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Good News: Thirst-Quenching Communion

by Dan Cruver Published Sep 1, 2017

“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” —Proverbs 25:25 The Son, who was sent forth by the Father to redeem us (John 1:14-18), is none other than the One who eternally enjoyed communion with the Father (John 1:1, 18). Not only that, but he also fulfilled all the Father’s […]

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Hope for Hurting People

by Dan Cruver Published Jan 14, 2016

Quite a few people I know really well are going through some dark times right now. All of them are experiencing some form of great loss. So when I stumbled upon something last night that I wrote in 2004 about a crises of faith I had when my son Daniel died in 2002, I thought […]

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What is the Center of Pro-Life Conviction?

by Dan Cruver Published Jan 13, 2016

We live in a world where death continues to dominate the headlines in the major media outlets. If we’re not careful, we can become jaded, cynical, and shortsighted in our attempts to advocate for a pro-life agenda. What the world (and the church) actually needs more than a pro-life defense that’s filled with political and […]

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Christmas: The Healing of Our Humanity

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 24, 2015

As soon as Jesus was conceived by the Spirit in the virgin womb of Mary, the healing and sanctifying of our humanity began. When Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ (John 11:25), he was not merely referring to what he was about to do with Lazarus in the tomb, nor to what he would […]

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” . . . when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, […]

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As God, Jesus is himself the definitive Giver of God’s words. Only God can give God’s words. God’s words originate with God. He decides how they will be given to us or to angels. As man, Jesus is the perfect Receiver of God’s words. Man was created to be the receiver. God gives life and breath. We receive both. God gives love […]

According to John 1:1-3, ultimate reality is not found in a single, solitary person, but in a fellowship of persons. The one who was with God and who also was God is none other than the Son of God, the Beloved of the Father. “All things were made through him, and without him was not […]

Stop giving your life to Jesus. Stop it!

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 23, 2015

It’s not unusual for me to meet orphan care advocates, foster care and adoptive parents, and orphan prevention activists who feel burned out. The energy and enthusiasm that once characterized their efforts to advocate for orphaned and vulnerable children has all but evaporated. They are weary and heavy-laden (Matthew 11:28). “It’s not unusual for me […]

“When the eternal Son of God became man, he ushered his infinite, flawless communion with the Father into the depths of our sin, pain, and suffering (see Mark 14:36), not impersonally but in a profoundly personal manner. Jesus’ communion with the Father and the Spirit did not detach or distance him from the brokenness of […]

  Question #4: What impact does the belief that God’s adoption of his people is metaphorical have on the way we understand Paul’s language?  Our endeavor to clear the ground for a fresh perspective on the biblical teaching of adoption has led us to engage a series of questions. In answering the first three, we […]

Simple. Jesus didn’t swing for home runs.

by Dan Cruver Published May 15, 2015

Jesus didn’t try to change the world in a day. He didn’t even swing for home runs every time he stood at the plate to perform miracles. From what we can tell from the four New Testament Gospels, Jesus didn’t wake up every morning thinking, “What’s the big thing I can do today to solve […]

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