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“Second Chances”

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Second Chances” I don’t know about you but I believe in second chances. A second chance is like a mulligan in golf or a do over. It’s when we acknowledge someone’s mistake and we agree to forgive them and move on thus giving them a second chance. Where would you and I be today without a few second chances? Hasn’t your spouse, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ given you a second chance or two? I know that none of us are perfect. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Rom.3:23) Since we all make mistakes, don’t you think we should believe in and practice second chances. Folks, the God who created this universe and the God we serve is the God of second chances. The adulterous woman in John 8:1-11 deserved a death sentence, according to the old law. Instead, Jesus said, “neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”(John 8:11) Jesus gave her a second chance. In Mark 14:66-72, Peter denied Jesus three times and this after Jesus had already told him that it would happen. This broke Peter’s heart and “he broke down and wept”.(Mk.14:72) Jesus obviously gave Peter a second chance as Peter went on to have a very fruitful ministry for the Lord, preaching on Pentecost and writing I and II Peter. God has given you and me plenty of second chances. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”(I Jno.1:9) God continues to give us second chances so let’s be like Him and give second chances to those who hurt and offend us. Chuck Ball



“Perfect Paradise”

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Perfect Paradise” As I write this I’m sitting on the balcony of our 11th floor condo overlooking the ocean. Not a bad place to be and certainly not a bad view and a great place for a little quiet time with God. In fact, as I begin each day on this balcony looking out over God’s huge ocean I’ve often thought, this is paradise. If you could see this view I’m sure some of you would agree. What can beat breakfast while watching the dolphins? The sun shining, a nice breeze and boats going by makes for a very relaxing paradise for me. Although this place is beautiful and at least paradise for some, it’s still the same old imperfect sin filled world. After assembling with our brothers and sisters Sunday morning (yes we worship on vacation, don’t you) we found out just how imperfect this beautiful place is. My son slipped on a pair of my shoes and headed to meet some friends at the beach. At the end of the walkway before his feet touched the white sand of the beach he slid my shoes off and left them feeling sure they would be waiting when he returned. You guessed it. Somebody stole my Nike Slides! This place is beautiful and provides my family a nice getaway and a welcome change of pace but it’s not a perfect place. While hanging on the cross Jesus said to the one thief with the attitude of repentance, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”(Lk.23:43) The paradise Jesus is referring to has nothing to do with a balcony overlooking the ocean. Jesus is talking about the real and true paradise of eternal life with Him. Eternal life with God is paradise with a perfect view of the Father on the throne and the Son at His right hand. That is the perfect paradise. Chuck Ball