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Christian escapology


 Harry Houdini was a magician who specialized in spectacular escapes.  No locks or handcuffs could hold him. They did all kinds of things to try and incarcerate him.  They could seal him in coffins.  He would escape.  They riveted him into a boiler.  He escaped.  They sewed him up in canvas bags.  He escaped.  They locked him in a milk can.  He escaped.  They  sealed him in a beer barrel.  He escaped.  They put him in a maximum  security prison and he got out.

However in October 1926 Harry Houdini died and he was buried in a grave.  While he was still alive he had told his wife, ‘If there is any way out, I’ll find it.  If there is any way out, I’ll make contact with you on the anniversary of my death.’ For ten years she kept a light burning over his portrait.  At the end of ten years, she turned out the light.  Death had Harry, and he couldn’t escape.  Thank goodness that in the end any believer in Jesus can do better.  

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