVE IS MUCH STRONGER THAN ANY SIN; AND IF OLE' SATAN COMES AROUND, HE'LL NOT BE INVITED IN! AS I HEADED OFF FOR WORK, SOMEHOW HE EASED INSIDE MY CAR; BUT WHEN I STARTED TO TALK TO JESUS-HE DIDN'T RIDE TOO FAR! THE DEVIL HAS HIS OWN SPECIAL WAY OF TRYING TO STEER US WRONG BUT TRUSTING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALWAYS KEEP US STRONG! EVERYTIME I SHINED MY LIGHT, OLE' SATAN WINCED IN PAIN; AND THE MORE I TALKED ABOUT THE LORD-THE LESS HE REMAINED! BUT THE ONE THING TO REMEMBER-THE DEVIL NEVER EVER QUITS! IT'S OUR JOB AS CHRISTIANS TO MAKE HIS LIFE 'THE PITS!' THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS Written by Kenny Mitchell***November 1977 IT WAS THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS, ALL PEOPLE KNEW- YEAR-LONG SAVINGS WOULD DISAPPEAR BEFORE IT WAS THROUGH. THE STORES REMAINED CROWDED, THE WORKERS DESPAIR, IN HOPES THAT SOMEDAY, THE CROWDS WON'T BE THERE! THE CHILDREN ARE SMILING, IMPATIENT AS EVER; AND HOPING, ALWAYS, FOR SCHOOLS-OUT-TYPE WEATHER. THE STREETS THEY ARE JAMMED-VEHICLES STANDS STILL; WHILE PEDESTRIANS CURSE QUIETLY-THE WINDS WINTER CHILL. ORNAMENTED TREES POP UP, SOME FAKE AND SOME REAL! SPARKLING LIGHTS, WATCHING SANTA, THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS DEAL; BUT IN A DARK, LONELY CORNER, FAR AWAY, SITS A MANGER TELL ME WHO ARE THE ONES WHO MADE JESUS A STRANGER? IN OUR WORLD OF HASTE, THIS SEASON, LET US REMEMBER; WHO'S BIRTHDAY WE CELEBRATE ON THE 25TH OF DECEMBER! HOMESICK FOR HEAVEN Written by Kenny Mitchell (Inspired by the Words of Uplifter Member, RACHEL KIRBY) WHEN I LOOK BETWEEN THE CLOUDS OR SEE THE STARS AT NIGHT; I FEEL GOD'S HOLY PRESENCE, AND OH! IT FEELS SO RIGHT! THIS EARTH IN ALL IT'S WONDERS, IS SO DULL WHEN I COMPARE- JOINING JESUS, SOMEDAY SOON, FOR THAT MEETING IN THE AIR! MY LOST LOVED ONES HERE ON EARTH, HOW THEY BURDEN MY SOUL! TO GET THEM ALL TO HEAVEN, HAS BEEN MY LIFE LONG GOAL. OH, SWEET JESUS, I LOOK UP, AND YEARN SO TO BE WITH YOU; I'M SO HOMESICK FOR HEAVEN, PLEASE HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH! HAPPINESS HERE ON EARTH-IT COMES AND GOES SO FAST! BUT ETERNITY WITH MY JESUS IS JOY UNSPEAKABLE THAT WILL LAST! I KNOW HE'LL PICK THE TIME-THE FUTURE HE DOES CONTROL; BUT I'M SO ANXIOUS FOR THAT DAY WHEN HE CALLS THE GLORY ROLL! NO REGRETS WILL I HAVE WHEN I ENTER MY HOME UP THERE! AND, JUST THINK...ALL IT TOOK WAS ONE SIMPLE, SINCERE PRAYER! SO UNTIL THE LORD SEES FIT TO GATHER UP ALL HIS OWN- I'LL TRY MY BEST TO SPREAD THE NEWS AND LET HIS NAME BE KNOWN ANYDAY NOW! Written by Kenny Mitchell ANYDAY NOW, THIS OLD EARTH WON'T HOLD ME DOWN! ANYDAY NOW, SOME WILL SEARCH, BUT I WON'T BE FOUND! ANYDAY NOW, I'LL BE WALKING THE STREETS OF GOLD! BECAUSE OF THE DAY THAT JESUS CAME INTO MY SOUL! ANYDAY NOW, MY PAIN AND SORROW WILL ALL BE GONE! ANYDAY NOW, I'LL SEE THE ALMIGHTY ON HIS THRONE! ANYDAY NOW, THERE WILL BE REVIVAL UP IN THE SKY! BECAUSE OF THE DAY I TOLD MY SINFUL LIFE 'GOODBYE!' ANYDAY NOW, THERE WILL BE THOSE WHO WAITED TOO LONG! ANYDAY NOW, IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO RIGHT YOUR WRONG! ANYDAY NOW, EVERY CHRISTIAN WILL DISAPPEAR! AND WHEN THAT DAY COMES, WILL YOU STILL BE HERE? UPLIFTER RESPONSE Written By Kenny Mitchell I GUESS I MADE A THOUSAND TRIPS TO CHECK MY MAIL LAST YEAR. READER RESPONSE IS SUCH A BLESSING, IT WIPES AWAY MY FEAR! MANY TIMES I ASK GOD, SHOULD I CONTINUE? GIVE ME A SIGN! SURE ENOUGH, THE MAIL WOULD COME, TOO SATISFY MY MIND! MY PRECIOUS UPLIFTER FAMILY I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! YOU THRILL ME THROUGH AND THROUGH, WHEN