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Adoption, God’s Plan

sheep04.gif“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of
woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so
that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God
has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir
through God.” Galatians 4:4-7

For those reading here, who are not familiar with the prayer requests which have gone out recently for a couple here in Nashville and their adoption efforts in Russia, I sent the following letter out after a recent trip by one of the family members to Siberia.

I wanted to write this blog and publish it on the web for those who have been praying for John, Sandy and Sveta because I know in my heart and know you as well believe that this kind of work is truly what the heart and mind of Christ is all about, on a global scale. Adoption is what we as Christians understand so well, yet we seem to take for granted so often.

Sveta is about to move from Siberia in Russia, from a small orphanage in a little town, where they have never even seen a foreign adoption occur. Almost overnight she will become an American citizen, but more than that, she will gain full rights under the laws of adoption and she will receive a new name, a new life full of promise and a new home. She has been chosen out, and because she will become a Kovacic child, she will receive by law the same rights as those Kovacic children that were born into the family by blood.

I praise the Lord that through a reminder of adoption in this earthly picture we can see fresh and new the more incredible picture of the reality of our adoption through Christ as children of God. We have been chosen out of a foreign land, a place that is not really our home, we are given a new name, a name that only God knows, written in stone. And we become heirs, even co-heirs with Christ Jesus in the fullness of all that God has prepared for us in heaven. The presence of the Holy Spirit is our promise that what God has secured on earth, will be claimed in full when the One He has given charge over comes again one day soon. Jesus’ blood shed on Calvary is the sign of promise, not a piece of paper signed in the presence of a notary and judge.

The Judge who sits in the court room, given authority by man, to decree a valid adoption in this world is just a slight image of the Ruler over all, who one day will look at us, and through the blood of Jesus Christ say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …” Matthew 25:34-35

Galatians 4:4-7 reminds us of who we are in Christ, and “whose” we are:

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:4-7

Now seeing adoption new and fresh, don’t you think Sveta will look back on her life before adoption and the years after adoption and be forever grateful to her earthly father who chose her and adopted her? In the same way if you have trusted your life to the heavenly Father, your life should be different, and you should be grateful even more because of what he has done for you.

Study to know Him,

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Family Worship

casefamilyworship.jpgI was sent this blog post by a pastor friend of mine concerning family worship:

http://www.joethorn.net/2007/03/28/family-worship/

As this pastor’s prayer was for me in reading, I pray the same for you and your family, and I pray that God will strengthen your families as you worship Him.  The book image that I posted to the left is a great book for inspiring families to grow up together studying the Word of God, and worshiping together as families.

May you be encouraged,

Study to know Him,

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What is in the “-“?

grave.jpgMy Grandmothers funeral was Sunday March 25, 2007… my birthday. Nevertheless, driving to her funeral Sunday morning gave me time to sit back and think about my life. What is in the dash? There are always three things you will see on a grave marker; a birth-date, a death date, and a dash. Everyone always wants to know the date you were born, and everyone always loathes the day someone dies. However, when I stand and look at the grave markers filling the cemeteries the one question that often is the hardest to answer is, What is in the ““? For many of us, unfortunately, the dash does nothing more than separate life from death. The day our life ends, the dash ends, and for those we leave behind, that can be a sad commentary on our life.

However, what if the dash continued on long past the point of death. That is what we would call a legacy. My grandmothers funeral wasn’t a time of sorrow. Yes, there is sadness because she is no longer here in this life, but for her–because she put her faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 11–now at death, her life has truly began. It is an amazing mystery, but Paul gives us some insight into the mystery of death for Christians (those who trust in Jesus Christ alone) in 1 Corinthians 15:51…

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed…Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Just as we have funerals for the purpose of remembering the life of a loved one, there is something we do often in the church to remember Jesus’ life, his death, and his resurrection. images1.jpegThe Lord’s Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim Lord’s death until he comes.Until he comes? That’s right, death wasn’t the final act in Jesus’ life. Otherwise, the Lord’s Supper would be nothing more than a sad memorial. Instead, Paul makes it clear that we partake of the bread and the cup in remembrance of Jesus’ saving work on the cross, yet looking forward to his return. Therefore, as we sit in church next Sunday and we take the Lord’s Supper, my desire is that as we remember the legacy of redemption from sin that was perfected on the cross, it will cause us to sit back and evaluate our lives. That evaluation, should cause us to desire to live our lives honoring our Savior who gave his, so we might truly live. That is a life of legacy!

Thank you Mamaw and Papaw for lives lived honoring Christ. Your legacy lives on not just in your children, but as of today…in your children’s, children’s, children.

In honor of Birdie Pearl Lee Fischer – June 1, 1918 – March 23, 2007.

Study to know Him,

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