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Christians Should Stick Out Like a Sore Thumb (2 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 5: 13-16
1. Our Life is Totally Identified
A) Irreplaceable Elements
1) Salt that is Required
2) Light that is Revealing
B) Irrefutable Effects
1) Function Makes it Priceless
2) Failure Makes it Useless
2. Our Lord is Truly Magnified
A) The Faith that is Commended
) The Father that is Crowned
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. While to many he may have been just another name, Ferdinand 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 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 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 assistant warden of a Texas prison; and,
He counseled terminally ill patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Anaheim, California
You are probably thinking that Ferdinand Demara fellow was exceptionally brilliant, extremely educated, and energitically driven. But the truth of the matter is that Ferdinand Demara had never finished high school. The fact of the matter is that he was an Impostor. Ferdinand Demara is considered by many to be history's most cunning impostor. As a matter of fact, his life was portrayed by actor Tony Curtis, in the movie called "The Impostor!"
Possibly his boldest and greatest deception occured 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 journals, and successfully operated on dozens of wounded So ...
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