ARCHIVES SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2018

 

 

Blog 83 for 10-27-2018
 

GOD’S BLUEPRINT FOR A POWERFUL CHURCH

For sometime I have been living in Acts chapter 2. The 47 verses of this chapter give us the record of the very first Christian church in our world. There has never been another church its equal. God birthed this church in the upper room at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost to be a model church for all others that would follow. In my study and preparation for a new series, “God’s Blueprint For A Powerful Church” leaped out of these verses into my spirit.

Bess and I are looking forward to a six-month journey from November 4 through April with the wonderful people in Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland.

Most all of these people are like family to us. The Holy Spirit is helping me to develop a special series of messages on “God’s Blueprint For A Powerful Church” out of Acts chapter 2. I will preach the Keynote message of this series on Sunday, November 4, at the 10:00a.m. service. This will be one message you will not forget!


It has been a joy to worship five Sundays during the summer season from May through September with the people that are coming together as Restoration Fellowship. We feel their love for us, and appreciate the expectation, unity and harmony we sense every time we walk into the beautiful auditorium at Kathleen High School. That is the way it should be since the majority of the people were our church family for 19 years. When we finished our pastoral career with them in May of 2017, we left a loving, caring and unified people. I am really thrilled and excited to be involved in the ministry of our Lord with all of them once again!     

The Best Is Yet To Come!

Charles Kirby




Blog 82 for 10-20-2018

 

DON’T MISS PASTOR KIRBY’S UNFORGETTABLE
KEY-NOTE MESSAGE TO THE SERIES

“GOD’S BLUEPRINT FOR A POWERFUL CHURCH”
ON NOVEMBER 4TH

I AM A BLESSED MAN!

When I count my many blessings it is then that I really do see what the Lord has done! A few days ago I celebrated my 81st birthday. I was encouraged, blessed and overwhelmed as I read and heard expressions of best wishes and appreciation from the internet, cards, phone calls and text messages. A host of people, including family members, from many states and other countries were represented. It is a fact, my 81st birthday was a tremendous heart-warming experience for me! Many of you who read my blogs were involved, and I am very grateful to each one of you.

When I count my many blessings it involves my health and my strength. My dear Lord continues to keep my energy at a high level. I just told Bess today sometimes it seems like I have the same energy I had at 40. The harder I work around our cabins, the more my energy level seems to rise. I inherited it from my dad, who at 80 was still working as a carpenter. My energy and strength allow me to mow the grass on our sloping mountain in front of Stargazer cabin, a hill in front of Snuggled-In, and a larger hill along the lane to our cabins. I keep my chain saw busy cutting trees and limbs. I just had it sharpened and now it is ready to go again. By the way, I just noticed a fast-growing tree growing closer to Snuggled-In cabin. If I don’t get it cut down before we head south, I will cut it next spring. A huge fast growing beautiful round hedge along our lane needs continuous trimming; with falling leaves, gutters must be cleaned; two cabin decks need to be stained annually; tomorrow I am planning to do some staining on some of the logs on Stargazer cabin; I have not mentioned weed eating and spraying to kill fast-growing weeds. Just today I told Bess the large Majestic View Cottage Rental sign at Majestic View Way and Buckeye Lane needs to be sprayed with Awesome to make it look awesome once again. Now you can see cabin owners in the Smokies never seem to catch up. However, I really enjoy the physical activity in my retirement because it helps to “keep me young.”

Bess and I will be back in Lakeland at the end of the month. We are excited about the new season from November 4 through April. God is helping me in my study and preparation of a new series through Acts chapter 2. If you are within driving distance to Kathleen High School auditorium in Lakeland, I invite you to be at the 10:00 a.m. worship service of Restoration Fellowship Church, on November 4. It is going to be an exciting Lord’s Day with God’s anointing Holy Spirit upon the music and the Word! The difference will be worth the distance!   

It is going to be another NEW DAY!

Charles Kirby





Blog 81 for 10-13-2018
 

MY URGENT PLEA



I firmly believe that the upcoming elections on November 6 will be the most important that our nation has experienced. If the liberals and socialists gain control of our congress it could plunge our nation into the point of no return. As never before, now is the time for all born-again, God-fearing and God-loving Christians to rise up to take a stand at the voting booths across the land. All of us should be awakened with what happened to Judge Kavanaugh. By now we should know what the outcome would have been had the liberals been in the majority. Our wonderful Lord has surely come to our rescue, and saved America from disaster! Without a doubt, God sure answered the prayers of all of us that urgently prayed during this challenging time. Bess and I continue to rejoice in grateful thanks to our great God.

Through the years at election times, I have always urged the people in all of my churches to vote Biblically and not politically. Some people have been upset with me for making this statement and taking this stand, but that did not change my mind because I knew God’s Holy Word supported me completely.

