Wednesday's Word

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Hang In There

Have you ever been in the middle of a difficult season and someone says to you, "Hang in there!" Maybe you've said it to a friend just recently yourself. I think we mean well with phrases like this, and our aim is to encourage our friends or loved ones, but let's be honest: "hang in there" doesn't actually do much to lift our spirits or strengthen our resolve. If I can be even more honest, sometimes I think we say "hang in there" because we're... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Why God Answers

When was the last time God answered one of your prayers? Here's a follow-up question: how did you respond when he answered that prayer? You and I should never grow accustomed to the miracle of God answering us when we pray. It's an amazing thing that he would even listen, let alone respond. We're certainly not deserving of his time, attention, or resources. Sadly, however, I've found that I sometimes feel expectant of, or entitled to, answered prayers. I think, "God has answered me... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Solid Rock, Sinking Sand

I'm not a fan of unpredictability. I don't like it when my schedule changes at the last second. I don't like it when my flights are delayed and I have to rush to make it to a conference on time. I don't like having to go to a second store to find what I'm looking for because the first store sold out! More recently, I've had to deal with the unpredictability of my physical health. I don't like not knowing what the next day will bring. Will I experience pain and discomfort today? Will I get a... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Two Questions, One Thing

I have two questions to ask you today. I would encourage you to answer them honestly, without pretending to be more devout than you actually are, and specifically, without providing vague generalizations. If you had the ability to change one thing in your life, what would you change? If someone very wealthy and powerful offered to fulfill one thing you desired, what would you request? Let me start with my own honest confession. On most days, my answer wouldn't sound like this: "One... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Security Guards

If you've been following the recent political campaigns, you probably watched a presidential hopeful give an impassioned speech at a rally to a cheering crowd of supporters. But if you watch closely enough, you'll notice a group of men who never cheer. You can spot them by their outfit - black suits and sunglasses - and they won't cheer because they're on high-alert, providing a constant shield of protection around the candidate. This got me thinking: if I had security guards around me 24/7,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Road Signs

For the start of today's devotional, you'll need to let your imagination wander. Ready? Transport yourself to the following scene: A few minutes ago, you landed at Orlando International Airport. You're in town to go to Disney World. Whether you're there with your kids or on a business trip is up to you. You pick up the keys to your rental car and start driving down the highway. Several miles into the journey, you spot the first sign for Disney World. Parked next to the sign on the side of... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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The Straight and Narrow

My father was the master of taking shortcuts ... or so he thought. He lived on an endless quest to find the fastest route between all of the distances he traveled. My mom used to kid him that most of his shortcuts ended up turning into longcuts, to which he would respond, "The shortest distance between two points is a straight line." The Christian life is the ultimate straight line. The line starts with dead rebels at Point A and ends with people alive and reformed into the likeness of Christ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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4 Life Lessons I Learned From A Blind Friend

I have a good friend named George; we've known each other for nearly 40 years now. George and I share a lot in common, but one thing we don't share is a harsh physical reality: George is blind. The more I spend time with George, the more God uses this relationship to open my eyes to the spiritual realities of life in this fallen world. There are four things I've learned that I want to share with you. 1. Blind people see their condition. George is a man of insight and determination, and... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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First Responders

This is the fifth and final installment in my series, Five Words That Change Families. Just to recap: we've looked at Surrender, Purpose, Discipline and Patience. Today's concluding word is MERCY. We've all been taught in Sunday School that God is a God of mercy. When David pens Psalm 51 - one of the most famous passages in the entire Bible - he begins with, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love." Mercy is a popular Christian term, but what does it actually look like... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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It's Out Of Your Control

We're nearing the end of March, a month dedicated to Five Words That Change Families. We've looked at Surrender, Purpose and Discipline, and today's word is essential to the previous three: PATIENCE. Surrendering our desires to the Lord won't come naturally to us, nor to our spouse. Pursuing God's purpose won't be a simple call for us, nor for our children. Disciplining ourselves to say no to indulging the pleasures of the flesh will be a significant struggle for us, as it will be for our... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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