“It is impossible to separate works from faith – yea, just as impossible as to separate burning and shining from fire.”
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What if you were told you had to make a change, maybe even a big change…or else you would literally die? Would you make the change? Without a doubt, most people say they would.
The experts disagree. Overwhelmingly.
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In the violent world of African war where thousands of people shot bullets, South African photojournalist Kevin Carter shot film. The dangerous vocation of wartime photography put him in life-and-death situations on a daily basis…and eventually, it took its toll.
But Carter wasn’t killed in war. He took his own life…even after winning a Pulitzer Prize for one of his photos.
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In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, a Russian peasant boy was dutifully taught the Word of God by his parents and fellow villagers. They labored diligently, hoping the Scriptures would shape his life, not knowing that the boy would one day become Premier of the Soviet Republic.
Sadly, the adult life of that young boy – named Nikita Khrushchev – didn’t reflect the truth of the Scriptures by which he was raised.
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On a cold night in 1986, just off the coast of southern Russia in the Black Sea, two ships were supposed to harmlessly pass each other in the night. They didn’t, and the loss of human life was great.
But what makes this tragedy unthinkable is discovering what both captains knew ahead of time.
During training exercises, a young lieutenant was driving his jeep down a muddy back road when he saw another jeep stuck helplessly in the mud, with a highly irritated colonel sitting behind the wheel.
Hoping to help his commanding officer, the lieutenant wheeled up to the colonel and asked, “Your jeep stuck, sir?”
There’s a lot of difference between saying you believe something, and actually basing your life on that belief. Famed author and communicator Ken Davis claims to have developed a unique way of testing the difference between the two.