Donald Norbie

He Loved To Plant

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Disciplined By Business Chapter 3

T. B. Gilbert knew as he grew up that a man can be in business and live for God. After spending some time in high school, he got a job in a meat packing house with a capacity for slaughtering 2,500 hogs a day. He started as a messenger boy. Later he was advanced to bookkeeper. He was moving up. But in the midst of his business life the Lord was not forgotten. He kept his priorities in mind—God first. There was a rescue mission at 1910 W. Madison in Chicago where interest had died and on...

The Shadow Of Death Chapter 9

In June, 1934, the Gilberts left Chicago by train, accompanied by Mrs. Gilbert’s doctor brother and a nurse. As the hot miles sped by his heart was often heavy. What would the future hold as far as the Lord’s work was concerned? How would the churches he had helped start in Indiana go on? His heart reached out to them as their shepherd. He could only ask God to cause the elders who were left behind to be faithful in their work. And what about his wife? Would she be well again? “Oh, God...

An Unexpected Move Chapter 8

In Knox the work had dwindled in numbers. Inadequate shepherding caused a drop in interest. But Mr. Gilbert’s zeal and enthusiasm put new life into the work. Numbers began increasing at meetings. People were accepting Christ. The Lord was blessing. The church had been meeting in a rented store building. But it was no longer adequate for their needs. About this time a frame church building on the main street was put on the market. A Christian woman in the fellowship offered to loan the m...

Building A Nest Chapter 7

ytext">Tom Olson was another Gospel preacher from Chicago whom Mr. Gilbert had known as a boy. In 1924 he was given a car but had never learned to drive. Mr. Gilbert asked him why he took it. He said, “I’ll take anything for the Lord. If I can’t use it, someone else can.” Later he gave it to Oliver Smith of Waterloo, Iowa, another evangelist. Olson and Gilbert decided to make a Gospel trip in the car. In addition to preaching and handing out tracts they also painted the car with bold Gos...

Early Enthusiasm Chapter 5

On the first Sunday after leaving his job Mr. Gilbert visited a small group of Christians in Lowell, Indiana. He told them he had given up his employment and felt called to preach. An older brother said, “Come on down to my town. It is the most needy place in Indiana.” Wheatfield was the town. For two weeks he prayed about going. Then he heard that the Christians in Lowell were praying for his coming meetings in Wheatfield. He thought, “Why am I so stupid asking the Lord to open a door...

Thrust Out Chapter 4

Busy, useful, aggressive in evangelism—but something was lacking in Mr. Gilbert’s life. He seemed to be up and down too often. He coveted the serene joy of Mr. Barnes as he taught the Mission Bible Class “Why can’t I know this same steady joy?” One Sunday Mr. Barnes announced that Mr. Alfred Mace, a Bible teacher from England, was coming to town. He was the son of Gem Mace, a barefisted boxing champion in England, and was a giant of a man himself. Barnes said, “I heard him spe...

In Journeyings Oft Chapter 10

Mr. Gilbert’s sister, Mrs. Robert Irvine, said that Mary Ann could make her home with them. One other Gilbert sister, Mrs. James Humphrey, also lived in the same apartment building. Mary Ann would be surrounded with relatives. It was decided that she would move there after school was out. Chicago would be Mr. Gilbert’s home base again, although he expected to travel much. But what of the Christians that he had been teaching in Tucson? Could they carry on? After a baptism, twelve or so...

Hardy Stock Chapter 1

The Gilbert family was marked by deep Irish roots. Both sides of the family came from Ireland. T. B. Gilbert’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Gaw-ley of Belfast. One day while doing business with a local real estate man she heard the Gospel for the first time. He spoke to her about her soul and told her that she too was a sinner needing Christ. As she walked home, she was indignant. “Everyone around here knows I am a good woman. I take my children to church every Sunday.” But then s...

Preface

How The Lord Led And Guided Thomas Bruce Gilbert 1917 - 1972 Gospel Perpetuating Publishers Fort Dodge, Iowa, U. S. A. 50501 Copyright 1974 Donald L. Norbie Preface It is with mixed feelings that this biography is being written. When one has known the person fairly well it is difficult to be completely objective. But then is any writing objective? This is complicated even more when the author feels a great debt to the person about whom he is writing. And this is the case...
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