A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

The crowds at the circus watched with amazement and awe as the high-wire artist worked high over their heads. He crossed that stretch of wire with an ease that belied the fact that one mis-step could be his last. He worked the pole for balance, then used just an umbrella. The eyes of the crowd were locked on to him.

Then he grabbed a rope, and dropped down to ground level. He walked up to a wheel barrow on the edge of the ring. He faced the audience and asked, "Do you believe that I can cross that wire with this?"

"YES!", shouted the crowd.

"Do you have faith that I can safely push this on the wire?"

"YES!" The crowd called out again.

The high wire artist, spotting a man that had shouted louder than the rest, addressed him, "Sir, do you have faith that I can do this?"

"Yes! You're the greatest"

"Then get in the wheel barrow"

Many people say that they believe in God and the Christ. Many will even acknowledge that Jehovah's Witnesses have the truth. But they don't want to "get in the wheel barrow", to put their lives on the line because of their faith.

The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.

Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that fear allows to entrap us.

Old Faithful is not the largest geyser in Yellowstone Park, nor is it the most impressive. An eruption lasts 1 ½ to 5 minutes, whereas other geysers such as Giant last up to an hour. Then why is Old Faithful so famous? Because of its consistent performance. Whereas other more impressive geysers only go off every few years Old Faithful is still as spectacular and predictable as it was a century ago. Rather like that faithful geyser, Christians should be steadfast and unmovable in fulfilling their dedication.

  Hebrews 11:1 says: "Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld."   Take pie. I have a favorite pie, and when I walk into the room, and SMELL that aroma, I think..... "There's a PIE cooking!!"   Now, I look around the kitchen and I see apple peelings, bits of crust dough lying around, flour on the counter...I KNOW there's pie, and what KIND of pie it is. I've never seen it, but I know it's there.   Then, there's a NOTE which says 'I know by now you've smelled the pie, and Yes, you may have some as soon as the timer rings.'   Now I KNOW that the pie is there, it's cooking, it's apple and it's for me, and I know all this without having ever SEEN the pie . The evidence of it's existence is all around me. And I KNOW I'll be eating pie soon.   The same is true of faith. We have never seen Jehovah, but we've seen the EVIDENCE of Him in the natural world, in his people, in the accomplishments of his organization, in prayers being answered, prophesies being fulfilled, and more promised. We KNOW, beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's real and working for our good. Then there's 'the NOTE': the Bible, that puts into words the assurance of His love for us, and the promise of better things. We've never physically SEEN him or our future paradise, but we KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are REAL, because of the enormous amount evidence all around us. We KNOW it.   Now we just have to wait for the 'timer to ring'.  

Faith and works are like the two chemicals: sodium and chlorine. Each of these chemicals is poisonous and could kill a person if ingested. But if we combine them properly, we have sodium chloride; better know as salt - the common ingredient we use that gives flavor to our food and indeed life and health to our bodies. So too, as with the ingredients of salt, faith and works are inseparable. (James 2:26)

An old Scotsman was operating a small rowboat for transporting passengers across one of the little lakes in Scotland. One day a passenger noticed that he had carved on one oar the word "Faith" and on the other oar the word "Works." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man said, "I will show you." He dropped one oar and plied the other called "Works," and they just went around in circles. Then he dropped that oar and began to ply the one called "Faith," and the little boat went around in circles again--this time the other way around.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both "Faith" and "Works" and plying both oars together sped swiftly over the water, explaining to his inquiring passenger, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in the boat."