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Blog 151 for February 22, 2020

 

A BROKEN HEARTED DAD FINDS HELP

 

Psalm 3 is a tearful little Psalm where a father, King David of Israel, found a place of help and consolation concerning his rebellious son Absalom. The key for David in his deep sorrow is also the key for you and me. When we find ourselves in the valley of despair and depression, we must resort to God. 

 

“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me.” He got the Lord between him and his circumstances. There is nothing else subtle enough to defeat us. Our circumstances are so invasive and so immediate that only God can come between us and them. But when God gets in between us and them we are immune. “Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.”

 

“But You, O Lord, are my glory.” That is an honor that need never be stained. My worldly glory can throw mud, and my poor reputation is gone. It seems there is always somebody ready to believe it! But my glory with God, and in God, man’s mud cannot touch that fare fame. Even David’s own son cannot defile his resplendent robe. 

 

“You are the lifter-up of my head.” The flower is blooming again! In the Lord’s presence, we recover our lost spirits. “He restores my soul.” Now my head shall be lifted up above my circumstances round about me. Today if you can identify with King David’s circumstances, do what he did...Resort to God. It really is your key to triumph and victory.

 

My God shall supply all of my needs!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 150 for February 15, 2020

 

 

VALENTINE's DAY IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME!

 

It is a fact in my life, Valentine's Day is a very special day. Bess was my date for the most wonderful Valentine's banquet when we were in college together. As we are presently in the Valentine's season once again, I have thought about that exciting evening with unforgettable memories. The banquet, “Because Of You,” was formal. I wore a white dinner jacket and Bess was arrayed in a gorgeous gown. As I look back on the event, It began the feeling in my heart that Bess belonged to me. That was over 60 years ago, and nothing has changed from that time to the present. 

 

I know, without a doubt, that my Valentine was reserved for me by my Lord. He knew she would be the exact helpmate I would need in the ministry that was ahead of me through the years to come. He knew she was blessed with spiritual gifts that would bless many people we would be called to pastor. Her gift of compassion has allowed her to minister to hundreds of people we have served across America. Her spiritual discernment and wisdom have been a guiding light for me through many challenges encountered. Her Godly walk and life of prayer is a tremendous inspiration to me. A lot of women have been blessed with her Godly council and life of prayer concerning their individual needs and family challenges. 

 

During my pastoral career of 56 years, I have been blessed with many honors and awards. As I am looking back on these during this happy season, Bess has played a major role in making ALL of these possible. I am so grateful to you, my eternal love, and Valentine, for your unreserved dedication to our Lord, to me and to all the church people we have served and loved.

 

 

In dedication to the love of my life,

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 149 for February 8, 2020

 

AN INSPIRING TESTIMONY MEETING

 

Testimony meetings are a thing of the past. I grew up listening to people give their testimonies on Wednesday nights. I must admit some were boring while others were inspiring. I heard how God had answered prayer in people’s lives. It really did make a positive impression on my young life back in those days.

 

Recorded in Psalm 34 is an inspiring testimony meeting in which each of the witnesses tells the story of the Lord’s gracious dealings with Him. It is good to listen to them.

 

David writes, “He delivered me from all my fears.” His fears held him in dungeons. Even the noontide was as darkness round about him, and there was no song in his soul. And the Lord broke open the prison-gate and let him out to light and joy and belief. 

 

They looked to Him and were lightened.” They looked upon the grace of the Lord and were lit up, just as I have seen humble cottage windows ablaze with the glory of the rising sun. I must “set my face” toward the Lord, and I, too, shall catch the radiance of His glory.

 

This poor man cried...and the Lord saved him out of all his trouble.” And these troubles were what I should call “tight corners,” when life is hemmed in by unfortunate circumstances, and there seems to be no way of escape.

 

Disappointment shuts us in. Sorrow shuts us in. Lack of money shuts us in. Let me cry unto the Lord. He is a wonderful Friend in a tight corner, and He will bring my feet into “a large place." 

