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“Leadership”

Posted on: February 25th, 2015 by Chuck Ball No Comments

You know I’m a HUGE Peyton Manning fan. Of course I enjoy watching the guy play football but I also have a great deal of respect for him as a person. Peyton is a great leader on and off the field. He is a true man of integrity and character which makes him a wonderful role model. I was fortunate to see firsthand where Peyton’s leadership ability comes from when Dylan and I heard his dad, Archie, speak at Harding University last week. Archie spoke about leadership. Using many stories from his own playing days and some stories about his boys and current NFL quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli, he discussed how we should think and act like leaders. If there’s one thing our world needs its good leaders. We need men and women of good character and integrity to stand up and lead this generation and to model true leadership for the next generation. From businesses to huge companies to churches, they all struggle and endure some kind of problems when their leadership is lacking. In fact, many of the church problems I’ve seen over years have been the result of poor leadership. As we seek to install additional shepherds here at Cabot church, let’s be mindful and prayerful of men of character and integrity who will serve well with our current six shepherds and lead us in a way that will honor God. One thing that we all need to consider about leadership is as Christians we are all leaders. I know not all will serve as shepherds, deacons or even Bible class teachers but if you are a Christian, you are a leader. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”(I Pet.2:9) Remember, as God’s “chosen people” we need to be leaders and show true leadership at the office, in the classroom or on the field to all we come in contact with so they may see Jesus in us.

 

 

“What An Example”

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

She is young. In fact, she is a high school student and in our youth group, but what a great example she was to me last Sunday morning. Her godly confidence and Christ-like actions left TJ and me looking on in shock. What an example! Before you have time to question how a teenager can set such a good example for adults, let me remind you of the words Paul wrote to Timothy. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”(I Tim.4:12) Yes, even young Christians can set great examples for us older Christians and that’s exactly what she did and this is what happened. As I entered the atrium after first service on Sunday I noticed a teenager who had never been here before. After meeting her I went straight to TJ so he too could meet her and show her the way to Bible class. As TJ and I approached her, one of our high school girls stepped right up to her to introduce herself and the next thing we knew this young leader was walking our visitor to class. TJ and I just looked at each other with excitement and he asked, “Did you tell her to do that”? I assured him that I had not said anything to our young leader. She simply saw an opportunity in which she could serve and be used by God and she wisely took advantage of it. I can’t tell you how proud I still am of that young lady. You may think that I’m totally overreacting to this but I don’t, not at all. Approaching someone you don’t know and who is new can be intimidating and uncomfortable, but it’s something we should all do. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”(Col.4:5) How many of us miss opportunities that God gives us? Our young teen leader saw the opportunity and seized it and set a wonderful example to our visitor and to TJ, me and whoever else witnessed her kind act. What an example!

 

 

“Praising Him Always”

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”(Psalm 9:1-2) We Christians love to praise God. In fact, so much of our Sunday time together is devoted to praising Him. You might even hear one of us exclaim “Praise God”, when something good happens or when things are going well. We should praise God every single day, no matter what is going on around us The challenge is praising God even on our bad days and when things don’t go our way. Let’s face it; it’s easy to praise God when things are good and going the way we want. Reality is that life doesn’t always go our way and we all have bad days from time to time. This past Tuesday morning I was headed out of town to pray for a sweet sister before her surgery when I had a blowout on the interstate. This was not scheduled in my day timer and interfered with my plans terribly. It’s at times like these that we typically get frustrated, even angry and don’t even think about praising God. Why get mad and why not praise God during the rough times? The Psalmist, in the above cited text, simply mentions praising God “with all my heart”. Never does he mention that he will praise God in the good times and only when God’s blessings flow on him. Do we only associate our praise for God with the blessings He gives? If that’s the case, then it’s no wonder that we only think of praising Him in the good times. God is faithful to you and me always and no matter what, so we should be faithful to Him and praise Him always. Our praise for God should never become conditional depending on blessings and circumstances. As God’s children, let’s make a conscious effort to praise Him always, no matter what is going on in our lives. Easy? No! Necessary? Yes! Deserved? Absolutely! Praise Him!

 

 

“Hiding God’s Word”

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 by Chuck Ball 3 Comments

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”(Psalm 119:11) I don’t know about you, but when I think about hiding something it’s not my Bible I want to hide. I will gladly display my Bible for all to see but try so hard to hide my imperfections. Even though everyone knows that I’m not perfect and that I sin, I still strongly desire to hide those weaknesses. Are not most of us like that? We all sin (Rom.3:23) but we will sure go to great lengths to hide our sin from others. In the above cited verse the Psalmist instructs us to hide God’s Word. What? Makes no sense, right? Sure it does, as we are to hide God’s Word in our hearts. What exactly does that mean? We hide God’s Word in our hearts when we study it, memorize it and know it in such a way that it changes the way we live. What’s the point? We should hide God’s Word in our hearts to keep us from sinning. Yes we’re imperfect and we’ll still sin, but with the knowledge of God’s Word tucked away in our hearts we will be strong enough to withstand many temptations and overcome. Jesus responded to each of Satan’s temptations with Scripture and was able to overcome and say no to each opportunity to sin. (Mt.4:1-11;Lk.4:1-13) Jesus had hidden God’s Word in his heart and was able to draw from that at a vulnerable time in his life. God’s Word lets us know what sin is and instructs us in how we can overcome Satan and his temptations to sin. So, we should not waste our time trying to hide our sin from others, but instead hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we will not sin.

 

 

“Hiding God’s Word”

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 by Chuck Ball 4 Comments

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”(Psalm 119:11) I don’t know about you, but when I think about hiding something it’s not my Bible I want to hide. I will gladly display my Bible for all to see but try so hard to hide my imperfections. Even though everyone knows that I’m not perfect and that I sin, I still strongly desire to hide those weaknesses. Are not most of us like that? We all sin (Rom.3:23) but we will sure go to great lengths to hide our sin from others. In the above cited verse the Psalmist instructs us to hide God’s Word. What? Makes no sense, right? Sure it does, as we are to hide God’s Word in our hearts. What exactly does that mean? We hide God’s Word in our hearts when we study it, memorize it and know it in such a way that it changes the way we live. What’s the point? We should hide God’s Word in our hearts to keep us from sinning. Yes we’re imperfect and we’ll still sin, but with the knowledge of God’s Word tucked away in our hearts we will be strong enough to withstand many temptations and overcome. Jesus responded to each of Satan’s temptations with Scripture and was able to overcome and say no to each opportunity to sin. (Mt.4:1-11;Lk.4:1-13) Jesus had hidden God’s Word in his heart and was able to draw from that at a vulnerable time in his life. God’s Word lets us know what sin is and instructs us in how we can overcome Satan and his temptations to sin. So, we should not waste our time trying to hide our sin from others, but instead hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we will not sin.