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“A New Year And The Same Old Plan”

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and 2015 is here. I’ve always heard that time goes by faster the older you get and I’m starting to believe it. I know many make New Year’s Resolutions as one year comes to an end and the New Year dawns. There is nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, those resolutions are personal goals and plans for some kind of improvement one hopes to achieve in the New Year. Your personal goals or New Year’s resolutions also provide a positive direction for your life in the upcoming year. For me personally, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I just try to stick to my same old plan. My personal plan for 2015 is the same plan I’ve tried to live by for the past several years. My same old plan is nothing remarkable or earth shattering but very simple. My personal plan for 2015 is to grow spiritually. That’s it, that’s my goal and has been each year for a long time. I just want to do the things throughout 2015 that will bring about spiritual growth in my life. Why is my plan to grow spiritually and why do I continue to stick to that plan year after year? Well, when I grow spiritually I grow closer to our Heavenly Father. As I grow closer to our Heavenly Father I become more like His Son, Jesus. As I become more like Jesus I am a better husband, father, son, minister and Christian. My point is that I’m a better and more complete and whole person when I grow spiritually, so I will stick to my same old plan year after year. I want to encourage you as you make your resolutions for the New Year to consider adding spiritual growth to your list. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”(II Peter 3:18)

 

 

“Don’t Overlook The Gift For The Presents”

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Christmas time is a very special time of year. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are from Christmas time. Children are so excited at Christmas time because they get a break from school but especially because of the presents. Parents are excited because there’s nothing better than seeing the look on your child’s face as they open a present from you. The presents at Christmas are special because they show our love. I think we all enjoy receiving a Christmas present. It’s so fun to unwrap the present and to be surprised by what’s inside. So much of Christmas has become about the presents under the tree. Again, I think the presents are great and I’m sure there will be plenty under our tree. I just wonder if we tend to overlook the gift because of all the presents. One of the things that I hope Christmas time does is bring attention to the greatest gift that anyone has ever received. The greatest gift was born to a virgin for the purpose of salvation. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”(Mt.1:21) I realize we don’t know for sure when Jesus was born and truthfully, that doesn’t bother me at all, because we know that he was born. The world chooses Christmas time to recognize the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and personally I think that’s fantastic. As we shop for Christmas presents for our loved ones and as we enjoy time with our family opening those presents let’s not overlook the gift for the presents. Please remember, the greatest gift of all was not wrapped in pretty Christmas wrapping paper and placed under a beautiful and well lit Christmas tree. The greatest gift of all was wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger.(Lk.2:7)

 

 

“Not Your Typical Orthodontist Appointment”

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Within the last few months our daughter Faith was able to have her braces removed. As you can imagine this was a very joyous occasion after having them for two years. Thinking braces were behind us for good only to recently learn that our youngest daughter, Ashlynn, will be blessed with them. This will once again mean regular trips to the orthodontist for check-ups. Believe it or not, I actually enjoy being the parent who takes them to their orthodontist appointments. I realize that sounds silly but I really think highly of our orthodontist. We usually spend a few minutes talking about the Razorbacks and even church and spiritual matters. This Doctor is a very spiritually minded and godly man. Before our last appointment I received a call from the Orthodontist’s office asking if we could reschedule our appointment because the Doctor’s daughter was hospitalized. I of course agreed to a new appointment and the receptionist asked me to please be praying for the Doctor’s daughter. I assured her I would and I did. A few weeks later we are in his office and in walks my favorite Orthodontist who typically shakes my hand, makes some small talk about the Hogs or what I’m reading and then proceeds to work with my daughter, his patient. This day would prove differently, at least at first. The Dr. walks in, shakes my hand and immediately takes out his phone, which he never does, while taking a seat next to me. I ask about his daughter who had been hospitalized and he says I want to show you something. Flipping through some pictures on his phone he stops at a few different unattractive images of the inside of his daughter’s stomach. Remember, I’m not a doctor so I’m not real excited about seeing these images, once I figure out what I’m looking at. The images showed a black stomach because of a severely bleeding ulcer. He said, this is what her stomach looked like when they admitted her in the hospital. Then he shows me another stomach picture that was clear with no black coloring at all and says this was her stomach the next day or so just before they were to do a procedure. They didn’t do any kind of surgery on his daughter because the surgeon said the bleeding had stopped and the ulcer was gone. The surgeon couldn’t explain this miraculous change but my orthodontist and I could explain it quiet easily. It was God! Many people had been praying for his little girl and God responded with a big YES. God can do whatever He wants and He wanted to heal that little girl so He did. He still heals, even today. I’m reminded of the woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. No doctor was able to help her but when she touched Jesus He touched her and the bleeding immediately stopped and she was healed.(Lk.8:43-48) Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”(Lk.8:48) What a miracle, what a God! I will continue to have these visits with my favorite Orthodontist until Ashlynn has no more need for braces. I’m hoping, since I’m in my early forties, that I won’t have to have braces but if I do, I know exactly where to go. This story should reaffirm what I hope we already know: God is in control, God heals and God answers prayer. “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt.”(Jas.1:6)