 

Let us rejoice over the testimony concerning the amazing grace of the abundant provisions of our Lord!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 148 for February 1, 2020

 

IT HAPPENED IN BURLINGTON

 

On the recent Singing At Sea cruise that Bess and I hosted for the 15th year, we had many wonderful experiences once again. It goes without saying that the featured singing and preaching were tremendous! We had the opportunity to renew friendships and make new friends. It was heartwarming to meet, for the first time, once again, several people that had watched us on the world wide web who thanked us for the services. We spent time with members of the music groups we had hosted through 20 seasons. All of them told us how we were missed, and expressed their love and appreciation. It really was a very special time of encouragement in our time of retirement from the pastoral ministry. 

 

We had the opportunity to meet a lay couple from New Hope Baptist Church in Burlington, North Carolina. They had been involved in the now famous, eleven-week revival in their church. They were very excited to share information and answer my questions about the amazing spiritual experience that happened in their church on September 26, 2016, through July 29 with more than 1,200 conversions to Christ through the preaching ministry of evangelist C.T. Townsend. 

 

The worship center of New Hope Baptist would only seat 350 people legally according to the local code. As people kept coming to the services, it was necessary to move the event to a vacant lot owned by an auto dealership and to use the large tent owned by pastor Ralph Sexton of Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville.

 

As word spread across the miles, church buses filled with people started arriving, some two hours before the start of the services. Many of these sang in a 400 voice choir that was featured in every service. Dynamic and exciting music and the anointed preaching of C. T. Townsend were used by the Holy Spirit to draw huge crowds and to bring people to Christ service after service. 

 

I asked the lay couple how they thought it all happened. They did not hesitate to answer. They said months of prayer by the members of the church were the key. I have heard 37-year-old C.T. Townsend preach on the last two Singing At Sea cruises. He is a great communicator of God’s Word and really anointed by the Holy Spirit. I believe since he is preaching across America every week with tremendous results, God just might use him as a key to reviving pastors, laymen, churches, and America. The times I have heard him on the singings at sea, that thought has been confirmed in my spirit. Without a doubt, the times are right for a tremendous moving of God’s Holy Spirit across our nation and world!

 

Dear Lord, send a mighty moving of your Spirit upon our world!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 147 for January 25, 2020

 

A REVIVAL ON THE OPEN SEA

 

Bess and I, along with 26 friends we have hosted in another Singing At Sea cruise, have just returned from a great week. We had great fellowship with many of the gospel groups we have hosted through the years. They were featured in 75 gospel concerts of music throughout the week. Once again we enjoyed the music ministry of the Perrys, Inspirations, Karen Peck and New River, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Hyssongs, the Taylors, Down East Boys, the Whisnants, Gold City, Soul’d Out Quartet, the Browns, the Pfeifers, Tribute Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Poet Voices, LeFevre Quartet, the Primitives, and the Kingdom Heirs.

 

The extra feature of the cruise was the preaching and Bible study ministry of five preachers. CT Townsend, Joe Arthur, Ralph Sexton, Phil Hoskins, and Chris Rumfelt were outstanding! All of these men are always anointed by the Holy Spirit. They never fail to bring an inspiring revival spirit. This year was no different than all the rest, with old-time shouting and praise to the Lord. All of the preachers are Baptist and the majority of the cruisers are Baptist. Most of them really know how to worship. Once again it was a week featuring a tremendous revival spirit. Some people were on their feet with hands raised and "amens" praising God. Just like all the other years, it was a revival on the open sea. What a way to begin the first month in 2020!

 

I am still believing the best is yet to come!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 146 for January 18, 2020

 

SINGING AT SEA CRUISE HAS ARRIVED

 

The week of January 20-25 is the 46th annual Singing at Sea cruise. Bess and I are hosting this event once again.  We have 26 people in our group, sailing from the Port of Tampa on Royal Caribbean cruise line’s Brilliance Of The Seas to Key West and Nassau. Twenty-five  Southern Gospel music groups will be featured in 75 gospel concerts during the week. An additional wonderful feature of the cruise will be the preaching of four outstanding preachers.  They always do a tremendous job opening God’s Word each time they preach. I really do enjoy their ministry every year. All of them are Baptist preachers. It is like a camp meeting on the open seas. The cruise is sponsored by Templeton Tours from Boone, North Carolina. 

 

This will be the 15th Singing At Sea cruise for Bess and me to host. Even though it will be a wonderful spiritual retreat it will be a sad time as well. Our dear friend, Dr. Jerry Goff, will not be onboard the ship as master of ceremonies. This would have probably been his last cruise had our Lord not called him home this past summer. We had talked about it before. Jerry was the ship’s master of ceremonies for over 25 years. Without a doubt, he will be greatly missed. Several of his friends and mine have said it will not be the same without Jerry. He will be sailing on the sea of life that is much better than sailing on the Caribbean Sea!

