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Blog 220 for JUNE 26, 2021 

 

THE KEYS TO A PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

 

In Hebrews 13:13-16, we find the keys to a partnership with God. The writer wants us to know that the highest honor possible for mankind is to be in a partnership with God. Paul the Apostle reminds us of this wonderful privilege in I Corinthians 3:9: “For we are God’s fellow workers.” To be really effective as God’s partners and fellow workers the writer here in Hebrews tells us we must Shine, Shun, Show, and Share.

 

WE MUST SHINE IN OUR REJECTION BY THE WORLD by bearing His reproach in verse 13. The world has always rejected Christ, and it will continue until Christ reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! To be classified with Christ marks us to this world. To be empowered by the Holy Spirit equips us to really shine.

 

WE MUST SHUN THE REWARDS OF THIS WORLD. In verse 14 Paul writes “For here we have no continuing city.” The world attracts and allures but we must not be deceived by the rewards the world offers. They are only for a very short time. We must remember that “a new world order” is just ahead!

 

WE MUST SHOW THE REDEEMER TO THE WORLD. In verse 15 the writer is saying we must show “The fruit of our lips,” and in verse 16 we must “Do good.” This world has every right to demand and to expect that real religion is demonstrated in the right way, and are looking for life lived according to God’s Word. The power of influence is a powerful and incredible force to a world that is watching.

 

WE MUST SHARE OUR RELIGION WITH THE WORLD. In verse 16 we are challenged with the words “Do not forget to...share.” Sharing is a testimony of our partnership. We must never be ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God unto salvation. What a beautiful world this really would be if the beauty of Jesus could be seen in all of us. I am convinced that a great key for a revival in these last days, is for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in each one of us. 

 

Look at these transforming words of a great song that I haven’t heard in years.

 

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me

All His wondrous compassion and purity;

O Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine

‘Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 219 for JUNE 19, 2021 

 

 

 

SPECIAL MEMORIES OF A GREAT DAD

 

My sister, Diane and I, have great memories of our dad, L.O. Kirby. We both agree that he had a very good personality and never met a stranger in his 93 years of living. The highlight of his living was his dedicated Christian life and his unmovable faith in God. This is the foundation upon which Diane and I have built our personal lives through the years. At this Father’s Day season, we both are very grateful for this tremendous heritage passed down from our dad. 

 

Dad was born and raised on a farm, owned by Grandpa and Grandma Kirby, in the hills of West Tennessee near Pinson. They were Godly followers of Christ and active members of Bear Creek Methodist Church. My dad began playing the guitar at an early age. He was in great demand, in his teenage years, as a singer and guitar player, in concerts held in area schools near his home. One of his friends that followed him around was Eddie Arnold, who begged dad to teach him how to play the guitar. It was the same Eddie Arnold that later became a star in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

 

I am sure I am partial, but I have never seen anyone play the guitar like my dad. He had the talent and personality to become an Opry star like his friend Eddie Arnold. I did ask him why he never pursued that possibility, but he let me know he had no interest because he knew he was needed on the farm helping his parents. 

 

More than once I have wondered what would have happened if my dad had tried to join his friend Eddie Arnold in Nashville. I am sure he would have made it big. Only God knows what would have happened. One thing is for sure, I really do believe, God was leading my dad to stay on the farm. He did not know it back then, but he was shaping the future of his two children that were to come. It was also developing his character that remained the rest of his life. He believed that a good name was rather to be chosen than great riches. I am wondering what would be the present condition of our nation if every dad alive today had this philosophy. I think you know the answer!

 

Thanking my God for a great dad!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

Blog 218 for JUNE 12, 2021 

 

 

 

THE ANOINTING SPIRIT OF GOD

 

Two of the most anointed followers of the Lord God were Elijah and Elisha. Elijah was the mentor and teacher and Elisha was the follower. Elisha followed Elijah everywhere he went. He would not leave him because he wanted the anointed spirit of Elijah to possess his life. Elisha stayed with Elijah until God took him up to heaven in a whirlwind. The mantle of Elijah fell on Elisha with the anointed Spirit of God, and he was never the same again. Even in death Elisha was still a miracle worker when a man’s body fell on his bones and the man’s body came alive, according to II Kings 13:21. In my opinion, this was one of the most amazing miracles found in the Bible. The dead body of Elisha had more power than the average professing Christians today. Just think what would happen in our world today if dedicated members of churches had the power of God’s anointing Spirit! 

