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Fatherhood & Orphan Care by Pastor Marco De Leon
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016
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I remember when I knew that I was going to be a father. I was 27 years old, not married, and positive who my wife was to be — Rebecca. However, I wrestled with the fact that marrying Rebecca would simultaneously make me a father. Rebecca had a 7-year old son, Seth, and I knew absolutely nothing about being a father. A friend asked me a profound question: are you defined as a child of God or as a father?

I sat on that question for several days and through the power of a Holy Spirit slap, I realized that I am defined as a child of God. God sent His son to rescue and adopt me into His family. And now, he calls me son. Immediately after saying that out loud, I knew that I was Seth's father even if he didn't know he was my son yet.

The Bible teaches that God is a good father who pursues his children despite where they've been and what they've done. And if the church is called to mirror the love of Christ, what does this look like in the life of an orphan?

The Call to Orphan Care

Let's fast forward to 3 years and some legal fees later. The legal process to adopt my son has been both challenging and sanctifying. There is so much to know in order to provide a fair and smooth trial, but the constant reminder of God's pursuit is the fuel for our journey. For my family and I, we know this path is to satisfy our legal system and we will submit to that, but as for Chango and I, there's nothing that can separate me from my son.

Part of God's identity is that he is a Father who pursues His children (Psalm 68:4-6) and is present in their lives. God, in His love, sent His son to die for our sins; reconciling us to the Father. In other words, because of the person and work of Jesus, we now have a relationship with the Father! As His children, we're called to reflect the same love that He has shown us so that others might come to know Him.

There's a myth among Christians that caring for orphans is reserved only for the "elite." However, I wish to submit to you that not only is that myth unbiblical, but the call to care for orphans is a command from the Scriptures (James 1:27). You and I know what it looks like to be rejected, broken, uncared for, unvalued, homeless, hurt, and in struggle. Yet, God in his grace, mercy, and love threw Himself into the chaos of our lives, rescuing us.

Earlier, in the same chapter, James writes to be doers of the Word not hearers only (James 1:22) and my observation is that the church equates pew attendance and Amen's to action. Church, we're deceiving ourselves if we consider hearing doing.

The Gospel

In the great state of Texas there are over 30,000 kids in foster care with more than 1,100 of those kids are in Hidalgo county. The need for families to come in and provide homes for these kids or temporary relief for foster parents (such as date nights) is increasing every year.

The opportunity to become involved in orphan care is numerous. You can start by simply getting informed, becoming certified as a babysitter or respite care provider, or taking the big step toward fostering and perhaps adopting a child.

I don’t want to guilt you, I do mean to challenge you. When we look first at the gospel — who God is and what He has done for us — then we are compelled into action, not to satisfy a moral checklist, but out of the overflow of gratitude for all that he has done. The call of the believer is founded under the work of the Gospel in our lives, for we, church, are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a dying world.

The question isn't whether or not you're called to participate in this restoration, but how you can get involved.

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Open Eyes And Ready Hands
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016
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I didn’t realize it at the time, but growing up in rural North Carolina afforded me quite the sheltered childhood. Almost everyone around me looked like me, sounded like me and had a home-life that looked pretty much the same as mine, at...
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Get To Know: Pastor Tom
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2016
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Since the month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month, we are using our October blog posts to feature our Logos Community Church pastors. Check out our interview with Pastor Mike and Pastor Ruben, and give them a hug when you see them on Sunday!...
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Getting To Know: Pastor Mike & Pastor Ruben
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016
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Since the month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month, we are using our October blog posts to feature our Logos Community Church pastors. Check out our interview with Pastor Mike and Pastor Ruben, and give them a hug when you see them on Sunday!...
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Get To Know: Pastor Chris & Pastor Jeff
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016
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Since the month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month, we are using our October blog posts to feature our Logos Community Church pastors. Check out our interview with Pastor Jeff and Pastor Chris, and give them a hug when you see them on Sunday!...
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Get To Know: Pastor Marco & Pastor Serge
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016
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Since the month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month, we are using our October blog posts to feature our Logos Community Church pastors. Check out our interview with Pastor Marco and Pastor Serge, and give them a hug when you see them on...
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Worship Night: Why Evlogia? by Kerry Williams
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2016
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So many times throughout my life I’ve bought the lie that once (xyz..) happens, then I will be ready to be missional. First, I need to get myself ready financially, make sure I have enough scripture memorized, learn a skill, stop sinning so...
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Numbers Always Win by Pastor Tom Weaver
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
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In my pre-Jesus days there were a lot of things I did wrong. I abused alcohol and drugs, sexual sin was a major issue, I was bitter and angry, and my selfishness was off the chart. I’m not sure why anyone was friends with me, but here is...
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Is She Worth Saving? by Sofia Aleman
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
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Disclaimer: Through our blog posts, we aim to address some of the real issues that are encompassing our communities and, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to present the gospel in light of those realities. The following blog post content is...
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Coming Face to Face with Yourself
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
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“Rejoice O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring judgment.” Ecclesiastes 11:9...
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