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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Get the eBook for Your Kindle

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]

And Now, A Word from…Us

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It has been quite some time since we took a day and just gave you some news from A Legacy of Faith. In the past several months, we have seen tremendous growth, especially in our number of email subscribers. Thank you!

Since we have so many new readers, we wanted to take just one day and let you know about a couple of places on our website you may not have visited yet, where you can get more from us.

A Store (with Free Stuff)

Yes, we have a store. No, it isn’t a big money-maker. In fact, there are many things in our store that are totally free!

In our store, you will find a number of free printables, mostly designed for families. We do not ask for any money or information. You simply click and download the materials, totally free!

There are, too, some books that either we have written or that we have contributed to. Jim Faughn’s book, God Give Us Christian Homes, and Adam Faughn’s Hymns of the Heart can both be found in our store, along with five books that various members of the Legacy of Faith family have written chapters for.

To visit our store, simply click here and see what all you can find.

Speaking Schedules

While none of us are world-famous speakers, each of us at A Legacy of Faith speaks several times each year (away from our normal work).

While these schedules are changing regularly, we try to keep a running list up and current on one page of our website. If you see a place near you where we will be speaking, we’d love to meet you!

To find our speaking schedule, follow this link.

Support

We provide A Legacy of Faith totally free of charge. With blog posts and podcasts, we strive to encourage members of the Lord’s church as best we can.

To do this, though, costs money. We never want A Legacy of Faith to become a major money-making endeavor, but it does cost money. That said, we are grateful for a number of people who have agreed to be supporters of our site. (Those of you who subscribe through email see their names at the bottom of every day’s articles.)

Through the site Patreon, you can support our work monthly. We also have a PayPal account, where you can make a one-time donation to help offset our costs. Every dollar that is given is put back into the hosting fees, podcast, email support costs, and other costs of running our site. We do not “make” anything off the site.

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Conclusion

As we said at the beginning, we rarely take the time to have a post like this. We hope you didn’t mind this quick commercial break.

Tomorrow, it will be back to our regularly scheduled…posting.

Every Day with God

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We were sitting in a class for elementary students at Maywood Christian Camp. The first Saturday in May of each year, the area youth ministers provide a wonderful day called “Madness in May” for K-6 students. Bible classes, food, and fun fill the day, and the children really grow throughout the day.

As we sat with our group from 9th Avenue in a class about Abraham’s faith, the teacher asked a question about going to heaven. The students started talking about what one needed to do to go to heaven, and how it takes faith. The teacher then said something like this: “Won’t it be great to be with God some day?”

It was then that a young child said words that touched my heart, and caused me to do some self-examination. This precious boy said, “I want to be with God every day!”

My heart swelled with joy at those innocent words.

Of course, we want to be with God in a very special way in heaven when this life is over. And, of course, there is a sense in which God is always with us (and for that I am so grateful!).

But there should also be an ever-growing desire in my heart to want to spend time with the Lord each and every day.

In all the hurry and hustle of our modern lives, our to-do lists fill up with things that are important, but that often crowd out the most important thing: drawing nearer to our Lord. It has been called “the tyranny of the urgent.” It has to get done today–or even right this moment–so we do it, all the while knowing that the urgent is drowning out the deepest cries of our heart for what is most important.

When is the last time you spent time with just you and the Lord?

Compare that answer with how often you desire to spend time praying to God, reading and meditating on His Word, and just being alone with Him in wonder and awe of His glorious majesty.

Even if it literally takes putting it on your calendar, do it!

Maybe it is prayer time in the morning. Maybe it is reading and praying on your lunch break. Maybe it is an evening stroll around the neighborhood as you think of God’s wonderful power in creation. Maybe it is a personal or family devotional time that becomes a regular tradition.

Whatever it is, as people who love the Lord, should we not desire to spend time with Him every day? Then let’s do just that.

I just want to be where You are,

Dwelling daily in Your presence;

I don’t want to worship from afar,

Draw me near to where You are.

–Don Moen


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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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“…I Might as Well Go with My Husband”

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She is a very friendly lady. She seems genuinely happy on those rare occasions when we meet. She’s visited one of the worship services where I preach with a mutual friend of ours. When I visited with her in her home after that, she told me that she enjoyed the experience. Recently, when I saw her, she told me the same thing. 

However, as I encouraged her to return, she also told me that she has “a church home.” She was very kind when she said it. She appreciated my concern, but the message was clear. She has a church home and is not all that interested discussing any other possibilities.

It wasn’t always that way. In our conversations, I learned that one of the families where I preach used to pick her up when she was younger and take her to Bible study and worship with them. Please notice the word “take.” The word is not “bring.” Although the family I am writing about worships with us now, all of what this lady was talking about happened elsewhere.

She has told me about how she enjoyed those childhood experiences. She’s told me on more than one occasion about the friends she made–and still has–because of those experiences. She also told me something else that made my heart sink.

If you noticed the title above, it starts with an ellipsis. Those three dots indicate that there is more to the quote and, sadly, more to this lady’s story. Here is her entire quote (at least as I remember it):

“___________ has always had a history of splits, disagreements, and not getting along. When I got married, I decided that I might as well go with my husband.”

