Blog 174 for August 1, 2020





Fifteen years ago this September Bess and I purchased our two cabins along with almost two acres of woods at the end of Majestic View Way in Cosby, Tennessee. We discovered the cabins by celebrating our 45th anniversary staying in a rental cabin nearby for a week. We had just sold a cabin in Bryson City, North Carolina, and were open to the purchase of another cabin. The owner of the cabins was forced to sell and move out of state to take care of his ailing parents. We fell in love with the area and the beautiful location of the cabins. The owner made us an offer we could not refuse, so the rest is history.


The owner had the cabins established on the cabin rental market, so we bought the business along with the cabins. Since I was not retired, Bess has been heavily involved with the rental business. After retiring from the pastoral ministry, I have been helping her all I can. She does a great job with the business. All of the rental people really like her. She continues to establish good friendships with repeat customers. As you can understand, they had rather talk to Bess than to me. We are always praising and thanking our Lord for blessing our business. It is a wonderful benefit in retirement. 


God has blessed us with a wonderful Christian couple that lives nearby that does the cleaning and light maintenance. They have been with us these 15 years after working for the former owner. They know the business well and do a wonderful job.


Since we are now back at our cabins and staying in the Stargazer cabin, we are involved with updating and maintenance. There are always many things to do. At the present time, I have several projects I am working on. They will make a difference in upgrading. I have promised to stay out of trees to those that think I sometimes think I am a monkey. As a matter of fact, my chainsaw is not working at the present time, so I know some are happy with that news.


Bess and I enjoy having our devotionals together every morning. Our prayer list is long with so many requests. A major emphasis every morning is for God to save our nation, and to help President Trump to be re-elected. America cannot survive the Democrats gaining total control.


God is waiting on more of us to become earnest in prayer for a mighty revival!


Charles Kirby 







Blog 173 for July 25, 2020





Friday, July 17, ended 37 days of radiation treatments to wipe out the cancer cells in my prostate area. I can highly recommend Watson Clinic Cancer Center and Dr. Paryani who have guided me through the process. All the nurses did an outstanding job daily making sure the radiation was applied to the areas of concern. It absolutely was a painless process. All through the 37 days my energy level never wavered, and I never felt any experience of sickness through the journey. One of the keys through the challenge was a positive mental attitude I had from the beginning. I never allowed a negative feeling to invade my mind. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." "For God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” [Philippians 2:5; 2 Timothy 1:17] It really is amazing how much power there is in the Word of God!


A major highlight of this challenge that caught me off guard, has been the formation of a tremendous prayer army that has been with me through the process. This wonderful body of praying people has been scattered across the country from Los Angeles to Virginia Beach and from Houston to Toronto. It has been very heartwarming to read their emails, texts, and cards. A host of these people became acquainted with me through the years of church services and concerts on the internet. I am very grateful to each one of you for every prayer you have prayed for me. I will not be able to thank many of you face to face until we all get home to heaven. That really is going to be a happy time! Until then, I will know that I am a very blessed man!


In grateful praise to all of my friends and to my dear Lord!


Charles Kirby 








Blog 172 for July 18, 2020


Living in an Anti-Christian America


Celebrating the 244th birthday of our nation has awakened me to the reality that I am now living in an anti-Christian America. I never thought this day in American history would come to pass in my lifetime. The recent happenings of hate, strife, violence, and murder have caught many of our cities and states by surprise, transforming the culture of a once strong Judeo-Christian nation appearing to be defenseless. In Josh McDowell’s last book, “The Last Christian Generation,” he wrote, “Unless we have revival, we are headed for disaster.” He states “Eighty-five percent of Christian youth are in secular colleges and universities, representing 10 million by their 30th birthday." The Church of our day is continually failing to pass the baton to win this vast next generation to Christ and His Church.


DANIEL 1: 1-6

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.

Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.


Daniel 1:1-6 gives us a powerful lesson about King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon capturing a 13-year-old Daniel and three of his friends, taking them to Babylon intent on brainwashing them to the customs of the Babylonians. Verse 8 in this chapter says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank.” Daniel was totally committed to his God. His heart and convictions were set ahead of time, before the battle, not in the heat of the battle. Ladies and gentlemen, we are in a battle today! Just think about what would happen in the church world if all of the young people would be like Daniel!


