Entries by Chad Balthrop

Post Reload – 7 Days of Devos

Something Fantastic in :40 Seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5beoRa_HR8o The kids are cute, but the truth they speak is fantastic. It’s not not cliche’. It’s not old, dead stodgy religion. It’s real. How will you let it influence you today? Find life. Life Interrupted – Pt. 2 Saul had a plan. He was a brilliant young man with […]

Me, We, Them

Matthew 10:1-42 I’ve heard it said you should never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world. Do you know why? It’s the only thing that ever has. With nothing more than a noble idea, ink and a pen 56 men sign their name to the Declaration of Independence and a nation […]

Basket Case

  Psalm 13:1-6. Do you ever feel like you’re living Psalm 13. It starts with an impatient plea to God, “How long will you forget me, God?” Yet ends with a confident cry of trust and praise. In-between, the Psalmist declares His desire to overcome His enemies, to not be put to shame before them, and to […]

A Comfortable Scandal – Teaching

The world loves a good scandal. Crazy people at WalMart are beating each other up over $2 waffle irons. Evangelistic Atheist, Christopher Hitchens, and wildcard Korean leader, Kim Jong Il passed away, both finally experiencing with definitive certainty the eternal answer to questions they so cleverly denied. Perhaps Kim Jong Sun will lead with greater wisdom. […]

The Parent Trap

Recently I’ve been plagued by a question. It has to do with my kids. I have four children. My daughter is my oldest. She’s nine. The rest are boys; six, four and nearly two. They are great kids. I love being a dad. With each passing moment I’m reminded of the fact that we are […]

Some Thoughts on Divorce

Mark 10:1-12 & Matthew 19:1-10 (click the verses to read them at Biblegateway.com) provide pretty succinct Biblical discussions on divorce. In these passages Jesus tells us that Moses allows for divorce because people have hard hearts. He then quotes Old Testament Scriptures that say divorce is not what God intends. Matthew 19 indicates that sexual immorality may be […]

Who Do You Believe?

Recently I was asked to name a person who has been influential in my life. I’m sure you could answer that question pretty quickly. It didn’t take me long either. What was surprising to me is that I came up with two different names with one significant common denominator. These two people believed in the […]

175lbs. – Reaching a Goal

It’s not about the shape of my body – it’s about the surrender in my soul. Reshaping the body is my practice field. On December 21, 2009 I weighed 225lbs. Today I reached my goal – 175lbs. I eat what I want – just not as much of it. – Matthew 15:11 I exercise very little […]

Snake in the Door

For me, this has been a normal morning. I woke up early to go to the Prayer Room at my church. I love my time in the Prayer Room. It’s early. It’s quiet and in these moments I get to visit with God about things that wouldn’t normally cross my mind. I pray through our […]

Stop Praying

This morning I was reading in Jeremiah…One passage was scary. The other challenging. I thought I would share these passages with you. SCARY Jeremiah 7:16, “Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you.” – It scares me […]