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God's Surveillance Society John 14:8-17 (25-27)

God's Surveillance Society

The promise of Pentecost is that God is active in our lives, always keeping an eye on us.

At a Glance

Cameras are everywhere these days. Who knows how much of our communication with each other comes under the watchful gaze of government agencies trying to protect us from domestic terrorism? Surveillance is a huge industry right now. This brings us to a God who knows all and sees all. And it speaks, too, to our desire to know God and everything that God is doing.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Church's Greatest Art Treasures," May 31, 1998, at

A writer named Walter Kirn met a friend at an art gallery in Hollywood, his first visit to a gallery in many years. The next morning, in his email inbox, he found several ads urging him to invest in art.

Coincidence? Probably not.

Then he consulted an online calendar of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the Los Angeles area. He was annoyed when he began to receive invitations to drug and alcohol rehab centers. How could these centers know that he might need them?...

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