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Do You Really Want To Change?

Have you ever said, "I'll never do that again!" only to make the same mistake a few days later? If you're a Christian, at some point in your walk with God, you'll feel stuck in the same cycle of sinful decisions and foolish mistakes. So how do we get from where we are to where God wants us to be? Well, we need to start here: sometimes, we don't actually want to change. It sounds harsh, but I’ll lead the way. Maybe that selfish pleasure is just... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Don't Wait Another Year Until Easter

I hope that your church pulled out all the stops for a raucous celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Without this historic event, our Christian faith would be worthless. We should absolutely make Easter Sunday the biggest and best on the calendar. But what are you going to do with Easter for the next 364 days of the year? What will you do with Easter when a particular area of sin looks attractive to you, and you feel weak and unable? What will you do with... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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6 Reasons Why I Love Easter

I love Easter. I love the celebratory music we sing at church. I love the passages of Scripture we read during worship. Most of all, I love the visual image of the Empty Tomb. In one culminating and specific moment in history, Jesus Christ summarizes and finalizes the salvation narrative. There are 6 things in particular that I love about the Empty Tomb. 1. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is faithful. Centuries earlier, after Adam and Eve rebelled, God... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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What Were You Made To Live For

Why do little kids daydream about being a pilot or a princess? Why do college students volunteer for charitable causes? Why do sports fans lose their mind over a small round ball? Why do we keep records and try to break them? Why do we get hooked on fictional movies and scripted TV shows? Why do we look back on life and wonder what could have been? Because we all are trying to live for something bigger. This desire for transcendence – going beyond the ordinary range of... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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What Are You Hoping For?

What do you hope will happen today? Maybe your hope is something simple. You hope that today’s forecast is warm and sunny. You hope that your packed lunch contains a personal favorite. You hope that the train isn’t as busy so you can catch up on some reading. Maybe your hope is more significant, potentially even life-changing. You hope that you will get that raise or promotion at work. You hope that the medical tests will come back clean. You hope that God will activate a heart... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Why I Go To Church

Church is wonderful. Church is important. Church is meant to remind us of the miserable condition in which sin left us and our world, and of the glorious rescue of redeeming grace. The songs we sing, the Scriptures we read, the sermons we listen to, and the prayers we engage in are all designed to keep us from ever taking the person and work of Jesus Christ for granted. Despite all of this, there are some Sundays when I don't attend church with a good attitude. I... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The Vocabulary Of Words

Today will be the ninth and final devotional on the topic of words. To conclude, I want to go back to an earlier verse we studied. "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45) It's absolutely true that what's already in our hearts will be revealed by what we say. But there's something else that this verse - and the overall... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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The Direction of Words

There are many verses in the Bible that encourage me and fill my soul with hope. But then there are other verses that scare and sober me. Proverbs 18:21 is near the top of that latter list. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits" (ESV). I like how The Message summarizes it: "Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit — you choose." That verse compels me to wrap duct tape around my... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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The Confrontation Of Words

When was the last time someone confronted you of sin? How did you handle it? When was the last time you needed to confront someone of their sin? Did you try to avoid it? If you're anything like me, the thought of confrontation or rebuke can be very uncomfortable. But, the concept is an essential part of God's plan for Christian community and spiritual growth. Hebrews 3:13 says, "Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, March 1, 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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