The Mask of the Beast

I am not going senile in the title. Yes, I know that in the Last Days, the Bible talks about the mark of the beast. Here’s the famous reference:

Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, and it spoke like a dragon… Also, it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666″ (Revelation 13:11-18).

A. Fauci (Dr. Anthony Fauci) contains 6 letters, and he was born on June 6.  That adds up to “666.”

Just kidding.

But I have been thinking of a parallel–the mask of the Beast.

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How the Birth of Jesus Changed the World

I hope you had a wonder-filled Christmas. The past two weeks we re-published two of three US Renewal Classics about the greatest life ever lived.

We’ve saved the best one for last.

The most widely-spread teaching I’ve ever given is how Jesus Christ altered the trajectory of history. We share it here under the title How the Birth of Jesus Changed the World.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

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Was Blind But Now I See

A year ago, my optometrist gave me the bad news that cataracts were forming on my eyes–and that I would need cataract/lens implant surgery to correct it.

I waited a year after learning of the problem and my vision grew worse. Around Christmas, I decided to pull the trigger and prepare to have my “headlights changed.”

There was one problem. I’d worn contact lenses for fifty-three years, and would have to wear glasses for three months so the curvature of my eyes could return to normal.

I’d never worn glasses before. But I had no choice. Plus, my eyes were really bad. 20/800 bad. Practically legally blind.

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