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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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5 Reasons To Read The Bible In 2017

I'm sure by now that you've received multiple emails, social media ads, or push notifications encouraging you to start a Bible reading plan for 2017. Since it's only three days into the New Year, my guess is that most of you are batting 3-for-3 and feeling good! But if you're anything like me - easily distracted with a fickle heart - reading the Word of God consistently will be a challenge. I'm not going to endorse an app or recommend a specific plan. There are many... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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New Year, New You

It's that time of year again: "New Year. New You." As the calendar flips from 2016 to 2017, many of us are examining what we don't like about our lives and hoping to stick to resolutions that change us for the better. Many advertisers are hoping that you'll buy into the "New Year. New You" hype, too. Is change important? Is commitment essential? Of course they are. We all need to grow and adapt to the circumstances of life. Our daily decisions are driven strongly by the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Advent Looks Beyond Birth To Death

This will be the fourth and final Advent devotional I send out, and although it isn't Christmas Day yet, I want you to look beyond the Manger and consider the Cross. Why? Because while the birth of Christ is amazing, without his death and resurrection, Jesus is just another baby and Advent isn't worth celebrating. With that in mind, I want to focus on what I think is one of the most radical phrases in Scripture. I've always been amazed and confused by this verse: "But the Lord... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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Advent Announces the Reality of Humanity

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, ESV) Imagine what the world would be like if every person existed with the sole intent to glorify God. Imagine what it would be like to participate in a society where the heart of every citizen was captured by the awe of God. But that's not the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Advent Reveals God's Character

Have you ever accused God of being too weak? Have you ever criticized the Lord for not loving you enough? I would like to think that I've always trusted in God's omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience and eternal, unshakeable love. But I'm deeply persuaded that we, who consider ourselves "theologically sound" Christians, actually doubt the power and love of God more than we know. Why do I think that? Because God says we do! Read the words from Isaiah 59:1 - ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Advent Fixes What Is Broken

Could you get any more graphic, more specific, more all-inclusive words than these? "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5, ESV). It's clear from Genesis 6:5, and it's clear if you watch the news today, that something is deeply broken with the human race. Even people who don't believe in the Bible would agree that something is wrong, and that... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Thankful For The Right Reasons

Tomorrow, millions of Christians will gather together for a Thanksgiving meal. The question is bound to come up in nearly every conversation: "So, why are you thankful?" It's an excellent question to ask. We ought to ask it every day, not just on certain holidays. At the same time, we ought to be slow and reflective with our answers. I'm deeply persuaded that we must be a people who are thankful for the right reasons. When we celebrate, why do we celebrate? When we... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Don't Forget The Generosity of God

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. ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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Pray With Intent To Surrender

Why do you pray? Don't be too quick to give a generic Sunday school answer. Take a moment and think honestly: what causes you to pray? Perhaps the answer to that question can be discovered with another question: when was the last time you prayed? (I'm talking about our personal prayer life, not a prayer before a meal or during a small group). I think that, at some level, we are tempted to view prayer only as a vehicle to bring God our list of wants, desires, or needs.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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