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Spiritual Beauty


A couple of weekends ago, I spoke at a ladies’ day on the topic of spiritual beauty. As I prepared for this topic, I consulted Sheila Butt’s book, Seeking Spiritual Beauty.

In chapter 4, Sheila writes,

We need to make sure that young ladies in the church are taught and demonstrated the right priorities. We need to let them know that they are made in the image of God and that they are very special. We need to praise them for visiting the nursing homes and taking care of a young mother’s children for her. We need to praise them for their modesty and their love and concern for others. And most of all, we need to be modeling spiritual beauty for them.

I remember thinking that most people would say they agree with this statement, but so many people don’t live their lives in agreement.

For instance, how many parents will spend vast amounts of time making sure their children excel at sports but don’t have time to make sure their children could say the books of the Bible? How many parents arrange schedules to accommodate all the activities their children are involved in, but draw the line at the church event that they “don’t have time for”?

You see, our lives are a living picture of what we think is valuable. If we believe something is valuable we prioritize it. When we allow the spiritual things in life to be crowded out by worldly, physical things, we are making the statement that spiritual things are not as important. Our kids will hear that statement loud and clear.

When we praise them for visiting nursing homes as much as we praise them for scoring the winning basket, when we praise them for understanding the book of Galatians as much as we praise them for understanding math, when we praise them for being kind and considerate as much as we praise them for having beautiful clothes, they’ll believe us when we say that “Spiritual things are more important.”

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AUTHOR: Leah Faughn

Let’s Get Together and Eat

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How often have I said those words? How often have those words been said to me? I couldn’t even begin to guess how many times in my life as a minister’s wife I have extended that offer, or had that offer extended to me.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear, “Let’s get together and eat?” If you’re like most people you begin to think of all of the restaurants that are in your town or city. We all have favorite places that we love to eat, and we frequent them often.

But, what happened to the time when an invitation to get together and eat meant preparing a meal in your home and enjoying the company in a quiet, inviting atmosphere? 

The home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus comes to my mind. I’m sure when Jesus came to their home, a meal was prepared. After all, wasn’t Martha “distracted with much serving?” (Luke 10:40) Don’t you know that Jesus and those with Him enjoyed a time to have a meal and just sit, relax, and talk?

And that’s the point, isn’t it? We are all so busy and caught up in our own lives that we can’t even take the time to make a meal for our own family – much less prepare one for company! 

May I suggest a return to the practice of the hospitality of inviting people into your home for a simple meal and some comfortable conversation? Here are a few people who need to be invited into your home:

  • Those who can’t afford to invite you into their home. They seldom get invited to someone’s home to eat because they can’t return the favor. 
  • That young couple you may have noticed at church who seem to be struggling in their marriage.
  • The elders and their wives who spend so much time and effort in watching for your souls.
  • Those widows and widowers who spend many hours at home eating alone.
  • Those teens who love to have a devo in someone’s home instead of in the fellowship building.
  • Those who have demanding work schedules and don’t get home-cooked meals often.

This list could go on and on, but I think you get my point!

Why not come up with a simple menu, straighten up the house, and invite someone over to eat a meal at your dining room table? Then you can move to the “soft chairs” and have some conversation. They will never forget your hospitality. You will never regret the blessing you will receive from this simple act of hospitality.

Let’s change the meaning of “let’s get together to eat.”

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Could Football (or Any Other Sport) Cost Us Our Soul?


I love sports.

That needs to be said right at the outset of this article. Often, I read or hear people talk about how sports are ruining society, but they are people who do not like sports in the first place. (It would be somewhat like me writing about how shoe shopping is ruining us!)

It is great to go to games and relax in front of the TV at times to watch a good game. As I said, I love sports.

All that said, today I am writing a post to me first, but one I pray will be read as it is intended. The title of this article is meant to ask exactly what it says.

Is it possible that a sport could cost us our soul?

