Blog 190 for November 21, 2020





Recently when our daughter Micki, son-in-law Bob, and grandson Chase spent the week-end with us at our cabin in the Smokies, we talked about the conditions of our nation. It really was painful for me to tell them that I was very sad that they will never know just how America once was. I told them about the wonderful decade of the ’50s when we could leave our doors unlocked without fear of an intruder coming in. It was with grateful pride that I described the wonderful respect that ministers of the Gospel had in every community and city. I had to admit that was no longer the attitude of the people today. I told them about the change that started to happen in the early ’60s when young people marched on our nation’s capital, leaving their destruction all around. I remember seeing benches in the Capitol Mall area they had burned and destroyed. Even so, all of that was nothing in comparison to the riots and destruction we have witnessed in Portland, Seattle, Wisconsin, and other American cities. We have been told by Rush Limbaugh that some of the young rioters of the ’60s have gone on to become liberal political leaders of today. We are now hearing them say in the U.S. news networks that their goal is to change America from the Judo-Christian nation that has made it the world’s greatest nation. 


It never entered my mind that the day would come when I would painfully try to describe my America...the land of the free and the home of the brave, as Anti-God and Ant-Church. On June 17, 1963, Madalyn Murray O'Hara petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to disallow prayer and Bible reading in the public schools. It became the first major anti-God movement in the history of America. Without a doubt, it started our nation in a downward plunge, from which there has been no recovery. I am absolutely positive, according to Scripture, that the heart of our Lord was broken. This godless action has given rise to the slaughtering of babies directly from the womb of mothers right at childbirth. Almighty God will never approve of the same set of mirages that continues to sweep the country. God’s Holy Word leaves no doubt concerning this godless practice. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” 


COVID-19 has impacted church attendance across America at an alarming rate. It has closed many church doors of all denominations. Many God-called pastors have no pulpit from which to proclaim the Word of God. A number of liberal Governors are refusing to approve of church attendance in their states because of the crowds and the possibility of COVID-19 infestation. This is totally against the U.S. Constitution. Our Lord has made a great promise for all to read when He said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell {COVID - 19} shall not prevail against it.” It is a fact, the only thing that can transform our nation is for a spiritual awakening like those in the past!


Charles Kirby








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Blog 190 for November 21, 2020



The Last Thursday


Can you believe it’s November?  Can you believe it’s almost THE LAST THURSDAY of November, THANKSGIVING DAY? I love the memories of the family all gathered around the table enjoying each other and the turkey and dressing, thanking God for His bountiful blessings.  May it still be so for us all.


Governor John Hancock of Massachusetts issued a proclamation in 1783 for a Day of Thanksgiving to celebrate the victorious conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Basically, he said,


"whereas these United States have been rescued from dangers and calamities...whereas their freedom, sovereignty, and independence have been acknowledged…


whereas Divine Providence has bestowed favor on us so that we have every reason for PRAISE and GRATITUDE to GOD, and 


whereas we are surrounded with blessings from the Hand of the Almighty, I do appoint Thursday, December 11, 1783, to be religiously observed as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer, offering up fervent cause pure religion and virtue to flourish...and fill the world with HIS GLORY. Congress recommends that all states observe this Thanksgiving Day, 1783.”


In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln initiated the first annual National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise on October 3, 1863, issuing a formal proclamation, passed by an act of Congress. President Lincoln said that no human mind nor mortal hand has worked out these great things.  They are gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, HE remembered mercy.  President Lincoln further invites all citizens in every part of the United States; those who are at sea and those in foreign lands, to set apart and observe THE LAST THURSDAY of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our great GOD who dwells in the Heavens.  In addition to our praises and humble penitence for our national sins, ask His tender care for widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers.  Ask Him to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it quickly to peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”


As you celebrate Thanksgiving Day on THE LAST THURSDAY of this month, at your home, I recommend several things.


1. Count your Blessings.  

2. Give voice to your Divine Benefactor, the Giver of all good gifts, spiritual and physical.  

3. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.  

4. Relish time with your family and friends.  

5. And not only thank God for the blessings He bestowed on you, but honor Him by being a blessing to someone else.  

6. We are blessed to be a blessing. 


Greetings, love, and friendship to all.  



 Bess Kirby




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