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“Mothers Should Be Honored”

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

I can’t think of a more difficult job on the planet then that of being a mother. Think about it. Being a mom is a full-time, 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job with terrible pay and no vacation time. I’m sure every mom would tell us that it’s the most rewarding job and I’m sure it is, but, I still believe moms have a difficult job. If a mom is a stay at home mom or a mom who works outside the home, it’s a tough job. Moms are always on call to be doctors, counselors, taxi drivers, cooks and at times, the evening entertainment and cleanup crew. Mothers do so much for their children.
As important and difficult as the role of being a mother is, there is no way that any mom should ever feel unappreciated or overlooked. Mothers should be honored and not just once a year on Mother’s Day. Honoring mothers is a Biblical teaching that dates back to the ten commandments in the Law of Moses. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”(Eph.6:1-3 Quote Deut.5:16) Let’s notice all the things our moms do for us and honor these most valuable women every chance we can. Happy Mother’s Day to every mom!

 

 

“Letting Go Of My Faith”

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

For nearly twenty years now I’ve been teaching people to cling to their faith no matter what. Life throws a lot of difficulties our way and in the midst of the worst situations I hold tightly to my faith and I encourage others to do the same. It’s our faith in God that anchors us when the storms of life blow us all over the place. Our faith is really what makes us who we are and what we do. It’s our faith that should dictate how we will act and respond to others. Faith is the foundation to a relationship with God. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”(Heb.11:6)
Faith is the most important aspect of the Christian’s life, and now I’m about to tell you how I must let go of my Faith. Sounds strange, right? Well, just keep reading. In approximately two weeks, on Friday May 19, 2017, Cabot High School will have its graduation and that’s the night I’ll be letting go of my Faith. On that night our second child, Faith, will graduate high school and I’ll be clinging to my faith while letting go of my Faith all at the same time. As she walks across that stage and receives her diploma I’ll no doubt be letting go so she can become the woman God has called her to be.
I have no clue where the time went and I’m sure every parent of a 2017 senior feels the same way. Congratulations to every 2017 Senior. My prayer for each of you is that as we parents begin letting go, that you will begin to grip tightly and hold close to your heart the faith that we have shared with you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.”(Prov.3:5-6)

 

 

“The Problem With Bad Company”

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

I distinctly remember when I was a kid my mom constantly telling me to be careful who I hang out with. I even remember a few times when she was very specific saying you are not to hang around that person. I find myself on many occasions telling my kids that they must be careful who their friends are. One dad said if he could go back and make one decision for his children when they were younger it would be their friends. He would choose good friends for his children. Wouldn’t every parent do that? None of these scenarios are about being controlling or mean but about experience understanding the problem with bad company.
The Bible is very clear when it comes to the problem with bad company. “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.”(I Cor.15:33) The person of good character and high morals who hangs around with those who are low in character and morals is in jeopardy of being corrupted. The one with no morals “ruins” the good morals of the person of character. Plain and simply put, we become like those we’re around. I tell my kids and the kids I teach at school that if you hang out with those who do drugs, drink alcohol or are promiscuous, you will eventually do those same things. Even we adults need to be cautious and aware of the problem with bad company. Don’t allow your good morals to be ruined by bad company.

 

 

“Challenged By A Child”

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

I had preached the early service, taught my Bible class and visited with many wonderful brothers and sisters whom I dearly love. I then settled into a chair on the front right row as I prepared to preach at our second service. Then it happened. I was totally caught off guard and challenged. Yes, I was definitely challenged. I’m sure you all have heard me speak on the importance of being challenged. In fact, I try hard to challenge each of you every Sunday.
As communion was being passed around this young boy, Carter Lercher, makes his way to me with the bread. I always partake of communion at first service, just a habit I developed seven years ago when we moved to Cabot, so I politely explained that I had already partaken and the young servant moved on to the next row. I think it’s fantastic that each time Greg serves communion his son Carter serves too. That’s a great example and Carter is good at it, you’ll see as I continue my story. Pretty soon communion was over and the collection plates were being passed around. That’s when I was challenged.
Being the faithful servant, Carter brought the collection plate to me. I explained to young Carter that I had given my check at early service, but Carter didn’t flinch. He wasn’t going anywhere. As his eyes stared deep into my eyes I got the point that I’d better dig deeper into my wallet because Carter wasn’t walking away with an empty collection plate. I seldom carry cash but fortunately for me I found $1 in my wallet that I quickly placed in the collection plate. With that dollar bill in the plate Carter moved on to his next victim…..sorry, I mean the next row. I couldn’t help but laugh, but I also couldn’t help but think that Carter is good at taking up the collection and that probably needs to be his job every Sunday.
Carter challenged me and I’m glad he did. It’s amazing to me what we can learn from children. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”(Mt.18:3-4)

 

 

“The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ”

