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Blog 238 for OCTOBER 30, 2021

 

THE POWER OF A TRANSFORMING FAITH

 

Through the years of my Christian journey and preaching ministry, I have tried my best to walk by faith and not by sight. Actually, the power of a transforming faith began when I preached my first message. I had told the Lord if He would heal my stuttering tongue, I would answer His call to preach. The first time I spoke in public without stuttering was during my first message. The power of a transforming faith came into effect when I stepped into the pulpit and opened my mouth to preach. At that very moment, I knew that my faith had touched the hem of the garment of my Lord.!

 

Bess and I have been praying that the power of a transforming faith will transform many of our friends on our daily prayer list. The Apostle John has so much to say about the power of a transforming faith in I John 5:1-13. As a matter of fact, I am claiming this power of Scripture for some major challenges Bess and I are presently encountering. I am also claiming victory for all of you that are reading these lines my Lord has given to me. May the power of a transforming faith become a transforming force in your life.

 

 

The Apostle John is saying by belief I find life. I do not obtain the vitalizing air through controversy or clamor or idle lamentation, but by opening the window! Faith opens the door and window of the soul to the Son of God. It can be done without tears. It can be done without sensationalism. Our Lord says, “If anyone will open the door, I will come in. And he that has the Son has life.”

 

John says by belief I gain my victories. “Who is he that overcomes…but he that believes?” It is not by flashing arrows that we beat the devil, but by an invincible life. To believe is to obtain the winning spirit, and every battle brings its trophies to our feet!

 

Join me with The Power Of A Transforming Faith!

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog 237 for OCTOBER 23, 2021

Blessed with great friends

 

Bess and I are blessed with great friends that really do enrich our lives. Recently we have been made aware of the wonderful friendships of many of these friends. Many of these expressed their appreciation to us recently at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge. To say the least, it was a heartwarming experience. We are very grateful to our Lord for making it all possible.  It really is a priceless treasure!

 

Just before the NQC, we were guests of Neal and Francis Putman for a wonderful lunch at a great restaurant in Knoxville. We got acquainted with them through the Lake Gibson web sight when they lived in the Palm Springs area of California. They watched our Saturday and Sunday services every week-end. They had become great Southern Gospel fans, but were limited from seeing music groups due to a lack of concerts in the area. As a result, they were motivated to move to Crossville,Tennessee, to be near gospel concerts. They loved our emphasis on music and Bible preaching. For two years they rented a condo in the Lakeland area from January through March to be involved in our week-end services. Neal told everyone about our ministries and invited them to attend. When Neal heard about our Holy Land trip they decided to go. He wanted me to baptize him in the Jordan River. He invited two of his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Case from California, and lovers of gospel music, to travel with us. They became good friends of Bess and me, and have wanted me to take another Holy Land trip again.

 

Neal has a Gospel Room in an up-stairs room in his home that is amazing! Bess and I were overwhelmed when we took a tour. It is filled with albums of all the gospel groups of the past and present. A big area of Bess's and my ministry has been on display in the room. Several years of our blogs have been represented. It really is something to see!

 

Coming soon will be another feature of new friends we met at the NQC that just ended. It really is true, Bess and I are blessed people!

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

Blog 236 for OCTOBER 16, 2021

 

 

A BOYHOOD PREACHER TURNS

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I was born on October 13, 1937, to Lee Olen and Dorothy Pauline Kirby. My birth place took place in their country farmhouse home in the Bear Creek community near Pinson in West Tennessee. It was a beautiful setting overlooking the clear waters, at that time, of Bear Creek. From my earliest recollection I knew I would be a preacher. I thought of it as my dream job. When people would say to me, “You will be a carpenter just like your dad,” I knew that would never happen. Even though I did help my dad from time to time in his carpentry  work, my mind was focused on being a preacher. I actually started preaching at three years of age, according to my parents, by using as a pulpit the square platform handrail at the bottom of the staircase. That was my favorite thing to do, so I would preach every day. A renter that helped my dad with the farming, lived upstairs. He really loved me, but my preaching made him nervous. My dad, recounting that period of time, said my preaching put him under conviction. The renter never would go to church with us, and told my dad, “If you don’t stop Charles Lee from his preaching he is going to lose his mind.” He really must have been convicted by the Holy Spirit.