Since I have moved into a political realm, let me say that Bess and I pray for President Trump in our devotional time every morning. The incredible leadership he is giving to our nation cannot be denied. Even though we do not agree with some of his expressions and language, we are very grateful for the tremendous progress our nation is enjoying during the first two years of his first term at this present time. To God be all glory, honor and praise!

God Bless America!

Charles Kirby




 

Blog 80 for 10-6-2018

 

Bess and I spent a wonderful week at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from September 23-29 at the LeConte Center. There were many highlights that we experienced...Great concerts, wonderful preaching, exciting crowds, and renewing of friendships, with God’s anointing resting on the entire event. A camp meeting and revival spirit was present in session after session. The Holy Spirit used group after group and preacher after preacher to minister to the great crowds.

Every year we have attended the NQC, a thrilling happening we experience is meeting people that have watched us on the world- wide web and read our blogs on our web site at www.charleskirbyministries.com. This year was more than all the others we have attended in the past years. We did not count them, but we can easily estimate over 100 people, not counting the groups coming to our church, when they saw us, they came and expressed their appreciation for our ministry. I must say that remains to be a major highlight and encouragement of the week. Most all of these we did not know and had never met.

Bess and I were thrilled to be in the big crowd to celebrate the induction of three of our friends into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Mark Trammell, Ann Downing and Tracie Stuffle who is now in heaven. Mark and Ann talked to us about the conditions and changes they are witnessing in the churches of these last days. It is so sad to hear about some churches that are losing huge numbers of people, mostly because of changes in the philosophy of ministry. In one great church in Texas over 400 people have asked for their membership. It is rocking that church! We were told by a popular and godly group that have sung in a once great church in the south with attendance up to 9,000 that they had dismissed their pastor, and several thousand have left the church. Now the church is in a great financial crisis. Bess and I listened to dedicated laymen from several states as they told us sad stories about their church, and shared their broken hearts. We really did try to be encouragers to all of these.

We were thrilled to meet Bill and Mary Beth Purdy from St. Louis for the first time. They have watched us on the world-wide web and encouraged us with their gracious comments. I really was excited to hear that Bill was a major league baseball catcher for the old St. Louis Browns, now the Baltimore Orioles. He played with Roger Hornsby and Dizzy Dean, two of the all time baseball greats. Then my ears really perked up when he told me about my boyhood baseball idol, Stan The Man Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals. He lived just 4 houses from Stan. I loved hearing about Stan the Man! Our family saw him play his last game in 1965 in St. Louis.

Bess and I spent some very special time with Karen Peck’s mom and dad at Karen’s booth in the lobby of the LeConte Center. They are two godly people that have been to our church in Lakeland several times. They loved our services and shared their love and appreciation for us. They knew our favorite song that Karen sings is “My God Will Always Be Enough!” Karen’s dad said “I have told her she should sing that song in every concert.” I told him I have told her that same thing.

Gordon and Maureen McGeorge, from New Brunswick, Canada stayed at one of our cabins and attended NQC. They winter in Lakeland and have been wonderful friends for about 10 years. We really enjoyed our time together. They both have been fascinated with the curvy mountain roads.

What a tremendous week!

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES OF SOME OF OUR FRIENDS

Charles Kirby




Blog 79 for 9-22-2018

SATAN TRIED TO SILENT OUR VOICES,
BUT GOD INTERVENED!

 

It all happened about 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. After I had preached and Bess had ministered in music at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland on Sunday, September 16, an 18 wheeler side-swiped our rental car on Interstate 75 North a few miles south of Ocala. We were returning to the mountains, riding in the right lane, planning to stop one mile ahead at a rest stop. I was aware of the truck to my left in the center lane, but not prepared for what was about to happen. Before I could move over to the shoulder to avoid the truck that had crossed over the line into my lane, it happened.  To say the least, I was shocked when the truck side-swiped the car and never stopped. Our car began to tail spin, causing me to lose control. According to an eyewitness, we continued to tail spin, crossing over into the center lane and then into the fast lane in heavy traffic of trucks and cars going north at a high rate of speed. Jacqueline, the eye witness, heading to work, almost ran into us. If God had not intervened, there could have been a huge pile up of cars and trucks and many people, no doubt Bess and I, would have been killed. It is a fact, Bess and I believe we were covered by the blood of our Lord!

Jacqueline, the eye witness, said as she watched us continue to tail spin, she saw us rear end the concrete wall that seperated the north and south lanes on the interstate. That explained to us how and why the trunk and rear of the car were smashed in. After one last spin, we stopped partly in the fast lane facing the wall a few feet away. That is when Jacqueline came to our car to see if we were injured, and appeared to be amazed when I told her “I don’t know, but do not think so.” She then said she is calling 911 and gave us her name and phone number and said to call later if she could help us. Soon emergency people came and stopped traffic on the interstate so I could drive the car across the road to the grass area on the right shoulder of the road to await the highway patrol.