YOU STAY IN TOUCH! WHEN YOU ARE SICK OR IN NEED MY PRAYERS FOR YOU ARE SENT; AND ALL THE KIND THINGS I SAY, I PROMISE YOU, I'VE MEANT! AS I PULL OUT EACH SPECIAL LETTER FROM P O BOX 642- I AM ALWAYS, DEEP-DOWN HOPING, THAT THIS TIME IT'S FROM YOU! YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVEN'T WRITTEN, AND IF YOU THINK YOU SHOULD! GOD WILL BLESS US BOTH AND THEN, EVEN MORE MAY FEEL GOOD! MY LETTERS COME BUT ONCE A WEEK, BUT MY PRAYERS EVERYDAY! THE LOVE GOD GIVES ME FOR YOU ALL WILL NEVER GO AWAY. BUT YOUR LITTLE ACTS OF KINDNESS COULD BE THE VERY START- OF INSPIRATION OVERFLOWING FROM YOURS TO MY HEART! MY PRECIOUS BIBLE Written by Kenny Mitchell I DON'T HAVE A FANCY BIBLE, IT'S NOT TRIMMED IN GOLD; IN FACT, WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, IT'S RATHER WORN AND OLD. BUT IT WAS GIVEN TO ME WITH LOVE, BY MY MOM AND DAD; IT'S REALLY THE FIRST AND ONLY BIBLE I HAVE EVER HAD. SOME OF IT'S PAGES ARE WRINKLED, UNDERLINED IN MANY PLACES BUT IT'S BEEN A LIFE SAVER FOR ME IN SO VERY MANY CASES. I HAVE BEEN SO BURDENED AT TIMES, HOLDING IT TO MY CHEST. CRYING OUT TO JESUS, HE WOULD HEAR ME AND I'D BE BLESSED! READING GOD'S PRECIOUS WORDS THEY MELT INTO MY HEART. WHEN I JUST MAKE AN EFFORT, JESUS ALWAYS DOES HIS PART! THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW AND RICH WHEN I LOOK INSIDE. YES, MY PRECIOUS BIBLE WILL ALWAYS BE MY GUIDE! OUR NEXT STEP Written by Kenny Mitchell WE ARE NOT STONE STATUES, STANDING FOREVER IN ONE SPOT; WE SHOULD STAY ON THE MOVE, GIVING GOD ALL WE'VE GOT! OUR DAILY LIVES ARE FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH WAYS TO GO- AND OFTEN THE CHOICES WE PICK-END UP A GREAT BIG 'NO!' THE BIBLE IS OUR ROADMAP, AND JESUS IS OUR FAITHFUL GUIDE BY FOLLOWING HIS LEAD, WE'LL MAKE IT TO THE OTHER SIDE. EACH AND EVERY STEP WE TAKE SHOULD GET US CLOSER HOME; AVOID ANY DETOURS HERE-THE DEVIL WILL STEP YOU WRONG! OUR JOURNEY THROUGH THIS LIFE COULD BE OVER VERY FAST; IT'S NOT WHERE WE'VE BEEN-IT'S THE STEPS WE MAKE OUR LAST SO IN EVERY SINGLE MOVE WE MAKE-PRAY TO GOD WE'RE FORGIVEN CAUSE ANYTIME, ANYDAY OUR NEXT STEP COULD BE IN HEAVEN! THOSE WORDS I DIDN'T SAY Written by Kenny Mitchell I PASSED BY A MAN ONE DAY, SITTING ALONE IN THE PARK. I WAS IN A HURRY, GOING SOMEWHERE, AND IT WAS GETTING DARK. I READ IN THE PAPER, A FEW DAYS LATER, THIS VERY MAN HAD DIED WONDERING IF HE WAS A CHRISTIAN, I BOWED MY HEAD AND CRIED. ALTHOUGH GOD HAD TUGGED AT MY HEART AS I HURRIED ON MY WAY; THE DEVIL TOLD ME "NO TIME!" FOR THOSE WORDS I DIDN'T SAY. WE CAN RATTLE ON FOR HOURS AND HOURS WITH IDLE WASTED SPEECH; BUT WHY IS IT SO HARD TO HELP THE LORD IN HIS OUTREACH! I FOUND MYSELF WITH A FRIEND, THINGS WERE GETTING OUT OF HAND A MISUNDERSTANDING HAD OCCURRED-DON'T KNOW HOW IT BEGAN; BUT INSTEAD OF YELLING LOUDER, I TRIED THE CHRISTIAN WAY- IT WAS SMOTHERED WITH LOVE AND THOSE WORDS I DIDN'T SAY! OUR VOICE CAN BE A USEFUL TOOL, TO COMFORT AND TO CARE; BUT IT CAN CUT LIKE A KNIFE, AND DESTROY WITHOUT REPAIR! IF WE YIELD TO GOD'S CALL, TRUSTING HIM, DAY BY DAY- WE'LL NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THOSE WORDS WE DIDN'T SAY! HOW MUCH SHAKING DOES IT TAKE? Written by Kenny Mitchell OUR EARTH IS REALLY NERVIOUS, IT QUIVERS MORE EACH DAY; THERE ARE WILDFIRES DOWN UNDER AND FLOODS ALONG THE WAY! BUT OUR PEOPLE KEEP ON KILLING, SINNING BY THE SCORES. HOW MUCH SHAKING DOES IT TAKE, WHAT'S JESUS WAITING FOR? HE IS TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION, BUT WE SHAKE IT OFF. MANY OF OUR SPIRITUAL MUSCLES ARE GETTING REALLY SOFT! I THINK THE LORD IS