Wednesday's Word


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The Mission Of Words

Why do we speak to other people? First and foremost, we speak because it's our natural design. God hardwired us with the unique ability and desire to engage in a social environment. But what motivates us to choose the specific words we use? Maybe you speak to acquire an item: a train ticket, the bottle of ketchup at dinner, or critical data to help you complete that big project. Maybe you speak to express emotion: frustration with a delay, affection for someone you... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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23 Things That Love Is

Valentine's Day is over. That means all those advertisements for roses and chocolate-covered strawberries and pendants are over, too. At least until next year. What's the main message in those advertisements? "If you love your spouse or significant other, you'll purchase them our special item." I have no problem with that. Luella and I gift each other regularly with romantic gestures. But those gifts are signs of our affection for one another; they are not love. ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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The Desire of Words

He was an exhausted and discouraged husband and father. He said, in so many words, "I pray, read my Bible, and go to church. I struggle to do what's right, and people tell me to trust the Lord. But God just sits up there and lets it all happen. What good has being a Christian done for me!?" A different lady, unrelated, was married to a difficult man. Her dreams of the perfect marriage had long died. I was trying to help her understand her identity in Christ and the love God had... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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The Sovereignty of Words

It’s probably the most powerful prayer I can remember. My father-in-law was in the hospital, suffering from an advanced case of bone cancer. It was hard to be in the room knowing the severe pain he was experiencing. But as we were leaving, Bert asked to pray. He said three things to the Lord: First, he thanked God for being good in all circumstances, even when it didn’t match our definition of good. Second, he asked God to help him be a good example to others during his suffering.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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The Roots of Words

When I was a boy, my mother told me to never forget these words. More than 50 years later, clearly I haven't: "There isn't anything that comes out of the mouth of a drunk that wasn't there in the first place." We were at a family reunion, and an uncle had consumed too much alcohol and began saying sexually perverse things. Knowing the excuses that would follow, my mom took the opportunity to disciple us with street-level theology by sharing what the Lord said: ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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The Power of Words

My two oldest sons are two years apart. They’re adults now, but when they were younger, I remember an argument they had. I can’t specifically remember what the argument was about, something silly and insignificant. It was one of many, like all brothers have. What I do remember was how harsh their tone was, how their words were laden with accusation, and how their choice of vocabulary was personally damaging. Their sentences were designed to tear down, not find a solution to the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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The Importance of Words

How much did you talk yesterday? Can you remember half of what you said? Some of us talk more than others, but even those of us who are considered quiet say a lot during the course of a day. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, our existence is defined by words. Because talking is so natural, we don't pay much attention to what we're saying. But in my many years of studying the Bible and counseling people, I have come to realize the significance that God places... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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5 Reasons To Read The Bible In 2017

I'm sure by now that you've received multiple emails, social media ads, or push notifications encouraging you to start a Bible reading plan for 2017. Since it's only three days into the New Year, my guess is that most of you are batting 3-for-3 and feeling good! But if you're anything like me - easily distracted with a fickle heart - reading the Word of God consistently will be a challenge. I'm not going to endorse an app or recommend a specific plan. There are many... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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New Year, New You

It's that time of year again: "New Year. New You." As the calendar flips from 2016 to 2017, many of us are examining what we don't like about our lives and hoping to stick to resolutions that change us for the better. Many advertisers are hoping that you'll buy into the "New Year. New You" hype, too. Is change important? Is commitment essential? Of course they are. We all need to grow and adapt to the circumstances of life. Our daily decisions are driven strongly by the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Advent Looks Beyond Birth To Death

This will be the fourth and final Advent devotional I send out, and although it isn't Christmas Day yet, I want you to look beyond the Manger and consider the Cross. Why? Because while the birth of Christ is amazing, without his death and resurrection, Jesus is just another baby and Advent isn't worth celebrating. With that in mind, I want to focus on what I think is one of the most radical phrases in Scripture. I've always been amazed and confused by this verse: "But the Lord... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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