Friday, June 30th, 2017
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
- Romans 8:14 (NIV)
On the day our request for adoption was granted, our family and friends filled the judge’s chambers to capacity. Our beautiful daughter listened attentively as the judge read the legal, binding decree of adoption. When the judge signed, stamped, and granted the request for her adoption, our three-year-old daughter cried out, “It’s official!” And the room exploded in applause. Three months later we received a new birth certificate naming my husband, Michael, and me as the parents — legal and binding, precisely the same as if we had given birth to her.
We loved and adored our daughter from the moment we saw her, but she was not legally our child until the adoption was complete. In the same way, God loved us before we were even born and made a way for us to become adopted children through faith in Jesus.
Our adoption as children of God was made possible the moment Jesus cried out on the cross, “It is finished!” Now all who accept Christ’s gift of saving love and willingly follow him shall be adopted and treated in all respects as God’s own children. Through adoption, we become brothers and sisters in Christ and receive the love and peace that God provides.
Shana Allen Jean Anderson Ernest Baldwin
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Andy Talbert Susan Talley Cody Travis
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Brandon Walker Brenda Westmoreland Lois Wilson Tommy & Kay Woodall Shirley Worsham Albert Wray
Jack Wright Robert Zaytoun Bonnie Zeiters
Christy Ann Bailey Ernest Baldwin
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Betty Cruise Vivian Durham Family Bruce Gauldin
Wanda Hawkins Shannon Haymore Family Rev. J.B. Helms Family
Bambi Holland Ronnie Hooker Elizabeth Kelly
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Jonathan Fugitt Brett Haskin Josh Hill
Michael Hutcheson Josh Jarrell C.W. Lawson
Drew Madison Patrick Maloney Patrick Martin
Lance Mason Zack Mayo Jonathan Murray
Will Voris Michael Watkins Caroline West
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3rd Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 19th, 2017View the March-April, 2017 Issue
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, ?What do you want me to do for you??
- Matthew 20:32 (NRSV)
When I?m at a social gathering and someone discovers I?m a pastor, the person often responds with nervous laughter and says something like, ?I?d better watch my language!? Then sometimes people ask, ?What do I call you? Pastor? Reverend?? They need to know if there?s a pattern or some sort of etiquette they need to follow.
At our church, we meet a lot of people who are new to faith, and they often have similar questions about prayer. Is there a pattern to use? A system? Will God be mad if I don?t say it correctly? That?s one reason I find today?s reading so helpful. Jesus asks the two men, ?What do you want me to do for you?? Jesus wants to know their needs and desires. After calling out for mercy, the men say, ?Let our eyes be opened.?
This is a good model for our own prayers. Imagine Jesus asking you, ?What do you want me to do for you?? Christ wants to know our deep desires and then to open our eyes to see where he is present in our lives. When we are not overly concerned with how we pray, we can speak from our hearts and receive Christ?s abundant mercy.