May I ask what to me is a sobering, introspective, and eternally important question? May I ask which, if any, of the following groups of people please the Lord? Is He pleased with a group of people with–

  • a name that cannot be found in His Word?
  • an organizational structure that is lacking in biblical authority?
  • worship that is foreign to the teaching of the New Testament?
  • a “plan of salvation” that cannot be justified by the Bible?
  • a quarrelsome, divisive, and ungodly attitude and atmosphere?

I am not, in any way, arguing that none of those first four things listed are unimportant. They are, without a doubt, extremely and eternally important.

While we strive to preach, teach, and practice the truth about all of those matters, may we never forget these words from the lips of the One whose name we wear:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35, ESV, emphasis added).


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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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Senior Saints, Please Keep Serving

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The name Ida Keeling may not mean anything to you, but her story from the past weekend’s Penn Relays made me take notice.

Keeling ran the 100-meter dash. There were nine runners in her race and she finished last; ninth out of nine. It took her over 67 seconds to finish the short run down the straightaway.

So, what could possibly be inspirational about that?

Ida Keeling is over 100 years of age!

Her time of 1:07 in the 100-meter dash is a new world record for the over-100 age bracket. (By the way, here is a news report about the race, and here is an article that contains the full race video.)

Her amazing effort got me thinking about older people, and how the church needs to value them more.

A Reminder about Church Growth

Often, I hear congregations of the Lord’s people talk about the need to “get more young people here.” We see a lot of graying hairlines and we worry about the future of the congregation.

Certainly, we should always be seeking young people to convert to the Lord. However, should we not also be seeking older people who are not Christians?

The church does not only need to get young people. The church needs to bring all who are lost to the saving blood of Jesus.

A Reminder to Church Leaders

Elders, ministry leaders, deacons, committee members, and so on do not only need to look for the young, active, energetic folks to help with various ministries within the body of Christ. If we are not seeking out the wisdom as well as the work ethic of the older members of our congregations, we are missing a blessing.

I would go so far as to say it this way: if we are not seeking help and input from both the younger and the older members of our churches, we may need to rethink if we should be leading at all.

While those older legs may not move as quickly as they once did, they can still carry a great deal of work in the church. And while those older minds may forget a few things or may take a little longer than I might like to process information, the wisdom those brains contain is a resource that cannot be valued highly enough.

A Reminder to Senior Saints

Ida Keeling set the world record in that race for one reason: she finished. If she had run 99 meters and stopped, her race would have been good, but her name would never be archived in the record book.

Many of you reading these words are older, and your minds or your bodies may not be what they once were. Strength may not be your strength!

But you are still strong in the faith, and we want to encourage you to keep pressing forward. Finish well.

Though you may not be able to do all you used to do, there are still vital roles for you to play in the church. Please, I beg you, do not just “turn things over to the young folks.” Be willing to share your wisdom. Take part in any ministry and work you possibly can. Use your time to encourage others. Ask the elders or a deacon if there is something you can do, even if it might take you a little while to finish it.

Conclusion

Our course as Christians is much longer than a 100-meter dash, but just like Ida’s race, it does have a finish line. As a body of believers, let us always encourage our senior saints to run to the end and continually be serving God. If you are a senior saint, never stop running. The church needs your wisdom, your work ethic, and your example each and every day.

“I have been young, and now am old,

yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken

or His children begging for bread.” (Psalm 37:25)


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Blessed is the Man Who Trusts the Lord

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“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust…” ~ Psalm 40:1-4a.

From these four verses, we are reminded of the grace and deliverance of God. Anytime you seem to be in a rough spot, it is important to be patient and trust in God.

  1. Because he hearkens. To hearken is more than just to hear. To hearken is to listen with great care. The word “inclined” in verse 1 means, “To stretch, to extend, to reach out, to bend or bow.” What an amazing thought that God would make such an effort to help our pitiful state! When you cry out to the Lord, he will move from where he is to where you are. You will no longer be alone.
  2. Because he helps. The “pit” and the “miry clay” in verse 2 describe two places of desperation from which there seems no possible deliverance. The pit is likened to something man has made: a dungeon, a cistern, a well. Sometimes we are cast into difficult places by others. The clay is, on the other hand, a natural calamity, that we probably ventured into in our own foolishness. But God will take us from the gutter to greatness; from sinking sand to solid stone.
  3. Because he heals. How many of us have lost our song? How many of us have lost our desire? How many of us have faith that has grown cold? While we have lost our sense of spiritual self, God has stayed the same. He can heal hardened hearts and remind us again of the goodness of his grace. Christians need to let God put a new song in their hearts that exits their lips in praise to their marvelous God. Let God do this great work in your life – no matter how long it has been since you first obeyed!

Remember that God hearkens, helps and heals. Let this reminder turn into praise for God in your life that will cause others to fear and respect the Lord. The psalmist offers this wonderful promise – “Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust…”

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.” ~ Psalm 5:11


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