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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

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

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

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

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

Walk with Patience

Last week I wrote about gentleness and how we should respond when we experience the moral deficiencies of a fellow believer. Today's character quality is PATIENCE. God's patience is referenced all the time - Numbers 14:18, Psalm 86:15, Nahum 1:3, Romans 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 are just a sampling. Throughout Scripture, God withholds judgment and extends mercy in patient love. In the Old Testament, God is sometimes portrayed as a wrath-slinging deity void of patience, but all you need to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Walk with Gentleness

Last Wednesday I kicked off a five-week series on what it means to "walk in a manner worthy" - a phrase found in Ephesians 4:1. Specifically applied to relationships, the Apostle Paul lays out five ways in which we are called to walk with other people. Today is GENTLENESS. Gentleness is a word that appears multiple times throughout Paul's writing, probably most referenced in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:23). He tells Timothy to pursue gentleness (1 Tim. 6:11) and to correct opponents... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In Need of Help

It's hard to admit your need for help. It's hard to admit that there are things you don’t know and don’t understand. It's hard to admit that there are things that you can’t do. It's hard to reach out and cry out for help. It's hard to confess to weakness and ignorance. It's hard to have to depend on another for what you think you should be able to supply for yourself. It's hard to talk about what you don’t know and what you can’t do. It's hard to admit to poor judgment and wrong responses.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, August 21, 2013