Episode 34 : A Short Social Media Reminder for Parents [Podcast]

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Social media is everywhere. It is part of almost all our lives, whether we want it to be or not. From news reporters telling us to “tweet in” updates to virtually every business asking us to “like us” on Facebook, it is all around us.

However, social media can teach our children some things that need to be discussed. This week, Adam comes to you with a solo program and shares some thoughts on social media. This shorter episode is based upon this article, which shares some talking points parents need to have with their kids about social media.



What Social Media is Offering Our Kids (And What to Do About It)” [We are THAT Family]

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Something Every Parent Needs to Read

Rarely do we not have a full post for you. However, sometimes something comes across that we just want to share with you.

That is the case with today’s article. Instead of us writing something, we want to send you over to another site, for the family, for a great article. Those who are married and raising children absolutely must read this article.

Is Parenting Threatening Your Marriage?

It’s Also Time to #ShoutYourAbortionForgiveness

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In recent days, a sensation has made waves online that has so many people up in arms, and rightly so. A movement started on Twitter and quickly moved to other social media platforms. It was a chance for women who had aborted a child to no longer whisper about it, but to proudly bring that out in the open.

It was given the social treatment with a hashtag: #ShoutYourAbortion.

Some “shouted” about their experience and wanted to do it again. Some did so, and were just thankful that someone had given them an outlet to share that they were not sorry for their abortion. They felt liberated by the viral nature of how this spread.

Others began to speak out against the movement. Of course, some started a competing hashtag that also made waves: #ShoutYourAdoption. Others simply made a statement about how sad it is that we are just not sorry about abortion any longer as a society, but now we are willing to shout it in pride for “health” and “life decisions.”

Of course, I side with those who would shout an adoption. Being an adoptive parent myself, our heart goes out to those babies who need a home.

Also, abortion is wrong. Murder, no matter what we might want to call it, is wrong. We must stand up for the life of the unborn and never back down.

All that said…

I think there is another hashtag that needs to be making the rounds, as well.

Abortion is wrong, and it is a sin. However, it is not an unforgivable sin. As awful as abortion is, just as the alcoholic can repent and be forgiven by the Lord, so, too, can the person who has had an abortion be forgiven. If one is willing to repent, God will forgive, and that includes the one who has ended a pregnancy through abortion.

So, today, I am asking you to help start another movement. It is for those who feel shame for their actions, and are willing to turn to God. It is for those who are willing to repent and live for Him.

It is time to #ShoutYourAbortionForgiveness.

While some women feel liberated by shouting about an abortion, when we are forgiven by the Lord, that is true liberation. We are set free from the worst master: selfishness. We are liberated from the bonds of sin. We are free to be who God created us to be through His Son.

In reality, everyone who is a Christian can remove the word “abortion” from that hashtag and replace it with a myriad of sins. #ShoutYourLustForgiveness. #ShoutYourCursingForgiveness. #ShoutYourBitternessForgiveness. #ShoutYourCoveteousnessForgiveness. #ShoutYourLyingForgiveness. #ShoutYourPornographyForgiveness. #ShoutYourPrideForgiveness.

Because as God’s people, we all have something from which we needed to be saved. Thankfully, through His mercy, grace, and love, God forgave us. He set us free. He liberated us.

And that’s something worth shouting!


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Does It Really Matter What Other People Think?

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So it happened again. There was a competition. This competition was not limited to a specific time and it did not involve teams scoring points head to head. Nobody threw anything the farthest, ran any race the fastest, or jumped the highest or the longest. Instead, this competition had judges. Each team performed and the judges decided who won. The participants were completely dependent upon the interpretation of the judges.

I don’t know about you, but this type of competition does not interest me. I always judge differently than the judges judge. Maybe I am biased, or maybe they are. I just know that usually those venues leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. It always seems like somebody gets a bad deal. Human judgments are fallible and full of prejudice. It is almost impossible to have a true winner when the standards are based on matters of opinion.

