I came looking
Life had dealt a blow
I couldn’t make it
Without the Lord’s control

I realized I’m a sinner
I couldn’t save myself
I bent my knee to Jesus
Lord I need your help

His hand cleansed my heartache
His love cured my pain
He has paid for my evil
I live in Jesus name

All the things I searched for
Value, worth, and joy
Came with my new birth
Jesus is in my heart

Change began that moment
That Jesus saved my soul
Every day with Jesus
My heart grows

Every time I fail Him
He is there with me
Lifting, guiding, protecting
Everything I can be

His value is my interest
I want to be like Him
Saved to be like Jesus
One day I’ll stand before Him


Spiritual activity
I cannot see
Is raging around me
God has chosen me

All my life
He’s seeking me
So I can have a choice
Life or destruction
It’s so simple many lose

How can life be structured?
So fairly for each one
Only God can answer
The question says I’m one

One that Jesus died for
One the Father seeks
Truth is even stronger
Each of us unique

The Word of God is touching
All of mankind
So that no one can excuse Him
Each must make up his mind

Questions tease and trick me
They make me feel so strong
Yet wisdom comes from the Lord
Issued from His throne

Here I am in trouble
Life is a fragile thread
But God has a reason
I belong because I’m His


Sunday, May 16, 2004
My sermon at the Homeless Church, Brantley Baptist Center, in New Orleans.

Grace and peace to you
a. God so loved (JN 3:16)
b. Whosoever (Rom 10:13)
c. Gives you a choice
a. Died on the Cross
b. Seals your faith
c. Seeks you each day
a. Service
b. Sacrifice
c. Suffering
a. Real
b. Reward
c. Result


There has never been a time
When Christ turned away
Disgusted by man’s choices
Discouraged with the day

Loving Lord who cares
Lives in His children’s heart
Not by their strength
But by His love

What a savior
Coming to man
All are lost
Even the grand

And yet Christ’s love is real
Heals the hurting
Reaches the willing
Bringing each to God

There is a day appointed
When Christ will come again
Full of vengeance
To deal with the world’s sin

A day of cataclysm
A time of death and fear
Man who spurned the Lord
Will experience all His wrath

But now man is waiting
Choosing his own way
The love of Christ is available
His love will save you today


I know so little
Help me Lord
To see the battle lines

I want to know
What to do
So I’ll not disgrace You

I’m selfish and fearful
When things don’t work out
I just want to walk away

Merely a passing shadow
In the world for today
Help me learn to stay

Right where I’m planted
In the midst of my mess
Victorious on my quest

Options seem to broaden
Greener pastures over there
I need to stay right here

Winning is an illusion
It changes every day
But Jesus is forever
My life is hid in Christ

Today I will not waver
Even though failure comes
Life is worth living
As Jesus’ work gets done


Do you care?
Are you here?
What is the thing?
That brings you near

Is there anyone you love
If you do can you give
What is good and right for them
Give the thing that enables them

Christ is life
Whoever you are
Christ is light
For traveling far

In the Lord
We have love
In the Lord
We get strength from above

What can we do?
For all we meet
What can we give?
That will equip them to live

All I have
All I give
Jesus is Lord
He helps me live

What I am
What I can be
Is wound in Christ
He guides me

My life counts
My heart is strong
You are important
Don’t live alone

Life in Christ is victory
If I care for others
I will share God’s son
Christ in them and they have won


I abandon all to thee
My heart, my life complete
When you are more
Than the thing I fear
Success comes to my door

Christ is all and in all
He can reach the source
For victory over hidden things
That bedevils and disheartens

I walk a step
And try so hard
For a season I have success
But victory comes
When Christ has won
Every corner of my heart

When I want Jesus
More than it
I will march straight to Christ
And He will loose the bonds
That holds my will so tight

Standing close to Christ
To know Him more
And serve His way
Convictions and consistency
Take care of themselves
I will walk Christ’s way


I had a smile
It touched a heart
They hurt inside
I didn’t know

I lent a hand
It eased a burden
They prayed for help
I didn’t know

A person hurt
I listened
It helped
I didn’t know

I was a friend
It saved a life
They felt worth
I didn’t know

I carried peace
God in me
Christ shined through
I didn’t know

Actions count
The things I do
Impact people
Just like you

Kindness planted
Caring results
Peace in Christ
Bears results


Do what Christ says
It’s for your best
So that you won’t suffer
And life won’t be a mess

When life is unraveling
Stop in your sin
Get back with Jesus
Begin where sin ends

Obedience happens
When I change
And discipline my actions
In line with Christ’s refrain

Do what the Father
Says I should do
Quickly without quibbling
I will bend my knee to YOU

It identifies my heart
It says that God is true
Even though I can’t see Him
My actions say I do

Discipline comes so slowly
Obedience is its stairs
I walk each day with Jesus
So that life will no longer stare


One more time with feeling
I thank you Lord for life
Everyday with Jesus
I daily take His advice

I’m not alone now
Even though the journey is rough
My bags are getting lighter
As I rejoice in Christ’s love

Peace with the Father
Amidst the pain of life
Reminds me of my journey
Life doesn’t last

But Christ is my Savior
My journey belongs to Him
He calls me to worship
And spend time with Him

Everyday I’m searching
For this day’s joy
I find it in unlikely places
Christ is already there

My inner soul is joyous
Life cannot destroy
The peace I have in Jesus
His life provides my joy