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Blog 212 for April 24, 2021 

 

 

 

CONFIDENCE FOR THE COMING OF OUR LORD

 

Lately, I have been thinking more and more about the return of our Lord. With all of the signs for His coming fulfilled, I am wondering what is delaying His return. John the Apostle has a tremendous word for us in I John chapter 2 concerning confidence for our Lord’s coming. To be prepared for the coming of Jesus is the hope of all His people. It is a glorious prospect to contemplate! On the other hand, to be ashamed before Him at His coming is a fearful predicament. John is showing us how we should be living in the hope of that great event.

 

 

The first thing that John wants us to know is WE SHOULD ABIDE IN GOD’S WILL. He says in verse 17 “...He who does the will of God abides forever.” That means we must oppose the world. That is what John is saying in I John 2:14-17a. We must never forget that the world system is powerful! John goes on to say that we must overcome the wicked one in verse 14. Don’t forget, “Greater is He that is in you!” John then says we must obey God’s will. The goal of our Lord was to please His Father.

 

 

‚ÄčI John 2:14-17

14 I have written to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men,
Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
And you have overcome the wicked one.

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

 

 

 

 God has a plan for your life. John says in verse 14, WE SHOULD ABIDE IN GOD’S WORD. “The Word of God abides in you.” John says there is power in God’s Word that makes you strong. By the Word of God we prevail. Remember Jesus defeated Satan with the Word of God! John then says that there is permanence in God’s Word in verse 14 when it abides in you. If God’s Word abides in us, no one or thing can ever destroy it. John wants us to know about the promises of God’s Word. Our Lord wants us to stand on His promises because sometimes that is all we have. 

 

There is a third thing John wants us to see here in the section of Scripture before us and that is WE SHOULD ABIDE BY WALKING in verse 6. How did Jesus walk? He walked by the commandments. As long as our nation walked by the Judeo- Christian standards found in the 10 commandments, God blessed our walk as a nation. Our nation is in serious trouble today because we have forsaken that tremendous standard. A mighty move of God’s Holy Spirit across the land can restore this standard and transform our nation before our Lord’s return! We need a revival from shore to shore and from sea to shining sea! That is America’s greatest need today! Not only did Jesus walk by the commandments, but He also walked by cleanness. He is the One who said, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Just think about what could happen in America if we lived with a pure heart! Jesus not only walked by the commandments and cleanness but as a conqueror. John 8:31b-32 says, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  You and I must speak God’s Word to our individual circumstances or situation. No one else can do it for you. Once the implanted Word of God is implanted into your spirit, it produces results in Body, Soul, and Spirit. That is the greatest way to be prepared for the second coming of our Lord!

 

 

Jesus really is coming back to earth again!

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 211 for April 17, 2021 

 

 

OF THE LAST DAYS

 

I have not been one given to negativism or defeatism through the years; however, I must admit, it is a huge challenge to remain with a positive attitude during this present time in American and World history. If all of us will face the facts, we must admit that both are falling apart. I am convinced by Scripture that we are in the last days. If we really do believe the Bible, we must admit that our Lord has said that all of the things happening at the present time are signs of the last days and the coming of our Lord back to earth again. This leads me to ask a major question. How short is our time on earth? There are several things that make me ask this question. The Apostle James in chapters 4 and 5 of his epistle gives me four reasons.

 

  1. The Atmosphere in the world today

In my lifetime the anti-God atmosphere has never been as strong as it is today, and it keeps growing.

  1. The Events in the world today

Anything religious in our world today has never been as unpopular as they are today. 

  1.  Diseases in the world today

Our nation and the world have been run over by the Covid-19 viruses. It has totally dominated our lifestyles and schedules. 

  1. Understanding of God’s Word in the world today

At one time the Bible and Judao-Christian principles controlled our decisions and lifestyles. That is not so anymore in American society. 

 

T hese four things convince me that our time on earth is very short. They have led us to experience the beginning spirit of the Tribulation period that is making its mark on our society today. Matthew chapter 24 mostly contains the words of Jesus. It is a word containing the last days, and enough to convince me that we are in the last of the last days. The best way to get us out of the mess we are in is for Jesus to come for His Church and take us to heaven. Now is the time to make sure you are ready to go. Our Lord could come at any moment! “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!”