 

When I was in the first grade my parents sold the old home place and bought one of my favorite places to live growing up. It was about 10 miles from Jackson. It was a wonderful truck farm with an orchard with delicious apples and peaches; a very good barn for two cows and Patsy, our beautiful horse I loved to ride; a large pasture for the cows to graze and Patsy to roam and wonderful land for farming.

 

Our house was large enough for my mother’s sister, Aunt Lockey, and Uncle Dewey and cousin Nona Faye to live on one side. When I was in the third grade, my cousin, Nona Faye, and I had our own church and worship center in the barn. Nona Faye played a make-believe piano from a bale of hay. We really had church! I dressed up in Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes, and preached up a storm. It was in the barn that I developed the dynamics and excitement of expression in preaching. It was in the barn that I discovered the Kirby Kick that has been known and witnessed by many people through the years. It really did give me a great background and head start for my homiletical and preaching training when I went to college and majored in religion. 

 

As I am celebrating 84 years, looking back on my life, it really has been an exciting journey! The longer I have lived the more I have witnessed the providence of God in my life. This blog is only the beginning of “A Boyhood Preacher Turns 84!” Thank you, Lord, for guiding me all the way!

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 235 for OCTOBER 9, 2021

SMOKY MOUNTAIN PARKWAY

 

THE BEST TIME TO COME TO THE SMOKIES

 

Everyone wants to come to the Smokies in October. You can tell by the crowds and the traffic, that it really is the best time to come to the mountains. Of course, the main attraction is the colors. What a sight! God’s creation really is amazing! 

 

Let me take you on a tour.  Very near our cabins is the Smoky Mountain Parkway that runs from Interstate 40 to U.S. Highway 321. It is up above our cabins. You could see our cabins if it weren't for the trees in plain view. Of course, you would miss the colors, so let's thank God for all the trees and the beautiful colors. On this six-mile run, you will see magnificent colors. There are several turn-offs to allow you to take an abundance of pictures. Bess and I usually make several trips on this route to check on the changing colors.  

 

MAGGIE VALLEY

 

The most popular route to really see colors is on U.S. Highway 441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, N.C. If you can be patient, and not be in a hurry, you will see views that are breathtaking. If you choose this route, just remember the word patience, because you will really need it if you choose this route. From Cherokee take U.S. Highway 19 through the mountains to Maggie Valley. There are two good restaurants in the downtown area of Maggi. Unless you want to retrace your travel, you can take Interstate 40 West for good shopping in Waynesville, about 45 miles to Newport. My advice is to plan an entire day for this trip.

 

You might choose to journey to Cades Cove rather than journey to Cherokee. That is about 25 miles from Gatlinburg. The views will be great, but traffic will be very heavy. You will see the bears while taking this journey. If you choose to avoid the crowds of Gatlinburg and are hungry, you can have a great meal in Pigeon Forge at the Old Mill. Just know Bess and I always share the Turkey and Dressing serving because the order is huge, unless you are a big eater. Wherever you see the colors, have a great trip. You are on your own.

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 234 for OCTOBER 2, 2021

HI-LIGHTS OF 2021 NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION

 

For people that really like Southern Gospel music, the National Quartet Convention is a yearly attraction to attend. It is a week filled with variety and excitement. The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a perfect place to host this inspiring event. 

 

 

Bess and I had the privilege of attending this year’s conference that has just ended. We had the opportunity to visit and fellowship with many of our friends. In the 19 years of hosting Saturday Nights In Lakeland, we became extra special friends with all the groups in Gospel music. All of them wanted to make sure they were booked for all the seasons year after year. All of them told me many times, through the years, that our yearly concerts were one of their favorite places to be featured.

 

The Florida Boys Quartet got us started with a concert series in January of 1999. Every January until they retired, they would pack the worship center with a packed crowd. As a matter of fact, they were the reason we added 400 seats to accommodate the growing crowds. Les Beasley, leader of the Florida Boys, played a major role in the amazing growth of this ministry. Without a doubt, it was the greatest outreach ministry in all of my 56 years as a pastor across America. Les would tell most of the other groups they should book a date in my church. When other groups saw the big crowds and heard about the offerings, they told their booking agents they wanted to come to my church. It wasn’t long until all of the dates from November through March were completely filled. 

