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Love, Joy, and Peace

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about these three words – love, joy, and peace. They’ve been on my mind for several different reasons, but at the top of the list is the negativity that I see around me. When you turn on the TV, it’s there. When you shop in Wal-Mart (or any other store), it’s there. When you scroll through Facebook or Twitter or your email, it’s there. When you go to a meeting of any kind, it is often there. Sometimes, even in our homes and in our congregations, it is there. I’m wondering…where is the love, joy, and peace?

If you asked almost anyone around you if they want to have love, joy, and peace in their lives, the answer would undoubtedly be “yes!” And yet, it often doesn’t seem to be displayed in their facial expression or their actions or their speech. What could the problem be?????

I think the Apostle Paul, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the letter to the Galatians, might have addressed this problem for us. In chapter 5 he gives two lists. 

That first list deals with the desires of the flesh which are: “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity (hatred), strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Gal. 5:19-21 emphasis added). 

Some of those negative people I am often surrounded by, and by whom I’m sometimes influenced, are found in this list. Sometimes we want to pick and choose and make some of those sins worse than others. However, sin is sin, and some of those words describe them (and sometimes me). 

Those words come with a warning attached: “…those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (vs. 21).

Thanks be to God that Paul gives another list that begins with those three words I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about – love, joy, peace. It is called the fruit of the Spirit. 

That list begins with love (agape) which is a quality I must have inside of myself if I am going to face a negative and hateful world. I must have a sacrificial love for God and for others if I am to survive.

When that kind of love exists in me, I can’t help but have joy in my life. I remember the words in James 1:2, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…” Don’t you think that dealing with negativity on every side could be considered one of those trials we are called upon to endure? Tests and trials in life have a purpose and James goes on to explain that purpose, but I can view those trials in a different way because the love of God dwelling inside of me creates a joy like no other.

But, can we be at peace in a world that seems so full of turmoil? I truly believe we can, when love and joy are dwelling within us. Paul describes it this way, “…the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).

So, the next time you are surrounded by negative people or thoughts or words or actions, stop and think about the wonderful fruit the Spirit offers us – love, joy, and peace.

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AUTHOR: Donna Faughn

Episode 75: Leah Goes to Louisville, 3 Things We Put on Every Month’s Calendar, Parents: Don’t be Fearful, and More! [Podcast]

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In episode 75 of the podcast, Adam and Leah talk about an upcoming homeschool retreat Leah will be speaking at. They also talk about three things they put on every month’s calendar. For quite awhile, they talk about a great article (link below) that helps parents see that do not need to fear; they just need to parent.

Oh, and both Adam and Leah forget what the capital of Kentucky is. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.


Print-A-Calendar (for March 2017)

Dear Younger Me: About All Those Things You Fear [Hip Homeschool Moms]

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Legacy Recipe: Festive Chicken and Rice [Free Printable]

I was going through some old file folders of recipes the other day and came across one of my favorites that my mother used to make. I love the feeling that I get when that happens because it takes me back in time and I can remember how the dish looked on the table as we gathered to eat supper.

I hope you will enjoy it as well. It’s delish!


1 box long grain and wild rice

3 pounds of chicken pieces (I use 1 whole chicken cut up, but a pkg. of legs and thighs would work)

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce

3 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. soy sauce

1 Tbs. lemon juice

½ cup sliced blanched almonds

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Sprinkle rice evenly in a buttered baking dish (9×13)

Sprinkle contents of seasoning packet over rice.

Arrange chicken pieces on rice.

Combine cranberry sauce, butter, soy sauce and lemon juice in a medium sauce pan, and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until cranberry sauce and butter are melted.

Pour over chicken.

Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Uncover and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake uncovered another 10 minutes or until rice and chicken are tender and almonds are lightly browned.

Makes 6 servings.

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Who Are Our Real Heroes?

