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Blog 249 for January 22, 2022

 

WAYNE LITTLE

ANOTHER WONDERFUL FRIEND IN GOSPEL MUSIC GOES HOME TO HEAVEN

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Serving as the host for “Saturday Nights In Lakeland'' for 19 years, it gave me the opportunity to develop many wonderful friends in Gospel music. I will always cherish the relationships that were established with so many singers through the years. Wayne Little, tenor singer for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet was one of those great friends.

 

My heart was broken when I found out that Wayne Little   was the victim of Covid on New Year's day and buried on January 3rd. From all reports, Wayne fought to the end but finally gave up the battle. I am getting blessed just thinking what it must be like to hear him singing in the heavenly choir,  as only he can sing, “Oh, What A Savior.”

 

Wayne was the tenor singer for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet for over twenty years. I always looked forward to the Saturday nights when the Blackwoods were the featured singers. They were always one of my favorite groups. It all goes back to my early days when the Blackwood Brothers Quartet was featured on Memphis, Tennessee radio, and later on television. Wayne could sing “Oh, What A Savior” like no one else, and sing he really did!

 

Wayne was inspired by church growth and was excited about the growth in our church. Every month when the Blackwoods came we spent time talking about our growth. I remember the last visit they were with us. Wayne let me know he had no time for pastors that had no vision and did not inspire their people to reach out to others. He told me many of the churches where they sing had pastors like that. He said, “You make church exciting and people want to attend.” He said he used our church as an example when he speaks on church growth. 

 

Heaven is looking better all the time!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 248 for January 15, 2022

 

FOR THE FIRST MONTH OF 2022

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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 belief 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 very first message. The power of belief 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 are praying that the power of belief will transform many of our friends to really pray for God to save our nation from the liberal philosophy that has taken over the political system. The Apostle John has so much to say about the power of belief in I John 5:1-13. As a matter of fact, I am claiming this powerful 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 belief become a transforming force in your life. 

 

The Apostle John is saying that 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 and 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 armor 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.

 

John goes on to say that by belief I gain assurance. “He that believes…has the witness in him.”  So many Christians fight in doubt and indecision, and their uncertainty impairs their strength and skill. It is the person who can quietly say “I know” who is terrible in battle and who drives foes in confusion from the field. 

 

Please join me in walking by faith and not by sight.

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 247 for January 8, 2022

 

A VISIT TO JACOB’S WELL

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In 1969 Bess and I made our first trip to Jacob’s Well in a city of Samaria called Sychar. It was an experience I have never forgotten. We had the opportunity to spend time reading and meditating on the Scripture concerning a famous event recorded in John chapter 4. The highlight of that tremendous time was drinking the water from Jacob’s Well that was still flowing like it was in the time of Jacob. It was like drinking holy water!

 

A weary woman and a weary Lord are illustrated at the well. The Lord was only weary in the body; the woman was dry and exhausted in the soul, and the Lord with sympathetic insight discerned the inward dryness. There was no sound of holy contentment, no melody of joyful, spiritual desire. There was only the cold clammy silence of death.  The Lord knew what was in man, and there was no river of life making glad the streets of this woman’s soul. And so He would bring to her the waters of spiritual satisfaction, the holy well of eternal life. “In the wilderness shall waters break out, and springs in the desert.” The Lord is about to work a miracle of grace, changing dull pain into healing peace and suffocated desire into soaring fellowship with God. He is about to transform an outlawed woman into one of the “elected saints.” It is a tremendous illustration of what our Lord can do in the life of a searching soul. 

 

This is a wonderful time for all of us to review our relationship with our Lord. He really does desire and deserves first place in all of our lives. We really do need Him now more than we have ever needed Him before. 

 

Drinking from the well that never runs dry!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 246 for January 1, 2022

 

 

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The year 2022 has arrived and here we are in another new year. We have just left the old year of 2021 behind.

