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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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It's Out Of Your Control

We're nearing the end of March, a month dedicated to Five Words That Change Families. We've looked at Surrender, Purpose and Discipline, and today's word is essential to the previous three: PATIENCE. Surrendering our desires to the Lord won't come naturally to us, nor to our spouse. Pursuing God's purpose won't be a simple call for us, nor for our children. Disciplining ourselves to say no to indulging the pleasures of the flesh will be a significant struggle for us, as it will be for our... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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An Essential Spiritual Discipline for Families

The past two weeks I've written to you about building a healthier family: first, by SURRENDERING your kingdom to God's kingdom, and second, by living for a PURPOSE bigger than your own. If you're anything like me, those two things won't come naturally; they'll prove to be a significant heart struggle. So how do we get better? With DISCIPLINE. A disciplined person inserts good habits into their schedule, repeating them over and over again even when they don't feel like it. For the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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The Family Of Your Dreams

During the month of March, I'm going to share with you 5 words that radically change families. Last week, I wrote about the first word: SURRENDER. The second word that's essential to building a grace-based family is PURPOSE. In my professional experience as a counselor - and in my personal experience as a flawed husband, father, son, and brother - I've come to realize that our default setting is to pursue a personal happiness agenda. In other words, the motivating purpose of a sinful... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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5 Words That Change Families

In the past three weeks, I've written to you about evangelism, and how we should be proactively looking for ways to engage with our lost neighbors. This material was taken from my new series, "The Gospel In Your Neighborhood" - available exclusively to those who sign up for Paul Tripp Plus. For the entire month of March, I'm going to write to you about the family, and how to love your spouse, your children, your parents, and your siblings as Christ loves us. I'm going to supply you with... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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Advent Announces Reality

Every year in December, I send out four Wednesday's Word emails for Advent. These devotionals have been excerpted from my sermon series, which are available with some other free Advent resources at It was the most important event ever, accompanied by the most important song ever, containing the most important announcement ever - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased." (Luke 2:14) There's so much to extract from... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Don't Forget

We all do it, probably every day. It has a much bigger impact than we realize. The scary thing is, we barely recognize that we're doing it. What is this thing we all tend to do? We forget the generosity of God. In the busyness and self-centeredness of our lives, we forget how much we have been blessed by grace. The fact that he blesses us when we deserve nothing (except for wrath and punishment) fades from our memories like a song whose lyrics we once knew but now cannot recall. Every... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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The Parent Trap

The past two weeks I've been writing to you about living in awe of God and how it will affect your participation in the local church and the way you approach your career. Today is the third and final Wednesday's Word devotional adapted from my newest book, Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, & Do. I say this all the time: there are few things in life that rise to the same level of importance as parenting. How significant is the calling upon mothers and fathers... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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