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Our Place to Stand

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician of the second century before Christ, said, “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world.”

When a king demanded a demonstration, Archimedes had a huge ship brought ashore; then, using a series of pulleys and a carefully placed fulcrum, with the one-handed turn of a lever, he moved the ship.

Jesus once gave His disciples a promise like that. He said, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matt. 17:20).

In other words, faith is our fulcrum. So where is our place to stand?  “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (v. 21).  We stand on prayer and move the world through faith.

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Timid Faith

— W. H. Graef served as editor of The Church Herald and Holiness Banner from 1940 to 1948 and from 1952 to 1957.

We get a mental picture of those faithful women as they traveled toward the tomb where Joseph and Nicodemus had hurriedly placed the body of Jesus on the day of the crucifixion. They were filled with fear and questions as to who should roll away the stone from the door of the tomb. Despite their fear and doubt, they gave evidence that their hearts had been touched by the Master. No doubt their approach was gloomy, but they did have a secret, inner hope, though their faith was timid.

Great faith did not make Easter possible. God’s great love did.

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