GETTING TIRED OF MANKIND'S MISTAKES; I REALLY WONDER JUST HOW MUCH SHAKING IT WILL TAKE! HEAVEN'S DOOR IS NEARLY OPEN, THE TIME IS, OH, SO NEAR! THE KEY HAS ALREADY BEEN TURNED; THE TRUMPET I CRAVE TO HEAR MILLIONS OF UNCONCERNED PEOPLE, COVERED IN THE RAGS OF SIN; HOW MUCH SHAKING WILL IT TAKE, TO BRING THEM SAFELY IN! IF YOU CAN'T SEE GOD'S POWER, WHEN HE QUAKES THE EARTH; ONE DAY, IT WILL BE TOO LATE, YOU'LL CURSE YOUR VERY BIRTH! THE TREMORS OF TODAY-JUST A PRELUDE OF BIGGER THINGS TO COME HOW MUCH SHAKING WILL IT TAKE, TO SEND THE DEVIL ON THE RUN! I'M WAITING FOR THAT DAY WHEN I'M SHAKEN BY THE SOUND- OF THAT MIGHTY TRUMPET, AND ME FEET LEAVING THE GROUND! I PRAY IF YOUR A SINNER-THIS POEM WILL OPEN YOUR EYES; YOU'LL SHAKE YOUR HEAD 'YES' AND GIVE YOUR HEART TO CHRIST! I MESS UP SOMETIMES Written by Kenny Mitchell I ASKED YOU, LORD, MANY YEARS AGO TO COME INTO MY HEART. I WAS SO THRILLED INSIDE AS I BEGAN MY FRESH NEW START! BUT WHEN I WASN'T LOOKING UP-THE DEVIL BROUGHT ME DOWN; FORGIVE ME, LORD, I MESS UP SOMETIMES- PLEASE STAY AROUND! I CAN ALMOST FEEL YOUR FINGER, LORD, SHAKING DOWN AT ME! YOU THINK I'D LEARN MY LESSON, BUT, OH, HEAR MY PLEA! I REALLY DO LOVE YOU, LORD- THESE HILLS ARE HARD TO CLIMB; AND, I KNOW, MUCH TOO OFTEN--I MESS UP SOMETIMES! I'LL TRY TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU, WITH EXTRA WORK AND PRAYER; I'M SO GLAD YOU DON'T MESS UP; I KNOW YOUR ALWAYS THERE! IF IT WASN'T FOR THE DEVIL, MAYBE, I WOULD BE JUST FINE! BUT, DEAR LORD, HE IS AROUND; AND I DO MESS UP SOMETIMES! MY HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS, I OFTEN SLIP AND FALL; IT'S WHAT I DO ABOUT MY SINS--THAT MATTERS MOST OF ALL! A STRONGER CONNECTION WITH THE LORD; TRUSTING IN HIS WORD; WILL MAKE MY MESSES SMALLER & MORE PRAISES WILL BE HEARD! MOMMA'S PRECIOUS HANDS Written by Kenny Mitchell WHEN I WAS JUST A BABY, THEY CARED FOR ME EACH DAY. AND EVEN WHEN THEY SCOLDED, LOVE'S ALL THEY COULD SAY. THEY DID MY CLOTHES, AND COOKED MY FOOD, BUSY CONSTANTLY; MY MOMMA'S PRECIOUS HANDS ARE SO SPECIAL TO ME. IN CHURCH THEY PRAISED THE LORD AND WORKED FOR HIM, TOO! AT HOME THEY SHOWED THEIR LOVE IN ALL THEY WOULD DO. BUT WHAT MADE THEM PRECIOUS MOST IS IN TIME OF PRAYER; WHEN MOMMA LAID HER HANDS ON ME, I KNEW JESUS WAS THERE! NO FEELING IN THE WORLD COMPARES TO THAT SPECIAL TOUCH. IT BOLTED THROUGH MY HEART AND SOUL, BLESSING ME SO MUCH! I KNOW THOSE PRECIOUS HANDS WERE A CONNECTION TO ABOVE; NOTHING IS MORE COMPLETE THAN GOD AND MOMMA'S LOVE! A TASTE OF HELL Written by Kenny Mitchell FROM TIME TO TIME, AS WE ALL KNOW, THE CLOUDS GET SO THICK; THE DEVIL PUNCHES AROUND ON US; HE EVEN MAKES US SICK! EVERYWHERE OUR EYES DO LOOK; THE SIGNS OF SATAN APPEAR! AND THIS IS BUT A TASTE OF HELL, MY FRIEND, THE END IS NEAR! SIN HAS SUCH A BITTER TASTE, GOD GLADLY WASHES IT AWAY! YET SOME CONTINUE TO EAT IT UP UNTIL THEIR DYING DAY! WHEN YOU'VE TASTED THE MANNA FROM HEAVEN, GOD REIGNS SUPREME THE DEVIL IS A ROTTEN COOK AND HE'S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS STEAM! OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS JUST ABOUT FED UP WITH ALL THIS MESS! IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN, BE READY, WE'RE GONNA GET OUT OF THIS WE WILL BE AT THAT GREAT BANQUET TABLE, AT THE FATHER'S SIDE THERE WILL BE NO AFTER TASTE-WE'LL BE FOREVER SATISFIED!! SO WHEN THESE WORLDLY PROBLEMS COME AND TRY TO DRAG US DOWN REMEMBER! IT WON'T BE LONG UNTIL THE TRUMPET IT WILL SOUND! AND IF A TASTE OF HELL ON EARTH HAS PUT YOU ON A DIET! JUST FILL UP WITH SALVATION,--YOU'LL LIKE IT, JUST TRY IT!! MISPLACED