 

J esus really is coming again!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 210 for April 10, 2021 

 

 

 

FOUR ROOMS

IN THE HOUSE OF PRAYER

 

The house of prayer is a great place to visit. The people that visit this wonderful place often are richly blessed and abundantly empowered. Those that neglect to enter this house are denied victories that could have been. This house has four rooms.

 

  1. ADORATION

Psalm 34:1-3 says “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be on my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

  • This is the first room in the house of prayer.

  • It is a key to unlock the entire house.

  1. SUPPLICATION

Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

  • He is Jehovah Jireh - God has already made the provision!

  • God’s provisions come to people that inquire daily.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

 

  1.  CONFESSION

 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” John 1:9 “Forgive us our trespasses {Sins} as we forgive those who trespass {Sin} against us.”

  • Our Lord would not have included this portion in the model prayer if he did not intend for us to live with a spirit of repentance.

  1. THANKSGIVING

 Psalms 100:1-5 says “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into His courts of praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Philippians 4:6 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

  • Thanksgiving will transform a life of negative defeat into a life of positive victory.

 

Let's live in these four rooms of this house of prayer and see what will happen. 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 209 for April 3, 2021 

 

 

 

It goes without saying, but I want to say it anyway, the Easter season is the most triumphant season on the calendar of time. It is a time of celebration like no other. When I served as a pastor, I made sure the entire Easter weekend was an exciting time to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. For many of those years, I was the host of Easter sunrise services. It really did set the spirit for a big victorious Easter resurrection service that followed in the worship center. I was grateful that many of those years were spent in a warm Florida morning. We only had to move inside for our sunrise service due to a colder than usual morning. 

 

For many years the feature of Easter Sunday morning packed pews. I would choose pew captains to pack a pew for the Easter morning celebration. As a result, we were usually able to pack the worship centers for victorious services through the years. I must say Little Rock Cedar Lane, Tidewater Central in Virginia Beach, Lubbock First, and Winter Haven always led the way for large crowds. It brought in many new people that needed to hear the Easter story and experience the triumph of Easter. Exciting memories are flooding my mind as I write these lines. 

 

Some Easter celebrations featured gospel music groups. Looking back, I have to acknowledge Tidewater Central in Virginia Beach for the most victorious Easter Celebrations. The Downings were the featured music group for the day, and what a day! The place was packed with people that could not get into the worship center, looking in open doors and windows. Without a doubt it was the most victorious Spiritual Easter through the years with over 100 people, by actual count, responding to the invitation. 

 

The largest attended Easter celebrations happened in Lubbock, Texas. Bob Harrington, the Chaplin of Bourbon Street, was the featured speaker. The service was held in the Texas Tech coliseum with over 3,000 in attendance. A host of people responded to the invitation. The great choir of Lubbock First was the featured music group of the service. It was a wonderful opportunity to expose the music ministry of Lubbock’s singing church!

 

As you can see by now,  Easter has always been an extra special day for me in all of my churches through the years, and I did not mention all of them. May the Christ of Easter light up all of our lives, and especially our nation during this time of celebration! HE REALLY HAS RISEN!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 208 for March 27, 2021

 

 

Five Characteristics of a

Real Christian

 

Multitudes of people today would say they were Christian. Many of these are basing their Christianity on water baptism and church membership. Others will say good character and a good name qualifies them to be a Christian. A true Christian will say that the Bible is the only book that describes what a Christian really is. One of my favorite Scriptures is found in First Corinthians 15:58, with the words of the Apostle Paul. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” These five characteristics are taught throughout the Scriptures. 

 

  1. CONSECRATION

Who is in control of your life at the present time? There is only one person that must be in complete control, and that person is Christ. There must come a time when we yield complete control to Him.

 

  1. COMPASSION

The Holy Spirit will help us to respond to people with the love of Christ. He will help us to demonstrate the compassion that will compel us to respond to others in need where we might help.

 

  1. CHARACTER

An unquestioned personal life in private and in public will be on demonstration. The appearance of evil will be avoided at all times and in all situations.

 

  1. CONFIDENCE

There will be a confidence that Jesus is Lord of Lords, and a confidence in the Word of God, with an undeniable faith that it is inspired, irrefutable, and infallible.

