Blog 181 for September 19, 2020




Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is hosting a national prayer march on Saturday, September 26. 



The march will start at 12 noon from the Lincoln Memorial and will travel 1.8 miles, ending at the U.S. Capitol at 2:00 p.m. Franklin has been inspired by the Holy Spirit to host this amazing event. Here is Franklin's special appeal for this prayer march: 







Since we are “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” that are now in heaven, as Hebrews 12:1 says, I am sure Billy Graham is rejoicing over Franklin's anointed ministry, and faithful service to his father’s legacy as president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, his preaching in crusades and as the president of the great worldwide ministry of Samaritan's Purse, helping people through their tragedies.


I have a tremendous appreciation for Franklin. In 1975 when I was a member of the executive committee of the Lubbock, Texas, Billy Graham Crusade, It was during this time that I met Franklin for the first time. He was ending his rebellion and running from God. Mr. Huston, the Lubbock crusade director from the Billy Graham organization, met with our crusade committee. At that meeting, he talked to us about Franklin who had come to the crusade. I will never forget the compassionate spirit of that meeting. Mr. Huston said something like this. “Mr. Graham and Ruth would really appreciate any patience and compassion you can show to Franklin while he is here. He is just ending his running from God and the spirit of rebellion. Mr. Graham and Ruth will be very grateful to you.” That was an amazing moment for me that I will never forget. Every time I see Franklin on television, I think of that time. 


Through the providence of God, Franklin was assigned to help me with pre-crusade materials and meetings. I am so proud of him and how God is using him to minister to the masses of people that need his and his father’s God!


Our God is an amazing God!


Charles Kirby







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Blog 181 for September 19, 2020




Are you a “plain Jane”?  You’ve heard that expression before, I’m assuming.  Maybe you’ve even been called a “plain Jane.” Well, that phrase seems to indicate that one is not much at which to look. Extending the implications, it could include unworthiness or valuelessness. But I have a different take. Read on…


One morning recently, I was flipping through the pages of God’s Word, when my eyes fell on a picture of three small, different size, plain clay pots. This picture was followed by a short article, entitled “Just Plain Jars." It stopped me in my tracks; for I had been listening over and over and over again to the beautiful and wonderful song, written by Gene Reasoner,  entitled “ He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away.” Since the lyrics concern broken clay pots, throw-away pots that are redeemable, marred vessels, this short article caught my attention.


That article reminded me that as humans, we are earthen vessels, PLAIN old clay pots as is recorded in Luke 4:7-9.  Listen to it. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed, but not destroyed.”


The answer to our plainness, our depression, our depths of sin, our pig pens, our addictions, is GOD, Master Potter. We don’t have to stay a “Plain Jane” OR a “Plain Joe,” nor a broken clay pot, nor a marred vessel. Just call on HIS NAME.  The cast-out, the broken, the sick, the hurting, yes, even the prodigal can come home to the Father’s House, that is, the Potter’s House.


Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote that God can make something beautiful out of your life. Your hurting can be healed, your sin can be forgiven, your sorrow can find comfort, your mourning can be turned to joy, your darkness can become light, your impossibility can become possible. God knows the way out of the wilderness, all we have to do is follow Him, the Waymaker, the Burden Bearer, the Problem Solver, the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Praise God for re-shaping your marred vessel, as you listen to “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away,” sung by the Lesters, showing a picture of a vessel being shaped with the words, “Oh God, you are the Potter, I am the clay.”    I’m loving Jesus more every day.




 Bess Kirby




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