 

Our church was one of the first to book the Collingsworth family for a concert in Florida. Through the years they became the most popular group, drawing the largest crowds of all the other groups in Gospel music. As a matter of fact, they broke all attendance records with a packed church year after year. As the word spread about Saturday Nights In Lakeland, all the singing groups in Gospel music wanted to sing at our church. The most popular groups to draw the largest crowds next to the Collingsworth family, were the Hoppers, Triumphant Quartet, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, Blackwood Brothers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, Tribute Quartet, Gold City, The Perrys, LeFevre Quartet and many more. Saturday nights became so popular, we decided to add Sunday nights to be able to host other groups that may want to be a featured group. It really did give the church an exciting weekend with four services during the Fall and Winter seasons. So until I retired in May of 2017 we had Saturday and Sunday Nights in Lakland for several years. No other church in America had as many concerts and booked as many groups. On Sunday nights we did feature Darrell Gash and the LGC Singers and a mini message from me. To say the least, it was an action-packed weekend.

 

It really was fun to be a pastor!

 

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Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 233 for SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER

​​​​​​After the 2020 National Quartet Convention was suspended due to Covid - 19 this year’s NQC will be back in full strength. The beautiful LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge will once again be the host for the week of September 26 - October 2. It will be a short drive from our cabins through the mountains for all the activities. It will offer Bess and me the opportunity to visit with all of the groups that yearly were featured in the Saturday Nights In Lakeland concert series, dating back to 1999. We are always grateful to renew our friendships at NQC with our dear friends. It is also very exciting to see and to visit with people that watched us every week on the worldwide internet. We will have the opportunity to visit with them in the big lobby and in restaurants. Most of these we do not know, but they recognize us from watching our services. It is always an exciting time!

 

Bess and I have tickets for the activities and concerts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday we will attend the special quartet matinee featuring The Kingdom Heirs, The Old Paths, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, and Legacy Five. That will be followed by a very special matinee showcase featuring the Collingsworth Family.

 

On Thursday afternoon our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas. A very special showcase will be followed by a very special “Person to Person” showcase featuring the Booth Brothers as they debut their new lineup for the first time. Following the Booth Brothers will be a 30th Anniversary Celebration of Greater Vision. A full night of concerts will follow featuring a line-up of music groups.

 

On Friday afternoon, Dr. David Jeremiah returns as the Friday keynote speaker and he will be followed by the most anticipated awards presentation of the year in the Southern Gospel music industry, the “Singing News” Fan Awards. A full night of concerts by a variety of gospel singing will climax the evening. 

 

As you can see this NQC really is going to be an experience like no other! ​​​​​​

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 232 for SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

 

​​​​​​Sixteen years ago at this time of the year, Bess and I purchased our two beautiful cabins in the Smokies. I saw an advertisement for a Smoky Mountain cabin for rent in the “Singing News” magazine that was in the area of our cabins. We were so impressed by the location and the beauty of the mountains that we ended up buying the two cabins that were for sale. Bill, the owner, made us an offer we could not refuse.

 

For these sixteen years, it has been a delight to own these two cabins. We have thought they really are the best location in the mountains. As a matter of fact, they have been very popular through these years as rentals. The people that rent our cabins give us a “5 Star” rating, and rave about their beauty and location. 

 

When I retired from the pastoral ministry that took me across America in 56 years, in May of 2017, we decided to become “snowbirds” and spend the summers in the mountains. It really has been a delight! I have kept busy mowing the grass, trimming and cutting tree limbs and trees, updating and upgrading the cabins and property. It has been an exciting journey! I have said the cabins and property are my fitness center. For two summers I have turned the mowing over to mowers that do a good job. Many of my former church members have voiced their delight over this decision. When people see the slopes over which I had to mow, they are amazed! The slopes were not easy.

 

During these 16 years, the time has really made a change. Friends have left us and moved to heaven. Others cannot travel like they once did, and do not come to the mountains. We sure do miss their fellowship and times together. There is Gene King, an old college friend; Steve Stutz, who made me promise I would preach his funeral; and Vicki Haas, a very close friend of Bess and me. Just thinking about all of these, makes me homesick for heaven! Can you even begin to imagine what all of these are experiencing now? Remember, straight is the way and narrow is the gate to heaven. Are you ready to meet the Lord Jesus if your time calls yet today?  Can you even begin to imagine what it is going to be like to sing around the throne forever? I have been thinking lately that America is very near the point of no return. Now is the time to give our hearts and lives completely to the Lord Jesus! Please do not delay!

