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Blog 284 for September 24, 2022

 

 

 

 

THE NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION

 

It is that time again for the National Quartet Convention. This year is different from all the rest. Since we have sold our cabins, we have no home base in the area to serve as headquarters. It is a big adjustment. It goes without saying, we really miss our cabins. We know our Lord blessed us with the sale of the cabins at the beginning of the peak season, and we will forever be grateful. 

 

Pigeon Forge is a great place to have the convention. The accommodations are abundant, to fit every pocketbook. Of course, the Old Mill is always calling us for a down-home menu that can’t be beaten in a comfortable setting. Turkey and dressing are an unbeatable choice with a huge serving. Bess and I always share the serving since it is enough for two people. We have made friends with Derick, the manager, and with the ladies in charge of the seating. We do not usually have to wait until they see us arrive. It really helps, since the wait is around an hour or more in the peak season. 

 

The highlight of the convention is seeing and visiting with friends we have made across the years, and with the members of the music groups. The huge lobby is a great place to see and visit with people. I am always amazed at the people that recognize us from the past and from “Saturday Nights In Lakeland.”   

 

This season we are headquartered at the Hampton Inn, next to the best Bar-B-Q in the area.  If we can work it into the schedule, we can break bread together.  

 

Southern Gospel Music Is The Best!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 283 for September 17, 2022

 

Alligator at the door!!!!

 

 

September has always been one of my favorite months of the year. Now that we no longer have our beautiful cabins in the Smoky Mountains, life has made a change for Bess and me. We really do miss the mountains and the seasonal change that we can expect. We know that this is the month of the National Quartet Convention that will end this month. Some 10,000 people are expected again this year. Since we are no longer residents of the area, there will be a major difference. We are now back with Alligators. Let me tell you about the “Gators.” 

 

A few years ago we had just returned from the mountains for the season when we heard a loud noise. Next door to our condo people had gathered to see what was going to happen. Two dogs had backed a gator up against the front screen door and were about to lose their mind. A neighbor came to the rescue of the gator and helped him to the water of the canal in front and side of the condo. The dogs followed the gator into the water and the gator outswam the dogs to safety. The dogs were possessed with the gator for the remaining part of the day but never saw the gator again. To say the least, the gator was the winner. The dogs do not realize how lucky they were. 

 

We have seen gators in our canal 6 to 8 feet long, sunning in our canal. They feed on small birds and fish. They love to lay on the banks enjoying the sunshine. To say the least, people are attracted to the gators. 

 

God is a great Creator so enjoy God’s creation.

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 282 for September 10, 2022

 

 

 THE ENDURING MERCY OF GOD

 

 

In this bold day of standing on the promises of God, it is time to devote our entire being to God, who gives strength for the journey of life. Please enjoy Psalm 136:1-9.  You’ll see what an awesome God we serve. 

 

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! 

For His mercy endures forever.

 

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!

For His mercy endures forever.

 

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! 

For His mercy endures forever.

 

To Him who alone does great wonders,

For His mercy endures forever.

 

To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, 

For His mercy endures forever.

 

To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,

For His mercy endures forever;

 

To Him who made great lights,

For His mercy endures forever;

 

The sun to rule by day,

For His mercy endures forever;

 

The moon and stars rule the night,

For His mercy endures forever. 

 

Wow! Can’t you just hear the heavenly choir singing; and the church choirs singing, “We’ve got a great, big, wonderful God, a great, big, wonderful God, A God who loves every one of us; has done so much for all of us, Great big wonderful God. He never, never, never leaves us; He’s always standing by, to pick us up if we stumble. We’re the apple of His eye.” This was made famous by the Imperials Quartet many years ago.

 

Remember, His great mercy lasts forever.  Hallelujah!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 281 for September 3, 2022

 

 A DECAYING NATION IS THE SIGN OF OUR LORD’S RETURN

 

 

If you know your Bible, you know that earthquakes are a major sign of our Lord’s return to earth again. In recent days over 60 earthquakes have happened in Kansas and Oklahoma. Since earthquakes are very rare in Kansas and Oklahoma, it really is a major sign that something may be getting ready to happen. I am saying the same words as John the Revelator, “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!” 

 

We have never lived in a decaying nation like the present one we are now living in. America has never experienced a world that is falling apart. Now is the time to make sure all of us are living a life that is filled with the presence of our Lord on a daily basis. What about your family? Are they all ready to meet the Lord should He come yet today? Don’t be deceived. He really is coming back to earth again! We only have two choices, heaven or hell. There is no middle ground or in-between. Good works or a good name will not be enough to save your soul or pave your way. Today is the day of salvation, so harden not your heart.

 

Every morning Bess and I are praying for a great move of the Holy Spirit to sweep our land. That is happening now in many places. It really needs to happen in America. It really is the world’s greatest need! Dear Lord, send a great revival in my soul. Let the Holy Spirit come and take control and send a great revival in my soul!

 

Jesus is coming soon! 

Charles Kirby  

 

 

 

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 284 for September 24, 2022

 

 

 

Stuck on what?  Well, those letters with prayer requests I wrote to Jesus way back in 2015.  As I am going back and reading them I have discovered several big PA signs…which mean Prayers Answered.  What a time of rejoicing, and a time of thanking God for His faithfulness. A song is coming to me…”Oh, how marvelous, Oh, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me.” Isn’t that just like our Lord? So, praise God for your PAs.

 

So, remember that there is no mountain high enough, no valley deep enough to keep us from the precious love of God. The devil can’t remove hope from us.  God is our hope. God hears our prayers.  And God always answers our prayers. So, praise God for your PAs.

