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This devotional has been adapted from my new book, "Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, & Do" - available today! I have a confession to make: I'll occassionally shop at Macy's. If I go to the department store looking for a certain color and style of shirt and they have it, they'll get my business for the day. If they don't have what I'm looking for, I'll leave with no guilt whatsoever and walk to the next clothing store that may have my preference in stock. That... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Quick To Judge

Sometimes we're quicker to judge than to comfort. This hit me recently on the streets of Philadelphia, where I live. I walked by a young homeless person begging on the street and immediately thought to myself, "I wonder what they did to get themselves here." Wow. That's about as far from a gracious response as you can get! It's an embarrassing story for me to tell, but I'm willing to confess it because I'm convinced of this: criticism often comes more quickly to us than compassion. ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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True Love

What is love? Well, there are an awful lot of things that we call love that don't rise to the level of what love is and what love does. Here are just a few examples: Tolerating things that are wrong in the eyes of God may create a comfortable surface peace, but it isn’t what love does. Saying, “It’s okay — don’t worry about it,” to a person who did something wrong is not really loving. Living inside of a circle of evil and not making waves may cause people to like me, but it isn’t... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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Pouting Prophet

When was the last time you pouted? We've all experienced little children pouting when they don't get their favorite popsicle or when they're told to go to bed. Why do they pout? Because they didn't get what they want, when they wanted it, and in the manner in which they wanted it. When little children pout, we often justify it - "they're only little and don't understand." At minimum, we tolerate their pouting, and sometimes we even call it cute. But kids aren't the only ones who pout; in... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Called To Go

Where is God calling you to share the Gospel? Jonah was called to share the Gospel with Nineveh, and to understand the significance of his calling, a little historical background would be helpful. We know from Jonah 3:3 that “Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.” Nineveh was so large that the author chose to employ the word “exceedingly” in his description, as well as give us the dimensions of its layout. Historians estimate that Nineveh could have been... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Pantheistic Panic

Most of us know the story of Jonah. God calls the infamous prophet to preach to the people of Nineveh, but instead Jonah flees to Tarshish. God pursues his prophet, tracking him down with a storm and a giant fish, and Jonah ultimately ends up in Nineveh, leading the city to repentance. Today I want to examine a portion of the narrative that we often overlook: the vignette of the mariners. I would encourage you to read the entire first chapter of Jonah for yourself later on, but for... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Sharing Is Caring

I want to spend the next few weeks studying the book of Jonah. I don’t have space in these devotionals to provide lots of commentary, so I would encourage you to check out the sermons: Today we’ll look at the first three verses: "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Ministry in Suffering

We've been spending some time in Psalm 4, learning from David as he responds to deep and personal suffering. Last week we discussed the idea of Conditional Worship, which is the temptation to only praise God when we experience pleasurable circumstances. Today I want to talk about one of the last things we think about in the midst of suffering - ministering to those around us. Let’s be honest. Because of sin, we’re self-centered people. We expect others to serve us and treat us as the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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A Lifestyle of Community

We’re in the middle of studying Hebrews 10 and defining four gospel-centered lifestyles. The first was a lifestyle of devotion, last week was a lifestyle of action and today is a lifestyle of COMMUNITY. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25) When I read the Bible, and when I honestly examine my own... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Walk With Unity

This is my last devotional in our series on Ephesians 4:1-3. The past four weeks we’ve been examining what it looks like to walk with humility, gentleness, patience, and forbearance within the body of Christ. Our fifth and final character quality is UNITY, and there's only one thing I want to say about this topic: unity is not the same as uniformity. Uniformity is when a group of people share the same lifestyle preferences. We tend to gravitate towards these people - those who... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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