Bess and I did call Jacqueline on Thursday, September 20, and heard her give a “play by play” of the crash like I have printed above. Without a doubt, as we heard her describe the happenings, we were convinced that angels had to be all around to spare our lives and others at the scene.

A big number of people attending the National Quartet

Bill Mary Beth Purdy with Kirbys

Convention in Pigeon Forge, September 23-29, had already heard about the crash and were thrilled to see us there. Most all of these were people that continue to watch our ministry on the internet and read our blogs. It has been so heartwarming to

A couple from the Netherlands and Mike LeFevre with Kirbys

hear so many from across the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands that expressed their love and appreciation for our ministry. Some of these we had never met, including the Netherland couple. They said they came to the NQC hoping to see and meet us, and were very excited when they saw us talking to Mike LeFevre at the entrance of the LeConte Center on Sunday afternoon. Many of these people assured us that “God was not finished with us!” All of them were wonderful encouragers to us, which really strengthened our ministry. Bess and I, driving back to our cabin, were rejoicing and praising our Lord for His miracle blessings in our lives, much more than we deserve.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Charles Kirby





Blog 78 for 9-22-2018

 

NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION

September 23-29 the National Quartet Convention will be held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. 40,000 people are expected to attend during the week. Bess and I will be attending the Tuesday Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Dr. Jerry Goff will be the master of ceremony for this event. We are excited for three of our friends that will be inducted: Ann Downing, Mark Trammell and Tracy Stuffle.

Ann Downing has been a close friend and distant cousin of Bess's since 1969. She made her debut into Southern Gospel Music as a member of the Speer Family. After a five- year ministry with the Speers, she and her husband, Paul Downing, formed the Downings. For several years they were one of the most popular groups on the quartet circuit. I used them in the early 70s at Tidewater Central Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for several mini-evangelistic events. At one of those meetings over 100 people responded to the invitation in a single service. That remains, until this day, the most outstanding service in my ministry. After the death of Paul in the early 90s, Ann has traveled as a soloist, and has had an effective ministry. Her career now spans 55 years. Congratulations, Ann!

Mark Trammell has been my friend for about 20 years. He really deserves to be in the SGMA Hall of Fame. Through the years Mark has made his mark on Southern Gospel Music as one of the most outstanding baritone singers. His group, the Mark Trammell Quartet, is one of the most popular and effective groups traveling today. Mark is an ordained minister of the Gospel and often preaches during the group's appearances. A big congratulations to Mark.

Tracy Stuffle has been a regular singer in the Saturday Nights In Lakeland concert series for about 18 years. After a debilitating physical attack Tracy became an amazing miracle of God’s healing power. Even though he was wheelchair bound he continued to travel with the Perrys until God called him home. He really did make his mark on Gospel Music through the years.

During the NQC week Bess and I will have the opportunity to fellowship with many of our friends. One of the very special times for us has always been to see and visit with people in the huge lobby and food court of the LeConte Center that have watched us through the internet ministry. If you are at NQC this year, be sure to look us up. We will be there Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. It will be fun to chat!

There really is a song in my heart!

Charles Kirby







Blog 77 for 9-15-2018

 

[note from webmaster: this blog was first displayed as a blog for 9-8-2018 in error]

 

THE  IN PERPLEXING TIMES

The Apostle Paul wrote in Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Even though God’s children may disagree as to the time of our Lord’s return, there can be no disagreement regarding the fact of His return. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that they must “wait for God’s Son from heaven,” and that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven.” {I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16} Every born-again believer should be looking for that blessed hope! As I have been studying this Scripture there are three things we should consider:

1.  THE CERTAINTY OF OUR HOPE “That hope” {v. 13}

Many passages throughout the New Testament

cleary indicate that the hope of the Church is the   

return of Christ {see I Timothy 1:1; Colossians

1:27; Hebrews 6:19} and we are admonished to

wait for it.

 2.  THE CHARACTER OF OUR HOPE  “That blessed hope” {v. 13}

The character of our hope is bound up in that

word “blessed” or “happy.” There is the

prospect of a happy rapture, when we shall

“meet the Lord in the air” {I Thessalonians 4:17}

This will be the happiest moment in the believer’s experience when we can look unashamedly into the face of our Saviour. Then follows a review of the believer’s life and service, at the judgment seat of Christ, when we shall receive the due reward of our deeds, and the happy reunion at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

3. THE CHALLENGE OF OUR HOPE  “Looking"  {v. 13}

Those of us who are looking for this appearing should prove it in our lives by living “soberly, righteously and godly" in this present world. Every soul is saved to serve, and failure to fulfill this calling will mean unspeakable shame and loss when Jesus comes. Let us ask ourselves the questions, Are we ready for His return? Are we doing anything to prepare others for His return?