 

  1.  COURAGE

We will not be ashamed or afraid to take a stand. There will be a Holy Boldness imparted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a determination to make a difference in our world.

 

These are the people that can change our culture instead of our culture changing us. It goes without saying that it is past time for changing our world! We really can make a difference! 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 207 for March 20, 2021

 

 

 

This blog is featuring the timely message of my friends Dean Hickman and Stan Toler. It really speaks to our day and time. We are encouraged by the words of the song “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.”

 

Let not your heart be troubled

His tender words I hear,

 And resting on His goodness,

 I lose my doubts and fears.

 His eye is on the sparrow

 

“In God We Trust” is our challenge for this day and time as all of us are running the race of life.

 

On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law that made “In God We Trust” the nation’s motto. The legislation also included its display on the nation’s currency. The declaration followed the President’s effort to have “Under God” included in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

In recent history, both phrases have been the subject of harsh debate. One side claims the motto and pledge are merely outmoded symbols of patriotism and history, while the other claims their importance comes from the convictions of our nation’s founders.

 

The advantage goes to the “God-trusters.” Isaiah 25:4, "Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal." Why trust “sand” when you can build on “rock”? Or, why set up camp in the temporary, when you can live in the eternal?

 

Isn’t it amazing that when even those who are “anti-God trust” most always ask for His help when they are in pain or peril? God is the go-to in times of local or national tragedy; so why the outcry over the mention of His name in government matter?

 

The fact is America has backslidden. It began a slippery slide when it forsook its sacred roots and settled for the secular. No wonder it is reaping a harvest of debauchery and division!

 

Though the national climate is unsettling, those who trust God are hearing “His tender word” and "resting on His goodness.” They know that, with all that is happening in the world, if He can keep an eye on a sparrow, He certainly is watching over His people.

 

But even as we trust in God, we diligently pray that our fellow citizens will join us. George Washington said, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”

 

I am glad the eyes of the Lord are on the sparrow!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 206 for March 13, 2021

 

 

Bess and I have been having some tremendous times of fellowship with wonderful friends that we admire and respect. Recently we were privileged to sit under the anointed ministry of the Guardians Quartet from Ohio. We are still rejoicing over this inspiring experience! The leader of the Guardians, an outstanding high tenor for the group is Dean Hickman. He really blessed Bess and me by giving us a book he and the late Stan Toler had written together. Stan was also a good friend of ours. It certainly helped to make the book extra special. REVIVE AMERICA, a call to revival in the land that we love is the title of this book. We are using it in our daily devotions every morning. POINTING FINGERS is from a chapter in the book. 

 

The country preacher wasn’t just talking, he was preaching, excitedly calling his congregation to a deeper walk with Christ, and pointing his finger for emphasis. As is often the case, the preaching got to the Preacher. The Holy Spirit grabbed him by the heart. He pointed again, but as he did, tears began to flow, and his voice wavered. “Beloved, as I point my finger at you, three fingers are pointing back to me.” At the sermon's end, he was the first to kneel at the altar and was soon joined by most of his congregation. A revival was in the house!

 

 

“Our nation needs a revival!” is easy to say with the point of a finger. But when we do some heart-searching, we may discover fingers pointing back to us. Isaiah the prophet testified to that scenario. In prayer for others, he saw his own need, “Woe is me!” I cried. “I am ruined for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty” {Isaiah 6:5} He ministered to the unclean, but when he had the vision of God's Holiness, he realized he was as needy as the people to whom he was pointing a finger. 

 

 

An old gospel song sums it up, “Not my brother or my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” Of course, the nation needs a revival but so do we! When there is a revival in the house, we won’t be able to keep it inside!

 

 

REVIVE AMERICA PRAYER

 

Holy Spirit, shine the light of heaven into every corner of my heart. And as the song says, “While on others

thou art calling, do not pass me by.”

Begin a revival in my own heart first. 

Amen.

 

 

Send a great rival in my soul!

