How Smart Are We?

If we take a step back, it’s easy to see we have become incredibly knowledgeable over the years. If we displayed just how smart we have become on a graph, perhaps it would look something like this. Up to 1845 = 1 inch. 1845 to 1945 = 3 inches. 1945 to 1976 = the height…

The Bible Used As A Bookmark

Over the summer, I served as a counselor at our local church camp. At the end of the week, I did the usual final clean-up and pack-up. I took out the trash, vacuumed the floors, and checked all the nooks and crannies for left-behind items. As I checked under the bed I found something odd…

Handling the Pressure

(William Beebe (pictured left) and Frederick Otis Barton, Jr. standing next to the bathysphere) For ages, people have wondered what was on the ocean floor.  On August 15, 1934, Otis Barton and William Beebe came closer than ever before. On that day, they descended to a depth of 3,028 feet into the dark ocean, a…

The Damaged Wing

Movies featuring plane problems and crashes have struck fear into many hearts. As a result, some dread looking out the window in fear of noticing a problem with the plane. Years ago, a passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and noticed that a chunk was missing from the wing! Even worse…

The Golden Box

A Chinese legend tells of some cultured gentlemen who often met to exchange wisdom and drink tea.  Each host tried to impress the guests with the finest and most costly teas.  When it came time for the most esteemed and respected one of the group to entertain, he served what appeared to be a truly…

The Name of Jesus

Jesus–Oh what a name! There is none other who has such fame. This is more than just a title we speak. His name is the epitome of the word, unique. Throughout history, no one so wonderful can we find. He is truly one-of-a-kind. Because of Him God’s beautiful love was revealed (Acts 2:38). In His…

Messages In Bathroom Stalls

Have you ever read the messages inside the bathroom stalls? They can be, well, interesting to say the least. You could come across everything from jokes and philosophical statements to gang signs and crude remarks. If you have ever had the joyful experience of sitting in a murky, run-down gas station stall, you may have…

Tattooed Jesus

It’s a typical day.  You’re just driving down the highway, listening to the radio, thinking about the events of the day. There’s the normal traffic and people rushing to get to their destinations. Then, a particular billboard catches your eye. It depicts a familiar person, Jesus. This Jesus, however, has tattoos all over His body.…

The Missing Person

Several years ago on New Year’s Day, 20-year-old Nicholas Simmons went missing. His family did everything they could to find their son, including contacting the police and starting a Facebook page. Unfortunately, since Nick had left his wallet and cell phone at home, no one could find him. For days they diligently searched for him,…

The Fake Walmart Employee

The 17-year-old kid certainly looked like a Walmart employee. He had all the correct attire and even knew how the corporation worked, especially since he was an employee at one point. He began traveling from store to store posing as “a manager from another branch.” The real Walmart employees bought his story. This teen guy…

The Tour de France Crash

Maybe she was looking for her “10 seconds of fame.” Or perhaps she just really wanted to say “Hi” to her grandma and grandpa, as her sign indicated. Whatever the intentions, during this year’s Tour de France, this woman caused “one of the worst crashes in Tour de France History” (DailyMail.co.uk). As the riders approached…

Callous

There is an old adage, “If you live in a graveyard too long, you will stop crying when someone dies.” The idea behind this saying is less about someone literally living in a graveyard and more about how we can become desensitized. This is why funeral directors don’t typically become emotional during memorial services. Death…

When Oranges Are Better Than Wealth

When the Titanic went down in 1912, eleven millionaires went down with it. They had an estimated $200,000,000 in wealth. On this night, their money would become worthless to them. Major A. H. Peuchen was also a very wealthy man. In fact, in his room on the Titanic, he was storing an estimated $300,000 worth…