Wednesday's Word


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Worth The Wait

When was the last time you felt like giving up in the middle of something difficult? A week ago, I shared that many of us feel overwhelmed before even starting something challenging. When we sense God's call, we typically measure the size of the task ahead, and we measure our previous track record. Many times, though, we forget to calculate that God will accompany us wherever he sends us, so we inaccurately measure our full potential. But what about after we've taken that first... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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I Can't Do It

When was the last time you felt nervous or overwhelmed with something looming on the horizon of your life? When was the last time you threw your hands up in despair and said, "I can't do it!" Maybe it was before a job interview or a big presentation at work that you couldn't afford to mess up. Maybe it was on the morning of your wedding. Maybe it was waiting on the results of a serious medical test for you or a loved one. Or perhaps it was right before a mundane moment... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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The Trap of Pleasing People

I was a young pastor. I was doing everything I could to develop the teaching gift that God had given me. I knew that my preaching wasn't perfect, and I knew I needed to gain experience, but I wasn't that bad of a preacher, right? Wrong, at least for one. There was a critical man in our congregation who never seemed to be satisfied with my sermons, no matter how I approached them. One evening he came up to me and said, "Paul, your preaching is killing us." What a way to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Someday I Will...

When was the last time you thought, "Someday, I'll [...]" before filling in the blank with a goal for your future? Maybe one of these will apply: Someday I'll get a job I actually enjoy. Someday I'll get myself in good physical health. Someday I'll go back to school and get that degree. Someday I'll get our family out of debt. Someday I'll find that special person to marry. Someday I'll join a good church where I fit in. Someday... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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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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