Wednesday's Word


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Category: Family

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 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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Our Children Are Not Trophies

Today's devotional is adapted from my brand-new book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. Every human being who has ever lived has asked this question: "Where is my meaning and purpose in life to be found?" The way you answer that question will determine how you speak to and treat the people in your life. For parents, it specifically impacts the way you interact with your children. The Bible says that there are only two places for... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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The #1 Parenting Passage in the Bible

Today's devotional is adapted from my brand-new book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. Notice the title of the book. These are gospel principles. Just because I'm applying it to parenting doesn't mean it only has relevance for moms and dads, but for every situation, location, and relationship in the Christian life. If I were to ask you what the best, most practical, most helpful parenting passage in all the Bible was, what would... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Are You A Confused Parent?

Today's devotional is adapted from my brand-new book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. If you're struggling, frustrated, and feeling overwhelmed as a parent, it may be because you're a confused parent. I have found in my own life, and in the lives of those I have counseled, that many moms and dads confuse God's will for parenting with their own will. It's seldom expressed and often unconscious, but it operates nonetheless and has a... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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The Biggest Thing Christian Parents Forget

Today's devotional is adapted from my brand-new book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. Notice the title of the book. This is a gospel principle. Just because I'm applying it to parenting doesn't mean it only has relevance for parents. This principle - mercy - has implications for every situation, location, and relationship in the Christian life. So let's begin! One of the biggest errors Christian parents make is to forget.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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The Trap of Pleasing People

I was a young pastor. I was doing everything I could to develop the teaching gift that God had given me. I knew that my preaching wasn't perfect, and I knew I needed to gain experience, but I wasn't that bad of a preacher, right? Wrong, at least for one. There was a critical man in our congregation who never seemed to be satisfied with my sermons, no matter how I approached them. One evening he came up to me and said, "Paul, your preaching is killing us." What a way to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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First Responders

This is the fifth and final installment in my series, Five Words That Change Families. Just to recap: we've looked at Surrender, Purpose, Discipline and Patience. Today's concluding word is MERCY. We've all been taught in Sunday School that God is a God of mercy. When David pens Psalm 51 - one of the most famous passages in the entire Bible - he begins with, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love." Mercy is a popular Christian term, but what does it actually look like... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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