 

Everyone will agree with me when I say it was a very fast year. It has been a wonderful year for many of us, and a very difficult year for others. It goes without saying that all of us have faced many challenges totally different from all the other years we have faced in the past. Some of us have had to say farewell to friends and relatives as the Lord has called them home. Bess and I have lost some dear friends that are greatly missed at the beginning of another year. We really do miss them. I am very grateful that it is not the end for all of these dear people and for us. We will see them again, and be together in a place where there is no end. What a celebration we are going to have when we meet again! It is a fact, the Bible does not say it all. We have to believe what God’s Word says when it says,

 

“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has entered into the mind of man the things that God has prepared for those that love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

What is going to happen to our great nation in the new year? All of us have been saying it over and over again, and it really is true, we have never experienced a year like 2021. I am convinced that we are in the beginning stages of the Great Tribulation. Everything is pointing in that direction, and it does not look like things are going to change. My great hope is for our dear Lord to come back for His Church, to take all of us that are blood-washed and Spirit-filled to heaven. I find myself saying with a host of people, “Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus.”  

 

If things are as bad as they are with a spirit of the Great Tribulation present in our world, what will they be like when it really is here 100%? I really do believe that the Bible teaches that all devoted Christians will not go through the Tribulation period. As the Bible teaches, the Tribulation period will be for seven years with the last half very brutal. There is nothing to compare, at the present time, with the seven-year period, along with an illustration of the history of this period in world history. 

 

There has never been a time in World and American history like our world today. All the signs of the Second Coming of our Lord are everywhere. He could come at any moment! Now is the time when all of us must be sure we are ready to meet our Lord when He comes. Jesus really is coming back to earth again!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

Blog 249 for January 22, 2022

 

 

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1.  How big is your God?  He’s big enough. “...According to your faith, let it be to you.” (Matthew 9:29)  Stuart Hamblen wrote these words:

 

“How big is God? How big and wide His vast domain? To try to tell, these lips can only start.  He’s big enough to rule the mighty universes, yet small enough to live within my heart.”

 

Another songwriter of long ago said it this way: 

 

“The Saviour can solve every problem.”

 

Please know today, that whatever you are going through, whatever is a problem for you, whatever need you have, He is able, more than able to meet your need.  He’s big enough! “...'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’” (Matthew 9:28b)

 

2.  Will God heal your hurts?  Yes. I Peter 5:7 says that we should “cast all our care on Him for He cares for us.”  God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. Jesus never fails!!! You can count on Him.  Matthew. 4:24 says “...and He healed them.” Isaiah 53:5 says “...by His stripes we are healed…”

 

3.  Will God bind up your brokenness? Yes.  He’s the Healer of broken hearts. The songwriter said,

 

“He’s the Healer of broken hearts.  He’ll mend your shattered dreams. He’ll pick up the threads of your broken life and weave them together again. To your soul He’ll bring peace and joy; a friend in need He’ll be,  the Healer of broken hearts, this Jesus of Galilee."

 

Hosea 6:1 says, “...He will heal us;...He will bind us up.

 

4.  Is God able to supply your needs? Absolutely.  Phillippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  2 Chronicles 25:9b says, “...the Lord is able to give you much more…”

 

5.  Does God keep His promises?  Yes, Yes, Yes. He changes not. He will do what He says He will do!  2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but, is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”  Malichi 3:6 says, “For I am the Lord, I do not change…”  You can take His promises to the bank!!!

 

 "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.  Amen."

 (Jude 1:24-25)

 

 

 

 

Bess

 

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Blog 248 for January 15, 2022

 

 

KEEP PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER!

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 Life is full of challenges.  Often we get down in the dumps!  But, it’s time to get up.  Shake off defeat and pessimism!  You can make it.  So can I.  God provided everything we need to make it...to thrive...and to live abundantly.  So, now get up! God is good all the time.

 

 

1.  Let’s begin by giving Thanks.  Psalm 106:1 says, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” Realizing our blessings goes a long way to joy.  If you want joy, real joy, get on God’s glory train!!!

2.  Live, Laugh, Love.  Enjoy the day. Sing praises.  God inhabits the praise of His people. John 10:10 says, “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”

3.  Think on this. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

4. How about this powerful Word? “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

5.  Ok now, no excuses! His Word says, “Call unto me and I WILL answer and show you great and mighty things."  WOW!  What more do you need?

6.  “Lead us (me) not into temptation, but deliver us (me) from evil.”

7.  “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.”  Oh my! Oh my!