 

 

Charles Kirby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 205 for March 6, 2021

 

 

 

Here we are starting the third month in 2021. It really is true, time waits for no one. I have heard it said through the years, the older you get the faster time will fly. Looking back, that statement never did impact my life. As a matter of fact, I really did discard it and refused to believe it. Time has made a change in me. Now I believe it, and am a believer! I have come to believe that senior citizens are not the only ones that are amazed at the fast passing of time. I have done a test on all ages, and have found that everyone is in agreement. Time really is on a fast track and waits for no one. Do you remember how slow time passed from Christmas to Christmas each year? What happened to time back then? I am sure you will agree with me when I say, it seemed like a lifetime. 

 

Lately, I have been reliving my 56 years as a pastor. My shortest pastoral assignment was in my first year and was for only one year. My longest was for 19 years. That first year was like a vapor. Our son Chuck was a brand new baby and Bess taught high school English. It really was a blur. I really did not realize it then, but the Lord had plans for my ministry to be one of restoration and rebuilding. Every church from California to Virginia and from Texas to Indiana, and states in between, was an assignment to rebuild and restore. As a result, the years have been times of building buildings and buying properties. Between Sundays, I have traveled across America and Canada motivating pastors and challenging churches in church growth. All along the exciting pastoral journey, I did not realize it then, but my 56 years were moving at a fast pace and time was waiting for no man! Here I am today looking back on the years God gave to me to pastor growing churches and establish wonderful friendships across the land. I really am a blessed man! It goes without saying, Bess has been a key factor in all the church growth we have experienced through the years and the honors we have received! 

 

We have one more move we are planning to take and that could happen at any time. As a matter of fact, we are talking about it often...every day in our morning devotionals. We are saying with the great Apostle, “Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus” to receive your Church to your heavenly home. What a glorious day that is going to be! Without one doubt, that is going to be the most exciting trip we have ever taken! That is going to be the best way to get us and our nation out of the most difficult time we are experiencing at this time in American history!

 

 

It really is a fact, Time Waits For No Man! Are you ready for Jesus to come?

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

Blog 212 for April 24, 2021 

 

 

What are you...What am I, bellyaching about? Do we walk this journey alone? Or do we have a Friend who goes with us?  Well, what I know is that I hit some bumps on the road in these days of my life. I also know that my Forever Friend holds my hand and helps me when the way gets tough.

 

 

Have you ever been hit with a myriad of circumstances that tested you almost to the breaking point?  Well, join the crowd; you are not alone.  During these months of the coronavirus, Covid-19, the world’s pandemic, many folks have been brought to their knees and near to the breaking point.  The challenges can be beyond measure, yet HIS GRACE IS ALWAYS SUFFICIENT.

 

Well, here’s our story; hopefully in a nutshell.  We’ve been hit…

 

  1. With sickness, from cancer to intestinal blockage to heart issues to high blood pressure.

  2. With emergency room visits, doctor’s appointments, and hospital stays and prescriptions.

  3. With bills, hospital, air-condition/heating unit, multiple cabin rental needs, washing machine, etc.

  4. Family heartaches.

 

It’s interesting that while we pray every day, not only for many, many friends and family but for our own needs as well, we ask God to take these difficult places away.  And unless we delve into the situation, we can’t see the blessing for seeing the hard place. Usually, there is a blessing in every hard place. Look for it. Find it.

Here’s the crux of the matter.  No matter the problem, the difficulty, God has it all under His control. He will take care of you. His grace is sufficient. Take your difficulty to the Lord in prayer. God is for us.  

 

 Enjoy the YouTube video,  “His Grace Is Sufficient For Me” sung by the Booth Brothers.

 


 

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 211 for April 17, 2021 

 

 

SPRINGTIME IN THE TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS

 

Greetings to all our blog readers. Guess what?  We are getting ready to head out to the mountains. We hope wherever you are, that Spring has announced her arrival...that beautiful blossoms are everywhere. We are hoping also that the budding of Spring has brought HOPE to your lives. Seems as if nothing is more spectacular than the Springtime.  Life and beauty fill our world.  Oh, the pictures of Spring, from Texas to Oregon to Colorado to Indiana to Virginia to Tennessee to Florida and all in-between; they are so beautiful.

 

 

Spring usually begins on March 21. Spring lasts till about June 21. Spring is the time of year when life begins again in nature. Birds stretch their wings. Ponds and lakes become alive with new life. Here at our condo, we see the new baby ducks following their mom around the canal.  Bees get busy with their pollination duties.  Spring Break beckons to the young.

