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Blog 241 for NOVEMBER 27, 2021

 

SIXTEEN YEARS OF TENNESSEE PARADISE

 

 

Sixteen years ago this past September, Bess and I began a wonderful journey in the beautiful Tennessee mountains.  Our Lord helped us to purchase two beautiful cabins, located on almost two acres of land on Majestic View Way in Cosby, Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Floyd, owners, made it all possible with a short-term loan. What an exciting journey it has been! For the last three and a half years we have been “Snow Birds,” spending six months at our cabins and six months at our beautiful condo in the Lakeland, Florida, area. 

 

 

Owning the cabins for sixteen years has kept us very busy. Bess has worked to keep them up to date and beautiful. As a result, the people that have rented the cabins have given us a “Five Star” rating. Our Lord has blessed us with an outstanding schedule of renters through the years. Without a doubt, Bess has been responsible for much of the results. 

 

 

During the years I have kept my chainsaw ready and willing. It has seemed to me that trees and tree limbs grow faster in the mountains than at other places. I am now admitting that I took too many chances climbing trees and cutting limbs. I really am grateful for my Lord’s blood covering and protection. For two years after I retired from the pastorate, I  did the mowing of the grass at both cabins. I called it my fitness center because it really was a workout on the slopes of the hills. 

 

When we began another new spring, summer, and fall season on May 1, we had no plans for a sale of our two cabins and property on Majestic View Way in Cosby. However, the Lord has worked in an amazing way for the sale of our property.  

 

The official closing of our two cabins and land was on November 15. Bess and I are convinced that our Lord made it all happen. Ken and his brother Kelly Bellerose are the new owners of the property. “TheMajesticView.Com'' and “AMajesticView.Com'' now form a beautiful piece of property consisting of three cabins and land. Bess and I are wishing the new owners great success now and in the future.

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 240 for NOVEMBER 20, 2021

MY THIRD HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE

 

When Bess and I arrived for our 16th stay at our cabins on April 30, we had no idea what was ahead for us. In the first few days of August 2021, I faced my second battle with intestinal blockage, which makes it bad in scar tissue. According to my doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, at Newport Regional Hospital, I was blessed with more than my share of scar tissue from the repairing of two hernias through the years. Dr. Matthews had told me at my second encounter with a blockage that a third experience would mean surgery. This third experience began with a horrible night on Sunday, October 24, followed by surgery on October 27. After surgery, I spent five days in the hospital with three days in intensive care. Dr. Matthews and his staff at Newport Hospital did an incredible job throughout this journey. 

 

 

I first met Dr. Matthews in the emergency room at Newport Regional Hospital during my second blockage.  He really did seem to take extra special care of me during this time. I soon found out the reason. He was a born-again believer, and active in his church, and showed respect for me and my ministry. During all of my physical challenges I have asked for him and he has always responded. At the time of my final check-up and examination, he spent special time with Bess and me to make sure I was ready for dismissal from the hospital, and the long trip to Florida. He told me then that I had done better than people half my age. I told him it was because the Great Physician was on my side! He agreed. God has been with me all the way! I am making progress every day! My heart and spirit are overwhelmed with the tremendous prayer army that covers me. Many of the people praying for me, I don’t even know and have never met. The internet ministry is incredible! 

 

To God be honor and glory now and forever! ​​​​​​

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 239 for NOVEMBER 13, 2021

HAS INVADED MY LIFE

 

Two years ago at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Bess and I met a delightful couple from St. Louis while we were meeting and talking to people in the lobby of the convention center. Bill and Mary Beth Purdy came up to us and said “We recognize you from watching your services on the internet.” This was not an unusual experience. As a matter of fact, people were doing the same thing at this NQC that just happened at the last of September and first of October. It is always very heartwarming to hear what people, we have never met, have to say about our services on Saturdays and Sundays that were reaching a very large audience. 

 

From those moments in the lobby of the LeConte Center two years ago to the present time, a friendship with Bill and Mary Beth has blossomed. At this year’s NQC Bess and I had the opportunity to have a meal together with the Purdys. Bill has prayed for me in some of my physical challenges. I have also prayed for him. He is a wonderful encourager! He has spent his life in the field of education with a tremendous career. 

