Contributed by Bruce Howell on Jul 9, 2001
Illus.: “Adopted by Christ”
John was born into a family of 12 children. They were very poor. He was the youngest. He never remembered his father eating a meal with the rest of the family. He had to work long hours to feed his family. One day his father ran off with another woman, leaving his
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Sep 16, 2008
Love of the Adopted
We capture a picture of our relationship with God in Chrissy's story about her adoptive parents. "My adopted father still, to this day, recalls the overwhelming emotion he had the moment he held me in his arms and saw my tiny, pink face. They gave me the best life any child
Contributed by Bruce Ball on Jul 7, 2009
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
Contributed by Larry Wilson on Jul 10, 2010
ADOPTED BY GRACE
I have three daughters. Oh the cats that we took from the pound. They are in cat heaven! But they could have been left at the pound, except that we DECIDED to take them because we WANTED to love them. There was nothing those kittens could do to make me love them! Our
Contributed by Mike Rexroat on Nov 19, 2007
Much of the credit for the adoption of a later ANNUAL national Thanksgiving Day may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. For thirty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President until President Abraham
Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Jul 10, 2008
AWAITING OUR FULL ADOPTION
LAST WEEK I SPOKE ABOUT ROMAN ADOPTION, AND THAT A CHILD WOULD BE TREATED AS HIS OWN CHILD. THIS IS A PICTURE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US AS SONS/DAUGHTERS OF GOD: WE ARE ADOPTED INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD.
THERE WAS A SECOND ADOPTION PROCESS OFTEN UNDERTAKEN IN ROMAN
Contributed by David Tack on May 25, 2009
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.
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
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.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
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
In Bihar, India there is a man named Augustine Jubakumar. He leads a missions called Gospel Echoing Missionary Society. (Gems). In 2015 I had the privilege to visit India and teach in several bible schools and preach in several churches. GEMS includes schools, orphanages, bible schools, a hospital
Contributed by Davon Huss on Nov 24, 2008
There was a boy who was adopted by a Christian couple. When that boy became a teenager he started to hang around the wrong crowd. He got involved with drugs and the wrong kind of girls. He broke his curfew and was just rebellious. That couple went and talked to the preacher. They asked the
A young couple visited a boarding care home which housed children for adoption. The care taker brought out all the children who were clean (recently bathed), well dressed, properly schooled in manners; for this couple’s inspection and selection. As they passed down the line and spoke to each child,
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
Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Aug 19, 2011
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
Contributed by Timothy Enns on Oct 5, 2011
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
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
Contributed by Steve Ely on Oct 1, 2008
Same Family, Different Face
The appropriate attitude is revealed in an Ann Landers Column. “Dear Ann Landers: It happened again today. My two sons and I were in a shopping mall, and a total stranger felt the need to comment on the fact that my boys didn’t look anything alike. Apparently, my
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Feb 21, 2009
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