Wednesday's Word


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Hide Not Your Face

It's perhaps the most comforting and mysterious truth in the Christian faith: God will never hide his face from us. I love what David writes in Psalm 27: "Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!" (ESV) What a comforting thing it is for every Christian to know that they'll never see the back of God's head. He'll never turn his back on us, never walk... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Afraid of the Unknown

Today's devotional has been adapated from a new post I wrote celebrating 10 years of Paul Tripp Ministries, Inc. Read The Full Post... It was one of the hardest decisions I ever made. I loved my work at The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), but God was producing a restlessness in my heart. It became clear that He was calling me to something else, so in June of 2006, we launched Paul Tripp Ministries, Inc. (In case you’re wondering, we chose that... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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Organizing Treasures

How organized of a person are you? We all have that one friend who seems to show up late for events, forget important details, or regularly misplace items. We may be unorganized, but we're not as bad as them! We also have that one friend who's hyper-vigilant when it comes to the details: they're never late, and it seems as if their life is color-coordinated and broken down into a bullet-point list. We may take organization seriously, but we're surely not that extreme! ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Sinned Against (Again)

When was the last time someone sinned against you? How did you respond? Last Wednesday I wrote about the 8 sinful responses we typically have after we've been wounded by another: regret, fear, defend, withhold, retaliate, react, judge or doubt. These are instinctive and understandable reactions, but they only add further trouble to the trouble we're already experiencing. So how should we respond in the face of another's sin? Let me suggest four God-centered,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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Sinned Against

When was the last time someone sinned against you? It can be a harsh and perplexing reality, but in his divine wisdom, God has chosen to keep us in a world populated with flawed individuals. There's no covenant promise that includes an exemption clause from being sinned against. In fact, Jesus predicted just the opposite! (See Matthew 18:15, Luke 17:4, and John 16:33) Many times, these sins will be indirect, impersonal, or unintentional, the natural result of colliding sinners. But... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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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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