This reminds me that at the end of the day, as I try to live my life for the Lord, it really does not matter what other people think. Does this mean I don’t care what other people think? No, because I want to have a good reputation and a good name. No, because I want to bless others and do well and glorify God. No, because I don’t want to be misinterpreted or misunderstood. But guess what? Just because I want to have all these things doesn’t mean I will have them. We live and do our best, but people are still going to have their own opinions and judgments.

Paul made this very strong statement by inspiration, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10). Along with that, he also stated, “…I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Cor. 9:22). Paul was willing to be whatever God wanted him and needed him to be (not what men wanted him to be) because it pleased God to save all men, and to do so through gospel preaching (1 Tim. 2:3-5; 1 Cor. 1:18-21). Paul knew he could not compromise who he was or what he taught, and yet he became as flexible as he could be in order to accomplish his task.

So maybe this is where we need to be: as peaceable and helpful as we can be in our dealings with men, and yet uncompromising when it comes to the truth of God’s word. If we make it our aim to please God in everything we say and do, and if we love mankind while we do it, then we will be as close to being like Jesus as we can ever be.

Do not allow the judgments and discouragements of others to weigh you down. Do not allow harsh criticisms from others keep you from the convictions of your faith. Simply remember to love God supremely and then love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said this was the law and the prophets. Jesus said these were the two greatest commandments.

“Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.”  – John Wooden


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How Curious Are You?

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I suppose most of us have heard this expression: “Curiosity killed the cat.” I’m not really sure what that means, but I’ve heard it all my life. I think it has something to do with the idea that some things are better left alone.

I recently read another quote about curiosity that caught my attention. While not as famous as the one about the cat, it may be more important. 

“The call of Moses started with the curiosity of Moses.”

(Jesus in the Present Tense:  The I Am Statements of Christ, by Warren Wiersbe, p.17)

While Mr. Wiersbe and I would disagree on many things, I think he’s right about that. The conversation with God began after Moses became curious about the fact that there was a bush that was burning, “…yet it was not consumed” (Ex.  3:2).

As I thought about this, I began thinking about some other instances in the Bible where curiosity led to something of great significance.  I’m sure you can add to this list, but just a few examples would be:

  • David’s curiosity about engaging Goliath in battle;  1 Sam. 17:26ff.
  • A question about the residence of Jesus;  John 1:38ff
  • A Samaritan woman’s question about why Jesus was asking her for water;  John 4:5ff.
  • The same woman’s question about the proper place for worship;  John 4:20ff.
  • A young man’s question about what he might do to inherit eternal life;  Matt. 19:16ff.
  • The curiosity exhibited by those who didn’t understand the unusual occurrences on the Day of Pentecost;  Acts 2:7-12
  • The question asked by those whose hearts had been affected by the sermon delivered by Peter and the other apostles on that occasion;  Acts 2:37ff.

As suggested earlier, that list is not exhaustive. Many other examples could be given. Unfortunately, not all of them would be positive in nature. (Think of Eve and her curiosity about the fruit from a certain tree as one example.)

Can you think of some ways in which curiosity could lead today to things of eternal significance in a positive way?  Maybe the following can be used as a springboard for your own thoughts:

  • What could curiosity about the true facts about the origin of the universe lead to?
  • What could curiosity about the “when does life begin” controversy lead to?
  • What could curiosity about the church Jesus promised to build lead to (cf. Matt. 16:18)?
  • What could curiosity about the Lord’s plan of salvation lead to?
  • What could curiosity about “the ultimate question” (where will I spend eternity) lead to?

What will curiosity lead to in your life? 

What are you curious about today?


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Episode 33: “Arrows in Our Hand” with Wesley and Denise Skelton [Podcast]

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On this week’s episode of the podcast, Adam is joined by Wesley and Denise Skelton, cohosts of the podcast “Arrows in Our Hand.” They discuss their story and the focus of their program, designed to encourage and help Christian parents.





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Podcast episode of “Arrows in Our Hand” when Adam and Leah were guests on the program.

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Playing with Fire

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“Burn the trash.” Those were the words my mother said to me. 

When I was a child, probably eight or nine years old, I was taught to do chores. They included things like dusting, helping with laundry, running the vacuum, and other jobs mom deemed me capable of doing. I can’t remember ever getting the job of burning the trash, but she must have thought I was ready for it. 

