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Text: Matthew 1:18-25
December 9, 2007
New Hope Community Chapel
Goal: Changed Lives. Changing from feeling that God has forgotten us to knowing that when HE speaks things happen.
Main Point: What is the one thing I want my audience to
know? When God speaks, the impossible can happen!
Application: What do I want them to do about it? Put their faith in the God who speaks and makes things happen.
Turn to: Matthew 1:18-25
It was a Sunday afternoon, and I don’t know for sure what caused my mom to do it, but she was out in the yard on wet grass and to make things worse, there was a slope in the lawn.
She was bothered by the length of the grass and what else was a 9 month pregnant woman to do?
She went out and mowed it – with a push mower.
Well, she slipped and fell flat on her backside.
She had just been to the Dr. on Friday and he told her I was positioned just right and I would be out before the weekend was through, but the fall must have caused me to do a somersault.
I was born at 2:00 the next morning – sunny side up.
Now days, they would turn a baby back around or do a c-section.
But this was 1972.
There was really nothing spectacular to note about my birth.
Just that my mom has probably held it against me to this day the fact that I came into the world backwards and have basically gone against the grain ever since.
I was present at every one of my children’s births – how could I miss that?
Laura went into labor when I was at one of my first job interviews for a staff pastor position.
When Christopher was born I said to the Dr., “How could anyone thing abortion is O.K. once they have witnessed this!”
Laura was in labor for a long time with Christopher, so when she went into labor with Hannah we decided that we could wait at home a bit longer.
I cut my hair and took a shower, then I called the nurse and told her what the spacing of the contractions was.
She said, “You better get in here right away!”
It was a 15 minute ride to Mankato.
As we were leaving St. Peter I was going about 50 mph on the highway through town.
It was about midnight on a four lane high way with no traffic.
I asked Laura if I needed to speed and she said no, but then followed up with,,, “But you could at least go the speed limit!”
In Mankato (5 minutes later) we were again on a 4 lane street with no traffic.
I was cruising right along when I noticed the police officer on the side of the street.
He followed us for a t least a mile. I kept going the same speed.
Just before the hospital he pulled me over.
Before he got to the car I said, “My wife is having a baby!”
He shouted, “Get going! Don’t stop for me!”
He then escorted us – lights and all to the hospital’s front door.
Every man’s dream.
Hannah was in our arms about an hour after we were in the hospital.
Taylor was born on a Wednesday morning in Mankato.
We figured we shouldn’t wait at home as long this time.
Taylor was the biggest baby that Laura has had yet.
But after, 2 others, he popped right out.
Our Dr., Dr. Taylor, came in his blue jeans from raking his leaves to deliver Taylor – our only fall baby.
Joshua was born in Emmetsburg.
We liked the treatment of a small hospital so much that Laura begged me that she could do it again.
So here we are, about to do the whole show again.
My mom has a job, in
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