 

There’s not a problem too great but what Jesus can fix it for us.  I read this statement recently…which fits well right here.  “Trust in the night brings treasure in the light.” Or, we could say it this way. Trust in the dark brings triumph at dawn. So, praise God for your PAs.

 

Remember, Jesus is always there. He’s ready to help you. He answers prayers! Just keep on praying until light breaks through.  HE WILL ANSWER YOU! So, don’t forget to praise God for your PAs.                

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 283 for September 17, 2022

 

 

 

“Precious LORD, I come humbly before you with Biblical boldness, asking/making my requests known to you…..”  Today, I want to share more of last week’s blog from that June 2015 letter to Jesus.

 

“You said" (meaning, GOD said), “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” James 4:2,3. You said, “Ask me for anything in my Name and I will do it.” John 14:14; John 16:23. You said, “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:15. You said, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24. You said, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16. You said, “Always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1. You said, “Pray in secret and our Father will reward openly.” Matthew 6:6. You said, “Pray that you fall not into temptation.” Luke 22:40.  You said, “Your prayer has been heard.” Luke 1:13.  You said, “For He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23. 

 

And even these did not complete all the promises of God in my June 2015 letter to Jesus. Do we realize the greatness of our God?  Do we know how precious HE is? Do we remember all the many times HE has shown us great and mighty things?  Our God is awesome, and greatly to be praised.  Thank you, Jesus, for Your great sacrifice, and our redemption.  Thank you, God, for Your mighty love.  Thank you, Holy Spirit, for being our Helper; walking our journey with us. 

 

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”                                                        

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 282 for September 10, 2022

 

 

 

Don’t you just love to get letters or cards from sweet friends and dear family?  I do.  And how blessed I’ve been over my many years, to have received many of these encouraging and loving words.  Thank you one and all.

 

Years ago, at a certain point in my life, I began writing letters to Jesus during my devotional time.  In this blog, I’m going to share a part of one of them, written in 2015.  It’s good for my soul and spirit even today in 2022, as it was in June 2015.  Hope it helps you as well.

 

“Good morning, dear Lord. What exciting new things are in store for me today?  I love you, Lord. I come to you in reverence and honor. I thank you for our relationship (my Father, my God, my Friend).  I thank you for your Word because it is powerful. It is encouraging. It is helpful. It gives me hope. It is life-changing.  You said, “Come unto Me." Matthew 11:28; You said, “Call unto Me and I will answer.” Psalm 91:15; Psalm 50:15; Psalm 34:6; Jerimiah 33:3; You said, “Ask and you shall receive.” John 16:23,24; Matthew 7:7.  You said, “Pray, believing.” Mark 11:24. You said, “In everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6; You said, “Lift up holy hands in prayer.” I Timothy 2:8."

 

And on and on that 2015 letter to Jesus goes, reminding me of the great promises of God; encouraging me.  I will continue this 2015 letter in my next blog.  Be encouraged by God’s Word. Be confident. Stand on HIS promises.    

 

Bess

 

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Blog 281 for September 3, 2022

 

MY PRECIOUS SISTER

MARTHA GWENDOLYN PEARSON

 

My sister is three years older than I am.  She lives alone in our hometown of Houston, Mississippi. As we all face challenges each day, so does she.  I have not seen her in 3 or more years.  We used to go see her once a year. So, since it’s about time or way past time to see her, our hearts have turned toward a visit to my dear sister. Our plans are for the Labor Day weekend.  Please pray for our safety in travel, both going and coming back home.

 

Let me introduce you to a life well lived…to my precious sister, Gwendolyn.  She has prepared well for another world…Heaven. Each day that passes brings her closer to her eternal home.

 

In my family, there were 4 children, Gwendolyn, Mildred, Bess, and Fred. Mildred has already arrived at her eternal home; already made her entrance into God’s Heaven. What a spiritual heritage we all have had.  Thanks to our dear parents…and their parents…and as far back as their spiritually minded ancestors are.  While this blog is a tribute to all my spiritually minded family, it is especially written to honor my sister, Gwendolyn. From a very young age, Gwendolyn faithfully followed her parental spiritual teaching.  Throughout her teen and adult life, she has been faithful to the spiritual heritage and scriptural teachings of her (our) little Nazarene Church.  Charles and I were married there.

 

Gwen is a true believer.  She attended Trevecca Nazarene University and received her Master’s degree at George Peabody University in Nashville, TN.  She has received many honors throughout her life. She has been a Math teacher by profession. Gwendolyn even taught Math as a missionary/teacher in Manzoni, Swaziland, Africa. Her home reflects Africa with the artifact and all the pictures, etc. from her time in Africa.

 

Even in these older years, she is still faithful to her Lord.  She serves in her church in multiple ways. She remains on the responsibility list for music in the church service once a month. (I’m sorry to inform you, my readers, that in my older years, it seems that I have lost my singing voice.) But my Sis has not. Her heart bleeds for Compassionate Ministries in the Nazarene Church.

 

Gwendolyn has received many accolades along her life journey. Her love includes her Lord, her family, church, and friends.  She’s a Republican. She’s a Trump supporter.  What can I say…She’s a unique individual.  As she faces all the challenges of old age, I pray for her daily. I love her so much.  Glad you have had the chance to know a little about her.         

 

 

P.S. My wonderful Mother, residing in Heaven, has a birthday in September. So I want to wish her a glorious day in Heaven…and tell her and Daddy that I’ll be there soon.  I’m certainly on my way.

       

And my precious sister-in-law, living in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has a birthday in September. So Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, dear One!


 

 

 

Bess