“This same Jesus...shall come”  {Acts 1:11}

 

Charles Kirby





Blog 76  for 9-15-2018
 

THE  IN PERPLEXING TIMES

 

The Apostle Paul wrote in Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Even though God’s children may disagree as to the time of our Lord’s return, there can be no disagreement regarding the fact of His return. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that they must “wait for God’s Son from heaven,” and that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven.” {I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16} Every born-again believer should be looking for that blessed hope! As I have been studying this Scripture there are three things we should consider:

1.  THE CERTAINTY OF OUR HOPE “That hope” {v. 13}

Many passages throughout the New Testament

cleary indicate that the hope of the Church is the   

return of Christ {see I Timothy 1:1; Colossians

1:27; Hebrews 6:19} and we are admonished to

wait for it.

 2.  THE CHARACTER OF OUR HOPE  “That blessed hope” {v. 13}

The character of our hope is bound up in that

word “blessed” or “happy.” There is the

prospect of a happy rapture, when we shall

“meet the Lord in the air” {I Thessalonians 4:17}

This will be the happiest moment in the believer’s experience when we can look unashamedly into the face of our Saviour. Then follows a review of the believer’s life and service, at the judgment seat of Christ, when we shall receive the due reward of our deeds, and the happy reunion at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

3. THE CHALLENGE OF OUR HOPE  “Looking"  {v. 13}

Those of us who are looking for this appearing should prove it in our lives by living “soberly, righteously and godly" in this present world. Every soul is saved to serve, and failure to fulfill this calling will mean unspeakable shame and loss when Jesus comes. Let us ask ourselves the questions, Are we ready for His return? Are we doing anything to prepare others for His return?

 

“This same Jesus...shall come”  {Acts 1:11}

 

Charles Kirby

 

Blog 75  for 9-15-2018

 

THE  IN PERPLEXING TIMES

 

The Apostle Paul wrote in Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Even though God’s children may disagree as to the time of our Lord’s return, there can be no disagreement regarding the fact of His return. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that they must “wait for God’s Son from heaven,” and that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven.” {I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16} Every born-again believer should be looking for that blessed hope! As I have been studying this Scripture there are three things we should consider:

1.  THE CERTAINTY OF OUR HOPE “That hope” {v. 13}

Many passages throughout the New Testament

cleary indicate that the hope of the Church is the   

return of Christ {see I Timothy 1:1; Colossians

1:27; Hebrews 6:19} and we are admonished to

wait for it.

 2.  THE CHARACTER OF OUR HOPE  “That blessed hope” {v. 13}

The character of our hope is bound up in that

word “blessed” or “happy.” There is the

prospect of a happy rapture, when we shall

“meet the Lord in the air” {I Thessalonians 4:17}

This will be the happiest moment in the believer’s experience when we can look unashamedly into the face of our Saviour. Then follows a review of the believer’s life and service, at the judgment seat of Christ, when we shall receive the due reward of our deeds, and the happy reunion at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

3. THE CHALLENGE OF OUR HOPE  “Looking"  {v. 13}

Those of us who are looking for this appearing should prove it in our lives by living “soberly, righteously and godly" in this present world. Every soul is saved to serve, and failure to fulfill this calling will mean unspeakable shame and loss when Jesus comes. Let us ask ourselves the questions, Are we ready for His return? Are we doing anything to prepare others for His return?

 

“This same Jesus...shall come”  {Acts 1:11}

 

 

Charles Kirby



Blog 74  for 9-1-2018

A GREAT WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

1st Baptist, Morristown, TN

Bess and I had an extra special worship experience on a recent Sunday morning when we were at First Baptist Church in Morristown. I sensed from the very beginning that the Holy Spirit was present with a beautiful Spirit. I said to myself, “This is going to be a wonderful morning.” The church was honoring the football team from close by Carson-Newman University. The head coach was brought to the platform and recognized a large group of assistant coaches. He also gave an impressive testimony through Scripture. I was really impressed. Carson-Newman is a Baptist university.

John Greene

Worship leader John Greene, with the choir and orchestra, opened the service with a rousing arrangement of “The Days of Elijah.” The variety of congregational music was excellent. As Bess and I were participating, I watched the great crowd join in the worship. It was really inspiring to me that

Dr. Haun

everything was leading to the message of Pastor Dean Haun on “The Wheat And The Tares” from Matthew 13. It really was a powerful message that challenged all of us to have spiritual ears to hear what God is saying to us. It was thrilling to see a number of people respond to the invitation. I felt there was such a spirit of conviction that was sweeping the congregation that would not be ignored by others that should have made a spiritual decision in the service.

