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  • Little Ones To Him Belong  PRO

    Contributed by Bruce Howell on Feb 21, 2009
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    LITTLE ONES TO HIM BELONG Author Keith Miller tells of an outgoing 40-year-old woman who was part of a sharing group he led. Here is her story: "When I was a tiny little girl, my parents died, and I was put in an orphanage. I was not pretty at all, and no one seemed to want me. But I ...read more

  • Life In The Family

    Contributed by Aldo Rivellino on Apr 13, 2009

    LIFE IN THE FAMILY After four years of marriage and no offspring to show for it, my wife and I (mostly my wife) decided that we would like to adopt a child. Not long after the tedious process of filling out papers, being investigated for any criminal activity, going to interviews to authenticate ...read more

  • Our Adoption Means That There Is Continued ...  PRO

    Contributed by David Tack on May 25, 2009
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    Our adoption means that there is continued forgiveness. Were God only our Judge, our past sins would all be forgiven, but we would have no assurance of forgiveness of future wrongs... Our adoption and God’s forgiveness are eternal. ...read more

  • Adoption Explained  PRO

    Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 7, 2009
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    ADOPTION EXPLAINED During the time that the New Testament was written, when a family adopted a child, there was no immediate big celebration of that adoption. But, when that child reached the proper age, there was a celebration, and at that time, the child was given every single legal standing ...read more

  • A Forever Family  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
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    A FOREVER FAMILY Author Keith Miller tells of an outgoing 40-year-old woman who was part of a sharing group he led. Here is her story: "When I was a tiny little girl, my parents died and I was put in an orphanage. I was not pretty at all and no one seemed to want me. But I longed to be ...read more

  • Marked As A Possession  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
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    MARKED AS A POSSESSION Phillip Keller writes, "The day I bought my first 30 sheep, my neighbor and I sat on the dusty corral rails that enclosed the sheep pen and admired the choice, strong, well bred sheep that had just become mine. Turning to me, he handed me a large, sharp killing knife and ...read more

  • Children Of The King

    Contributed by Nigel Heath on Aug 17, 2009

    CHILDREN OF THE KING Living as a child of the King will be noticeable in the way others experience us. Madonna has been in the headlines over the last couple of years for famously trying and succeeding to adopt African children from Malawi. Whatever we think of Madonna’s actions or motives ...read more

  • The Adoption Of Michael Oher

    Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jan 4, 2010

    THE ADOPTION OF MICHAEL OHER Michael Oher was born in Memphis, TN. His dad was murdered and his mom a cocaine addict. He didn’t have a permanent address until he was 16 and went to 11 schools in 9 years. At the age of 16, he had a measured IQ of 80. Michael was staying with a friend whose ...read more

  • No One Would Take Him

    Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jan 4, 2010

    NO ONE WOULD TAKE HIM In 1952 a probation officer in New York City tried to find an organization that would assist in the adoption of a twelve-year-old boy. Although the child had a religious background, none of the major denominations would assist in his adoption. Said the officer later, "His ...read more

  • Charles Wesley Would Not Be Adopted

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
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    CHARLES WESLEY WOULD NOT BE ADOPTED In 1721, a wealthy Irishman offered to adopt Charles Wesley and make him his legal heir. The 13-year-old boy refused the offer, choosing to continue his way through school under very difficult circumstances. This turned out to be one of the most momentous ...read more

  • Adoption: The Potrea Protestus

    Contributed by Jesse Roncales on Mar 27, 2010

    ADOPTION: THE POTREA PROTESTUS Our concept of adoption is far different from the concept of adoption in the New Testament. In most cases, an adopted child, at that time, was most honored than natural children. And in all cases, to be adopted by someone was considered a special privilege. In ...read more

  • Born Into The Family  PRO

    Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Apr 26, 2010
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    BORN INTO THE FAMILY Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, in Leading on Empty, writes of his daughter, adopted when only three days old. The apple of his eye, Abby, compromised her faith and morality, making choices that expelled her from college, and for two years was searching for her identity, struggling ...read more

  • Adoption In Christ Frees Us From ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 10, 2010

    Adoption In Christ Frees Us From Satan An illustration from history past can help us realize the significance of being children of Almighty God - an amazing concept! The image of emaciated babies and young children sitting in cribs, in a stark, ill-equipped Romanian orphanage blazed across the ...read more

  • What Would You Say?

    Contributed by Scott Sharpes on Dec 16, 2010

    WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? A number of years ago a couple traveled to the offices of an Adoption Society in England to receive a baby. They had been on the waiting list a long time. They had been interviewed and carefully scrutinized. Now at last their dreams were to be fulfilled. But their day of ...read more

  • God Picks The Unlovable Ones

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 15, 2011

    GOD PICKS THE UNLOVABLE ONES Anne Lamott described a time when a fellow church member told about adopting her son through an organization called A.S.K. -- Adopt Special Kids. Part of the adoption process included filling out a questionnaire checking "yes" or "no" for one's willingness to ...read more

  • Identity Crisis

    Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Aug 19, 2011

    IDENTITY CRISIS Theorist Erik Erikson coined the term "identity crisis" and believed that it was one of the most important conflicts people face in development. According to Erikson, an identity crisis is a time of intensive analysis and exploration of different ways of looking at oneself. Those ...read more

  • Timothy's Story  PRO

    Contributed by Timothy Enns on Oct 5, 2011
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    TIMOTHY'S STORY I want to tell you a story today about a little fellow named Jason. The circumstances that Jason was born into not entirely clear. What we do know is that his birth parents, for what ever reason, decided not to care for him or could not care for him. Instead they decided to place ...read more

  • Am I Still Your Child?

    Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Dec 6, 2011

    AM I STILL YOUR CHILD? What if Lynne and I adopted a child and brought him/her into our home. That child might be so thankful that every day they might ask, "Can I mow the lawn today, can I do the dishes for you, do you need a foot massage?" That would be great, but it would break my heart ...read more

  • Whose Boy Are You?  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 25, 2002
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    WHOSE BOY ARE YOU? One of the great preachers of our time is Dr. Fred Craddock. Craddock tells a story about vacationing with his wife one summer in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One night they found a quiet little restaurant, where they looked forward to a private meal. While they were waiting for ...read more

  • Malcolm, A Man With A Terrible Temper, Was ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 1, 2002
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    Malcolm, a man with a terrible temper, was playing a round of golf with his pastor. After leaving three straight putts on the edge of the cup, Malcolm exploded. "I missed!" he screamed. "How could I miss?" With that he heaved his putter into a nearby lake, kicked a wheel on the golf cart and drove ...read more