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Being the Real Deal (11 of 23)
Series: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18
1. HOLY ACTIVTIES
2. HYPOCRITICAL ACTIVITIES
a) Their Methods
b) Their Motives
3. HONORED ACTIVITIES
a) The Rewarded Life
b) The Real Life
Ferdinand Waldo Damara, Jr., during the course of three decades, taught college classes in psychology, worked as a zoologist, served as dean of the School of Philosophy at Pennsylvania's Gannon College, taught science at a Catholic boys school, did cancer research in Seattle, worked as a civil engineer in the Yucatan, directed a student counseling center, taught Latin, English, and French at a high school on an isolated island off the coast of Maine, served as a deputy sheriff in Washington State, served as lieutenant surgeon in the Royal Canadian Navy being hailed as the ''miracle doctor'' and credited with the saving of many lives, and counseled terminal ill patients at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Anaheim, California.
Quite a resume you might say. The thing about Damara is that he never finished high school. The truth of the matter is that Damara was an imposter. He would read and learn enough about his profession and then pass himself off under some assumed name. His life was portrayed by Tony Curtis in the movie The Great Imposter.
As we move into Matthew 6 and continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount we see that Jesus calling for the Christian to be real. He is calling for the Christian to be the genuine article-the real deal.
I read about a preacher who was being interviewed by a pastoral search committee. An English teacher headed the committee, and was very concerned that the future pastor spoke properly. He asked, ''When the hen is on the nest, does she sit or set?'' The hopeful pastor, English not being his major, was not sure whether it was ''sit'' or ''set.'' He thought for a moment and then said, ''It really doesn't matter ...
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