 

I am reminded of the ministry of evangelist Uncle Buddy Robinson in the early 1900s. “Uncle Buddy” as he was called, lived in Pasadena, California, in the third house on Bresee Avenue behind Bresee Avenue church where I was the senior  pastor. Even though he was an ordained Nazarene minister, he was in great demand by all denominational backgrounds in those days. The anointing of the Holy Spirit was upon him, with great revivals and camp meetings everywhere he went. While I was pastor there in Pasadena, from time to time I would walk by his house and pray for the Spirit of God from “Uncle Buddy” to fall on me. To say the least, I wanted the anointed Spirit of Elijah to help me with my ministry as the pastor of an historic church. That really was a very special time for my ministry.

 

I am just now wondering what would happen in America if an anointed pulpit would descend on every church and pastor in these troubled times. It goes without saying, I think all of us know, there would be a mighty anointing Presence that would change the lives of people from sea to shining sea. Without a doubt, it is our answer and our greatest need!

 

Dear Lord,  please respond to Your words in ll Chronicles 7:14!

 

 

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 217 for JUNE 5, 2021 

 

Faces

 

GOD IS SHOWING ME THE FACES

 

In recent days God has been showing me Faces through my weekly blogs that appear on the internet through Charles Kirby Ministries. I continue to be amazed at the number of people that are keeping up with me every week. Many of these I haven’t seen or heard from in years. Some have been members of my churches in past years, and live in different parts of the country. I am very grateful to Duane Kendall, my webmaster in California, for making it all possible. Also, I am grateful to Rodney Griffin for writing the tremendous song, “Faces.”

 

 

One of these Faces from the past is a former secretary in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She recently expressed appreciation for my ministry, and let me know she had made spiritual decisions through my preaching. We had not seen or communicated in years. To say the least, it was a very encouraging word from the past. 

 

 

Another one of the Faces from the past is now living in the Oklahoma City area. She told me she was saved under my preaching at 10 years of age in Little Rock. She had later attended College at Bethany Nazarene College, now Southern Nazarene University in Bethany Oklahoma. She told me she was involved in Bethany First Nazarene Church ministry and really liked her pastor.

 

 

These two recent contacts have reminded me of the song, “Faces” by Rodney Griffin. It was written with pastors of churches in mind and has been a great inspiration and encouragement to me. Here are some of the words to this wonderful song:

 

 

I dreamed my life was done

 

And I stood before God's Son

It was time to see

What my reward would be

With love, He reviewed my life

To count what was done for Christ

For that was what would last eternally

 

Then He showed me

 

The faces of the ones

Who'd come because of me

So many faces

That my life had led to Calvary

All those years

I thought nobody saw

As I labored in lowly places

That's when Jesus smiled

And showed me all the faces

 

He said

 

Though you did not see the yield

You were faithful to plow the field

At other times

You helped me plant the seed

No matter how small the task

You did just as I asked

And thanks to you

These souls have been set free

 

 

And for those years

 

 

You thought nobody saw

As you labored in lowly places

One day He'll smile

And show you all the faces

 

 

 

...the Faces...you’ll see their Faces.

 

 

 

Charles Kirby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 216 for MAY 29, 2021 

 

 

Changes have always happened and will continue until our Lord changes everything. I have never spent much time thinking about changes, even though I knew it was continually happening all around me. It seems lately I have been thinking more about it than in the past. Perhaps the reason is the changes I am seeing in the lives of so many of the friends in my life that are near my age. 

