A Legacy of Faith at Polishing the Pulpit


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Today, Polishing the Pulpit begins in Sevierville, Tennessee. This annual event is one of the highlights of our year, as around 4000 Christians will gather to study God’s Word and grow closer together.

Throughout the week, several members of A Legacy of Faith will be speaking or leading singing. Below is a list of where we’ll be. If you’re going to PtP, make sure you say hello! We always love to meet new folks.


9:00AM: Donna Faughn (“A Lesson on Finding Grace”; ladies only): Ballroom B

10:00AM: Jeremiah Tatum (“Digging Deeper: The Lord’s Supper”): Hotel Cade’s Cove

5:30PM: Adam Faughn (congregational singing; new songs): Exhibit Hall A


9:30AM: Donna Faughn (“Purses with Holes and Other Fine Things: Lessons for Women from Haggai”; ladies only): Ballroom B

9:30AM: Jeremiah Tatum (“Cross Words: A Series of Communion Talks”): Ballroom D

10:30AM: Adam Faughn (congregational singing during morning worship): Exhibit Hall A

9:00PM: Jeremiah Tatum (“Running with God: Some Lessons about God I’ve Learned in My Running Shoes”): Meeting Room C-D


8:00AM: Adam Faughn (congregational singing): Ballroom D

10:30AM: Jim Faughn (“Preachers Serving as Elders”): Ballroom D

2:30PM: Donna Faughn (“Discipline Determines Destiny: Child-Rearing”; ladies only): Ballroom B

3:30PM: Adam Faughn (“A 5×5 Approach to Ministry”; part of 7 minutes of wisdom for preachers): Ballroom C


8:30AM: Jim Faughn (“My Friend Says, ‘I’ll Take My Chances without Being a Christian.’ What Should I Say?”; part of 7 minutes of wisdom for scholars): Ballroom A

9:30AM: Donna Faughn (“Nuts and Bolts for Elders’ Wives”; ladies only): Ballroom A

9:30AM: Jim Faughn (“God Wants Us Not Only to Know the Right Thing and to Do the Right Thing, but to Be the Right Thing”; part of 7 minutes of wisdom for families): Exhibit Hall A

10:30AM: Jim Faughn (“A Non-Program Program”; part of two minutes, tops! for elders and preachers): Ballroom C

6:30PM: Adam Faughn (congregational singing; some new songs): Exhibit Hall A


10:30AM: Jim Faughn (“The Word is Parents…Plural”; part of 7 minutes of wisdom for parents): Exhibit Hall A

1:30PM: Leah Faughn (“Verses to Encourage a Young Mother’s Heart”; ladies only): Hotel Deep Creek

3:30PM: Donna Faughn (“The Strong-Willed Wife: Opportunities and Challenges”; ladies only): Ballroom A

For more information about Polishing the Pulpit, visit their website.

To look at the full schedule, follow this link [pdf]

Why Our Whole Family is Looking Forward to Polishing the Pulpit 2016 [Video]

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Tomorrow, our little family of four will be headed to the Smokey Mountains for Polishing the Pulpit 2016, where we will be joined by about 4000 other Christians for a week of Bible study.

Polishing the Pulpit has something for everyone so, in this video, our whole family shares what we are looking forward to. We hope you enjoy, and we hope to see you there!

5 Things Members Need to Hear from Elders Regularly

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Last Wednesday, I posted a short list of 5 things that elders need to hear regularly. But this helpful communication cannot be a one-way street.

There are many congregations where members feel as if they do not hear from the elders, except when (1) there is a change in the staff, (2) an elder is being appointed or resigning, or (3) there is a great need for money. While that may not be completely true, without intentional effort by the pastors, it can certainly seem that way.

Further, if elders just say, “If you’d ever like to attend one of our meetings, feel free,” they are going to get virtually no response, and members will still feel frustrated at the lack of communication.

This week, then, I’d like to share five things that every member needs to hear from each of the elders on a regular basis.

