I recently read that the church is dying because Christians fail to make Christ ALIVE! Extending our hand to the poor and needy is the call of the Christ Follower's life.
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." James 1:27 (NLT)
So where do these two thoughts merge? An earlier post this week featured our son and d-i-l and the adventure on which they have embarked: Adopting two Ethiopian orphans. When you shop at Lynn's Treasure Pockets, you join the journey. All profits from sales in this Etsy store will benefit David & Amy's adoption fund.
The Father has not left us as orphans --
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18
"So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, 'Abba, Father.'" Romans 8:15
I especially love the way this is worded (and in context) in THE MESSAGE:
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him!" Romans 8:15-17
In that same spirit of reaching out to the orphan and widow as commanded and as Christ has done for us, we're looking forward to your participation in uniting these two precious orphans (children of our Heavenly Father) with their forever family.
Thank you for joining us in bringing this family together, and for sharing this post and the links with your friends.