Place to Stand
Greek Archimedes (287 BC – 212 BC) was the greatest
mathematician of his day.
His contributions in geometry revolutionized
the subject, and his methods anticipated the integral
calculus 2,000 years before Sir Isaac Newton.
He was a thoroughly practical man who also
invented a wide variety of machines.
He invented a Screw Pump revolving within a fixed cylinder for removing water from the hold of a large ship - an early prototype of the pump, the design of which is still used in various applications today.
Once Archimedes uncovered a fraud against King Hieron II of Syracuse using his principle of buoyancy. The king suspected that a solid gold crown he ordered was partly made of silver. Archimedes first took two equal weights of gold and silver and compared their weights when immersed in water. Next he compared the weights of the crown and a pure silver crown of identical dimensions when each was immersed in water. The difference between these two comparisons revealed that the crown was not solid gold.
During the Roman siege of Syracuse, he is said to have single-handedly defended the city by constructing large lenses to focus the sun's light on approaching Roman ships - catching their sails on fire and burning them. He also invented huge cranes and a pulley system. The long booms would reach out into the harbor and "snag" enemy ships then turn them upside down. Quite a remarkable fellow indeed!
was once quoted as saying; "Give me a lever
long enough and a place to stand and I will move the
God has given US a place to stand.
“For NO other foundation can anyone
lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1
We take our stand on this solid foundation when
we obey Christ (Matthew 7:24-25): believing and trusting Him (Acts 16:30-31), repenting
of our sins (Acts 17:30-31), confessing
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized
(immersed) in His name for the forgiveness of our sins
(Acts 2:38). If
we continue to stand fast on this Rock through our
faithful obedience, we will never be moved (Psalm
from THIS foundation – the solid bedrock truth of
God’s Word – and with the lever of the Gospel
message, you and I can move the world for Christ.
has given US a place to stand
– a place where we shall NEVER be moved!
standing on that firm foundation?
God bless you!
A. Sargent / M.
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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