Walking to our car after the service, Bess and I were feasting on the tremendous worship experience. We cannot understand why so many churches of this day seem to be playing church, and are refusing to bring those that attend into the wonderful presence of our Lord. We have come to the conclusion that First Baptist Church in Morristown meets our needs more than any other church in our area of these mountains. Even though it takes a good 45 minutes to drive to the church, we are convinced that the difference is worth the distance.

Rejoicing with grateful praise!

Charles Kirby

 

Blog 83  for 10-27-2018

 

THAT’S HIM!!!

On our way to NQC one evening, we stopped at a Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant to get one of those $5 deals, before the night concerts.  While enjoying our chicken meal, I saw several familiar photos of Col. Sanders, Restaurant chain founder. Wow, it brought back memories of days passed.  Years ago, on a wonderful Kentucky vacation with our children, we took in an outdoor drama, The Stephen Foster Story, “My Old Kentucky Home.”  As we found our seats and waited for it to begin, who should we see, but the real Col. Harland Sanders with his white hair and beard and typical clothes. Excitedly we said to each other, “That’s him,”  “that’s really Col. Sanders.”  He, along with family and friends, had come to see the drama, also. As they looked for seats, kids and adults alike, were going to him to speak and have pictures made. It was an exciting time for our little family. So, what did we do?  Well, we sent our kids, Chuck and Micki, to see Col. Sanders and get his autograph. As a side note, some years later, we went to the original Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant and ate there.

Oh, how exciting it was to see that famous face come to life.   What is it about seeing famous people that gets us so excited? Not sure. But there are other famous people that we’ve seen. Like, one day, at Lakeland, FL Cracker Barrel, who would we see eating a meal, but George Beverly Shea.  How excited we were. Seeing famous people makes you want to go shake their hand, get an autograph, or go speak to them.

We have seen lots of other famous ones.  Some in the sports world, such as Stan the Man Muchial of the St. Louis Cardinals; Steve Garvey of the LA Dodgers; Carl Yazinski and Roger Clemens of the Red Sox; and in basketball, “Dr. Jay” of the Virginia Squires; some in the political world, such as, V.P. Dan Quayle; President Ronald Reagan, Governor/ President Bill Clinton; some in the Christian World, such as, Bob Harrington, Jim and Tammy Bakker, Sandi Patti, Dr. D. J. Kennedy, Pat Boone, Norma Zimmer, Tom Netherton, Dr. Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Cliff Barrows, and many more.

Someone else I’ve seen, the most famous of all, is Jesus, the Son of the living God.

“I see HIM in a baby’s smile; I see HIM in the wind that blows; He loves me and I know not why; He’s everywhere.  He calls me from a world up there; I seek HIM and I find HIM there; He’s in my heart, I feel HIM there; He’s everywhere.”

 

“I can see HIM in the sun when day has just begun; I see HIM wherever I go. I can see HIM in the night when stars shine so bright. Yes, my God made it all.  I know He’s real.”

Just as I saw pictures of Col. Sanders (and pictures of many others that we eventually saw), I’ve seen many pictures of Jesus, but let me tell you, not only have I seen HIM in pictures, I’ve seen HIM everywhere, in the clouds, in the mountains, in all of creation; yes, everywhere.  Yes, THAT’S HIM. Look to Jesus and live!

 

Master, I see”!

         Bess

P.S. All quotation marks, in italics, embrace some lyrics of someone’s song.  Thank God for Christian songwriters.







Blog 82  for 10-20-2018

 

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A ROSE,

YOU CAN BE A TULIP!

Just don’t be a weed. Each of us is unique. The key is to BLOOM...to shine.  Maybe you are not a rose, nor a tulip, but are a deep fuchsia-purple “Kansas” Peony.   Oh, you mean you are a stunning “Beguine” vanilla blushed with maroon, iris?  (Lest you think I’m smart, go buy you a flower book.)

 

Someone recently shared on Facebook, a quote from “LIFTABLE” by Aaron Neville.  It is this: “Be a flower, not a weed.” I thought how appropriate for all time. To be a flower takes work.  To be a weed takes nothing and needs to be destroyed.

Flowers are used in all sorts of ways and circumstances; in celebrations, as gifts, cheering up someone, arrangements & memorials in churches, weddings, decorations, to beautify landscapes, to bring joy, and I could go on and on.

What does it take for each of us to be a strong, healthy, beautiful flower for our lifetime?  Well, surely it begins with:

(1.) a definite PLANTING - Ecclesiastes 3:2 says there’s "a time to plant…," “...Choose you this day whom ye will serve…,” (Joshua 24:15),

(2.) a daily NOURISHMENT - “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14),

(3.) a constant GROWING - “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  (II Timothy 2:15),

(4.) a bountiful HARVEST - “...and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing...they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.” (Isaiah 35:1,2) - “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14) - “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.”  (Ephesians 5:8), and

(5.) planned and continued REPRODUCTION periods,  - “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he what winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)

..

