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









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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!



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