Missing People

For over half a century, it was considered one of the great unsolved mysteries in South America. On April 3, 1961 a professional soccer team had just finished a match and was flying back home to Santiago. The team was split up between two aircrafts; one made it back, the other went missing. For weeks…

Shortcuts

“The class of noisy boys in a German primary school was being punished by their teacher. They were assigned the problem of adding together all the numbers from 1 to 100. The boys settled down, scribbling busily on their slates — all but one. This boy looked off into space for a few moments, then…

Scary Good Camouflage

We all know animals use camouflage to their advantage, but sometimes it’s amazing to see just how perfectly they blend in. Take a look at the picture above and see if you can spot the hiding snow leopard. It took me a while before I finally spotted it (Check below for the answer). It’s awesome…

29,635 Teddy Bears

The Calgary Hitmen, a team with the Canadian major junior ice hockey league, have what is probably one of the coolest hockey traditions.  Every year in December they play a game where they have a “Teddy toss.”  When the Hitmen score their first goal, everyone in the stadium begins throwing teddy bears on the ice. …

Where Is God?

A little boy named Doug was having one of those unique childlike discussions with his Mom. He asked, “Mom, is God in the moon?” She did her best to explain that God is everywhere. “Is he in my tummy?” Doug asked. “Well, sort of,” his mom responded, not sure where these questions were leading. Doug…

The, Not So Secret, Buried Treasure

In the 1800s, a legendary treasure hunt began. Three documents foretold of the secret location of Thomas J. Beale’s buried riches, a treasure overflowing with gold, silver, and jewels. But the location remained hidden because the words were written in a mysterious code. For the last 200 years, people have searched and analyzed these papers…

Underrated Value

In 1884, a young man died.  After the funeral, his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him, so they met with Charles Elliot, the president of Harvard University at that time. Eliot received the couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial,…

Out of Touch

Shortly after the 1912 presidential election, Woodrow Wilson visited his aged aunt whom he hadn’t seen for a long time. “What are you doing these days, Woodrow?” she asked.  “I’ve just been elected president,” replied Wilson. “Oh, yes? President of what?” inquired the aunt. “Of the United States.” “Don’t be silly!” she snorted impatiently. While…

Hope

“One night at dinner, a man fascinated his friends by telling of his experiences in a little town called Flagstaff, Maine, a place where he spent many summers. The town was scheduled to be flooded as part of a large lake that was being built. In the months before it was to be flooded, all…

The Love of God

The incredible love of God, Who can truly comprehend? For this love has incredible breadth (Ephesians 3:18). To all mankind this love He did send (John 3:16). His love has great length (Ephesians 3:18), Throughout all eternity it has spanned (Ephesians 1:4). God’s love is one of awesome height (Ephesians 3:18), Allowing lowly people to…

Spiritual Packing List

We all hate the “I know I’m forgetting something” feeling.  Yet the thought comes creeping back into our minds during most trips. This is where a packing list comes in handy. Since “this world is not our home, we are just passing through,” let’s make sure we are properly prepared for our journey to heaven. For…

The Bad Samaritan

I was standing there in the parking lot with my truck hood up and jumper cables in my hands. My car battery was dead. To anyone willing to take a moment to notice, I needed a bit of help. Just then a truck pulled up a few spots back and a guy about my age…

Happiness Isn’t Always Sunny

In northern Chile, there is a narrow strip of land with majestic views.  It lies between the Andes Mountain and the Pacific Ocean. The weather is almost always perfectly sunny. Morning after morning displays a beautiful sunny day to illuminate the towering mountains. Evenings often display incredible sunsets. Even though storms can be seen out…

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…