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“No Complaining”

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

There is always something to complain about. No matter where you are, who you’re with or what you are doing we can always find something to complain about. The reality of complaining is twofold. First of all, complaining never helps the situation or your attitude. How many times have you complained and the situation was immediately corrected or changed due to your complaining? How many times did complaining help your attitude turn from negative to positive? Truth is, complaining normally sours a once positive attitude and makes it even worse. The other thing about complaining is the poor example it sets for others. I realize even Christians have bad days and get frustrated at times. Just remember it does no good to complain. In fact, by complaining you may damage your credibility and even hurt the good name of Christ and His church. As Christians we have to do our best to always be on guard and strive to set the best example possible for our family, friends, neighbors and community members especially when we are tempted to complain. “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”(Phil.2:14-15)

 

 

“Kindness Counts”

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

The holiday season is upon us yet again. One thing I enjoy about the holiday season is the kindness I see expressed. Maybe it’s just me, but I tend to believe that people show more kindness during the holidays. Maybe it’s because people are thinking about slowing down and enjoying some family time. It could be that more kindness is seen during these later months of the year because with Christmas fast approaching people are thinking more about Jesus. Of course these are uneducated guesses at best. It really doesn’t matter to me the reason for it, I’m just glad to see kindness shown to others. No matter the season or time of year. No matter what is going on in the world or in our lives, we Christians are supposed to show kindness. Kindness is the way we treat others and one of those things God expects His children to take seriously and practice. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Col.3:12) “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”(Eph.4:32) It’s the simple and small acts of kindness that seem to go so far with people. It’s those same simple acts that show kindness counts and that we are striving to be like Jesus in how we treat others.

 

 

“Thankful No Matter What”

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

It’s at this time each year that we all begin to consider all the things we’re thankful for. I for one think that’s great. I’m okay with a holiday that centers on giving thanks and being thankful for what you have. I think it’s great that people are giving thanks for their blessings throughout the month of November. We all have far too many blessings to count and, if we’re honest, far more than we deserve. The thing I’m curious about is are we thankful no matter what or are we only thankful for the good things in our lives? How many times have you read a post that says, “I’m thankful for the hardships and trials that I have endured this year because they helped me to grow closer to God and stronger?” I don’t ever recall reading a post that even resembles that one on any day in November or any month of the year. I know we’re all thankful for our relationship with God, our family and our health, careers and homes and rightfully so. We certainly should be thankful for all of those blessings and many more and never take them for granted. But does it require the positive and good things to bring out our thankfulness? I believe God wants us to be thankful no matter what. However bad things seem to be and whatever trials come our way, I believe we should still be thankful. Sometimes I learn the most helpful lessons from life’s hardships and trials and for that, I’m thankful. Those tough times help me to lean on God and trust Him even more and for that, I am thankful. True thankfulness is being thankful no matter what. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”(I Thess.5:16-18)

 

 

“Thankful No Matter What”

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

It’s at this time each year that we all begin to consider all the things we’re thankful for. I for one think that’s great. I’m okay with a holiday that centers on giving thanks and being thankful for what you have. I think it’s great that people are giving thanks for their blessings throughout the month of November. We all have far too many blessings to count and, if we’re honest, far more than we deserve. The thing I’m curious about is are we thankful no matter what or are we only thankful for the good things in our lives? How many times have you read a post that says, “I’m thankful for the hardships and trials that I have endured this year because they helped me to grow closer to God and stronger?” I don’t ever recall reading a post that even resembles that one on any day in November or any month of the year. I know we’re all thankful for our relationship with God, our family and our health, careers and homes and rightfully so. We certainly should be thankful for all of those blessings and many more and never take them for granted. But does it require the positive and good things to bring out our thankfulness? I believe God wants us to be thankful no matter what. However bad things seem to be and whatever trials come our way, I believe we should still be thankful. Sometimes I learn the most helpful lessons from life’s hardships and trials and for that, I’m thankful. Those tough times help me to lean on God and trust Him even more and for that, I am thankful. True thankfulness is being thankful no matter what. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”(I Thess.5:16-18)

 

 

“Only The Name Of Jesus”

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”(Acts 4:12) These are the very powerful and inspired words of Peter as he states his case before the Sanhedrin regarding the healing of a crippled man. (Acts 3:1-10) Peter was making the point that it was not at all by his own power and ability that the crippled man was healed but only by the powerful name of Jesus. Peter would go on to explain that salvation is only found in the name of Jesus. In case these individuals of the Sanhedrin were trusting in the old law or some false god for salvation Peter wanted to set the record straight and make it perfectly clear that salvation only comes through Jesus. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(Jno.14:6) Jesus himself says, if it’s heaven you’re interested in then you must come through me. There are many different beliefs and teachings and even several names in whom people trust for their personal salvation. Sadly, if one is trusting in any name other than Jesus for salvation then he is grossly misguided. There is no other name in which we find eternal salvation. There is no other way we can enter heaven with the Father except through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

“God Opens Doors”

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by Chuck Ball 2 Comments

I remember like it was yesterday a conversation I had with a preacher friend of mine nearly twenty years ago on the golf course. I shared with him my dream to hopefully one day have access to speak at schools to students about life changing topics. I was in my early twenties and not yet in ministry at the time. I was just a young Christian with a dream and a desire to make a difference for God. Honestly, I had forgotten about that dream over the years. I became very busy with family and day to day ministry responsibilities and besides, how in the world can I get into a public school classroom to teach a lesson to students. This dream was simply set aside and really and truly forgotten because I had no idea what message I would even share with students if given the opportunity. Let me just say that God opens doors. Thanks to God, this semester I have been privileged to work with the “Empowered Program” which teaches abstinence to 8th and 9th graders. I’ve spent several Monday’s this semester either at Cabot Freshman Academy or Junior High North teaching abstinence to students. Of course there are guidelines that I must adhere to. For example, I can’t take my Bible into the classroom and start preaching. But believe me I’m still preaching to those students a life changing message that they so need to hear. What an awesome opportunity God has provided me with these students. “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”(Col.4:3) Although I had forgotten that old dream of mine, I’ve always prayed for open doors and opportunities to teach and make a difference for the Lord. It took a while but just recently I remembered my twenty year old dream as I watched God open doors and make my dream a reality. Now it’s up to me to “make the most of every opportunity.”(Col.4:5)

 

 

“An Important Reminder”

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

I don’t know about you but at times I need a reminder. Sometimes I get so busy doing one thing that I forget about something else. I keep a day timer so that I can write down everything I need to get done or every appointment that I have. That little calendar serves as a daily reminder for me. There are times when I need a different kind of reminder. With all that’s going on in our world, from Ebola to ISIS, I get a little stressed and concerned and need to be reminded that God is still in control. In fact, what I should do is write “God Is In Control” on every single day in my calendar just as a reminder. If it’s the world news or our local happenings there’s a lot of bad news that can bring us down and challenge our faith. We must remember every day that no matter how bad the outbreak of Ebola is or how threatening ISIS becomes or who is elected on a local or national level, God is in control. God always has and always will call the shots. At arguably the most difficult time in Jesus’ life, before the cross, He knew His Father in heaven was in control. The night before Jesus was to endure the cross he spent time with those closest to him and in prayer with the Father. We truly see the humanity of Jesus in this scene as he struggled in his flesh with the reality of being nailed to a cross. “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”(Mt.26:39) Jesus prayed that same prayer two more times that night in the garden asking God to please find another way and not make him endure the cross. The amazing thing to me is at Jesus’ darkest and most stressful time on earth he recognized that God was still in control. I just want to remind you today that no matter what is going on in this world, God is still in control.