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Shine Bright

Yesterday I wrote an Article about grumbling and disputing and what it reveals about our heart. When we grumble, we declare that we deserve better from the Lord, and when we dispute, we declare that we know better than the Lord. But there’s something else. Look again at Philippians 2: “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, June 13, 2014
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Fallen is Babylon

Babylon was probably the first of the great cities in the ancient world. It was an economic, political, scientific, and cultural center. Think of it as the ancient equivalent of New York, Singapore, or London. Babylon was impressive in human standards, but we find in Revelation 18 that God was not impressed. The entire chapter - entitled The Fall of Babylon - is a condemnation of this once-magnificent culture. It culminates with verse 21: “Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, May 12, 2014
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Restoring Shalom

The environment that you’re living in today was not the environment that existed when God created the world. The environment that you’ll one day exist in won’t be the same environment that you’re living in today. Another way of saying that is: when Adam and Eve rebelled against God, Shalom was shattered, and when Jesus returns, Shalom will be fully restored. What is Shalom? In short, it means “peace.” But peace is only a portion of the definition. Shalom could better be described as... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, May 5, 2014
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Don't Limit Your Ministry

Do you ever wonder what God does with all that time He has? Do you ever think that God just sits up in Heaven, twiddling His thumbs until the return of Christ? It sounds silly, but I'm being serious - if you had to summarize God's current job description, what would you write? The Bible is clear that we'll never fully understand the character and plan of God (Job 11:7 and Romans 11:33), but there are two places that clue us in to what God is working on. Romans 8 says the whole world is... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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Exercise Influence

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I’ve wondered why in the world God decided to keep me living in this broken world. Wouldn’t it be so much better if we had just disappeared into eternity the moment God saved us? Sometimes I wish that was the biblical reality of salvation. But that’s not what God had in mind. You and I are left here for a reason. And it's not because God has forgotten about us. It’s not because God enjoys seeing us suffer difficulty. It’s not because God is... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, March 21, 2014
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Who Knows You?

I want you to consider two questions with me today: How many people do you know? How many people know you? If I were scroll through the contacts on my phone or search through my Facebook friends or look at the people I follow on Twitter, I could come up with a fairly long list of people I know. I could tell you where they lived, what they did for work, who they were married to, what their kids were doing, and even a few personal preferences or hobbies. The opposite would... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Forgiveness: The Key to Ministry Unity

There's one thing you can know for sure, pastor or ministry leader. In the course of your ministry, you’ll be sinned against.And not necessarily by the people you're ministering to, but by the people ministering alongside you. You'll be misunderstood, falsely accused, and unfairly judged. When that happens, you can choose to carry a list. You can give way to the temptation to punish the other person. You can choose for disappointment to become distance, for affection to become dislike, and... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, January 31, 2014
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Grace for Our Grieving

“Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel. The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons." (1 Samuel... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, January 13, 2014
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The Best of Dangerous Calling 2013

A little over a year ago, Crossway published my book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry. What God has done since is amazing. Everywhere I go, a pastor (or groups of pastors) will come up to me and share what God has taught them through the material. We've received countless e-mails of thanks. People everywhere are taking to social media - just search #dangerouscalling and see how people have been blessed. All glory to God! This year I began... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, December 27, 2013
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Reasons to be Passive (Part 2)

Last week we looked at one argument (or excuse) that we make when we don't want to act on what God has called us to do. I labeled it "The Identity Argument" when we, like Moses at the burning bush, look at the size of the task and say, "I'm too small for this." Today, we'll look at at two similar arguments that allow us to remain passive. The Magnitude Argument: “The Problem Is Too Big” Maybe you’re looking at the chaotic life of a loved one and are overwhelmed at all that needs to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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