 

The pastoral life of a pastor is filled with joy and sorrow; happiness and sadness; laughter and tears; life and death. This month of May 2021 marks the third year of my retirement from the pastoral ministry. Since my beginning ministry in Lakeland in November 1998, over 50 people have met their Lord. All of these were very special to me. They have left a big hole in my life since their passing. Just today I have thought of a song that I have not thought about in years. It is a song we do not sing anymore. It is a sobering invitation song that reminds us that there really is a great day coming! Please read and listen to every word of this song, all three verses, and let the Holy Spirit minister to you:

 

 

 

The conditions of our nation and our world are continuing to remind us that everything is pointing to the fact that our Lord Jesus is coming back to this world to claim His bride sooner than most people will acknowledge. What is your personal relationship with the Lord? If He were to come yet today are you ready to go? Are your sins all forgiven and under the Blood of Jesus? There really is a great day coming!

 

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

 

Charles Kirby    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 215 for MAY 22, 2021 

 

A SPECIAL GIFT

FROM GENEROUS PEOPLE

 

Bess and I have been blessed through the years by generous friends. The latest blessing has come at the perfect time. It was a surprise and totally unexpected. The givers spent a few nights in a Snuggled-In cabin a few nights ago and presented me with this wonderful gift.

 

 

Merrill and Eileen Ward are givers. They live by the words of Jesus in Luke 6:38. “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” I have known about their giving to special needs in the church. When there is a need they are always willing to respond to the challenge. Their gifts come in all sizes and amounts. 

 

 

It is necessary for me to have a chain saw at our cabins in the Smokies. There are always limbs and trees to cut that have fallen down and need to be removed. My McCulloch ChainSaw has served me well for many years. Last year it decided it had served me all it could and kicked the bucket.  While McCulloch Chain saws through the years have had a good dependable name, its days are over. No business sells or services McCulloch saws. For the first time, my saw was worthless to me, and trees and limbs needed to be cut. Some of my friends thought that was great news to them. Can you believe they were happy with the news? They had told me many times to stay out of the trees.

 

 

When Bess and I arrived at our cabins a few days ago, I looked at the limbs and trees that needed special attention and noticed the growth that had happened during the time we were away. It was obvious, they all really needed special attention, but I had no saw. Robert, our Arrow Pest defense rep, had told me some time ago that some limbs close to the cabins needed to be cut.

 

 

The last evening for the Wards to be at our cabins, they told us they needed to talk to us at their cabin. I was not prepared for what they had to say. Merrill acknowledged my 56 years as a pastor, and that he and Eileen wanted to honor my ministry with a gift. Guess what it was? It was the best chainsaw on the market today...a Stihl with all the supplies I would need. To say the least, I was speechless. It goes without saying, every time I use it I will think of them. 

 

Friends are a priceless treasure!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 214 for MAY 15, 2021 

 

 

CHURCH

...THE WAY I LIKE IT

 

This past Sunday was exciting and wonderful for Bess and me. When we arrived for the 11:00 a.m. service at the First Baptist Church in Sevierville, a big choir had assembled. It goes without saying, we really like choirs, and the First Baptist choir is outstanding! Worship leader, pastor Scott, and the choir began the service with a rousing and inspiring call to worship. Sitting in my seat, I said to myself, “This really is the way to begin a great worship experience.” On this particular Sunday, the choir had two dynamic music features that paved the way for a tremendous Bible message by Pastor Dan. Bess and I left the service saying to one another walking to our car, "that was a very inspiring worship!"

 

All church people that Bess and I have pastored during our 56 years as pastors, knew that we favored worship services with a choir and expositional preaching. 

 

All the worship leaders I have added to my church staffs have known a choir was the top priority in their worship leadership. My Lord has helped me fill that staff position through the years with outstanding men, highly qualified. There was Gene Braun, Gene Engle, Bill Abbot, Jody Postin, David Gagdon, and Darrel Gash. All of these men helped us to have dynamic worship services. Each one of them knew it was their responsibility to prepare the congregation to receive the Word of God when it was my time to preach. I still favor choir-led worship rather than praise team-led worship. I realize there are churches not large enough for a choir and must depend on praise teams to lead in worship. I have had smaller churches in my earlier ministry that were not large enough to have choir-led worship.  It was an exciting time when we had enough growth to have choir-led worship. Church choirs give the opportunity for people with musical talents to have a place for ministry. To this day, I love to worship in a church with a large choir.

