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According To Luke: It’s Never To Late For Jesus!

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According To Luke: It’s Never To Late For Jesus!

Opening Illustration: When I was a kid, I loved wrestling. That’s right, the big guys in tights that jumped off the ropes and hit each other with tables and chairs. Call it bad parenting but there was a short time that I was sort of into it. These guys seemed like super heroes to me and there was always a story line of good vs. evil taking place. I rooted for characters like Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. Then there was Sting and Rowdy Roddy Piper. Of course there were carefully choreographed matches that already had predetermined outcomes. Now, as a kid I had not idea what was really taking place behind the curtain. It was just good clean boy fun. 
Then there were the tag team matches. Two top wrestlers teamed up against another couple of wrestlers. Only one wrestler could fight at a time of course. About half way through the match, one wrestler would get pinned. He would be on the mat, sweating, exhausted, and wanting to give up…

According To Luke: Amazing Faith

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According To Luke: Amazing Faith
Illustration: Charles Blondin
Can you imagine a tightrope stretched over a quarter of a mile and spanning the breadth of Niagara Falls?  The thundering sound of the pounding water drowning out all other sounds as you watch a man step onto the rope and walk across!
This stunning feat made Charles Blondin famous in the summer of 1859.  He walked 160 feet above the falls several times back and forth between Canada and the United States as huge crowds on both sides looked on with shock and awe.  Once he crossed in a sack, once on stilts, another time on a bicycle, and once he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet!

On July 15, Blondin walked backward across the tightrope to Canada and returned pushing a wheelbarrow.
The Blondin story is told that it was after pushing a wheelbarrow across while blindfolded that Blondin asked for some audience participation.  The crowds had watched and "Ooooohed" and "Aaaaahed!"  He had proven that he coul…