Blog 232 for SEPTEMBER 18, 2021


​​​​​​Sixteen years ago at this time of the year, Bess and I purchased our two beautiful cabins in the Smokies. I saw an advertisement for a Smoky Mountain cabin for rent in the “Singing News” magazine that was in the area of our cabins. We were so impressed by the location and the beauty of the mountains that we ended up buying the two cabins that were for sale. Bill, the owner, made us an offer we could not refuse.


For these sixteen years, it has been a delight to own these two cabins. We have thought they really are the best location in the mountains. As a matter of fact, they have been very popular through these years as rentals. The people that rent our cabins give us a “5 Star” rating, and rave about their beauty and location. 


When I retired from the pastoral ministry that took me across America in 56 years, in May of 2017, we decided to become “snowbirds” and spend the summers in the mountains. It really has been a delight! I have kept busy mowing the grass, trimming and cutting tree limbs and trees, updating and upgrading the cabins and property. It has been an exciting journey! I have said the cabins and property are my fitness center. For two summers I have turned the mowing over to mowers that do a good job. Many of my former church members have voiced their delight over this decision. When people see the slopes over which I had to mow, they are amazed! The slopes were not easy.


During these 16 years, the time has really made a change. Friends have left us and moved to heaven. Others cannot travel like they once did, and do not come to the mountains. We sure do miss their fellowship and times together. There is Gene King, an old college friend; Steve Stutz, who made me promise I would preach his funeral; and Vicki Haas, a very close friend of Bess and me. Just thinking about all of these, makes me homesick for heaven! Can you even begin to imagine what all of these are experiencing now? Remember, straight is the way and narrow is the gate to heaven. Are you ready to meet the Lord Jesus if your time calls yet today?  Can you even begin to imagine what it is going to be like to sing around the throne forever? I have been thinking lately that America is very near the point of no return. Now is the time to give our hearts and lives completely to the Lord Jesus! Please do not delay!


Jesus really is coming again!



Charles Kirby




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Blog 232 for SEPTEMBER 18, 2021




Words matter!  Proverbs 15:1 says it this way, “A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.” And James 3:10 says, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessings and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”


Let’s take inventory.  Let’s listen to ourselves. Let’s be watchful. Let’s do what Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, Oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” My dear Charles says this almost every morning during our devotion while in prayer.  It’s a great prayer to pray.


Our words have consequences. Listen to these words of Jesus in Matthew 12:36. “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words, thou shalt be condemned.”  Wow.  “Oh God, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.”


James, chapter 3 is a good reading concerning the tongue.  You might enjoy reading it.  James 3:2 says, “...If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body.”


So, what are you saying today?  How are you saying it? Let’s all join Charles in praying Psalm 19:14 daily. Here I come, Jesus…"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer."  Amen.








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