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Blog 254 for February 26, 2022

TREES ARE WONDERFUL!

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I really do love trees. I have lived in areas that lacked the beauty and shelter of trees. The plains of West Texas are one of those areas where we have lived for several years. While we loved the Lubbock area and enjoyed our ministry with tremendous laymen, I never adjusted to the lack of trees. Out there on those plains, you could see for miles. Someone, describing the area, has said, “There is nothing between you and the north pole but a barbed wire fence and it is down.” I was always fascinated by the nights on those open plains. Across the miles you could see several town lights in the distance, I remember flying into the Lubbock airport at night, returning from speaking in conferences across the country, I was always impressed by the lights of several towns in the distance. There was nothing to obstruct the view but fields of grain and cotton. It really was a captivating sight, but there were no trees. I remember a friend of mine that had spent all of his ministry on these plains, telling me how he felt smothered when he moved to Little Rock with trees everywhere. He said one day he decided to look behind some trees and all he could see were more trees. He really had a hard time adjusting. On the other hand, when our family moved to Little Rock from those plains to a beautiful parsonage on the outskirts of town, there were a great number of huge trees everywhere on the large lot. It was a wonderful sight to see, and we had no difficulty adjusting to the beauty of trees. 

 

I cannot help but be reminded of the fact that my dear Lord died upon an old rugged tree that became a tree of life for me! I must ask what a preacher is saying when he is dressed in blue jeans with his shirttail hanging out. I think they show a lack of wisdom and respect for the Gospel and their ministry. I know one young preacher in his 30s that made this statement to the church board that was interviewing him, “I will always wear a coat and tie here because I want all the people to know who the pastor is.” I say a big “Amen” to that preacher. Wouldn’t it be great if other preachers would show the same wisdom and respect for their calling and ministry as this young pastor?!

 

Respecting the God-called ministry and the Gospel of our Lord,

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 253 for February 19, 2022

ALWAYS MAKES THE DIFFERENCE 

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Judges chapter 6 records one of the most amazing happenings in the history of mankind. It is the story of Gideon. He is one of many favorite personalities in all of God’s Word. The author of Judges, who is unknown, tells us Gideon was the least in his father’s house. As the incredible story in Judges unfolds, God is calling Gideon to save Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. God is saying to Gideon, “I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.” 

 

Nowhere in the Word of God can we find a better basis to prove the value of one plus God. Gideon’s sword plus the sword of God…Gideon plus God…one plus God. What an army! It is just another way of saying if God is for us, who can be against us! One plus God makes the difference in any situation or circumstance. 

 

The value of one is illustrated in the Bible. Noah was just one, but his life was an unmuddied stream in an ocean of iniquity. Joseph was just one, but he brought deliverance to a world in a great famine. Moses was just one, but with his rod seas divided and a nation was born in one night. Paul was just one, but he rocked the old world with the message of Jesus Christ. It is a fact, one plus God has always made the difference through the centuries of time! Gideon plus God…You plus God. What a team! You plus God will always make a difference in your life! You have the opportunity to prove it.

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 252 for February 12, 2022

 

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Here we are in the middle of February and at the Valentine's season. It is a great time to express our love and appreciation to our family members and friends. It gives me an extra special time for me to let my dear wife, Bess, know that I am very grateful for her love for me. This coming August we will be married 62 years. What a journey it has been as we have lived from coast to coast and border to border! She is a perfect role model and example of an ideal wife. All the churches where we have pastored in 56 years of pastoral ministry will agree. It is a joy to tell her every night before we go to sleep that I love her very much. Happy Valentine's Day, my darling! 

 

A few days ago I had the honor of speaking in a morning chapel service at the Lakeland Holiness Campground. I have spoken there many times through the years. This is the 97th season of the camp meeting. Even though almost 1,500 seats of the auditorium were not filled, an excellent crowd attended. As usual, they treated me with love and appreciation. I have known many of the people for several years. I remain on the prayer list of many of the wonderful people. Through the years, many of the most popular and outstanding preachers in the nation have been featured evangelists for the camp meetings. One of these was Dr. L. B. Hicks. And his popular message, “There Must Be A Heaven Somewhere.”

 

I am very grateful for the prayers of so many people. Even though there is no cure for my physical challenge, the Great Physician keeps me covered with His healing stream. I have to wear a brace on my abdomen to keep me going. I can take it off when I preach and when I go to bed. Inventions are wonderful! 

 

God is still on the throne!

