by J. Gerald Harris

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J. Gerald Harris
John 3:1-10

"It is an excellent thing to have an honest heart and a candid mind, but Christ says even to such men, 'Ye must be born again.' It does not matter how good a man may be, or how earnest he may be in seeking to find the truth, he cannot escape from the necessity which applies to the entire human race, 'ye must be born again'." 6 - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

In the 1950's a French obstetrician, Fernand Lamaze, developed a method of psychophysical preparation for childbirth. Today the Lamaze technique is the most widely used method of childbirth available. During the course of pregnancy the expectant mother attends classes where she is informed about the physiology of pregnancy and childbirth. With the help of a "coach," generally the husband, the mother-to-be learns the techniques of relaxation, concentration, and breathing.

Prior to the delivery of the child the mother is urged to find a focal point in the room upon which to concentrate. Some expectant mothers bring stuffed animals, pictures of family members, or cherished keepsakes as objects upon which they will focus their attention during the most intense moments of labor. The ability to concentrate upon these objects help to minimize the pain.

The breathing exercises are absolutely crucial to the success of the Lamaze method of natural childbirth. The breathing that begins with a deep, relaxed, measured rhythm continues toward a shallow, accelerated type of breathing as the contractions progress. Those who use the Lamaze method are often able to avoid any anesthesia during delivery.

In this message we are not going to speak about the kind of breathing that aids a natural birth, but we are going to direct our attention to the kind of breath that produces a supernatural birth. John reports Jesus as saying, "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit (pneumatos), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God...that which is ...

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