 

 

One of the most beautiful places at this time of year is our Nation’s Capital.  In 1912, the city of Tokyo sent no less than 3000 cherry trees to Washington D.C. as a gift.  Today we marvel at these gorgeous blossoms that surround the Capital.

 

 

Enjoy the photos of Spring. Be blessed by our Creator God. And enjoy “America, the Beautiful” by Morman Tabernacle Choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 210 for April 10, 2021

 

 

 

The Law of

Seedtime and Harvest

 

Do you think that this law only applies to Spring (planting), Summer (growing), and Fall (harvesting)?  Well, that law certainly applies to those three seasons; but I think this immutable law is for every month of every year, every season of life.

 

We are forever planting for a future harvest. Take the harvest of a good education for example. We plant seeds in kindergarten and grammar school when we are young. We continue in our junior and senior high school years, preparing for college entrance to the University of our choice. And even 4 years of college is not enough for many who are planting seeds for a Master’s degree, and on to a Doctor’s degree.

 

We plan/plant seeds for the vocation we have chosen.  We take the appropriate classes for our job search. We prepare ourselves for the interview. Then after we have received the job, our planting turns to seeds planted for advancements.  On and on we travel participating in this immutable law of Seedtime and Harvest until we reach the top.

 

There are many other areas of our life that follow this same pattern of sowing and reaping; seedtime and harvest. There are our plans for a family; our spouse, then children. Next, buying our first house and making it a home; then the education of our children.  And the cycle starts all over again.

 

As sure as we plant and do what is necessary for growth, the harvest will come; and, how great the harvest can be. You must read God’s Word about the groundwork for a successful harvest. Read the whole chapter of Matthew 13. Verses 1-9 speak of the four kinds of soil; 1. Wayside soil, 2. Stony places, 3. Among thorns, and  4. Good ground. Work your ground, make it good ground, that your harvest will be great.

 

The greatest harvest is God’s final call when He comes again. May we be in that greatest final harvest. Please make your calling and election sure. Break up the fallow ground.  Build on solid ground. Have your name written in the Lamb’s Book of life.  Confess your sins; believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Then live for Jesus. Honor Him. Be His witness. Serve Him. Read His Word and Pray. May your living not be in vain. Lead others to Jesus. Build your harvest for Jesus, so you can lay trophies at His feet when you get to Heaven.   

 

In 1844, Henry Alford wrote about the Harvest in this beautiful song, “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”.

 

  1. Come ye thankful people come; Raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in; ere the winter storms begin.  God, our Maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied. Come to God’s own temple come; Raise the song of harvest home.

  2. All the world is God’s own field. Fruit unto His praise to yield: wheat and tares together sown, unto joy or sorrow grown.  First the blade, and then the ear.  Then the full corn shall appear. Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.

  3. For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take His harvest home; From His field shall in that day all offenses purge away; Give His angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast. But the fruitful ears to store in His garner evermore.

  4. Even so, Lord, quickly come to Thy final harvest home. Gather Thou Thy people in Free from sorrow, free from sin; There forever purified, in Thy presence to abide. Come with all Thine angels come; Raise the glorious harvest home.      

 

And I say, “Amen”. 

 

Bess 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 209 for April 3, 2021

 

 

 

I can’t thank GOD enough for what He did for us...the sacrifice He made for our redemption.  GOD gave His only SON so that we might be saved. That atoning blood of Jesus, GOD’S only SON, paid the debt that we could not pay.  Oh, what love! John describes it in chapter 3, verse 16,

 

“For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life".  

 

Frederick Lehman penned those beautiful words,

 

“O love of GOD, how rich and pure, How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure - the saints’ and angels’ song!”

 

And Bill & Gloria Gaither penned that masterpiece,

 

“God sent His Son- they called Him Jesus; He came to love, heal and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon; An empty tomb is there to prove my Savior lives…”

 

I can’t thank JESUS enough for HIS incarnation; HIS earthly mission...leaving the splendors of Heaven to become a man, living among us, and dying on an old rugged cross in our place. I should have been crucified for my own sins, but JESUS took my place. What a debt I owe!  George Bennard said it this way,

 

“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame;  And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain. So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies, at last, I lay down.  I will cling to the old rugged cross...and exchange it someday for a crown."  

