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Jesus Saves
Words of Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One  To the lost and the lonely - To the sinner unclean - To the weak and the hurting - To the blind and the lame - To the prodigal searching - For a place to call home - Everyone needs a Savior - Everyone needs to know  Chorus One  Jesus saves  - Jesus saves - He can break every chain - When you call on His name - Jesus saves  Verse Two  And to the one seeking answers - To the questions of life - And the one in the struggle - To leave the past behind - To the life that is wasted - In a world without hope - There’s a love that still rescues - There’s a blood that still flows  Chorus Two  Jesus saves  - Jesus saves - He can break every chain - When you call on His name - Jesus saves - Jesus saves  - Jesus saves - He's a father and friend - And His love never ends - Jesus saves  Bridge  He is your refuge - He's your redemption - To the lost and the dying - He's your resurrection
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Remind Me Of Your Grace
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One  This road has not been easy - The journey has been long - And sometimes I get so weary - I can’t make it on my own - But your voice keeps calling out to me - And whispers to my soul - Oh such peace I find - To know I’ll never be alone  Chorus  So in case I may forget - Remind me of your grace - In this time of trial and testing - I know you’ll meet me in this place - I just need to feel your presence - And to rest in your embrace - I know it all will be just fine - If you’ll remind me of your grace  Verse Two  I remember all the times - I’ve called on you for help - And every time you’ve been faithful - Your love has never failed - But now I’m in a place - That I’ve never been before - And how I need you Lord - To bring a calm to this storm
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You Are With Me
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One  You put me in waters higher than me - You let me walk in the valley deep - And I don’t know where this journey ends - But you are with me 
Verse Two Sometimes you let me feel the brokenness - And many times you’ve put my faith to test - So many things I just don’t understand - But you are with me  Chorus  I know you’ll never forsake me - You’ll never leave me alone - And when I’m lost in the confusion - You help me find my way home  Verse Three  When I need to run seems all I do is crawl - Sometimes I wonder if I move at all - And when I don’t know where to go from here - You are with me  Bridge  So why should I worry - Why should I fear - I can face my tomorrow - Knowing you’ll be right here
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He'll Be Holding Me
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One  When I can’t walk any farther - And the road gets rocky and steep - It’s alright, cause I know - He’ll be holding me - When I get lost in the struggle - And it brings me down to my knees - It’s alright, cause I know - He’ll be holding me  Chorus  He’ll be holding me when I can’t go on - He’s always there for me to lighten the load - When the journey gets so hazy that I can’t see - And when my feet get bruised and battered - From walking on a raging sea - I’m alright, cause I know - He’ll be holding me  Verse Two  Now I’m not concerned for tomorrow - Or problems that may come my way - See I’m alright, cause I know - He’ll be holding me - When I’ve lost all my direction - And the waters are troubled and deep - It’s alright, cause I know - He’ll be holding me
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Lead Me Lord
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One  This ole ship is sailing home - The wave’s been rough, the sails are torn - Bruised and tired from the ocean’s might - But I know my home’s in sight
Chorus  Lead me Lord, lead me Lord - I am weak and battle worn - There’s a peace in time of storm - That only comes when you lead me Lord
Verse Two  On this journey I’ve been on - It’s your love that’s kept me strong - Unexpected storms have come - But I can almost see the Sun
Verse Three  And when I finally make it home - And I lay down this earthly robe - I’ll rejoice in Heaven’s light - When joy and peace at last is mine
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Been Changed
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One  I wanna share my story - A little ‘bout my life - I used to be in shambles - But one day I saw the light - I met a man called Jesus - And he took away my sin - So many things are better now - ‘Cause I’ve got peace within  Chorus  I’ve been changed, I’ve been delivered - And I’m so satisfied - I’m living in grace and mercy - And He’s the reason why - I can’t begin to thank Him for - The new life that I found - This joy that He has given me - Has left me with no doubt - That I’ve been changed - Yes I’ve been changed  Verse Two  Now ever since that moment - I got washed as white as snow - I simply can’t contain it - And I want the world to know - Old things are far behind me - Since Jesus brought me out - His spirit is alive in me - It makes me wanna shout
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Lord I Thank You For The Valley
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One  I've been walking through a valley - I know that it was made just for me - Seems like I've been here so very long - The morning light I long to see - But the shepherd holds my hand - He will never let me lose my way - And when I finally know I've made it through - I'll lift my hands and I will say  Chorus  Lord I thank you for the valley - And for showing me the way - If t wasn't for your guiding hand - I don't know where I would be today - And for the valleys yet to be - I know you'll still be watching over me - Then on the mountain I'll look back and see - That I will thank you for the valley  Verse Two  Now that I am on the mountain - I know it won't be very long - Till another valley comes my way - A new place for me to grow - It is here that I will find - Restoration for my weary soul - Sweet comfort now awaits for me - Beside the waters here below
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This Too Shall Pass
