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Archive for November, 2012

Picking up on the slave/son contrast that Paul utilizes in his Adoption texts, Tim Chester writes: “God sent his Son to buy our freedom. We’re no longer slaves with a slave master. Now we’re children with a Father. We don’t have to worry about proving ourselves, because God says: ‘You’re my child.’ We don’t have […]

Restored to God by the Gift of Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 29, 2012

This is so very good. Commenting on what God has done for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus, Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen write: “We who are born into the sinful race of Adam are restored to God by receiving his gift of adoption (Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:4).  The same Spirit that lived […]

How real to you is the astounding reality of God’s delight in you as his beloved child? Believing that God is for us and not against us is one of the greatest challenges of daily Christian living. If you’re finding the reality of God’s love for you difficult to believe today, be encouraged by these […]

Our Primary Purpose

by Dave Cruver Published Nov 27, 2012

Social injustice can be nigh to impossible to quantify because wrong relationships are at its core. Children are deprived of their relationship with their fathers or mothers, whether by willful neglect or situations out of their parents’ control. No one person can handle orphan care alone, the amount of vulnerable children is too high for […]

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It is by the Spirit of adoption that we find ourselves increasingly longing for the full realization of our salvation in Christ—the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23). Peter Adam writes: The Holy Spirit within reminds us that we are God’s children, and prompts us to call on God our Father (Romans 8:15-16). The presence […]

Video: “Anti-Santy Ranty”

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 26, 2012

Glen Scrivener, who brought us the video “321: The Story of God, the World, and You,” has given us another excellent video that showcases the incomparable good news of the Gospel. In this Christmas video, Glen compares Jesus and Santa to highlight the two very different pictures of God they give us. Not only will […]

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The Gospel for Real Life: Year Ten

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 19, 2012

Ten years ago today our second child and first son Daniel died. He was only three years old. Although my heart still aches when I think of Daniel, his three years of unrelenting suffering (40-60 seizures each day), and his absence from our family, I am deeply thankful to God for the gift that Daniel […]

Journey Together

by Dennae Pierre Published Nov 15, 2012

Orphan care is not something God calls a believer to, but something he calls believers to. Anyone who has adopted, fostered, or been involved with orphan care at some level quickly realizes that if you attempt it alone you end up burdened, overwhelmed, and lonely. International adoption’s financial cost is too high for most families to afford alone. […]

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Mark your calendars!

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 14, 2012

We are excited to announce that Scotty Smith, Mike Reeves (author of the fantastic new book Delighting in the Trinity), Russell Moore, Vermon Pierre, Noel Piper (our live-blogger), and others (still to be announced) will be joining us for our October 4-5 national conference in Louisville, KY! Our conference theme is (you guessed it!) “The Story […]

These Thoughts are Hard as Hell

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 6, 2012

The great Puritan John Owen knew suffering. Eleven of his children died before he died. As I’ve written before on this blog, my first son died when he was 3 years old. I know the dark depths of grief we felt the weeks and months following, and even the deep grief we still feel from time […]

Each year Orphan Sunday is a day when thousands of churches worldwide remember the orphan and commit (or re-commit) themselves to answering God’s call to care for the fatherless. Since Christians “are a people called to defend the fatherless . . . to care for the child that has no family . . . to visit […]

Trillia Newbell answered the question in the title of this post a few months ago at The Gospel Coalition Blog. It’s a question I have been asked a lot myself and I am always happy to answer it as best I can. But let’s face it, although I have two Black sons, I am a White […]

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