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Dear Congregation,

    I, RECENTLY, HAD A CHURCH MEMBER SHARE THAT HIS SON, AND HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, HAD HAD A DESIRE TO START A FAMILY OF THEIR OWN. BUT, AFTER A PERIOD OF WAITING AND NO RESULTS, IT WAS DECIDED THAT THIS PRECIOUS COUPLE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER INTO THAT WONDERFUL STATE OF PARENTHOOD, AT LEAST, NOT IN THE WAY THAT MOST EXPERIENCE. HAVING COUNSELED WITH MANY COUPLES, WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SAME DISAPPOINTMENT, I KNOW THIS COUPLE FELT THEIR SHARE OF DISAPPOINTMENT, SADNESS AND DOUBT. BUT, AS THE STORY WENT ON, I WAS TOLD THAT THIS COUPLE WAS PREPARING TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL BY THE MEDICAL PROCESS OF IN VITRO, WHICH INVOLVES PROCEDURES OUTSIDE THE BODY, TO ENABLE THE BODY TO FINISH THE PROCESS, INTERNALLY, AND BRING FORTH THE INITIAL GOAL- A PRECIOUS CHILD.
       AS I LISTENED, I HAD A THOUGHT CROSS MY MIND, AS HE SPOKE...ISN'T THIS THE IMAGE OF WHAT GOD DID WITH THE GENTILES, BEFORE WE WERE "WELCOMED INTO THE FAMILY"?  YOU SEE, FOR GENERATIONS, GENTILES (NON-JEWS) WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE COVENANTS AND PROMISES THAT GOD MADE WITH THE HEBREWS. GENTILES WERE, MERELY, USED BY GOD IN DECISIONS THAT HE MADE FOR, OR AGAINST, THE HEBREWS. THERE WERE NO CLOSE TIES OR RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE AND GENTILES. GENTILES DIDN'T HAVE A BIRTHRIGHT. I AM SURE THAT GOD'S HEART WAS SADDENED THAT, FOR A MOMENT, HE DIDN'T HAVE A PARENTAL ROLE IN THEIR LIVES. BUT, WHILE GENTILES COULDN'T BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD THRU BIRTH, AS THE HEBREWS COULD, GOD DID A WORK "OUTSIDE THE BODY", THRU THE CROSS OF CHRIST, TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO BE "BIRTHED" INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD, THRU FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. OR, SHOULD I SAY "REBORN" INTO THE STATUS OF CHILD OF GOD, AND GOD, THUS, BECOMING ABBA FATHER! WE, NOW, HAVE FULL BENEFITS AND PROMISES BECAUSE GOD SEES US "AS HIS OWN KIDS" BECAUSE HE WAS WILLING, THRU CHRIST, TO DO WORK "OUTSIDE THE BODY" TO BRING US "INTO THE BODY" AND GIVE US THE CHANCE TO BE "REBORN" INTO THE FAMILY. 

Selah!
Pastor Gary Beatty