FAITH Written by Kenny Mitchell SO, WE ALL HAVE FAITH, BUT, OOPS! WHERE DOES IT GO? THE TROUBLES COME, WE CRY OUT TO GOD, WE HANG OUR HEAD LOW! WE MOPE AROUND AND MUMBLE, "WHY AM I STILL IN PAIN?" WHEN WE MISPLACE OUR FAITH, NOW WHO IS REALLY TO BLAME? IN TIMES OF TRIALS OUR SORROW MAKES OUR FAITH SO DIM! JESUS IS READY TO HELP US, IF WE'LL ONLY LET HIM IN! WHEN TEARS OF DOUBT FLOOD OUR EYES, AND WASHES FAITH AWAY; WIPE THE DEVIL'S SKIM ALL OUT AND LET JESUS CHANGE OUR DAY! YES, WE HAVE FAITH IN GOD, WE KNOW HE CONTROL'S IT ALL! BUT, SOMEHOW, IT GETS MISPLACED, WE DISCONNECT HIS CALL! AND WHEN WE PRAY TO GOD AND OUR NEEDS HE DOES SUPPLY; WE SIMPLY CAN'T GET OVER THE FACT OUR FAITH WAS WORTH A TRY! MORE PRAYER AND DEDICATION TO OUR LORD IS WHAT WE NEED; EXERCISING OUR FAITH EACH DAY WILL MAKE IT STRONG, INDEED! MILLIONS OF FIRED-UP CHRISTIANS-KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR- HEY, LET'S START RIGHT NOW! WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? THERE YOU GO AGAIN! Written by Kenny Mitchell JESUS, YOU PUT ME HEAR ON EARTH, A PURPOSE QUITE UNCLEAR; YOU PROMISED YOU WOULD BE AT HAND-YES, YOU'RE ALWAYS NEAR! I MAY GET AWFULLY LOW AT TIMES, AS SATAN WHIPS ME HARD; WHEN I REMEMBER TO CALL ON YOU, YOU ARE MY ROYAL GUARD! THERE YOU GO AGAIN, COMING DOWN, WITH UNBRIDLED GLORY! EVERYTIME I CALL ON YOU IT'S THE SAME WONDROUS STORY! YOU'VE NEVER FAILED ME YET, EVEN THOUGH I MISS SOME CUES; THERE YOU GO AGAIN, WE WIN AND THE DEVIL MUST LOSE! A LONG TIME AGO, YOU LEFT HEAVEN, TO LIVE WITH MORTAL MAN! YOU DIED ON THAT BLOOD-STAINED CROSS-IT WAS THE MASTER PLAN. THIS LIMITED-TIME OFFER OF SALVATION IS DOWN TO THE WIRE; GOD'S ABOUT READY TO SEND YOU BACK, HEAR THE ANGEL'S CHOIR: "THERE YOU GO AGAIN, JESUS, REDEMPTION DAY HAS ARRIVED! THIS TIME WHEN YOU COME HOME, BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE! WE'LL HAVE HEAVEN'S GATE OPEN WIDE, AS THEY ALL MARCH IN; OUR VOICES WILL JOIN TOGETHER IN A PRAISE THAT WILL NOT END! Written by Kenny Mitchell (Based on a Letter Written by Uplifter Member, BECKY CRAWFORD HAVE YOU EVER WALKED DOWN THE STREET, MIND IN HIGH GEAR? A STRANGER PASSES BY, SMILES AND SPEAKS BUT YOU DON'T HEAR! THINKING ABOUT A WORLD OF THINGS, FORGETTING THE MAIN ONE; IF GOD HAD JUST TESTED YOU, HOW GOOD WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? ANGELS ARE ALL AROUND US-NOT ALL ARE WHITE WITH WINGS; GOD SENDS THEM DOWN TO HELP US OUT AND DO MANY OTHER THINGS! DON'T JUDGE A PERSON BY OUTWARD VIEW, CHECK THEIR INNER GLOW; FOR A CHRISTIAN, GOD'S INSPECTION SHOULD NOT ALARM OUR SOUL! IT'S EASY TO BE CHRIST-LIKE TO THOSE ALL NICE AND NEAT; BUT ANGELS CAN BE ANYONE AND COULD BE WHO YOU MEET! TREATING YOUR FELLOW MAN WITH KINDESS AND CHRISTIAN LOVE- IS WHAT WE ALL SHOULD STRIVE TO MAKE OUR DAILY LIFE FULL OF! A NEW FRIEND NOW Written by Kenny Mitchell DOWN THROUGH ALL OUR LIVES, THERE AS THOSE THAT WE MEET; WE GET AWFULLY CLOSE TO, SPECIAL FRIENDS ARE HARD TO BEAT. SEPARATION SOONER OR LATER, FOR THIS REASON OR THAT; YOU ALWAYS MISS THOSE SPECIAL ONES AND WISH THEY WERE BACK! I MEET HIM IN GRADE SCHOOL, WE BUDDIED AROUND FOR YEARS. WHEN HE WENT TO COLLEGE, HE MET HIS DRUGS AND BEERS. I WAS THE FIRST TO GET MARRIED, HE CONTINUED HIS WILD WAYS. TIME FLEW BY, CONTACT WAS LOST, I PRAYED FOR BETTER DAYS! IT HAD BEEN TEN YEARS, ON A SUNDAY MORN, I LOOKED TO MY RIGHT IN THE CHURCH DOOR WALKED A MAN, WHAT A WONDERFUL SIGHT! IT WAS MY FRIEND FROM YEARS AGO, HE SETTLED WITH GOD THAT DAY AND I'VE GOT A NEW FRIEND NOW, IT REALLY DOES PAY TO PRAY! YES, I'VE GOT A NEW FRIEND, AND NOW HE HAS TWO- ME