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Wednesday's Word

The Gift Is The Giver

I love the gift element of the Christmas season. I love when my family updates their wish list so I can see what they want to receive this year. I love shopping up and down the aisles in search of that perfect gift. I love taking it off the shelf, paying for it, bringing it home and wrapping it. I look forward with anticipation to their reaction when they receive it on Christmas. It brings me joy to know that my efforts will fill a need in their life or provide them with delight. Yes -... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 12, 2018

O Christmas Tree

My family loved the moment when we sat in darkness before its light. Each year my children would hound me about when it was going to happen; they would commiserate with one another about how big it would be. We would load them into the car and go to the place we always went to pick out our family Christmas tree. After weighing everyone’s opinions, we would decide, tie the tree to the roof of our car, and make our way home. That night we would decorate our tree together as a family.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Under Christmas Attack

You and your family are under attack. You probably won’t feel the siege—it’s subtle, seductive, and attractive—and that’s why this attack is infinitely more dangerous. What in the world am I talking about? Look at the calendar. The Advent season commences in just a few days. It should be a glorious time of remembering God’s response to his lost and rebellious image-bearers. That response wasn’t to condemn but to give the ultimate gift of grace:... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ask These 13 Thanksgiving Questions

It’s not too hard to find things to complain about. Listen to the conversations around you - there’s a lot of grumbling going on! At the same time, we can find a multitude of reasons for which to be thankful. Tomorrow (in America), our society sets aside a day to count our blessings and give thanks. I’m deeply persuaded that our decision to complain or to give thanks is rooted in the way we view ourselves. Follow the logic here: If I assume that I’m a good... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Are You Sure You Want To Pray This?

I don’t think you could pray more dangerous words than these three: “Thy Kingdom Come.” If we truly understood what we were saying, we would probably pause before inviting such upheaval through our door. This often overused and underestimated petition can only be answered by turning our lives upside down and inside out. Let’s be honest. We don’t always greet God’s kingdom with delight. We want certain things in life, and we not only want them, but we... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Preach, Invite, and Give Thanks

We live in a broken world. Have you noticed? Food decays Gossip destroys reputations Bitterness grows like a cancer Governments are corrupt Lust and greed control hearts People take what isn’t theirs and inflict violence Spouses act hatefully toward the one they vowed to love Children are abused instead of protected Drugs addict and destroy People slowly die of starvation or suddenly from disease The list could go on and on. Does this make you... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Two Questions That Change Everything

At the center of every philosophy or religion are two questions that change everything: What is people's biggest, most abiding problem? How will this problem ever get solved? The Christian worldview is very clear and very simple about the first: the answer is sin. The Bible directs us to look inside ourselves and not outside. Scripture documents and describes the chaos that ensues when we try to set up our little claustrophobic kingdoms of one, rather than living for the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 31, 2018

When The Pain Is Too Painful

Have you ever experienced something in life so painful that you wanted to shut down and never turn back on? Have you ever felt so crushed that, at least for the moment, you couldn’t imagine ever getting back up? For me, it was the physical trauma that accompanied my kidney damage. I will never be able to adequately describe it to you. This was pain like I never knew existed. My body went into spasms, and the pain was focused on my groin area where it felt as if someone had stuck me... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Weak

I long to be strong full of vitality energy to spare wide awake brain in gear muscles ready motivation engaged purposed possessed raring to go unstoppable zeal a competitor a completer the envy of others no frailties no worries no regrets But you have rendered me weak unable to be what I once was ever again not in this life the old me gone I cannot live as I once did I cannot do what I once did I cannot press through what you have chosen for me I cannot escape I... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Knock Knock, It's Mr. Hardship

It was a surprise visit from an unwelcome visitor. I didn’t know that on October 19, 2014, Mr. Hardship would knock on my door, barge his way in, and take residence in the most intimate rooms of my life. And I didn’t have any idea how his presence would fundamentally change so many things in my life. I watched Mr. Hardship go from room to room, rearranging everything. I wondered what life would be like if and when he finally left. If I could have, I would have evicted this... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 10, 2018