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Only One Black Friday

There was only one Black Friday. It was not the day after Thanksgiving. It was not a day when self-oriented consumers bumped into climbed over pushed into screamed at and hated the other consumers who were in their way. No, all the action of the one Black Friday was on a hill of death outside the city where three souls hung on crosses, two criminals and the Messiah doing what he came to do and what the world was desperate for. That Friday the world went dark the Father turned... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 22, 2017

6 Truths About Weak Faith And Little Prayers

The twelfth chapter of Acts depicts terrible and violent times for the Christians of the early church. If you live in the peaceful West, you'll find it hard to relate to what it was like to live under constant threat and in constant fear simply because of what you believe. Sadly, there are millions of our brothers and sisters around the world who reside in regions where violence is a regular response to biblical faith. Herod, the king at the time, wasn't much of a theologian; he didn't... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, October 16, 2017

A Little Faith At Night

I want you to consider a principle: faith makes you a canvas upon which the Redeemer can paint the beauty of his grace. What do you think this principle means? And how does it apply to the situtations, locations, and relationships of your everyday life? Take a moment to meditate on these questions, and when you're ready, grab a Bible and read John 3:1-21. The Background In most of the gospel narratives, the Pharisees are identified as a group of people, but in John 3,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, September 12, 2017

No Such Thing As Chance

It's a story so unusual, so extraordinary, and so mind-blowing that when we step back and consider the narrative, it forces us to reconsider the typical ways we think and talk about our lives. It's a story that you're probably familiar with, but before we dive into that passage from Scripture, I want you to examine yourself: what is your street-level theology of God's involvement in your mundane affairs? What do you tend to tell yourself when an unexpected or unplanned... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, September 1, 2017

Don't Forget About The Boy

Anyone who has been exposed to the Christian tradition will know the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. But just to refresh your memory, I would like you to re-read John 6:1-15 before starting this piece. SETTING THE SCENE The fame of Jesus was spreading like wildfire, and understandably so. No one had performed wondrous miracles like this man (v. 2), and no one had spoken with authority like this teacher (Mark 1:22). People everywhere wanted to be in the presence of Jesus,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, August 21, 2017

The Widow's Gift of Everything

Imagine what it was like for her, just her and her little boy. Her husband had died, and together, mother and son were starving to death. They were victims of a widespread famine, and there was no place to go and nothing to do about their plight. She had faced the reality of their coming demise. She would take her little pot of flour and the little bit of oil she had left, gather some sticks, make a little cake, eat this final meal with her son and lay down to die. What would you be... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why Would You Say Yes?

It was a crazy request: build a boat. But there's no water around. Build it anyway, and trust that water will come. Fill it with all the animals of the land, then board it with your family. Oh, and just a disclaimer – this is going to take decades and result in persecution and mockery. Such was the nature of the task assigned to Noah. It was crazy, when you think about it in its historical and geographical context. There was no amount of human logic, rationality or wisdom that... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, July 6, 2017

Walk A Life Unnoticed

We don't know much about the man Enoch. The Bible doesn't divulge any details of his life, amazing feats, battles won, or journies taken by faith like it does with other biblical characters. All we know is that he was the seventh generation between Adam and Noah, that his father was Jared, and that his son was the famous long-living Methuselah (see Genesis 5:18-24). Despite his unremarkable life (in terms of historical prominence and biblical detail), Enoch is the second character... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The First Martyr In Scripture

Want more on the story of Cain and Abel? Check out this sermon I preached on Genesis 4 He's the first martyr in Scripture, and his death is recorded only four chapters in. Perhaps a more gruesomely accurate description is that Abel becomes the first victim of sibling homicide in the history of the world. It's the kind of story that starts trending on social media, capturing your interest as it turns your stomach at the very same time. I almost titled this story... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why Are Stories In The Bible?

I want to introduce to you a series of posts that will focus on stories of people of faith. You will be familiar with some of the names, like Noah and Abel and Enoch, while other biblical characters will be less renowned, like the Widow of Zarephath, who still have important stories to tell. But before we begin, I need to remind you of something important: the purpose of their stories is not to give you heroes to emulate, but rather to point you to a Person in whom your faith should reside.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, May 30, 2017