 

Since I have been retired from the pastoral ministry, Bess and I have sought after churches with expositional preaching. I hate to admit it, but it is very true, there is a big lack of true Bible preaching in the pulpits of America in the last days. In 1980 I became a Bible preacher rather than a topical preacher. My preaching ministry was totally transformed. I witnessed my laymen growing spiritually in new depths because they were fed the word of God without fear or favor. It really has been a remarkable journey for me! It is fun going to an exciting church that is guided and inspired by God’s Holy Word!

 

May our dear Lord increase the number of Bible-believing churches in America!

 

Charles Kirby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 212 for MAY 1, 2021 

 

 

A NEW SEASON IN THE MOUNTAINS

 

A new season for Bess and me began on May 1 with our arrival at our cabins in the beautiful Smokies. This first week back in the mountain has always been a very busy time for us. It takes us several days to get set up once again in the beautiful Stargazer cabin. One of the first things we do on our arrival is to admire and thank our Lord for the incredible view, looking out the big picture window toward the mountains. Then the second thing usually is moving outside to the deck for a tremendous massive view of the mountain region. By now, we are always inspired for the wonderful time we know that is ahead.

 

I forgot to mention the fabulous beautiful trees and bushes separating the Stargazer and Snuggled-In cabins. Turning down our dead-end lane to the cabins, I am always inspired by this view. If we arrive near the end of April, the flowers and trees are usually in full bloom with beauty. They really do provide a wonderful private separation for the two cabins. As you can see by now, Bess and I are a richly blessed couple by our wonderful Lord. We really are eternally grateful! 

 

 

The second day back in the Smokies was spent in two of our favorite places; First Baptist Church in Sevierville and the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. First Baptist is a wonderful church with an outstanding pastor and great worship leader. Pastor Dan is in his ninth year as senior pastor and Pastor Scott has been the worship leader for over thirty years. They both form an inspiring worship team. Pastor Dan is a wonderful Bible preacher that effectively feeds the flock with God’s Word, and Pastor Scott is a very good leader of blended worship with an inspiring worship team and choir at the 11:00 a.m. service. This is the service Bess and I attend. 

 

 

 

Our favorite restaurant is the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge. We love the quaint setting and the southern food and cooking. Derrick, one of the born-again managers, is a good friend, along with two ladies at the front desk. When they see us come in, they usually try to take care of us. Bess and I believe the sweet tea is the best in Pigeon Forge. 

 

Next week it is going to be my thrill to honor two of the greatest women I have ever known on Mother’s Day 2021. My dear Lord has really been good to me through the years!

 

Charles Kirby 

 

 

 

 

Blog 213 for MAY 8, 2021 

 

 

TWO OF THE GREATEST WOMEN IN MY LIFE

 

At this Mother’s Day season, I am reminded that Godly American mothers, through the history of the United States, have been the strength of our nation. There is no greater weapon to mold our society than Godly mothers with a heart for God! My prayer, in these last days, at this beautiful time of the year, is for our Lord to raise up more mothers that will impact and save America.

 

There have been two women in my life, from birth to the present time, that have impacted my life. The main reason for their influence and impact, is their Godly walk with the Lord God, and unreserved commitment to His holy will for their lives.

 

In the long challenge of a stuttering, stammering tongue, my mother, Dorthy Pauline Bell Kirby, kept praying and encouraging me. She knew God had called me to preach, but I could not because of my impediment. She would say to me that God was going to heal me! She was in the crowd when I preached my first message in my home church. Without a doubt, she was the happiest person that witnessed the miracle of Divine healing when I spoke for the first time in public, without stuttering or stammering. It was obvious that God had given me that miracle that she had prayed and believed would come to pass in God’s time!

