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“Failure”

Posted on: August 22nd, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Something none of us enjoy but all of us experience is failure. I can’t count the many failures I’ve experienced over the years. There have been failures in school, failures in sports, failures with friends and even failures as a husband, dad and Christian. The tough thing is these failures continue to stack up and work negatively against us. Our self-esteem and confidence takes a hit with each failure. Some times our faith even takes a hit when we experience failure. So how do we continue to fall down and fail and continue to get up and be faithful?
I think we have to remember the life of the apostle Paul when he was Saul. Saul was a church persecutor and even stood by giving his approval of Stephen being stoned to death. (Acts 7:57-60) Paul even referred to himself as the worst of all sinners. (I Tim.1:15) Of course, Saul was converted and became the apostle Paul who by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament. So even Paul had some failures in his life. How did he cope with his past failures? How did he move on from his violent past and remain faithful to God? Paul dealt with his failures the same way we must today, by forgetting the past and maintaining focus on the ultimate goal of heaven.
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.3:13-14)

 

 

“What I Hate”

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

From the internet headlines to the top news stories on the nightly news, it seems we’re being fed a steady diet of hatred. Sadly, it seems that this hatred continues to breed even more hatred. When will it stop? When will people have respect for human life? When will people finally get it, that we are one race, the human race. When will we all understand that hatred itself is our enemy, not those who look different from us? You want to know what I hate? I hate hatred and I hate it with a passion.
I hate hatred because it’s ungodly. God is the complete opposite of hatred. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”(I Jno.4:8) You can’t actively hate someone and have a relationship with God. “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.”(I Jno.2:9) Hatred never helps anyone or any situation. Hatred is never the solution to any problem, it only leads to more serious problems.
Cain killing his brother Abel in Genesis 4:8 was rooted in jealousy, anger and certainly hatred. Killing anyone must be rooted in hatred, especially your own flesh and blood. Brothers and sisters, we must wake up and recognize the ugly message of hate that Satan is spreading and stand up and light this world with the light of God’s love. We’re reading and hearing on a daily basis the truth that nothing good ever comes from hatred. If you want to hate, then hate hatred. We must show God’s love to this lost world because only love will destroy the hatred.
“Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.”(Prov.10:12)

 

 

“A Simple But Powerful Truth”

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”(Phil.2:3-4) Paul is instructing Christians to practice a simple teaching. I don’t think anyone struggles to understand Paul’s point from the above cited verses. It’s a simple truth, just not one that many enjoy practicing. If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we’re more about ourselves and our needs than we are the needs and interests of others. As Christians we are to be more interested in the needs of others than we are our own needs. I realize this isn’t natural, but it is necessary.
This is not some deep theological teaching that we must pick the brains of scholars to understand. This teaching is simple, yet powerful. How could a simple teaching like this have a powerful impact? The Christians who truly strive to put others first in everything will experience a huge transformation in their lives. By putting others first, we are doing our part to destroy any potential sin or division between us and others. By putting others first, we also genuinely seek the best for others. We only have their best interests at heart and have no desire to do them harm.
“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross.”(Phil.2:8) Jesus clearly put the interests of all others first when he endured death on the cross for the sins of the world. So, when you and I work daily to put the interests of others first, we are working to become more like Jesus. Becoming more like Jesus every day is one goal that every Christian should strive to achieve. Why not implement and practice in your life this simple but powerful truth?

 

 

“Shining Like Stars”

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Shining Like Stars”
Ever notice how the stars in the sky shine at night? It seems the stars shine brighter the darker the night is. Those stars brighten the way for us in the darkness of night. Christians are supposed to shine like stars. “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) According to the apostle Paul, we shine like stars when we “do everything without complaining or arguing”. So, in other words, we shine like stars by the way we live and conduct ourselves.
This idea of shining like stars fits perfectly with the words of Jesus from His sermon of the mount. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”(Mt.5:14-16)
We Christians shine like stars and allow our light to shine bright when we avoid sin. Our light shines like bright stars when we make right choices and godly decisions. Shining like stars is about living humble and quiet obedient lives to God. We shine brighter than ever, when by our lifestyle and actions, others see Jesus in us. It should be our goal every day as Christians to live in a way that promotes and pleases God. Let your light shine like stars in the universe.
Chuck Ball

 

 

“Shining Like Stars”

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Ever notice how the stars in the sky shine at night? It seems the stars shine brighter the darker the night is. Those stars brighten the way for us in the darkness of night. Christians are supposed to shine like stars. “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) According to the apostle Paul, we shine like stars when we “do everything without complaining or arguing”. So, in other words, we shine like stars by the way we live and conduct ourselves.
This idea of shining like stars fits perfectly with the words of Jesus from His sermon of the mount. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”(Mt.5:14-16)
We Christians shine like stars and allow our light to shine bright when we avoid sin. Our light shines like bright stars when we make right choices and godly decisions. Shining like stars is about living humble and quite obedient lives to God. We shine brighter than ever, when by our lifestyle and actions, others see Jesus in us. It should be our goal every day as Christians to live in a way that promotes and pleases God. Let your light shine like stars in the universe.