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  • The New Guy  PRO

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Mar 29, 2013
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    THE NEW GUY We all need real hope. There were four ladies in a nursing home one time that were sitting there talking, and the nurse brings in a new man to the facility. He was quite dapper for an older man, and one of the ladies asked him where he had been for so long. He responded by more

  • Prayer And The Motorcycle  PRO

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Nov 13, 2012
    based on 24 ratings

    PRAYER AND THE MOTORCYCLE There was a woman at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter. She returned to her car to find that she had locked the keys inside the car more

  • Mark Of The Beast

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Oct 9, 2012

    In verse 15, it tells us what will happen to those people who do not accept the Evil One’s mark: “15 … and all who refuse to worship the image or take his mark will be killed.” I saw recently where Motorola has developed an all inclusive data chip that is no larger than a grain of rice. It more

  • The Savior And The Judge

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Sep 6, 2012

    THE SAVIOR AND THE JUDGE I heard a story that took place in a western town in the late 1800's. It told of a horse that was spooked and then bolted, running away uncontrollably with a small boy in the bed of the wagon. Seeing the child was in grave danger, a young man risked his life to catch more

  • Victor, Not The Victim

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on May 24, 2011
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    VICTOR, NOT THE VICTIM I used to work for the Post Office and when I became serious about the Lord, it must have really shown in my actions and words, because people all of a sudden began making fun of me and giving me snide comments. At times it was difficult, but I remained steadfast in my more

  • Back Where We Started

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Apr 25, 2011

    BACK WHERE WE STARTED I have a photograph, taken of my father’s father around 1910, when he was about 28. I put that photograph next to a photo of me that was taken when I was 30. The poses were just about the same. And surprisingly, the only real different between the two photos is that he more

  • Dad's Advice On Humility

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Apr 21, 2011

    DAD'S ADVICE ON HUMILITY When I was a teenager, I remember telling my father that I wanted to be a successful businessman when I grew up. He asked me what type of business I wanted to work in, and I told him I didn't know, I just wanted to be a businessman. Looking back, I was seeing myself as more

  • Grant And Custer  PRO

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Apr 21, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    GRANT AND CUSTER There is a story of two Civil War Generals: George A. Custer and Ulysses S. Grant. Both graduated from West Point -- Gen. Grant, being the oldest, graduated in the 1840's and Gen. Custer in 1861. Grant fought in several wars and was a field General in every sense of the word. more

  • An Understanding Of The Rapture Can Be Gained ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Oct 5, 2010

    An understanding of the Rapture can be gained from understanding the Jewish Wedding Tradition. IN THE JEWISH WEDDING TRADITION, • As the young man becomes of age to marry, • He builds a room onto his father’s house, • So there will be a place • For him and his bride to live. WHEN THE more

  • When I Was In High School, My Thoughts Were; To ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Aug 30, 2010

    When I was in high school, my thoughts were; to graduate, get a really good job and make lots of money and then live happily ever after. So, you can imagine what ran through my mind when I saw my ideal job being advertised in the paper. The ad read something like this: I need one young man who more

  • Adoption Explained

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 7, 2009
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    ADOPTION EXPLAINED During the time that the New Testament was written, when a family adopted a child, there was no immediate big celebration of that adoption. But, when that child reached the proper age, there was a celebration, and at that time, the child was given every single legal standing more

  • Sealed By The Spirit

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 7, 2009

    SEALED BY THE SPIRIT How many of you have ever canned food? When I was a child, we lived on a farm in the Appalachia Mountains of Virginia, and my parents canned all kinds of food. If they just put it in the jar without sealing it, the outside air would get in it and ruin the food. By sealing more

  • Let's Say That I Am At Home, Sitting In My ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 7, 2009

    Let’s say that I am at home, sitting in my favorite chair and Diana comes in and puts her hands out. In her hands, is a beautiful watch that she says she has purchased for me. Now, what would happen if I yelled at her in anger and said for her to get it away from me and to never do such a more

  • James 5:13

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on May 26, 2009

    JAMES 5:13 says that if we are in trouble of any kind, we need to pray. But along with praying we need to pray while believing we will get God’s answers. Maybe not exactly when we want it or how we want it, but we will receive it in His way and in His time. Let me give you an example of more

  • In James 5:15, God Promises Us That A Prayer ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on May 26, 2009

    In JAMES 5:15, God promises us that a prayer offered in true faith will even make the sick person well. Let’s take that model of prayer and hold it up against the way we pray today. Most of us, being honest, pray something like this: ‘God I want you to make me well.’ And then in the back of our more

  • We Talk A Lot About Serving And Worshiping Jesus. ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Mar 6, 2009
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    We talk a lot about serving and worshiping Jesus. But to be able to serve Him, or worship Him, we must know exactly who He is and what He offers. Here is the Jesus I know: ···· Jesus is Christ. He is the living Son of the living God. ···· He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the more

  • He Is Telling Us That We Must Continually Strive ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jan 19, 2009

    He is telling us that we must continually strive to please God in all we do and in how we live. Let me use another analogy to make this point clear. If you eat breakfast on Monday, you have energy that carries you to about noon. But if you do not eat lunch, you will be run down, tired, and more

  • Today, I Would Like To Talk About, Not When We ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jan 19, 2009
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    Today, I would like to talk about, not when we were saved, but how we continue to be saved. And I am going to do that using the analogy of a set of instructions. When I first bought my mandolin, I had never played one before. With that mandolin, I bought a couple of ‘how to play the mandolin’ more

  • I Recently Had To Replace One Of The Strings On ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 14, 2008

    I recently had to replace one of the strings on my mandolin. I laid the new string on the table as I took off the broken string. When I had thrown it into the trash, I looked at the new string lying on the table and realized how much it resembles many Christians. That string has the ability to more

  • A Young Woman In China Had Been Invited To A ...

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 14, 2008

    A young woman in China had been invited to a church and had gone just to please her friend. While she was there, she received Jesus Christ and began attending regularly. She did that because she found pure joy in her soul while she was at church. That was the one place in her life she could more