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During our first adoption I was amazed to discover God’s heart for the fatherless, widows and orphans throughout scripture.  I was disappointed that this was not something I had ever heard preached.   James 1:27 describes pure and undefiled religion as caring for these groups.  Who wants to practice anything less than pure and undefiled religion? Thankfully more and more churches and pastors are beginning to share God’s heart and passion.  Last week David Prince sent Cole two of his sermon series; one on Adoption and the other Abortion.  I could hardly wait to have some alone time to be able to listen to them.  I finally finished tonight and wanted to post a link to share them with you as well.  I pray that you will listen to them and seek how God would use you to fulfill this commandment.  I pray that you will reflect on your own adoption in and through Christ and that you will be willing to share that vertical adoption as a child of God, Horizontally with the fatherless.  During Samuel’s adoption I wrote a post about how the adoption process is symbolic of our adoption in Christ and you can read it here.  
When you click HERE it will take you to Ashland Baptist Church’s web site and you can hear Davids sermons on Adoption and the Gospel.  Then also listen to the Mars Hill Conversation with Dr. Russell Moore and Dr. Randy Stinson.  It’s great stuff and hopefully coming soon to a pulpit near you!!!
Dr. Russell Moore also has a book being released soon that I have already pre-ordered.  Click on the title below to pre-order your copy, I know it will be wonderful!
Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches 

One other plug: Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit in Irving, TX April 30-May 1, 2009.  I am so excited to go and learn how, as a church and individually, we can live out the command to care for orphans.  I would love for you to post comments or email me directly at joy@portis.org specific ways/ministries that your church has implemented orphan care.  

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