 

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

Blog 251 for February 5, 2022

 

 A MAJOR REPORT BY MY DOCTORS WAS A BIG SHOCK

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The last week of October and the first week of November were major challenges for me. It was a time of seeing doctors, surgeries, and hospital visitation. All of this was at the time we were preparing to leave the mountains and return to our home in Florida. We had no idea what was ahead for Bess and me. As I look back, it was obvious our dear Lord was with us all the way. As a matter of fact, He was performing miracles for us.

 

My second surgery, due to the blockage in my intestines, was more serious than the last one. As a result of complications, I had to spend four days in intensive care. We just ​​​​

found out from Dr. Thigpen, that the nurses in the hospital in the Newport area thought I would not leave the hospital alive. There is no doubt that my Great Physician came to my defense. Dr. Thigpen told Bess and me that he would not do surgery on my abdomen, which is a challenge for me at the present time. He also told us that he believed that no other doctor in Lakeland Regional Hospital would do surgery as well. Bess and I believe that it is all in the hands of our Lord. 

 

I continue to be blessed by the wonderful prayer army of people that are surrounding me in prayer. Some of these I really do not know personally, and I have never met. We have connected through the internet through the years and through my preaching ministry.

 

Heaven is looking better all the time!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 250 for January 29, 2022

 

WHY ARE THEY THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT SING?

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I have taken what they have said to me with “A grain of salt.” However, I have come to the point of agreeing with a multitude of people. While I was pastoring these people would make their comments to me in notes, usually with an offering, and with e-mails. These came from people that worshipped with us through the internet. Until I started experiencing what they described to me in their communication, I did not understand, nor could I identify with them. I am very sorry that I have come to the place where I now have to agree with them.

 

Real worship should give everyone present in the service the opportunity to be involved in the congregational singing. I have come to discover that is not so in churches today. As a matter of fact, Bess and I have found that most people attending church today are spectators and not worshippers. Since our retirement, we have attended a great number of churches from all denominations, usually a different one every Sunday, and they are all the same. We can count on one hand, probably three fingers, the exception to our discovery. 

 

In our church shopping, or you might want to say, church hopping, only three of these have a choir. Praise teams are now taking the place of choirs. Former choir members tell me, “Since they have disbanded the choir, I have no place to use my God-given talent.” Many of these people are no longer attending church. It has been my sincere belief and ministry philosophy, THE MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THE CHURCH PLATFORM, THE MORE PEOPLE WILL BE IN THE PEWS. Through the years, with few exceptions, I have proven this philosophy to be absolutely true over and over again. 

 

Every Sunday I am discovering the only people in worship centers that are really singing and worshipping are the members of the praise teams.  Congregations as a whole, just stand without participating, while others just remain seated. The only people that appear to be enjoying worship are members of the praise teams. Most of them sing choruses I have never heard and repeat them over and over again. It is very rare if a hymn is ever sung. If it does happen, it is amazing how the atmosphere of the service changes as people start singing. Every time this happens, I ask myself and Bess, “Why can’t these people wake up and see what is happening, and the difference in the worship.”

 

admire Gerald Wolf of the group Greater Vision for his hymn sings he is hosting across America. It really is a great experience to attend these events! The place is alive as the big crowds participate with grateful praise to the Lord God. It reminds me that the words of these great songs were inspired by the Holy Spirit just like the Word of God. It saddens me to admit it, but it is so true, the younger generation of today is really missing out. Most of them will never learn and know the words of these great hymns of the faith.

 

 

 

Dear Lord, please have mercy on your Chuch in these last days!​​​​​​

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Blog 254 for February 26, 2022

 

How well do we know our ABCs?

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There is so much concern today about how much schooling our children have missed due to the pandemic and the laws put in place as to the lack of in-house/in-school learning.  Parents looking back over the past years are now realizing more than ever before, what our children have missed; and, wondering if the wealth of knowledge and the value of childhood friendships at school can ever be regained.

 

Have you ever thought about the ABCs of the Bible?  Do you know the ABCs of your faith? Has your lack of knowledge of God’s Word hindered you in irreversible ways?  NO, because our God can work miracles. 

 

Somehow I got a copy of the latest edition of R. Stewart’s ABC series: The ABC’s of Faith (House Parts, INC., Item # 2367 (2007)). So here goes…R. Stewart’s Faith ABC’s.  Trust they may encourage you.

