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Ben Van Arragon

Ben Van Arragon

Ben Van Arragon is a pastor, husband, and father of two teenage daughters. He has served the First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit since 2008. He writes and produces video teaching on the Bible and Reformed creeds and confessions. His writing for Words of Hope includes series on Jeremiah, Exodus, and Work and Rest.
Devotionals

Just Ask

Read: Luke 11:9-13 The heavenly Father [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (v. 13) Parenting coach and therapist Mary Van Geffen said in a 2021 Instagram post:

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Devotionals

Self-Control

Read: Titus 2:1-8 The grace of God . . . teaches us . . . to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives. (vv. 11-12 NIV) In 1972, Stanford University conducted a study of “delayed gratification.” The now-famous

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Devotionals

Gentleness

Read: Matthew 11:28-30 I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (v. 29) My best friend once recounted play-wrestling with his three-year-old son. The

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Devotionals

Faithfulness

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (v. 23) In Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “The

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Goodness

Read: Matthew 5:13-16 Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works. (v. 16) As a pastor, I regularly encounter people outside the church who say,

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Kindness

Read: Romans 2:1-4 God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. (v. 4) In his memoir, actor Danny Trejo describes how he once accidentally stumbled into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

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Devotionals

Patience

Read: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 As we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. (v. 5) Years ago, my wife noticed a peculiar phenomenon. Every time

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Peace

Read: John 14:23-27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. (v. 27) In a 2021 interview with Vanity Fair magazine, actress Jennifer Lawrence disclosed that a recent

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Joy

Read: James 1:2-5, 16-18 Count it all joy . . . when you meet trials of various kinds. (v. 2) During my early years as a pastor, I led a retirees’ Bible study of

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