Ask a 10-year-old boy who they want to be when they grow up. They may say Tom Brady, Lebron James, or maybe some musician or movie star. The reason why youths admire these people is because they can do special things with their talents, and because they appear on the world’s stage and compete or perform at such a high level. To win the greatest prize, to have the most talent, and to make good on all of your dreams is what is touted as being a true success. People think such fame is what makes a person’s life of value, as if they had not wasted their life on earth. They determine that in these endeavors certain people have perhaps made more of their lives than everyone else.
Recently, I was asked to do a funeral for a friend. He was not a movie star or a well-known athlete. He was a simple man from Lawrence County, Tennessee. He was kind and compassionate. He was daring and bold. He was courageous and sacrificial. He was a family man. He was a Christian man.
Robert Belew fought in World War II at the age of 17. He went on to fight in the battle of Heartbreak Ridge in the Korean Conflict. Later he fought in Vietnam. He served for over 20 years in the military and then he came home and served his family, community, and most of all, his Lord. As a young man, he sent half of his military pay back to his mother to help take care of her needs. He volunteered for all of the difficult things that everyone else usually finds an excuse to abandon.
My friend Robert (we all called him Bob) was one of the most decorated war veterans of our day. As I looked at his bronze star, next to a host of other medals he had been awarded, I was reminded that he never really wanted to talk about them or display them. I wish he had spoken about them more, because these are the stories I want to hear. But he was just too humble to do so. By his casket, there was also a letter from the president of Korea. It was a thank you letter for the service Bob rendered to help ensure freedom in that country. It was an invitation to return to Korea to be honored. In the letter, the Korean president called Robert Belew a true “hero.”
Our real heroes are not people who are good at sports, or music, or acting. They are not the people with the most talent. They are not the people who everyone knows by just one name like “Brady” or “Lebron.” Our true heroes are the people who love us and sacrifice for us daily. They aree the mother who selflessly raised us, the grandfather who took us fishing, and the neighbor who fought in three consecutive wars so that we can live in a free society without terror.
Our real heroes are ordinary people with extraordinary faith, “…who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trials of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth” (Hebrews 11:33-38).
It doesn’t take much to be a hero. It just takes knowing what really matters, and a willingness to sacrifice accordingly. It just takes being like Jesus. It just takes a man like Robert Belew, who was willing to do what others were somehow unwilling or unable to do. It just takes a faith that is not merely a belief in something, but which is willing to go to work – a faith that wears army boots…
“Greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” – John 15:13

Episode 74 : FHU Lectures, Personal Evangelism, Women and Men are Different, and More! [Podcast]

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On this week’s podcast, Adam and Leah discuss a host of items going on in their lives as well as some things they have found around the web recently. Links below!


Freed-Hardeman University

Podcast: “Personal Evangelism in a Small Town” [guest Rob Whitacre]

Facebook photo about women

Book: For Better or For Kids [Amazon]

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Praying With Your Family

Yesterday something happened that gave my wife and children cause to celebrate. We had a late day – two hours late to school due to bad weather. I decided to take advantage of the extra hours in the morning.

We went out to breakfast together. It was a prayer breakfast. We used the time we never have on a Monday in which we are usually in a rush to get ready. We talked. We ate a sit-down meal together. We discussed the week ahead. Then I asked them all to tell me something specifically they wanted to pray about. It was a great morning for our family. It was also a very humbling moment for me as a father.

How often do you pray together as a family? I am not talking about a quick prayer before a meal or a brief nighttime prayer you may have with your spouse or your kids. I am talking about an organized gathering where you share your thoughts and anxieties and spend some quality time together with every member of the family present in unified supplication to Jehovah God.

We need to pray more together. The family at home needs to communicate and then pray. The local congregation that constitutes your spiritual family needs to communicate and then pray. But we don’t! We are in too much of a hurry!

And just as we go too fast in praying before a meal at home, we often rush through every instance in prayer with the church. There seems to be a time limit on the Lord’s Supper.  I mean, after all, we have got to get the preacher up there ASAP so we don’t go over! If old man Jones leads the closing prayer and he gets long winded the people begin to fidget! And when is the last time you heard a prayer in the assembly that was more than five minutes long?

Slow down to pray. Whatever is going on can wait. Your work for the day will hang out and still be ready for you until you are done praying.

We need to repent about our prayer lives! We have robbed ourselves, our families, and our Father from prayer time by simply not making it a priority. We think we are doing a great job as parents because we are making every practice, getting all the homework done, and being on task for each and every responsibility. I would rather have a child who wasn’t as good at basketball as the other kids, if my child knew how to pray. I would rather have a child that gets B’s than a kid who gets A’s if my child was one who walked and talked with God. I’d rather have the laundry backed up and the kitchen not as tidy as long as I had a spouse who was allowed the time to have a healthy prayer life with me and my children.

