Blog 95 for 1-19-2019

 

SINGING AT SEA

 

The week of January 21-26 is the 45th annual Singing at Sea cruise. Bess and I are hosting this event once again. There are 28 in our group, sailing from the Port of Tampa on Royal Caribbean cruise line’s Brilliance Of The Seas to Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico. Twenty-five southern gospel music groups will be featured in 75 gospel concerts during the week. An extra special feature will be the preaching of four outstanding preachers. Once again it is like a camp meeting and a time of revival and spiritual renewal. The cruise is sponsored by Templeton Tours from Boone, North Carolina. Another added feature will be our dear friend, Dr. Jerry Goff, as an outstanding emcee for the week. He always does a tremendous job every year.

There are many cruises available today, but none like Templeton’s Singing at Sea. It is totally Christian with the casino and bars closed during the week. Once again the ship is completely sold out with 2,500 people sailing. It really is an unforgettable experience! NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR PLANS TO BE ON BOARD FOR THE 2020 CRUISE, JANUARY 20-25, OUT OF THE PORT OF TAMPA, sailing to Key West and Nassau. Just like this year’s cruise, it will fill up early. Once again, the Lord willing, Bess and I will be the hosts for the 15th year. We always enjoy 5 days and nights of comedy, preaching and great southern gospel music, featuring our wonderful friends that we have hosted for many years in our churches.

 

 

All aboard!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

Blog 95 for 1-20-2019

 

FOLLOWING JESUS

 

I Kings 18:21 says “If the Lord be God, FOLLOW Him.”  Rev. 14:4 says “these are they which FOLLOW the Lamb.”

To be a Christ FOLLOWER demands more than just one trip to the altar.  Actually, it requires more than 2 trips to the altar. It begins with repentance and belief in the finished work at Calvary. It demands decision and determination.  It requires self-denial and obedience. It requires Bible study. It requires growth. It requires FOLLOWSHIP.

Do you really want to be a Christ FOLLOWER? Then, listen up.  Here are some biblical instructions.  Acts 16:31 says

”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

Rom. 10:9 says

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Remember this scripture from your youth…

”If we will confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

In Ephesians chapter 4, Paul, the apostle exhorts us to unity, holiness, love and maturity.  He admonishes us not to be tossed to and fro, carried about with every wind of doctrine, but to “grow up” (vs.15) in Christ, our Lord.

In his epistle to the Thessalonians, he speaks about “your faith groweth exceedingly” (1:3).  When writing to Timothy, Paul said in 2:15,

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”

Are you? Am I?  Willing to have a growth spirt this new year?  Willing to grow a “foot”? Or an inch taller?

Look at II Timothy 3:16,17.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

In 1878, Wm. O. Cushing wrote these words, well worth singing.

 

 

“Down in the valley with my Savior I would go where the flowers are blooming and sweet waters flow.  Everywhere He leads me I would FOLLOW, FOLLOW on, walking in His footsteps 'til the crown be won.

“Down in the valley with my Savior I would go where the storms are sweeping and the dark waters flows.  With His hand to lead me I will never, never fear; danger cannot fright me if my Lord is near.”

“FOLLOW, FOLLOW, I will FOLLOW Jesus.  Anywhere, everywhere, I will FOLLOW on.  FOLLOW, FOLLOW, I will FOLLOW Jesus. Everywhere He leads me I will FOLLOW on.”

 

​​​​​In red print in my Bible, Jesus says in John 12:26,

“If anyone serves Me, let him FOLLOW Me…”

I want to be a Christ FOLLOWER.  I will be a Christ FOLLOWER. I am a Christ FOLLOWER.  Join me on the journey.   

 

Bess