Genie In The Lamp

  “Three men were trapped on a desert island. As the days slowly went by, they dreamed of what it would be like to be back at home with their friends and family, to be back at their jobs doing the things they loved. One day, one of the men found a lamp that contained…

“Amen and A-woman”

According to longstanding tradition, the 117th Congress was opened with a prayer. As Rep. Emanuel Cleaver came to the end of his prayer, he concluded with “Amen and a-woman.” Yes, you read that correctly, “a-woman.” As if, in some way, “amen” was actually a chauvinistic masculine word. Watch It Here. To set the record straight, “amen”…

Money Is The Root Of All…Bacteria?

Alright, maybe money is not the “root” of all bacteria, but it’s certainly infested with it. Researchers from New York University’s Dirty Money Project recently found that our money is unbelievably nasty, finding some 3000 different types of bacteria (CBS News). Some of the nastiness they found on our money included viruses, E. coli, and…

I Need Air!

“There’s a story about a proud young man who came to Socrates asking for knowledge.  He walked up to the philosopher and said, ‘O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.’  Recognizing the flaws in the young man, Socrates led him through the streets, to the sea, and chest-deep into water.  Then he asked, ‘What do you…

God Is In Control

When we are afraid of the future, remember, God is in control (Isaiah 41:10). When the storms of life pour down on us, remember, God is in control (James 1:2-4). When Satan prowls, remember, God is in control (1 Peter 5:8-11). When it seems like temptations are too much to bear, remember, God is in control…

The Little Puff Of Wind

The clouds above squeezed out a raindrop. Below this little droplet set a house at the peak of a mountain. This house wasn’t sitting on just any mountain though. It was sitting at the peak of a mountain on the Great Continental Divide. As all the other droplets hit the roof, they were sent to…

A Crying Mess

Bursting into tears. Weeping. Sobbing. Tears of joy. Crying fit. Crying our eyes out. However we say it, we all do it; some just do it more than others. According to statistics, “Women cry five times as much as men. Women cry 64 times a year as compared to 17 times a year for men”…

Tired of Politics?

I’m just going to say it…I am SICK AND TIRED of politics. My phone blows up daily with, what feels like, about 14,000 political texts about some amendment or candidate. In fact, as I’m sitting down to write this, I just received another text. I’ve received more calls from unknown numbers than ever before. Every…

Trapped

On January 30, 1925, Floyd Collins climbed into a huge system of interconnected caves in Kentucky. He was trying to discover a new entrance into the cave system. Unfortunately, this excursion ended to Collins getting badly trapped. To make matters worse, in his attempt to get free he accidentally knocked over his lamp, smothering his…

World Records

If you’ve ever wanted to set a world record, it’s not as hard as you might imagine.  For example: The largest popcorn sculpture is currently set at 20 feet, 10 inches. The most games of hopscotch played in twenty-four hours is 434. Most apples cut with a samurai sword in one minute is 29. The…

Eyes On You

A story is told about Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire. Through his conquests, he captured a prince and his family. When they came before him, the monarch asked the prisoner, “What will you give me if I release you?” “The half of my wealth,” was his reply. “And if I release your children?”…

Diaper Thieves

I get it. Being the father of four children who have filled diapers with the best of them, I understand the unending, insatiable need for diapers. The thought of stealing diapers, however, is about as petty as it gets. Nevertheless, a few years ago the Diaper Bank of North Carolina had 13,000 diapers stolen. Apparently,…

Dead Man Walking

The coroner checked for Walter Williams’ heartbeat. Nothing. He was soon pronounced dead. The funeral home workers were preparing to embalm him when he suddenly began to move. Walter was very much alive. Walter’s nephew, Eddie Hester, recounted, “I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up. That…

Blank Christians

A couple was driving down the road when they came upon an unusual sight. A blank sign. Even though they recognized the shape of the sign, they were unsure if they should continue. Was there danger ahead? What kind of danger? Was it safe to continue? There were way too many unanswered questions. It left…

Lesson From The Shatter

Over the past few months, our church building has been targeted. We’re unsure who is doing it. Perhaps it’s some person from the surrounding neighborhood. Perhaps it’s just a random person who drives by. It could also just be a teenager from the High School down the street. We’re unsure what the motivation might be.…