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“Keeping Pure”

Posted on: March 21st, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“How can a young man keep his way pure” (Psalm 119:9)? That’s the question of this generation. What advice do we give our young people on keeping themselves pure? What methods do we encourage them to practice as they navigate through this impure world, all the while striving to remain pure? I’ll ask you, veteran Christian. How do you keep yourself pure? These questions are extremely relevant and pertinent for us today because our world is not only impure but is also promoting all impurity.
Fortunately for us, the Psalmist answers his own question in that same verse. “By guarding it according to your word” (Psalm 119:9). Every Christian on the planet, young and old, male and female must guard their way by using God’s Word. The Bible isn’t simply a tool that is to be used on Sunday in Bible class and worship. The Bible is God’s tool used to guard and shape our way in this life. If we will study God’s Word and put it into practice, we will keep ourselves pure even in the midst of an impure world. The knowledge of God’s Holy Scriptures gives us the wisdom and strength to keep our way pure.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

 

 

“Keeping Pure”

Posted on: March 20th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“How can a young man keep his way pure”(Psalm 119:9)? That’s the question of this generation. What advice do we give our young people on keeping themselves pure? What methods do we encourage them to practice as they navigate through this impure world all the while striving to remain pure? I’ll ask you veteran Christian. How do you keep yourself pure? These questions are extremely relevant and pertinent for us today, because our world is not only impure but is also promoting all impurity.
Fortunately for us the Psalmist answers his on question in that same verse. “By guarding it according to your word”(Psalm 119:9). Every Christian on the planet, young and old, male and female must guard their way by using God’s Word. The Bible isn’t simply a tool that is to be used on Sunday in Bible class and worship. The Bible is God’s tool used to guard and shape our way in this life. If we will study God’s Word and put it into practice, we will keep ourselves pure even in the midst of an impure world. The knowledge of God’s Holy Scriptures gives us the wisdom and strength to keep our way pure.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”(Psalm 119:11).

 

 

“Being Faithful”

Posted on: March 14th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Being faithful matters. Faithfulness is what we expect when we get married. In fact, faithfulness is what we expect from nearly every relationship we have in this life. In the same way, God expects faithfulness from His children. We can’t be perfect, we still fail and sin even after becoming a Christian, but we can be faithful. For years I’ve watched people fall into sin or discouragement and walk away from God. It’s shocking how they turn away from the very One who can help them the most.
Faithfulness to God doesn’t require us to never sin again. Faithfulness to God says that I will not give up on God no matter what. Faithfulness to God says that I will never stop pursuing Him and striving to grow the relationship that I have with Him. The apostle Paul wrote, “God is faithful”(I Cor.10:13). Since God is so faithful to me, I can’t help but require myself to be faithful to Him. Life is hard and we go through many trials in this life and we have an enemy that so wants to convince each of us that the answer is turning away from God. No matter how bad things get for you, I assure you that turning your back on God will only make your situation worse. We all need God every single day and God doesn’t demand perfection of us. He expects faithfulness.
“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev.2:10).

 

 

“Live Different”

Posted on: March 8th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Being a Christian is not about being perfect or living a perfect life. The thought of having to be perfect is enough to overwhelm and intimidate anyone. God doesn’t expect us to live perfect lives, He expects us to live different. “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”(I Pet.1:14-16). Holy means different. So, God calls us to be different and live different.
When one becomes a Christian their entire life should be different. Christians are to be different from the world. The faithful child of God’s life should never blend in or look like those of the world. The Christian’s passions and desires should be different than what they were before coming to Christ. The things we do in our Christian life are far different than the things we did in our pre-Christian life. When God calls His children to holiness He is calling them to be different and live different. When obedient children of God live different lives they not only honor God but also lead others to Him as well. Embrace God’s call in your life to live different.

 

 

“One Thing We Can All Do”

Posted on: March 1st, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

I’ll never sing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. I’ll never dress out and play in a major league baseball game. I’ll never win an Oscar or an Academy Award. There are just some things I don’t have the ability to do. Believe me, I’m at peace with that because there are other things I can do and there is one specific thing that we can all do. No matter your age or talent, no matter where you’re from or where you live now, no matter how much you have or don’t have, I’m convinced that we can all be kind. That’s it, one thing we can all do is be kind.
Paul even encourages us to “be kind to one another”(Eph.4:32). This isn’t teaching us to only be kind to those who are kind to us. We are to be kind. Think about the difference it would make in the world if everyone made it a point to be kind every day. I realize we all have bad days, but it’s not difficult to be kind to someone. A simple smile, a hello or a good morning. I can do those things even when I’m not in a good mood and you can too.
Maybe our goal to be kind to others every day will become contagious. Maybe this will grow from kind words and simple pleasantries to kind acts toward others. When we are doing kind acts for others we are not focusing on ourselves. When we are doing random acts of kindness we are serving the Lord. I know without a doubt the one thing we can all do is be kind. Let’s do it!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law”(Gal.5:22-23).