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Grace Comes Down

Rebellion raises its ugly head then grace comes down darkness covers creation’s light then grace comes down thorns and disease infect then grace comes down people lie and cheat then grace comes down desires lead astray then grace comes down image bearers murder their own then grace comes down power corrupts the powerful then grace comes down pride’s delusion ensnares then grace comes down fools preach what is foolish then grace comes down idols abound and deceive then grace... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, December 4, 2017

The Conversation That Saved My Ministry

I was discouraged and defeated. I had moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania to help launch a gospel-centered church, but I had no idea what a spiritually stony place Scranton would prove to be. There was a cultural malaise that enveloped the region. It had once been the epicenter of the old Northeastern coal belt, but it's boom days were long ago over. In fact, you could argue that the American dream had died in 1950 in Scranton. People in this rusting mountain city felt like they had been... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Saturday, November 25, 2017

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

The Worst Job Description Ever

Have you ever held a job that you absolutely dreaded going to? Has there ever been a certain task that you had to complete as part of that job that made you want to resign? What about outside of the workplace, in your Christian life? Has God ever asked you to do something that you dreaded? Or, is there one thing lurking that if God asked you to do, you would be inclined to say no and run far away? In today's story of faith, I want to introduce you to a fellow believer who was... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, November 9, 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