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Our Definition Of Ministry Is Too Limited

How would you define ministry? Maybe you define ministry as leading or participating in a mid-week small group. Maybe ministry means volunteering to feed the homeless after church. Maybe ministry looks like giving up a week of paid vacation and instead going on a missions trip to a foreign country. Perhaps your definition of ministry is shaped by a specific role - on the worship team, a youth group leader, a pastor, a deacon, an elder, or Sunday school teacher. None of... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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