The answer is yes.

Knowing that, I think that many Christians–including this author–need to do some serious self-evaluation along these lines. I don’t care if you’re a preacher, an elder, a Bible class teacher, or whatever. There are many Christians who–by their actions and words–clearly put sports above their faith.

How do I know that? Let me share some things that I see on a regular basis and just ask us each to evaluate our own lives.

If someone were to read your social media timeline (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), what would they conclude is usually on your mind? I am amazed at how often some Christians post on social media about sports. It is throughout the day, every day (to borrow a Biblical phrase, “in season and out of season!”). And before someone says, “Well, it’s just a random thought that takes, like, 10 seconds to post,” may I remind you that it is also showing where your mind is constantly going? What else are those who follow you on social media to conclude, other than that your mind drifts toward sports more often than it does what is spiritual?

How many Christians will drop a ton of money on a weekend trip to a football game (after having paid a decent little amount to watch a high school game on Friday night, by the way), but can scarcely find $10 to give to the Lord on Sunday morning? After all, the pilgrimage to the football stadium is an experience we won’t soon forget. (I guess worshiping the Creator is all too forgettable, then?)

Deep down within you, what do you anticipate more: kickoff or worship? Which gets your blood flowing and the excitement welling up inside of you more? Are you more built up by a school fight song, or by a hymn of praise to God?

Maybe the clearest evaluation is this: which do you talk about more? It amazes me, but there are times when I can go to worship and hear more casual conversations before or after services about the game on Friday night or Saturday than I hear about Jesus. I am just as guilty as anyone else of this, but it is something I am working on, because it shows where our mind really is.

Trust me, in writing those things, I said “ouch!” more than one time.

But does this really matter? I mean, if we keep up with all the sports excitement, could it cost us our soul?

I need to be constantly reminded of one simple fact that we teach our kids and young people, but I think we too often forget as adults: the definition of idolatry. An idol is anyone or anything that takes the primary place of God in our lives. Money can be an idol. Fame can be an idol.

And, yes, football (or any other sport) can be an idol, too.

I am not suggesting that we avoid sports. The Apostle Paul clearly enjoyed sports, judging by the ways he used references to them in his writings. Sports for exercise and recreation are a great thing, as they help us build up our bodies and they provide an “outlet” for people, which is usually wholesome.

That said, when we begin to talk more about “our team” than our Lord’s church, spend more time thinking about sports than Scripture, and begin to find more excitement in a touchdown than in salvation, is there any other way to conclude than that sports have become an idol?

And won’t any idol keep us from heaven?

Yes, football–or basketball, baseball…any sport–can cause us to lose our soul. Christians, I beg each of us to do some serious examination, so that we do not exchange an eternity in heaven for a 60-minute game.

“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive perishable wreath, but we an imperishable…But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:25, 27)

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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

Can Anything Good Come from 9/11?

Fifteen years ago this past Sunday our nation was devastated by the worst act of terrorism we have ever witnessed. 2996 people died, over 6000 more people were injured, and the economic effects of the 9/11 attacks were estimated in the trillions of dollars. Of course, the main thing was that innocent people were murdered by evil Al Quaeda operatives. These attacks shook us to the core and we won’t ever forget what happened on that day. In truth, the people who were directly affected by this terrible tragedy are in a different category when it comes to grieving. And so I tread lightly as I ask the question, “With all of the heartache of what happened fifteen years ago, can anything good come from 9/11?” I think we all know that the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
Hundreds of articles have been written addressing how our nation changed because of the 9/11 attacks. There was a revival of patriotism. There were heroes. There was an awareness of the length to which terrorists will go to try to destroy the fabric of our country. There was an appreciation for those who daily work to defend us. There was a renewed sense of comradery among races and diverse cultures who are all in reality just Americans. There was a pause from bi-partisan politics at least long enough to sing in unison, “God Bless America!” There was increased respect for the flag, the national anthem, and the military. There was a rise in charity and sharing. We could go on and on. But above all of the possible good things, there were the spiritual blessings. This spiritual awakening came directly from our people having to look evil and death in the face and discover how to properly deal with it all.
There were individuals who had not darkened the door of a church building for decades who were found worshiping the following Sunday morning. There were people who were rededicating themselves to God and family and country. There were those who were unsaved who immediately decided to embrace Christ and get right with God. There were atheists who chose to renounce their stubborn will and believe in God. There were entire churches who responded with spiritual efforts in their communities to reach out to people who were hurting and lost. And individually, for every person, there was an awareness of morality and the judgment and an understood need to be ready to meet the Lord.
Good things can come from terrible things. Think about some of the worst things that have ever happened to you personally. How did you respond to them in the long run? Didn’t they help you prioritize your life and build your character? Didn’t they shape you into the person you are today? Aren’t you better and stronger because of the challenges that were created by those experiences? The worst days for us in this physical world are, in reality, the days that will lead us victoriously into eternity. Jesus, while on the cross, made the worst day in history our moment of everlasting redemption.
Can anything good really come from something like 9/11? I seem to remember a man named Nathaneal once asking the question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” I think we all know how that turned out.
It all depends on how we choose to respond.
“For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.” – 1 Timothy 4:10
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Misplaced Respect

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You’ve probably heard it. You may have said it. When the name some politician comes up in a discussion, you can rest assured that somebody will at least be thinking it.

“I do not respect him/her, but I respect the office.”

Those few words say a lot. Most of what is said is not good. Part of the message is that some particular individual is (at least in the eyes of the one making the statement) unworthy of respect and honor. Their character may be flawed. Their abilities may be very limited. The people with whom they associate may be unsavory. Any number of reasons may be given. The bottom line is that they are deemed unworthy of respect.

At the same time, those words indicate a respect for such things as authority, rule of law, a functioning society, etc. In fact, they indicate a respect for God who instructs us through His Word “…that prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions… (1 Tim. 2:1-2, emphasis added). 

There are many areas of life in which it is true that a position can be respected without any real knowledge of the type of person holding that position. For example; I do not necessarily need to know anything about the person wearing a police uniform in order to follow instructions given to me. The mere presence of the badge (and that gun on the hip) will help me to respect the position. 

The person who owns the company for which I may work may be a real scoundrel. It would be wise, though, to demonstrate respect for the position whether or not I respect the person. That would be true especially if I enjoy getting paid on a regular basis. 

Should I fail to turn in assignments in school because the person in front of the classroom does not “measure up” morally? The answer to that question may be determined by whether or not I would like to continue my education.

What might be appropriate in the areas alluded to here and many others should never be an option in the church. Such things as character, devotion, godliness, and commitment are absolute necessities for those who would attempt to serve in any leadership role among God’s people. 

Those who would attempt to lead God’s people need to exemplify such traits. They are not to “throw their weight around.” Rather, they should lovingly and patiently develop a relationship with those they would want to follow them. 

It is to be a relationship based upon trust and respect. 

It is to be a relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

It is to be a relationship based upon mutual trust and respect for individuals, not necessarily


But Jesus called them to Him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.’ (Matt. 20:25-28)

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Episode 62: Building a Future Library for Our Children (with Brad McNutt)

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Reading is an essential part of life, and we want to challenge our children in reading. On this week’s podcast, Adam is joined by Brad McNutt, who is doing something interesting for his very young son. He is building a “future library” of books he wants his son to have when he is an adult.

On the program, Brad talks about what gave him the idea, and also gives some recommendations if you would like to start such a library for your child. (The recommendations are listed below.)


Brad’s Book Recommendations

Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idelman

Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Can Man Live without God? by Ravi Zacharias

Other Resources

The Book Club” [Brad’s podcast on The Light Network]

Al Mohler: Study Tour” [Video]

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My friend, you have been looking a bit harried lately. Not to say you don’t look beautiful, but I can see it in your eyes. You feel like you are falling short. And not just falling short in one or two areas but all across the board. Your husband needs some attention and all of your children seem to have an activity or school project due this week. And those lesson plans don’t write themselves!

Or maybe you are the friend whose aging parents are competing with your job for who or what can cause the most stress. You know God teaches to respect and care for those in your family, but your boss doesn’t seem to understand that and is pressing for more travel, more revenue, more something!

Or maybe you are the single friend who is happy with her life until someone makes you feel like you aren’t enough because you haven’t followed the traditional path of marriage right after college. Nevermind that the only reason you haven’t is because you can’t find a man who loves God first.

Or maybe you are …

You get the picture. There are a variety of us who each have our own unique situation that is stretching us to the max. Lately, I have found myself praying to be everything that all of the people in my life need me to be. And then I realized that if I would change my prayer, I might help myself not feel so overwhelmed and change my focus.

What is this “magic” prayer? Simply this, “God, please help me be who You need me to be.” And that will be enough.

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” –Ecclesiastes 12:13

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How to be a Heroic Husband

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It was an epic battle; one waged in the middle of the night with nothing but our instincts and intellect to see who would be the victor. What began just a couple of minutes after the stroke of midnight ended over a half-hour later. I came out on top of this battle, the conqueror over nature.

I caught the mouse.

We had a mouse loose in our bathroom. That little critter refused to just get on the sticky trap (what was he thinking?), so I forged into the bathroom with a sword and shield to slay the beast.

(Okay, so it was a dustpan and plastic sack. Let me have my moment, please.)

Finally, 35 minutes later, I emerged victorious and cleared our house of this nuisance that we had been trying to catch for about three days.

It was when I returned back in the house from disposing of the furry creature that my precious wife said those words that every man longs to hear. Well, first she made certain I had finished the job by asking, “Did you catch it?”

(Not too romantic so far, I know.)

When I was able to nod my head, though, she said, “You’re my hero.”

Her hero.

That’s what every man longs for in his heart. There is something deep down in a man’s chest that wants a beautiful lady–which my wife is–to call him her hero.

But when she said it that night, something inside me finally clicked.

Too often, the Hollywood version of a hero has to sail across the seas to slay a dragon (not just a mouse). It is the major event, one that provides the epic moment. It’s as if that one event wins the heart of the girl, and then…well…they live happily ever after.

Husbands, I want us all to come to an important realization. If you want to be your wife’s hero, I can give you a one-step process.

You ready? Here it is: slay a dragon.

Every day.

…and your pride is that dragon.

What I mean is simply this: there is something you can do every day to slay the dragon of self and show your wife that she means more to you than anyone else.

It is not a single epic battle. It is a daily practice of doing something to show your wife that her life is more important than your self.

What could it look like?

Maybe you need to slay the dragon of debt. It could be something as simple as cutting up a credit card or selling that prized boat or collectible gun to put the financial security of your family before your hobbies.

Maybe you need to slay the dragon of passing on spiritual leadership. Lead your family in a prayer before breakfast, or sit down and read a few verses of the Bible to your kids tonight.

Maybe you need to slay the dragon of apathy. Get off the couch and roughhouse with the kids some. Do the dishes after supper. Prepare a family budget. Help your kids with their homework.

Maybe you need to slay the dragon of taking your wife for granted. Send her a text (right now would be good) just telling her that you love her. Plan your next date night and put it on your calendar–and let nothing take its place on that calendar.

Maybe you need to slay the dragon of laziness by catching that mouse, instead of expecting her to do it!

But here’s the thing: you cannot believe the Hollywood hype. Being your wife’s hero does not happen with one epic battle and then all is well forever and ever.

Being your wife’s hero happens daily, with decisions that may seem small, but that build in her heart a trust for the one who is putting her first every single day. The man who shows that winning her heart is a daily desire; not a one-time event.

