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Blog 271 for June 25, 2022

 

 

 

There has never been a day in world history when fatherhood was experiencing its greatest challenge, without THE CHALLENGE OF FATHERHOOD.

 

Without a doubt, it is a sign of the time. I am sure God’s plan has been, from the beginning, for fathers to be spiritual leaders in the home. Through the years that remains to be the key to a happy and successful home life. Thousands of homes today are without a father. The results are staggering, and the void cannot be replaced. No one can take the place of a father in the home. The book of Proverbs gives wonderful instruction and wisdom from a father to a son and his children. It would be life-changing if fathers today would heed that tremendous advice from Solomon, a very wise father. 

 

I am eternally grateful to my Lord for giving me a wonderful dad and two godly grandfathers. Even though my dad’s education was limited to the responsibilities of the farm, God gave him special wisdom that he displayed to me from time to time. He really was a man with a heart for God. His devout Christian influence was a powerful force in my life. It really was God’s special gift to me. I wish all fathers reading this blog to have a special Father’s Day. We have a great challenge to be the men of God He wants us to be. Our children deserve nothing less than our spiritual best. As a matter of fact, it is the greatest gift we can pass on to them! Happy Father’s Day 2022!

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 270 for June 18, 2022

 

 L. O. Kirby

 

A priceless treasure my sister Diane and I cherish is of a wonderful dad. He was always looking out for our interests. I can still hear him say, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” Everyone that knew L. O. Kirby knew he was a man that loved and served God, and that his word was his bond. We knew he was never ashamed of the gospel of our Lord.

 

My dad was a farmer, carpenter, and musician. He could make the guitar talk. In his early years, he gave concerts in country area school buildings. They called it back then, “making music.” One of his friends growing up was Eddie Arnold. He begged dad to teach him how to play the guitar, and later became a Grand Ole Opry star. He never could outshine Dad on the guitar. I do not doubt that my dad could have made it big in country music like Eddie Arnold and the country music stars of his time. He not only had the talent but also the personality. I have often thought about what life could have been like had he pursued that musical ability. I am very glad he did not. I really believe God kept him safe and secure under His blood covering. 

 

My dad loved my mother. I never heard him say a cross word to my mother. He was always loving and kind to her. He set a great example for me to be that type of a husband to Bess. I could not have chosen a better example of an outstanding husband. 

 

My dad was always faithful to his church. He was a tremendous layman that the pastors could always count on. He supported all the pastors through the years. He faithfully paid his tithes and offerings and did manual labor on the church buildings when needed. He laid all the blocks on the brand new church building in my hometown. By the way, the blocks were 12 inches, and he donated all of his time and labor. 

 

As you can see by now, I have had a great model for a dad. During this Father’s Day season I am thanking my Lord for blessing my life with an ideal dad that became a great example for me to follow. 

 

May God help every dad to be a model like my dad!  
 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 269 for June 11, 2022

 

 

 

In 1776 the nation America was born. Today it needs to be born again or it will perish. President Woodrow Wilson’s last words to the American people were, “Our civilization cannot survive materially unless it is redeemed spiritually.”  The nation of Israel was a national wonder. God had redeemed them from Egyptian bondage to lead them to the promised land. But when God blessed them so greatly and abundantly, they forgot God. When they turned their back on God His judgment fell on them. That is the occasion of Psalm 80. I see a very striking parallel between the Israel of old and the America of today. America has been blessed by God like no other nation in modern times; yet, America has forgotten God. America is Rolling in luxury, Reveling in excess, Rollicking in drunkenness, Revolting in morals, and Rocking in sin. The things happening to America are the judgment of an angry God upon our nation.  We need to look at Psalm 80 and see what happened then and what is happening now. 

 

We are in a time of National Dispare. The Psalmist says we are in spiritual sterility in verse 4. The people prayed but did not repent. It made God sick…”Angry.” America may pray but will not repent. The divorce rate is the highest in the world. People think nothing about cohabitation and gay lifestyles. Abortion is America’s greatest crime. While alcoholism is America’s greatest problem, Pornography is America’s greatest stain. This brings personal sorrow and tears as in verse 5 and national shame in verse 6.

 

Our Lord reminded Israel, just as He is reminding America, that there is a national design. Both Israel and America are vines planted by God in verse 8. We must not forget that we are protected by God as in verse 9 and should be productive for God as the Psalmist tells us in verses 10 and ll. He does not want us to forget that we face a national danger in verses 12-16. We face external danger with terrorism in our largest cities and internal dangers with morals all around us in the gutter. We are reminded in verse 16 that the eternal dangers bring the judgment of God. God is our only hope, but also our greatest threat. The wickedness of America is God’s judgment. 

 

The Psalmist does not leave us in a hopeless condition. He tells us there is a National Deliverance in verses 17-19. He begins by telling us we need the right person to lead us. Solomon reminds us in Proverbs 29:2. “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; but when a wicked person rules, the people groan.” Israeli history proves this fact over and over again. Wicked rulers are God’s rewards for wicked people. Wicked people will make wicked laws; evil people will make evil laws. This fact is happening at the present time in America. That is why the upcoming elections are the most important in our lifetime. Jesus Christ is the only answer. May our Lord help each of us to determine we will make a difference in times of prayer and faith. We really do hold the keys!

