Adopted by God

Adopted by God

My wife and I have been married twelve years as of 2016. During this time, God opened two doors in which we could adopt our son and daughter. With the help of DHR and Agape of Alabama, we became a family of four. In both cases, the wait was long and trying, however we could not be any happier, content, and blessed with the outcome.

In both instances, my wife and I had to stand before a judge with a room of full of family and friends as witnesses and answer one question and take one oath. The question we had to answer was why we wanted to adopt our children. The oath we had to take was to promise to provide our children all the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual support that was within our capabilities. It was a sobering moment to agree to take that oath, but it was an oath we were willing to take.

 

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Planting Your Roots

Planting Your Roots

As I look at who I am today, I realize that I have some strong roots planted in my life. I’m halfway through my sophomore year of college. I am blessed with exceptional friends, family, and church family. My roots are deep in the dirt down home on our family farm where we spend a lot of time fishing, caring for livestock, attempting to have a halfway decent garden, and memories that will stick with me forever.  Throughout school I stuck my roots in many activities where I gained much knowledge in a ton of different subject areas, I learned how to give speeches, be a leader and a follower, and lend a helping hand whenever one was needed. Although my physical roots are a blessing, one day they will all be of no use to me. I may not always be able to be in a position where I speak in front of a thousand or more people, or use duct tape to build some bendy straw bridge, or even help someone clean up their yard when they are unable. As Christians, we are meant to plant our roots deep in something that actually matters, something that doesn’t end, and something that is eternal. 

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It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village

You’ve heard the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”. How true do you believe that saying is? Studies show that those who stayed in church following their high school graduation were able to name 5 adults who impacted their spiritual development. Family, friends, and church leaders all fall into this category.

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Money Talks-Should A Christian Budget?

Money Talks-Should A Christian Budget?

Should a Christian budget? Is is a Christian's responsibly to set up and use a budget?

In a world of plastic credit cards, layaway, day loan businesses, pawn stores (originally used to PAWN something for a LOAN), and commercials stating "It's my money and I want it now!" it is no wonder so many people struggle with the proper use of money and how to manage it.  However, in a world of endless information at our fingertips via books and the web, we have no excuse to be ignorant to the proper use of money. But this still doesn't answer if a Christian should budget? Is it wise, of course! Is it a biblical principle? The answer...YES.

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Strengthening The Family Unit

Strengthening The Family Unit

The family unit is one of the most important factors in the sustainability of teenagers' faith. The American Bible Society asked 1,100 teens who the most important role models were in today’s society. Parents came in number one at 67.7%. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Are you living out the principle stated in Deuteronomy 6:6-7?

“While the vast majority (83 percent) believes parents should be most responsible for a child’s spiritual development, only 35 percent say their religious faith is one of the most important influences on their parenting, according to the study. This leaves nearly half (48 percent) who acknowledges their role in their child’s spiritual development, but fail to consider their own religious faith among the most important influences on their parenting” (“Lifeway Research Looks at Role of Faith in Parenting” Lifeway.com).

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A Whole New World: How Media Is Affecting The Youth Of Today

A Whole New World: How Media Is Affecting The Youth Of Today

As we focus on how the "whole new world" of today will affect our children, let us review some statistics.

A 1992 study found that an average child spent 25 hours a week watching television. It was estimated that by the time a child left elementary school, the child would have watched 8,000 murders and over 100,000 acts of violence. By the time the child reaches 18 years of age, 40,000 and 200,000 respectively. Shocked? Between 1998 and 2002 every time slot increased in violent content. Family hours (8PM ET) had an increase of violent content by 85.1%. Shocked now? During the next hour (9PM ET) violent content was 134.4% more frequent. What about now?

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Daily Bible Reading September

Daily Bible Reading September

God has given us His written word.  He has shown us love by telling us exactly what he expects from us.  We know that in order to please God we must be obedient.  How can we be obedient to God if we do not know what He has said?  We can't.  Daily devotion to God and His word is essential.  The Psalmist writes in Psalm 1:2, “…but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.”  His Delight….When is the last time you found joy in God’s word?  When is the last time you meditated on it day and night (everyday?). A study by LifeWay Research showed that only 19% of churchgoers read their Bible everyday.  18% read their Bible rarely or never.  It also showed that only 59% agreed that “throughout the day I find myself thinking about biblical truths”.  Isn’t it interesting that 59% also read their Bible once a week, a few times a week, or everyday?  There isn't just a correlation between Bible reading and our daily thoughts; there is cause and effect.  The more we spend time in God's Word, the more likely we are to have it in our heart.  The more we have God's Word in our heart, the more we focus on God and His Word.

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