Entries by David Ball

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 […]

History is His Story

1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” What is your personal testimony? It is simply the story of how Jesus changed you. Paul was a great orator and communicator, not to mention being an apostle. But in almost every instance when he was talking […]

When You’re Overwhelmed

Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Are you facing a personal crisis? Maybe a problem at work or a financial problem. Maybe your marriage is going through a rough spell or you have […]

God’s Heart

Jeremiah 31:2b-3 When Israel went to find rest 3 the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you. When my granddaughter was a toddler, she wasn’t very good at playing hide and seek. She would hide and then […]

Moved by Compassion

Mark 6:34 “And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.” Sometimes it is easy for Christians to see nonbelievers as the enemy. Preachers sometimes rant and rave about the […]