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One Another storm another rain - Don't know if I can take the strain anymore - Been trying to keep the hurt at bay - Sometimes I just want to walk away Lord - Then I'm reminded of the plan you have for me - And that you said you'd never leave  Chorus So when the stones on the hill - Make it hard for me to climb - And I stumble in the night - Waiting for the sun to shine - And I wonder how much longer it will last - But just like all the other times - Your hand is holding mine - And you will say this too shall pass  Verse Two You're the healer of my brokenness - I will find in you my sweet peace and rest - My life belongs to you oh Lord - So with faith I'll trust the one who knows what's best - You give beauty from the ashes of the pain - So remind me once again  Bridge Cause I am never alone - Even in my darkest days - As long as I will seek your face

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Just About Home
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One Tensions are high - And hatred is strong - So many have traded - The right for the wrong - But just keep looking up - For redemption is near - It won’t be long now - I can see it so clear  Chorus So lift up your head - We’re just about home - Your faith has been tried - And you’ve weathered the storm - But what a glorious day - When He comes from the throne - So keep looking ahead - We’re just about home  Verse Two Oh what a moment - When my faith becomes sight - With His nail scarred hands - He’ll wipe the tears from my eyes - And all the heartache and pain - We remember no more - All the sadness behind us - When we step on that shore

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Changed By Your Grace
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One I was drifting down the wrong path - On the road to guilt and shame - It was there in all the darkness - When I heard you call my name - Then you put your arms around me - And I felt the sweet release - Of the chains that were broken - When forgiveness set me free Chorus  Now I’ve been changed by your grace - Your mercy freed me from my sin - I’ve been changed by your grace - I’ll never be the same again Verse two Looking back on those old memories - How I wrestle with regret - Sometimes it makes me question - Lord have you forgiven yet - But as I’m dwelling on the past - I can hear you calling me - You say son I don’t remember - What I’ve cast into the sea
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Let Me Take You To The One
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One There is nothing I can say - To fill your mind with peace - There is nothing I can do - To bring the comfort that you need -   Sometimes things don’t work out - The way you think they should - I would take the hurt away - If only that I could  Chorus But I can take you to the one - Who can mend a broken heart - He can take away the hurt - And hold you in His loving arms - You’ve been looking for the sun - To come and chase away the storm - I know the hope you’re looking for - So let me take you to the One Verse Two You’ve been hanging by a thread - And your strength is running low - And though you try to understand - You just feel like letting go - But you will never be alone - Even when you’re faced with fear - There is One who’s holding you - And He’s holding every tear
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Lord Rescue Me
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One It’s not where I thought I’d be - In this lonely place down on my knees ­- The hopes and dreams that I held on to - Are now scattered like the sand Verse Two See I let pride take over me - I drifted far from the arms of a King - But now I need you to pick my up - From the dust of my own plans Chorus Lord rescue me - Let me be a humble servant in your field - Though I am weak from the fight of holding on to my own will - Come hear my plea - Lord rescue me Verse three Now there is one thing I cannot deny - The chains of sin are much stronger than I - So pull me from the stone and the rubble - Help me mend this broken life Bridge Lessons learned and bridges burned - Have left me a broken man - But you see beyond my failures - And you take me as I am
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Living Water
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Chorus I have found living water - Never thirsty - It never runs dry - Come and drink this living water - You will find an endless supply Verse One I was searching for a fountain - But all I found were barren holes - Then Jesus came and He gave me water - He forever quenched my thirsty soul Verse Two There was a woman sitting at the well side - She said she needed a fresh supply - Then Jesus said child please draw near me - If you drink from me then you’ll be satisfied Verse Three If you are drinking from bitter water -  And your well is running dry - There's a fountain and it's forever flowing - Where the thirsty, they are drawing nigh
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Walking On Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith Chorus I’m walking on with Jesus all the way - I’m walking on with Him I’ll never stray - Though the times are hard and the road is long - He always helps me carry on - I’m walking on with Jesus all the way Verse One Sometimes this road I'm walking down - Gets lonely and the clouds abound - And the darkness seems to swallow up the sun - But a gentle hand is always there - Though sometimes I'm so unaware - And I know I'll never walk this road alone Verse Two Now we all must have a choice to make - Which road you will surely take - In case you didn’t know there are two highways - But the one that’s straight and narrow - Is the only one worth walking on - I’ve been down that other road and it’s misery
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His Arms Are Always Open
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One You are facing the decision - Which way you should go - Circumstances brought you here - And now you’re all alone - But turn around and you will find - When no one else would stay - Jesus standing there with you - To help you find your way Chorus And His arms are always open - His mercies never cease - He can love away the heartache - With everlasting peace - No one's ever cared as much - He gave His life for you - And His arms are always open - For you to fall into Verse Two You have felt the loneliness - Of a broken empty heart - How could you know the pain inside - That it would carry you this far - But it doesn’t really matter - How far you seem to fall - He will reach below the bottom - And He will never let you go
