Wednesday's Word

The Christian Ghetto

This devotional is adapted from my new series The Gospel In Your Neighborhood. The Bible is filled with unsettling commands and ruffling statements. In other words, many of the directives in Scripture are meant to disturb our claustrophobic, self-absorbed kingdoms and make us move towards Christ and his bigger Kingdom. For me, one of the most unsettling statements Christ makes comes during his Sermon on the Mount. He says to those listening, and to us reading years later, "You are the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Don't Skip The Gym

If you're a human being, trouble will come knocking. At some time and in some way, suffering will enter our door as an uninvited guest. In these moments, we have a choice to make: we can question God's character and grow weak in faith, or we can embrace it as an opportunity that God is giving us to develop spiritual muscles. I need to be honest with you today - it's natural for me to grow weak under difficulty. When life gets hard, it's easy to forsake my spiritual exercises and fall into... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Stay In School

When was the last time you wore a cap and gown? Most of us have graduated from an institution of some kind - high school, college, trade school, police academy, seminary, etc. When we graduate, we experience excitement, relief, and accomplishment. We've worked hard to complete a course, and now we're equipped to take that knowledge and skill and provide real-life answers and solutions. Graduation is highly celebrated in Western culture (nothing wrong with that), but you'll never find a... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Change The Way You Pray

At some point in our life, we had to memorize The Lord's Prayer, but just in case you need a refresher, here's the first half again: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:9-10) As historic as these words have been for the church, I'm afraid that they have simultaneously become some of the most clich├ęd words in the Christian faith. In this case, I think we have memorized one of God's most important commands... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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How Good Are Your Eyes?

I have counseled and pastored for many years, and one of the things that has impressed me over and over again is how self-deluded people can be. Including me. It's amazingly difficult to see ourselves with accuracy. We see other people with a fairly high degree of accuracy, but we don't seem to see ourselves with the same precision. Here are a few I've experienced: I've been yelled at by angry people who angrily defended themselves when I suggested that they struggled with anger. I've... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Your Hope In 2016

If you pay attention to the way we speak and the way we act, we're always hoping for something. "I hope our company does well this year" / "I hope he isn't mad at me" / "I hope God answers my prayer" / "I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow" / "I hope this sickness isn't something serious" As human beings, we hope. It's our default setting. We attach our security and our sense of peace and rest to something every day. The question is not whether we hope, but what holds our hope. I want to give... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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Should You Make A New Year's Resolution?

It's that time of year again when we examine what we don't like about our life and make a resolution to change it in the New Year. As the calendar turns from 2015 to 2016, we want to create a better version of ourselves. Some of us want to lose weight or get into better physical condition. Some of us want to save more money and cut out needless spending. Some of us want to change careers or kick that bad habit. This will finally be the year that we do it! Can be I honest with you? If you... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Advent Shows The Way

This is the fourth and final Advent devotional that I send out each December, and although it isn't Christmas Day yet, I want to look beyond the birth of Jesus and write about his death. Without the end of his life in view, Jesus is just another baby, and Advent isn't worth celebrating. With that in mind, I want to focus on what I think is one of the most radical phrases in Scripture. I've always been amazed and confused by this verse: "But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Advent Announces Reality

Every year in December, I send out four Wednesday's Word emails for Advent. These devotionals have been excerpted from my sermon series, which are available with some other free Advent resources at www.PaulTripp.com/Advent. It was the most important event ever, accompanied by the most important song ever, containing the most important announcement ever - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased." (Luke 2:14) There's so much to extract from... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Advent Reveals God's Character

Every year in December, I send out four Wednesday's Word emails for Advent. These devotionals have been excerpted from my sermon series, which are available with some other free Advent resources at www.PaulTripp.com/Advent. Have you ever accused God of being too weak? Have you ever criticized the Lord for not loving you enough? I would like to think that I've always trusted in God's omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience and eternal, unshakeable love. But I'm deeply persuaded that we,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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