  1. Hello, [Name]. People need to know that their shepherds know them, by name! The larger a congregation gets, the more challenging it is, but shepherds need to at least know the names of the sheep. The more personal information a pastor knows, the more people feel at ease around him, and the more conversation can flow freely.
  2. How Can I Pray for You? I know that elders pray for the congregation, including individual needs. Still, it is reassuring when an elder specifically asks how he can take my concerns and my victories before the throne of God. Further, it helps him be a better shepherd, as he sees what is truly on the heart of individual members.
  3. How Can I be a Better Shepherd to Your Family? There may be a less awkward way to ask this question, but families need to know that their shepherds are not just a cold board of directors. Is there a ballgame I can visit? Is there a problem I can help you with? Is there something in Bible class your children have been studying that I can help them learn? These types of questions shepherd the souls of families.
  4. Would You Like to Visit? Instead of calling people into some formal meeting, ask if people would like to come to your house for a visit, or go out to eat together. And these times do not have to be filled with questions about church work. It provides people a chance to just get to know you and see your love for them. Elders cannot just meet in board rooms. They need to greet people in living rooms and around dinner tables, but they need to step up and make the invitation.
  5. Your Soul is the Most Valuable Thing in the World. Too often, elders are perceived to be more concerned about budgets, building projects, and staffing than about the highest calling in the world: helping the souls of men and women. People in the church need to see that, while air conditioning units and parking lots have to be discussed, their souls are where your top priorities are. They need to hear that from you regularly, so they can keep their focus on the most important thing, too.

Solid and regular communication from elders is not only important, it is vital. Members do not just need to hear “dictates from on high.” They need to be personally and warmly greeted by their shepherds over and over again.

I firmly believe that, if an eldership would make it a point to say things like we have just listed above, a congregation’s attitude and work ethic would change, virtually overnight. Elders, it is worth the effort.

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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

The Peacemaker

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Telemachus was a monk who lived in the 4th century. He went to Rome and found chaos in the streets. The commotion was over the gladiators. He was amazed that four centuries after Christ had come people were still killing each other for sport.
When he arrived at the Coliseum the gladiators were shouting, “Hail Caesar, we will die for Caesar.” He jumped over the railing and went out into the middle of the field, got between two gladiators, held up his hands and said, “In the name of Christ, forbear.”
The crowd protested and began to shout, “Run him through, Run him through.” A gladiator came over and hit him in the stomach with the back of his sword. It sent him sprawling in the sand. He got up and ran back and again said, “In the name of Christ, forbear.” The crowd continued to chant, “Run him through.”
One gladiator came over and plunged his sword through the little monk’s stomach and he fell into the sand, which began to turn crimson with his blood. One last time he gasped out, “In the name of Christ forbear.” A hush came over the 80,000 people in the coliseum. Soon a man stood and left, then another and more, and within minutes all 80,000 had emptied out of the arena. It was the last known gladiatorial contest in the history of Rome.

What does it take for there to be peace? It takes sacrifice. It takes humility. It takes someone who will do what is right regardless of the cost.

Consider all the sources of conflict in life: There are wars over land and property. There are divorces over “irreconcilable differences.” Sometimes relationships become strained by pride. And most of all, there is the conflict between God and ourselves because of our own foolishness and sin.

What motivates us to peace? A man standing in the middle of the conflict. A man who loves us so much that he will not allow us to continue in our sin and death. A man who himself is willing to give his life to save our own. A man who will help us to see what we are doing to ourselves and to others. A man who took a sword and cried, “Father, forgive!”

God has called us to peace. He has called us to peace through the death of His own Son. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Praise God for His love and compassion in the midst of our foolishness!

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” ~ Matthew 5:9
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Maintaining Balance

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It’s one of those words we hear a lot in religious circles. Those of us who preach are encouraged to try to make sure that our preaching is balanced. Many times, our preaching is designed to encourage people to live a balanced life. 

I think I learned a technique that will help our balance when I was visiting with an elderly brother years ago. Somehow the subject of my fear of heights came into the discussion. My elderly brother informed me that he had no such fear. In fact, I think he thought it strange that I did.

Here was his logic. He asked me if I could walk on a board that was a foot wide if that board was on the ground. When I assured him that I could, he then wondered why I couldn’t walk on that same board if it was raised high in the air. 

The answer was pretty simple – at least to me. It had less to do with distance than support. I would much rather have the ground directly under me than to have the air as my “support.”

