Adoption…

adoption

As a Christian and as a man… I just love adoption. I so respect and honor those who selflessly bring into their families those who, by no fault of their own find themselves in dangerous and unhealthy environments. I personally know many families who have adopted. I say with all honesty, that I can see no difference in the love provided to their natural children and those whom are adopted into their lives.

In Romans 8: 14-15 we are told: For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

I love this.. I was an orphan in the world, but now through Jesus and His sacrificial atonement on my behalf… I am now adopted into the Kingdom of Father God!

This is significant. You see, when Paul wrote this, natural children of a family could be disinherited… because they were thought to be illegitimate.

BUT, an adopted child could not be legally disinherited ever, because the parents knew what they were doing at the time.

As a son of God, I needn’t ever worry about losing my eternal inheritance, because God knew what He was doing when He saved me and adopted me. Love it!!

Christian- rest in the comfort of your salvation… we need not worry or fret about our eternal destination- it is secure! 🙂

 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl… January 6, 2017

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It has been some time since my last post. This was due to some extended travels that my wife and I made over the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays.

On January 6th, 2017 we were returning to our home via the airlines, which required a layover in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. – our layover was in Concourse E of Terminal 3.

At the same time that we were waiting to catch our connecting flight to Texas, a terrorist pulled out a weapon in Terminal 2 luggage claim and shot and killed five innocent travelers and wounded eight others.

Long story, short… this caused a literal and actual panic throughout the airport and there was a terrified, disorganized evacuation  of the complete airport.

In the initial panic, bodies were flying and personal belongings were scattered as everyone dove for cover seeking shelter from a potential shooter though to be in our concourse.

As Irene lay beneath me praying, my thoughts were…Lord, what is it going to feel like to be shot? After what seemed an eternity of laying on the floor, we realized that we needed to leave the building and along with several thousand  folks from around the world, we made our way to the Tarmac outside. The picture here is one I took when we were awaiting further instructions.

This was a scary time, and Irene and I have both discussed this day and the events… and we both agree that we thought we were going to die.

Although those thoughts did enter our minds, I can honestly say that Irene and I remained calm and as collected as could be expected in the situation. And that is simply because we both knew, that if January 6th, 2017 was our last day on earth… that we would instantly be in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

That’s because we are told in the bible, at 2 Corinthians 5: 7-9… For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.

This biblical truth grounded us that day. No one knows the hour or day of departure from this life unto the next… but rest assured death is certain. Are you ready? That’s my question to you this day. If not, you can be… I would encourage to read and study Romans 10: 9… that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

Jesus loves you and died for your sins that you may be able to live in eternity with Him in Paradise.