July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a

Manipulation is the art of...

Epiphany of the Lord

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Manipulation is the art of reworking something. It is a skillful operation ... an artistic ability applied toward changing objects. It is also a deceptive means to get our own way.
Manipulation can happen almost unknowingly, unconsciously. It's such a part of our sinful nature that we rarely recognize it. We can piously pursue our own agendas with perfect hypocritical humility. The important issue is whether or not we get our way! I've even seen this demon of demand used regularly by some of our most cherished people -- moms. Yes, hard-working, self-sacrificing, jack-of-all-trades moms. Do you gasp in disbelief? Maybe it's because you have never recognized the classic mother's sigh.
You thought a picture paints a thousand words? Maybe, but so does a mother's sigh. "Mom, you look upset. Is everything okay?"
Her reply goes something like this, "Why, yes ... everything is (sigh) fine...."
For some reason you are not convinced all is well. It was that agonizing...

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