 

 

 



So what flower are you? a Rose, a Tulip, a Peony, an Iris, or what? And, is your bloom healthy, shining and beautiful?  Well, I choose to BLOOM WHERE I’M PLANTED. I choose to let my light shine. Hope you make that same choice to shine like the stars for His Highest..           

                                                 Bess

P.S. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  (Psalm 1:3)

 




Blog 81  for 10-13-2018


 

Births are reasons for celebrations.  Nothing like seeing a new-born baby. And, that joy came to the L.O.Kirbys on Oct. 13, 1937.  They lived in the country and their baby boy was born in the ole home place, in Pinson, TN. He was healthy; and, they named him, Charles Lee Kirby. For 13 years, he was an only child. Then his sister, little Paula Diane, was born. Those kids grew up in a loving, caring, and Christian family.

As the years passed swiftly, it soon became High School Graduation time for Charles Lee. After the summer break, he was off to college in Nashville at Trevecca Nazarene College (University, now).  During his years there, he met the love of his life, “that’s me”; and I met the love of my life, Charles. Life together, would take us to places beyond our wildest dreams, and would give us opportunities beyond our imaginations.  That “First” love is still real and unending after 58 years of this Kirby/Pearson union. What a wonderful journey we’ve had...and the “beat goes on”...and the “best is yet to come.”

So it’s celebration time for a boy born on Oct. 13, 1937, now, a man, MY MAN. Let’s celebrate by calling the roll of family members. (I am taking a personal privilege by writing these messages without the knowledge and consent of the family.)

1 . Greetings from HEAVEN, to our dear son.  Happy Birthday, Charles Lee! We can hardly wait to see you and Diane on “Homecoming Day,”

2.  Greetings from Dallas, TX, to my great brother. Happy Birthday, “BIG” brother! See you soon at the cabins.  Diane

3.  Greetings from Lakeland, FL, to my “You hit it out of the park” Dad.  I love you so much. Happy birthday!!! Chuck

4.  Greetings from Odom Lane to my former boss and now my Father-in-law! Have loved the Kirbys for a long time. Happy birthday. Kaye

5.  Greetings from Tallahassee, FL, and Honolulu, Hawaii, grandsons, Kyle and Michael.  Happy birthday to our “preaching” Grandpa!

6.  
Greetings from Melbourne, FL to my wonderful Dad. Happy Birthday! You’re the best! I love you so much. Micki

7.  Greetings from Blue Lake Drive, to “POPS,” my former boss and  my Father-in-law. Happy birthday...and many more. Bob

8.  Greetings from the Luetkemeyer Boys.  Happy Birthday, Grandpa. Keep preaching the WORD!  Cody and Chase

9.  Greetings to “MY” MAN.  I love to call him that. Happy Birthday.  “We have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch, as it slips through our fingers like sand.”  If God tarries and if life is extended to us, we have a year to celebrate this age. Let’s make it count!!! I love you so much. You have been and always will be the “one and only” for me.

“Have I told you lately that I love you? Well darling, I’m telling you now.”

Those reading my blog, please enjoy the pictures of “My Man”!



Bess






Blog 80  for 10-6-2018

 

Are you persuaded?  Almost persuaded? Well, it’s “High Time” we fall on our knees and pray, do our research, checking out the candidates, and vote the Righteous choice.  I am persuaded.

I am persuaded...

1.  Because of how far we have fallen as a nation from the Word of God.

2.  Because of the coming elections which will determine the direction our country takes in the years ahead.  

3.  Because we are desperate; because of sin.

4.  Because future generations need our efforts now to restore a God-fearing, God-loving country.

5. Because of our children, grandchildren, great grands and subsequent generations.

6.  Because we need a mighty, old-fashioned, sin-routing, devil- killing, Holy Ghost, Fire-baptized, anointed Revival.

“Karen Peck and New River,” favorites of Charles and mine, sing several appropriate songs for my plea for prayer, and voting in those who will be the best at leading us in the right way.

 

The chorus of one such song is this:

“Pray Now. Pray Now. Right here in the storm He’s still the same.  Pray Now, Pray Now. There is strength and power in Jesus' Name. So Pray Now.”

Another one speaks of:                               

“A Holy Ghost Prayer Revival...toe-tapping, hand-clapping revival...faith-stirring-shake-the-earth revival…”

And verse 1  of “Hope for all Nations” says:

“The world is so hungry, but we hold the Bread of Life surrounded by darkness; but we know the name of the Light.  In a day so divided, we know the love that unites. Jesus, Jesus, He is...Hope, Hope, Hope for all nations; Hope, Hope, for every need.  Hope, Hope for the life that’s been broken. He’s always been, forever He’ll be.”

  PLEASE PRAY AND PLEASE VOTE.  

Bess




Blog 79  for 9-22-2018

 

THANK YOU!


