Episode 42: Christmas Gift Ideas to Encourage Family Devotionals [Podcast]

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Do you have a family on your Christmas list that you want to encourage with a gift? How about encouraging them with a Christmas gift that will help them with their family devotional.

On today’s program, Adam shares several ideas of gifts that will encourage a family in their home devotionals. These gifts are inexpensive, but will be treasured.



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The One Year Children’s Bible

“Family Devotional” Object lesson CD-Roms (Kaio Publications)

Game Plan by Joe Wells

One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters by Nancy Guthrie

Five-Minute Devotions for Children: Celebrating God’s World as a Family by Pamela Kennedy

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

4-pack of three-ring binders (to help start a “do-it-yourself” devotional book)

A Legacy of Faith Store (free printables)

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Opening theme: “Josie Has the Upper Hand” by Josh Woodward

Closing theme: “Afterglow” by Josh Woodward

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Altitude of Gratitude

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I’ve said it. I’ve heard it said countless times. And, for some reason, nearly every time I have heard it or said it myself, it seems to be spoken in a way that makes it sound cool. It’s the phrase “attitude of gratitude.”

It’s catchy. It rhymes.

And it is important. It is a powerful thing that we cultivate that attitude in our lives; an attitude that shows thanksgiving more and more often. It is a difficult attitude to have on a constant basis, but it leads to something even greater.

It leads to the altitude of gratitude.

We never soar higher in our lives than when we are people who are regularly grateful. People who are filled with thanksgiving are more humble. They shine grace. They get rewarded in life (though that is not what they are seeking). They regularly have healthier relationships.

And they have that peace that passes all understanding, promised to all true believers (Philippians 4:6-7).

While being grateful is its own reward, if you struggle with cultivating an attitude of gratitude, remember where it can take you. You will rise higher in the depths of your soul if you will build that thankful spirit.

You’ll rise in the altitude of gratitude, and soar ever higher.


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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

The Universal Church

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As you begin to read this short article, please do me a favor. Please do not think in any way that I believe that I know more than other people just because I have been out of the country. Please do not think that I am prejudiced against any person in this part of the country. Please understand that this article is being written out of a pure heart and sincere love for God and His people. With these things in mind, I would like to address some problems that exist in the minds and hearts of many Christians.

1. Unfortunately, there are many Christians who do not have a global view of the church. They may not even have a respect for the needs to establish the church on a national level. Sometimes we are limiting our focus to the local congregation. Although God has organized the local church and has commanded us to be a part of it, we are supposed to have the best interest of the souls of all people in every country in the world in our hearts. I have heard many Christians over the last few years asking why we are still going into other countries with the gospel. The reason is simple: Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…” (Mark 16:15-16). He also said, “Go there and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matt. 28:19). The great commission has not changed. The entire world will always be in desperate need of the good news of Jesus Christ.

2. Unfortunately, there are many Christians who would be uncomfortable in the true church just because it might be in a different setting. While recently across the world, I was blessed to worship with people of a different nationality, different skin color, different language, and different culture. Their social customs were not always easy to adjust to. The buildings they met in were not as comfortable. But I want to tell you that I was spiritually blessed beyond measure. To see the Bible being obeyed in the same manner by a group of individuals across the world is a reminder of the power of God and the truth of His Word. The building, the pews, the temperature, and all of the physical blessings are absolutely nothing more than facilitators. The core of the matter is the truth of the doctrine and the humility of the hearts that have assembled to obey it. If you have never worshiped with brethren across the globe – oh what you have missed!

3. Unfortunately, there are many Christians who are not concerned about the lost enough to say anything. If a truck were bearing down on you, about to run you over, at some point I would be forced to jump in and push you out of the way. I would have to hate you a great deal to do nothing. The road to hell is wide. But we don’t want to offend anyone, so we are willing to let people who have been created in God’s image travel on it. We ought to have the mind of Christ, who left the comfort of heaven and emptied Himself to die on the cross (Phil. 2:5-8). I have recently determined in my own life a recommitment to evangelism. I am going to take some risks in my relationships because I love people too much to be popular with everyone by remaining silent.

People need the Lord. I am one of them. Whether in our community or across the world, without the blood of Jesus, there is not a person on this earth that will enter heaven. So for those who live next door and for those who see a different set of stars than I do, I am going to do my part.

“And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.” ~ Acts 10:42


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Will You Trade Places with Me?

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About a month ago, we had a native of Antigua, Guatemala as a guest speaker where I preach. During his lesson, our brother made what seemed to be an off-hand remark. It didn’t seem “scripted.” It just seemed to happen.

At one point in his presentation, he was talking about our nation. He shared with us his opinion that we are blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. He made it clear that his opinion was that of an “outsider.” Brother Isaacs was also talking about the fact that he is not a citizen of our nation. 

During the portion of his presentation in which he was talking about our nation, he made a couple of statements and asked a question that still rings in my ears. His statements were to let us know that he is, in fact, not a citizen of the United States and that he would like to be. It was at that point that he looked at one of our members and delivered the “off the cuff remark” that has stuck with me ever since:

“Will you trade places with me?

I thought that, just before our national holiday we call Thanksgiving Day, it might be a good time to remind all of us that there are millions, if not billions, of people in the world who would trade places with any one of us in a heartbeat. That, in itself, is something for which to be thankful. 

I am very well aware of the fact that, as a nation, we have drifted a long, long way from the moorings that were dear to our Founding Fathers as they began this grand experiment called “The United States of America.” At the same time, I am also well aware of the fact that we are, indeed, blessed more than many of us realize to be able to be citizens of this wonderful nation. Hopefully, our brother’s remark will help us to express our gratitude to God every day for blessing us so richly. Hopefully, too, it will encourage us to pray and work in order to make this a nation which is, in fact, under God. That will be my prayer this Thanksgiving Day.

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful day this Thursday. I hope that the day will help you to remember all of your blessings and the One who is responsible for them.


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Episode 41: 100 Things We are Thankful For (Part 2) [Podcast]

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On last week’s episode, Adam and Turner shared 50 things they are thankful for. Now, with Thanksgiving just a few days away, Leah and our 10-year-old daughter Mary Carol take the microphone and share 50 more. We hope their lists and laughter bring you some encouragement.


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A Master Grocery List for Busy Moms {Free Printable}

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On A Legacy of Faith, we want to help families, and one of our goals is to help families “survive the day.” Today, I have something to help with that.

As a wife and mother, I have a lot of responsibility on my shoulders, and one of those responsibilities is making sure supper gets on the table every night. It is something that I am trying to take more seriously. 

You know as well as I do that getting supper on the table every night actually begins with a menu plan and a good grocery list. Maybe it’s just me, but more often than not, I have the kids with me at the store. Usually, I have tried to jot down a few things that I know that we are out of. We walk down the aisles and put things into the buggy.

Then we walk back down the aisles to get all of the things that I suddenly remembered are not on my list.

After we finally get home, of course, I remember one or two or three things that I need (possibly even for supper that night). 

The problem is that I never want to take the time to make a grocery list. There, I admitted it. I am so impatient that when it is time to go the store, I just don’t want to wait and take the time to make a list, so I decide to just go on to the store and “wing” it.

Then, it never fails, I have forgotten something. I know I could make a list ahead of time–the night before perhaps–but (I’ll make another admission here) I am a procrastinator so, of course, I don’t make a list until the last possible moment.

To help remedy this recurring problem, I decided that having a “master grocery list” would help me survive the day. I just thought of everything that I ever buy at the grocery store. I tried to group the items by categories that made sense to the layout of the store in which I buy most of my groceries. Every family’s master grocery list would look different, but I made mine tailored to my family and the way we eat. I am sure that it will change over time as we discover new favorite foods and meals, and I may notice that I forgot to add things to mine.

I understand that some people may not think that things like this are a big deal, but I am one of those women who take this role seriously, and I am always looking for ways to help me be more efficient. I really think this will help me manage my home, and I hope that it helps bring more order into our home.

I hope this simple thing will help your family. You can click on the image below to view/download my list, or just use it as inspiration to create your own. Enjoy…and happy (organized) shopping!

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(Keep in mind, we do not purchase everything on this list every week. This is meant to give us a guide to the things we try to always have on hand in our home.)


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AUTHOR: Leah Faughn

How Deeply Do You Love the Local Church?

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Some time ago, I was visiting a small congregation nearby for an event. The fellowship was sweet, as I knew a fairly large number of the people who were present. Following the event, we stood around and talked for a long time.

One of those who was present was an older gentleman who I would guess to be in his early 70s. He is a true “gentle” man, and a person I admire. The place where this event was occurring was his home congregation, and he walked up to me, shook my hand, and thanked me for coming.

Then, a few tears began to moisten his eyes. Honestly, I didn’t know what was happening, but what he said next caused me to think very deeply. I don’t remember his words verbatim, but here is something very close to what he told me:

We had such a good crowd today. It reminded me of the old days, when this room was full every week.

I didn’t know how to respond, but I said something like, “It certainly has been a good day, hasn’t it?”

His response, still with a few tears in his eyes, was remarkable. This gentle older man looked at me with a determination that is too rarely seen, and he said, “I think we’re going to do that again.”


I love that there were tears welling up in his eyes for both statements, both one of sadness and one of strength.

It made me think about how deeply I love the local church. And it made me think about how much I want it not just to “stay the way it is,” but to grow and prosper. I want the congregation where I work, worship, and serve to be a shining light that the community cannot miss and that glorifies God throughout the world.

God loves local congregations. If He did not, there would not be so much of the New Testament written specifically to certain congregations (Corinth, Philippi, Ephesus, et. al.). Jesus would not have had John write seven short letters to seven specific churches to point out both their triumphs and their failures (Revelation 2-3).

But sometimes it can be easy to love just the “comfort” of a local congregation and to not love it the same way Christ does. No doubt, the local congregation should be a family, and with that atmosphere comes a level of comfort.