 

Philip Bliss expressed it like this,

 

“Man of Sorrows” What a name for the SON of God, who came ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a SAVIOR!”

 

I can’t thank the HOLY SPIRIT enough for HIS ever-present indwelling, filling us with God’s love, helping us to live sacrificial lives, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and giving us the power to be overcomers.  Yes, daily I don’t walk alone.  I have a very present help in the time of need. The precious HOLY SPIRIT lives, abides, & fills this vessel. John says in chapter 14, verse 16, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another COUNSELOR to be with you forever."  

 

Frank Bottome wrote it this way,

 

“O spread the tidings ‘round, wherever man is found, Wherever human hearts and human woes abound.  Let every Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound: The COMFORTER has come! The COMFORTER has come. The HOLY GHOST from heaven, the Father’s promise given! O spread the tidings ‘round wherever man is found: The COMFORTER has come!”

 

Join me in praising the Triune God.  “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD." Ps. 150:6  

   

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Praise HIM all creatures here below. Praise HIM above, ye heavenly hosts. Praise FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST. Amen." (Words by Thomas Ken)

 

Enjoy First Baptist Dallas, TX, Choir and Orchestra on this YouTube video. 

 

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 208 for March 27, 2021

 

 

 

...THAT IS, January, February, and March 2021? Can you believe that three months are behind us as we continue walking “in the park”? Can you believe that I just received a cabin rental reservation for January dates in the year 2022? Several years ago, I could not conceive of 2022.  It seemed a long way off.  But my confession today is that time waits for no man.

 

January 2021 was filled with stuff that we all encounter sometime in our lives. January 1, 2021, Charles came home from five days in the hospital. Then we had follow-up doctor appointments; one being our primary care physician.  The only problem with our primary care doctor was that he had taken an early retirement, which left us without one after about twenty years. After much work, we finally got a new one. So January included medical issues, deaths of friends, getting our first Moderna vaccine, working on taxes, seeing Triumphant Quartet, The Guardians, and Ann Downing in concerts, and Charles preaching at a chapel service at the Holiness camp and other normal things that we all encounter.

 

February was filled with doctor appointments, out-of-town visitors, a visit to my sister in Mississippi, birthday remembrances of our son-in-law and two grandsons, and a tour of an independent living facility...all simple and common occurrences.  The minutes and days of February just ticked away until it brought in March.

 

 

March brought us those usual winds. Our schedule included getting our second Moderna vaccine, enjoying a Blackwood Brothers gospel singing concert at the Lakeland Holiness Camp.  There were family birthday celebrations of two grandsons, a radiation cancer doctor appointment, a mammogram, fasting blood work, Palm Sunday celebration, to name a few of what took our time this month.  So we keep putting one foot in front of the other, as we march into the unknown, never knowing what a day might bring. 

 

April is upon us. The minutes, hours, and days just keep running away from us. And this reminds me of a choir song that I found once in my collection of music, entitled “Please Stop Running Away From God."  What a powerful word that is.  There are generations of children who are running away from God. We have THIS moment; let’s make the best of it. 

 

Whether we are doing the mundane things of life or vacationing, time is swiftly passing.  Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. If you hear HIS voice, harden not your heart.  Enjoy Anne Murray as she sings "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling." 

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 207 for March 20, 2021 

 

 

 

 

Not sure this morning, who out there in “blog-land," is struggling with the pressures of life.  But let me confess, there are days in this 4th quarter of my life that I struggle with events, circumstances, not of my making; even some of my own making, daily routine, sicknesses, doctor visits, family issues, death, loss, change, hurt, our political climate, the news of the day, the pandemic; simply put, all things that overwhelm me (and you, too).

 

Here’s the GOOD NEWS. God has an answer for your struggle and mine.    Ingest Peter’s instructions and blessing as found in

I Peter 5:6-11.

