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Summary: Father, adoption, faith, feeling

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CHILDREN OF GOD

Matt 6:9 (678) May 12, 2013

INTRODUCTION:

One of the hazards of working with me is that I will try with all my heart to make you one of the family…by that I mean, when I work alongside you or oversee you on a regular basis I will seek to have a family type relationship…. I’ll view you as my son in the faith, or daughter, brother…or father, mother, sister…etc…You get what I’m saying…Most of the time its reciprocated…on some level.

LuAnn is my office manager and sister in Christ… (Older sister, but sister none-the less). (LOL) it’s like a year…Steve her husband is our facility engineer…I like that, he takes care of the building daily…He is one of my best friends…they have adopted a little girl named Peyton…She’s brought a joy to Steve & LuAnn’s life that is overflowing…

But let me caution you if you see Steve with Peyton or Luann with Peyton...don’t ask either of them if they have “children of their own”

Because I’m going to tell you…Peyton is theirs…yes she’s adopted, but Luann is her “real” mother and Steve is her “real” father…just as real as they are to Chris and Amanda…And you might say “yeah, yeah but you know what I mean?!!!

And I’ll respond, “Yeah and here’s what I mean…Peyton isn’t part Johnson, half Johnson...kind Johnson…she is fully Johnson.

She’s gonna grow up knowing what deer meat tastes like…(If Steve ever kills a deer) She’s gonna want to be a ballerina like her sister Amanda…Peyton will grow up listening to Chris Tomlin and Aerosmith because Peyton is Steve and LuAnn’s daughter. I’ve known Steve and LuAnn for almost a decade and a half…..I’ve been on more short time mission trips with Steve than I can recall…and LuAnn is involved in my ministry almost every day. I’ve seen them experience joy on many levels, but one of the most joyous occasions was this (Show Picture of signing day)

It’s the day Peyton became officially a Johnson…A judge declared it and signed it into being, but Peyton’s life is based on her relationship with her family every single day…as she plays princess tea party…the ballerina, the future deer hunter…

This picture of joy is an earthly adoption gives us just a small glimpse on this Mother’s Day into a far greater joy found in Heavenly adoption. Without a doubt our status before God was settled the moment we repented of our sin and surrendered completely to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…But our lives are based on the love relationship we have every day with God our Father…He showers His children with affection…This relationship is visible, tangible, real, and powerful...you do not have this because you prayed a prayer…or got baptized to complete a duty…


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