 

Jesus really is coming again!

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 231 for SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

 

 

The happenings and conditions of our present world convince me that our Lord is right when He teaches us some profound things in Matthew 24 about His second return to this earth. In verse 3 there are two very important words to consider:

(1) “Coming”

It means a coming and consequence presence. It is speaking of the glorious events of our Lord’s coming.

(2) “The end of the age.”

This is speaking of the completion of an era in preparation for an entrance into the next era. In our Scripture before us, Our Lord gives us some signals that have to do with the conditions of our world that will occur before the Lord comes again to this earth.

 

 

 

  1. RELIGIOUS DECEPTION - VV 4-5, 11 - Jesus admonishes us to be intentional that no one deceives us. Some even claim to be Christ. The rise of cultism today is incredible. Their key is clothing error in half-truth. How can we avoid deception these last days? (1) Know what the Bible says. (2) The Bible says to test the spirits.

  2. RUMORS OF WARS - VV 6-7A

Jesus told us that we would continually hear of war and rumors of war. He told us not to be fearful, for these things must happen before the end comes. At this present time, we are keeping an eye on the happenings that could erupt and explode in the Mid-East region. 

 

  1. A ROUND OF CATACLYSMIC EVENTS - VV 7-8

 

  • These events may be physical actions of destruction or disaster coupled​​​​​​ with social and political upheaval. Two of these are mentioned…Famine and earthquakes. Don’t forget the recent massive Haiti earthquake!​​​​​​
  • Jesus is saying these are just pains that remind us that He is coming back to earth again!
  1.  RESURGENCE OF CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION - VV 9-10

  • Many believers will suffer greatly, even to death.
  • Jesus is telling us the world will begin to hate Christians like never before! 
  • This is happening at the present time in America.
  • Public education, the media, and the courts are helping with their bias.

 

  1.  REBELLION TO AUTHORITY - V 12

 

  • The law (God’s Word) is the authority.
  • Rejection of authority ends up in coldness and rebellion causing lawlessness to grow and multiply. It is happening at this present time in the family, world, and the Church now.

 

  1.  REVELATION OF THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD - VV 13-14

  • Everyone will hear of our Lord before Christ comes again!
  • Technology, satellite, and computers all make this realistic. 
  • We have witnessed Russia and Europe opening to the Gospel. Recently a world leader announced that the Gospel of Christ was now open in his country.

 

  1.   THE RETURN OF OUR LORD - V. 14, 36-39

  • The days of Noah are going to be like the days before the Lord returns!
  • Millions will not be expecting anything to happen, just like in the days of Noah, and ignore the warning signs, and be unprepared for the Lord’s coming!

 

The condition of our world informs me that the Lord is going to come sooner than most everyone today thinks. Jesus did not say we would know the exact day of His coming, but that we will know the signals that He is coming! 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 230 for SEPTEMBER 4, 2021

 

 

 

Throughout the Bible, the heart is viewed as the center of life and is always associated with our thinking. Thus, King Solomon declares, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Solomon gives us three life-changing facts about our thought life.

 

1.  THE CENTRALITY OF THE THOUGHT LIFE 

 

    “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life."

 

 

 

  • What you are now and what you will continue to be is the consequence of your thought life.
  • All of life starts with our thinking.
  • Sow a thought, reap a word; sow a word, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character,  reap a destiny.

 

2.  THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE THOUGHT LIFE

   

     Back to verse 23 again

 

 

 

  • Our Conversational life issues form our thinking. 
  • “Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.” (Verse 24)    It impacts our reading, television viewing, hobbies, and the kind of life we are living. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
  • Our Observational life issues form our thinking, “Let your eyes look straight ahead.”

Verse 25  

Your entire slant on life is affected by the way you think.

 

  • Our Operational life issues form our thinking, “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.”

 Verse 26

Once we master our thought life, there is no question as to the path we will walk.

 

3.  THE CONTROL OF THE THOUGHT LIFE

 

Don’t forget what Solomon has said in verse 23. “Keep your heart with all diligence.”

