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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591
"Living Under The Influence Of--Deception"
Exodus 32:1-6, 19-24
Sunday, 1/15/95, 9:30 a.m. Service
In West Palm Beach, Florida, Helga Sue Gronowitz was one of the
varsity students. Blonde, blue-eyed, a Junior. A member of the
Student Boosters club, Red Cross club, candidate for student
council officer, candidate for beauty queen of the school, Helga
Sue was well known by the student body. Sometimes you'd hear her
name called over the school public address system: "Helga Sue,
please come by the office. Your mother brought the lunch you
forgot." There was even an ad in the West Palm Beach paper
announcing that Helga Sue was selling walruses. She was a very
unusual student, so when the guidance counselor looked for her
one day, he wasn't surprised in a school of 2,000 students that
she didn't show up. Another time came for an appointment and
Helga Sue didn't show up again and the counselor began to get
concerned. By the third time, they checked out a little bit more
and, lo and behold, Helga Sue Gronowitz was not a student at Twin
Lakes High School in West Palm Beach.
A group of students had deceptively planted her name, put her in
the class yearbook and all other kinds of things at the school.
Helga Sue had never existed. They had pulled off a massive
deception on the school and the administration. In fact, the
school principal, when asked about the situation, said, "Oh,
Helga Sue Gronowitz. Seems like that name does ring a bell."
What those students did is something that most of us at one time
or another, sometime in our lives, have done. That is to live
deceptively or to deceive our hearts or be deceived.
In the Word of God there are several illustrations of that. I
want us to look at a fellow you don't hear a lot about but who
was deceived, and his name is Aaron. Open your Bibl ...
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