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Thinking About NVCC 5/8/2016

Have you heard anyone say, “What our nation needs is for revival to come,” or say in prayer, “Oh that revival would break out.” I say this, “Revival is here, if we will have it.” I pray we talk no more about the indifference of our nation, and instead talk of the indifference of Christ’s Church to its own evangel; its own living power.

Why do we call on Christ to awake and bring us revival when He has never been asleep? It’s His church that has been asleep. Did not Christ said, “I’m with you?” Yes, He did! Therefore, revival has not come because the church has not been with Him. If Jesus’ Church would come to the realization of His living presence, then it would know it does not have to ask for revival, for He is already waiting for His church to arise and build. It is not true to say we need more of the Holy Spirit, but it is true to say the Holy Spirit needs more of us. It is in the realization of the nearness of Jesus that His church finds strength for all He is calling it to do.

Revival,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 11/29/2015

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving Day. I think it’s our nicest holiday, for it has not gotten out of hand with commercialism. It still remains a time for family, a time for reflection, and a time to thank God for his blessings.

As we begin our holiday season I’m reminded of something Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” These are great thoughts for us to reflect on in the days that are ahead.

As we celebrate this year take a moment to remember Dr. King’s words, and then pray for the church. Remember our progress as a church is not inevitable and therefore, we need to continuously stand watch over it. Not resting on our story, but letting God write his story in us.

Giving Thanks,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 11/1/2015

This coming Saturday morning our church will meet outside in the heart of Phoenix to serve the homeless. Those who live on the mean streets have restless souls, so Karmann will bring her guitar and sing, for music sooths the soul. The music prepares their restless souls to receive something else they need; God’s Word. It will be a simple message like, “God so loved the world …” (John 3:16). After the sermon we will have an alter call, and offer communion.

When the service is over there will still be needs, so we will serve a hot meal, for many it will be the only meal they will have that day. After the meal we lay out the clothes we have brought for them. Those living on the street don’t have a way to wash their clothes, so what few clothes they have don’t last long. The socks, underwear, gloves, and coats we bring are always appreciated.

Before we leave our church circles up, with many of our homeless friends joining us. A rhythmic clapping begins, and we all sing, “When I die hallelujah by and by, I’ll Fly away …”

Now that’s Church,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 10/25/2015

In Paul’s closing statement to the Philippian Church three statements stand out: I accept all, (4:11-12), “I can do all,” (13 KJV), and “I have all,” (18 KJV). How can we emulate such faith? Here are some suggestions:

1. Surrender each day. “I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices …” (Rom 12:1 NIV). Begin your day by surrendering to God.

2. Pray each day. Get alone with God and pray the acronym: Praise, Repent, Ask and Yield.

3. Renew your mind each day. “… Be transformed by the renewing of your mind …” (Rom 12:2 NIV). Do this through a systematic reading of the Bible.

4. Guard your day. “Whatever is true … noble … right … pure … lovely … admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think on these things,” (Phil 4:8 NIV). Deal with impure thoughts instantly; don’t cultivate them.If they take root and grow they will rob you of your joy. Deal with impure thoughts by memorizing the Word of God.

5. Remember this as you go through your day: Jesus first, others second, yourself last!

It’s a Battle,
Kirby

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Thinking About 9/28/2014

Today we live in a world that no longer believes in truth, but believes truth is pragmatic, or what one chooses to believe. In such a world stands Pastor Saeed Abedini. He is imprisoned in Iran for no crime, but for being a Christian. All he has to do to win his freedom is recant his belief in Jesus. If he recants he can go home to his wife Maghmeh and their two sons. Yet for two years he has stood for truth; Jesus is the Christ.

The world says, “It does not matter, just say the words and go home.” Pastor Saeed knows that it does matter, for there is too much at stake for him to lie. What is at stake you ask? The faith of his wife and children, the faith of the thirty men in the prison he has led to Christ, the faith of those praying for him, and the future Iran; a nation that lives in darkness.

