Growing Up In Darkness

In Maputo, Mozambique, many unfortunate children call the streets their home.  Having been abandoned by their families, they are forced to grow up, seek shelter, and hide in the dark, wet, and perilous parts of the city. You will find these poor children in the shadowy crevices of bridges and abandoned buildings. Perhaps most tragic…

Neglecting The Mirror

A gray-haired old lady was a longtime member of her community and church. After services one Sunday morning, she shook hands with the minister. “That was a wonderful sermon,” she told him, “Just wonderful. Everything you said applies to someone I know” (Bits & Pieces, November, 1989, p. 19). At times we have developed the bad…

God Is Still Good

Lately, our world has been filled with bad news, But even in the midst of trouble, God is still good. Chaos and confusion has been swirling, But the Lord is still the God of peace (1 Cor. 14:33) Even when so many have been filled with hate, Our Maker is still the Lord of love…

The Bystander Effect

A tragic situation unfolded on the streets of Queens, New York on March 13, 1964.  As she was returning home from work, Kitty Genovese was brutally stabbed outside her apartment building. Many neighbors heard her screaming out in a panic, but only one man shouted out his window, “Let that girl alone.”  That was all…

The Buff-Tip Moth

It’s one thing for an animal to blend into its background. Many animals can do this. It’s a completely different level for an animal to perfectly mimic some object in its environment. Enter the Buff-tip moth. No, that isn’t a broken stick laying on top of some branch. That is a Buff-tip moth that landed…

The Claw Machine Game

There sits what could quite possibly be the softest, cutest, and most lovable stuffed animal ever to exist.  You insert a couple of shiny quarters and the exciting 20-seconds countdown begins. The claw begins to move at your command. You check your angle on the prize from the front, then from each side. You meticulously…

Children At Heart

Pat Roberts is a former U.S. Senator and former Marine captain.  Behind the dry, stoic demeanor, Pat Roberts seems to have a softer, childish side.  Several years ago, he was in the middle of an (*cough cough*) extremely exciting and invigorating Senate Finance Committee hearing on U.S. tariff policy.  As this riveting discussion was taking…

The Fallstreak Hole

The older we become the more amazing things we get to see. We’ve stood in awe of waterfalls, mountains, and canyons. We’ve trembled before tornados, tsunamis, and volcanoes. With the accessibility of social media, it can feel like we’ve pretty much seen it all, and then God shows us something new and incredible. The rare…

A Hurricane is Coming

“A man who lived on Long Island was able one day to satisfy a lifelong ambition by purchasing for himself a very fine barometer. When the instrument arrived at his home, he was extremely disappointed to find that the indicating needle appeared to be stuck, pointing to the sector marked ‘HURRICANE.’  After shaking the barometer…

Pulling On Both Oars

“An old Scotsman operated a little rowboat where he transported passengers. One day a passenger noticed that the old man had words carved on each oar. On one was the word ‘Faith,’ and on the other, the word ‘Works.’ Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man happily replied, ‘I’ll show…

Are We Who We Say We Are?

“Paul Gustave Doré, a renowned artist, lost his passport while traveling in Europe.  When he came to a border crossing, he explained his predicament to one of the guards.  Giving his name to the official, Doré hoped he would be recognized and allowed to pass.  The guard, however, said that many people attempted to cross…