 

 

 

  • The Apostle Paul speaks of bringing every thought to the obedience of  Christ in 2 Corinthians 10:5.
  • No one can be sure of their thought life until it is brought under the discipline of Christ. 
  • The importance of the thought life can never be overestimated.

 

Dear Lord, may the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight.

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 238 for OCTOBER 30, 2021

 

  Leaving the Mountains…

 

 

 

...Looking toward Home

 

Up here in the mountains, on any given day, you might catch me…

 

  • Rocking my cares away on the deck, enjoying the weather.
  • Swinging and singing on the porch here in these mountains.
  • Gazing at the beautiful landscape and mountains.
  • Sipping a Pepsi float or sharing a banana split with Charles at Bush’s Cafe.
  • Doing one of those necessary things to live, like cooking a meal at the cabin.
  • Doing what’s necessary, like cleaning the cabin and washing clothes, and buying groceries at Walmart.
  • Enjoying a trip to the historical Dry Goods store in Newport.
  • Phoning friends; receiving calls from friends, talking leisurely.
  • Spending time with God in our devotions and with prayer, praying for requests, for personal family, for those who mourn, for the sick and hurting, for our country, for local, state, and national governments, for God’s Church, for Christians everywhere, and all the issues of life.

 

Up here in the mountains, on any given day, you might catch me…

 

  • Having great fellowship with visiting friends and locals that we know.
  • Napping on the recliner while my favorite TV program is on.
  • Taking care of cabin business. Paying monthly cabin taxes.
  • Crying over things I can’t fix.
  • Rejoicing over good news.
  • Taking a walk down our lane with Charles.
  • Gazing at our incredible view of God’s mountains.
  • Writing a blog. 
  • Biting my fingernails…

OH, HOW I WILL MISS THESE MOUNTAINS.

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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 237 for OCTOBER 23, 2021

 

CRYING AND PRAYING

 

A.  Some days, all I feel like doing is crying; crying over...

 

  1. Our country’s great divide; the haves and the have nots; the right and the wrong; the good and the bad; the knowledgeable and the ignorant; the saint and the sinner; the Republican party and the Democrat party; the truth tellers and the liars; the young and the old; the rich and the poor; the white and the black,  and on and on…

  2. Our government leaders from the top to the bottom, from the White House to the State houses; all across this land, from sea to shining sea; from state governments to local governments…

  3. Our broken homes; broken by separation; broken by sin; broken by strife; broken by drugs, alcohol, gambling, infidelity, abuse, and on and on …

  4. Homelessness, poverty, broken relationships, incarceration…

  5. Empty churches; feel-good religions; powerless preachers; prayerless believers…

 

Who, reading this blog, remembers Dr. Lawler, a General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene many years ago?  Well, Charles and I sure do. He preached a powerful sermon at a District Assembly, in Lubbock, Texas, some years ago when we pastored there.  Here’s part of his quote, as Charles and I remember it.  “We are a dried-eyed people in a hell-bent world”; admonishing us to pray for our world.  We certainly need to, now.

 

B. Every day, all I feel like doing is praying, calling on God to…

 

  1. Heal our land. 

  2. Defeat our enemy. 

  3. Strengthen us for what’s ahead. 

  4. Shine through us. 

  5. Restore us once again.  

  6. Revive the Church.  

  7. Save to the uttermost those in my own family  who are lost.  

  8. Strengthen Christians everywhere.  

  9. Heal the sick.  And,  

  10. Let HIS Spirit fall on the Church, His people, including Charles and me.             

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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 236 for OCTOBER 16, 2021

 

 

 

TO ALL WHO READ MY BLOGS…

 

WE MAY NOT SPEAK, HANG OUT, OR CALL EVERYDAY; BUT, LIKE THE BRANCHES OF A TREE, WE ARE ALL CONNECTED.

 

MAY WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, AND LIVE OUR LIVES AS VESSELS OF HONOR FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.

 

IF YOU HAVE NOT ASKED JESUS TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS, TO SAVE YOU, DON’T PUT IT OFF.  THE WORD SAYS, IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART. “IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THE LORD JESUS AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED.” ROMANS 10:9

 

CHARLES AND I HAVE BEEN SAVED SINCE CHILDHOOD...COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.  AND, “IT’S JOY, JUST TO WALK WITH HIM.” BE BLESSED AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK. 

