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Introduction: A woman went to the doctor's office, where she was seen by one of the new doctors, but after about 4 minutes in the examination room, she burst out, screaming as she ran down the hall. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story. After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room. The older doctor marched down the hallway to the back where the younger doctor was and demanded, "What's the matter with you? Mrs. Terry is 63 years old, she has four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?!!" The new younger doctor continued to write on his clipboard and without looking up said, "Does she still have the hiccups?"
Christmas is the story of a miracle baby. But there was more than one miracle baby in the land of Palestine, in that first year of our Lord. Luke begins his gospel with the record of the miraculous birth of John the Baptist. Miraculous, in this case, because they were both advanced in years.
The birth of John overlaps the birth of Jesus and helps us to focus on the priority that God places on the family. The "family" is God's idea and he's all for it. That's my point today. I know, I know: "Captain Obvious strikes again." But it bears repeating.
QUOTE: The number of U.S. families that fit the traditional mold will probably be in the minority in the 21st century, according to a new report on marriage and family. The report said "families are smaller and less stable, marriage is less central and cohabitation more common, the value of children and values for children have altered, and within marriages gender roles have become less traditional and more egalitarian." GSS Director Tom Smith said, "We had the old system [of marriage and family] in place for hundreds of years. We have made the transition to the new system in 30 years." (The study was conducted by the General Social Sur ...
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