Which Direction Am I Headed?

Life has its way of teaching us some important lessons if we will just take note of what goes on around us. In the last few days, I have heard some words come from the mouths of some women around me that have made me begin to think about my own life and its direction.

The first woman was responding to a greeting I gave her. When I asked how she was doing, she responded with “I’m hanging in there…hanging by a thread.” The surroundings didn’t really give me the opportunity to find out exactly what she meant by that, but it caused me to wonder about what was going on in her life.

The second woman was someone I didn’t know. She was walking in our neighborhood while we were enjoying a cup of coffee with our next-door neighbor who did know the woman. After introducing us to her, she asked her if she was helping with Vacation Bible School since she attends where her daughter goes to church. Her answer went something like this, “No, I don’t do much anymore. I go and sit in my pew and that’s about it.”

The third woman was teaching our Tuesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Class. She is the mother of one of our members and is staying with her daughter and son-in-law for a few weeks. She is a walking wealth of information about the Bible. When she was asked if she would teach in our rotation while she was here, she readily agreed. Her knowledge of God’s word comes from years of study and teaching others about the Bible. 

One woman was younger than I am (and I’m 68). One woman was about my age. One woman was several years older than I am.

The responses of these three women caused me to think about my own life and ask myself some questions.

  • Am I merely hanging by a thread in life?  I’m not making a statement about the depth of faith of the woman who made this statement, but it made me consider the depth of my own faith. Is it rooted and grounded in God’s Word so that when things aren’t going all that well I still will be holding firmly to God and His Word? Paul told the Philippians to, “Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, holding fast to the word of life…” (Phil. 2:14-16).
  • Am I committed and engaged and active as a member of the church or do I merely warm a pew?  I am fully aware that you cannot be involved in everything that goes on in an active congregation, but do I merely show up on Sunday morning and warm the pew? I know there are some who do well to make it to services because of age and health, but even that is an encouragement to others if that is all they can do. I need to ask myself if I am actively serving God and others. Do I have the servant heart that Jesus displayed when he washed the dirty feet of the apostles? (John 13)
  • Do I use my age as an excuse to stop serving God?  I get more tired now than I used to. There was a time when I could go all day, cook supper, and then attend a gospel meeting in our area. I have slowed down a little, but does that give me the option of quitting altogether? Whatever my God-given talent happens to be, I need to continue using it as long as I am able. I may change the way I do something, but I haven’t found a teaching in the Bible that tells me to stop serving. I want to be like that sister her taught us so well in class. She shared her knowledge of the Bible and her experience in life to help us understand God and His word even better.

Which direction are you headed????

“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25).


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AUTHOR: Donna Faughn

Is the Line “Teen Vogue” Crossed Enough to Wake Parents Up?

In case you missed it, “Teen Vogue” released an article in recent days that many parents found shocking. [Warning: If your kids are around, you might not want them to read any further!]

The article’s main title is “Anal Sex: What You Need to Know.”

Remember, this was in “Teen Vogue.” Target age? 12-18. Meaning? They are teaching children to do things that are not only immoral but, in many cases, illegal.

Not to mention, depraved.

The article, subtitled, “How to Do It the RIGHT Way” (all caps in original), teaches your teenagers that this is a perfectly normal way to explore sex, and that they just need to know what to expect, both good and bad. It does not matter if they are straight, homosexual, male, female, whatever. This is just another way of having sex. That’s what, do I need to say it again, “Teen Vogue” is sharing these days.

Complete with charts and quotes, the article explains what used to be commonly called “sodomy” in detail, all while being playful enough to make sure teens don’t feel bad for experimenting with this “other way” of having sex.

Shocked yet?

I’ve seen a few reactions to the article. “Your Mom Has a Blog” wrote an excellent one, which was how I first came to know about the article in the first place.

I want to take a little different angle than just to blast “Teen Vogue” for their article, though.

I want to ask if this is enough to finally wake parents up.

For years, preachers, teachers, youth workers, elders, and others have been trying to inform parents about how our culture is continuing a downward slide in sexual morals, and it is targeting our young people.

