Charles Kirby Ministries

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                                                                 CHARLES KIRBY

 

Blog 77 for 9-15-2018

 

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THE  IN PERPLEXING TIMES

The Apostle Paul wrote in Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Even though God’s children may disagree as to the time of our Lord’s return, there can be no disagreement regarding the fact of His return. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that they must “wait for God’s Son from heaven,” and that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven.” {I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16} Every born-again believer should be looking for that blessed hope! As I have been studying this Scripture there are three things we should consider:

1.  THE CERTAINTY OF OUR HOPE “That hope” {v. 13}

Many passages throughout the New Testament

cleary indicate that the hope of the Church is the   

return of Christ {see I Timothy 1:1; Colossians

1:27; Hebrews 6:19} and we are admonished to

wait for it.

 2.  THE CHARACTER OF OUR HOPE  “That blessed hope” {v. 13}

The character of our hope is bound up in that

word “blessed” or “happy.” There is the

prospect of a happy rapture, when we shall

“meet the Lord in the air” {I Thessalonians 4:17}

This will be the happiest moment in the believer’s experience when we can look unashamedly into the face of our Saviour. Then follows a review of the believer’s life and service, at the judgment seat of Christ, when we shall receive the due reward of our deeds, and the happy reunion at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

3. THE CHALLENGE OF OUR HOPE  “Looking"  {v. 13}

Those of us who are looking for this appearing should prove it in our lives by living “soberly, righteously and godly" in this present world. Every soul is saved to serve, and failure to fulfill this calling will mean unspeakable shame and loss when Jesus comes. Let us ask ourselves the questions, Are we ready for His return? Are we doing anything to prepare others for His return?

“This same Jesus...shall come”  {Acts 1:11}

 

Charles Kirby

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We are planning an American West tour for August 15-24, 2019, a 10 day tour. To secure the present quoted, ground only price, we need a minimum of 20 to go with us. More can go, but at least 20. If interested, call us at 1-800-519-3342 or call EO at 1-800-247-0017 for further information. Charles & Bess Kirby

 
 

                                                                       BESS KIRBY

 

Blog 76  for 9-15-2018


 

FLEA MARKETS,  & LIKE-NEW SHOPS

Many of you probably know that I like thrift stores, second-hand shops, outlets, salvage places, and consignment shops.  I like sales. I like discounted places like Stein Mart, TJ Maxx, Ross, Burkes Outlet. I like looking and looking, seeking for the treasure.  And I’ve found many through the years.

I remember going to the garment district in Los Angeles, a long time ago, when we pastored in Pasadena, California.  I bought this wine-colored outfit there for almost nothing; and, it has served me well through the years. I still have it.  I also have a white, long sleeved, Sunday blouse, which I still wear, in my closet that I bought about 45 years ago at a discounted price somewhere near Greensboro, N.C. Those items to me were diamonds in the rough.

Many a life is like that; out of place, messed up, broken, discounted, discarded, lost, and apparently of little value.  But, God is out there seeking the lost, the discarded, the hopeless, the broken, and those on the dump heap. In fact, He has already paid the price for your life.  And those who will be found will be made NEW (Diamonds/Treasures) by the costly price He paid. He wants to pick us up, and make something beautiful out of our lives.

In my own life, God sought me, found me, changed me, and is still working on me to make me what I ought to be. My colorless life became colorful.  My trash became treasure. My brokenness became mended. I was lost, but now I’m found. Praise the Lord!

If your life is out of tune today, call on Jesus.  He’s able, more than able to raise you up, restore you, make you worthy, save you from everlasting destruction. He’ll make you over anew!

Please read all of this familiar, inspirational poem, “THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND,” by Myra Brooks Welch; and, rejoice in the worth of your soul and the amazing grace and love of God.  

 



 

'Twas battered and scarred,

And the auctioneer thought it

hardly worth his while

To waste his time on the old violin,

but he held it up with a smile.

"What am I bid, good people," he cried,

"Who starts the bidding for me?"

"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?"

"Two dollars, who makes it three?"

"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,"

But, No,

From the room far back a gray bearded man

Came forward and picked up the bow,

Then wiping the dust from the old violin

And tightening up the strings,

He played a melody, pure and sweet

As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer

With a voice that was quiet and low,

Said "What now am I bid for this old violin?"

As he held it aloft with its' bow.

"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?"

"Two thousand, Who makes it three?"

"Three thousand once, three thousand twice,

Going and gone," said he.

The audience cheered,

But some of them cried,

"We just don't understand."

"What changed its' worth?"

Swift came the reply.

"The Touch of the Master's Hand."

"And many a man with life out of tune

All battered and bruised with hardship

Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd

Much like that old violin

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,

A game and he travels on.

He is going once, he is going twice,

He is going and almost gone.

But the Master comes,

And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,

The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought

By the Touch of the Master's Hand.


 

Bess

                        

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

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Dr. Kirby will be the interim preaching pastor at Restoration Fellowship Church (RFC) in Lakeland, Florida for six months starting November 4, 2018.  If you are a winter Lakeland person, or you just want info on the new church, please send an email to info@rfclakeland.com [click here] 
PASTOR KIRBY WILL BE PREACHING AT RFC ON
AUGUST 26, 2018

 

 

SINGING AT SEA CRUISE
This cruise will be January 21-26, 2019, sailing out of the Port of Tampa.  NOTE: As of June 5, 2018, 85% of the ship is already filled.  Sign up quick if interested.  We will be the hosts at least one more year and invite you to sail with us on the best Christian cruise available.  Please call us at 1-800-519-3342 if you want a brochure.

 

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