 

Dear Lord, use me to help make a difference in our nation and world!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 268 for June 4, 2022

 

YOUR TALKIE TALKIE AND

WALKIE WALKIE MUST AGREE

 

Some people are great in their talk about the Christian religion, but their walk betrays their talk. It is easy to talk about the Christian faith but the walk is another challenge. I really believe the two must agree. The Psalmist had it right in Psalm 19:14 when he wrote,

 

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” 

 

Through the years I have been convinced that one of the greatest enemies of the modern-day Church is the double life of many professing Christians. No one can be a powerful influence for Christ if their walk does not agree with God’s Word. If we talk on Sunday we must walk the walk Monday through Saturday!

 

I remember what he said when I tried to get him in church. “Preacher, your church member’s life is no different than mine. He may talk the talk and walk the walk on Sundays, but his weekday talk and walk are like mine. I really don’t need church..” It goes without saying, but all of my efforts added up to zero. 

 

Think what would happen in these last days if every professor of the Christian faith lived by Psalm 19:14.

 

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

 

Without a doubt, the Holy Spirit would use that Godly influence to bring a tremendous Spiritual reformation to the land! That really is the only thing that can transform America! Every morning that is the cry and prayer of Bess and me. 

 

Send a great revival in my soul

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 271 for June 25, 2022

 

 

 

 

Have you ever made a mistake?  That’s a silly question, isn’t it? I’ve made plenty of them.  Thank God for “realization," “correction," and “forgiveness."

 

It is marvelous that we can and must, learn from our mistakes.  God’s Word is filled with Jesus’ disciples and other characters making wrong decisions; and, we are learning from their mistakes and sins.  Unless there is realization and correction, there will be no forgiveness.

 

The disciples made mistakes; they were unmistakably human.  As do we, they had their “less impressive” moments.  But the disciples refused to be defined by their worst moments.  Jesus’ disciples are role models for us fallible humans living today.

 

Here are some examples of the flawed nature of Jesus’ disciples, according to Chapter 2 of “THE TWELVE APOSTLES/LIFE LESSONS FROM THE FIRST FOLLOWERS OF JESUS,” published by Time, Inc. in 2015.

 

  1. Nathanael’s premature dismissal of Jesus is due to his prejudice against Nazareth and those who grew up there.

  2. The Apostles’ naive expectations of what the Messiah would do.

  3. Their inability to understand Jesus’ parables.

  4. Their failure to perform tasks that required extraordinary faith.

  5. Their misguided attempt to prevent a group of children from seeing Jesus.

  6. Their jockeying for places of honor in Jesus’ kingdom.

  7. Peter’s audacious rebukes of Jesus.

  8. Judas Iscariot’s laundering of ministry funds.

  9. Peter, James, and John’s inability to stay awake when Jesus needed them the most.

 

Jesus rebuked the disciples quickly for their unwise choices.  He reprimanded them and at the same time, saw the goodness in His apostles’ impetuous hearts.  He saw their eagerness to serve HIM.  Jesus never withdrew His love and support when the disciples failed.  He corrected their errors and encouraged them to aim higher.  With the exception of Judas Iscariot, the disciples…

 

  1. Repented of their mistakes/asked for forgiveness

  2. Learned from those mistakes/sins and

  3. Their relationship with Jesus was restored.

 

When we REALIZE our mistake, our error, our sin, will we confess it, correct it, and ask for forgiveness?  Oh, yes, yes, yes is my answer.  Jesus is the best Friend we can ever have.  We may be chastised by our Lord; but that’s not all, we will be loved and forgiven and accepted.  God is for us, so who can be against us?  I challenge you today to turn your mistake, sin, and sorrow into joy.  

 

Blessings, 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 270 for June 18, 2022

 

Fred Augustus Pearson

 My Earthly Father

 

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, now enjoying Heaven.  What a special man he was.  He loved me…He loved all his 4 children.  He was a good Dad.  He worked hard. He was reared by a Godly Mother, my Mama Pearson.  Many have already heard about my rich spiritual heritage.  Mama Pearson started a church in her country home.  It is today a thriving church.  To God be the glory. 


While my Dad didn’t always live for the Lord during my growing-up years, there came a time when he decided to follow Jesus completely.  What a change took place in His life.  It was evident to his family, his business associates, etc.


My (sister) siblings thought I was my Daddy’s pet!  But I’m not so sure of that.  Here’s one reason… In addition to many other spankings, my Dad gave me one I’ll never forget.  You see, I was in the nearby gas station which sold groceries (and candy) also.  My Dad and Mom had an account there.  So I decided I could get some candy and didn’t have to pay for it.  I was very young at the time…maybe pre-schooler or first grader or…?  I either just walked out with it or told the clerk to charge it.  Either the attendant saw me and told my father OR when he went in to pay his account, my father saw it on the bill.  He came home and asked his three daughters, which one did that.  We ALL answered in the negative. So, as wisdom would have it, my dad took us all to the gas station (We walked) and asked the clerk which one took the candy.  I was the one pointed out.  So on the way home, my dad had a rolled-up newspaper and spanked me all the way home.  Needless to say, I didn’t do that anymore.  You see now why I could never figure out that “pet” deal!!!