 

  1. ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU. - Luke 11:9

  2. BELIEVE - Romans 1:16

  3. CONSIDER the lilies - Luke 12:27

  4. DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU - Luke 6:31

  5. ENCOURAGE - I Thessalonians 4:18

  6. FORGIVE - Matthew 6:14

  7. GIVE TO ONE FROM WHOM YOU WILL NOT GET IT BACK - Thomas 95 (not sure what “Thomas 95” is) (BK)

  8. HOPE - Lamentations 3:21

  9. INSTRUCT - Romans 5:14

  10. JUDGE NOT - Matthew 7:1

  11. KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. - Luke 11:9

  12. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. - Mark 12:31

  13. BE MINDFUL - Jude 1:17

  14. DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT THAT IS WITHIN YOU - I Timothy 4:14

  15. OWE NO ONE - Romans 13:8

  16. PRACTICE KINDNESS - Zechariah 7:9

  17. Be QUICK TO LISTEN - James 1:19

  18. REJOICE - Psalm 5:11

  19. SEEK - Luke 12:31

  20. TAKE HEART - Psalm 27:14

  21. UNDERSTAND - Matthew 13:15

  22. VALUE TRUTH - Proverbs 16:13

  23. WALK HUMBLY - Micah 6:8

  24. STRIVE TO EXCEL - I Corinthians 14:12

  25. ENTER INTO JOY - Matthew 25:21

  26. BE ZEALOUS FOR THE GOOD. - Galatians 4:18

 

Perhaps this gives you an idea.  Put together your own ABCs of your faith.  Stand on God’s Word. It has stood and will stand the test of time. 

 

 

  Bess

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Blog 253 for February 19, 2022

Birthdays Count!

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Guess whose birthday it is today?  Well, It’s our grandson, Michael, Chuck’s youngest. He has served the Navy for five years…still serving; has just been transferred from Hawaii to Jacksonville, FL.  Happy birthday, dear Grandson.  We love you.  Thanks for serving our country.

 

This month of February has several birthday celebrations for the Kirby Family.  There’s Bobalu’s on the 4th; Cody’s on the 6th; Gwendolyn’s on the 7th and Michael’s on the 19th.

 

All of these births made someone very happy…parents, grandparents, siblings, and other relatives. Did you know that you can have another birth “day”?  Yes, you can.  That’s the day you are “Born Again”...that is, you get saved.  JESUS forgives you of your sins.  Your name is written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and you begin this incredible journey with Christ leading you all the way. If you have not experienced this second birth, don’t delay. Talk to your folks; talk to your preacher at church; talk to your Sunday School Teacher. Talk to the best Christian friend you have.  Someone will lead you in the sinner’s prayer…and you can be SAVED today.  Your born again birthday will make JESUS very happy, and a whole lot of other people, as well.  Then remember that date; so you can now celebrate two birthdays.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB, CODY, GWENDOLYN, and MICHAEL. Hope you all have celebrated well and enjoyed your day.  Blessings to you all. You are loved.  

 

  Bess

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Blog 252 for February 12, 2022

 

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Have you heard this saying, “The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.”?  Well, what’s the “matter” of my heart today? It’s that I am loved; and that I love. I’m thinking about those that I love and those that love me.

 

Jesus loves me!  WOW!  I’m a child of THE KING. Listen to this description.  “I once was an outcast stranger on earth, a sinner by choice and an alien by birth; but I’ve been adopted; my name’s written down. I’m an heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown.” (Words by Harriet E. Buell, 1877)  Oh, how I love JESUS.

 

My Parents love (loved) me; already resting on the GLORY train, awaiting that gettin’ up morning.  WOW! My parents worked hard, cared for their 4 children, educated them, trained them in kingdom living, and sacrificed much. Oh, how I love(d) my parents.

 

My Siblings and their families love me.  WOW! How fortunate I have been to have had two wonderful sisters, Gwendolyn and Mildred (deceased), her girls and their families, and one wonderful brother, Fred, his wife, Jo, and family.  I truly feel their love.  They are always caring and concerned about my needs.  Oh, how I love(d) my siblings. 

 

My Family loves me.  WOW! There’s Charles, my soul mate; Chuck, my firstborn; Micki, my little girl.  The strings of love are tight; oh, so tight. Our family shares joys and sorrows.  We keep plugging along, never giving up.  We are Christ-followers. Oh, how I love this man of mine. Happy Valentine’s Day, my love. And how I love our children, Chuck and Micki.  Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you and your families.  

 

My In-laws and Grandsons love me.  WOW! I am blessed with such a good sister-in-law, Diane, and her family Nathan, Amy, and Tyler, a swell son-in-law, Bob, and a good daughter-in-law, Kaye. I’m so blessed with outstanding grandsons Kyle (and Samantha), Cody, Michael, and Chase, along with those girls in their lives, and Tyler & Crystal.  Oh, how I love them all. Happy Valentine’s Day to each one.

 

God’s love blesses me; I hope my love, to my heavenly and earthly family, blesses them.  Valentine’s Day is a day of expressing our love to those who mean so much to us.  Please know FATHER GOD, and my personal Family, and dear friends that you all have won my heart; and my heart overflows with love for each of you. 

