John Ballinger

John's Blogs

The Knock On Your Door

Every once in a while, a Bible verse seems to follow me. It’s like wherever I look this certain verse keeps popping up.
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Let It Go

Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, no doubt you have heard the song Let It Go, sung by the lead character...
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Second Chances

The football season is almost over; only the Super Bowl with the last two winning teams playing is left. Because with each playoff game the losing team was eliminated
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Afraid of a Shadow

Look outside. Is the sun shining or is it a cloudy morning? This is a very important question on this day because if it is cloudy, spring is right around the corner.
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What's on Your Mind?

What are you setting your mind on today? Is it on things of this world or is it on what you can accomplish for the divine world?
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Have A Heart

February is "Heart Month" which means that in the next four weeks, we will be bombarded with reminders of what we need to do to take care of our hearts.
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Your Move

In a recent Reader's Digest Great advice. How many times do we live in a grumpy state of mind simply because we think the world owes us?
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Hibernating Hearts

Ok, let’s have a show of hands. Who is tired of winter? Yup, that’s just what I thought: All but a couple of you raised your hand despite the fact that you are alone in front of your computer.
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Always Watching

In the movie Monsters, Inc.,The words, handed down from God through Moses, encouraged the Israelites to always be thinking about how God wanted them to live their lives.
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Learning While We are Young

Last week, I had an experience I never considered would ever happen to me especially at my "young" age: I had cataract surgery. I had this delusion...
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On Eagle's Wings

Even youths grow tired and weary, but those who hope in the Lord they will run and not grow weary...
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Are You Waving?

We all shout and cheer for our favorite sports team or hero. Whether it’s basketball, football, baseball, bocce, or curling, we all urge on our teams. Winners or...
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Three Days

What did you do three days ago? In our busy lives, it is often hard to remember the events because they go by so quickly; we barely knew what happened. What will you...
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In the Garden

It's finally spring and I just came in from working in the yard. I was surrounded by trees just beginning to green and flowers coming into bloom. Soon the yard will...
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Ragpickers

It's Spring Cleanup Time in Ashland and what that means for our usually quiet street is an almost continuous string of traffic. People come in random cars and...
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One of the Crowd

Have you ever been to a sporting event and looked around at the different kinds of people in the crowd? Some of the crowds I have watched on TV are made up of an interest.....
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Hide and Seek

I have a friend who posted on Facebook a short video of her two kids playing peek-a-boo. It is the sweetest thing. There is something about playing peek-a-boo with little...
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Here Comes the Son

Wow, what a week! It is hard to believe but it feels like summer is finally here. (If you happened to miss spring this year, it happened a few weeks ago for about...
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Potential

I was out walking the other morning and saw a pencil in the street. It was your standard number two pencil in the institutional yellowish-orange color. You could ....
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Running the Race

Greetings, fellow rats! I am not being cruel here calling you all a bunch of nasty rodents but rather I am simply describing our lives as they were defined back in the...
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Paying Attention

We were in Buehler's the other day and were navigating an aisle to get what was on our list. Coming at us was one of those kid-friendly "carts" they have...
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Speaking the Same Language

With baseball season underway, I am reminded of an experience that happened when I was in high school. My family were big fans of the Reds and since Riverfront Stadium...
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Removing The Comma

When we think of the patriotic celebrations of summer, we generally think of the holidays of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However, there is one day that...
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In the Eyes of the Beholder

A few days ago, my wife was going into a restaurant the same time as an elderly gentleman. He walked with a cane and was stooped over so his range of ...
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Retirement

A familiar subject came up in conversation the other day when some people were lamenting the number of days until their retirement. We seem to have become obsessed...
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Looking Up

This is the best time of year to be living in Ashland County. Not only is the weather typical of the Midwest with beautiful days randomly interrupted by awesome...
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Questions

My wife and I have entered that next season of life called grandparenting. Although we don't get to see our granddaughters as often as we might like, we do...
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Summer

It's July. It's that time of year when life takes a laid-back attitude as we soak up the sunshine and warmth of the season. It is the nose-crinkling aroma ...
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New Things in a Bigger World

We have three frogs in our backyard - not the green slimy kind, but rather metal sculptures with lots of personality. They are, as my wife calls them, some of our...
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Good Enough

An interesting thing takes place in our house when my wife is on the flower and altar committee at church. All of a sudden, spring garden shopping for our yard takes on a...
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Lead Us Not

In 1919, a big hit song was "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)." It was a time in the United States when the country was experiencing...
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An Empty Place

This week is a special week in my life. On August 18, 1979, I married my best friend and this year we celebrate 36 years of marriage. This feat alone makes her an amazing...
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ABC's of Life

In American Profile the other day, there was an article about the ABCs of back to school. The list covered a wide variety of subjects that parents need to be considering as they...
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Spirituality

Recently, we were south of Columbus and saw a billboard advertising the outdoor drama"Tecumseh." We have been to see this awesome performance a few times and...
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Everything You Do

One of my favorite songs by Steven Curtis Chapman is one of those songs you just love to sing along with. Called “Do Everything,” the chorus
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Encouragement

Oops! I bet like me you just missed it. September 12 is celebrated as National Day of Encouragement, a day set aside to remember to inspire, reassure...
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The Rest of Your Life

I am a big fan of the Old West. I love the stories of cowboys and gunslingers. These people who seemed to be bigger than life added so much to my youth as I read about the heroes and the villains of this time period. I have sat enthralled, watching numerous movies...
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Life Lessons from a Pig

Maybe that isn't such a good title because it might lead you down the path of contemplating a totally different subject but like many of you, last week I went to...
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Right Path

One of our favorite things to do in summer and fall is go camping on the Mohican River. Since Monday is my day off, we normally leave Sunday after church and are arriving...
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Faith

"Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don't see"(Hebrews 11:1, CEB). Faith, according to the writer of Hebrews, comes from...
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By Technology Alone

There was a great article in the October 7 issue of the Ashland (OH) Times-Gazette that told of the steep learning curve of driving new vehicles with all their safety features; that new car...
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Pals

Recently, our daughter flew in from Florida to Ohio for an extended family gathering. One of her “requirements” during her weeklong visit was spending a day a...
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Humbled

Like most couples on their day off, my wife and I were out running errands. Some obviously were more urgent than others so we set our priorities on what we could get done...
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Stuff

A few months ago I read an article on the vagabond life. It explained how people are freeing their lives of excess “stuff” and enjoying a life of traveling...
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For Such A Time As This

Life poses to us some tough questions Why are we here or the more personal Why am I here? It sometimes is very clear to us and other times takes a lifetime to discover...
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