Francis Schaeffer, an Evangelical theologian said before he died in 1984, “If we don’t change we are going to wake up and find America gone.” I really hate to admit it, but we haven’t changed.   The great America of the past is continuing to leave us. Our children and young people are not being reached by the Church. Instead, unsaved educators and ungodly universities are turning them against God, the home, and the Church. Recently I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio show when a very conservative politician from a northern state called in. He told Rush he was in a major dilemma with his daughter who was a liberal university student. She had just informed her dad that she was telling everyone not to vote for him in the upcoming election because he was too conservative. The dad told Rush her liberal philosophy is the result of non-Christian professors that are against the U.S. Constitution. Her liberal conversion has caused a big division in the family, and the parents are broken-hearted. 


If there was ever a time to turn to God and His Word the time is now. A great awakening is the only thing that can transform individual lives, homes, family members, churches, and America. Christ is still the only answer! A sweeping prayer movement across the land is where it can begin. Remember, it starts with one! Here is the big question: are you willing to be the one?


Dear Lord, please send a mighty spiritual visitation to our nation!


Charles Kirby







Blog 171 for July 11, 2020





It happened on Sunday, June 27. Bess and I live-streamed the 11:00 a.m. service at First Baptist Church of Morristown, Tennessee. It really was an incredible experience for both of us as we listened to a tremendous God and Country message by Pastor Dean Haun. It was heartwarming to discover there is a pastor that is challenged to preach about the importance of America honoring the Lord our God at the time of our nation’s birthday around the 4th of July. It became more meaningful during the throes of the virus challenge that continue to invade our lives. Through my 56 years of pastoral ministry, I always devoted at least one message to God and the country. It is very painful to admit that very few pastors today are faithful to preach about the challenge and need for congregations to recognize and honor the God of America. I really do believe those that do, are richly blessed by our Lord, and the church members are informed and inspired.


Dr. Haun’s message was from Nehemiah chapters 7 and 8. I have a series of messages from the book of Nehemiah that I have preached in a church building campaign, but never for a God and country challenge. Nehemiah was the King’s cupbearer when he heard about the captivity and destruction of Jerusalem. He said he sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven. He got permission from the King to go and rebuild Jerusalem. In 52 days Nehemiah led the rebuilding of the walls and miracle restoration of the city. 


In chapter 8 a major key to the miraculous rebuilding and restoration of the city was the anointed ministry of Ezra the scribe and priest. He was asked to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel. Verse 5 says when Ezra opened the book of the law in the sight of the people, they all stood up. I always ask people to stand to honor God’s Word when I am reading to the congregation. “And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, amen, amen, with lifting up of their hands: And they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” 


Think what could happen to our nation if President Trump would choose someone to read to the people of America through a satellite, the Word of God until all of us would weep when we heard the words of God. The restoration of Jerusalem and Israel could be repeated in America!  It could become the beginning of another great awakening! Dear Lord, have mercy on us and transform our world around us!


God is still on the throne!


Charles Kirby 






Blog 170 for July 4, 2020



July 4th at Clover Creek, near Toone, Tennessee, was a tradition for my family, my uncles, aunts, and my cousins. It was our yearly catfish feast day. July 4, 1950, was unlike all the other years. Without a doubt, it was the year to remember!


You could not pay me to do today what we did back then. Don’t forget, all of us were Tennessee country “hillbillies.” We did not fish with fishing poles and hooks, but with our hands. My dad and uncles would run the fish out of the creek banks to where my cousins and I would trap them in nets and throw them on the bank to a waiting uncle and a friend. They would prepare the fish to eat by dressing and frying them on an open fire. After they were cooked my mother and aunts would place them on a long table for “Cox’s” army to eat. Catfish have never tasted that good since those of my childhood. Back then Clover Creek was very clean with no pollution. I am sure that is not so today since that was 70 years ago at this time.


You are probably by now wondering about the 75-pound catfish. My dad discovered it in a big hole in the bank of the creek. When he put a long tree limb in the hole something attacked it. It turned out to be a huge catfish that had made a den in the hole created by an old bridge beam. My dad and two of my uncles pulled the huge fish out of the water, throwing it on the bank of the creek. All my cousins and I had surrounded the hole with a big net in case the fish tried to get away. If it had, I am sure it would have been a big challenge for us. When the fish hit the ground everyone watched it leap over bushes and small trees until it was totally worn out and had no energy to try to defend itself. When the men put the fish in the bed of a pick-up truck that was four feet wide, it was a perfect fit. At that point, we had no idea what it weighed until we got to our home that was not far away. By now we were beginning to get excited about the possibility of a giant fish fry.


When we arrived at our home my dad had a large scale with a pulley that we used to hang the fish for everyone to see. All we knew at this point was the fact that we really did have a giant catfish. Family members took a picture of one of my cousins and me, standing by the fish. Everyone was amazed when the scale reached 75 pounds. Now it was time to build a fire to prepare for a big feast. At that point, we had no idea what we were going to experience. We knew it would take a huge fire to cook such a large fish. We also knew it would take time.


I can’t remember how long it did take to prepare the fish to eat. The big disappointment came when the cooks felt it had cooked long enough and it was time to enjoy the feast. It only took one bite to discover that the old fish was as tough as leather. We never did figure out just how old that yellow catfish really was. There was only one thing to do and that was to have a burial. We dug a big deep hole at the back of our property and had a funeral for a big fish to end an amazing 4th of July celebration in 1950 as darkness began to appear to the west.


God bless America at this 4th of July season in 2020!


Charles Kirby




Blog 174 for August 1, 2020



We’ve arrived at our Mountains!


Well, they are really God’s mountains. But how we love them.  Don’t you just love God’s Masterpiece creation; His mountains, valleys, meadows, sky, oceans, cities on a hill, America’s countryside, and the wide-open spaces? The mountains are majestic; so beautiful, so awe-inspiring!


Our daughter and her family have just been out to Colorado.  While there, they enjoyed those Rocky Mountains.






We are blessed to own two cabins in the Smoky Mountains.  And, since retirement, we have been going to the Tennessee mountains for about 5 or 6 months a year, staying in the STARGAZER cabin.  The cabins are named; the other one is called SNUGGLED-IN cabin.  They both have the same floor plan; 2 bedrooms, 1½ baths, family room, kitchen, and great deck.  Stargazer sleeps four comfortably; while Snuggled-In sleeps six comfortably, due to the type of furniture in the cabin.






We rent these cabins; mostly by four nights or weekly; though sometimes we rent for longer periods of time.  The rental of these cabins helps us financially in our retirement.  The pandemic has hurt us some since we have had many to cancel their reservations.  But God has brought us through. He walks our journey with us.


We have used several avenues for advertising such as newspaper ads, word of mouth, posters, mailouts. We are online with VRBO (vacation rentals by owner)/HOME AWAY.


To rent either cabin you have to call/contact us (1-800-516-3342) personally or go to VRBO’s website. To call us and book from us personally, you get the rental a little cheaper.  But either way is wonderful.


We have owned these cabins for 15 years. They have proved to be a blessing.  Enjoy some pictures of the cabins. Several of our church friends have rented the cabins. Those reading this, feel free to inquire and rent a week from us.


We realize that as the years pass so swiftly, there may come a time that we need to sell.  If so, God will provide the buyer.  The Rental Business does well.  The almost two-acre property and two cabins are in a lovely area.


We are in our Tennessee home, enjoying God’s creation. It was fun sharing with you about the cabins. God bless us one and all. 










Blog 173 for July 25, 2020


Are we hearing their hoofbeats?


What do you know about prophecy? I certainly am not a prophet, but would willingly tell what I was certain that God told me to tell. But this is not a prophecy from Bess, it’s a delve into God’s Word, the Bible, a reading of Biblical writers of the end times, an ear to what today’s preachers are saying, and how I am feeling about my world. I think it’s time we woke up to the fact that Christ’s return to earth again is closer than we think! So, please Jesus, WAKE US UP!

Charles and I receive a great magazine, ZION’S FIRE.  The March/April issue was filled with information concerning prophecy, end times, disconcerting things taking place throughout the world, digital identity, and so on. One such article was written by David Rosenthal, “Flashpoint, GeoProphecy Report.” The picture of the Four Horses and the question, “Are We Hearing the Hoofbeats of the Four Horsemen?” is taken from that article, as are some thoughts on the soon return of Christ.


One thing for sure, we’ve got to get our “calling and election” sure. That is, we’ve gotta’ be saved and get our families into the fold. Every morning when I pray for our personal family including our grandsons and our extended family, I ask the Lord to take His Shepherd’s Crook and pull those family members who are drifting too far from the shore, back into the fold.  Are your lamps trimmed and burning brightly? Are you walking in the light? Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior? Have you been born again?


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse represent chronological events that introduce the Day of the Lord (Matt. 24:3).  In Rev. 6:1-8 when Jesus Christ takes the scroll and opens the first four seals, we encounter the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The apostles asked in Matt. 24:3, “And what is the sign of your coming and the end of the age?”


Let’s learn a little about the Four Horsemen.


Seal #1, The White Horse, Rev. 6:2 - a Victor to Conquer; a time of DOMINION. The Rider is power-hungry, bent on world domination, and ready to use force to get it. According to Jesus in Matt. 24:4-5, there will be a FALSE PEACE.  Some believe this will happen because of the Antichrist or “the man of sin” described by Paul, 2 Thess. 2:3-4. This helps explain why this evil individual (Antichrist) symbolically appears on a WHITE HORSE. At the end of time, the Rider on the White Horse will be Our Conquering 

King of Kings, Our Messiah, Our Savior, destroying the Beast and the False Prophet, bringing REAL PEACE. (Rev. 19)


Seal #2, The Fiery Red Horse, Rev. 6:4.  This rider brings slaughter.  Some believe this to be the Battle of Armageddon. He takes PEACE AWAY from the earth. It’s a time of DEPRESSION.  According to Jesus, He says that following a time of peace, there will be a WORLDWIDE WAR. (Matt. 24:6-7a)


Seal #3, The Black Horse Rider, Rev. 6:5-6, with SCALES in his hands, brings DROUGHT. (Matt. 24:7b) According to Jesus, a time of war will result in FAMINE; economic disaster, and famine caused by wars during the Tribulation period.


Seal #4, The Pale Horse Rider, Rev. 6:8, brings DEATH to one-fourth of the world’s peoples dying of disease and starvation. (Matt. 24:7c) According to Jesus, there will be earthquakes that cause many deaths. What about pandemics, nuclear holocaust, wild animals, plagues, famines, violence, etc?


The riders on the Four Horses of the Apocalypse carry out these judgments.  They are part of the tribulation and part of “the great day of His wrath.” (Rev. 6:17)


Signs of the times are everywhere. Are you ready? Don’t be left behind.  Please stop running away from God. Wash your garments in the blood of the Lamb.   The time is now to repent. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  Enjoy the YouTube video with pictures, “Are You Ready for Jesus to Come?” sung by Sandra Entermann (10 years ago).  










Blog 172 for July 18, 2020





The second coming of the Lord is closer than we think! A songwriter long ago, said it this way, “Signs of the Times are Everywhere."  I was singing that song with an ensemble in Virginia Beach during the years, 1970-1974.  Matthew, Chapter 24, gives us many of the signs of His coming. The rise of false prophets, false Christs in vs. 4-5 is one of the signs.  Many of us remember Charles Manson, Rev. Sun Myung, Jim Jones, and David Koresh. And no doubt, you could name some more.


Matthew 24:6 warns us of wars and rumors of wars.  Since World War II, the number of wars in our world has increased dramatically.  Today’s standing armies of the world comprise millions of soldiers.  The continuing arms-buildup among the superpowers and the lesser third world nations is even now setting the stage for the final Battle of Armageddon, a war that will drench the world in blood.


Another warning sign of Christ’s imminent return is the increasing devastating and widespread famine Jesus warned of and worldwide pestilence. Aren’t our eyes wide open to the problems of our whole world? In our generation, health officials have discovered more than twenty new infectious diseases for which there are no known cures or treatments. What about the coronavirus? No cure yet. Growing urbanization, poor sanitation, air travel, teens and young adults crowded at the beach on Memorial Day, even the large protest marches and rioting gangs, and no doubt, the autonomous places being claimed in our day, have helped to spread these deadly diseases.


Matthew 24:7 speaks of earthquakes. And I just heard on the news that June 24, 2020, Mexico had an earthquake.  But we hear about earthquakes all the time.


In Matthew 24:9, it speaks about increased hatred and alienation, hatred between families, individuals, and nations. Oh my, this really hits home.  What is happening to our country?  Why is there so much hate? And the persecution of Christians and churches is worldwide.


Other prophecies in the Bible herald Christ’s return and the beginning of the last days. Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948 is a prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 24:32 admonishes us to STAY ALERT!   I believe we can all say, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus." Revelations 22:20




Are you ready? If not, PLEASE get ready! Here are the Four Spiritual Laws to lead you to “Readiness for His Second Coming."


  • Law #1: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. John 3:16; John 10:10

  • Law #2: Man is sinful and separated from God. Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23

  • Law #3: Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him, you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life. Romans 5:8

  • Law #4: We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; so that we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives. John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8,9; Revelation 3:20


These four laws were written by Campus Crusade for Christ in 1965.


Please enjoy Bill Gaither’s famous song, “The King is Coming,” sung by Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Homecoming Group. 











Blog 171 for July 11, 2020






I have a few more questions to ask you. Are you scared? Do you have any “Why” questions? Are you worried about the future?