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 Take Up Your Cross
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One There’s a voice calling out - Within your heart you hear the sound - It calls your name, you question why - As the voice begins to cry  Chorus Take up your cross and follow me - Lay down your troubles at my feet - Take up your cross and follow me - And I will meet your every need  Verse Two Now in the depths of your heart - There has been a missing part - And what will fill your empty life - Is the call you can’t den
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Only He Could Know The Pain
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One One day upon a hill - They displayed a dying man - For all the world to see - The nails pierced in His hands - And the crown of thorns He wore - Was a mockery of shame - And as the blood came streaming down - Only He could know the pain  Chorus Only He could know the pain - He cried oh why have you forsaken - As the tears began to flow - He said oh Father please forgive them - And though I’ll never understand - Why He died upon a tree - I can only tell you this - He did it all for you and me Verse two Oh the sadness that He felt - When the mob cried crucify - His Father turned His face away - Oh how the angels must have cried - But He knew it was His fate - His destiny was made - He gave freedom to us all - But only He could know the pain
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 Run To Jesus
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: I know what you are thinking· That you won't see the light of day · That burden has you broken · And you just want to run away · Chorus: So if you feel like running· Run to Jesus · You can lean on His breast · If you feel like running · Run to Jesus · In His arms you can rest · Verse Two: Peace of mind and restoration · Seems like a million miles away· Feels like the world is on your shoulder · And you don't want to face the day · Bridge:  You can trust His unseen hand · He will hold you in the storm · This is all part of His plan · He is waiting at the door
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 Until The Storm Is Over
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: Since I've traveled on this journey · I've never seen a storm like this before · I keep listening for the thunder · While the clouds hovering over take their form · I know that you will guide me · So to your nail scarred hand Lord I will cling · And though I may not want this trial · I know that it will be just what I need · Chorus: But until the storm is over · I need you Lord to come and help me stand · For I've always been just fine · When I've held onto your strong and might hand  · Lord I know this is your will · And for me this is your plan · But until the storm is over · I need you Lord to come and help me stand · Verse Two: Sometimes it's hard to understand · Why the path that I am taking gets so dark · But there's contentment in this journey · Because you have been with me from the start· Lord ever since you found me · I don't recall a time that I regret · So let this storm come in around me · And show me why you've never failed me yet
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I Just Wanna Go Home
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: She sat there quietly · That homesick look in here eyes · Anxiously awaiting to cross the tide · Her family gathered 'round her · Asked her what was on her mind · She just looked at them and then replied · Chorus: I just wanna go home · All I wanna do is just go home · Seems like everytime I turn around · Lord I find another reason to go  · To where I belong · I've been waiting for this day to come · As others leave here one by one · Oh I miss 'em so · And I just wanna go home ·Verse Two: Now it seems like more and more · I think about the other side · and everything that waits for you and me · How I'm longing to behold · What these eyes have yet to see · Then I can touch what I have only dreamed
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When The Blood Was Applied
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith

Verse One:  Sinking so deep in the depths of my sin · Alone and ashamed of where I had been · Forces of darkness on every side · But it all seemed to vanish when the blood was applied · Chorus:  Now white as the snow is all that you see · Sin's stains were lifted · I'm forgiven and free · No longer a captive to the old ways of life · My past was erased when the blood was applied · Verse two: I remember the time lost without hope · Sin and affliction had taken my soul · Then along came a man · He showed me I was lost · He gave me His life on an old rugged cross
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Everything’s Fine
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One:  I just heard the news this morning · I can’t imagine how you feel · I wish I knew the words to say · To make it not seem so real · Chorus:  But everything’s fine · Everything’s OK · I just had a talk with Jesus · And He said help was on the way · So, just hang on · And don’t lose sight · Soon the waiting will be over · And He will make your burden light · Everything’s fine · Verse two: Now you may think you’ve lost your way · Your world is spinning round and round · Oh, but what a friend you have in Jesus · He will never let you down · Bridge: Well, I know · things seem so hard · But keep the faith · and don’t lose heart
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Calvary Stands In My Way
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: Well, Lord, you know I’m just a man · And I just live from day to day · And I have seen my share of trouble · Every step along the way · But everything that I have done · It has brought me to my knees · And now I’m calling to you Father · Would you come and rescue me · Chorus:  Now when I look back on my sins · Calvary stands in my way · Oh, it’s then I am reminded · This ole sinner’s debt is paid · And no more will I be in chains · From the scars of yesterday · I can’t see the things behind me · When Calvary stands in my way · Verse Two: Now the world is getting brighter · And these old wounds are on the mend · For Jesus walks beside me · And everyday He holds my hand · But when the demons of the past · When they choose to come around · I just hold a little tighter · To this Savior I have found