Many have taught for years about skimpy clothing, only to be told that it’s just not that big of a deal, and kids should be allowed to be in fashion so no one makes fun of them.

Classes and sermons have been presented about immoral television shows and movies and music, only to have parents say that “it’s just entertainment” and “I can’t understand it anyway,” or “it’s just a phase.”

Some are still bold enough to show that viewing internet pornography or other sexually-explicit material is growing more and more common, only to have parents act like they don’t want to know what their kids are doing because they are afraid of finding out.

And some even hear parents–Christian parents–excuse and cover up and ignore when their kids are engaged in sexual activity. They figure their kids are “going to do it anyway,” so they just look the other way and act like it’s no big deal.

So, may I ask: is this article from “Teen Vogue” enough to wake us up? Is this enough to let us know that the culture really is that sexually deviant? Is this enough to show parents that it doesn’t start with articles like the one “Teen Vogue” published, but that this is just another step downward in our moral regression?

If not, what will it take?

Parents, the culture at large is feeding on our children. It wants them to think that “my way” is all that really matters, and that personal autonomy is the god of the age.

If you think that starts–or that it ends–with one article for teens about anal sex, then it’s time you woke up.

And it’s time we all started actually parenting our kids, and quit letting the culture do our job for us.


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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

“What Hinders Me from Being Baptized?”

When Philip was called by the Lord to overtake a chariot headed to Gaza, there was more to overcome than just the chariot. A man was reading God’s word but he did not understand it. He needed guidance and encouragement from an evangelist. He needed knowledge. He needed a change of heart.

As they came upon some water, this man asked the question, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36). One obvious conclusion from this passage is that baptism is necessary for salvation. If not the case, there would be no reason for the Ethiopian to request it. But in an even more practical sense, we should also see that some things might hinder a person from obeying the gospel.

Whatever might hinder needs to be removed! So what does hinder people from being baptized?

1. A lack of CONNECTION. (Hosea 4:6; Rom. 10:17; Rom. 10:1-3).

  • We need to abide in the word. We need to preach Jesus (John 8:31-32; Acts 8:35).

2. A lack of CONVICTION (Acts 16:31; Acts 8:37).

  • Faith is not just believing in something, it is fully trusting and relying upon it (Heb. 11:6).

3. A lack of CORRECTION (Matt. 19:16-26).

  • We must count the cost, leave everything, and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23-26, 57-62).

4. A lack of CONFESSION (Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:10; Matt. 32-33).

  • We are to speak for Him. We are to show Jesus to the world (Matt. 5:14-16).

5. A lack of COMPULSION (Acts 22:16; John 14:15).

  • There should never be anything – if it has been commanded, that we are not willing to do for our God and Savior (Luke 17:10).

So what is hindering us? What often hinders us from becoming Christians is also what hinders us from continuing to please God. Connecting with His word, being convicted by what it teaches, correcting where we have strayed, confessing Him in the world, and being compelled to obey Him completely.

Let nothing stand between you and God. If you are not a Christian, remove whatever is keeping that from becoming a reality. If you are a Christian, but Satan is keeping you from being what God wants you to be – then it is time to make things right with God and be ready to meet Jesus when He comes again.


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AUTHOR: Jeremiah Tatum

Are Fathers Really All That Important?

Is Dad just a joke? Are fathers really needed? Are they important at all?

Recently I listened to a podcast that referred to some material I found interesting and challenging.  I read the transcript of the podcast. I then read the material to which the podcast referred.

Those sources are:

While one might expect Dr. Mohler to approach any subject from a religious perspective, one would not expect NPR to do so. That is what I found fascinating. The material produced by them relied heavily on an interview with Alan Blankstein who, according to NPR, “…has spent a lifetime advocating for kids who struggle in school.” According to some information I have found out about him, religious implications would not be paramount in his mind.  He appears to be one who is mostly interested in the practical.

