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Hidden Messages

I started out with nothing and still have most of it left. ~Anonymous

I like clever dialogue. Hiding messages in witticisms is the best way to know who’s really listening.

Chris Pratt, star of Jurassic World, recently received the Generation Award from MTV. His speech included nine pieces of advice for life to the younger generation. He tells his young listeners to believe in God, to pray, to be kind, that they have a soul. He mixes in a few humorous ideas to keep their attention.

In the middle of the speech, he gives advice on how to give medicine to a dog: hide it wrapped in hamburger. That’s exactly what Chris Pratt did.

In Luke 16, Jesus tells some stories to the Pharisees. One of them is about a rich man who dies and goes to Hell.

The rich man looks into Heaven and sees a beggar he once knew standing beside Father Abraham. The rich man then becomes a beggar himself and asks if Lazarus, the former beggar, can go to the rich man’s brothers and warn them to change their ways.

Abraham answers that even if someone raises from the dead, his brothers will not believe.

And not too long later, Jesus raises from the dead and many of his brothers- mainly the Pharisees – don’t believe it. But some do.

Jesus was clever in telling the truth. He was able to tell stories that gave hope to those who needed it and confused those who would have been offended.

Think about those in your life who don’t believe. How can you hide the medicine they need in some hamburger?


I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. Psalm 40:9-10 ESV