by Rick Ferguson

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The Dynamics of the Book of Romans
Rick Ferguson
Romans 4:1-25

Introduction: I had a funny thing happen to me the other day when I was picking up a few items for Kathy at the grocery store. I happened to be in the aisle where all the "Infant" products are (I was lost, looking for the peanut butter!)

I couldn't help but notice an elderly couple in that aisle with their cart nearly full of baby products..
• pampers
• formulae
• bottles
• baby shampoo
• infant toys
• baby powder

And what drew my attention to them is the way they were acting. They were laughing and giggling like a couple of newlyweds. I assumed they must have been getting ready for a grandchild or perhaps a great-grandchild. So as I passed by I said, "You all must be getting ready for a grandchild."

They looked at each other deviously and chuckled. Then she said to me, "No,... it isn't a grandchild. We're planning on having our first baby, It's going to be a boy."

I have to tell you I was startled and seldom will you find a preacher with nothing to say, but I'm telling you I did not know what to say. (I mean this couple was old.) I kind of stuttered a moment then kind of blurted out, "How old are you anyway?" And she said, "I'm ninety and he will turn 100 next month." Still reeling from the shock of what she had just told me I said, "Well you sure don't look pregnant." She said, "Oh I'm not pregnant, but God told my husband he and I were going to have a baby. We've been praying for this for many years." So we thought we better come pick up a few things and start getting ready for our baby boy."

Do you believe that story? Well, I would probably have a hard time convincing you of that story. (That is unless you are from Boulder. I suppose something like that could happen there.) There are so many unbelievable elements in that story that it most of you would be pretty skeptical... ...

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