by Steve Wagers

Babies Aren't Named Like This Anymore
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Isaiah 9:6
December 7. 2010

1. A Name for the DECISIONS of Life!
A) His Authority is Unequaled
B) His Ability is Unmatched
2. A Name for the DEMANDS of Life!
A) He Created It All
B) He Controls It All
3. A Name for the DIFFICULTIES of Life!
A) He Loves Us
B) He Leads Us
4. A Name for the DISTURBANCES of Life!
A) We can Rest in Him
B) We can Rely on Him

History has given us some most disparaging names. For example, we have Charles the Simple, son of Louis the Stammerer. So called for his policy of making concessions to the Norse invaders rather than fighting.

There is Ethelred the Unready (968-1016) so called because of his inability to repel the Danish invasion of England. At first he paid tribute to the Danes, but their raids continued and he was forced to abandon England for Normandy in 1013.

Then, we have Louis the Fat, like his father, was obese. At the age of 47 because of his extreme corpulence, he was unable to mount his horse. We also find Louis the Sluggard, noted for his self-indulgence, ruled from 986 to 987 over the Franks.

I read about a pregnant woman from Virginia was involved in a car accident and, while in the hospital, she fell into a coma. When she awoke days later, the woman noticed that she was no longer carrying a child, and asked, "Doc, what happened to my baby!" The doctor replied, "Ma'am, you've had twins! You're the proud mother of a handsome baby boy and a beautiful baby girl. Also, you should know that while you were in a coma, your brother named the children for you."

"Oh, no!" shrieked the woman. "Not my brother! He's not really all together, if you know what I mean!" The doctor replied, "Well, ma'am, your brother named your daughter Denise." "Oh, that's no so bad," smiled the woman. Then, hesitantly, she asked, "What's the boy's name?" The doctor grinned and said, "Denephew."

Until the 14th century most people had only 1 name. In ...

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