 

That Old Time Religion makes me love everybody, makes me love everybody; and it’s good enough for me. Hum these excerpts from many of these good old gospel songs.

 

  1. O how HE loves you and me. O how HE loves you and me. HE gave His life; what more could HE give? O how HE loves you. O how HE loves me; O how HE loves you and me. (Kurt Kaiser)

  2. I stand amazed in the presence of JESUS, the Nazarene; and wonder how HE could love me, A sinner, condemned, unclean. How marvelous, How wonderful! Is my Savior’s love for me! (Charles Gabriel)

  3. HE loves me; HE loves me. HE loves me this I know. HE gave Himself to die for me because HE loves me so! (Anonymous)

  4.  Love sent my Savior to die in my stead. Why should HE love me so? Meekly to Calvary’s cross HE was led. Why should HE love me so?... Why should my Savior to Calvary go? Why should HE love me so? (Robert Harkness)

  5. "Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?” (Charles Wesley)

  6. Precious Lamb of glory, Love’s most wondrous story, Heart of God’s redemption of man- worship the Lamb of glory. (Greg Nelson/Phill McHugh)

 

God’s love for us all, was written in RED.  Somebody special loves you with an everlasting love.  Serve HIM, JESUS CHRIST, the Redeemer of the world.   Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all.

 

  Bess

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Blog 251 for February 5, 2022

 

“Pastor” Kirby’s

Physical Journey…

 

 

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Here is my update, as I understand it, concerning Charles’ physical journey, going forward.  We are asking for your prayers as God brings him to your remembrance.

 

We left the January 19, 2022 appointment with Doctor Thigpen, thinking …

 

  1. That there was no remedy for what ails Charles.

  2. That the GAP in his stomach lining (due to the cutting of the mesh during October surgery in Newport, TN) would cause the GUT to continue to travel through the GAP, stretching the skin and enlarging the stomach.

  3. That Charles would need some type of back brace/hernia brace/or carpenter’s back brace to wear daily in an effort to push his GUT in and keep his flesh/skin from growing larger and larger.

 

Charles’ present challenge becomes his daily journey.  He does have a hernia apparently caused by his radiation treatments in 2021.  Dr. Thigpen said that he would not operate on Charles, nor did he believe that any other Lakeland Regional doctor would, due to his extremely sick condition involving heart and blood pressure issues in his recent TN surgery of October 27, 2021, for the problem of intestinal blockage.

 

Since December 2020, Charles has had 3 different hospital experiences for this same problem.  At these times he had the normal treatment, which worked for 2 of his hospital stays.  The 3rd treatment didn’t work and required surgery.  And during that surgery, Charles had heart and blood pressure issues, making him a very sick man.  The hospital intensive care unit was full; so NO room for Charles.  Dr. Matthews, his Newport, TN, surgeon worked hard to get him in an intensive care unit in a neighboring TN town.  They took good care of Charles.  Thank the Lord.

 

Back home in Florida, his journey continues.  Keep Charles in prayer as God reminds you. Daily he will be facing this continuing challenge. Thank you very much.  God is so good. 

 

He cares for HIS own.

 

  Bess

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Blog 250 for January 29, 2022

 

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MORE AND MORE AND MORE, I’M FEELING THE BURDEN OF A COUNTRY (A WORLD) BELEAGUERED AND TORMENTED BY SIN… a world created by God without sin, originally.  But sin entered that Garden of Paradise, and my, how it has spread. In fact, the whole earth fails to see the glory of God; instead, it is blinded by Satan.  Sin has covered the earth.

 

God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the penalty for the sins of the whole human race.  For 2000 or so years, man has had the free will and the opportunity to choose redemption OR languish in his/her sins.  But just as Judas rejected redemption, so have many...too many. We NEED TO PRAY.

 

 

Sin has spread like fast-growing cancer.  It has consumed the mind, emotion, will, and actions of its subjects. Oh, how we need that healing balm of Gilead.  O God, heal us of this devastating cancer of sin.

 

Where are God’s people?  Where is the church? Where are the prayer warriors? Where are the burdened? Dear Jesus, please help us! We are desperate. Save our nation, our world. Your Word tells us that You are not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Send a great revival, worldwide! May Your amazing grace and plenteous mercy win the hearts of the lost. May our prayers send conviction upon the lost. Help us, Jesus, to stand in the gap for our nation, our world. Amen.

 

All one has to do is read the newspapers and watch the news on TV to know the dire sickness of a town, a city, a county, a state, a nation, even a world.  Please join me in prayer for our nation, our world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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