 

My wonderful wife, Ferial Bess Pearson Kiby, has been a rock in my life and in the lives of my two children, Charles Jr. and Micki Cherie. I am convinced she was called  by God to be a pastor’s wife. Everyone that really knows her, I am sure, would agree with me. Her Godly and prayerful walk with her Lord, has been the greatest influence in my life through our years together. She has been a beacon light through some of our most challenging assignments in the pastoral ministry. Her prayer life has been a force God has used in the lives of women, where we have served across America. She has never encountered an enemy, but is loved by all people that have come to know her through the years. 

 

 

I pray that God’s love, mercy and grace will be with all mothers that will read these lines during this very special season of the year. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you! You are a special creation by our Lord!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 220 for JUNE 26, 2021

 

 

“INSTRUMENT OF YOUR PEACE”

(Written by St. Francis of Assisi)

 

Hope you are enjoying these famous prayers.  I have a lot more to share with you in the weeks to come.  Famous prayers from people such as  John Wesley, Thomas a Kempis, Martin Luther, Keith Green, and St. Patrick.  Now we must find out just who St. Francis of Assisi was, and where is Assisi?   

                             

What I will be sharing with you about St. Francis is taken from a book on his life by St. Bonaventure and from information in Wikipedia.  The book conveys a picture of a man totally transformed by God.        

                                                                               

 He must have gotten a message from the Lord; “Francis, go and build up My house, which thou seest, is falling into ruin.”  To fulfill this command of our Lord, St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) began restoring physical churches and continued by building up the spiritual church in souls. 

 

Francis’s humility, purity, and true joy inspired many to conversion and a deeper faith.  Never ordained a priest, nevertheless, St. Francis was a preacher and a miracle worker of the first order, curing, prophesying, casting out devils, turning water into wine, and raising people from the dead, according to the book.  Some have called him a Christian Role Model.

  

He is a patron saint of the Catholic Church. St. Francis died on Oct. 3, 1226, at the age of 44, in Assisi, Italy. Here is his prayer; quoted by hundreds, even sung by multitudes.  I have sung it.

 

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair, hope,

Where there is darkness, light,

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much

Seek to be consoled as to console,

To be understood as to understand,

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

 

Please enjoy this YouTube video rendition of, “Lord, Make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace”, arranged, I think, by Mary McDonald, and sung by the Barron Collier High School Alumni Chorus at Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL.    Let’s serve Jesus with our whole heart...be what He wants us to be; go where He wants us to go, and do what He wants us to do. 

 

 

Loving Him more every day,

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 219 for JUNE 19, 2021

 

 

 

Lord, Teach us how to Pray!

 

A Prayer of Worship: God’s Personhood

“THE LIGHT OF HIS PRESENCE”

(Written by Anne Graham Lotz)

 

“Please, dear God, I want to know You better today than I did yesterday.  And better tomorrow than I know you today.  I want to grow in my knowledge of You until my faith becomes sight and I know You fully, even as today You know me.  My heart’s desire is that on that day You would acknowledge me as Your friend.

 

I confess that when my health is good, when my friends are many, when my name is well regarded, when my family is happy, I tend to drift into complacency.  So I thank You for the trials and tribulations, the heartache and hardships, the disease and disappointments, the weakness and sickness because they all teach me by experience that I need You.  Every moment, every hour, every day.  My awareness of need presses me to lean hard on You, discovering that in my weakness You are strong, in my inadequacy You are more than enough.

 

Beloved Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I trust Your wisdom to know exactly what to send my way to keep me leaning on You.  You have said You will not give me more than I can bear.  Please help me remain faithful to You, focused on You, and fired up about You until I see You as You are and You see Yourself reflected in me. For the glory of Your great name - JESUS.  Amen."

 

We all know Anne Lotz is the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Billy Graham. What a heritage she has. This family is world-famous. She is a writer, a teacher, and a preacher. She is the founder and president of AnGel Ministries, has passionately carried the Word of God to people around the world for the past 25 or more years.

