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Rick Lee James Springfield, Ohio

Rick Lee James is a singer and songwriter, a gifted speaker, a worship leader and a Podcast host who has worked with the likes of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Illuminated
Illuminated (From the Album “Changes”)

Verse 1

A light came shining into the darkness
The shadow of death ran from the day
Back to the abyss where it had come from
The curtain of the night was torn away
Pre-Chorus

And to all who live in the shadows
Behold your light has come. It has come.

Chorus

My soul cries out the glory of the Lord
Praise the One who makes the darkness flee
And all the blind men say
As their blindness fades away
Jesus has illuminated me

Verse 2

The light is shining out from the heavens
Where the Lamb of God is seated on His throne
Glowing with the glory of the Father
Shining out the way that leads us home
Pre-Chorus

And to all who live in the shadows
Behold your light has come

Chorus

Pre-Chorus

Chorus
Track Name: I Lift Up My Eyes
I Lift Up My Eyes (From the Album “Changes”)

Verse 1
Save me O God from lying tongues
I’ve lived too long with those who have no love
Chorus
So I lift up my eyes
Where does my help come from
My help comes from You
Maker of earth and heaven
Verse 2
They are for war I am for peace
I pray day and night
I know that You do not sleep
Chorus
(BRIDGE)
I cry to the Lord
In my distress
He will answer me
He will answer me
Chorus
Track Name: Sing Praises to God Who Reigns Above
Sing Praises To God Who Reigns Above (From the Album “Changes”)

Chorus
Halleluiah
Praises to the King
Halleluiah
Raise your voice and sing
Praises to the King
Verse 1
Sing praises to God
Who reigns above
His love endureth forever
Let all of the tribes and nations come
His love endureth forever
He has exalted His holy name
Jesus the holy One always remains
Sing praises to God
Who reigns above
His love endureth forever
His love endureth forever
Chorus

Verse 2
I will rejoice in His true word
His love endureth forever
He is my strength and my reward
His love endureth forever
Oceans will flood and the sky will fade
But Jesus the holy One always remains
Sing praises to God who reigns above
His love endureth forever
His love endureth forever
Chorus
CCLI Song No. 4767901
© 2005 Rick L. James
Rick James
For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights Reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License No. 549412
BMI work # 12132873
Track Name: Why
Why (From the Album “Changes”)

Verse 1
I look at the world so broken and fallen
And sometimes I wonder Lord, do You hear us calling?
Cause there’s famine and greed, divorce and disease
Abortion and war so could you please answer me?

Chorus:
Why Lord, I’m asking You,
Why are they hungry and begging for food?
Why are they lonely, abandoned and poor?
This can’t be the way you intended it Lord.
Why? Why is it Lord?
Why are the nations corrupted by war?
Why are the babies abandoned at birth?
Why won’t you take back control of this earth?
Why?

Verse 2
Cause poverty and war have taken their toll
and I’m ashamed to even as God, but are you still in control?
But then I hear a small voice in this confusion that I see
And I find my answers when my questions are turn back at me

Chorus 2:
You say why, Child, I’m asking you?
Why are they hungry and when you have the food?
Why are they lonely, abandoned and poor?
What did you think that I put you here for?
Why? If I am your Lord?
Why are the nations corrupted by war?
Why are your babies abandoned at birth?
This is not the way I intended this earth.
Why?

Bridge:
We are his hands and his feet.
We are his hands and his feet.
We are his hands and his feet.
We are his hands and his feet.
Track Name: Lost No More
Lost No More (From the Album “Changes”)

Verse 1

I didn’t read a map. I didn’t watch the signs

Walking in a wilderness of my own design.

The sun began to set and the road began to wind.

Lost and alone in the night

Chorus

But I’m lost no more

I’m singing Glory to the Lord.

I’m lost no more cause I’m found in You.

Verse 2

I said I was righteous but my life said something else

Jeckyl and Hyde, I was a stranger to myself.

Completely lost until You made a way.

Now I’m walking in truth and I’m living under grace.

Chorus

Bridge

Running in the dark will turn into a crawl

And it won’t take long until you’re face first in a wall.

But when you’re fall on your knees it’s the safest place to fall.

Surrender is the quickest way back home.
Track Name: Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sacred Heart Of Jesus (From the Album “Changes”)

Verse 1

O, Sacred Heart of Jesus
Filled with boundless love
Broken by our cold ingratitude
Pierced by our transgressions
yet loving us still
The only hope we have is found in you

Pre-Chorus

We’re longing for You

We’re desperate for Your grace.

We hear your invitation

Ringing through this place as You say

Chorus:

Come to me all who are weary

Bring in your burdens and leave them here

Bring all your sin and sorrow

And all of you tomorrows

And I will give you rest.

Verse 2

O, Sacred heart of Jesus

Merciful and true

Teach us how to do the Father’s plan

Fill us with compassion

Help us be like You

Taking on the needs of hurting man.

Pre-Chorus

We’re longing for You

We’re desperate for Your grace.

We hear your invitation

Ringing through this place as You say

Chorus:

Come to me all who are weary

Bring in your burdens and leave them here

Bring all your sin and sorrow

And all of you tomorrows

And I will give you rest.
Track Name: Private Storm
Private Storm (From the Album “Changes”)

Verse 1

He leans into the wind of a blowing sideways rain.

He fights so brave and strong ‘til his life is nearly drained

He’s battered on the rocks of the silence of the Lord

That echoes through the night of His own private storm

Verse 2

And it’s just another night but it’s the darkest he has known

And he can barely stand upright but the storm still rages on

And through his blurry eyes he searches for the dawn

He’s fighting for his life through his own private storm

Chorus 1:

And it’ll spin him all about.