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Welcome Home
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: Another soldier laid to rest · He has bravely stood the test · Now the Father bids him “Come · You have finally made it home.” · Chorus:  Well done my child · Welcome home · Come and rest around the throne · You have fought a worthy fight · Welcome home · My wounded child · Welcome home · Verse Two: It’s been a long and rugged road · That my feet have walked upon · Now I’m longing for that day · When I hear my Savior say · Bridge: There’s a longing · Within my heart · To see you standing with open arms · And as I’m kneeling before your throne · That’s when you say, “Welcome home”
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A Little Bit Of Faith
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: There’s a mountain in your way · And you know you’ve got to climb it · No matter how you try · There’s just no way around it · But you don’t have to go alone · It just never works that way · You were meant to trust · And have a little bit of faith · Chorus:  A little bit of faith · It’s all you really need · You can change your situation · If only you believe · So, when you begin to speak · To the mountains in your way · Just remember all it takes · Is a little bit of faith · Verse two: Now the fear is calling out · And your heart just doesn’t listen · But reflections in your mind · Tell you to change direction · Oh, but God will make you strong · At the moment when you pray · That mountain’s gonna tumble · From that little bit of faith
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The Reason That I Sing
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: It seems like lately I’ve been through it · I guess you could say I’ve seen better days · And sometimes this load gets heavy · And I want to throw it all away · But You’re a shelter hanging over me · When the rain begins to fall · And, just like a beacon in the darkness · Your love will see me through it all · Chorus: ‘Cause You are the rock that I can lean on · You are the wind beneath my wings · You are the light in all my darkness · And, You are the reason that I sing · Verse two: It’s plain to see that I’m not perfect · I try to live the best I can · Oh, but I’m not always straight and narrow · And, how I wish I was a better man · But, You are standing right beside me · Just like the footprints in the sand · And, when I start to slip and fall · You pick me up and help me stand.
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A Little Mercy Now  
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: My life, Lord, it ain’t turned out · The way that I had hoped · But you see I’ve learned my lesson · I just thought you’d like to know · Just look at all these scars · I know I’ve let you down · With nothing left but my shame · I could use a little mercy now · Chorus:  I know I don’t deserve it Lord · You’ve been hurt so many times · And I’ve lost so many chances · All because of foolish pride · I’m tired of playing this game · And I know you’re tired as well · I’m laying it all down · I could use a little mercy now · Verse Two: Well, I guess you could say · What goes around comes around · I’ve tasted this bitter cup · But now I’ve thrown it on the ground · I know you understand · You always love me somehow · But this time like no other · I could use a little mercy now
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 It Won’t Be Long
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: For many years now · We have heard the story · How this world · Is gonna pass away · Can’t you see the signs · They’re all around us · Friend, be ready · Ready for that day Chorus : “Cause it won’t be long · We’ll be going over · We will see our loved ones · Who have gone · But most of all · We’re gonna be with Jesus · Just a few more days · We’ll be going home · Verse Two: Now we’ve been living · With anticipation · In a world · We don’t belong · But we’ve been given · Blessed assurance · That our Lord is gonna take us home · Verse Three: Now we will leave · All cares and heartaches · No more tears · To fill our eyes · If you listen close · You can hear the Father · Saying, “Son, · Go get your bride.”
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Jesus Is Here
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: Some days you’re soaring on the wind · Just like an eagle · Then there are days · You feel so reckless · You can’t hold your own · Well, if you’re rock steady or tossed around · Let me remind you · There is hand that’s reaching out · From a heavenly throne · Chorus:  So if you feel you’ve lost your way · Jesus is here · In fact He is standing · There by your side · There’s nothing to fear · And He will not leave you all alone · Just let your heart be His home · So don’t look any farther · Hope had arrived · ‘Cause Jesus is here · Verse two: But you feel you’ve drifted · So far away · That no one can find you · You’re just a hopeless case in life · And you’re not worth the time · But Jesus is there with open arms · ‘Cause He never left you · Just let His love reach out to you · And give you new life
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Just Like The First Time
Words and Music by Michael Wayne Smith
Verse One: Time and again · You came to me · But I walked away · Keeping my need · But now and forever · This time for sure · I need your love, Lord · And I want nothing more · Chorus: And it’s just like the first time · You called my name · Willing to love me · In spite of my shame · And though I may fall · I’m never too far from your grace · ‘Cause just like the first time · Your love stays the same · Verse Two: But I will never forget · When I was alone · Wrapped up in chains · That I made on my own · I was in prison · And I needed release · Oh, but then you found me · And you set me free
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