To truly love the local church as deeply as Christ does, though, I must work for it! I must help it grow! I must talk it up and not run it down! I must show others how wonderful it is! I must want others to be part of it! I must be active in it!

Are you just remembering the good ol’ days with a few tears, or are there still some tears that well up in your eyes when you think and dream about what could still be yet to come? The answer to that question may be enough to show how hard you will work and fight for the local church.

“For Christ and the church” be our earnest prayer,

Let us follow HIs banner, the cross daily bear;

Let us yield, wholly yield, to the gospel’s pow’r,

And serve faithfully ev’ry day, ev’ry hour.

(E.E. Hewitt)


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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

Holiday Suffering or Holiday Cheer?

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When the apostle Paul wrote by inspiration to the church at Corinth, he sadly had to discipline them concerning their improper observance of the Lord’s Supper. In 1 Corinthians 11:17 he begins such a discussion by saying, “Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.” They had been commanded to come together by the Lord, but they were dishonoring the feast. You see, it is entirely possible for us to assemble for all of the right reasons while doing all of the wrong things. If this were to be the case, it would be better for not to assemble at all.

With this in mind, I think about the coming of the holiday season. There will be more “coming together” in the next two months than during any other time of year. Whether they be family gatherings, office parties, or joining with friends, there will be a great deal of assembling. I think in the midst of all of it, we might want to remember why we are going to be gathering in the first place.

Hopefully, we won’t be gathering out of a sense of obligation. Usually about mid-November I start hearing the horror stories of families who are dealing with dreadful turmoil anticipating the “well we have to do this so let’s get it over with” holiday season. What’s the point? Are we really accomplishing anything running to 5 or 6 different places just trying to make sure nobody is offended? Are we really going to force false holiday greetings when there has been no desire to reconcile problems and conflicts in a meaningful way for perhaps years at a time? If we are coming together let’s do it because everyone wants to. How does God feel when people decide to visit His house because they feel obligated?

Hopefully, we won’t be gathering out of a sense of social or vocational pressure. How many Christians will attend office gatherings and other social holiday parties where things will be going on that they completely disagree with from a moral standpoint? Is our desire for popularity or our hope to move up the business ladder worth sacrificing what we believe? Will we subject ourselves to problems and temptations and say that we are doing this all in the name of Jesus? If you make a decision to attend any questionable social event, are you naïve enough to think that your influence and your Christian walk will go forward unaffected? Again, how does God feel when His blood-bought people choose to cash in their eternal inheritance by refusing to be separated from the world?

Hopefully, we won’t be gathering out of a sense of materialism. Christmastime can become the perfect monetary storm that delivers a family to financial ruin if they are not careful. The constant pressure from society to buy and buy and buy some more is a relentless wave of deception that will eventually bring us and our bank account to our knees. And what for? Does the health of our relationships with family and friends hinge upon how much money we are foolishly spending? Are we really so enamored with the physical world that our happiness depends on how many gifts were given and or received on December 25th? Will God be pleased with people who are possessed with possessions more than they are with the spiritual and eternal blessings He has freely given to us all?

Paul told the Corinthians in essence that they were ruining the most wonderful time of the week because their priorities and activities were completely out of control! In the same way, what we often call “the most wonderful time of the year” can become the most terrible time of the year if we forget why we are coming together. We need to be dedicated to the principle of gathering for the better and not for the worse. If we assemble, let’s do it to bless one another and let’s gather to the glory of God!

“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” – Psalm 89:7


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Salty or Seasoned with Salt?

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Have you ever heard anybody’s speech/language described as “salty?” You don’t hear that expression as much as has been the case in the past. What it usually is referring to is what could also be described as “very colorful language.” In other words, we are talking about something that is, at best, questionable and, at worst, vulgar.

In those days when this expression was more common, “salty language” was offensive to most people. To be sure, there were those who thought it was cute, funny, etc., but most people were turned off by both the language and the person using it.

All of this came to mind when I recently thought of Paul’s admonition to Christians in Colossians 4:6:

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

I believe it is fairly obvious that Paul was not advocating rude, crude, vulgar, offensive, and/or suggestive language. What, then, could he have meant?

The answer may be found in our Lord’s dealing with the person we sometimes refer to as the “woman at the well” (cf. John 4:4ff). As you read this account of His earthly ministry, you will notice that He was critical of both her lifestyle and her religion. He made it very clear that He approved of neither.

However, He was able to discuss these matters with her in a way that did not offend her. Instead, He was able to communicate in a way that turned her into one of His “promoters.” It could be said that His discussion of “living water” made her thirsty for something she did not have. 

Speech that is gracious–seasoned with salt–has a way of doing that. Salty language does not!

As I interact with people, I need to ask myself whether my speech and my lifestyle create in others a desire to know more about Jesus or if they alienate people. Do I give people hope or do I make them feel hopeless? Do I offer help or do I write people off?

How about you? Is your speech salty or is it seasoned with salt?

The eternal destiny of others–and yourself–may depend on your answer.


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