The blessing of friendship is a gift from God.  Recently we had phone calls from old friends; not “old” in age, but longtime.  What a joy. What encouragement. Memories of shared joy flooded our conversations.

September brought family and friends for a visit.  We have especially enjoyed seeing Joyce, Roger and Monica, Gordon and Maureen. We were privileged also, to see many friends at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN.  The times we were able to go, we were blessed spiritually as we soaked up the anointed songs and anointed singers. As I write this, I am remembering Jack and Jane Smithson. They always came to see us every Sept. and most years went to quartet convention. They had their dates booked until one day Jane called and said Jack was not doing well and they would need to cancel the date. You know the rest of the story, Jack passed away.  How we miss him. What a great Christian and churchman. We’re praying for Jane.

In August, we saw great friends who came to the Gatlinburg Gathering, a time of gospel singing and anointed preaching. We were blessed to see Roney and Jean from North Carolina, John, Lorraine, and  Kaye from Canada. Of course, we saw other familiar faces when we went to the Gatlinburg Gathering; and saw John and Barbara last year.

Through all our months here, we have been blessed with friends like Bob and Judith, Jay and Pat, Steve and Cindy, Gene and Peggy, J.D. and Esther, Dwight and Patti, Jim and Mary Ellen, Neal and Frances, Cecil and Ruby, Dave and Marilyn, Duane and Joyce, Dick and Carole, Dan and Jean, Chuck and Kaye, Bob and Micki, Ray and Vicki, Gwendolyn, and a multitude of others who blessed us, not named, & who rented a cabin when we were not here, like Jim and Janice.

October will bring Peggy, a dear friend from Virginia for a visit, maybe Diane from Texas, as well as others. All of us will be enjoying God’s “coloring book,” the spectacular Fall colors.

Friendship does not stop with phone calls and visits, but is extended through messenger, emails, texts, smiles, thoughts, prayers.  Thanks one and all! We cherish our friends.

God’s Word has much to say about friends.  A friend loves at all times (Prov.17:17a). A man who has friends must himself be friendly; but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24).  Do not forsake your own friend (Prov. 27:10). You are my friends if you do whatever I command you (John 15:14). But I have called you friends (John 15:15).

This is a “THANK YOU” note to our many friends everywhere...for extending to us the hand of friendship.  Our joyful life’s journey is stepped up a notch when walking with a friend. Lest anyone should forget, we never need walk alone.  JESUS WALKS WITH US ALL THE WAY HOME. HE’S OUR GREATEST FRIEND.

 Let’s put our hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee, and we’ll never walk alone.  I’m loving Him more every day.

Bess

P.S. If I did not include your name, please forgive me; I know you are a great friend.  My mind was not working at top speed, the day I wrote this. In the yesteryears, even more came by like Hank (now deceased) and Barbara and Mel & Kitty (both deceased).  Oh my, our bountiful, beautiful, loving friends. Thank you, Jesus.






Blog 78  for 9-22-2018

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR HAND?

“TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE AND GO TO GIVING.”

 

I just love our devotional readings each morning from Dr. John Henry Jowett’s writings of the late 1800s/early 1900s.  Recently it was about the wedding that took place in Cana of Galilee, when Jesus turned the water into wine. (John 2:1-11)

In Dr. Jowett’s writings, I realized that we may have a share in God’s miracles.  We have something to do. We have something in our hands. We are partners with God.

Here’s what he was talking about.  God transforms our best (what part we do, our best) into His better (the awesome miracle).

Look here!!!

1.  WE must fill the “waterpots.”  Our LORD changes the water into wine.

2.  WE must bring “5 loaves and 2 fish.”  GOD provides the meal.

3.  WE must “let down the net.”  GOD pulls in the haul.

4.  WE must “plant the seed.”  GOD turns the handful of seed into a ripened harvest.

Jesus, today, right now, I offer my hands, that I might partner with You in Your miracles, that I might be a “workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Here are my hands. What will You have me do?

There’s an old, out-of-date poem that I used to know, which had the phrase in it,”Take what you have and go to giving.”  I’ve been trying to locate it so I could share it in this blog, but have not been successful in my search. But, never you mind, the chorus to the gospel song “I’ll Do the Miracle,” goes like this.
 

“You do what’s possible; You do the praise.  I’ll do the miracles; I’ll make the way. You put your trust in Me. You keep the faith; Then when you can’t go on, that’s when I’ll do the miracle.”

 

               Use me. Here are my hands!  

Bess



Blog 75  for 9-8-2018


 

DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE OF WORSHIP STILL A CRIPPLE!

 

    One Smoky Mountain morning, our devotion was about the church as an infirmary.  It got me to thinking...thinking about others with whom I worship...those in the choir...those in my pew...those who usher...those who greet...those who teach...those who are in charge...those who preach...others who lead any church-related group...everyone in the building...even me.