Pastor Saeed does not have to recant to win his freedom for Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 6/15/2014

There is a moment in the early, early morning, and I hope you are aware of it, when the world seems to be at peace. It is a moment that occurs before the sun comes up and the moon goes down. At that moment the world is cast in blue hues and soft grays. The wild donkeys have stopped their braying, the coyotes are quiet in their dens, and the birds are not yet awake. If the wind picks up, the trees begin clapping as it blows through their branches.

The earth at this moment is quiet like a prayer. It’s as if the earth is saying to God, “Father give the descendants of Adam your peace, your quiet, and your mercy this day.” In reality though the earth doesn’t pray, for it is but stone, and seas, and air, and fire, and cold, and hot, and all these things cannot pray. Therefore, you and I must, and in that morning moment of blues and grays and clapping trees is a good time to get it done.

In Prayer,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 5/4/2014

Our little church served the homeless at You Matter Ministry yesterday, and I have to say it again, “When we go there we bring it.” Even Rick, their pastor, said to Cindy, “I love it when your church comes, you even bring a choir.” Heck, we almost bring the whole church; that says a lot about us.

After the service, Chris, a Navajo Indian, came forward and asked for prayer. He was shaking badly because he needed a drink. He was worried because he hurt on the inside, and was having trouble eating. We gathered around him and prayed. He said, “I want to be honest if you gave me money I would go and buy a drink.” We stayed and listened to him for quite a while. When the prayer circle broke up he stepped back and began praising God in Navajo; it was beautiful. As he stood there with his eyes shut praising God his face was shinning.

An unexpected moment,

Kirby

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At this stage in life it surprises me a few of my friends are still wandering souls. They have always been adrift, never moored for any length of time. Months and years go by and not a word from them. Then, ring ring, “Kirby are you home? I’m outside your house.” One of those wanders showed up Wednesday.

Normally I don’t bring the subject of God up, but because of my profession they do. The arguments against God were old and tired, but I listen with patience for they are nothing but walls around a bruised heart. Suddenly, the patience brought a flash of anger and the wall came down. In that unguarded moment of rage the truth spilled out, “I hate God because he took my wife from me. She was the only good thing that has ever been in my life.” It was a raw nerve exposed; a moment of real honesty.

This incident has an important lesson. We must be preparing daily in our unseen life of prayer and Bible study, for we never know when God will call us into service with an unexpected knock at the door, (Cf. 2Cor. 10:5).

Ready,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 6/30/2013

Doh! I really blew an opportunity. It happened as I was going into Wal-Mart and I passed a man in the lobby who was waiting for his wife to come out. He made a comment to me so I stopped for the conversation. He began with how the heat was bothering him, but the conversation rapidly turned into a review of his medical problems. His problems were personal, serious, and he was sharing them with a stranger.

Why the Homerism? I realized hours later God had put an opportunity in front of me to serve Him, but I let my day, my needs, and my moment overshadow what God wanted. What I missed was the opportunity to intercede for someone who needed prayer.

Often we miss these simple opportunities to serve God because we are wrapped up in ourselves. Paul wrote “Be prepared in season and out of season…” (2 Tim 4:2). I wasn’t prepared and now the moment is gone like a vapor never to rise again, and I missed it.

Moments,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 6/16/2013

God transacts his business at unusual places and times. This week for me it was with a local coach. I met the coach as he was preparing the field for the next day’s football drills. He was noticeably frustrated about things: The local athletic program, Anthem parents, and the entitlement attitude of his young players. His frustration had brought him to the breaking point; he had quit his job, put his house on the market and was leaving Anthem. He said, “I’ve had it with Anthem.

We walked the field setting it up for Saturday’s drills. I just listened for I rarely have answers for such problems, but I have experience being up against it. When the field was set up we stood on the edge of the field and prayed. Two men who didn’t know each other very well but who had one thing in common: Christ. He prayed for the athletes and I for him. Sometimes that is all we can do when we find someone going through it; stand by them and pray.

Interceding,

Kirby

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