by Steve Wagers

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Don't Talk the Talk, Unless You Walk the Walk!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Colossians 1:9-12

1. 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

2. You are probably thinking that Ferdinand Demara fellow was exceptionally brilliant, extremely educated, and energetically 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. In fact, 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!"

3. Possibly his 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 journals, and 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 man's heart. As a result, he received immediate fame. His name became synonymous with success. He became known around the world as 'the miracle doctor.' Yet, all ...

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