Without any commentary on my part about each point, here are some of the things I “pulled” from the material produced by NPR & Mr. Blankstein:

  • 24.7 million children in the United States do not live with a biological father.
  • Children are four times more likely to be poor if the father is not around.
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out (of school).
  • Girls are twice as likely to suffer from obesity without the father present.
  • Girls whose fathers are not present are four times more likely to get pregnant as teenagers.

Those are just a few of the facts that caught my attention. 

Here are some questions I had after listening to and reading the material:

  • What about those children who have a biological father in the house, but have one who could be described as a “deadbeat dad?” 
  • What about the ones whose dads are not deadbeats, but who leave all of the parenting up to the mother?
  • What about the dad who spends more time with his buddies and hobbies than he does with his wife and children?
  • What about the dad who is more interested in his career than his family?

I read something in a book that I think applies to this discussion.  See what you think.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,

but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord

(Eph. 6:4, ESV, emphasis added).


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AUTHOR: Jim Faughn

Episode 85: Technology in Worship, Modesty for Kids, Marriage Myths…and More! [Podcast]

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On this week’s program, Adam and Leah take some time to discuss three very important subjects. What about kids have tech in worship? Why modesty for kids really matters? What are some common myths our culture tells us about marriage?

The links to these articles can be found below.

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Children and Technology in Church” (PreachingHelp)

He Looked Down: A Powerful Lesson on Immodesty and Respect” (A Legacy of Faith)

5 Myths Our Culture Tells Us about Marriage” (Of the Hearth)

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I Have Nothing

I have nothing.

That was one of the first thoughts that went through my mind as I realized it was my turn to offer something up for our readers this week. “I have nothing.” Zip. Nada. Not even an inkling of an idea.

Then that idea began to resonate with me. It is true: I have nothing. I never do. Anything I can offer you as food for thought comes straight from God. I either get ideas directly from His word, His blessings in my life, or His providential care.

As I began to explore that idea, I found that it is actually a pretty deep thought. Consider Jehovah’s words, through Moses, to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 2:7: “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” Their lacking nothing is directly linked to the fact that God had been with them. God had given it all to them!

By the book of Nehemiah, at least some of God’s people had realized that. As they are confessing their sins and reading God’s Word, part of their cry to God includes these words: “You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You” (Nehemiah 9:6, emphasis added).

Job, in his despair, and Solomon, in all of his wealth, had both figured out, almost word for word the same message. Job 1:21 reads, ““Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” And Ecclesiastes 5:15 says, “As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; and he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand.” Solomon continues in Verse 19, “As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.

So, while it is true that I, in and of myself, have nothing to offer you, God does! He always does whether you recognize it or not. He gives us the very air we breathe, the things that give us joy, the beauty of the world around us, the strength to deal with pain and sorrow, the hope of eternal salvation … He offers it all. God is the giver of good gifts.

Remember the warning that Jesus gave to the church at Laodicea, some of whom were saying, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing.” Jesus said, apart from Him, the reality was that they were “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” and advised them to come to Him (Rev. 3:17).

After all, while I have nothing, He has everything and stands ready to give. In fact, He already has.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)


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AUTHOR: Amber Tatum

He Looked Down : A Powerful Lesson on Immodesty and Respect

A preaching friend of mine told me a true story about a little boy, and it was a story that stuck with me. He was saying that this young man–probably 5 or 6 years of age–was visiting someone else’s house and they were watching TV.

They noticed that the little boy would look down every once in awhile. He wasn’t playing on a phone or tablet. He didn’t have a book in his hands. He just looked down every so often.

Finally, they asked this little boy why he kept looking down and the young boy’s response shamed and woke up his friend’s family.

He pointed at the television and said, “She’s not dressed enough and momma always taught me to look away when a girl wasn’t dressed right so I wouldn’t embarrass her.”

We live in a society that is immodest to its core. You don’t even have to see clothes on people; just walk through the stores and notice what fashions are for sale these days. Mothers tell me all the time how difficult it is to find modest clothes for teen and preteen girls.

