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What You Need To Know About Suffering

You never just suffer the thing that you’re suffering, but you always also suffer the way that you’re suffering that thing. Let me explain what I mean by that phrase, through the experience of my sickness. In 2014, I went to see a doctor with what felt like minor symptoms. Before I knew what was happening, they admitted me to the hospital for what became an excruciatingly painful ten-day stay. The abbreviated story is that I was in acute kidney failure, and had I waited... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Fear Of Public Speaking

Are you afraid of public speaking? How would you respond if someone asked you to teach the Bible or share your faith in front of others? Many of us would experience sweaty palms if we were asked to make a simple announcement during church, let alone teach in some capacity. Perhaps it’s our general fear of public speaking that stimulates anxiety, or maybe you feel that you’re not as biblically literate as you should be. But no matter how uncomfortable you are in front of a... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wretched Man That I Am!

“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:21-24) I am a mass of contradictions; I don’t want to be, but I am. I preach a gospel of peace, but my life isn’t... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Astronauts and Archaeologists

The older you get, the more you move from being an astronaut to an archaeologist. When you’re young, you excitedly launch to worlds unknown. You have all the significant decisions of life before you. It’s a time of exploration and discovery. It’s a time to go where you’ve never been and do what you’ve never done. In your younger days, you spend much of your time assessing your potential and considering opportunities. But as you get older, you begin to look... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Ultimate X-Ray

Have you ever had the painful experience of breaking a bone? Perhaps even more distressing is having to watch a young child break a bone. As somewhat educated human beings, we’re able to understand why our bodies ache and what the doctors are trying to accomplish. Even if we don’t have a medical degree, we have a foundational awareness of the healing process. For a young child, however, the physical pain might compound itself with the pain of confusion and unfamiliarity.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 5, 2018

You’re Invited To A Costume Party

Have you ever been invited to a costume party? Or a masquerade ball? When you live in a fallen world, you receive the ultimate invitation each and every day. Temptation does its best work in a costume. Evil masquerades as anything but evil. The fact that sin looks so good is one of the things that make it so bad. This reality requires us to live with sober minds and watchful eyes. The devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). Sometimes the attacks... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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

Sacrifice Your Words

God doesn’t want you to come to Him empty-handed. No, you can’t come to Him full of yourself, And you can’t come to Him based on your track record, And you can’t use your performance as a recommendation. No, you can’t come to Him based on your family, Your personality, Your education, Your position in life, The successes you’ve had, The possessions you’ve accumulated, Or the human acceptance you’ve gained. But God requires you to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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

Depraved ... But Not Totally?

My family and I were in church and had just heard a powerful sermon from the Ten Commandments. I turned to my wife said, “I am so glad our children were here to hear that sermon!” She didn’t even have to say anything to me. She simply gave me that look. You know, the one that says, “I can’t believe you are actually saying what you are saying.” I felt embarrassed and grieved. It had happened so subtly and quickly. I had placed myself outside the circle... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, August 1, 2018