 

 

Two years ago when we met in the lobby at NQC, I told them that when I was a teenager, my baseball idol was “Stan The Man,” a left fielder with the St. Louis Cardinals. I told them back then I was a left-handed batter just like Stan Musial, and dreamed of playing baseball just like “Stand The Man.” Many of you may not know that “Stan The Man” was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. I was a left-handed hitter just like Stan and tried to copy his stance. As you can tell, I really was excited to hear all about Stan, and the fact that they lived on the same street in St. Louis as “Stand The Man, my hero!

 

A few days ago I received a phone call from my friend Bill in St. Louis. He told me he wanted to know my mailing address while we were still at our cabins in the mountains. I could tell he was excited about a gift he wanted to mail me. He then said,  “I won’t tell you what it is, but I know you are going to like it.” It really does go without saying, but I am thrilled with this wonderful clock that has Stan’s picture on it and signed by him! What a gift! Thank you, Bill. I am very grateful!

 

Friends really are a priceless treasure!

 

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 239 for NOVEMBER 6, 2021

 

TWO GREAT HAPPENINGS IN NOVEMBER

 

November is the month for two great happenings. Bess and I are beginning the month back in our wonderful condo. We have had a wonderful time in the Smokies in our beautiful cabins with the mountains in view. It really was a great happening when our Lord helped us to purchase two very special cabins in a fabulous location. It has been great to own these cabins for 16 years. God certainly has been good to us! 

 

Thanksgiving has always been a very special happening for Bess and me, along with our family. Everyone that knows Bess knows she works hard to make it a Thanksgiving to remember. She always makes the big dining room table come alive with the beauty of Thanksgiving. Before we left the mountains she was already planning to make it beautiful for all the family to enjoy. The spirit of Thanksvilling will come alive at Bess Kirby’s table on Thanksgiving Day 2021!

 

Thanksgiving Day is a special day to praise our Lord. That should be the main reason to celebrate. Please think with me what Thanksgiving day 2021 would be like if everyone in our nation would give praise to our Lord. The Psalmist said in Psalm 100 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” I am thinking at this moment what would happen in America if everyone would give praise and thanksgiving to our Lord God just like the psalmist has said. There has never been a time in American history when praise to the God that created all of us is needed like it will be on this Thanksgiving Day! This is something every one of us can do. I am challenging everyone that reads this blog to let your heart be a thankful heart all through this glorious season of the year.

 

May our Lord be honored and praised!

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 2410 for NOVEMBER 27, 2021

 

 

 

 

Have you ever said, with frustration, “It never ceases…”?  What about other statements or questions like, “When will all this be over?”  How much more can I take?  Where is God?  Why doesn’t He help me?

 

Frustrations are everywhere today.  If not in your house today, perhaps some other day. Thanksgiving day and the Christmas season are not exempt. The stresses many of us face often pop up on unexpected days. The devil is at work.  He is out to destroy anyone & everyone. Don’t let him have you. Don’t let him take away your confidence and joy.  Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

 

Christian songwriters have expressed GOD’s help, in the time of our needs, in this way.

 

  1. God is in every tomorrow.

  2. Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

  3. HE’s as close as the mention of HIS name.

  4. Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus.

  5. God will take care of you…thru every day, o'er all the way.

  6. Even in the valley, God is good.

  7. From sinking sand, HE lifted me…from shades of night to planes of light, HE lifted me.

  8. Jesus will walk with me down thru the valley…when in the shadow or when in the sunshine, if HE goes with me I shall not complain.

  9. My heavenly Father watches over me.

  10. God understands your sorrow, your heartache, your weakness; HE sees each falling tear…HE understands and cares.

 

Why not sing a “love” song to JESUS.  HE’s our best friend. He walks our journey with us.  He understands and cares. “Oh,yes, HE cares. I know HE cares.  HIS heart is touched with my grief.  When the days are weary, the long night’s dreary, I know my SAVIOR cares.”

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Bess

 

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Blog 240 for NOVEMBER 20, 2021

 

I Love Thanksgiving Day!!

 

What a special family day Thanksgiving is. It is the day you see your grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and your personal family. And lest you forget, you have all that wonderful food. It’s a day to thank the Lord for your family and His bountiful blessings.

 

Memories of past Thanksgiving days remind me of the aroma, the smells of turkey and dressing baking in the oven, mashed potatoes, and gravy, green beans, fresh butter beans, all being prepared. Plus okra frying in the skillet, corn on the cob boiling in the water on the stove, freshly made cornbread being taken out of the oven, opening the can of cranberry sauce, preparing the slaw and refrigerating it, and on and on it goes, including the sights and smells of all manner of desserts. And, don’t forget the sweet tea and coffee. Past memories include a gathering of family, and sometimes even friends would drop by for the feast of feasts and the fellowship of all. 