We had a burning barrel out on the alley behind our house and I had often seen my father, mother, and brother burn trash in that barrel, but on that particular day she handed me the matches and a bag of trash and told me to “burn the trash.” I felt grown up and important as I headed out there, put the trash in the barrel, struck that match and lit the trash on fire. I loved watching the flames as they darted up above the top of the barrel and quickly got rid of that trash.

Everything would have been fine if I had just headed back into the house. But there was dry grass in the middle of the alley and I thought it would be fun to build just a little fire there. I piled up the grass, lit it on fire, and began to add a few twigs. 

The fire grew. 

It began to move out of my little circle. A puff of wind quickly sent it up the middle of the alley and it grew as it went. I stood there in fear as it quickly made its way to the neighbors wooden shed and began burning it to the ground. 

I looked toward our house and saw my mother running toward the fire with the water hose and I ran toward her. As she passed me she simply said, “You get in the house.” I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what happened to me when the fire at the shed was put out. Just suffice it to say, that a part of my anatomy was set on fire and there were other consequences for what I had done.

I’ve thought about that event many times through the years. I’ve thought about the consequences of playing with fire. So often it isn’t just the fire that is lit by a match that brings terrible consequences. 

Ask the young wife whose husband has become addicted to pornography after he simply started looking at a few pictures on the internet. Ask the young person who is addicted to drugs when he/she was only going to try it once and simply wanted to fit in with their friends. Ask the bewildered parents of a child who is totally out of control when all they wanted to do was make that child feel loved, and so they began giving in to every want and demand. Ask the alcoholic who began with just a social drink.

Our congregations even suffer when we “play with fire.” In an attempt to keep our members happy and faithful in attendance, many congregations have implemented programs and policies that are worldly or denominational. In an effort to keep our youth groups “happy,” they are often taken to events which weaken their faith rather than strengthen their faith. Because we are an entertainment-oriented society, we feel as though we have to entertain our young people. We are playing with fire.

And let’s not forget what James taught about the use of the tongue. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he called the tongue a fire. How many families, friendships, or congregations have been divided or destroyed because of misuse of the tongue? (James 3)

Fire is useful when used with caution and responsibility. But fire can be so destructive when it is out of control. It is not something to be “played with.”

When you play with fire you might burn down the neighbors’ shed…

…or destroy a relationship, a home, a family or a congregation.

“…three things are never satisfied; four never say, ‘Enough:’  Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never say, ‘Enough.” (Proverbs 30:15-16)


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Is Your Church Marbles or Grapes?

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Even a quick glance through the pages of the New Testament will make it clear that the early church had problems, but that they were more often found working together and unifying than drifting apart. Christ had said that the love displayed by His followers would be proof of their discipleship.

Too many Christians, though, feel that as long as they are “in the building” with a few dozen or few hundred other people, that it shows the unity and togetherness of the church. Certainly, gathering is required (cf. Hebrews 10:25), but just showing up is not enough to really impact one another.

Christians need to impact each other’s lives. Worship is serious and solemn, but coming together in worship can become so formal that we fail to take the time to impact each other’s lives. We need to remember that the early church was involved in fellowship, but the same verse teaches us that they were “devoted” to that concept (Acts 2:42). This was not just walking by someone and having the all-too-typical “how are you doing,” “fine” conversation!

Many congregations look too much like a bag of marbles. We roll around and bump into one another, but we rarely make a real impact. When two marbles bump into each other, they might change direction, but they do not change each other. They simply bounce off and go elsewhere. Sadly, that’s the way many Christians are. They come to worship and are in the building, but when they leave, they might have “bumped into” a lot of other people, but no life-changing impact has been made.

Instead, as Anne Ortlund suggests in her book Up With Worship, we need to be more like grapes. Grapes cluster together for a long time, and then they work together to form into one great unit, sometimes juice, sometimes jelly, sometimes jam, and sometimes just a snack. But each grape has been changed by the grapes clustered around it. They are very difficult to tell apart.