AND HIM AND JESUS HAVE SO MUCH CATCHING UP TO DO! WE MAY HAVE OUR OWN REVIVAL-THE GOODTIMES ARE SO SWEET! INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO JESUS-HIS FRIENDSHIP IS COMPLETE! THE SWEET PEACE OF JESUS Written By Kenny Mitchell TURMOIL-NOT A WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE! YET MANY OF US STRUGGLE WITH DAY-TO-DAY STRIFE. RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES, INSTEAD OF LOOKING UP; THE SWEET PEACE OF JESUS IS READY TO FILL YOUR CUP! OH! WHAT A FEELING WHEN IT PENETRATES YOUR SOUL; HEAVENLY SATISFACTION WHEN WE LET OUR LORD CONTROL! WHEN HUMBLY WE KNEEL, AND GIVE IT ALL TO HIM; THAT SWEET PEACE OF JESUS WILL COME FLOWING IN! FORGET ABOUT THOSE TROUBLED TIMES-HE'S THERE EVERY DAY! HE'LL MAKE YOUR BLUE SKIES SPARKLE, IN A BRAND NEW WAY. CALLING UPON THE LORD JUST TO TELL HIM THAT WE CARE- IS WHEN THAT SWEET PEACE OF JESUS ENTERS OUR PRAYER! THE POWER OF PRAYER Written by Kenny Mitchell SIMPLE WORDS OF FAITH AIMED TO GOD ABOVE; HE EAGERLY AWAITS TO POUR ON US HIS LOVE. IT CAN HEAL A BROKEN HEART MANY MILES AWAY; IT CAN SAVE YOUR SOUL FROM HELL THIS VERY DAY! THE POWER OF PRAYER CAN NEVER BE OUTDONE; JUST WATCH--IT'LL PUT THE DEVIL ON THE RUN! WHERE TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED IN JESUS' NAME- THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN--THEY CAN'T STAY THE SAME! I FEEL REALLY HONORED TO KNOW MY GOD'S ON CALL; THAT'S WHY I KNOW I SHOULD BE GIVING HIM MY ALL! AND THE MORE THAT I TALK TO HIM THE EASIER I GET THROUGH THE POWER OF PRAYER CAN DO THE SAME FOR YOU! AS LONG AS I DON'T LET GO Written by Kenny Mitchell WHEN I BECAME A CHRISTIAN, GOD TOOK ME BY THE HAND LETTING HIM LEAD ME THROUGH LIFE-DOING AS HE HAD PLANNED. BUT WHEN I GOT A LITTLE PREOCCUPIED AND HIT AN ALL TIME LOW IT WAS WHEN I PULLED AWAY FROM HIM-HE DID NOT LET GO! AS LONG AS I KEEP HOLDING ON TO JESUS' PRECIOUS HAND HE WILL FINALLY LEAD ME RIGHT INTO THE PROMISED LAND! AS LONG AS I DON'T LET GO-WHAT HAVE I TO FEAR? WHEN I FEEL I'VE LOST TOUCH--HE REMINDS ME THAT HE'S NEAR! GOD KNOWS THAT WE ARE HUMAN AND REQUIRE SO VERY MUCH! THAT'S WHY I LOVE HIS MIGHTY HANDS AND THEIR PRECIOUS TOUCH HE IS ALWAYS WILLING TO LEAD US AND HIS WAY IS BEST! AS LONG AS I DON'T LET GO, MY SWEET JESUS WILL DO THE REST! LOOK UP-FIND LOVE! Written by Kenny Mitchell I HURT, I'M TIRED, I AM SO DEPRESSED HOW CAN I GO ON? MY LIFE IS SUCH A WASTE; AND IT'S SUCH A BIG ALONE! I HANG MY HEAD DOWN AND I WANT TO CRY SO BAD! BUT IT ACHES SO FAR INSIDE MYSELF-HAVE I EVER BEEN SO SAD? I LOOK ALL AROUND MY LIFE AND SEE TRACES HERE AND THERE; IN ONE CORNER, THE DEVIL STANDS-HE LAUGHS AS I STARE! IN ANOTHER CORNER I SEE FRIENDS THAT I HAVE LET DOWN! WHAT AM I MISSING HERE? I DON'T WANT TO BE HELL BOUND! BUT THEN A VOICE FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE STOPS ME IN MY TRACKS "LOOK UP, MY SON, I AM THE LORD, MY LOVE YOUR LIFE LACKS!" WITH EYES FOCUSED UPWARD JESUS FLOODED MY VERY SOUL! LOOK UP-FIND LOVE!! SIGN UP FOR THAT HEAVENLY ROLL! AS A FATHER Written by Kenny Mitchell SEVERAL YEARS I AGO I MADE A CHOICE TO BE A SPECIAL MAN; IT WASN'T FORCED ON ME, IT WAS ALWAYS IN MY PLAN! CHILDREN ARE SO SPECIAL, PRECIOUS GIFTS FROM GOD ABOVE! AS A FATHER, I WAS SO PROUD TO GIVE THEM MY LOVE! I HAVE TWO SONS AND ALTHOUGH THEY DIFFER QUITE A BIT; I SEE ME IN BOTH OF THEM, EVEN WHEN THEY THROW A FIT! THANKS TO THE LOVING HOME I HAD, IT TAUGHT ME MANY THINGS; AS A FATHER, I FOUND OUT WHAT HAPPINESS A CHILD BRINGS. A MOTHER'S LOVE IS NEEDED AND SPECIAL IN IT'S OWN WAY! BUT DADDIES ARE IMPORTANT NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY! AS LONG AS I CAN GET A HUG OR EVEN AN OCCASIONAL SMILE- AS A FATHER, I'LL BE HAPPY-EVEN THROUGH THE TRIALS. A FATHER IS A QUITE A TITLE FOR MORTAL MAN TO CLAIM! GOD UP IN HEAVEN SHARES WITH US THIS SPECIAL NAME! WE KNOW HOW MUCH LOVE HE HAS, FROM THIS WE SHOULD FIND; AS FATHERS, SHOW OUR LOVE, BY LETTING OUR LIGHT SHINE! JUST A FRIENDLY VISIT Written by Kenny Mitchell HELLO, GOD, IF I COULD I WOULD SURPRISE YOU TODAY- BUT I KNOW YOU KNOW MY EVERY THOUGHT, WELL, ANYWAY; YOU HAVE TAKEN TIME OUT FOR ME TIME AND TIME AGAIN! NOW TODAY I COME TO YOU IN PRAISE-HOW DO I BEGIN? I ASK FOR NOTHING MORE TODAY, AFTER ALL, I HAVE YOU! YOU HAVE ANSWERED SO MANY PRAYERS-YOU ARE SO TRUE! THE FEELING THAT I HAVE RIGHT NOW IS A LOVE OVERLOAD; I MAY JUST GET EXCITED-MY CHRISTIAN HEART AIN'T COLD! IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE A FRIENDLY VISIT WITH NUMBER ONE; WORSHIPPING HIS PRECIOUS NAME IS THE WAY IT'S DONE! SURE HE'S THERE FOR SERVICE CALLS 24 HOURS A DAY; BUT, TRY A FRIENDLY VISIT, THE LOVING WAY TO PRAY! I WON'T LOOK BACK Written by Kenny Mitchell THERE WILL BE NO SAD GOODBYES FOR ME WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN THE ONLY TRUE HAPPINESS I EVER HAD ALWAYS CAME FROM HIM! THIS WORLD FULL OF SUFFERING AND PAIN WON'T HOLD ME ANYMORE I WON'T LOOK BACK, WITH NO REGRETS-HEADED FOR HEAVEN'S DOOR AFTER YEARS OF PRAYING AND SERVING GOD, OH, THAT GREAT DAY- CRUISING IN HIGH GEAR TO HEAVEN-AND FOREVER I WILL STAY! FORGETTING ABOUT MATERIAL THINGS, WILL BE SO EASY FOR ME; I WON'T LOOK BACK, BUT I WILL LOOK UP, JESUS I WANT TO SEE! WHEN JESUS LIVES INSIDE YOUR HEART, YOU GET JUST A TASTE- OF HOW WONDERFUL HEAVEN WILL BE! OH GOD, PLEASE-MAKE HASTE! I CARE NOT FOR EARTHLY TOMMORROWS-ONLY MY FUTURE WITH YOU SO LORD, WHEN YOU GET READY, I PROMISE, I'LL BE READY, TOO! DRAWN TO THE LIGHT Written by Kenny Mitchell GOD KNOWS WE WORRY, GOD KNOWS WE'RE WEAK, GOD KNOWS IT ALL; HE MADE US, HE LOVES US, HE'S ALWAYS THERE WHEN WE FALL! WHEN THE DARKNESS ROLLS IN, DO NOT FEAR-YOU'RE IN HIS SIGHT- JUST YIELD TO THE MASTER AND YOU WILL BE DRAWN TO THE LIGHT! OUR SOUL ACHES FOR THE WARMTH THAT ONLY OUR LORD CAN GIVE; HIS MERCY IS MAGNIFIED BY HIS LOVE-SHOWN IN EACH DAY WE LIVE NO NEED TO SCREAM OR YELL-IN TROUBLED TIMES FIND YOUR QUIET; HIS OPEN ARMS ARE WAITING WHEN YOU ARE DRAWN TO THE LIGHT! WHEN HE ENTERS OUR SOUL, CLEANSING US THROUGH AND THROUGH- IT'S JUST A TASTE OF HEAVEN; IT SHOULD MAKE A CHANGE IN YOU! AS WE CONTINUE OUR EARTHLY JOURNEY, LET'S DO IT RIGHT! LET OUR GLOW OF JESUS HELP OTHERS BE DRAWN TO THE LIGHT! HAPPILY EVER AFTER Written By Kenny Mitchell SUCH A GOOD FEELING AFTER OUR FAVORITE BEDTIME STORY A NICE, FLUFFY PILLOW, MOM'S KISS, NO MORE WORRY- THE STORIES WE READ-FAIRY TALES AND AESOP'S FABLES, THEY ENDED THE SAME-NEVER HAD THOSE WARNING LABELS. WHAT A WONDERFUL THOUGHT-TO LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! OUR TEARS AND OUR PAINS TURNED TO JOY AND LAUGHTER. THIS IS REALITY, NO FANTASY, NO KIDDIE'S NIGHTTIME TALE; THERE IS A BOOK, IT OFFERS HEAVEN AND NOT HELL! WE CAN ALL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER ON AND ON AND ON, THE BIBLE TELLS THE STORY-THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME! ONE DAY SOON, ALL GOD'S CHILDREN WILL GLADLY SAY 'GOODBYE' AS HAPPILY EVER AFTER, WE MEET JESUS IN THE SKY! OUR CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW THIS STORY AND HEAR IT FROM US; THIS WORLD WILL NOT HELP THEM, JESUS IS A MUST! TO LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, REQUIRES THAT SECOND