Fresh Hope – 28th August 2018

Charles Blondin was born on 28 February 1824 at St Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France. At the age of five he was sent to the École de Gymnase at Lyon and, after six months training as an acrobat, made his first public appearance as “The boy Wonder”. His superior skill and grace, as well as the originality of the settings of his acts, made him a popular favourite.

One his most famous acts happened 30 June 1859, when he attempted to cross Niagara Falls on a tight rope. He completed this incredible feat successfully and a number of times thereafter, always with different theatrical variations: blindfolded, in a sack, trundling a wheelbarrow, on stilts, sitting down midway while he cooked and ate an omelette and standing on a chair with only one chair leg on the rope.

One on such occasion, it is reported that a great crowd were cheering him on as he approached the final stretch across the falls. He suddenly stopped and asked the crowd if they believed he could carry a man all the way back across in a wheelbarrow. They all responded with excitement shouting ‘we believe…we believe’.

Blondin retorted…’the man that believes should now step forward and get in the wheelbarrow’.

Faith is just that.

Faith is not SAYING I believe, but turning your belief into ACTION.

The words of the New Testament put it like this…

James 2:14-18 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds. ‘Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

Today, don’t just be content to be part of the cheering crowd that ‘talks the talk’, instead be that person that steps forward, and says from now on I’m going to ‘walk the walk’, even if it means risking everything with no safety net.

Have the courage today to walk by faith, no matter how seemingly impossible your circumstances may are.

Be bold…

Step out…

Trust in Jesus.

Believe.

Pastor Mark

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