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Blog 267 for May 28, 2022

 

 

 

My dad taught me some special things about the meaning of Memorial Day through the years. While he honored those that had given their lives for the liberty and freedom of our great nation, he never failed to remember and honor his parents, along with my mother’s parents, during the Memorial Day holiday. It really did make a great impression on me as a young boy growing up.

 

My grandfather and grandmother Kirby, along with my grandfather and grandmother Bell are buried in the Pleasant Springs Methodist Church cemetery in the Deamburg area of West Tennessee. My dad never let the Memorial Day season pass without making sure all four of the graves were cleaned of all weeds and looked nice for the season of remembrance. Every year I would go with my dad and help to make the graves really look good. He was always very proud of his work and counted it a wonderful honor. My dad would remind me every year that we did this to honor their memory and to show our respect for all of them. It really did impact my life through the years.

 

A few years ago Bess and I traced my steps to my old country home and in the hills of West Tennessee. It goes without saying that so much had changed through the years. I was anxious to stop by Pleasant Springs Methodist and walk through the old cemetery. It was thrilling to see that both really did look great. It was like standing on holy ground as I stood by the four graves of my grandparents. All four of them were godly people that really loved the Lord. I remember seeing both of my grandmothers shouting down the center aisle during the August big meeting week. It was wonderful that the graves looked good because all the cemeteries had been freshly beautified. 

 

Memorial Day through the years has remained to be a very special day for me. Perhaps now you can see it all goes back to the example and training of my dad. I challenge all of you to remember and honor those that have made a great impression on your life at this memorial season of the year. Remember we only pass this way but once.

 

Count your many blessings and see what the Lord has done!
 

Charles Kirby

 

 

Blog 266 for May 21, 2022

 

 

 

It is the time of year to remember once again. The memorial and decoration season gives us the opportunity to honor those that have run their race and passed on to receive their eternal reward. My parents taught me much about this season of the year. To them, it was a time to decorate the graves of their family members that had passed away. It was decoration time to them.

 

I remember going with my dad to the cemeteries of Pleasant Springs and Bear Creek Methodist Churches to decorate the graves of my grandparents during the first part of May each year. My dad wanted the graves to look good for Decoration Sunday in each of the two churches of my childhood. It really did impact my life, teaching me to honor and respect my relatives that had passed on. 

 

This memorial season gives us the opportunity to remember those that have given their lives for the freedom and liberty we all enjoy. Also, I remember great, dedicated laypeople in the churches I have pastored through the years. So many of these sacrificed much to preserve the churches for others that would follow them. Today I am thinking about so many of them that impacted my life. It was an honor to preach the funeral of many of these and follow them to their graves to commit them to their Lord. 

 

Dear Lord, help us never to forget!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 264 for May 7, 2022

 

Three Great Mothers

 

In this blog, I am honoring three wonderful mothers that have richly blessed my life. It goes without saying, life for me would be totally different without these three.

 

The first is my mother, Dorthy Pauline Bell Kirby. She walked with me and prayed me through those years of defeat from an inferiority complex, due to a stuttering, stammering tongue. Every school day when I would come home crying because my classmates would laugh at me because of my stuttering, my mother would continually say, “Charles Lee, God is going to heal you in His time!” It was God’s time when I was 18 years of age! This amazing miracle all goes back to the unwavering prayers and faith of my mother. She really taught me to have faith in God, and to dream big. My mother is responsible for me adopting Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” as my favorite Scripture.

 

The second mother I am honoring at the annual Mother’s Day season is my wonderful wife, Ferial Bess Pearson Kirby. God knew I would need a woman of unblemished Christian character, and godly devotion to walk with me in the pastoral ministry for 56 years. Through the years of college, my Lord preserved Bess for me, and we became husband and wife on August 19, 1960.

 

It goes without saying that any success we have enjoyed in our ministry through the years, Bess has played a major role. She has left her mark on every church and church family until every congregation, to this day, continues to say, “Bess Kirby is the best pastor’s wife we have known.”  The godly influence and a life of holiness have helped to mold the character of our two children, Chuck and Micki, and four grandsons. Their love and respect for her is a wonderful experience to witness. It really does make me happy! Bess would be quick to say, as I have said about my mother, that Drudie Mildred Morgan Pearson, her godly mother’s influence helped to shape and mold her also. 

 

The third mother I am honoring is my daughter, Micki Cheri Kirby Luetkemeyer. It is very thrilling to witness the impact of the godly influence of Bess on Micki’s life. It really does make this dad and grandpa a happy man! Micki has a heart for God that challenges her to be involved in a Bible-believing great church, where she sings in a music worship group. I am extremely happy that Micki is married to a godly husband that is a tremendous example of a Christ-follower!

 

May our dear Lord bless every mother that reads this blog!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 264 for May 7, 2022

 

Three Great Mothers

 

In this blog, I am honoring three wonderful mothers that have richly blessed my life. It goes without saying, life for me would be totally different without these three.

 

The first is my mother, Dorthy Pauline Bell Kirby. She walked with me and prayed me through those years of defeat from an inferiority complex, due to a stuttering, stammering tongue. Every school day when I would come home crying because my classmates would laugh at me because of my stuttering, my mother would continually say, “Charles Lee, God is going to heal you in His time!” It was God’s time when I was 18 years of age! This amazing miracle all goes back to the unwavering prayers and faith of my mother. She really taught me to have faith in God, and to dream big. My mother is responsible for me adopting Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” as my favorite Scripture.

 

The second mother I am honoring at the annual Mother’s Day season is my wonderful wife, Ferial Bess Pearson Kirby. God knew I would need a woman of unblemished Christian character, and godly devotion to walk with me in the pastoral ministry for 56 years. Through the years of college, my Lord preserved Bess for me, and we became husband and wife on August 19, 1960.

 

It goes without saying that any success we have enjoyed in our ministry through the years, Bess has played a major role. She has left her mark on every church and church family until every congregation, to this day, continues to say, “Bess Kirby is the best pastor’s wife we have known.”  The godly influence and a life of holiness have helped to mold the character of our two children, Chuck and Micki, and four grandsons. Their love and respect for her is a wonderful experience to witness. It really does make me happy! Bess would be quick to say, as I have said about my mother, that Drudie Mildred Morgan Pearson, her godly mother’s influence helped to shape and mold her also. 

 

The third mother I am honoring is my daughter, Micki Cheri Kirby Luetkemeyer. It is very thrilling to witness the impact of the godly influence of Bess on Micki’s life. It really does make this dad and grandpa a happy man! Micki has a heart for God that challenges her to be involved in a Bible-believing great church, where she sings in a music worship group. I am extremely happy that Micki is married to a godly husband that is a tremendous example of a Christ-follower!

 

May our dear Lord bless every mother that reads this blog!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 267 for May 28, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

We can learn a lot from the students of God’s Word who lived in the yesteryears.  Two great preachers of old were C.S. Lewis and  A.W. Tozer; certainly, they were students of God’s Word.

 

A sweet friend in the Tennessee Mountains, Edye Flora, sent me this quote by C.S. Lewis that I truly love because of its clarity.  He spoke it in 1942; and, yet it sounds like it was written in the here and now.

 

Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear, and panic.  I will shut down businesses, schools, places of worship, and sports events.  I will cause economic turmoil.”

 

JESUS: “I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit. I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table.  I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters.  I will teach my children to rely on Me and not the world. I will teach My children to trust Me and not their money and material resources.”

 

When you need to get some clarity, some understanding, some truth, call Heaven’s telephone (PRAY).  “Prayer is the key to Heaven and faith unlocks the door”; check Heaven’s best-selling book for answers (Read the BIBLE).  “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the WORD of GOD. The B-I-B-L-E.”

 

 

Recently, A.W.Tozer's words spoke to me.  Here they are.

  

“Anything God has ever done, He can do NOW! Anything God has ever done anywhere, He can do HERE!  Anything God has ever done for anyone, He can do for YOU!” 

 

Let’s function in God’s power. What He has done in the past, He is still able (powerful enough) to do today.  Our God has lost no power in His miracles of the past. He is all-powerful today.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Remember these songs…

 

”He Giveth More Grace” and “It Is No Secret What God Can Do.”

 

Cheer up! You’re on the winning team…if you know JESUS. And… Jesus knows where you are.  He knows your hard place. He really cares for you.  Look to JESUS and live!

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 266 for May 21, 2022

 

 

 

 

Well, I know a God who heals, a God who makes us whole again, a God who brings freedom, a God who delivers, a God who gives peace in the midst of a storm, a God who comforts, a God who forgives and forgets, a God who brings joy, a God who cares, a God who walks and talks with us.  I could go on and on.

 

Anyday, untoward things could happen to us and even shake us to the very core.  And, you may have to endure that untoward thing for a lengthy time.  But listen to God’s message to us today.

 

(1) I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your care on ME.”

 

(2) Psalm 23:4 “His rod and staff comfort me.”

 

(3) Exodus 15:26 “I AM the Lord that healeth thee.”

 

(4) Isaiah 58:6 “Let the oppressed go free.” 

 

Many songwriters have written about this.  Their songs have blessed our lives throughout all our years.  One such song is “God Will Take Care of You.”  Look it up in your church hymnal.  Read those words and be blessed.   

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 265 for May 14, 2022

 

 

 

Many of you know that Charles and I have a Prayer Ministry.  We keep a prayer list in my prayer journal that we use at our morning devotional and prayer time.  We add to it as often as we get a new prayer request. Names remain on our prayer list beyond the original request because we believe that all God’s children have issues, sicknesses, and changing circumstances throughout one’s life.  God knows those needs even if we don’t know the current situation.  God is more than able to suit a miracle to your existing need, whether we know it or not; and that’s what we ask HIM to do.  We serve an awesome God.

 

I, Bess, a mere human being, yesterday’s sinner, and today, saved by God’s amazing grace through HIS atoning blood, am about to tell you what I think it takes to have an effective prayer. (And yet, who am I?)

 

#1 BELIEVE that God IS; that HE exists; that HE is REAL; that HE is Divine; that HE is the great I AM; that JESUS is seated at the right hand of GOD, making intercession for us to the FATHER. FAITH is the key.

 

#2 EDUCATE yourself to GOD’S WORD on PRAYER. Know HIS PROMISES. Use HIS WORD, your BIBLE. Use the concordance and other help which are included in one’s Bible. Look up words like pray, prayed, prayer, and prayers. Study the LORD’s PRAYER.  

 

#3 PRAY… ”just keep on praying ’till light breaks through.” PRAY what GOD SAYS. Act on your belief; believing that what HE says is TRUE and TRUSTWORTHY. James 1:6 says, “Pray (ask and believe), nothing wavering.”  Let’s pray. 

 

“Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, FOREVER.”  Amen. ​​​​​​

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 264 for May 7, 2022

 

 

Going To God's School...

 

When will I learn?  When will you learn?  When will we learn?...

 

That God’s way is the best way?

 

That God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform?

 

That God will never leave us nor forsake us?

 

That God makes no mistakes?

 

That God is in every tomorrow?

 

That God will always be enough?

 

That God reaches down with His Almighty Hand?

 

That God cares for you?

 

That God will make a way where there seems to be no way?

 

That God is love?

 

That God will rescue you; save you; and walk with you on your life’s journey?

 

    How Great is our God!!!

 

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, Mildred; Charles's mother, Pauline; my sister, Mildred; Charles's sister, Diane; my brother’s wife, Jo; our daughter, Micki; and Jamie, Sharon, Kaye, Joni, and Diana.  Charles misses his sweet mom, and I miss my dear mother and dear sister.  They are waiting for us just inside the “Gates of THAT CITY”!

 

Bess