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Blog 181 for September 19, 2020

 

 

 

FRANKLIN GRAHAM’S PRAYER MARCH SEPTEMBER 26

 

Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is hosting a national prayer march on Saturday, September 26. 

 

 

The march will start at 12 noon from the Lincoln Memorial and will travel 1.8 miles, ending at the U.S. Capitol at 2:00 p.m. Franklin has been inspired by the Holy Spirit to host this amazing event. Here is Franklin's special appeal for this prayer march: 

 

“AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE HURTING.

OUR PEOPLE ARE DIVIDED AND THERE’S FEAR AND

UNCERTAINTY ALL AROUND US. LET’S JOIN TOGETHER AND

DO THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: PRAY!”

 

Since we are “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” that are now in heaven, as Hebrews 12:1 says, I am sure Billy Graham is rejoicing over Franklin's anointed ministry, and faithful service to his father’s legacy as president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, his preaching in crusades and as the president of the great worldwide ministry of Samaritan's Purse, helping people through their tragedies.

 

I have a tremendous appreciation for Franklin. In 1975 when I was a member of the executive committee of the Lubbock, Texas, Billy Graham Crusade, It was during this time that I met Franklin for the first time. He was ending his rebellion and running from God. Mr. Huston, the Lubbock crusade director from the Billy Graham organization, met with our crusade committee. At that meeting, he talked to us about Franklin who had come to the crusade. I will never forget the compassionate spirit of that meeting. Mr. Huston said something like this. “Mr. Graham and Ruth would really appreciate any patience and compassion you can show to Franklin while he is here. He is just ending his running from God and the spirit of rebellion. Mr. Graham and Ruth will be very grateful to you.” That was an amazing moment for me that I will never forget. Every time I see Franklin on television, I think of that time. 

 

Through the providence of God, Franklin was assigned to help me with pre-crusade materials and meetings. I am so proud of him and how God is using him to minister to the masses of people that need his and his father’s God!

 

Our God is an amazing God!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 180 for September 12, 2020

 

 

MEMORIES OF 60TH ANNIVERSARY

 

A few days ago Bess and I celebrated our 60th anniversary together. It goes without saying, I have been blessed by my Lord to give me such a tremendous helpmate. I have never known another pastor’s wife across the years to be her equal. All the churches where we have served have agreed with me. It is a tremendous fact, I really am a blessed man!

 

Family members and dear friends helped us with our celebration. Our daughter Micki and son-in-law Bob were celebrating their 34th anniversary and spent a few nights with us in our cabin. We took in Pigeon Forge and, of course, enjoyed a meal at the Old Mill Restaurant. When we are there I always dedicate a delicious cup of corn chowder to our webmaster Duane Kendall. A few years ago, when Duane was a featured pianist in a large retreat in the Pigeon Forge area, he had his first experience with the famous corn chowder. From time to time he talks about it. The chowder really is something to remember.

 

Our dear friends, Jay and Pat Ahlemann, spent some nights in the Snuggled-In cabin. Pat is a catfish lover like no other. Every time they come to see us Pat lets us know she wants to go to The Taste of Dandridge Restaurant for catfish. I love catfish too, but Pat loves it even more.

 

Jay and I are David and Jonathan's type of friends. It all began in 1967 when we first met. Jay has followed me through the years in two churches. He took both of these churches to a new level. He calls me his mentor. As a matter of fact, I have learned much from his pastoral ministry. He has pastored two of America's largest and fastest-growing churches throughout the years. God has blessed him abundantly with the gift of ministry. He is the founding pastor of a wonderful growing church, Restoration Fellowship Church in Strasburg, Virginia. At 75 he is still being used by God with exciting growth 

 

I have said many times, friends are a priceless treasure. So many of these friends have contacted us with a phone call, a text, a card, or an email on our special anniversary. It has been a heartwarming experience for us! We really do love and appreciate all of the wonderful friends!

 

Bess and I are abundantly blessed by our Lord!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

P.S - I failed to mention great friends coming our way like  David and Carolyn Diehl from Georgia, Phil and Arveta Pitts from Indiana, Bob and Judith Bryan from Florida, Merrill and Eileen Ward from Indiana, Howard and Peggy Cress from Virginia, Gary and Linda Heller from Virginia, Wayne and Joan Alford from Indiana.  We always enjoy times of fellowship with all of these wonderful people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 179 for September 5, 2020

 

 

 

GETTING BIG RESULTS FROM LIFE

 

It is a present-day fact. All of us are going through challenges we have never faced. CORONAVIRUS has impacted all of us. We continue to say, “In our lifetime, we have never experienced what we are presently facing.” Like never before, we need to be reminded that the Christian religion is far greater than most of us realize! It tells weak people they can become strong. It tells defeated people they can be victorious. It tells unhappy people they can find happiness. It teaches us how to live tremendous lives. It teaches us that we can change our world. As a matter of fact, there is nothing like it on this earth! Jeremiah 33:3 tells us, “Call unto Me {God}, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

 

