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Two Words That Summarize The Entire Bible

A few days ago I said that you and I are at risk of becoming too familiar with the Bible and the stories in it. I think there's another area where you and I are at risk in our Christian faith: We read the Bible too quickly. We need to slow down and pay attention to every single word, because there are words and phrases that tell huge stories. If we breeze by them, we could miss something powerful that the Lord is trying to teach us. In today's video clip, there are two words... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, May 22, 2017
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Do You Share God's Heart?

I don't know about you, but sometimes I like to read the Bible with self-righteous glasses and look down on the men and women who make faithless blunders and selfish decisions. But I can't get very far before God convicts me of my own sin and reminds me that I'm more like these people than unlike them. Jonah is one of those characters. I like to think that I would never run from the call of God, but in ways that we don't even realize, you and I run everyday. Why do we... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, May 19, 2017
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Are You Too Familiar With Jonah's Story?

I don't know many of you, apart from maybe your name and email address, but I do know something about you: You're familiar with the story of Jonah. Who hasn't learned of the man who got swallowed by a big fish! But are you too familiar? Has the story of Jonah become such a routine part of your Christianity that you forget to ask what God wants you to learn through this narrative? I'm afraid that often in the church, we have informed brains and unchanged hearts. You... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, May 18, 2017
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The Lesser Known Joseph

There are two very famous men in Scripture who share the name Joseph. There's the Old Testament Joseph, the great savior of the nation of Israel, whose amazing story from abandoned brother to Egyptian lord is chronicled in Genesis. Then there's the New Testament Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, who believed in the angel's report and became the guardian of the young Messiah. But there's a third Joseph, often overlooked because of the drama of the moment onto which he stepped.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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The Best Worst Friday

At the center of a biblical worldview is this radical recognition: the most horrible thing that ever happened was the most wonderful thing that ever happened. What could be more terrible than Good Friday? Could any injustice be greater? Could any loss be more painful? Could any suffering be worse? The only man who ever lived a life that was perfect in every way possible, who gave his life for the sacrifice of many, and who willingly suffered from birth to death in loyalty to his... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, April 14, 2017
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7 Gospel Promises To Embrace Today

You may have heard me say this before, but it's worth repeating again: I'm deeply persuaded that many Christians, myself included, have a big gap in the middle of our gospel theology. Let me break it down and then apply it in a fresh way: I think we have a strong understanding of the theology of gospel past - meaning, we trust deeply in the historical sacrifice of Jesus which paid the penalty for our sins. I also think that we have a strong understanding of the theology of ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, March 6, 2017
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What Is Time?

We think so much of moments days years times past things to come. We deal with so much regret of the past fear of the future confusion in the present. For us time passes quickly we miss a moment days drag on. We anticipate what's coming hold on to what's gone. Time holds us molds us controls us. Thankfully God knows no time never expects never regrets no looking forward no glancing back no surprises no mysteries nothing unexpected. God dwells in an eternal... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, January 5, 2017
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Don't Make Resolutions. Make Commitments.

I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions. While I understand the desire for fresh starts and new beginnings, none of us has the power to reinvent ourselves simply because the calendar has flipped over to a new year. But since the gospel of Jesus Christ carries with it a message of fresh starts and new beginnings - because of the forgiving and transforming power of God's grace - looking forward at the year to come does give us an opportunity to give ourselves anew to practical,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, January 2, 2017
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A New Year Flips Over

A new year flips over but not new still between already and not yet still grappling with sin within brokenness without still living as an alien still longing for home still facing temptation's draw still hearing the Tempter's whisper still grappling with weakness of body and fickleness of heart still hoping for what could be still disappointed by what is. A new year flips over but not new still the same King rules and reigns still the same Savior pouring out... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Sunday, January 1, 2017
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Read These Passages During Christmas

I don't know what your family traditions are, but I would hope that reading the Word of God is included on the agenda for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If it's not, why don't you make 2016 the year to start a new tradition? Below are three passages that I love to choose from. I also included some brief comments that you could share with your family and friends. Have a blessed Christmas! Matthew 2:13-18 Now when [the wise men] had departed, behold, an angel of the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, December 23, 2016
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