8.  “If you can believe, all things are possible.” Hey, rejoice!  We can climb every mountain!  Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.

9.  “Be strong and courageous,”  Joshua 1:6,7,9 states clearly.

10. Pray every day.  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.”  Remember always, thanks is a good thing.

 

Hopefully, these ten “pick me ups” have gotten you moving to a brighter day, a happier time, a productive season, and a successful victory over your enemy.  There are two things I know:

 

1. Jesus does not want us down and out (Why are you downcast?) and
2. We do not want to be downcast.  It’s a lot more enjoyable, productive, and influential to live in the sunshine.

 

I’m getting up! How about you?

                          

 

Bess

 

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Blog 247 for January 8, 2022

 

 

 

Surprised by the message, you ask; “God can do WHAT"???  Well, in my feeble way, let me tell you some of the things God can do.

 

  • God can take what’s wrong and make it right.

  • God can make dry bones live again.

  • God can close the lion’s mouth.

  • God can walk through locked doors.

  • God can heal broken hearts.

  • God can do anything BUT fail.

  • God can take a young man and give him the strength to defeat a giant.

  • God can heal even when the doctor shakes his head and walks away.

  • God can turn a mountain into a molehill.

  • God can deliver you (me) even quicker than next day air. 

  • God can turn your sorrow into joy.

  • God can forgive and forget.

  • God can use you.  He can use me.

 

One of Stan Toler’s books is entitled, “God can do anything but fail, so try parasailing in a windstorm.”  WOW!  God can do WHAT???

 

Annie Johnson Flint and William M. Runyan wrote the words and music to this great song, “What God Hath Promised."  Read them and be blessed.

 

“God hath not promised skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God hath not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain."

 

(Chorus) "BUT God hath promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love."

 

Vs. 2 says,

"God hath not promised we shall not know toil and temptation, trouble and woe; He hath not told us we shall not bear many a burden, many a care."    

 

Vs. 3 says,

"God hath not promised smooth roads and wide, Swift, easy travel, needing no guide; Never a mountain, rocky and steep, Never a river turbid and deep."  

 

BUT…now go read the chorus again.

 

In 2022, give God a chance.  He’s all you and I need.  He’s more than enough.  Some other songwriter said it this way…

 

"More…More…so much more.  He’s more than you’ll ever know.”

 

You can count on the promised ONE; the HOLY CHILD of Bethlehem’s stall; the crucified SAVIOR of the world; our resurrected Redeemer;  Our Divine Intercessor at the Father’s right hand; and our soon coming Divine KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  And HE shall reign forever and ever. 

 

HALLELUJAH!                                     

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Bess

 

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Blog 246 for January 1, 2022

 

 

 

Aren’t we glad 2021 is over??? It’s past.  It’s done.  It’s over!  What a difficult year it has been; in particular, Covid and its counterparts and the devastating US government policies put into place under this administration, such as “defund the police” and the carnage left in the streets of US cities led by protesters and others. Oh, God, give us men and women who are God-fearing, sowing good seeds, strong and noble, preachers who proclaim the truth, teachers who educate our children well, soldiers who keep us safe, leaders who rally the cause of freedom, honorable, just, and holy.  Oh, God, change our culture.  Make us more like You.

 

Aren’t we happy to welcome 2022 into the calendar of years?  It’s new.  It’s a new starting point for us all.  The prospects in each of God’s tomorrows are exhilarating.  Claim each day offered to you…and make it count for good.  Sow a good seed. Start the day with devotions and prayer. Put on the whole armor of God…to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

 

At the end of 2021, we had the privilege of claiming two RED LETTER days.  One was December 9, when our precious son, Chuck, reached out to God and God reached down to him. The revelation that came to him, that opened his eyes, came from the Holy Bible and reading a book written by Elizabeth Elliott. Thank God for His mercies that are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.  The other red-letter day was December 28.  It concerns our dear son also.  These days push us forth into 2022 in good stead; preparing us for new opportunities.  And we remember well that God is in every tomorrow.  What a journey that is ahead of us all.  Prepare for a great journey. Pray much and remember to sow good seeds. 

 

Love to all, 

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Bess

 

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