 

She has spoken, has preached in downtown arenas, death-row prisons, far-flung stadiums, next door Bible studies, Church sanctuaries, and seminary chapels. She launched “Just Give Me Jesus” in the year 2000, a series of life-changing revivals held in arenas throughout the United States.

 

Anne was married for 48 years to Dr. Danny Lotz who went to be with the Lord on August 19, 2015.  She has three adult children.  Why not buy her book “The Light of His Presence: Prayer to Draw You Near to the Heart of God”.

 

Enjoy this YouTube video of “Sweet Hour Of Prayer,” an oldie, but a good one.        

 

 

 

 

 

Bess

 

P. S. Happy Father’s Day to my precious husband, Charles, our precious son, Chuck, and our precious son-in-law, Bob.

P.P.S. Happy Birthday to our precious grandson, Chase. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 218. for June 12, 2021

 

 

 

“THE LORD’S PRAYER”

(Written by JESUS of Nazareth)

 

In these summer months of June, July, & August, I will be bringing to my blog readers some of the most famous prayers of all time. And hopefully, I will share a bit of information about the authors.  Many of these prayers will bring back memories, as you begin quoting the lines you remember when as a child, teen, or young adult, you memorized at least a portion of the prayer. May these prayers be a “shot in the arm” for you during these troublesome days. I will start with the MOST famous of all the prayers ever recorded, The Lord’s Prayer.

 

 

Jesus, the Author, is God’s, dear Son. He’s the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.  He’s our Sacrificial Lamb. He’s the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, and the Bright and Morning Star. Jesus is our coming King.  He was crucified, buried, and rose again, providing redemption for us all.  

 

 

Have you been to the well of living water? Have you made peace with God? Are your sins forgiven? Are you washed in HIS blood? Are you ready for Heaven? Are you ready to meet, bow down and worship your Savior and Lord?

 

 

Jesus, the author of the most famous prayer of all times, taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13.  He said, “After this manner, therefore, pray ye.”

 

 

“Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.” Amen.

 

 

Why not pray this EVERY DAY?  Enjoy this YouTube video rendition by the Guardians Quartet, of the Lord’s Prayer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 216 for MAY 29, 2021

           

                                                                                                                                                                         

Hello and Greetings to my blog readers.  Thank you for spending the time each week to read my blogs.  As you know, I just write one, once a week; and, the new one appears every Saturday.  My blog today is composed of a favorite song, “God Reaches Down” written by Frances Erickson and Floyd Hawkins.  It speaks so clearly and lovingly to all of us today.  The burdens of life it mentions come to us all.  I don’t know where you are in this race of life; but wherever you are, remember, God is there.  He is reaching down to help you today.                                                                                                                                    

 

Vs.1:

Just when the burdens of life are most heavy,

Just when my cup seems too bitter to bear,

God reaches down with His hand of compassion;

Lifting the load and soothing my care.

 

Chorus:

God reaches down, God reaches down.  

Just when it seems I no longer can stand,

Giving me strength and renewing my courage,

God reaches down with His Almighty Hand.

 

Vs. 2:

Just when it seems beyond human endurance;

When great afflictions have saddened my way,

God reaches down with His love everlasting,

Whispering, “Lo, I’m with you always.”

 

Chorus:

God reaches down, God reaches down.

Just when it seems I no longer can stand,

Giving me strength and renewing my courage,

God reaches down with His Almighty Hand.

 

Vs. 3:

Sensing this truth that God knows all the reasons; 

He knows each test that will bring heaven's gain.

Confidence leans on His arms everlasting.

Morning will break, then all will be plain!

 

Chorus:

God reaches down, God reaches down.

Just when it seems I no longer can stand,

Giving me strength and renewing my courage,

God reaches down with His Almighty Hand.

 

Wish I could find someone or some group singing this precious song so you could hear it. But take courage. God is for you. He is our strength and our peace. He does take care of us.  Loving Him more every day. 

 

Enjoy the Oak Ridge Boys Quartet singing, “God Will Take Care of You.”