Consider:

When the bikini was introduced, it was so scandalous that no fashion model would wear it. A local stripper had to be hired to model it in a fashion show. Now? Christian girls post pictures of themselves on social media proudly wearing their bikini.

There was a time when shorts were considered inappropriate at nearly all times. Now? Many stores are selling shorts that are so short that the pockets (the inside lining) actually is longer than the denim (or other material) that makes up the legs.

Messaging on clothes for even little girls has gone from pictures of a horse or something about being sweet to messages about how “hot” I am or even how “sexy.” And these are clothes for 8, 9, and 10-year old girls.

Many Christian men now struggle to attend high school football games (or other sports), or to sit in certain seats, because the cheerleading, dance team, and baton twirling outfits have become so indecently short and revealing they know they do not need to see them. And when we see pictures of older cheerleading outfits, what does our society do? We laugh at how “modest” and “outdated” they were.

And it’s not just the ladies. Men used to take care of their bodies but cover them in public. Now, men take selfies without shirts on or with very tight and short shirts to show off their sculpted bodies, and they plaster the pictures all over social media.

I just wonder how often Christians are being like that little boy, and looking away.

We have too many people who are just swimming in the culture and acting like it is no big deal. We have many others who even join in, adding pictures of their uncovered skin to social media or sending pictures in texts. We have tons of people who decide to be modest at home, but who go to the beach, amusement park, water park, or lake and shed more and more clothing in front of anyone who happens to be there.

And when we do, something dies.

What is it? Respect.

A little bit of respect for God dies. He created our bodies not to be flaunted and used to our own glory and pride, but in use to His glory.

A little bit of respect for our spouse (or future spouse) dies. Each time I allow someone else to “drink in” more of my body, I am taking away something that is very special to my spouse, or I am taking away something special from the one I am saving myself for in a future marriage.

A little bit of respect for children dies. When I show off more and more of myself in a sexualized way, I am teaching children that this is how to get attention and that it’s all okay. I’m making them think–at younger and younger ages–that your body and sexuality is all that really matters.

A little bit of respect for culture and society dies. With each small movement toward immodesty, our culture becomes more indecent, undermining the very fabric of civilization.

A little bit of respect for myself dies. While I may tell the world, “I’ve got it, so I flaunt it,” I know, deep down, that I am more than just a body. Still, I suppress that part of my thinking and just go on, plunging deeper into the world’s narrative and removing myself from honoring my soul.

I’m not trying to give a list of “how short” or “how tight” or “how little fabric.” Folks, we know. We know the first time we pick something up off the rack or the shelf and something inside of us asks, “Is this appropriate?” We know the first time we put something on and it’s a little tighter than we might like. And, we know when a child looks away like that little boy.

I never want to be the reason why anyone has to look away. I never want anyone in my family to be that reason, either.

And I never want any Christian to be that reason. So, for the sake not just of one little boy, but for the sake of God, our spouse, children, society, and ourselves, let’s clothe ourselves modestly, forgetting the ways of the world, and thinking as people who bear the image of God in our souls.

“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

(1 Corinthians 6:19b-20)


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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

Filling the Pulpit

I find the phrase “filling the pulpit” to be an interesting one.  I am really not sure about the history of that phrase, but, I think that most of us realize that it refers to the man who is doing the preaching.

What TO Fill With… 

Whatever it means, it is my prayer that “filling the pulpit” does not merely mean “we’re good as long as there is a warm body up there.” Hopefully, among other things, the following things are true about the man who “fills the pulpit” – including me:

  • Time has been spent filling his sermon with scripture

People can be entertained, motivated, challenged, and/or encouraged in any number of ways. The one to whom we look for the development and/or enhancement of our faith, though, needs to know and use scripture. The reason for that is very simple: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).

  • In order for sermons to be filled with scripture, a preacher needs to have filled much of his calendar with a study of God’s Word

Bible knowledge does not happen by osmosis. It takes a significant amount of time and effort to know God’s message to mankind, to properly understand it, and to apply it to the lives of individuals.

