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Give Thanks For More This Year

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for beauty. God has filled his world with such magnificent beauty, and more amazingly, has given us - undeserving rebels that we are - the ability to sense and delight in his beautiful creation. I am thankful for my ability to see beauty: the blooming bouquet the spotted leopard the multi-hued sunset the pillowy cloud the golden sun the crystal display of a starry night. I am thankful for my ability to hear beauty: the crash of the wave the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Three Reasons To Give Up

Have you ever hit a moment in life when you thought you were wiser than God, or that you could have developed a better plan than the Sovereign King of the universe? Maybe it was in a moment of suffering or difficulty. If God knew what he was doing, why would he allow this suffering to enter my life? At least, don't send difficulty during this particular season. Perhaps it was during a moment of regret or retrospect. Why would God, in all his wisdom, chart the trajectory of my life in... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Responding To Life And God In The Midst Of Chaos

Is there a particular area of your life where you wish you had more power and control? Whether it's due to a single life-altering event or the daily hassles of life courtesy of a broken world, you and I can’t travel very far without being confronted by our lack of sovereignty. The fact that we don't have much rule over our everyday lives can be a frustrating, discouraging, and intimidating reality. I'm not sure how many of us feel inclined to sing Great Is Thy... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Two More Lies Children (And Adults) Believe

Last week I told you that my wife and I brought children into this world who thought they didn't need parents. At times, our kids genuinely believed they were smarter than their mom and dad. As the father of four, there were two more lies I observed my children believing. (Although, the Bible teaches - and everyday life reveals - that us adults fall for these same dangerous lies!) 1. The Lie of Autonomy To be truly autonomous is to be independent, self-determining, and self-ruling.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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Don't Be The Daddy Of Daddy

My wife and I brought children into this world who thought they didn't need parents. Each of our four kids, at some point and in their own way, fell into believing that they were far more knowledgeable and capable than they really were. Sometimes it can be cute or funny, at least on the surface. Other times it will frustrate and grieve your soul. But ultimately, it's a dangerous lie that these growing human beings fall for: we know better than our parent. When our kids were... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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It's Time For A Bit Of Bad News

Last week I wrote about our identity as children of grace and the good news that holds. But remember, good news is only good if there's bad news to preface it. On the off chance that you haven't noticed already – or, more likely, that you haven't considered it recently – here's the bad news: there's a conflict between what the Bible has to say about you and what you would like to think is true about you. I want to think that my greatest, deepest, most... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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What Does Grace Actually Mean?

Last week I wrote about the two identities we live with: sinner, and child of grace. The identity we assign ourselves is critically important, because it impacts everything we think, say, and do. Let's unpack what it means to live out of our identity as a child of grace, when the rubber hits the road of our street-level Christianity. Grace enters our life in three powerful forms: 1. The Grace of Forgiveness It's inconceivable to think that all our sins of the past,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Your Born Identity

I'm sure you know someone who has been impacted by dementia. It's heartbreaking and exhausting. When a person loses their memory to such a significant degree, they become a danger to themselves and require constant care from others. While the biochemical condition is something to weep over - and we should long for the day when sin no longer ravages the body - there's a deeper and more dangerous spiritual version of memory loss that you and I battle every day. I call it... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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What Type Of Car Do You Drive?

For many years, I drove a car that never guaranteed I would arrive at my destination. This mode of transportation was God's way of deepening my faith. I prayed without ceasing from start to finish. The sounds this car would make were a clear warning sign that something was wrong. But over time, the screeching and groaning became normal. It was part of my daily routine. I shouldn't have been surprised when the car suddenly stopped. But I was shocked, and even personally offended... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Don't Just Survive ... Restore

I once wandered into a home that was in the process of being restored. I guess you would call it a fixer-upper, although there was so much to fix up, I wasn't sure if it was worth the effort. If it was up to me, I probably would've hired a wrecking ball and leveled the place. Or at least made quicker work with a crowbar. But not the guy that just bought the property. He was delicately restoring the inside from top to bottom, using small chisels, hammers and brushes. It would... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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