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Archive for June, 2011

Dave Ramsey Interviews Julie Gumm

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 30, 2011

Dave Ramsey recently interviewed Julie Gumm about her excellent new book, Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption. Read highlights from the interview. Julie will be doing a breakout at our October 21-22 conference in Phoenix: Creative Fundraising for Your Adoption.

Our Prodigal Race and the True Son

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 28, 2011

Few stories have the ability to pierce us as deeply as Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32 (I suggest you read the passage now unless you are already very familiar with it). In recent years, Tim Keller’s teaching on this parable has served the Church well by rightly focusing our attention on […]

As I’ve written before, theology and the evangelical orphan care movement belong together. I do not believe that there’s any room for ifs, buts or maybes on this issue. Robust theology, rightly understood and applied, produces robust action. If the Church’s care for orphaned and vulnerable children is to be deepened and sustained, its people […]

From before the beginning of time God’s intention was that children grow up in God-centered families where reciprocal love and mutual delight were unbroken. Children were meant both to live and to thrive in families. That is the way it’s supposed to be. We all know this. To see or hear of an orphan, then, […]

Together for Adoption exists because we of the conviction that if the Gospel is central to all of life, it must also be central in the Church’s care for orphans (read our 50 Year Vision). Everything we do is an effort to speak Gospel-centrality into the global orphan crisis because we believe that only the […]

Temporary Pain

by Dennae Pierre Published Jun 21, 2011

Michael is a five year old boy who has spent his entire life in an orphanage. He sleeps in a large room with about 20 other boys and goes to bed each night a little cold and a little hungry. This place is his home. He has never known what it is like to be […]

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Guest Blogger at Take Your Vitamin Z

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 21, 2011

Zach Nielsen, one of our upcoming conference’s featured bloggers, asked me to guest blogger for him this week. I just completed this brief 2-part series over at his blog: Gospel-Centered Corporate Worship (Part 1 and Part 2).

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Living in the Reality of Our Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 20, 2011

Here are several of my stated beliefs: God in Christ alone is my salvation. God is my Father. Jesus is my elder Brother. God has made Christ to be my righteousness, my worth, and my significance. God has adopted me through Jesus Christ. I am in the Beloved. I have been given the Spirit of […]

Why Teach Students About Orphan Care?

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 17, 2011

Guest Post by Josh Cousineau. Josh is the Youth Pastor and an Elder at East Auburn Baptist Church. He and his wife recently adopted a daughter from Uganda. They have been married for 8 years and also have two sons who are 5 and 3. Josh’s blog. Follow Josh on Twitter. Why would you take […]

Would you help us out?

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 16, 2011

Just a little over a year ago, we opened registration for our 2010 national conference, which was held last October in Austin, TX. We really did not know what to expect, but over 1,000 people came together to consider the Gospel, the Church and the Global Orphan Crisis. Perhaps you were one of the people […]

Read the following verses and then go back and plant your eyes on the words in bold: “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God […]

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Who Are You?

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 14, 2011

Jesus once asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” His disciples, realizing that this was question of identity, answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (Matthew 16:13-14). As we all know, questions about identity are very important. They help […]

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