BIRTH; THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, IN HEAVEN, NOT ON EARTH! I'VE BEEN WITH JESUS Written by Kenny Mitchell I HAVE HAD A TASTE OF HEAVEN, AND OH, IT IS SO SWEET! I'VE BEEN WITH JESUS, TALKING, I'M SATISFIED COMPLETE HIS LOVE FLOWED INTO MY HEART, MY TEARS OF JOY APPLAUD! ANOTHER PRAYER HAS BEEN ANSWERED, SATAN HAS BEEN FLAWED! JESUS AND I HAVE BEEN TOGETHER, CONVERSING SPIRITUALLY WE'RE NEVER REALLY APART HE'S ALWAYS THERE BY ME! BUT WHEN I GET JUST A BIT CLOSER, HE SMILES INTO MY HEART THIS ONCE SINNER'S BODY IS NOW A HEAVENLY WORK OF ART! HEY, I HAVE BEEN WITH THE MASTER JUST LOOK UPON MY FACE! THE WONDERFUL POWER OF HIS LOVE, I TRY NOT TO ERASE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN ME, PLEASE COME ON ABOARD; YOU CAN GO LOTS OF PLACES, BUT YOU CAN'T BEAT THE LORD! STOP ME, LORD Written by Kenny Mitchell I AM YOUR WILLING VESSEL, I CRAVE YOUR OVERFLOW; PLEASE MOLD ME INTO SOMETHING, SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO! AND WHEN TEMPTATION DRIPS ON THIS ROAD OF LIFE; STOP ME, LORD FROM SLIPPING, WITH YOU, I WILL SURVIVE! TAKE CHARGE OF MY THOUGHTS, LET MY VOICE SPEAK THE TRUTH; AND WHEN MY FRIENDS ARE BURDENED, HELP ME, THEM TO SOOTHE SHOULD MY PATIENCE WEAR THIN, AND ANGER TRY TO FORM; STOP ME, LORD FROM STRIKING BACK, YES, KEEP MY HEART WARM WHEN VISIONS OF THE PAST APPEAR WITH SUCH DELICIOUS WHIMS STOP ME, LORD, SHOW ME HEAVEN, WHERE THE CHRISTIAN ENDS. AS YOUR ONE HAND HOLDS ME BACK, USE THE ONE'S THATS FREE- TOSS OLD SATAN FAR AWAY, IT'S HIM WHO'S TROUBLING ME! FUTURE BLESSINGS Written by Kenny Mitchell SO EASY TO THANK ALMIGHTY GOD FOR GOOD THINGS OF THE PAST THINKING ABOUT THE HAPPY TIMES BRINGS PRAISE UP SO FAST. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE WONDROUS THINGS HE HAS, FOR US, IN STORE OUR PRAISES FOR OUR PRECIOUS LORD SHOULD BE, SO MUCH MORE! IF WE ARE HIS LAMBS AND THE SHEPHERD LEADS THE WAY, THEN OUR FUTURE, WHAT A BLESSING, THE UNCLOUDY DAY! OUR WORSHIP AND OUR THANKS FOR WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO, THE PAST IS GONE, BUT OUR FUTURE WILL NEVER BE THROUGH. I HAVE FOUND A SPECIAL PEACE, BEING LED BY HIS DEAR VOICE. BY LISTENING AND OBEYING, HIS IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE. AND TO THINK HE MULTIPLIES ALL MY GOOD AND HONEST SEEDS. FOR MY FUTURE BLESSINGS, NOW I THANK HIM, YES, INDEED! THE FRIENDS THAT JESUS GAVE TO ME Written by Kenny Mitchell AS AN ONLY CHILD, I SPENT SO VERY MUCH TIME ALONE- IN MY ROOM, MY IMAGINATION, NEVER LEFT ME ON MY OWN THE FEW FRIENDS I HAD, GROWING UP, SIMPLY, GREW AWAY- BUT NOW, THANKS TO JESUS, I HAVE MORE EVERYDAY. THE UPLIFTER AND IT'S MESSAGE, HAS STRUCK A COMMON NOTE LONLINESS IS ALL AROUND, BUT LOVE HAS WON THE VOTE! TO ALL MY GRANDMA FIGURES, YOU ARE SO DEAR TO ME. AND TO THE CHRISTIAN YOUTH, THE FUTURE, YOU ARE THE KEY TO MY SPECIAL GOD-SENT FRIENDS, THOUGH MANY MILES AWAY, TAKE TIME TO CALL, AND WRITE, AND CARE-YOU MAKE MY DAY! THOSE THAT SHOW THEY LOVE ME, BY ALWAYS BEING THERE! THE FRIENDS THAT JESUS GAVE TO ME, THANKS TO PRAYER! WORKING FOR THE LORD, HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU STRANDED; THE TEARS ARE BUT A VAPOR, COMPARING BLESSES I'VE BEEN HANDED! SO THANK YOU GOD, FOR SENDING THIS FINE AND LOVING CAST AND WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN-THE REUNION--WHAT A BLAST!!! NO CONFUSION Written by Kenny Mitchell THIS LIFE HAS A MILLION PATHS, AND MANY LEAD US WRONG, IT'S JESUS AND MASTER PLAN THAT HELPS US ALL ALONG. DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR SO MIXED UP-YOU CAN'T SEE THE