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“Snapshots, Selfies & Sexting”

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Snapshots, Selfies & Sexting” We live in a cyber world today. It seems social media has taken over. Remember the old MySpace page and now there’s Facebook and Instagram just to name a few. We used to call and check on family members and friends but now we simply send them a text or an instant message. Just as we feel the need to check the weather everyday so we also feel the need to update our status and post our most recent picture. Back in my day we took snapshots or Polaroid pictures on vacation but today we take pictures with our phone and immediately post for all to see. Yes, this is technology which is a sign of growth and progress but with all of this high tech progress also comes some serious problems. From “selfie Sunday” to “throwback Thursday” to what has become the problem of our age, “sexting”. I know “selfies” are just pictures people post of themselves. I understand what a “selfie” is; I just don’t understand the significance or the point. I’m not trying to be rude or offend anyone; I just don’t get posting pictures of me by myself without my wife, kids or friends. I realize “selfies” aren’t that big of deal and in fact may be a generational thing. What about “sexting”? How many of you don’t even have a clue what “sexting” is? From what I understand, “sexting” is when two people text inappropriate pictures of themselves to each other. Believe it or not, this has become a huge problem among TEENAGERS. That’s right; teenagers that you and I personally know are sending or receiving inappropriate images. At the very least our teens know someone who is actively “sexting”. You see, Satan knows how to use social media for his own sinful purposes. This “sexting” thing is so terrifying to me because it is sin and it hooks our teenagers because they think no one will know. It’s my opinion that “sexting” is simply one step in a series of steps that will lead them down a sinful path and to life altering decisions. If you are the parent of a teenager you need to know that I will be teaching our teens on Wednesday night’s beginning September 10th. I tell you that because I will teach them a lesson on the horrors and harm of “sexting”. I just want you to know in advance about this one particular lesson in case you don’t want your child to be present for it. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to get in touch with me about it. “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”(Eph.5:3) Notice the text says not even a “hint” of sexual immorality. “Sexting” is more than a hint of sexual immorality. Chuck Ball

 

 

“Weekend Visits”

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

For years I watched as a dear friend of mine lived for his weekend visits with his son. As a result on a painful divorce my friend was left with only weekend visits with his son and not even every weekend. I believe it was every other weekend that my friend would get to spend with his young son. He longed for those two days to reconnect with and build a deeper relationship with his son. My friend was indeed the underdog as it is so difficult to develop a deep bond with your child through weekend visits. You know, the same is true in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. I wonder if some Christians view their relationship with God as a weekend visitation only. We visit God each Sunday as we assemble with the church and worship so we’re good for the rest of the week. What if you only saw or heard from your children on Sunday? That just wouldn’t be acceptable, would it? You would talk and even plead with your kids to visit more often so that you could have a closer relationship with them. How do you think God must feel when his children only give Him weekend visits? Just as my friend desired more time with his son so God desires more time with His sons and daughters. May we never view our relationship with God as a “weekend visits” kind of relationship. Let us spend time in prayer and in His Word daily so that we can enjoy a stronger and closer relationship with God. “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”(I Jno.2:3-4)

 

 

“An Unlikely Teacher”

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

I teach for a living. Nearly every week for the last 15 years I’m standing in a pulpit teaching a lesson from the Bible. At times I’m in a classroom teaching. I’ve also been known to teach at a kitchen table, a living room, a jail cell and even a beach. My point is so much of my life revolves around teaching. Sometimes the teacher is taught a lesson and that’s exactly what happened to me recently. Just last weekend several from the congregation made our annual trip to St. Louis. We spent Saturday at Six Flags Theme Park and then worshiped together in a hotel banquet room Sunday morning before heading to the ballpark for a Cardinals game. Before the trip my son buys a St. Louis Cardinals baseball, I’m thinking for autographs so it can be displayed on our shelf at home with the others. Dylan later explains to me that the ball is for autographs but not for him. His plan was to get autographs for Tom Scott, who is a huge Cardinals fan and was unable to make the trip with us due to his recent surgery. I was both blown away and proud because this was Dylan’s own idea. Kristy and I had nothing to do with this. (sorry Tom) We arrive at the ballpark a few hours before game time and Dylan immediately puts his plan into motion. He stands, with several others, just behind the Cardinal’s dugout in hopes of securing an autograph for Tom. After what seemed like forever the Cardinal’s Manager, Mike Matheny, made his way out and signed several autographs including the ball for Tom. Dylan had achieved his goal and who would have thought, Mike Matheny. He was pumped and proud and I was too. The very next evening I’m standing at Tom’s door with Dylan and that ball in his hand. What impressed me the most is that Dylan didn’t get a ball signed for himself to add to his collection. Dylan was only concerned about getting a ball signed for Tom. My 18 year old son, the unlikely teacher, taught me a very powerful lesson about putting the interest of others before your own. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”(Phil.2:3-4) Chuck Ball