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If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… (A Short Post on Modesty)

It has probably been over a quarter of a century since I first saw the cartoon reproduced below. I have tried at various times over the years to find it. I was unsuccessful until somebody posted it not long ago on Facebook.

I will let the picture speak for itself with only a few statements from me. 

First, in the past twenty-five years or so, even the outfit on the right would cover more than what some wear today.

Second, a similar picture could be produced showing the inconsistency in the wardrobe choices of some men and boys. What if a t-shirt and boxer shorts were on the left and what passes for swimwear for guys was on the right?

Third (and sadly), I know some who wear the name of Christ who need to consider this. I pray that all of us will.

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Episode 54: “Small Changes, Big Results” with Scotty Studer [Podcast]

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Every person and every family would like to be better in various areas of life. Oftentimes, though, we see changes as massive and overwhelming. In his new ebook, Small Changes, Big Results, Scotty Studer shares 26 ways we can see great results in different areas of our lives with just a few simple but intentional changes. On the podcast this week, he talks about the ebook, and shares a few insights just for our podcast listeners.

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Small Changes, Big Results [Amazon Kindle store]

Other Resources/Links Mentioned in the Program

Screen Free Weekend” [previous podcast with Scotty]

Scotty Studer’s website

“Power for Today” [devotional magazine]

5 Minutes with God [Amazon]

5 Minutes with God, volume 2 [Amazon]

Meditations of My Heart [Sain Publications]

To Save a Child

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They waited with great anxiety. They peered out their windows in terror. Then their worst fears were realized. They saw Pharaoh’s men coming to take their baby boys away forever. These innocent children were being executed by the thousands. No Israelite sons were left out of the slaughter. Parents kissed their babies and clung to them with all their might. But the Egyptian soldiers snatched them from mothers’ arms and sent them to their deaths, casting them into the Nile (Ex. 1:22).

Yet there was one family who refused to let that happen. One family who refused to let their child meet an untimely death. The Hebrew writer says, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command” (Heb. 11:23). Can’t you just see Jocabed saying, “Not in my house! Not with my child! Not now! Not ever!”?

God worked with Moses’ parents by great providence to allow him to live. An ark of bulrushes was the plan, and a sister to stand close by. Sprinkle in a touch of compassion from a daughter of the king, and a Hebrew nurse who was Moses’ actual mother and there it was: God’s answer for a family willing to act by faith. A merciful Creator granted more than could have been imagined. Salvation not only came to the family of Moses, but eventually to all Israel.

In the present hour, it is unfortunate that many parents do not understand what is going on in the world. They look not with caution out windows hoping their worst fears won’t be realized. They suspect not those who are ready to carry their children away to death. They fear not the difficulties awaiting their children outside their homes. In fact, it may even be said that what is going on within the home is often more troubling than what rages without.

But they are still coming. They are coming to take our children away from safety. They are coming to take our children away from happiness. They are coming to take our children away from hope. Who are they? What do they want? What will they do?

They are the cares of the world. They are the riches of the world. They are the teachings of men. They are the sins of the flesh.

They want their time and effort. They want their hearts and minds. They want their hopes and dreams. They want their very lives.

They will take them out of the church. They will take them away from God. They will take them away from spiritual things. They will destroy their souls in hell.

Yes, they are certainly coming. They are coming to every home. But faithful parents will not let them. “Not in my house! Not with my child! Not now! Not ever!”

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” ~ Joshua 24:15


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The “Payment” of Motherhood [Quote]

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Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at A Legacy of Faith!

Who Do You Listen To? Filtering Through a Barrage of Advice [Video]

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We live in the information age, but not all the information and advice is good. How can you possibly know what advice to take? Leah shares some thoughts with Adam on a short video, giving you three filters to use when given advice in any area of life.

 

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Episode 53: A Family Challenge: Memorize an Entire Book of the Bible [Podcast]

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As families, we are always searching for ways to instill the Word of God in the hearts of our children. On the podcast this week, Adam shares a brief challenge to all families: memorizing an entire book of the Bible together.

Based upon the Centurion of Scripture event from Lads to Leaders, this challenge is one that can be done by even small children, just one verse at a time. Find out how on the program!

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Resources

Lads to Leaders (homepage)

Lads to Leaders Rulebook [PDF]

“The 5 Shortest Books of the Bible, in Order” (Overview Bible) Note: this is done by number of words, not verses, but it is still a helpful resource, especially if you have small children.

