Simple Love

Read: Hebrews 13:1-7 Let mutual love continue. (v. 1 NRSV) With two children in elementary school, I’m constantly signing student homework planners to keep track of what’s happening in class and receiving quarterly reports of all of the assignments my kids have or haven’t turned in. Report cards come home regularly to tell me my kids’ […]

Belonging to the Lord

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Read: Romans 14:7-9 Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (v. 8 NIV) After seeing my mother alive for the last time, the Spirit reminded me of this truth: “whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (v. 8 NIV). It brought me such comfort. As the first Heidelberg Catechism question and […]

Belonging to One Another

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Read: Romans 12:3-8 So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (v. 5 NIV) Families are wonderful. Families are messy. We need families. From the beginning of creation, we were not meant to be alone (Gen. 2:18). Paul describes Christ’s family as a body. We form his […]

Heirs

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Read: Galatians 3:26-29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (v. 29 NIV) What does it mean to be an heir? When my adoptive parents died, as their only living child, I became an heir of their estate and a co-heir of what they inherited from their […]

The Spirit Testifies

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Read: Romans 8:14-17 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (v. 16 NIV) There is a big difference between being included and belonging. For example, I can attend church and feel included in worship through my participation of singing, praying and receiving communion in the Lord’s Supper. But I can leave […]

Children of God

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Read: 1 John 3:1-10 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (v. 1 NIV) What does it mean that God lavished his great love on us? It means that God bestowed his extravagant love for us in generous quantities. […]

God’s Forever Family

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Read: John 1:1-14 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (v. 12) Being adopted has helped me understand what it means to be welcomed and included as someone else’s child. It is a gift of belonging. Adoptees are often referred to as […]

His Father Saw Him

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Read: Luke 15:11-24 But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (v. 20) When I was a child, I got on the wrong bus on my way home from my very first day of school. My anxious parents were looking […]

Son and Daughter

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Read: Matthew 9:1-8; 18-22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (v. 22) My dad would lovingly say to me, “You’s a good daughter!” Instead of saying, “You’re,” he purposely used improper English followed by a sweet smile and often a peck on the cheek. I loved […]