Blog 249 for January 22, 2022




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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




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Blog 249 for January 22, 2022




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 “ 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)








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