  • Proper application to the lives of people means that the preacher needs to also fill some of his calendar getting to know people

I remember reading about a presidential candidate years ago who did not do himself any favors when he delivered a “canned speech” about what he and his advisors saw as the evils of Social Security. While the speech may (or may not) have had some merit, it did not help his cause at all that the speech was delivered to an audience composed primarily of recipients of Social Security benefits.    

Not surprisingly, he lost the election. That one speech did not “do him in,” but it certainly did not help him.

A preacher will lose (or never have) credibility if he merely “spouts out something” with no regard for the needs of those who will be listening. In my opinion, a preacher needs to do everything within his power to keep from being a stranger talking to strangers.

Those are just a few of the things that come to my mind as I think of the man who “fills the pulpit.” 

What NOT to Fill With

There are also some things I think are important goals for that same man. It seems to me that the following need to not be among them:

  • Filling the time

All of us have probably had the experience of sitting and listening to somebody who rambles, “re-preaches the sermon,” etc. merely because he somehow thinks he has to “fill up” a certain amount of time allotted to him. This thought is not original with me, but I like it: A sermon does not have to be eternal in order to be immortal

I think it may have been brother Guy N. Woods who said, “If you can’t strike oil in twenty minutes, quit boring.” I may not be right about that, but I do remember hearing brother Woods preach. Each time I heard him, his sermon was memorable – and short!

  • Filling heads

It is true that there are definitely a huge number of facts in the Bible. It is also true that those facts can lead to and bolster our faith. 

At the same time, it is also true that facts are not the same as faith. There are any number of atheists who know many facts from God’s Word and deny every one of them.

  • Filling his wallet

Any man who is “in it for the money” needs to quit – immediately (if not sooner). There are other ways to make just as much (if not more) money. They would not involve incurring the wrath of God and destroying or weakening the faith of precious souls.

  • Filling a resume

In the worlds of sports, business, politics, and entertainment (among others), fat resumes are necessary in order for a person to “climb the ladder of success.” True followers of Christ, on the other hand, are more likely to be seen with a dirty towel as they stoop to serve (cf. John 13).

Please Fill Us With…

Finally, as I now have a little more opportunity than has been the case in previous years to listen to some other men who “fill the pulpit,” I would like to make the following requests:

  • Fill our hearts…
    • with a love for God. 

When our Lord was asked about the greatest commandment in the Law, His answer was, “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all “your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37).

    • with a love for one another. 

After all, didn’t Jesus say that love for one another would be how people would identify His followers? (cf. John 13:34-35). In that conversation recorded for us in Matthew 22, He also said, “And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39).

    • with a love for the lost. 

Matthew 22:39 does not say “brethren.” The word is “neighbor.” 

What if that neighbor is lost? Do we love him/her enough to try to teach them? Will the man filling the pulpit fill my heart with a disdain for the lost or a love for the lost? Will he remind me that “…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8)?

  • Fill our imaginations. 
    • Help us to imagine what heaven will be like. 
    • Help us to imagine how much can be accomplished by one congregation or one person when that congregation or person is completely devoted to the Lord. 
    • Help us dream, plan, implement, and accomplish!

There is much more that could be said. There is much more that probably should be said.

I guess I will end these thoughts with an old adage that I’ve tried to keep in mind whenever I’ve tried to “fill a pulpit.” I haven’t always accomplished what the adage suggests, but I’ve tried to remember that…

It is better to have something to say than it is to merely have to say something.


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AUTHOR: Jim Faughn

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I Remember My Bible Class Teachers

Ask any deacon, or whoever happens to be in charge of getting Bible class teachers, how easy their job is, and I’m sure you’ll get a somewhat negative answer. It seems that more and more people just don’t want to put in the time and study and preparation needed to teach the Bible to our children and grandchildren.

I’ve heard excuses like, “I teach school all year, so I don’t want to teach on Sunday, too.” Or maybe this one, “I’m getting too old to teach. I put in my time when my children were little.” How about, “You have to be pregnant or dead to get out of teaching once you begin.” Or even, “Those kids get on my nerves!” Yes…I have heard all of these excuses. 