My wonderful father was the 3rd of 10 children born to my Papa Ed and Mama Pearson in 1909.  He married my dear Mom, Drudie Mildred Morgan in 1933.  They met and started dating during a revival where my Mom was playing the piano.  Dad was a hard-working printer, working on the local newspaper, the “Times Post”; He also was a grocer. He had a store built with living quarters in the back. At the appropriate time, we moved in and opened a grocery store. And at some point, my Dad was elected Justice of the Peace.  There are lots to tell, but can’t cover it all; I just wanted to give thanks and appreciation and love to my wonderful Dad, now rejoicing in Heaven…and he is probably calling out to us children, “Come on, you can make it. It will be worth it all when you see JESUS.”


What a precious difference God made in his life.  Both my parents and my sister are waiting for us to get to our Heavenly Home. So, Happy Father’s Day, Dad.  I love you; can’t wait to see you and Mom and Sister.


I can’t forget these special fathers, so Happy Father’s Day to Chuck, our son; to Bob Luetkemeyer, our son-in-law; and to Fred, my brother.


Before I close, I want to give a rousing shout-out to one, Chase Luetkemeyer, whose birthday is June 20. Happy, happy birthday to one of our four precious grandsons.  Chase, you light up the room when you come in. You are precious to us.  Have a good one. 

 

 To all my family and friends, I am on my way to my Heavenly Home.  Loving Jesus more every day.  
 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 269 for June 11, 2022

 

 

 

Rev. W.C.Martin and Charles H. Gabriel described HIM this way in their great song.

 

“I trust in God, wherever I may be, upon the land or on the rolling sea, For come what may, from day to day, My Heavenly Father watches over me.  I trust in God, I know HE cares for me; On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea; Tho’ billows roll, He keeps my soul; My heavenly Father watches over me.”

 

In Max Lucado’s devotional book, “God Is With You Every Day,” he has a devotional entitled “Become as Little Children.” Matthew19:14 says it this way. JESUS said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Max Lucado says that our Heavenly Father invites us to approach Him as children approach their daddies; not with formality or impressive vocabulary.  I want to be like a little child (Matthew 18:3).  I want to be carefree, full of joy, and come to my Heavenly Father as I did my Daddy.  I don’t want to use big words.  I can tell it like it is.  I can hold His hand, give Him a hug, and tell Him what I’m excited about.  I can ask questions.  When I cry, I can run to Him for comfort.  My Heavenly Father truly watches over me.

 

Read these other verses of that great song.

 

“He makes the rose an object of His careHe guides the eagle thro' the pathless air, And surely He remembers me; My Heavenly Father watches over me.  I trust in God, for, in the lion’s den,

On battlefield, or in the prison pen, Thro' praise or blame, thro' flood or flame, My Heavenly Father watches over me. The valley may be dark, the shadows deep, But O, the Shepherd guards His lonely sheep; And thro' the gloom, He’ll lead me home, my Heavenly Father watches over me. (chorus) I trust in God, I know He cares for me; On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;  Tho’ billows roll, He keeps my soul; My Heavenly Father watches over me.” 

 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, my Heavenly Father.  
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Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 268 for June 4, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

YOU said…

 

  1. We shall call, and the Lord shall answer. Isaiah 58:9

  2. Fret not thyself because of evildoers…for they shall soon be cut down…Psalm 37:1

  3. Delight thyself also in the Lord, and HE shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

  4. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for HIM. Psalm. 37:7

  5. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. Psalm 37:16

  6. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Psalm 37:23

  7. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalm 37:25

  8. You are ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.  Psalm 37:26

  9. You are the righteous’ strength in the time of their trouble. Psalm 37:39

  10. If we would dwell in the secret place of the most High, we would abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

  11. You are our refuge and fortress and God. Psalm 91:2

  12. You will deliver us from the snare of the fowler, and noisome pestilence. Psalm 91:3

  13. We need not be afraid of the terror by night, the arrow that flieth by day, nor pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor destruction that wasteth at noonday; a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; BUT it shall not come nigh thee. Psalm 91: 5-7

  14. Because we have made YOU our refuge and habitation, no evil shall befall us, nor plague come nigh our dwelling.  Psalm 91:9-10

  15. You have given your angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways...lest we dash our feet against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12

  16. You will answer those who call upon YOUR name. Psalm 91:15

  17. You will be with us in trouble. Psalm 91:15

  18. You will deliver us. Psalm 91:15

  19. You will honor and satisfy us with long life. Psalm 91:15-16

  20. It is a good thing to GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD and sing praises to HIS name. 

Join me singing, “JESUS, oh how sweet the Name. Jesus, every day the same. Jesus, let all saints proclaim that wondrous name of JESUS.” Thank you, Jesus. 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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