 

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM, FOR HE CARES FOR YOU. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.  But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

 

Casting All Your Care Upon Him,

For He Cares For You

 

Oh, how I love “the brethren," God’s people, my family, and friends.  Thank you for keeping on, keeping on.  God will not forsake you nor me. He will take care of us. There’s a powerful old song  entitled, “God Will Take Care Of You."  Other great songs about God’s care are “Take Your Burdens To The Lord And Leave Them There,” “Someone To Care," “I’ve Got Confidence," God’s Gonna See Me Through," “Does Jesus Care?" and on and on.  He really does care about you. Rejoice. God has it under His control. 

 

Enjoy the official video for “Does Jesus Care?” 

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 206 for March 13, 2021 

 

   

 

 

America needs a pottery lesson. Reading the suggested Jeremiah 18 scripture in a recent devotional book, hit the “nail on the head” for me. That is, it was a wake-up call for what we’ve known all along. America needs to turn back to God.

 

 

What a chapter Jeremiah 18 is! Feel free to read the whole chapter.  The chapter begins with the Word of the Lord coming to the weeping prophet, Jeremiah.  It goes on to speak of the Potter’s House, the marred vessel of clay, and destroying it but starting anew, re-shaping, re-making another vessel. It continues asking the all-important question, “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you  as this Potter?”

 

Oh my, the sins of Judah...Jeremiah charged the Jews with two major offenses against God, spiritual adultery and breaking the law of Moses. The Jews ignored Jeremiah’s warning that Jerusalem was doomed.

 

Many times God has had to start over again with countries and people. In these difficult times when so much of our country has forgotten God, we realize what could be on the horizon for us… ”the clay being smashed and the Potter starting over again, shaping a new vessel”.

 

The weeping prophet reminds me of two things; we can wait too long and be doomed; or we can receive the “wake-up” call, repent, and find pardon and redemption. God will begin shaping a new vessel. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning! WHEW!....in the morning light! Please, let’s submit to the Potter for a re-shaping, a re-making. May America come back to God.      

 

Bess         

 

 

 Enjoy  “Nothing’s Too Hard for God” written & sung by Nancy Harmon along with the Gaither group backing her up.  

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 205 for March 6, 2021 

 

 

 ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE WHO…..?

 

...let others go to war and fight the serious battles going on in the U.S. Congress? Are you one who never contacts our Senators and Representatives to give them your opinion concerning an upcoming vote in Congress?  Lest you think I have faithfully done those things, let me confess that I have at times let others fight the good fight, those battles in the Halls of Congress.  BUT it is “high” time we ALL joined the army.  It’s time to get a list of our U.S. Senators and Representatives.  Give them a phone call, email, or text message as to how you want them to vote on a particular issue.

 

Coming up soon is the U.S. Senate vote on the Equality Act.  The name of the bill may sound good, but should you read and understand it, it is not; so the vote should be “NO."

 

Reading after Rev. Franklin Graham will enlighten you as to why and how to find out who your State Senators and Representatives are. Also, their phone numbers are available.  According to Rev. Graham, there are seven radical demands in this act.

 

  1. The bill would end the federal legal recognition of complementary male and female sex, in favor of gender identity.

  2. The bill would eliminate the traditional right to privacy of women and girls in public facilities in favor of gender identity.

  3. The bill would eviscerate women’s and girls' sports.

  4. The bill would be used to mandate school curricula that affirm and promote sexual orientation and gender identity views.

  5. The bill would be used to remove custody rights from parents who refuse to have their minor children undergo transgender medical interventions and procedures.

  6. Since the Equality Act (the bill) exempts itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, religious schools, hospitals, and adoption agencies could face federal sanctions for upholding their teachings with regard to life, sexuality, and marriage under the legislation. 

  7. The bill’s text that name a form of “discrimination on the basis of pregnancy” would be used to punish healthcare providers who refuse to perform an abortion or to outlaw policies that ban funding for the procedure.

 

So, get the whole armor of God on, and call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on the Equality Act.  Our Florida Senators and their phone numbers are Marco Rubio - ph. 1-202-224-3041 and Rick Scott - ph. 1-202-224-5274.  Also, tell them to block the nominations of Becerra and Levin as Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Human Services. 

 

I love America. I want America to return to God. Join Charles and me in prayer for our country.  Enjoy, “God Bless America” by Lee Greenwood on a YouTube video.   

 

 

BESS