 

Laughter around the big table brought great joy; and, when the cleanup was complete the gathering for fun outside was a must for many who were present. As the day wore on and the evening shadows began to fall, our hearts began to turn toward home. We were cherished by a multitude of great memories and stuffed by the feast of feasts. How thankful we were for our faith, our family, our food, and our fun. Our faith and the family unit are the foundation stones for survival and thriving.

 

Please don’t pass on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a precious day for celebrating faith and family. Count your blessings... see what God has done.

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Bess

 

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Blog 239 for NOVEMBER 13, 2021

 

 

 

Are you needing effective prayer today? James 5:16 says that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man, available much. I desire so much to pray fervently and effectively.

 

Many of you know that Charles and I have a prayer ministry. We have a prayer journal with a long list of names in it.  At this writing, we have 47 pages

filled with names and needs. We add requests as we get them and we never remove a name even though a need was met or difficulty settled.  But, we know that problems abound; sickness occurs, death of family members comes to all, and daily, the devil is forever causing havoc in lives.  There are many broken hearts out there. We certainly believe that in the span of a lifetime, many needs and difficult issues will show up in our day-to-day living. So, whether we know the need or not, your name remains on our list; and we ask God to suit a miracle to your specific need.  You know by now that we serve an AWESOME GOD.

 

The Bible clearly tells us to pray without ceasing (I Thes.5:17). It tells us to ASK and BELIEVE (James 1:5,6,8). “...let him ask, nothing wavering,”  Mark 11:24 are the words of JESUS, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye receive them and ye shall have them”.

 

I just believe that we must: 

 

(1) Believe that God is.  That He exists. That He is Divine. That He is real.

(2) We must educate ourselves to God’s Word. Remember that song, “If God said it, that settles it for me.” Educate yourself on prayer, ask God, have faith in God, and believe HIS Word, the Scriptures. 

(3) We must pray what God says in His Word. The songwriter put it this way, “Prayer is the key to Heaven, and Faith unlocks the door.”

  

Let’s keep on praying until light breaks through.

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Bess

 

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Blog 238 for NOVEMBER 6, 2021

 

 

 

I can truly say that “There is no place like HOME.” After the activity of any day, please, just let me head for HOME.  That’s where my HEART wants to be. That’s because HOME is family. Family consists of you, your spouse, your children, your mother, your father, and perhaps, brothers and sisters. No doubt, if your parents have passed away, and your sisters and brothers have their own families,  you still have pictures of them and hold fond memories and feelings for them.  So we still feel connected. 

                                                                                                                      

HOME is location/address, also. It’s THE place you can put our feet up, relax, and talk to your family and friends.  HOME is fellowship, whether in person, or on the phone, or a letter, or text, or email.  It’s bonding with friends and family. HOME is neighbors...that is, those in your neighborhood.  It’s good to know your neighbors. When you pull into your subdivision or area, you know you are HOME, so to speak.  Knowing neighbors is comforting.  HOME is your beliefs, based on what you were taught in your HOME as a child, and what you have learned through the preaching of God’s Word, and what you have studied yourself.  HOME is love.  HOME is where your HEART is.  And HOME is so wonderful and so comforting.

 

Do you realize that the songwriter said it this way? “This world is not my HOME, I’m just a’passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me to Heaven’s golden shore. And I can’t be at HOME in this world anymore.” Not only this house of clay, the physical body, but also this location where we reside, is not our final HOME. It’s a temporary dwelling. My eternal HOME will be my final HOME. You can count on the neighborhood being great; but much more than that, you can count on God, our Father, Jesus Christ, His Son, and the Holy Spirit, The Godhead, the Three-in-One being there.  What a comfort! What a fellowship! What singing! What worship! Oh, what love!  “When we all get to Heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be.  When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”  My HEART will be at HOME.

 

This heavenly home is offered to all who will accept JESUS as personal Savior and Lord.  Come, go with Charles and me on the “narrow road” leading to that Heavenly Home. The time is now to choose your destiny.  There are only two locations: Heaven or Hell. Your HEART chooses Heaven.

HOME is where the HEART is.

The signs of the times are everywhere that reveal to us that it’s about time for Jesus to come back to earth again to get His saints. You have to have on the wedding garment. You have to have your lamps all trimmed and burning bright. Choose Christ today. Praying for you.

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Bess