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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 235 for OCTOBER 9, 2021

 

 

 

 

For those of us who are older, we wonder where the years have gone and what the future holds.  For those of us who are younger, we wonder when we will reach adulthood.  Those just born, don’t seem to have a care in this world unless it would be...Where’s the milk?  But God has a plan for all of our days.

 

Enjoy these scriptures from God’s Word. Proverbs 27:1 says, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Matthew 6:34 says “Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” John 8:56 says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” 

 

First Corinthians 3:13 says “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” Philippians 1:6 says “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” And in conclusion, I Thessalonians 5:5 says “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”

 

The Genesis account of creation speaks about what God did on which day. Chapter 1, verse 5 says, “And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the First Day.” Go back and read the creation story.

 

My purpose for this blog is to encourage each of us to make our days count.  We are given one day at a time. Use it wisely. Each day holds a special opportunity. God had a plan for you when you were born. Charles was born on October 13, 1937; and even before he was born, God knew him in his mother’s womb; and He had a plan, a purpose for him.  Thank God, He has carried out that commission, and made his life count.  Sometimes, life presents another opportunity, and when it does, he, like all of us, must make it count for good...that is, fulfill the present calling upon us.  With that said, I want to say:

 

 

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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 234 for OCTOBER 2, 2021

 

Beautiful Fall is in the Air!

 

October is here! I love October! The temperature comes down. The first frost begins turning the leaves. Red, Orange, Yellow, Bronze colors choose their trees and begin the turning process. The forests and the mountains put on their picture-perfect dress.  And oh, the view!

 

Our cabins have a great mountain view with lots of trees.  So the brilliance of a painted landscape is majestic.  We are so thankful for the blessings of nature.  God had a plan from the beginning and it was/is wonderful.

 

Color is part of the character of God.  Just think...He put the rainbow in the clouds.  He colored the sun, moon, and stars, making them shine and sparkle. He painted the mountains, waters, and land.  He decorated the children of the world. God divided the vegetables by color.  On and on it goes.

 

 

I’m glad God colored me. He has colored you. We are beautiful in His sight. I’m reminded of the little chorus we all sang when we were children.  It goes like this. “Jesus loves the little children; all the children of the world. Red and Yellow, Black and White. They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

 

As the greens fade and the new color is revealed this October, praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Enjoy God’s October colors!  

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Blog 233 for SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

 

God gives songs in the night!

 

What are you going through today?  Does the devil have you so discouraged...so down and out...in great despair?  Well, just say to him, “Get behind me, Satan, you will not prevail, because Jesus  never fails!”  Oh, that’s shoutin’ ground!!!  Jesus never fails! Yes, Jesus never fails! Psalm 32:7 says, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.”

 

Do you remember that great ole’ hymn, “Jesus Never Fails"? Has God used it in your life? It’s a song that God has brought to my memory throughout my life. And because of that, “I’ve got confidence”...God’s gonna see me through. Exodus 15:2 says, “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation...”

 

I sure remember the singing “Downings” making that song, “I’ve Got Confidence,” famous. Young Joy Dyson did a great job with it.  No matter what our case may be, God’s gonna see us through.  He’ll make a way where there seems to be no way.

 

If you are having a hard time this morning (or afternoon or night), remember He’s just a whisper away.  God will meet you where you are and help you.  You can count on HIM.  Just call out His name. Ask Him for the strength to sing.  Then let Him remind you of a song...and begin to sing.  And soon our burdens will take flight. Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

 

Prayer, Bible Reading/Study, and songs will get you through any problem. Psalm 9:11 says “Sing praises to the Lord which dwelleth in Zion; declare among the people His doings.” Exodus 15:1 says “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath been thrown into the sea.” 

 

Trish and Larry Jewett posted the lyrics to this song recently on Facebook and I share them with you in closing. “There is peace in the midst of my storm-tossed life.  There’s an anchor, there’s a rock to cast my faith upon. Jesus rides in my vessel, so I fear no alarm.  He gives me peace in the midst of the storm.” 

 

I say “PRAISE THE LORD”.