Now, granted, some children may get on your nerves, but does that mean we shouldn’t want to teach them what the Bible has to say about God? 

Let me hasten to say that teaching small children is not for everyone! I am an example of this fact. My comfort zone is with middle-school aged girls and up. However, there is a place for all in teaching our children during Bible class. (And I would get out of my comfort zone if a teacher was needed for small children!)

It’s an important job and one that is often overlooked. True Bible class teachers sink hours and hours into studying and preparing materials to teach. They decorate their rooms to make them inviting to the children who will be there.  They look for ways to impress upon these young minds the love that God has for them and how much they should learn to love God. They don’t settle for just a little story read out of a teacher’s manual…they make that account from God’s word come to life in the minds of those children. They arrive early to their classrooms in order to greet the children, and have a smile on their face and a ready hug for those little ones.

I have all of this on my mind because of a recent conversation with a gentleman where Jim happened to be preaching on a Sunday night.

After services, we were talking with the few folks who were left at the building, and we asked one couple how long they had been attending at that location. That answer was irrelevant, but what he disclosed about his life was of utmost importance to the topic of this blog post. 

This couple was in the vicinity of our age – old enough to be grandparents. He told us that he and his wife had let the world – jobs and recreation – come between them and their relationship to God. They had only been back in service to God in the last few years and were very grateful for this renewal to the right path in life.

He made this statement (or something very close to this), “I remembered my Bible class teachers and what they had taught me as a child. I couldn’t forget what they had said.”

Many years separated the time of that teaching and when we were having that conversation, but he remembered his Bible class teachers and what they had taught him.

Thank you if you are a true Bible class teacher.

You are important in so many lives.

You will be remembered.

More importantly, what you have taught will be remembered, and who knows whether or not it may lead to a faithful Christian life.

“…Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).


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AUTHOR: Donna Faughn

Why I’ve Starting Marking in My Bible More and More

I don’t know why, but I have had an on-again-off-again relationship with marking in my Bible for a long time. I have the pens. I’ve read articles and had conversations.

But for a long time, I would mark something…then maybe underline something else a few months later. It was like I was afraid of making the “wrong” marks, so I just didn’t do it much.

However, something hit me a few months ago and it has caused me to mark my Bible more and more. I circle. I underline. I write notes.

What changed?

It was this simple realization that everyone knows, but it took awhile to sink in for this thick-headed preacher: this is my Bible!

I want to turn to a passage and see what “hit me” about that passage one time. I want to know what stood out when I heard some preach or lecture on that section of Scripture. I want to have a simple outline to help me through a more difficult text.

So, in recent months, I have been making more and more notes. Now, when I turn to a passage to read or study, it is coming alive more and more, because I am seeing my own interaction with the text. I love it!

In fact, I have started using a few resources to help me besides just what “hits me” while I’m listening to a sermon or class. If you would like to start marking up your Bible and making it your own, let me share with you three resources that might help “jump start” your study. I know they have mine!

Basic Bible Studies. Eddie Parrish has a great blog, but included in that blog are simple outlines of Bible books. Currently, he is outlining the book of Romans. I have found a great deal of material to include to help me when I read through that book.

Sain Publications’ “Chapter by Chapter.” Just what it says, “Chapter by Chapter” provides a quick overview of each chapter, but my favorite part of these downloadable sheets is that it provides key verses for each. Currently, Paul Sain is producing these on the book of Matthew.

“Bible Marking” on Come Fill Your Cup. Kathy Pollard’s series on CFYC is meant for ladies, but I get so many good Bible marking ideas from them, as well. Logical studies that share key verses for studying a Bible topic.

There are many other sites you could use, but the key is to come to the realization that I did: this is your copy of God’s Word. Make it your own! Don’t be afraid to mark it so that it is helpful to you even more down the road.

So, open up your Bible, get those pens out, and make that copy of the Scriptures your own.


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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn