Looks Can Be Deceiving (2 of 6) by Steve Wagers

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Looks Can Be Deceiving (2 of 6)
Series: What Jesus Has to Say About It!
Steve Wagers
Matthew 13:24-30

INTRODUCTION

Years ago, there lived a man by the name of Ferdinand Demara. He was born on December 12, 1921; and, he died on June 7, 1972. Yet while to many he may have been just another name, Demara, over the course of 3 decades, lived a most interesting life. For example:

? He taught classes in Psychology

? He worked as a Zoologist

? He served as a Dean of the School of Philosophy at Pennsylvania's Gannon College

? He taught science at a Catholic boy's school

? He did research in Seattle

? He worked as a civil engineer in the Yucatan

? He directed a student counseling center

? He taught Latin, English, and French at a high school in Maine

? He served as a deputy sheriff in Washington state

? He was a law student

? He served as an assistant warden of a Texas prison; and,

? He counseled terminally ill patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Anaheim, California.

Now to many Demara might sound like a fellow who was exceptionally brilliant, extremely educated, and energetically driven. But, the fact of the matter was that Ferdinand Demara is considered by many to be history's most cunning impostor. As a matter of fact, his life was portrayed by Tony Curtis in the movie called "The Impostor!"

However, Demara's boldest, and greatest deception occurred during the Korean War. He posed as a lieutenant-surgeon in the Royal Canadian Navy. He absorbed as much as he could from medical texts, and journal. And, even successfully operated on dozens of wounded South Korean servicemen and civilians.

On one occasion, Demara removed a bullet lodged less than an inch from a patient's heart. As a result, he received immediate fame, attention, and notoriety. His name became synomous with success. As a matter of fact, he became known all around the world as the 'Miracle Doctor!' Yet, all the while, he was nothing more ...


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