Entries by David Ball

Forward March

But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 It took God one day to get Israel out of Egypt. But it took forty years to get Egypt out of Israel. The Israelites were always looking back. Some […]

A Battle You Can’t Win

Exodus 9:12 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen. Someone said “your arms are too short to box with God”. If you’re fighting with God, you’re going to lose. And if you’re running from the Lord, you’re running out of time. God might […]

Weather Report

2 Corinthians 11:25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I don’t know if you’ve ever been shipwrecked. I haven’t. But the apostle Paul was shipwrecked three times. Paul told Timothy, “Cling to your […]

How Did I Get Here?

1. Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. One of the best ways to deal […]

A Riches-to-Rags Story

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. The history of America is filled with rags to riches stories. In fact one of our Presidents began life as an impoverished […]

Citizens of Another Kingdom

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. It seems that no matter how much we attain in life, we always want more. We want the newest, the latest, the coolest thing out there. Part of that is the way God has […]

Bringing Your Best

Malachi 1:8 ‘But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? The prophet Malachi ministered around 432 BC. The nation of Israel had been reestablished for about 100 years by this time. They […]

Be Courageous

Acts 23:11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.” Have you ever been discouraged? Have you ever felt as though your life were a failure? Or, have you […]

Our Calling

Zechariah 11:16 I am about to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who’re going astray and he will not seek the lost or heal the broken. He will not sustain the healthy but he’ll devour the flesh of the fat sheep and tear off their hooves. During the […]

Be Strong

Zechariah 8:9 The Lord of Hosts says this: ‘Let your hands be strong’ God encouraged these men because they needed it; there was very little, outwardly speaking to inspire them. They had traveled hundreds of miles and over the course of four months to get to Jerusalem. When they arrived they found a city in […]