Pulling On Both Oars
Scotsman operated a little rowboat for transporting passengers. One day
a passenger noticed that the good old man 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, being a well-balanced
Christian and glad of the opportunity for testimony, said, “I will
So saying, 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 oar
called Faith, and the little boat just went around in circles
again—this time the other way around, but still in a circle.
demonstration the old man picked up 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 the Christian life. Dead
works without faith are useless, and “faith without works is dead”
also, getting you nowhere. But faith and works pulling together make for
safety, progress, and blessing.”
Reduced Into One Law
in the third century noted that Moses gave us 365 prohibitions and 248
positive commands. David in Psalm 15 reduced them to eleven: Isaiah—in
33:14, 15—made them six: Micah 6:8 binds them into three: and Habakkuk
reduces them all to one, namely—”The just shall live by faith.”
Faith And Doubt
Doubt sees the obstacles.
Faith sees the way!
Doubt sees the darkest night,
Faith sees the day!
Doubt dreads to take a step.
Faith soars on high!
Doubt questions, “Who believes?”
Faith answers, “I!”
Umbrellas And Faith
church congregation had met to pray for rain to release a long dry
spell. The preacher looked severely at his flock and said:
and Sisters, you ll knows why we is here. Now what I wants to know
is—where is yo’ umbrellas?”
Epigram On Faith
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and
receives the impossible.
Faith is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable,
and bear the intolerable.
Faith is idle when circumstances are right, only when they are
adverse is one’s faith in God exercised. Faith, like muscle, grows
strong and supple with exercise.
Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You
can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
—David Lloyd George
A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will
bring heaven to your soul.
Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will!
Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this
faith is to see what we believe.
Faith in God is indispensable to successful statesmanship.
Paul Lee, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations, (Garland,
Texas: Bible Communications, Inc.) 1996.
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