And Alexander Wept...

An Old Legend

According to the ancient writer Plutarch, “When Alexander heard from Anaxarchus of the infinite number of worlds, he wept, and when his friends asked him what was the matter, he replied, ‘Is it not a matter for tears that, when the number of worlds is infinite, I have not conquered one?’” (Life of Alexander). This quotation describes an interesting attitude in a man who had conquered much of the known world at a young age. His weeping betrayed a glimpse of reality that not even Alexander likely truly appreciated.

True Bravery

Heroic Stories

A common theme of history, and of the great stories which have been passed down through generations, centers on heroes and their exploits. These heroes accomplish great deeds and exhibit the quality of great bravery. This bravery is often seen in the face of dangerous enemies or even great beasts, commonly a choice to face impossible odds and to turn aside from the temptation of fear.

A Leap of Faith

A Foolish Term

Over the last few hundred years, a term has become common within “religious studies” describing faith: The Leap of Faith. This idea describes faith in God as being a passive act, without proof or knowledge, required by man in order to receive the blessings of God. This leap is simply that – a jump into the spiritually “unknown”, trusting that God will take care of the rest. While the concept of grace involves receiving an unearned gift, and a trust in God through obedience to grant that gift, the idea of a leap of faith is Biblically incorrect.

Setting Your Sights

Adjusting Sights

Anyone who is familiar with hunting or target shooting with weapons such as rifles or pistols knows the importance of having the weapon’s sights set properly. It is not enough to simply aim the weapon at the target, but also necessary to make sure the sights which are used to aim are properly adjusted. By making those minute adjustments, it becomes possible that when you place the reticle of scope or the point of the sights over the bulls-eye, it is exactly where the shot will end up. Learning to set one’s sights can make one a better marksman, but the principle can also be applied to our everyday lives.

Jesus Knows Man

Jesus Knows All About Man

“But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man” John 2:24, 25 (NASU).

It is easy to understand the idea of Jesus “knowing” man in terms of man’s condition or experience, as He was indeed God in the flesh (1:14). However, this knowledge is more than what it is to be a man, but knowledge of His fellow man.