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Jesus Paid It All

It was a wonderful opportunity. I was asked to participate in an open discussion about death and dying from a patient’s perspective. The event was held at a local medical college. It was the first ministry situation I had ever been in where I had sat between a rabbi and two imams. My Jewish and Islamic colleagues were all very warm and articulate, but I had an unfair advantage: I came armed with the gospel. I carried something into the room that no one else had, and as the evening went... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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Pray For A Prosperity Gospel

The Bible encourages us to pray for prosperity. No, not the modern “health and wealth gospel” prayers for prosperity. Those appeals have one fatal flaw: they’re selfishly hoping for the prosperity of the person praying. There’s a different prosperity gospel which we should be praying for: May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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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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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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Don't Just Survive ... Restore

I once wandered into a home that was in the process of being restored. I guess you would call it a fixer-upper, although there was so much to fix up, I wasn't sure if it was worth the effort. If it was up to me, I probably would've hired a wrecking ball and leveled the place. Or at least made quicker work with a crowbar. But not the guy that just bought the property. He was delicately restoring the inside from top to bottom, using small chisels, hammers and brushes. It would... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Four Ways To Live By Faith As An Alien

One of my sons has a video production company and works with a lot of major networks and designers in New York City and Los Angeles. He said to me once, "If I were to share some of my views on life with some of the people that I work with, they would think I’m from another planet!" Even if you reside in a traditionally conservative part of the world, living out an authentic Christian faith at street-level should make you feel like a stranger and an exile (Hebrews 11:13).... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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Kingdoms and Cultures

I travel a lot. I'm always thankful to return home in Philadelphia, but one of the blessings of my ministry has been the opportunity to visit dozens of countries and experience many cultures. In fact, I'm currently in Hong Kong, speaking to thousands of Chinese and other Asian and U.S. believers. Please keep me and the growing global church in your prayers this week! Whenever I land in a new country, I'm quick to ask my host about the culture. I want to be aware of any... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Good To Great

"Good is the enemy of great." That's the opening sentence from Jim Collins's best-selling book on corporate management, Good To Great. He writes: "Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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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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