LIGHT- HE OFFERS NO CONFUSION-GOD'S WAY IS ALWAYS RIGHT! THE DEVIL LIKES TO BUILD US UP, AND LET US TOPPLE DOWN. BUT JESUS IS OUR CUSHION-HE WON'T LET US HIT THE GROUND. WALKING AROUND IN CIRCLES IS NOT THE WAY OUR FATHER LEADS- HE OFFERS NO CONFUSION-AND CAN TAKE CARE OF ALL OUR NEEDS. IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN, AND YOUR ANSWERS SEEM UNCLEAR- THEN CALL UPON THE LORD, AND LET HIM ENTER NEAR. IF YOU HUMBLE TO HIS VOICE HE WILL GLADLY SHOW THE WAY. HE OFFERS NO CONFUSION-AND HE IS THERE DAY AFTER DAY! A GOD OF ACTION Written by Kenny Mitchell WHEN GOD CREATED ALL THIS WORLD AND THEN CREATED MAN IT STARTED A CHAIN OF EVENTS, IT WAS HIS MASTER PLAN. THE ANIMALS AND EVEN NATURE, FOLLOWED ALL OF HIS RULES, BUT THE ONE'S HE LOVED THE MOST WERE HIS BIGGEST FOOLS. NOW THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE AND THERE AS SO MANY NEEDS. BUT GOD STILL CONTROLS IT ALL, HE ALWAYS SUCCEEDS. HE IS NOT A LAZY GOD, HE'S WORKING NIGHT AND DAY! IT IS SUCH A CLEAR CONNECTION, WHEN IN FAITH, WE PRAY! HE'S NOT A GOD TOO BUSY TO HEAR ANY SINCERE CRY. OPEN UP YOUR HEART, IN FAITH, JUST GIVE GOD A TRY! IF IT'S HEALING, OR TROUBLE, IF YOUR JUST FEELING LOW HE IS A GOD OF ACTION, IF YOU BELIEVE, YOU WILL KNOW! MY GOD IS NOT A DEAD GOD-HE'S ALIVE IN ME TODAY THE JOY THAT HE GIVES ME, NO WORDS COULD REALLY RELAY! BUT ONCE YOU GET A SAMPLE OF HIS AWESOME LOVE WITHIN- YOU'LL HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION OF SOULS FOR HIM, TO WIN! ARE WE REALLY READY? Written By Kenny Mitchell THIS MODERN AGE WE LIVE IN, PROVIDES SO MANY DISTRACTIONS EVEN AS CHRISTIANS THE WORLD IS LOADED WITH ATTRACTIONS. BUT DO WE LONG FOR THE CITY THAT PUTS THIS WORLD TO SHAME? ARE WE REALLY READY TO LEAVE, WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN? MOST OF US HAVE A FEAR OF DEATH, SO NATURAL TO WANT TO STAY WHAT IF JESUS CAME BACK RIGHT NOW, WOULD WE BE READY TODAY? IS WHAT WERE DOING WITH OUR LIFE TOO IMPORTANT TO LET GO? ARE WE REALLY READY? OR DOES HE NEED TO WAIT SOME MORE. MY FRIEND, THAT DAY IS COMING, HE WILL WAIT FOR NO MAN, AND I, FOR ONE, FIND NO REASON, TO DOUBT HIS MASTER PLAN! SO IF YOU'RE NOT REALLY READY, BETTER DO A DOUBLE TAKE! ETERNITY WITHOUT THE LORD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST MISTAKE! ALWAYS WITHIN HIS REACH Written by Kenny Mitchell STANDING ON A MOUNTAIN TOP ABLE TO TOUCH THE CLOUDS LOOKING AGHAST AT GOD'S CREATION WANTING TO YELL OUT LOUD; THE ECHO OF OUR EAGER VOICE IS SOUNDED FOR MILES AROUND BUT JESUS CAN HEAR THE FAINTEST WHISPER-WE CAN BE FOUND! NO MATTER HOW LOW WE GET, HOW LIFE PUTS US IN THE PIT WE ARE ALWAYS WITHIN GOD'S REACH, HIS HAND WILL ALWAYS FIT HE'S NEVER TOO FAR WAY THAT HIS HELP WE CANNOT RECEIVE- IF WE HOLD OUT OUR HEART, STRETCH OUR FAITH, AND BELIEVE! FRESH AND REFRESHING Written by Kenny Mitchell WE HAVE ENTERED INTO A NEW YEAR, YES, ANOTHER FRESH START. ONCE MORE, GOD'S MERCY, SHOWS THE AWESOME SIZE OF HIS HEART. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH THIS EXTRA TIME HE HAS GIVEN? WE MUST USE IT TO GET MORE AND MORE SOULS PREPARED FOR HEAVEN EACH DAY THAT GOES BY, GOD'S BLESSINGS JUST BUILD AND BUILD REFRESHING OUR SOULS DEEP WITHIN, UNTIL OUR CUP IS OVERFILLED FRESH IS WHAT EACH NEW DAY IS, BUT REFRESHING COMES FROM HIM; WHEN WERE WORKING FOR JESUS, HIS LOVE LIGHT WILL NOT GROW DIM FRESH IS A BEGINNING BUT REFRESHING MEANS THERE'S MOTION! COMPARE A DRINK OF WATER TO THE MIGHTY, SURGING OCEAN. YOU CAN SEE GOD'S LOVE ALL AROUND, BUT WHEN YOU DO YOUR SHARE YOUR FRESH IDEAS CAN COME TO LIFE THROUGH REFRESHING ANSWERS TO PRAYER!