It just hit me yesterday. In doing the right thing about prayer for once I realized I had been doing the wrong thing most of the time. Families MUST share quality spiritual time together and pray. This is true for the church and it’s true for the home.

If you are an elder and you are reading this I ask that you consider making 2017 a year of prayer for your church family. If you are a parent I suggest you to the same thing for your home. You will not regret it. I left breakfast for once feeling like a pretty good husband and father. Not because I am good, but because my family had together just talked to the One who alone IS good, and that is God. We left everything at His feet. We trusted Him and His will and it gave us peace. We came together in love and care for one another in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And it was wonderful.

“Father, forgive me for not praying as I should. Forgive me for not leading my family in prayer as I should. Forgive me for all the times I didn’t make time for a conversation with You. Because You are what I need the most. And You are who I love the most. I am looking forward to talking to You more. Thank You for always being there to listen and help me. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Whatever you are doing, you have not done as much as you can do…until at first you have prayed.

“I desire then that in every place the men should pray…” – 1 Timothy 2:8

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A Picture That is Meaningful to Me (On Many Levels)

As many who read the posts from A Legacy of Faith know, the annual Freed-Hardeman University Lectureship takes place on the first full week of each February. For years, I have looked forward to that week and its events. In so many ways, this event is a true “spiritual feast.”

One of the highlights each year is the opportunity I have to spend time with people who have meant – and continue to mean – a great deal to me. It is good to hear many of them speak, to share ideas with them, and to just enjoy their fellowship.

This year, the older gentleman in the picture above will not be there. He is one of those people I have always looked forward to seeing. As far as I know, he was never a “big name preacher.” Many people may not recognize the picture. To them, the name Robert M. Waller may mean very little.

However, Robert M. Waller is a name that means a lot to me. The reason for that is that he is the man who baptized me into Christ a number of years ago (cf. Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27). 

Because of brother Waller’s role in my conversion, I always tried to make sure that he and I spent some time together at the FHU lectureship. I don’t know how much that meant to him, but it sure meant a lot to me.

Sadly (for me), brother Waller will not be attending the lectureship this year. He passed from this life to the next a couple of weeks ago. Although he was buried not far from where I live, I was not there. 

Instead of being present for the burial of a man who meant so much to me, I was at a retreat for the men of our congregation. I chose to go there because the speaker for that retreat was the other man in the picture – our son, Adam Faughn. 

I’m sure that brother Waller would have understood. I can almost hear his voice as he would probably say in his quiet and unassuming way something like, “Now, Jim; you know where you should be. You ought to be very proud of Adam and you need to encourage and support him.”

It should be apparent by now that the picture means a lot to me because of the two men in it. It also means a lot to me because of where it was taken. It was taken on the campus of Freed-Hardeman University during the lectureship. It also means a great deal to me because it was taken after our son had presented a lesson at that lectureship. 

This picture also means a lot to me because it serves as a visual demonstration of how far-reaching the gospel can be. While every soul is more valuable than the entire world (cf. Matt. 16:26), the baptism of one person can have an impact that may be impossible to appreciate at the time. 

I am sure that, when brother Waller baptized me over forty years ago, he never imagined that he would hear my son preach. In fact, when he baptized me, he probably never imagined that he would ever hear me preach. Preaching was not even on my “radar screen.” I was a high school teacher in my hometown and thought that was going to be my life. 

Who knew then that I would spend over thirty-eight years in “full-time preaching?” Who knew then that Donna and I would have both a son and a son-in-law who would be preachers? Who knows how many of the people who have heard us preach will be preachers and/or will serve the Lord in some meaningful way?

I did not realize it when I took the picture, but I actually took the picture of three people. As I looked at the picture later, I noticed for the first time that our son’s son, Turner, is in the background. 

He doesn’t appear to have been too interested in what was going on, but that can change. Who knows what the future holds for him? Could he (or one of our other grandsons) be the third generation of gospel preachers? 

