When culture changes, organizations have to adapt. If an organization wants to continue to fulfil its mandate year after year, change must take place.
As Canadians, we have seen this lived out within our beloved fast food chain, Tim Horton’s. Almost all of them are being renovated towards a more cafe look. All in all, at atmosphere that spends the message, “Stay a while.“
But how long should we stay? Considering the instalment of USB supported outlets in every booth, the message seems to be, “As long as you want.”
Everyone needs to eat.
Everyone who has ever lived and ever will live, must eat to survive. The problem is that sometimes, there’s no food available. This is a problem that the church can and should try to address.
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” (Is. 58:10 – NLT)
Our family was in a hotel recently and they had a kids treasure chest. At check-in, children can pick one item from the chest. In the chest, was a bunch of toys; a few of which were these styrofoam gliders.
The boys grabbed them with excitement and ran over to me. “Dad, check these out! Aren’t they awesome?”
“They are awesome!” I explained to my boys that their uncles and I had loads of these growing up. As I put together the 2 planes, I was immediately taken back to my childhood. No instructions needed.
I knew exactly how to put together these bad boys.
The place was not what we had expected.
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We had been on the road for 4 days. We had travelled 2200 km from Calgary to Whitehorse. We had finally arrived at our new home; a rental near the church where I would be working.
Our home in Alberta has not yet sold, so we decided to rent for a year. We’d save buying a home until we had a bit more equity and a good lay of the land on the best place to buy in Whitehorse.
We pulled up to our new home, filled with wonder and excitement. Following God’s call to the Yukon had been almost a decade in coming, so joy had filled our hearts.
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This past summer, our theme at Whispering Pines Bible Camp was also Adoption, based around Romans 8:15: “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (NIV)
We had the pleasure of explaining this great biblical truth to 123 campers. Many of them had already received the Spirit of adoption, but some had not. Through this passage and the evangelism efforts of our staff, God adopted 20 children and teenagers this summer. 20 campers accepted Jesus Christ.
Day 3 discussing spiritual adoption.
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The past few posts have been based on a sermon that I gave titled “Celebrating Our Adoption” from Romans 8:15-17. Though it’s not necessary, if you have the time, check out Part 1 and Part 2 before moving on with today’s post.
Looking at our key passage, we read “…you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption.” (Rom. 8:15a)
Yesterday, I started a post series on adoption.
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More specifically, spiritual adoption.
The content of these posts is from a sermon I preached this past Sunday titled, “Celebrating Our Adoption” based out of Romans 8:15-17. You can check out the first post HERE.
Just like earthly adoption separates a child’s life into two segments, so too does our spiritual adoption separate our lives into two segments. These two lives also look very different, and have very different end-results.