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7 Trademarks Of An Unhealthy Friendship

Earlier this month I opened the Bible to Ephesians 4:1-7 and wrote about three trademarks of a healthy, growing friendship. Here's a quick recap: Working Hard: Are you eagerly working hard to develop your friendship? Or are you expecting it to grow itself? Removing Expectations: Where are you expecting to be served by your friend? How do you “punish” your friend when they don’t meet your expectations? Celebrating Diversity: How often do we see diversity... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Biblical Marriage Advice For Valentine's Day

A bouquet of roses. A box of assorted chocolates. A bottle of champagne. A handwritten card. A necklace, a bracelet, a pair of earrings. A dinner by candlelight. I love all of these romantic acts! What I don't love, though, is how easily we buy into the delusion that acts of romance can form the foundation for a good marriage. Romance results from a healthy relationship, but a healthy relationship does not grow in the soil of romance. Rather, the Bible teaches that a marriage of... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, February 13, 2017
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3 Trademarks of a Growing, Healthy Friendship

When was the last time you felt let down by a good friend? When was the last time you felt misunderstood, or entirely unheard? When was the last time you struggled to resolve a conflict, and simply agreed to disagree? When was the last time you felt betrayed, or even used? When was the last time you questioned if that friendship was even worth pursuing anymore? Chance are you can answer any of those above questions with “Last week” or “Yesterday” or maybe... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, January 30, 2017
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5 Biblical Principles For Becoming A Better Friend

How many friends do you have? I guess your answer to that question will vary depending on how you define a friend. We have best friends, good friends, old friends, family friends, Facebook friends, and everything in between! Friends are a wonderful thing. They make us laugh and lift our spirit with their presence. Our most memorable moments happen in their company. During difficult days, they surround us with love and support. But no matter how many friends you have and how many... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, January 23, 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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My Favorite Christmas Hymn

People always ask me around this time, "Paul, what's your favorite Christmas hymn?" It may be the most difficult question I have to answer all year! There have been so many beautiful words written that capture the Advent story, and with each new addition, the narrative becomes no less amazing: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords leaves the splendor of glory to come to a shattered earth to suffer and die for self-oriented rebels. The Messiah is not born in a palace, but in a stable. He... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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Look At Your Christmas Tree Differently

Download This Video Feel free to download this video and show it in your home, small group, or church service. Christmas is all about a tree. But it's not the tree that you decorate. There's another tree that Christmas is all about. Even before the foundations of the earth, there was a tree in Jesus' future, and from the first breath that Jesus took, every step he took was marching toward this tree. This was not a tree of happiness; this was not a tree of... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, December 8, 2016
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