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FIRST-PERSON: Family worship isn’t always easy. But it’s worth it.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – It was a typical evening and our family had just finished dinner. Before the kiddos could run off and play, we stayed around the table to do family worship together. The kids – 5, 3, and 1 – were wiggly and struggling to pay attention. Next came distractions and silly noises. We even had to hit pause to address some disobedience by our 3-year-old.

Disappointment, concern greet Bethany’s reversal

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders expressed disappointment and concern for the ramifications of Bethany Christian Services’ national policy reversal to place children for adoption and foster care with same-sex couples.

COVID-19 brings Christmas changes to many Americans

NASHVILLE (BP) – Almost all Americans celebrate Christmas, but most say COVID-19 will cause some changes to their usual holiday habits.

An adoption dream come true

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Janina DeHart had a dream that she was at a party, celebrating the adoption of two boys into her family. That dream came true when the Lord brought together the DeHarts and two brothers who needed a family.

FIRST-PERSON: Answering God’s call to adopt

I’ve long thought adoption was a beautiful picture of the Gospel – that it showed the love of Jesus in a unique and profound way. I thought the call to adopt was among the most significant people could respond to. And I was happy to watch other people fulfill it.

National Adoption Month spotlights ongoing needs

With more than 400,000 children reportedly in the foster care system in the United States, and 100,000 of them available for adoption, experts in these fields say the COVID-19 crisis has opened up more opportunities for families to explore ways to help vulnerable children.

Supreme Court offers hope in foster care case

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court gave hope Wednesday (Nov. 4) it will uphold the freedom of religiously based adoption and foster care agencies to carry out their ministries according to their beliefs.

Three Ways We Can Serve Orphans and Widows Throughout the Year

With such a large emphasis on serving widows and orphans this month, here are three ways a believer can be mindful of them throughout the year.

FIRST-PERSON: Hope in things we’ll never see

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – What gives you hope? Our ultimate hope is eternal life in Christ, and that is the best answer to that question. But there are human analogs for ultimate hope – light in the darkness, the protection of a hen for her chicks, a land of milk and honey, the bosom of Abraham, and so on. What in this life, a pure thing, encourages you to put up with the frustrations of the day? 

FIRST-PERSON: Considering homeschooling in a COVID-19 world

TIGERVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- I recently learned that over 30 percent of students at our local elementary school will not be returning this fall for in-person instruction. While many of these students will be staying home to engage in public education virtually, 10 percent of the total school population is actually pulling their kids out and opting to home school.