Blindfolded FAITH

Blindfolded FAITH

Nik Wallenda

Maybe you know this story but it will help with our reflection today.


There was a tightrope walker, who did incredible aerial acts. All over Paris, he would do acts at scary heights. Then he had succeeding acts; he would do it blindfolded, then he would go across the tightrope, blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow.

An American promoter read about this in the papers and wrote a letter to the tightrope walker, saying, “Tightrope, I don’t believe you can do it, but I’m willing to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do your act over Niagara Falls.”


Tightrope wrote back, “Sir, although I’ve never been to America and seen the Falls, I’d love to come.” Well, after a lot of promotion and setting the whole thing up, many people came to see the event. Tightrope was to start on the Canadian side and come to the American side. Drums roll, and he comes across the rope which is suspended over the treacherous part of the falls—blindfolded!! And he makes it across easily.

The crowds go wild, and he comes to the promoter and says, “Well, Mr. Promoter, now do you believe I can do it?”


“Well of course I do. I mean, I just saw you do it.”


“No,” said Tightrope, “do you really believe I can do it?”


“Well of course I do, you just did it.”


“No, no, no,” said Tightrope, “do you believe I can do it?”


“Yes,” said Mr. Promoter, “I believe you can do it.”


“Good,” said Tightrope, “then you get in the wheelbarrow.”


The word “believe” in Greek means “to live by.”

 

Author ~Unknown

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Consider the story. How often do we say that we believe Christ can do it, but refuse to live by getting in the wheelbarrow?


 

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. [2 Peter 1:5-9]


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Since you have faith…add…


1. Goodness – Moral Excellence.


2. Knowledge - General intelligence, general Knowledge, understanding of things lawful and unlawful for a Christian to do etc. Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”


3. Self-control - We have bought into the lies of Satan where self-control is concerned. We say: “I just can’t help myself”, “Everyone else is doing…” or “God wants me to be happy” Let’s not forget that God doesn’t want you happy by those standards. He wants you to be filled with joy…He wants you to be righteous….He knows you will be much happier when you are living according to His guidelines.


4. Perseverance – The characteristic of a person who is not swerved from his/her deliberate purpose and his/her loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.


5. Godliness – a spirit of reverence and respect to God in all matters. It understands that He is a Holy God. Not outward compliance to certain rules, but inward purity of heart.


6. Mutual affection and Love – Love one another.

 

Do we have faith?

GOOD! Let’s increase in these qualities then…..

 

Author ~ LCS Herald Newsletter


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Do you think English is easy? Read this…

Do you think English is easy? Read this…

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy??

I think a retired English teacher was bored…THIS IS GREAT!

Read all the way to the end……………..


This took a lot of work to put together!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture…

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert  his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove  dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

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Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.

There is no eggs in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France .

Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth?

One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’?

Author ~ Unknown

 


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