I want to be my wife’s hero. Often–very often–I am anything but heroic, but a decision every day to put her first will help me win her heart daily.

It may not have involved dramatic music or an epic battle made for the big screen. But catching a furry little mouse in the middle of the night was enough to remind this husband that he can be his wife’s hero.

If I can say that I have done something every day to keep that heroic status with my wife, what could be better than that? My name may never be in a heroic tale or an epic film, but in the heart of a beautiful lady who wears my name, I can be a hero. That’s what matters.

…and they lived happily ever after.

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Keep Looking

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My mother lost her diamond solitaire 30 years ago. It was her engagement ring from my father. She used to take her rings off in the evening and set them on the arm of an expensive chair they had purchased for the house. One night the ring fell down into the chair. They tried to get it out but had no luck retrieving it. They didn’t want to tear the chair apart, so they decided to look later. Over the years our family has experienced many unsuccessful attempts in locating the ring.
We moved in 1985 to a different house about five hours north. In the move, we discovered that the bottom of the chair had been torn. This made us lose all hope that we would ever find the ring. My parents moved again across the country twenty years later – still no ring. I remember different times over the years we had searched for the ring in the chair. It was almost like a legend – that maybe one day a diamond ring might appear from a chair that was getting worn out and old. Perhaps a complete destruction of the chair would produce a diamond – or something like that. I think sometimes you just hold on to a false reality because hope is powerful and you desperately need to hope in something.
Four years ago, when my father passed away, my mother decided to sell the house. A yard sale weekend commanded one last examination of the old chair. So my sister and my wife decided to completely tear the chair apart, even if it meant separating every piece of the chair. They tore and they busted and they ripped…and with a final rip an object flew from the chair across the room. It was my mother’s engagement ring that my father had given to her many years ago. It was the reappearance of the legend!
My mother said at that time that the immediate reaction of my wife and sister would be likened to that of two 13-year-old girls at a Justin Bieber concert. From a Biblical standpoint, it reminded me of what Jesus said about the reaction of the finder of the lost coin and the lost sheep, or the treasure hidden in the field, or the pearl of great price. Jubilation!
One thing is certain. It is important in life for us to keep looking. If you have a dream, realize it. If you have a goal, reach it. If you have spiritual potential – fulfill it. If you have anything out there that is going to continue to make you work – then go and get it! This is God’s will for us. This is hope. This is living. This is Christ in us.
We sold the chair in the yard sale – price: $5.00.
“Hey, Dad, you’ll never guess what we found…”
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8
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“I Just Can’t Face Anybody”

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The words above are among the saddest that I hear. They are usually spoken by somebody who is hurting terribly. Often the pain they are experiencing has affected them in so many ways.

All too often, I hear these words as a part of an explanation concerning the person’s absence from worship services, Bible classes, and other opportunities to learn, worship, and enjoy fellowship. They feel as though they cannot do those things because they just can’t face anybody because of what is going on in their lives.

Every time I hear those words, I realize that something is wrong besides the pain that is being experienced and expressed. I realize that somebody needs to learn a little more about how brothers and sisters are to relate to and with one another. 

As Christians, we wear the name of the One who was sought out by individuals who were hurting. It is also important to observe that He sought out individuals like this. To be sure, some of the pain might have been self-inflicted, but that was not an insurmountable barrier for Him or for them. 

Our brothers and sisters in the first century drew strength and support from one another during times of trouble and weakness. They, and we, are instructed to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Those who were and are “…strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak… (Rom. 15:1).

Those who cannot bring themselves to face a group of people may be thinking that they are avoiding such things as unjust criticism, gossip, prying for information, and/or pity. Do they think they would experience these things with brothers and sisters in the Lord? 

Are they right? 

If they are, they are not the only ones who need a better understanding and application of God’s Word.

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