 

I must say 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 over 2,200 people sailing.

 

It really is an unforgettable experience!

 

Sailing on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 145 for January 11, 2020

 

A VISIT TO JACOB’S WELL

 

In 1969 Bess and I made our first trip to Jacob’s Well in a city of Samaria called Sychar. It was an experience I have never forgotten. We had the opportunity to spend time reading and meditating on the Scripture concerning a famous event recorded in John chapter 4. The highlight of that tremendous time was drinking the water from Jacob’s Well that was still flowing like it was in the time of Jacob. It was like drinking holy water!     

 

A weary woman and a weary Lord are illustrated at the well.  The Lord was only weary in body; the woman was dry and exhausted in soul, and the Lord with sympathetic insight discerned the inward dryness. There was no sound of holy contentment, no melody of joyful, spiritual desire. There was only the cold, clammy silence of death. The Lord knew what was in man, and there was no river of water of life making glad the streets of this woman’s soul.  And so He would bring to her the waters of spiritual satisfaction, the holy well of eternal life. “In the wilderness shall waters break out, and springs in the desert.” The Lord is about to work a miracle of grace, changing dull pang into healing peace and suffocated desire into soaring fellowship with God. He is about to transform an outlawed woman into one of the “elect saints.” It is a tremendous illustration of what our Lord can do in the life of a searching soul.                                                                                                                                        

 

This is a wonderful time for all of us to review our relationship with our Lord. He really does desire and deserves first place in all of our lives. We really do need Him now more than we have ever needed Him before. 

 

Drinking from the well that never runs dry!

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 144 for January 4, 2020

WHY I BELIEVE THE BEST IS YET TO COME

 

We are in the beginning days of another new year, 2020. We are in a hopeless condition as individuals if we do not believe the best is yet to come. The only way for me to continually believe the best is yet to come is to believe there is a heaven somewhere! One thing that makes life worth living is the thought of one day receiving the final reward of eternal life in heaven. John the revelator gives us a wonderful description of what heaven will be like in Revelation Chapter 21. 

 

In the first three verses, John tells us what heaven will be like. In verse one he tells us that heaven will be a new place.  The word “new” means new in time and kind. There has never been a place like it before. It is not a renovated or restored heaven. John goes on to say in verse 2 that heaven will be a beautiful place. He uses a beautiful bride adorned for her husband and mansions in John 14 to describe. In verses 16-17 John tells us heaven will be a big place 1,500 miles long, 1,500 miles wide, 1,500 miles high. It will be a literal city containing 1,875,000,000 cubic miles. It would reach from Boston to Miami, from New York City to Denver and 1,500 miles in the air. In verse 3 John tells us heaven is where God lives. It is the constant abiding presence of God that will forever dwell in heaven that will make heaven, heaven! John continues to describe heaven in Revelation 4:8-11 as a place of continual praise to Almighty God. Back to Revelation 4 and 8, John tells us what will not be in heaven. He tells us there will be no tears or crying there because Christ will wipe away all tears. In verse 4 there will be no death or mourning there. The hurt that death and mourning cause will no longer exist. John tells us in verse 4 there will be no pain there. To prove the best is yet to come, there will be no cancer, AIDS, heart problems, back problems, no physical limitations, no wheelchairs, divorces, broken relationships, no bitterness or evil spirits there. John tells us in verse 8 there will be no person in heaven without Jesus! Heaven will be free from all sin and ungodliness! 

 

As I wrap up this blog I must ask you this very important question. Will you be in heaven? In verses 5-7 in Revelation 21 Christ gives us the invitation to a wonderful life with the best to come. He offers the water of life to the one who thirsts in verse 6 and tells us the overcomer will inherit all things in verse 7. Because Christ overcame sin through the cross and death through His resurrection, it gives me the promise that I will also be an overcomer. There is no other way but through Christ

 

I really do believe THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

Blog 151 for February 22, 2020

 

BIBLE TRIVIA

“WHO?”

