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Ministry Is Life And Life Is Ministry

If you are living in a broken world as a sinner among sinners, then every situation, location, and relationship you encounter requires ministry. What is ministry? It’s not just the calling of the paid professionals, nor limited to scheduled activities on your calendar. In biblical terms, ministry is not about a time, a place, or a job description. It is a heartfelt willingness to respond to the spiritual need that God puts in your path, anytime, anyplace. This certainly includes... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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"Jesus And Me" Christianity

Are you living a spiritually isolated life? How many of your fellow Christians are truly aware of the major areas of difficulty and temptation in your life? How many authentic and helpful conversations have you had recently about these areas? Inside the body of Christ, which is meant to be the most honest community on earth, many of us exist in a network of surface-level relationships. We live with the delusion that we know one another, but we really don’t. We call our easygoing,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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Why You Can And Should Do Something

Last week I told a story about three ordinary teenage boys who took gospel-centered action in the face of an unbiblical status quo happening at their high school. What motivated them to act? And why are we tempted to do nothing? There is bad theology and good theology that either keeps us sidelined or spurs us on to do something. I’m Too Busy … or … God Has Called Us To Be The Light Of The World One reason we remain passive is because we ease our guilty... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Three Teenage Boys Who Did Something

When you look at a 16-year-old, what are your hopes and expectations for them? Go to school, do your homework, and please avoid the typical teenage temptations and errors? I knew three teenage boys who were different. They were about to forever change their surroundings because they refused to be passive in the face of wrong. The boys were attending a large and well-known Christian school that had been around for years. But there were problems in the school as never before. The student... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Encourage Your Anger

When was the last time you experienced anger? You probably won’t need to rewind the clock very far back to recall your most recent moment. Was your anger ugly? Did you say or do something that you now regret? Do you wish that you could rewind the clock and erase words and actions from the ears and eyes of your spouse, children, friends, neighbors or co-workers? Today I want to do something that may sound counterintuitive: I want to encourage your anger. That is, only if your... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Proactive And Thankful

Last week I wrote how many of us will feel confused and powerless for periods of our life. It’s the reality of living in a fallen world with broken people. These moments are painful, yet necessary and helpful. They expose our functional level of faith in God - our capacity to truly leave things up to him - and they provide us with an opportunity to mature in our faith. If we respond biblically during seasons when life makes little or no sense, we can experience spiritual blessing in... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Confused And Powerless

Are you living through a period of life when you don't understand what God is doing, and you can't seem to improve your situation, location, or relationships? Maybe you don't feel utterly helpless, but you feel something like this: Wanting to honor the Lord and do what he says is right, despite others doing what is wrong and thriving. Frustrated that life isn't going your way, and that what you desire is often a dream and rarely a reality. Confused at why God has... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Hope For Today, Because Of Tomorrow

When you woke up this morning, what gave you hope? Maybe a better way of asking the same question is: When you woke up this morning, where did you look for security? For many well-intentioned followers of Jesus, we have mistakenly built our houses of hope on sinking sand. Without even knowing it, we load all our hope for life onto our spouse, children, career, house, retirement account, social status, or ministry calling. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with appreciating people,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Is Christ In Your Christianity?

There are some blunt, tell-it-like-it-is passages in the Bible. One that comes to mind is 1 John 2:19 - "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us." (ESV) This is not merely a historical recounting by John, but a warning for us today: We must resist defining Christianity as anything other than a deep devotion to Christ, the fruit of which is a lifestyle of daily worship of him and active service in his kingdom. We must... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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A Lamp And A Light

When was the last time you needed to use a flashlight? I'm guessing your answer will include some variation of "dark" or "darkness". As a sinner living with other sinners in a fallen world, you encounter darkness every day. While you may experience Instagram-worthy, sunny day picnic lunches, the reality is that life is more of a midnight walk through the woods. On any given day, you probably encounter more darkness than you do truth - both internally, and... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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