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 215 for MAY 22, 2021

 

 

 

 

Would you like for your life to count?  Would you like to live a noble life?  What about a purposeful life?  A great life?

 

 

What does God’s Word say about this?  In Matthew 18:1 the disciples asked Jesus this question, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”  In answering that question, Jesus gave them an object lesson.  He called for a little child to sit in the midst of them; then Jesus said that they must be converted and become as little children.

 

What’s a little child like?  Well, for one thing, they don’t know everything.  They need a teacher!  They are humble, inquisitive, and want to learn.  They are teachable.  Are we Christians like that?  After Jesus answered the disciples’ question about greatness, He went on teaching and admonishing them toward the goal of discipleship.

 

What a message Jesus gave to the mother of the Zebedee boys, as recorded in Matthew 2:20-28. At your convenience, read it all.  Apparently, she wanted her sons to be seen by the multitudes, each sitting, one on the right side, the other on the left side of Jesus when He set up His earthly kingdom.  Jesus had a word for Mrs. Zebedee, and He has a word for us today concerning the price of greatness. It has to do with ministry (vs. 26), servanthood (vs. 27), and death (vs.28).

 

I’m getting the message.  Conversion, humbleness, a teachable spirit, fellowship, ministry, servanthood, and death.

 

Billy Graham once said,

 

“True greatness is not measured by the headlines a person commands or the wealth he or she accumulates.  The inner character of a person, the undergirding moral and spiritual values and commitments is the true measure of lasting greatness.”

 

I saw this in a recent 2021 Inspirational DaySpring calendar gift to us. What a wonderful calendar.  Great quotes from Rev. Dr. Billy Graham and gorgeous pictures of God’s creation. (Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Ward.)

 

It seems to me that a heart for God and His ministry does not seek greatness, but greatness can be the result as we serve God and man. A song from long ago comes to my mind, and it is my heart cry.  I do not know who wrote it; it wasn’t me, but the lyrics that keep ringing in my ears are:

 

“O, to be His hand extended, reaching out to the oppressed.  Let me touch HIM; Let me touch JESUS, so that others may know and be blessed.”

 

And verse one says,

 

“Let me touch Him; Let me touch JESUS; Let me touch HIM as He passes by; Then when I shall reach out to others, they shall know HIM; They shall live and not die.”

 

Another chorus comes to my mind,

 

I will serve Thee because I Love Thee
You have given life to me
I was nothing before You found me
You have given life to me

 

Heartaches, broken pieces
Ruined lives are why You died on Calvary
Your touch is what I longed for
You have given life to me

(Thank you, Bill and Gloria Gaither)

 

As I bring this to a conclusion, I challenge us all to let our lights shine for Jesus. Be His hand extended to our broken world.

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 214 for MAY 15, 2021

 

 

The Matter of the Tongue  

Love this Mother of Mine 

Love Mrs. Kirby  

Love our daughter, Micki

 

That same day...the day Charles said “ditto, ditto, ditto” to me, I said this to Charles as I was hugging him. “Charles, God knows how sorry you are!” Oops!!!  And he said, “Yes, HE does”! And we both had a chuckle!  Here is the scenario around my statement and what I meant.

 

We had been having frustrating computer problems for several days.  We had been to Office Depot to the Tech there and thought all was fixed; all problems solved. Then this particular morning there were more problems, more frustrations.  Since we use this laptop for our cabin rental business, we need it working.

So after Charles had called early and talked with the Tech, we were told to bring it back in that day.  In the midst of all this frustration, I told Charles to go ahead and that I would go on with our devotion and prayer without him…stating that “God knew how “sorry” he was, (to miss our devotional time)”.... Again, the both of us had a chuckle! Laughter is good medicine.

 

Oh, my!  Oh my! While what I said was not meant in a mean way, the tongue can get us in trouble...James 3:13 says, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” And what about I Peter 3:1, “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives.” and I Peter 1:15, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.”  Psalm 34:13, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.”

 

Let me leave you with these statements I saw in an article about dealing with the burdens of life. “Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.” “Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.”  And, “A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.”

