The (Very) Expired License Plates

A police officer pulled over a Louisiana driver. He had expired plates. We’re not talking by a couple of months. We’re not even talking about a couple of years. These were plates that had expired back in 1997! When questioned about these very expired plates, the driver responded, “Sorry, officer. I’ve been busy lately and…

Off Key

Before becoming a famous landscape photographer, Ansel Adams displayed real talent on the piano.  At an esteemed party, Adams began playing Chopin’s F Major Nocturne. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t seem to get himself on key.  He said, “In some strange way my right had started off in F-sharp major while my left had behaved well in…

What Would Your T-Shirt Say?

Jessica Rocha was very frustrated with her children’s behavior. They were stealing and bullying at school.  Jessica had tried a variety of punishments including grounding, taking away sports, toys, and privileges, but nothing seemed to be working. In her continued struggle to correct her children, she decided to make a t-shirt describing the child’s actions.…

The Debt

Albert Brigas is a good employee. He’s hardworking. He’s reliable. He’s been known to show up on days when he is sick. He’s shown himself to be a person of skill and determination. But at 69, this Vietnam veteran has been longing for retirement. He planned to work until he could pay off his mortgage…

Concussions

Over the last several years, this has been an almost constant discussion in sports, particularly in football. The more we learn about the brain, the more concerning we realize concussions are. If a person breaks an arm, pulls a muscle, or tears a ligament, it can be bad, but it is nowhere near as serious…

The Front Pew

It can be scary. It can be intimidating. It can seem like a mile’s walk away. That first step can be one of the most difficult. And so when someone makes this decision, it thrills me to no end to see what took place this past Sunday. After an extremely timely lesson on procrastination by…

Beneath The Surface

The Costa Concordia, an Italian cruise ship, was serving dinner to its guests. The cruise had been going perfectly. Then, disaster struck. There was a crash and the ship began taking on water. Before long the enormous ship tipped over onto its side placing everyone in mortal danger. The next few hours were filled with…

A Sack of Potatoes

A Bible class teacher once asked her students to bring a clear trash bag and a sack of potatoes next week. At that class, she had each student take out a potato and write down some of the following on each potato: 1) A past situation where they were wronged but that still upsets them.…

Raining Cats & Dogs

Most of us are familiar with the phrase, “It’s raining cats and dogs,” but what about “it’s raining fish and frogs”?  Apparently, there have been several occasions when fish and frogs have literally rained down from the sky (Weather Bug).  Fish and frogs haven’t been the only odd things to fall out of the sky. …