Category Archives: Tested

Turning up the heat

The Bible talks about God ‘Sitting as a refiner and purifier of silver.’ A group of women, trying to understand the implications of this visited a silversmith to watch him work. They watched him hold a piece of silver over … Continue reading

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White-knuckle sailing

For me, one of life’s great pleasures is sailing, and I always hope for a steady ten to fifteen knot wind. Five to ten knots of wind is pleasant, less than five knots is boring; but the one thing I … Continue reading

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Afflictions v Affections

Malcolm Muggeridge, just before his death, said: ‘Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I … Continue reading

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Handling pressure

In the depths of the ocean there are two ways of handling the enormous water pressure that would crush a normal submarine. One is that of the bathysphere whose hull is made of steel plate several inches thick. It keeps … Continue reading

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All sunlight makes a desert

There’s an old Arab proverb that says: ‘All sunlight makes a desert.’ Most of us love the sunshine and find more than a day of rain and overcast skies quite depressing. But when the rain doesn’t come, the sunshine becomes … Continue reading

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Tempted, Tried and Tested

During the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, an elaborate trestle bridge was built across a large canyon in the Rockie Mountains. Wanting to test the bridge, the chief engineer loaded a train with enough extra cars and equipment to … Continue reading

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