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a thought on life from John Grant

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. (John 3:3-6)

The sign in front of the apartment building caught my eye.

Residents needed: No experience required. All you have to do is sign up and you are in.

Well, it seems that there is a need for residency overall in many countries of the world. Many industrialized countries of the world are struggling with low birthrates and an aging population. A number of European countries have seen a drop in the fertility rate below a level to maintain the present population. Several countries have actually established a “baby bonus” as an economic incentive for people to have children. So, it was newsworthy recently when the National Center for Health Statistics announced that for the first time since shortly after the baby boom ended that the fertility rate in America had reached the rate necessary for a generation to replace itself. Residents created: No experience required! It’s not that human reproduction is all that difficult. After all the human being is the only psycho-cybernetic electro feedback mechanism capable of mass production by unskilled labor. Sadly, too many couples feel that having children would be an economic and social burden that would interfere with their personal pursuits in life. Sad but true.

While we should all be concerned that there enough people to fill enough jobs and enough taxes to keep our country going and a sound economy to support our aging population, as Christians, there’s another “fertility rate” that we should be concerned with that is the rate of those being born again into the Kingdom of God.

According to research done by the Barna Group, the rate of born again Christians in America has remained relatively stable, but not growing significantly. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to pick up the morning paper and see a headline stating: “Christian Fertility Rate Worldwide on the Upswing; Reaches Highest Level in 35 years?

Now, that really would be front page news.

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Dr. Luke

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by Joyce Carr Stedelbauer

How are we to find Him today?

The ancient Scriptures still speak with authority
alive with eyewitness reports
news flashes
Angels Christmas carols
school pageants
billboards proclaiming

Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
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Dear Dr. Luke,
Physician, Caregiver, Historian, Author,
I am deeply indebted to you.

You searched and researched the truth
with meticulous care;
a surgeon’s scalpel dividing history and heresy,
an incision to remove legend from fact,
a stitching together of the Word made flesh
healing for a wounded world.

Without you, who would know?
Glorious Gabriele’s missions
foretelling John the Baptist’s birth,
and his Divine cousin to be named Jesus,
the intimate conversations of Elizabeth and Mary,
filled with Holy wonder of God’s hand.

Without you, who would know?
Zacharias Benedictus,
Mary’s Magnificate,
Simeon’s song,
Anna’s answered prayers.

Without you, who would know?
Angel’s bending low
fanning the Shepherd’s meager wood to flame,
unrolling Heaven’s scroll
with the brilliance of His Name,
spelled in stars on the blackboard sky.
Thank you, Dear Dr. Luke.

(LUKE)
“Have You Seen The Star?”
Author: Joyce Carr Stedelbauer

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