Who could be influenced or taught by you? Who might spend eternity in heaven because of your efforts? 

The number could be much higher than you think!

There is an old saying that informs us that we can count the number of seeds in an apple, but we cannot count the number of apples in a seed.

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AUTHOR: Jim Faughn

Episode 72: Capturing Great Family Photos on Your Smartphone (guest: Chad Landman) [Podcast]

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With smartphones now having great cameras, how can families take good pictures? Where do you store those pictures?

On this podcast, Chad Landman rejoins the program to talk with Adam about taking great pictures with your smartphone, and then what to do with those pictures.

Lots of links below!

Links and Resource List

Chad’s website

Active Digital Parenting

Camera and Photo apps for Android Phones 

Google Photos

Google Camera



Camera Zoom FX


Camera and Photo apps for iOs (Apple) Phones





Chat Books


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Legacy Recipe: Mom’s Cheese Soup [Free Printable]

My mother and my mother-in-law were both excellent cooks. Since both of them have passed from this life, you can imagine how much I treasure the recipes I have from each of their kitchens. Some of them are written in their own handwriting and some are in old cookbooks compiled by groups of which they were a part. 

I thought it might be fun (especially for the ladies and the men who like to cook who read Legacy) to share some of those recipes with you. Most of them are very easy and full of comfort. Since I’m on a different eating plan than I used to be, I don’t always fix the recipes I’ll share with you, but I will treasure the memories they bring to my mind.

I hope you enjoy this new segment of Legacy of Faith.

Mom’s Cheese Soup

3 cups diced potatoes

1 cup water

½ cup carrot slices

½ cup celery slices

1 chopped onion

¼ cup parsley flakes

1 chicken bouillon cube

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook until vegetables are tender

Gradually add 2 Tbsp. flour to 1 and ½ cups milk and stir until smooth

Add to vegetables and cook until thickened.

Add ½ pound Velveeta cheese (more or less if you want)

Add 1 cup chopped ham if desired.

(May use 2 cups milk and no ham if desired – but Mom always added the ham)

This was always one of our favorites on cold wintry days, and hers was always better than mine!

I hope you enjoy Mom’s Cheese Soup.

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An Important Date & An Important Reminder

I am typing these words on January 20, 2017. As I type these words, millions of people are waiting for a new president to take the oath of office and begin a new era in our nation’s history. According to some information I have read, the cost of the inauguration will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million. 

Flags are flying. Bands have been–and will be–playing. “Important” documents will be signed. Millions will witness the events, either in person or by means of some form of mass media.

While I love all of the fanfare, excitement, and meaning involved in every inauguration, this date is particularly important to me. Its importance is not due to the people involved or the location of the events. It is the date that I have on my mind.

Seventy-seven years ago today something happened that many people in the world did not know or care about. On January 20, 1940, my parents were married. 

Instead of millions of witnesses, there were six people present when my parents were married. The preacher who performed the ceremony, his wife, and a couple of my parents’ friends who served as the witnesses were the only people there with my parents.

Instead of a “state of the art” venue for that event all those years ago, the wedding took place in the kitchen of the house in which the preacher and his wife lived. It was cold in Pope County, Illinois on January 20, 1940. Apparently, the warmest place to be was in that kitchen.

There were no flags or banners. Instead, since it was so cold, the preacher’s wife had hung the week’s washing in the kitchen to dry. That meant that my parents and the others were surrounded by clothes lines, clothes pins, drying clothes, etc.

There were no bands. I’m not sure if there was any kind of music, but I’m thinking that it is doubtful.

There was no news coverage. It is probable that some family members and close friends learned about the marriage “after the fact.” 

So – what took place all those years ago was no big deal – right? 

It was to me! In fact, if that event had never taken place, there would be no me.

As I’m sitting in front of my computer and keeping one eye on the events of this day, I’m thinking that the event that took place seventy-seven years ago may serve as a reminder that ordinary people who do ordinary things are what make life meaningful. It is those people and those things that may have the greatest impact on individuals.

You and I may never “make the news.” Each of us, however, can make a difference. 

Presidents may make a difference in the history of a nation. Ordinary people can make a difference for eternity.

May God help us to remember what really is important on this day and every day.

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AUTHOR: Jim Faughn