Is that not what we should be striving for as the people of God? When we come together in worship, and when we meet outside the building during the week, we need to be “devoted to fellowship.” That includes making sure we are faithful in trying to impact one another’s lives, and that we are focused intently on truly becoming one. It means that, when someone looks at one Christian, they really see a host of believers, because we all are alike in our devotion and faith.

Is your congregation a bag of marbles or a cluster of grapes?

NOTE: The idea for this post came from the book When God Builds a Church, page 196.


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What About Faith on Public Display?

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I will admit it. It is not always fun answering the front door and finding a person on my porch holding a religious pamphlet. I don’t necessarily relish the idea of someone coming to my house at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning and wanting to talk about eternity with me. I might not be ready to talk about it in that moment. I might feel invaded or become defensive. I might wish I had never answered the door.

So we should not be surprised when we are public about our faith that others may feel the same way. And yet Jesus sent his disciples from house to house. And the reality is that some of the greatest modern day heroes of faith were converted themselves because someone came to their door to tell them about salvation and the New Testament church. The great commission simply says, “Go.” Jesus did not specify how to go. This must mean he intended for the gospel to be spread by any means possible.

Since Christ told his followers to be salt and light, then from the get-go it is evident that God wants faith to be seen so that men can be saved and he can be glorified. There is something about seeing a baptism that is more powerful than hearing one has occurred. When Jesus saw the widow put in her two mites he was moved in a special way that was better than receiving a report. When a person is on the front pew crying it usually isn’t long before the rest of the church is crying. There is a reason why faith is to be shared and witnessed and experienced. When we are in the presence of something that transcends our temporal surroundings we begin to see more clearly ourselves through eyes of faith.

Our Savior did not intend for us to shine our own lights, but he did expect for his light to shine through us. We are to continue to pray in closets, give what nobody else sees, and do every good work as to the Lord and not to men. But it is not wrong to show our faith to the world. Christianity is dying and false world religions are spreading because the lie is now bold while the truth has vacated into the shadows. Tolerance of every evil is being shouted while anything in the name of Christ or God or the church is being ridiculed. The devil has things right where he wants them. It is cool to be different as long as different has nothing to do with heavenly ordinances or moral absolutes.

So what are Christians to do? How do we continue to proclaim the best news the world has ever known or will ever know without being touted as haters? The answer is found when we look at the way that Jesus came and preached peace and changed the world. We must go about doing good, healing those oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). We must speak and teach boldly, backed by the authority that is greater than the common day religious ideology (Matt. 7:29). We must love those in the world and love them to the very end (John 13:1). We must pray to the Father for the strength we need to finish the task He has given us to do, that He alone might be glorified (John 12:28).

God intended for our faith to be seen and heard (Matt. 28:19-20). We learn by a communicated message (1 Cor. 1:21). We believe according to physical evidence (Rom. 1:20). We repent before God and men and ask for forgiveness and pray for one another (James 5:16). We confess the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Tim. 6:12). We are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins and even the angels in heaven know about it and rejoice (Luke 15:7).

So what about faith on public display? We live in a culture that says, “No.” But in the meantime, and for all time, there is a heavenly Witness who says, “Yes.” At the end of the day, there will only be one Judge who will be evaluating whether or not there has been enough evidence in us to convict us of the allegation that we are Christians.

“…nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” – Luke 8:8


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It Depends on How You Read It

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A couple or so years ago, one of the elders where I preach handed out the information below in one of his Bible classes. I thought it was both unique and thought-provoking. 

The material is designed to be read either from the top to the bottom or from the bottom to the top.

Here’s the difference: if it is read from the top to the bottom, we are reading what the unknown author labels “Atheist’s View of Life.” If, on the other hand, it is read from the bottom to the top, the author has labeled that as “A Christian’s View of Life.”

I will live my life according to these beliefs

God does not exist

It is just foolish to think

That there is a God with a cosmic plan

That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world

Is a comforting thought, however


Is only wishful thinking

People can do as they please without eternal consequences

The idea that

I am deserving of Hell

Because of sin

Is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power

“The more you have, the happier you will be”

Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose

In a world with no God

There is freedom to be who I want to be

But with God

Everything is fine

It is ridiculous to think

I am lost and in need of saving.

So, how do you read it?


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