 

  1. Who declared Naphtali, “a doe set free”?

  2. Who helped Apollos in certain aspects of his understanding of the gospel?

  3. Who was the straight shooter that helped Josiah when all Israel was in a tight spot?

  4. Who refused the invitation to wed Merah?

  5. Who risked punishment by defying the king’s orders and letting her son live?

  6. Who was the world’s first victim of violent crime?

  7. Who suffered much and needed a kinsman-redeemer to care for her?

  8. Who was with Judas and the party seeking to arrest Jesus as He prayed in Gethsemane, whose ear was cut off?

  9. Who is the archangel who fought the devil over the body of Moses?

  10. Who was a precursor of the kind of faith it would take to follow Christ and was also a foreshadowing of the kind of redemption that God would provide for His people?

 

You have your work cut out for you.  Anyone who wants to complete this and send it to me, I will post your name in my next blog.

 

Now enjoy this YouTube video of “Somebody Bigger Than You and I.”

 

 

                     Enjoying the journey; hope you are too!  

 

 

BESS

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 150 for February 15, 2020

 

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?  

 

 HURT everywhere,

Individuals, Families, Churches,

Broken Relationships, Hurt Feelings,

Tears, Sorrow, Sadness, Anger,

Division, Separation, Loss.

 

SICKNESS all around,

Cancer, Cancer, Cancer,

Communicable Diseases,

Birth Defects, Ravages of War,

Broken Limbs, Flu, Old Age Issues.

 

DYING, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,

War, Terror, Gangs, Anger,

Home Invasions, Bad Relationships,

Accidents, Disease, Old Age,

Drugs, Addiction, Sickness.

 

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

 

A SONG in the night,

God understands your heartache.

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,

I must tell Jesus all of my trials.

Jesus will help me, Jesus alone.

 

A WORD in the light,

Cast all your care upon Jesus,

Because He cares for you,

Call unto ME and I will answer you,

And show you great & mighty things.

 

A CHARIOT in flight,

Good News, Chariots coming,

Heaven will surely be worth it all,

Face to face shall I behold HIM,

When the darkness I see, He’ll be waiting for me,

 

I WON’T HAVE TO CROSS JORDAN ALONE!

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 149 for February 8, 2020

 

February is a special month for us Kirbys.  It’s special because four of our family members have birthdays; and, because it’s the “love” month ( Valentine’s Day).

  1. We start the month, thanking God for Bob Luetkemeyer, our daughter, Micki’s husband. “Happy Birthday (Feb. 3), dear Bob.  Thanks for being the loving, caring husband to Micki and the strong, Godly father for our two grandsons, Cody and Chase. We love you.”

  2. Next, we send a second birthday card to Cody (Feb. 6), Bob’s & Micki’s older son. Cody’s job transferred him from the Melbourne, FL, Headquarters to their offices in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He seems to love it there. He’s out there alone, except for his German Shepherd, Kerchak. We pray daily for him. So, “Happy Birthday, dear Cody. We are so proud of you, of your good character, your Christian life, your technical skills, and your work ethic.  We love you.”

  3. We can’t forget Gwendolyn, my sister, whose birthday is Feb. 7. “Happy Birthday, dear Gwendolyn.  We thank God for your Christian life; for your many achievements; and, for your love of family. We know your heart was given to missions, feeling God’s call early on. Thanks for answering His call and serving God and the Church of the Nazarene in Manzini, Swaziland, Africa.  We know that the whole continent of Africa gets to your heart. Decorative items in your home and clothes you wear bear this out. Have a great birthday celebration! We love you.”

  4. One more “shout-out” to Michael, Chuck’s younger son, born Feb. 19.  We are so thankful for him. He serves proudly in the Navy, being stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  He has risen in the ranks during his time served. So, “Happy Birthday, dear Michael. We are so proud of you.  We pray for you every day, especially for your safety. We plead the protective blood of Jesus to cover you all over this land, wherever you are in this world.  Hang strong. Keep the faith. Thank you for your service. We love you.”

  5. None of us wants to forget Valentine’s Day!  I love Charles and I know he loves me. Our life together spans 59 years; and come August 19, 2020, it will be 60 years.  What that means is that he’s my Valentine; and, I am his Valentine. Nothing is going to separate us. We have joined our lives for the long haul until God calls us home. So, “Happy Valentine’s Day, dearest Charles.  You are forever my man. I love you so much.”

  6. To all who are reading my long blog, there’s a great song, sung by the Bowling Family called, “Love the People That God Gives You.” Please listen to their YouTube of this great song.  I love it and am trying to learn it to sing it myself.  

 

 Bess

 

P.S. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 148 for February 1, 2020

 

 

We’re home from our gospel cruise. What preaching and singing we heard.  To see hundreds of people hurrying to theaters, auditoriums, and to smaller venues, hurrying to find a seat to hear the gospel preached in power and anointing; and, likewise, to hear the gospel singing concerts, lifting up the name of the Lord; WAS VERY INSPIRING!  To hear information about a temple tax coin issued in Israel, which has President Trump’s photo on it, was mind-boggling, a WOW moment! My sister and I went to a table of one of the preacher’s where they had the sterling silver temple tax coins and checked the price, which was $100.  Of course, we couldn’t afford it. The profit from this coin would go to the temple treasury for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem on Mt. Moriah. I hope I have all the facts “straight." At any rate, we all are aware of the fact that the LORD’S return is imminent. 

 

What great fellowship we had with our personal group, friends from across the country, and the gospel singing groups.  We returned home with prayer requests to add to our daily prayer lists; AND with thanksgiving in our hearts for the prayers offered by Nola, Carol, Fred, Charlotte, and many others for our safety in travel. I always enjoy going, but my favorite thing is coming home!  Home is where the heart is.

I know…

    ...God answers prayer.

    ...Prayer is a conversation with God.

    ...God said in His Word, “Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee…;" “Call upon me in the day of trouble…;" “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered…;" “Then thou shalt call, and the Lord shall answer…;" “Thou shalt cry and He shall say, HERE I AM…”  

 

What sweet Words!

 

Prayer is the key to everything.  Do you need someone to talk to? Are you at your wit’s end? Are you sick?  Is there trouble in your marriage; in your family? Do you have an addiction problem?  Are your burdens pressing in upon you? Well, JESUS IS THE ANSWER. Just speak His name; call upon Him.  He’s as close as the mention of His name. That’s shouting ground. Amen! Amen! Amen!

 

Now, take time to enjoy this rendition of “Did

You Think To Pray?” performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford, from his “Amazing Grace” album.  

 

Have a great week.  Rest in the Lord!  

Bess K.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 147 for January 25, 2020

 

 

 

 

1.  How big is your God?  He’s big enough. “...According to your faith, let it be to you.” (Matt. 9:29)  Stuart Hamblen wrote these words: “How big is God? How big and wide His vast domain? To try to tell, these lips can only start.  He’s big enough to rule the mighty

universe, yet small enough to live within my heart.” Another songwriter of long ago said it this way:  “The Saviour can solve every problem.” Please know today, that whatever you are going through, whatever is a problem for you, whatever need you have, He is able, more than able to meet your need.  He’s big enough! “...'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’” (Matt. 9:28b)

 

2.  Will God heal your hurts?  Yes. I Peter 5:7 says that we should “Cast all our care on Him for He cares for us.”  God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. Jesus never fails!!! You can count on Him.  Matt. 4:24 says “...and He healed them.” Is. 53:5 says “...by His stripes we are healed…”

 

3.  Will God bind up your brokenness? Yes.  He’s the Healer of broken hearts. The songwriter said, “He’s the Healer of broken hearts.  He’ll mend your shattered dreams. He’ll pick up the threads of your broken life and weave them together again. To your soul He’ll bring peace and joy; a friend in need He’ll be,  the Healer of broken hearts, this Jesus of Galilee." Hosea 6:1 says, “...He will heal us;...He will bind us up.”

 

4.  Is God able to supply your needs? Absolutely.  Phil. 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  2 Chron. 25:9b says, “...the Lord is able to give you much more…”

 

5.  Does God keep His promises?  Yes, Yes, Yes. He changes not. He will do what He says He will do!  2 Pet. 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but, is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”  Mal. 3:6 says, “For I am the Lord, I do not change…”  You can take His promises to the bank!!!

 

 

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Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.  Amen.

 (Jude 1:24-25)

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 146 for January 18, 2020

 

 

Every couple has their personal wedding date.  Charles and mine was August 19, 1960. As you can tell, we’ve traveled many miles together, always strengthened by God’s Almighty hand. As we look back over our years, we can truthfully say we have had a wonderful life.  And the joyful journey continues.

