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…

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…