It’ll toss him all around.

It’ll throw him in the air and it’ll slam him to the ground

It’ll make him start to ask if there ever was a God

And in this private storm will there ever be a calm? Will there be a calm?

Verse 2

Cause God’s silence is not golden when you’re hanging on a cross

And you’re fighting every storm humankind has ever fought.

And it’s true that God won’t give anymore than we can bear

But the storm is not from God and it doesn’t really care.

So the storm beat Him down and it took His life away

But three days in the ground and rising from the grave

Will carry every soul who is battered in the rains

And it tells us that the gales will not have the final say

And your own private storm, it will not win this fight

Cause your own private storm has been crucified with Christ.

Chorus 1:

And it may spin you all about.

It may toss you all around.

It might throw you in the air and it may slam you to the ground

And it may make you start to ask if there ever was a God

But in this private storm He will be the calm? He will there be a calm?
Track Name: Old Rusty Nail
Old Rusty Nail (From the Album “Changes”)

Verse 1

Like an old rusty nail in a bad piece of wood

We hang on to the old even if it’s no good

We don’t want to change cause that’s hard to do

But sooner or later the change will find you.

Verse 2

Every Sunday is like Halloween

Wearing a mask to make you look clean

A brilliant disguise there in the pew

You say you know Jesus but does He know you?

Verse 3

Like a bad doctor who won’t take his pills

You point to the cure but choose to stay ill.

I can’t imagine how hard it must be

To live like a slave while saying you’re free.

Verse 4

Open your eyes.

Open your eyes.

There’s a speck in yours.

There’s a plank in mine.

Do you want to be healed?

© 2010 Rick L. James
Rick James

BMI Work # 12132878
Track Name: Keep Your Eyes Upon The Nazarene
Keep Your Eyes Upon The Nazarene

1.) Look at the believers standing in their Sunday best.
The women in their dresses, and the men in coats and vests.
Some of them are honest, a lot of them are not
When they're singing "I Surrender All"

2.) Some moan about the music if it isn't done their way
It's immature and selfish but it's going on today
Gods says to sing a new song, but we'll stick with the old
With any luck we'll drive the kids away.

3.) And younger people do it too, no memory for the past
The treat the older members just like they've already passed
The segregate the worship, saying "Have it your own way"
We've turned the church into a fast food chain

4.) Somehow ole' Democracy snuck in the house of God
We've given God's authority unto the common mob
If you don't like the liturgy we'll put it to a vote
Kingdom come and let our will be done.

Chorus:
Republicans and Democrats, Tea Parties, and the Green
None of us have got it right, none of us are clean
The right are wrong, the left ain't right and some are in between
So keep your eyes upon the Nazarene

5.) Jesus was the Nazarene who lived among the poor
I wonder if we'd let Him in if he came to our door.
We don't help the poor cause they might buy alcohol
We pray for them inside our gated walls.

6.) I'm not throwing stones I'm just trying to tell the truth
The truth is everybody, some believers are confused
And I'm getting pretty nervous when they talk about Fox News
Like it is the final word of God.

Chorus:

7.)And Jesus wasn't joking with, "Love Your Enemies"
But usually we treat them like a really bad disease.
It rots us to the core and it takes our Faith away
When Instead of God we love the U.S.A.

8.) If God Damns a person is the worst curse of all
But I think we damn ourselves when we justify our wars
When His precious blood is used as the very best excuse
The shed the precious blood of someone else.
Track Name: If You Hear His Voice Today
If You Hear His Voice Today
Verse 1
If you hear His voice today
Do not turn and run away
Or harden your heart
Please do not ignore His ways
His salvation or His grace
Soften your heart

Chorus 1
Let us approach the throne of grace
With hearts of truth
In Jesus name with confidence
Not in ourselves but in His blood

Verse 2
If I hear His voice today
I will not turn and run away
Or harden my heart
I will not ignore His ways
His salvation or His grace
Soften my heart

Chorus 2
Let us approach the throne of grace
With hearts of truth
In Jesus name with confidence
Not in ourselves but in His blood
We bow our heads
We rend our hearts by faith O Lord
Set us apart and for Your joy
Our tongues confess
You are the King
Jesus is the King
(BRIDGE)
You are King of Kings
You are Lord of Lord's
And Your kingdom reigns now and evermore
Chorus 2
Track Name: Blessed be the Name
Blessed Be The Name

Verse 1
O for a thousand tongues to sing
Blessed be the name of the Lord
The praises of my God and King
Blessed be the name of the Lord

Chorus
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord most high

Verse 2
He breaks the pow'r of cancelled sin
Blessed be the name of the Lord
His blood can make the foulest clean
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Verse 3
Jesus the name that charms our fears
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Tis music in the sinners ears
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Misc 1
(ENDING)
Blessed be the name blessed be the name
Blessed be the name blessed be the name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Track Name: Let It Be (Take My Life)
Verse 1
Take my life, let it be
set apart Lord to Thee
Take my hands
Let them move at the impulse of Thy love
At the impulse of Thy love
Lord let me move
Take my life
Take my life
Let it be
Verse 2
Take my voice
Let me sing always only for my King
Take my nights and my days
Let them flow in ceaseless praise
Let them flow in ceaseless praise
Lord take my days
Take my life
Take my life
Let it be

Chorus
Take my will Make it Thine
It shall be no longer mine
Take my heart It is Thy own
Let it be Thy royal throne
Take my life, Take my life
Take my life, Take my life
Take my life, Take my life