“8 Tips for Family Devotionals”

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Faith of Our Fathers

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When I was 16 my father and I climbed a mountain. We were in Yosemite National Park. We used to live just a few hours from there and to this day it is my favorite place on earth. In the past we had hiked up into Tuolumne Meadows to various mountain lakes. But on this occasion we were headed towards Half Dome. We were not planning on going to the summit, but only to some of the falls along the way. I knew what we were doing and why we were doing it. I knew I was going enjoy sharing the day with my dad.

Isaac once climbed a mountain with his father, Abraham. It was not a recreational journey. They were going to worship (Gen. 22:5). Still, as a teenage boy, you can imagine that Isaac anticipated the moments he was going to spend with his father. Isaac carried the wood and Abraham carried the fire and the knife. As they ascended Mount Moriah, Isaac began to wonder why they did not have an animal with them for the sacrifice.

Abraham explained to his son that God was going to provide it. What Isaac did not know is that God had decided that Isaac was to be the offering. Yes, Isaac–God’s gift to Abraham and Sarah. So when they had come to the place of sacrifice, Abraham built an altar, laid the wood on it, and tied Isaac up on top of it and stretched out his knife to slay his son (Gen. 22:10).

It brings into one’s mind to consider what Isaac was thinking. When his father began to tie him up, was he afraid? Did he ask his father why? Did he fight any? The Bible does not say. What is revealed is that Abraham drew the knife back. He was going to do it. He was going to obey God no matter what.

The rest of the story is well known to the Bible reader. God stopped Abraham from killing Isaac, and a ram was provided instead. But that still leaves us with the question – What did Isaac learn?

I have climbed some mountains with my father, and I imagine you have climbed a few with yours. Some mountains are not located on maps, and cannot be scaled on foot. But life brings us tests and struggles. Our will is challenged. Our obedience is demanded. Our faith is proven. It is in the faith that we display on these mountains that we learn the greatest lessons in life.

I am certain that Isaac never forgot that trip with his father. I am certain that he learned about faithful and willing obedience. I am certain that he learned to fear God. In fact, later in Genesis, God is literally called “the Fear of Isaac” (Gen. 22:42, 53). Faith from a father was thus given to a son forever.

 If you have had a father that respected and feared God, be thankful. The faith of our fathers is living still.

Faith of our fathers, living still, in spite of dungeon, fire and sword;

O how our hearts beat high with joy, whenever we hear that glorious Word!

Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to thee till death.

~ Frederick Faber and James G. Walton


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Please Leave a (Positive) Message

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Remember answering machines? 

For many of our younger people, it may be difficult to relate to anything other than voice mail. It may surprise them to learn that there was, in fact, a way to leave a message with somebody before the invention of cell phones and voice mail. However, answering machines have not quite yet gone the way of the horse and buggy. It is still possible to call something we now call a landline and leave a message on one of those devices. 

I was reminded recently of an experience I had a number of years ago with an answering machine. I dialed the telephone number of a woman who had lost her husband several months earlier. At least I thought it was her number that I had dialed. I began to wonder, though, because of the message I heard on the machine. I was listening to a man’s voice. At first, that surprised me, but it only took me a couple of seconds to realize that I had, indeed, dialed the correct number. 

I was listening to the voice of her late husband.

As technology continues to develop, newer ways of preserving voices and images are available. Those who have the “know-how” can even put images and voices of those who are no longer living together with those who are. They can produce something that makes it appear that the dead and the living are working together, performing together, or having a conversation with one another. Families are often comforted by hearing the voices and/or seeing images of departed loved ones. 

However, the ability to communicate past the time of our earthly demise has existed for a long, long time. Consider what is said about Abel in Hebrews 11:4: “By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks” (ESV, emphasis added).

I suppose we could call it our legacy, our influence, our impact, or any number of other things, but what we do now can continue to “speak” long after we are gone. In Abel’s case, he was “speaking” thousands of years after his death.

I wonder what message I’m leaving on my machine. How about you?


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F.R.O.G.

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My friend Sonnie passed from this life recently. I have been blessed with many friends as a minister’s wife, and they are like sisters to me because I never had any earthly sisters. Sonnie was not only my sister in Christ but also the closest (along with a few others) I have ever come to feeling like I had an earthly sister. She was a few years older than me, and I looked up to her like you would an older sister.

There were so many things that made her special and I would like to share a few of those things with you. They are attributes I believe would help all of us as we journey through this life.

  • She was fun. She almost always had a smile on her face and could lighten up any dark moment. She never worried about looking silly to others, but she would put on a funny hat and parade around at a ladies’ devo and fellowship if she thought it would bring a smile to some otherwise sad faces.
  • She was a hard worker. Anything she made up her mind to tackle would be done – and done well. If she wanted a goldfish pond in her back yard (which she did), she dug it and made it into a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy watching those fish. When the pantry, or a storage closet, or anything else needed cleaning in the annex at the church building, she would tackle it alone at a time when no one would know who had done the work. And it was done to perfection.
  • She was compassionate. Her father came to live with her in her little house when he became a widower for the second time. She referred to him as her “live-in man.” (I told you she was fun). She would hurry on to tell those who didn’t know her that she was blessed to have her “daddy” living with her. She treated him like a king. She took the upstairs bedroom and gave him the one downstairs. She talked about what a blessing that was to her because at night in her little upstairs room, which was above his, she could hear her father praying by name for each one of his grown children.

She treated all of her neighbors well, often taking food to them and helping them with problems they may have had. Many of our older ladies looked forward to a visit from Sonnie because she cared so deeply for them and brought her happy disposition to them when she visited or cared for them.

  • She was a planner. She could organize and carry out tasks in her family or at church like no one I have ever seen. She “headed up“ things like Ladies’ Day, Ladies’ Devo and Fellowship, refreshments for our annual Singing, and many other activities. When her brothers and sisters would come to visit – you guessed it – they gathered at her little home. Every activity she undertook was planned well and carried out to perfection.
  • She loved frogs. She collected frogs of any type. She wore clothes that had frogs on them. She had frog jewelry of every type. She signed any announcement she had put in the bulletin with these letters — F.R.O.G. – and added a small picture of a frog. She had frogs sitting on her porch and frog wind chimes hanging around her porch. These were all reminders to her and to those of us who knew her to Fully Rely On God. She did. She taught us often that frogs only move forward, and never backward. What a needed reminder for every Christian facing a struggle!
  • She was a faithful Christian. Some of the last words I heard her say following her relatively short illness were, “I’ve had a good life. I’m ready to go home.” She had “fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7) I could depend on her to always be doing what was right. I could depend on her to be at every service of the church and every activity she could. I could depend on her because I knew she depended on God.

Her memorial service was held last week and many people attended: family, members at Central, members from other congregations, friends from her years in high school, neighbors, co-workers, etc.  Many tears were shed.  Much laughter was heard. Some of her favorite gospel songs were sung. A niece told of the things she had taught her, and Jim spoke about her great qualities and how happy she would be if each person there would make sure they are in a right relationship with God. The theme for the evening was her theme for life – F.R.O.G. – Fully Rely On God. 

Help me, Father, to follow her example.

“Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which translated means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.”  Acts 9:36


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Studying Matthew with Your Children [Free Printable]

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Need a resource to help with your family Bible study? Then today’s post is for you!

At the 2016 Lads to Leaders convention, the book to study for the Bible Bowl event was Matthew. Knowing that, we decided to study that book in our Family Bible Time at night. Matthew is a fairly lengthy book (28 chapters), so to help our kids study, we made little worksheets for each of the chapters.

Today, we are pleased to share them with you…for free!

For each of the chapters, there are four things on the worksheet:

1. A box with the two or three major events or stories found in that chapter,

2. Fill in the black or short-answer questions straight from the text (based on the New King James Version),

3. A handful of discussion questions (meanings of words, “how would you feel,” etc.), and

4. A memory verse or two from that chapter.

If you click on the picture below, you will be redirected to a page with the document in pdf format. It is 55 pages in length, and you are welcome to print it out and use it for Bible school, homeschool, family Bible time, or any other purpose you would like.

All we ask in return is this: if you take the time to download or print the pdf, would you please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest? That way, others can find out about this resource as well. Thank you!

We hope this resource helps you. I’m sure you’ll find a typo or two, but we pray this is something that will help your family learn this wonderful book that opens our New Testament.

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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn