Friday, June 19, 2009

Centrifuge Day 4- Part 2

I'm going to take a quick moment to talk about Tony's message from last night.  The title of the sermon was "Adoption: From Slaves to Sons".  Tony and his wife Kimberly recently adopted...from the Ukraine....4 children!  It was great for him to share his story about what God started doing in their lives 2 years ago and the journey that led them to bringing these 4 children home to America just 5 weeks ago.  It was neat to hear it from him personally b/c I had read about it some on his blog and Belinda was keeping up with every step on both his blog and his wife's blog.  Be sure to check them out:  Tony's Blog- http://tony.tbclife.net/ , Kimberly's Blog- http://betheglory.blogspot.com/.  Tony compared his story of adoption with how we are each adopted into God's family, going from slaves to sons of God.  The passage used was Galatians 4:4-8.  Tony outlined 9 truths about our adoption by God.
-Adoption is from bad situations
-Adoption is seriously planned
-Adoption requires the right qualifications
-Adoption is costly
-Adoption involves a change in legal status
-Adoption involves a spirit of sonship
-Adoption transforms the child
-Adoption gives the child the right to the heir
-Adoption is about mission

Now I want you to encourage you to go back and read this again along with the scripture b/c the first glance you probably think about the type of adoption like where Tony adopted his children.  Please think about how God adopted YOU into his family.  How exciting is that!

I honestly believe I could listen to Tony talk for hours.  I don't say this to make it sound like I idolize him, but I love listening to him b/c its obvious that he allows God to speak through him.  It's been incredible be a part of such worship and I can't wait to hear what God says to us tonight!

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