 

God ordained marriage; that is, one man for one woman. Gen. 1:27 says “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them."  He first made the man Adam; then, the woman, Eve, and the two became one flesh in marriage. Gen. 2:24 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."

 

Well, we are happy to declare that the merger, the union, and the marriage of our wonderful and loving son, Charles Jr., and his precious and sweet wife, Kaye, took place on January 19, 2018.  They tied the knot that night. The private ceremony took place among the family at the altar of Lake Gibson Church and of course, his dad performed the ceremony. A little later, a public reception was held in the fellowship hall of the church.

 

I tried to find the lyrics to wedding songs that I would have remembered, like “Because of You” and “I Love You Truly,” but couldn’t find them on “Google."  But I found a portion of this love song in my collection of music; don’t know the author, and, maybe Chuck and Kaye saw in each other what these words say.

 

“You are the promised kiss of springtime that makes the lonely winter seem long.  You are the breathless hush of evening that trembles on the brink of a lovely song.  You are the angel glow that lights a star. The dearest things I know are what you are.  Someday my happy arms will hold you, and someday I’ll know that moment divine, when all the things you are, are mine.”

 

And so, the Bride and Groom have started their journey!  We wish them well! Matthew 19:6b says, “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

 

I’m still loving this man of mine!!!

 

Bess            

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 145 for January 11, 2020

 

MY SISTER’S COMING…

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WE’RE GOING ON A CRUISE!!

 

Family is so special to me.  In fact, Mary Nicoson gave me a plaque a long time ago that says, “Of all the gifts big and small, a family‘s love is the best of all.”  I see, and read, the plague quite often. I was blessed to have had two sisters and one brother. Sorrow came our way when one sister died.  Cancer took her. But I still have one sister left. How special to have siblings. So, come Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, we will pick my sister up at the Tampa Airport.  It’s a great time for her to come. And while here, we will set sail for the islands of the Bahamas.

 

We will depart on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s luxurious Brilliance of the Seas.  Our ports of call include Key West on Tuesday, Coco Cay, Bahamas on Wednesday, and Nassau, the Bahamas on Thursday.  It will be a day at sea on Friday and Friday night making our way back to Tampa. Saturday morning about 7 or 8 a.m. we will dock at the port of Tampa.

 

The excitement of this cruise is not found in the ports of call; it is in the gospel music concerts and anointed preaching; talking to the groups, enjoying the fellowship, worshipping as we listen to preachers and singers share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  There are lots of opportunities to explore things like the famous straw market, even tour historic city sites, shop, take a glass-bottom boat tour, take a traditional trolley tour, and other things.

 

Our departure date is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.  We return on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. What we all need from you readers, are PRAYERS for our safety and good health.  Please pray for us. And thank you, in advance.

 

Have a great New Year. 

 

Love,

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 144 for January 4, 2020

 

 

 

MORE AND MORE AND MORE, I’M FEELING THE BURDEN OF A COUNTRY (A WORLD) BELEAGUERED AND TORMENTED BY SIN… a world created by God without sin, originally.  But sin entered that Garden of Paradise, and my, how it has spread. In fact, the whole earth fails to see the glory of God; instead, it is blinded by Satan.  Sin has covered the earth.

 

God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the penalty for the sins of the whole human race.  For 2000 or so years, man has had the free will and the opportunity to choose redemption OR languish in his/her sins.  But just as Judas rejected redemption, so have many...too many. We NEED TO PRAY.

 

 

Sin has spread like fast-growing cancer.  It has consumed the mind, emotion, will, and actions of its subjects. Oh, how we need that healing balm of Gilead.  O God, heal us of this devastating cancer of sin.

 

Where are God’s people?  Where is the church? Where are the prayer warriors? Where are the burdened? Dear Jesus, please help us! We are desperate. Save our nation, our world. Your Word tells us that You are not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Send a great revival, worldwide! May Your amazing grace and plenteous mercy win the hearts of the lost. May our prayers send conviction upon the lost. Help us, Jesus, to stand in the gap for our nation, our world. Amen.

 

All one has to do is read the newspapers and watch the news on TV to know the dire sickness of a town, a city, a county, a state, a nation, even a world.  Please join me in prayer for our nation, our world.

 

 

Bess