 

And may I conclude this blog with God’s Word from Proverbs 15.  “A soft answer turneth away wrath...The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright...A wholesome tongue is a tree of life...the lips of the wise disperse knowledge...a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance...a man hath joy by the answer of his mouth…” 

 

 

 

 

And my tongue, my mouth, wants to thank Mothers everywhere for their love and care for their children. I especially remember my sweet Mother, Charles’ sweet Mother, and our sweet Daughter.  The longer I live, the more I understand what Mothers go through in the span of a lifetime.  Some children do well; other children have difficulties. And Mothers are always there to speak gently and lovingly to their children in the issues of their lives. There is no one like a Mother.  Sweet Mother of mine, rest in peace.  Sweet Mrs. Kirby, rest in peace and sweet Micki, be blessed.  I’ll see those who have gone before me one of these days on that Resurrection Morning. 

 

Enjoy this YouTube video, “One Day at a Time,” Joy Gardner, Ivan Parker with Gaither group.

 


BESS

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 212 for MAY 1, 2021 

 

 

May Flowers...May Pole...May Tide...May Time...May Day...May Queen...May Who...MAY 1, 2021.  Yes, It’s May, the 5th month of the year.  And we have 31 days. What are we going to do?

 

In the early Roman calendar, May was the 3rd month since March was the first month.  It was Julius Caesar, who by changing the Roman calendar, made May the 5th month.

 

May gives us several special days:

 

  • The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. 
  • Mother’s Day on the 2nd Sunday in May.
  • Armed Forces Day on the 3rd Saturday of the month. 
  • May 30th, Memorial (or Decoration) Day, a legal holiday remembering those who died in all the wars.  Graves of war heroes are decorated with flowers.

 

Just for your interest, here are a few of many important May events:

 

  • May 5, 1494, Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica.

  • May 6, 1840, the first stamp was issued in England.

  • May 8, 1884, Harry S. Truman, 33rd U.S. President was born.

  • May 14, 1607, 1st permanent English settlement in America established at Jamestown, VA.

  • May 14, 1948, Israel became an independent country.

  • May 16, 1801, Wm. Seward, Am. the statesman who arranged the purchase of Alaska, was born.

  • May 18, 1860, Abraham Lincoln nominated for Presidency for the first time.

  • May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh finished his first transatlantic solo flight.

  • May 23, 1788, South Carolina became the 8th state.

  • May 25, 1787, Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington as President.

  • May 27, 1819, Julia Ward Howe who wrote, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was born.

  • May 30, 1481, Joan of Arc burned at stake.

 

While there are numerous other interesting events...I can’t name them all…I do conclude with this statement about May.  “May is the Springtime of life.” Enjoy your 31 days.  Remember your Mother.  I couldn’t have asked for a better Mother. Sweet Mother, Rest in Peace.

                                                                                 

Enjoy the YouTube video, “We Have This Moment Today” by Bill and Gloria Gaither, sung by the Gaither Vocal Band Live. 

 

 

 Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 213 for MAY 8, 2021 

 

 

 

“DITTO, DITTO, DITTO”

 

“Ditto, ditto, ditto” is all you need to know if you live with Charles Kirby.  Here’s my story. One morning recently, as I hugged Charles and massaged his back I told him that I loved him.  And he said to me, “ditto, ditto, ditto!”

 

Did you ever think that the word “ditto” was part of our “love” language?  Well, you better remember, just in case someone is speaking that language of love to you!

 

Some of the benefits of “ditto” are:

  1. It is the aforesaid thing.

  2. It shortens the conversation, and...

  3. It saves your vocal chords.

 

When Charles got up that morning, he didn’t give it a thought that his words would be so memorable!  So I leave you with this admonition. “Think before you speak” or “Say it like it is” or “Mean what you say / say what you mean” or “give roses while we live” or “Laughter is the best medicine.”

                                                  

I sure love this Man of mine!  

 

Enjoy Sandi Patty/Jessy Dixon singing, “Love In Any Language Frequently Spoken Here.”

 

 

Bess