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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 232 for SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

 

 

 

Words matter!  Proverbs 15:1 says it this way, “A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.” And James 3:10 says, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessings and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

 

Let’s take inventory.  Let’s listen to ourselves. Let’s be watchful. Let’s do what Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, Oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” My dear Charles says this almost every morning during our devotion while in prayer.  It’s a great prayer to pray.

 

Our words have consequences. Listen to these words of Jesus in Matthew 12:36. “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words, thou shalt be condemned.”  Wow.  “Oh God, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.”

 

James, chapter 3 is a good reading concerning the tongue.  You might enjoy reading it.  James 3:2 says, “...If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body.”

 

So, what are you saying today?  How are you saying it? Let’s all join Charles in praying Psalm 19:14 daily. Here I come, Jesus…"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer."  Amen.

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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 231 for SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

 

 

 

Born in the midst of a vibrant Christian heritage to Gus & Mildred Pearson and grandparents, Ed & Mattie Pearson & Walter & Martha Morgan, I am sure I must have accepted Jesus as my Savior by the age of accountability. (Before that God had me covered.) Now, HIS blood covers me.  So I would say, as a child, I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus’ own blood atonement as my “paid in full” salvation. What a blessing to belong to Jesus!

          

All I can truly say is that, as far back as I can remember, I wanted to live for Jesus. I wanted to be saved. I wanted to serve Him.

 

And you must know that I don’t regret a mile on this amazing journey of life.  Oh, I am sorry for my sins. I regret my disobedience; but the choice I made to go God’s way, to enter that narrow gate, has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

 

To have lived life for 83 years, 21 years with my dear parents and siblings, 61 years with the love of my life, being blessed with 2 dear children, sometimes traveling curvy and uncertain roads; encountering deep sorrow along the way; fighting attacks of the devil, often daily; agonizing in prayer for lost family and friends; struggling with life and death issues; being afraid; coping with sickness, and making tons of mistakes, have proven to me over and over again that my God is faithful; that He cares when your heart is breaking. These words flood my mind now…”Never a burden that He does not carry; Never a sorrow that He doth not share. Whether the day may be sunny or dreary; Jesus is always there.”

 

I am standing today...I face today... because “Jesus cares when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth or song…..when the long nights dreary, I know my Jesus cares.”

 

In conclusion, I know that when my time is up, everything will have worked out well, according to the MASTER PLAN. His way is perfect. I sure hope you know JESUS and HIS love. I sure hope you are saved. If not, please be saved today. Get your Bible and read these verses; John 3:16,17-21. Read the Romans Road to Salvation.  Here it is.  Step 1. Admit you have sinned (Romans 3:23).   Step 2. There are consequences to sin. You deserve those consequences. You deserve death (Romans 6:23). Step 3. Believe that Jesus died for your sins, that He bore those consequences for you (Romans  5:8).   Step 4. Repent, believe, and receive salvation by faith (Romans 10: 9,10,13). Step 5. We have peace with God (Romans 5:1; 8:1; 8:8; 8:38,39).

 

The signs of the times are everywhere. Jesus is coming soon. Put on the Wedding garments.  Be saved today.  Then share your testimony with me.  

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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 230 for SEPTEMBER 4, 2021

 

 

DON’T DOUBT FOR ONE MINUTE…

 

 

  1. THAT GOD LOVES YOU.

  2. THAT GOD CARES FOR YOU.

  3. THAT GOD UNDERSTANDS WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH.

DON’T DOUBT FOR ONE MINUTE…

 

  1. THAT GOD WORKS MIRACLES.

  2. THAT GOD PROVIDES.

  3. THAT GOD ANSWERS PRAYER. HE may say “yes”; HE may say “wait”; HE may say “no”.

 

DON’T DOUBT FOR ONE MINUTE…

 

 

 

 

  1. THAT GOD MAY HAVE ANOTHER PLAN FOR YOU.

  2. THAT GOD IS FAITHFUL.

  3. THAT GOD WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO.

  4. THAT GOD BLESSES HIS PEOPLE.

 

 

WHAT A GOOD GOD WE SERVE!  Honor HIM.  Bless HIS name. Rejoice in the LORD. Practice what you preach. Share your faith with others.  Introduce someone to JESUS.

 

 

Blessings to each of you.  Enjoying my journey because “HE walks with me and HE talks with me, and HE tells me I am HIS own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

 

Blessed be the Name of the LORD!     

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Bess