“More Thankful” As I have just completed 13 sessions of Grief Share (14 counting the holiday session) and now prepare for Thanksgiving, I do so with a renewed spirit of thankfulness. I chose to get involved with the Grief Share ministry to help others who have suffered loss and are hurting and grieving. As I look back over the last 14 weeks, I realize how much Grief share has helped and changed me. Yes, I said change. Grief Share has changed me a lot. Of course, Grief Share did what it was designed to do and that is to equip me to handle my grief. I’ve preached many funerals over the years and some were even family members and yet I still learned so much about grief from Grief Share. Grief Share taught me to be more thankful. Hearing all the stories of personal loss and thinking about my own story helped me to become more thankful. This life, as difficult as it can be, is precious. Next to my relationship with God, there is nothing more important than my family, church family and friends. I’m truly thankful for my wife and the time we spend together. I’m thankful for my three kids and the things I’m privileged to share with them. I’m thankful for my church family and the way we worship, love and laugh together. I’m thankful for my friends and the history we share. I don’t know how else to word it, I’m just more thankful. I know now how easy it is to take the most important things in this life for granted. I never thought I was guilty of that until now. I never want to take anyone or anything for granted again. I know how temporary this life is and I’m thankful for each day that I have here and for those I get to spend it with. I’m thankful for God who loves me anyway. I’m thankful I can talk to God and it still amazes me that not only does He listen to me but He actually wants to hear from me. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”(I Thess.5:18) I am excited about Thanksgiving and I’m more thankful than ever. Chuck Ball
Sometimes I think we major in minors. What I mean is, at times we give more attention to the not so important things in life than we do the very important things. It seems that we tend to focus on the insignificant matters and the things which really need attention are overlooked. A college student declares his or her major and that becomes the emphasis of their study from then on. As Christians, haven’t we declared our major as Jesus? Every day I should major in Jesus. My focus and emphasis should be on Him no matter what. What concerns me is if this problem of majoring in minors slips into the church. Can you imagine Christians who focus so much on minor opinionated issues that division occurs? I realize that everyone has an opinion on almost everything. I also realize that disputable matters exist. “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.”(Rom.14:1) We don’t ever want to major in minor disputable matters. As the Lord’s church we need to recognize opinions and disputable matters as minors to which we give little attention. “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”(I Cor.2:2) Paul didn’t major in minors, he majored in a crucified Lord. If we major in Jesus we won’t major in minors.
Prayer is so many things to so many people. Prayer is a tool for spiritual growth in the Christians tool box. Prayer is a way of getting through a tough day and a way to celebrate a good day. Prayer is a simple conversation with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is man’s quest for intimacy with God. No matter what prayer is to you, prayer works, just ask Hezekiah. Hezekiah, the leader of God’s people, was so sick that he was near death. The prophet Isaiah confirmed for Hezekiah that he would not recover from his illness but would die. Hezekiah immediately and in earnestness prayed to the Lord as he wept bitterly. The Lord sent Isaiah back to Hezekiah to inform him that God had heard his prayer and would heal him. “On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life.”(II Kings 20:5b-6a) You see, prayer works. God said, yes, to Hezekiah’s prayer and extended his physical life. That’s a great story that strengthens our faith in God and the avenue of prayer. But let’s not automatically assume, after reading about Hezekiah, that God will immediately answer our every prayer the way we desire. I believe God answers every prayer, but, I also believe that He sometimes answers with a no. No is an answer, just maybe not the one we want. Rest assured if God answers your prayer with a no, it’s for your own good. I’m so thankful that we can talk to our God anytime and know that He answers our every prayer in accordance to His will, which I believe is what’s best for us. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us- whatever we ask- we know that we have what we asked of him.”(I John 5:14-15)
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Sunday November 1st, 2015 began like most every other Sunday of the year. I preached at our 8:30 early service and things seemed to go smoothly as we transitioned from early worship to our Bible classes. It was after Bible class that it became apparent to me that this was anything but a normal Sunday. Between Bible class and 10:45 worship it’s typical for many to gather in the atrium of our building and just visit. It’s common for several different conversations to be taking place at the same time. It’s a beautiful scene of fellowship with family members. But on that first Sunday in November, our atrium conversations seemed to focus on the same single topic, the shocking messages that our teens had just received about a tragic accident involving four of their friends from the Cabot community. As I began to ask questions, word began to spread and stories started to circulate as to just how severe this accident was. I was hoping and praying that the details I was receiving were inaccurate. Surely they had misunderstood; what I was hearing had to be a rumor. Within the next thirty minutes I had learned the unfortunate truth of this tragedy that would shock and devastate the whole Cabot community. Just hours earlier, Saturday night October 31st, four local Cabot girls were killed in a horrific car accident. At that point everything went silent, nothing else mattered. I was shocked, heartbroken and even scared about what to say at 10:45 worship. Tragedy had struck our small God loving community. Now what? What do I say to my kids? What do I say to my kid’s friends? What about the school faculty and all the many students? What about those four families who lost a daughter and sister? Several Bible verses came to mind and one struck me in the heart and stuck. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”(Jno.16:33) As unbelievable as it sounds, there is peace, even in times of tragedy, but only in Jesus.