It seems to me that this has a spiritual application. A proper foundation makes maintaining balance a much easier task than would otherwise be the case if there is no foundation at all or a very poor foundation.

We sing the words that reflect this truth: “On Christ the solid rock I stand.” Are we singing the truth when we sing those words?

I need to make sure I am standing exactly where that song says that I am standing. If I do, I may be surprised at how easy it is for me to maintain my balance.

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Episode 60: Our Ups and Downs of Budgeting [Podcast]

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After a few weeks away, we are back with a new season of our podcast, which will be released every other Friday through the end of the year.

On this episode, Adam and Leah sit down to talk about budgeting in general. They share some of the things they do well with a family budget, but also some things they need to improve on.

We hope this episode encourages you to look at your family’s finances and take control of them, all for the glory of God.



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Meet Me at the Mountain for a Feast

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One week from today Jim and I will begin our yearly journey to one of our favorite places – the Great Smoky Mountains. We go to attend Polishing the Pulpit, a conference for Christian people of all ages and areas of service in the church. I can’t say enough good about this gathering of people, so I won’t even attempt to do that. I would, however, like to share with you some of the feasts you can enjoy should you be able to attend.

PTP is a physical feast for our family. Not only do we get to visit with some of our immediate family daily, we also get to see many people we love and appreciate from our work in the Kingdom…and we get to do this in a beautiful setting. The joy of getting to eat together, have coffee together, sit and talk together, and attend classes together is a real physical feast.

An emotional feast always awaits me while at PTP. God blessed each one of us with an array of feelings and emotions – joy, love, laughter, sadness, tears, happiness. I have never come home from PTP without having felt and expressed many of these emotions. The beautiful singing brings tears of joy to my eyes. The smiles on almost every face lift my spirits. Seeing young couples who realize the importance of letting their children experience an event like PTP makes me happy. Being able to sit and talk with a sister who may be sad or uncertain about something going on in her life helps me to feel needed as an older Christian woman. The sheer number of people who believe as I do touches me in an emotional way. 

The spiritual feast at PTP is beyond comparison. Classes for every age and on many topics are available at nearly every hour of the day and evening. Teachers who have studied long hours and prepared relevant lessons are there to share their knowledge with us. Opportunities for private counseling are available for those who may need it. I have sat at the feet of some of the best teachers and preachers I have ever heard at this event. If a person could go away from PTP without feeling like they have been to a spiritual feast, I would be very concerned about them.

When I think of mountains in the Bible, I remember the words of God in the Old Testament through the prophets Isaiah and Micah: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in his paths” (Isaiah 2:3; Micah 4:2). In the New Testament, I think about Jesus in Matthew 5 going up on a mountain, sitting down, and beginning to teach the people what we call the “Sermon on the Mount.”

I never visit any mountain range without thinking about God’s power and majesty. His creation speaks to me and tells me that He is all knowing, all powerful, and with us at all times. When we attend PTP, surrounded by the beautiful creation of God, we enjoy a marvelous feast. 

I sure wish you could meet me at the mountain and enjoy the feast with me.


To learn more about Polishing the Pulpit (and, hopefully, register to attend!), visit their webpage.

[Editor’s Note: On Friday, August 19, we will post a list of where members of A Legacy of Faith will be speaking or leading singing throughout the week of Polishing the Pulpit.]

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5 Things Elders Need to Hear Regularly

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If it were not tragic, it would be funny. That is this: often, the only thing elders ever hear from the congregation is complaining.

If things are going well, we just assume the elders know we appreciate it. But let things start going downhill–even just a little bit–and we have no problem talking to our shepherds.

Part of being in a position of leadership is understanding that you will hear complaints at times. It comes with the territory. But it really is tragic that too many elders only hear complaints, though they are striving to help people grow closer to the Lord and reach heaven.

Elders are not perfect men, but those who are in this position of leadership are worthy of our consideration and kindness. Additionally, they need to be built up through our words on a regular basis.

To that end, here are 5 things that elders need to hear from each member on a regular basis.

  1. I Pray for You. Carrying the weight of watching over the souls of a congregation is a very heavy task, indeed. Elders need to know that members are regularly bringing their names and concerns before the throne of God.
  2. I Trust You. Our society always leans toward distrust of anyone in any position of leadership. Yes, that bleeds over into the church. Elders need to hear that the members trust their wise judgment. Even if the elders make mistakes, their intent is not to be harmful or disruptive. They need to know that you know that!
  3. I Pray for Your Wife. One of the hardest roles in the church is that of being the wife of an elder. When something is heavy upon the heart of her husband but, due to confidence, he cannot share that with her, it weighs on her heart and mind, as well. She needs your prayers, too, and elders need to know that the members do not treat their wives as some group of “others,” but as ladies who need our prayers.
  4. I Think Our Future is Bright. Elders are constantly hearing from people about how things “used to be.” “Back when we were…” is a very common beginning to many conversations with elders. While that certainly has its place, elders need to know that you think the congregation has a bright and God-glorifying future. While they do not seek nor want the credit, it helps put wind in their sails to know that their vision of what–with God’s help–could be is being shared.
  5. Thank You. Those two words mean the world to anyone, but especially to those in positions of leadership. Long hours, heart-wrenching prayers, and sleepless nights are the parts of the work that most people do not see. All we see is the fruit of all those things. For those things we should be grateful, and that gratitude needs to be regularly expressed.

Elders hold an office that simply is unequaled in its importance. These pastors love souls, and want the church to grow in number, spirit, and unity. They understand the depth and breadth of their position, and they also know the pressures that come with it.

Just a few words, regularly and honestly spoken by the members, will help these men lighten their load and bring more joy to their lives.

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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn


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The former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge once said,

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Persistence is defined as, “the quality of continuing steadfastly in spite of obstacles.” Synonyms for persistence include endurance, perseverance, and adherence. In our walk with God, Satan is going to try to do everything he can to stop us. We will also, in our weaknesses, put some of our own problems in the way. Persistence is the necessary tool we need to overcome the obstacles of Satan and self.

The Old Testament paints a great picture of what life is really like. The Jew’s Egyptian bondage can be compared to the slavery of sin. Moses serves as a type of Christ, a savior and deliverer appointed by God. The Red Sea is a foreshadowing of the salvation experience later realized in the new covenant. And the wilderness is just life – the reality of our dependence on God! Even though we have been set free in Jesus, we still have a need to mature and choose God every day.

The Hebrew writer, therefore, wrote to the church, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Hebrews 3:12-14).

We may think it would sure be nice if we had no worries once we became Christians. But a relationship with Christ is not a guarantee that worldly struggles will cease. Instead, being a Christian means that we now have what it takes to overcome the world through faith. We have the cleansing blood of Christ to take away our sins. We have the motivation of heaven to endure hardship. We have the good news which God has commanded us to share with others in order to make a difference along the way.

There may not be a more important word for the Christian than “persistence.” In the end, it will be the difference between eternal life and eternal condemnation.

“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” ~ Hebrews 10:36

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Keep Checking

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I remember visiting a man a number of years ago who was in the middle of a project at his house. He made his living laying bricks and various kinds of stones on a variety of projects. 

This time he was laying some stones of various sizes on the front of his own house. While I’m sure he took care to make all of his work look good, I’m equally sure he wanted this project at his own house to look very good. I’m also confident that he intended for it to last a long time.

I have no idea how stones of varying shapes and sizes can be laid in such a way to not only look good, but to remain in place. I did learn one trick of the trade by watching him and asking a question.

I noticed that my friend and brother would use a ruler to measure the distance from the stone he was laying to the wall of the house. It didn’t take but a second to do, but it seemed to be an important part of the process. 

I’m reasonably sure that he had measured the distance from the wall to the first stone he had laid. Why wasn’t that one measurement enough? Why did he keep checking the measurement?

I think that even I know the answer to that, even though I’ve never been involved in that process one time in my life. I believe that my friend knew that, even with his experience, it was possible to be off a little here and there if he relied only on his judgment. I believe that he also knew that what might seem to be small discrepancies could cause large problems with the entire job. It would be possible for the entire project to be ruined if he did not keep checking his measurements.

Please read carefully the following passages:

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Cor. 13:5)

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:23-15)

So, how are you doing as you make preparation for your eternal home? When is the last time you checked?

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