Billy Graham, in his devotional book, “Hope for Each Day”, copyrighted in 2004, speaks about a world in pain.  He said that in all his travels over the decades, he had found people to be the same the world over; and he summed up the condition of people as “hopeless.” Most of the news of that day was about trouble, problems, disasters, wars, and despair.  Does this 2004 analogy of hopelessness sound like the hopelessness of 2020?


Billy Graham listed voices from troubled hearts; for example, “Our home is a war zone.”  Let me list some questions from the voices of today’s troubled hearts.


  1. Why are they beating up the fallen policeman?

  2. Why are they throwing stones, breaking windows, destroying someone else’s property?

  3. Why are they shining a bright light in the eyes of the policemen?

  4. Why are they spewing their hateful speech?

  5. Why are they aligning themselves with the anarchists?

  6. Why are they tearing down the historical monuments and statues?

  7. Why are they trying to take over portions of cities all across America, making Autonomous Zones?

  8. Why are they burning property? Wendy’s? Etc.

  9. Why are they demanding to defund the police department? Even to get rid of the policemen?

  10. Why do they want NO laws? No law and order?

  11. Are we, the USA, too far gone?  Is there a solution?

  12. Are we, our country, on a collision course?

  13. When will this anarchy end?

  14. Why don’t those in leadership; the local Mayors, the State Governor and State Congressmen, the President, and all the National Congressmen, do something?

  15. How can we survive? What’s this world coming to? Is there any hope?


Billy Graham wrote about “Voices from troubled hearts” in 1965.  He said, “At that time few of us thought that the world could get much worse and survive.” He goes on to say, “I was wrong.” He said that the world has gotten worse, that we are a world in pain.  How true!


Those of us with aching, breaking hearts and troubled minds, why don’t we…

  1. Cry out to Jesus; PRAY. Ps. 55:17

  2. Read God’s Word; Is. 40:8

  3. Sing a great song; Ps. 104:33

  4. Hang on to those we love; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16

  5. Take a walk; Get outside; Ps. 1:1; Ps. 86:11

  6. Clear our mind; Phil.4:2;  Phil.2:5

  7. Talk to a friend; Prov. 17:17

  8. Put your faith in Jesus; John 3:16

  9. Hold on to Hope in this season of hopelessness. Ps.71:4 & 5

  10. Enjoy the YouTube video, “My Faith Still Holds,” First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS.

(Psalm 71 is a great read.)   












Blog 170 for July 4, 2020


God and Country


Happy Birthday, America! Get out the fireworks! Blow the bugles! Hang the red, white, and blue! Put on the BBQ! And let’s celebrate!


Early in the 17th century, settlers from countries across the sea claimed land and formed colonies along the eastern coast of North America.  Control of this land continued for well over 100 years.  By the time the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, there were 13 American colonies with independent governments and constitutions.  Evidence indicates that the Bible was used as the rule of life in the colonies. It certainly had a profound effect on their lives.


Let me tell you about Mitchell Paige, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s most prestigious military honor, for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.  On October 26, 1942, after all the other Marines in his platoon were killed or wounded, for hours Paige operated 4 machine guns, single-handedly, stopping an entire Japanese regiment.  Had that position fallen and the Japanese regained the airfield the Marines had taken, it is possible that the outcome of World War II may have been significantly changed.


In years to come, Paige was repeatedly asked why he would be willing to put his life on the line for his country.  His answer was basically two-fold; first, the three-room country school where he was taught the Pledge of Allegiance, memorized the great American documents such as the Gettysburg Address, and heard the Bible read each day; second, God’s Word. When Paige left home to walk the 200 miles to the nearest Marine recruiting station in 1936, his mother packed him a lunch and included a note ("Trust in the Lord, son, and He will guide you always.") Paige said these words remained forever in his mind.


Paige said, “I will never forget sitting in a foxhole, alone, bloody, burned, and injured on Guadalcanal, except for hundreds of dead bodies of the enemy surrounding me.  I emptied my pack looking for something to stop the bleeding from a bayonet wound and out fell my small Bible.  Picking it up, I could scarcely believe it opened to Proverbs 3, and there were Mother’s words. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to thine own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”


Mitchell Paige was a true servant and patriot of America.  And, America is proud to have hundreds of thousands of valiant soldiers cut from the same mold.


So my prayer is,

“God bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her and guide her, through the night with the light from above.  From the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans bright with foam. God bless America, my home, sweet home.”   


Please enjoy Lee Greenwood sing his song, “God Bless the USA,” on Huckabee’s show one year ago. 


P.S. Several of my family have July Happy Birthday to one and all.  To Chuck, our son, July 3; to Mildred, my sister in Heaven, July 4; to Angie, my niece, July 4; and to Fred, my brother, July 15.