Preaching Connection: Angels

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“Angels,” in Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’S of Faith

“Sleight-Of-Hand Magic is based on the demonstrable fact that as a rule people see only what they expect to see.  Angels are powerful spirits whom God sends into the world to wish us well.  Since we don’t expect to see them, we don’t.  An angels spreads its glittering wings over us, and we say things...

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