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“Barnabas Had It Right”

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

The apostles called him Barnabas, “which means Son of Encouragement”. (Acts 4:36) The cool thing about his name has nothing to do with how it sounds or rolls off the tongue, but the fact that he, Barnabas, lived up to his name. The apostles gave this Levite from Cyprus named Joseph the nickname Barnabas because he lived the name. Barnabas was a gifted encourager and therefore named for it. If a man’s gift “is encouraging, let him encourage.”(Rom.12:8) Barnabas took John Mark with him on the second missionary journey after a sharp disagreement with Paul because John Mark had deserted them on the first journey.(Acts 15:36-39) Barnabas was such an encourager that he believed in second chances. As Christians striving to live faithful lives to God and survive the continual attacks of Satan, we need encouragement. We have an enemy that so desperately wants us to be discouraged in our spiritual lives in hopes that we’ll give up on God. It seems one of us is always dealing grief from the loss of a loved one, a hurting marriage or financial woes. None of us are exempt from problems like these and none of us are exempt from the need for encouragement. As I hear the encouraging words from so many each Sunday, please know that those words mean so much and fill my heart. I’ve read countless encouraging remarks on Facebook and they are always appreciated and never overlooked or taken for granted. Encouragement is a gift that we should all give and a need that we all must have fulfilled. Barnabas had it right!

 

 

“First Order Of Business”

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by Chuck Ball No Comments

What is your first order of business each morning? I’m sure some go straight for the coffee pot. There are those who stumble into the shower so they can wake up. Still, there are those who begin preparing breakfast and waking all others so they can prepare for the day. I would classify all of these as normal morning activities. However, recently I heard a preacher say in the eulogy of a sweet sister in Christ, that our first order of business each day should be to prepare for the next life. How many have, on their daily list of things to do, to prepare for the next life? What that preacher said really hit home for me. I had to ask myself, is my first order of business every day about preparing for the next life. I know we all have dozens of things to do each day but it seems to me that none should be as important as preparing for the next life. There is “a time to be born and a time to die.”(Eccl.3:2) “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”(Jas.4:14) We will all face death someday and this life is short, so let’s strive daily to make our first order of business about preparing for the next life.

 

 

“The Road To Spiritual Maturity”

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”(Jas.1:4) Every Christian should have the goal of becoming spiritually mature. The whole idea behind maturity is growth. One can’t mature without some kind of growth taking place. According to James, perseverance is the key to spiritual maturity. As we learn the art of not quitting and hanging in there, we mature spiritually. The real challenge of learning perseverance and maturing spiritually is what we have to endure in the process. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”(Jas.1:2-3) The road to spiritual maturity is paved with life’s difficulties. When we go through trials in this life our faith is tested. When our faith is tested we either persevere and keep going or quit. For the devoted child of God, quitting can never become an option and perseverance must be a way of life. Throughout life as we continue to persevere through hardships and trials we will achieve the goal of spiritual maturity. The road to spiritual maturity, because of its hazards, is the road less traveled, but it is well worth the ride in the end.

 

 

“The Road To Spiritual Maturity”

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”(Jas.1:4) Every Christian should have the goal of becoming spiritually mature. The whole idea behind maturity is growth. One can’t mature without some kind of growth taking place. According to James, perseverance is the key to spiritual maturity. As we learn the art of not quitting and hanging in there, we mature spiritually. The real challenge of learning perseverance and maturing spiritually is what we have to endure in the process. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”(Jas.1:2-3) The road to spiritual maturity is paved with life’s difficulties. When we go through trials in this life our faith is tested. When our faith is tested we either persevere and keep going or quit. For the devoted child of God, quitting can never become an option and perseverance must be a way of life. Throughout life as we continue to persevere through hardships and trials we will achieve the goal of spiritual maturity. The road to spiritual maturity, because of its hazards, is the road less traveled, but it is well worth the ride in the end.

 

 

“Stronger Marriages”

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

We are right at a week away from our “Stronger Marriages Workshop” with Trey and Lea Morgan. We are so excited about this wonderful opportunity to serve the community of Cabot and the surrounding area by providing tools to strengthen a marriage. We’ve already had so many from the church and from the community pre-register online for the workshop. I want to encourage you, if you haven’t already, please register at cabotchurch.com and join us March 13-14 for the marriage workshop. We all have to invest time into our marriages and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing by attending this workshop. The thing is we’re only talking about six hours of your weekend. Who can’t afford six hours to bless, improve and enhance your marriage? Marriage is the most intimate of all earthly relationships and it was created by our creator, God. (Gen.2:21-24) The marriage relationship should be the most fulfilling of all our earthly relationships. Truth is marriages have a tendency to lose their fire and become stale. Marriages struggle and at times dwindle away to failure because the husband and wife don’t continue to put the time, effort and work into their relationship over the years. Join us for a marital tune-up and rekindle that spark to a flame again. Even if your marriage is in great shape, every couple should attend a marriage workshop once in a while because we all have room for improvement. “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure.”(Heb.13:4)