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

This time each year the resurrection of Jesus draws a lot of attention. Even those who seldom think of the resurrection give thought to it each Spring. We find religious themed movies on television and even documentaries about the resurrection. Books about the resurrection are pushed to the front of the stores and bookshelves so shoppers can easily spot them. Of course, there are those skeptics who also become a little more outspoken this time of year about their doubts that Jesus was resurrected from death. Whatever the reason or avenue, I for one am happy that the resurrection gets so much attention, if it is only for a few weeks each Spring.
I certainly think about the resurrection every single Sunday as I partake of the Lord’s Supper and consider the cross. Honestly, there are very few days of the week that pass without me giving some thought or a prayer of thanksgiving for the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus Christ affects every aspect of our lives every single day. To give attention to it only once a year or even once a week doesn’t do it justice. The resurrection of Jesus gives the hopeless hope. It’s only because of an empty tomb and a resurrected Lord that any of us have the hope of victory over sin. The resurrection shows that Jesus overcame sin and death and offers us the opportunity to be raised to victory through Him. (Rom.6:1-5)
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(I Cor.15:55-57)

 

 

“Peace, Please”

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could pull up to the drive-thru and order a bucket of peace? After all, there’s a drive-thru for almost everything these days. But there’s not a drive-thru for peace. I have a strong desire to have peace and I’m sure that you do as well. Our world seems to be so unsettled and such a place without peace. The good news is that we don’t receive peace from the world. If we’re waiting for the world to deliver us peace, we’ll never have peace.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.”(Jno.14:27) Jesus wants us to have peace. And true peace comes only from Jesus. “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) Sadly, far too many people spend so much of their life searching this world for peace. Substance abuse and widespread immorality are just a few results of people looking in the wrong places for peace. Peace doesn’t come in a bottle or a drug or even in the form of immorality. Peace comes from having a relationship with Jesus.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”(Rom.5:1-2)

 

 

“Unity Matters”

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Our world seems to be in such a state of disarray today. One side is constantly arguing with the other side. Violence and hatred seem to rule the streets. There are so many divided views and ideas that unity in our world seems like only an unreachable dream. We may see very little of it, but one things for sure, unity matters. Unity is significant to accomplishing anything. From our country’s leaders to our families to sports teams and the church, unity matters and is absolutely necessary. Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”(Mt.12:25)
Unity is especially important in the Lord’s church. We all have our own ideas, thoughts and opinions which is fine, but we must remember that unity matters. A divided church is a church that will be fruitless for the Lord. Pursuing and practicing unity will require us all to be humble and patient with others. It’s not about getting your way if it will jeopardize church unity. There are times we need to be humble and bear with one another for the sake of unity. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”(Eph.4:2-3) Paul’s point is do all you can to promote, pursue and practice unity because unity matters.

 

 

“An Attractive Church”

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

An attractive church really has little to do with the external or internal appearance of a church building. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen plenty of beautiful church buildings over the years, but curb appeal doesn’t necessarily make for an attractive church. An attractive church is not even about the appearance of the people who meet inside. An attractive church is all about the attitudes and actions of the people who gather inside that pretty building. The church is the people and an attractive church is a group of Christians who are serious about their Christianity. An attractive church is like Jesus in that she is both selfless and loving.
“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) As Christians we should put others before ourselves and when we do, people notice and the church is attractive. People are interested in churches who are genuinely interested in them and their needs. People are interested in churches who will love them, flaws and all. Jesus wants us to love like He loves and if we do, people will see an attractive church. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”(John 13:34-35)

 

 

“Where Did The Time Go?”

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

On Tuesday morning March 7, 2017 I dropped our 14-year-old 9th grader off at the high school to begin tryouts for the girl’s high school basketball team. High school, what? Just last week I was rocking her to sleep. It was just yesterday that I helped coach her team when she was a 6 th grader. High school, are you kidding me? Where did the time go? I’m sure you know exactly where I am and how I feel. Our kids grow up way too fast.
The reality of the situation is that time in this life just passes so quickly. We live and plan like we’ll be here forever. What we need to do is cherish our brief time with our families. My heart revolves around the time I’m able to spend with my family. Realizing how quickly this life passes also challenges me to live in a way so that I can live forever. Did you catch that? We need to live for God in this life so that we can live forever with Him in the next life.
“You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.”(Psalm 39:5) “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”(James 4:14)

 

 

“The Good Side Of Death”

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by Chuck Ball No Comments

If we’re honest, most of us try to avoid the topic of death. Sure, we know that death is a fact of life and that we’ll all face death someday.(Eccl.3:2; Heb.9:27) Most of us have even lost loved ones and friends to death, so, death hasn’t left the best impression with us. We don’t want to think of losing loved ones to death and it’s almost impossible to fathom our own death. Let’s face it, this topic of death is just not one of our favorites. We want to act as though death isn’t real, like it’s not lingering and like it won’t show up somewhere in our lives at some point. What if I said there are worse things in life than death?
Having been around death so many times over the last twenty years and having studied the Scriptures, I’ve come to understand that there is a good side to death. That may seem absolutely ridiculous to you, but allow me to let the apostle Paul explain. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”(Phil.1:21) Paul says his life was all about Jesus and so death was no threat to him at all. In fact, Paul refers to the good side of death when he writes, death is a gain. For the Christian, death offers no threat or intimidation and takes nothing away. The good side of death for the Christian is that he or she gains eternal life in heaven.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(I Cor.15:55-57)