    Many in our midst, perhaps all, are experiencing some hurtful situation, whether a death, an argument, a sickness, a financial loss, a business disaster, a job situation, a family dilemma, a natural disaster, care-giving, living alone, adjusting to changes, and you add your own hurtful experience that you are dealing with today.  I am declaring that many with whom we worship, come to church crippled from life’s challenges, crippled by hatred, by unforgiveness, by hurt, by immorality, by sin, and by burden.

So congregated in every place of worship are people with moral and spiritual ailments.  Some of us come with (1.) Wills like crushed reeds, (2.) Consciences like broken vocal chords, (3.) Hopes like birds with injured wings, and (4.) Hearts like ruined homes.  Some are Broken; some are Wounded, some are Desperate, some are Empty, some are Guilty; but all have come to worship and be helped and healed of their infirmity.

Luke tells in chapter 13, verses 10-17 of a woman bent over and crippled by a spirit for 18 years. Jesus said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.  You are loosed from your infirmity.” He put His hands on her and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

Let me tell you that the Healer is in His House. When we gather in His Name, we don’t have to leave the same.  He came to heal the broken-hearted, to bind up the wounds. The Master still speaks with authority; and, today may be your day; the day that He will say to you,  “Woman (Man), You are loosed from your infirmity.”

A new arrangement of “Just As I Am” is sung almost every Sunday at the church we attend in the mountains.  The verses are much the same words and tune; then there is a chorus added, with which I’ve fallen in love. Here are the words of the chorus, after you have sung,
 

“Oh Lamb of God, I come, I come.”  “I come broken to be mended. I come wounded to be healed. I come desperate to be rescued, I come empty to be filled. I come guilty to be pardoned by the blood of Christ the Lamb; and I’m welcomed with open arms, praise God, just as I am.”  


Then we sing another verse, and so on.

So don’t leave the House of Worship still a cripple.  Give Jesus, the Healer, a chance. Grip the hand of God. Love the congregants.  Pray for them daily.

Bess

Click here to listen to "Just As I Am" and  the new chorus for "Just As I Am"





Blog 74  for 9-1-2018

ARE YOU

    As any family travels the highways of today, they find many REST STOPS along the way! They are life savers.  When Charles & I drove to FL last week, we decided to do it in one day. Usually we take 2 days for the trip. Those REST STOPS came in handy.  They got our bones to moving again. They invigorated us, so that, continuation was possible. And just like the physical REST STOPS along the way, we need some REST from the burdens and cares of this life.  Are you running on empty today??? There have been times I have felt like that. Now I’m not talking about running on empty spiritually, though that’s a possibility.

    This morning I’m wondering, “Is there an answer to the 'empty' question outside the realm of the spiritual?” I certainly know, that having a low battery spiritually can be turned around by prayer, Bible reading, Bible study, and obedience.  Let’s always keep our spiritual gas tank filled. After thinking about the morning question, I concluded that, “Yes, there are other helpful answer possibilities when running on empty.”

    Jesus feels our emptiness.  He feels our pain. We serve an awesome God. Hebrews 4:15 says that we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  John 11:35 tells us that Jesus wept.

    What can we do to help ourselves, physically, mentally, and emotionally? We can look at our Example, follow His pattern and follow His advice. Gen. 2:2 tells us that He RESTED on the 7th day.  In Mark 6:31, Jesus told His apostles to come apart into a desert place and REST a while, for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.  Find a place to REST. Get away from the crowds. Gain some solitude. Take some time off. Seek a true friend. Read God’s Word. Pray. Go somewhere. Even take a nap. Someone has said that “Sleep is the death of each day’s life.”  Psalm 37:7 says, “REST in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." Matt. 11:28 says, “Come unto me...and I will give you REST.” And how many of God’s children have experienced “songs in the night” as mentioned in Job 35:10? Cling to God’s promises.  The scripture that I have leaned on so many times is found in Is. 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.”

    You know, tears are a language God understands.  Whatever heartache, hurt, or sadness that encompasses your “empty tank” today, begin now to mend, by taking action to build yourself up physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Psalm 23 tells us that the Good Shepherd makes us lie down in green pastures; leads us beside still waters; and restores our soul.  Joy can come in the morning!!!

    Let me close this blog by inviting you to lean on Jesus in your physical, emotional, or mental emptiness.  Do what you can do, and most assuredly God will do His part. This old 1904 hymn by C.D. & W.S. Martin, will never get old to me.  It is new every morning.
 

“Be not dismayed what e’re betide, God will take care of you. Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you. Through days of toil when heart doth fail, God will take care of you. When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you. No matter what will be the test, God will take care of you.  Lean, weary one upon His breast, God will take care of you."

               
  Journey with me in fullness of joy,


                        Bess