The profound law of human nature is that we become, to a very large degree, what we think. If you think little, believe little, and act little, the results will be little. On the other hand, if you think big, believe big, and act big, the results are going to equate with bigness! The first key for each one of us to get big results in our lives is to recondition our minds to cast off small thoughts. In other words, think big! Just think about what could happen if we had an attitude revival! All of us can think our way to victory over any problem if we think big! Christianity is the religion of the big! Its whole business is to make people big! Bigger than our dreams; bigger than our sicknesses; bigger than our hates; bigger than our depression; bigger than our defeats. The Word of God echoes this fact! John 1:12 {KJV} says, “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to BECOME the sons of God.”  Luke 17:21 says, "The Kingdom of God is within you.” That means all of God’s greatness and grace is built into you! Nothing is impossible with God! If you think big, pray big, plan big, and believe big, it will equal big results. Solomon, the wise man, said in Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the assurance of things we hope for, proof of the reality of the things we cannot see.”

 

This is a tremendous time in each of our lives for us to believe the incredible fact that God really is with us. We not only should think big, but we should also believe big. Isaiah 43:5 says, “Fear not, for I am with you.” I really do believe that this is the greatest statement ever made in the history of man on earth! It is also the biggest thought of all...you are not alone!

  • To the discouraged - “Fear not”

  • To the depressed - “Fear not”

  • To the lonely - “Fear not”

  • To the afflicted - “Fear not”

  • To the fearful - “Fear not”

 

When we continue to face giants in our lives, I am reminded of David and the giant Goliath. In I Samuel 17:45 David said to Goliath, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts.” There was never invented or made or allowed, any difficulty that is bigger than you when you are united with God. You and God together have the power to do great and mighty things! In my exciting personal journey with my Lord, I have proved it over and over again!

 

Faith is the victory that overcomes the world!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

Blog 181 for September 19, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a “plain Jane”?  You’ve heard that expression before, I’m assuming.  Maybe you’ve even been called a “plain Jane.” Well, that phrase seems to indicate that one is not much at which to look. Extending the implications, it could include unworthiness or valuelessness. But I have a different take. Read on…

 

One morning recently, I was flipping through the pages of God’s Word, when my eyes fell on a picture of three small, different size, plain clay pots. This picture was followed by a short article, entitled “Just Plain Jars." It stopped me in my tracks; for I had been listening over and over and over again to the beautiful and wonderful song, written by Gene Reasoner,  entitled “ He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away.” Since the lyrics concern broken clay pots, throw-away pots that are redeemable, marred vessels, this short article caught my attention.

 

That article reminded me that as humans, we are earthen vessels, PLAIN old clay pots as is recorded in Luke 4:7-9.  Listen to it. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed, but not destroyed.”

 

The answer to our plainness, our depression, our depths of sin, our pig pens, our addictions, is GOD, Master Potter. We don’t have to stay a “Plain Jane” OR a “Plain Joe,” nor a broken clay pot, nor a marred vessel. Just call on HIS NAME.  The cast-out, the broken, the sick, the hurting, yes, even the prodigal can come home to the Father’s House, that is, the Potter’s House.

 

Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote that God can make something beautiful out of your life. Your hurting can be healed, your sin can be forgiven, your sorrow can find comfort, your mourning can be turned to joy, your darkness can become light, your impossibility can become possible. God knows the way out of the wilderness, all we have to do is follow Him, the Waymaker, the Burden Bearer, the Problem Solver, the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Praise God for re-shaping your marred vessel, as you listen to “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away,” sung by the Lesters, showing a picture of a vessel being shaped with the words, “Oh God, you are the Potter, I am the clay.”    I’m loving Jesus more every day.

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 180 for September 12, 2020

 

A MESSAGE TO CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE…..

 

“Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today.” (Bill and Gloria Gaither)

 

So, take courage. Do what needs to be done!

 

“God has not given us the spirit of fear or timidity, but of power…” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

So, go forth to battle in the power of Jesus’ Name.

 

God's not dead. He neither slumbers nor sleeps.  Psalm 121:4

 

So, night or day, He cares for you. He has you!

 

“God knows the way through the wilderness.  All we have to do is follow.” (Sidney E. Cox)

 

So, choose His way, His path, His plan; and follow Him all the way to victory!

 

“While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes, there is a God who has not surrendered His Authority.” (A.W.Tozer)

 

 

 

So, He was; He is; and He ever shall be, world without end. Amen and Amen!

 

“Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you; I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

 

So, now is the time to make sure your heart is right with God.

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 179 for September 5, 2020

 

 

The skies may be overcast. The sun may refuse to shine.  And you may be sinking low.

 

The storm clouds may appear. The rains may fall. And you may cry a million tears.

 

The weeds may take over. The flowers may die.  And you may despair. The insects and animals may destroy the garden.  The food supply may vanish.  And you may break down. Yet...

 

God may walk right in, solve your difficult problem, and hear your cry.  And...

 

God may turn your deep mourning into great joy.

 

Our God is faithful. He will mend your broken heart. He will dry your tear-stained eyes. He will supply your deepest needs.  He will make a way for you.  

 

 

you can always count on HIM.

 

                                                 Written by Ferial Bess Kirby