I was at the meeting recently at Mill Street, heard an interesting phrase for us to consider, that we are in the "Reparenting Business." What is meant by that? Before conversion humans who have reached the age of accountably have sinned and are the children of the Devil. "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and standeth not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof." John 8:44. So if while we are in sin, as an alien sinner, we are children of Satan. The Devil then is our spiritual father, our "parent." Yet when we are converted we become sons and daughters of God. "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." 1 John 3:1. Again we read, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." 1 Pet.1:23. So when we come to Jesus and obey the gospel, God becomes our heavenly Father, thus a new "parent," consequently the idea or "reparenting." When Paul was sent by Christ to preach the gospel, listen to the words of Christ. "But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." Acts 26:16-18. So we see that Paul was to go teach the gospel, in order that people might be turned from the "the power of Satan unto God" or if you please to "Reparent" individuals. Indeed what a great work for all of us.