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”…

Loopholes Into Heaven

Just before the death of actor W.C. Fields, a friend visited Fields in his hospital room and was surprised to find him thumbing through a Bible. After being asked what he was doing with a Bible, Fields replied, “I’m looking for loopholes.” Fields wasn’t the first to look for loopholes in the Bible, nor the…

A Fresh Start

An author once stated, “I wish there were some wonderful place called ‘the Land of Beginning Again,’ where all of our past mistakes and heartaches, and all of our poor selfish grief, could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door and never be put on again” (Louisa Tarkington, Putting Your Past Behind You,…

More Beyond

Before the days of Christopher Columbus, much of the world had developed the motto, “No More Beyond.” People thought they had reached the outer limits of the earth and there was nothing beyond what they had discovered. Then came Columbus. To honor his great achievements, there is a statue standing in Valladolid, Spain where Columbus…

Treasure In The Ashes

California’s forests have been severely devastated by the forest fires lately. In a week’s time, they have scorched nearly 160,000 acres and displaced 190,000 people. As we speak, 5,700 firefighters are diligently working to contain the damage. Unfortunately, dry air and strong winds are making this especially difficult. However, even in the midst of all…

How To Live A Truly Fulfilling Life

They conquered lands. They ruled nations. They accomplished feats no other did. And yet, in the end, every one of them was disappointed. Consider the following: Alexander the Great conquered Persia, but broke down and wept because his troops were too exhausted to push on to India. Hugo Grotius, the father of modern international law,…

Home

My family is in full transition mode. We recently sold our house and will be into our house in about a month. Over time, it’s been interesting getting my wife’s perspective. For several good reasons, she has never really felt like our current house was our “home.” Maybe it’s because of all of the soiled…

The Final Shot

It’s already being hailed as one of the greatest NCAA championship games, and for good reason. The game was close throughout. Both teams were switching on and off with the lead. At the end of the half, Villanova was down by 5. Within a few minutes in the second half, Villanova took the lead and…

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…

Peace, Perfect Peace

I gaze out at the soft and stillness before me. A pure white blanket stretches as far as I can see. I am comforted by the crackling of the fire, And the melodic tunes of Mozart delight my ears. New snowflakes come to rest upon the others, Each unique on their own and breathtaking together.…

Most Dangerous Cities In America

No matter where you live, if you’ve been there for any significant length of time, then you tend to know where the “rough” parts of town are. However, some cities are more dangerous than most. Forbes recently released the most dangerous cities in America, and here are the ones that made the list: Detroit, MI.…

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…

2,000

On Sunday I had the opportunity to worship in a unique way. Nearly 2,000 Christians gathered to worship the Lord at Polishing the Pulpit in Tennessee. As I praised the Lord together with everyone, I realized what an incredible honor this was. I was privileged enough to… …worship with 2,000 brothers and sisters in Christ.…

The Inevitable Punishment

I disobeyed my parents plenty of times growing up.  Of all the times I got in trouble, there were certain words I never wanted to hear.  Those words were, “Just wait until your father gets home.”  After hearing these words, my imagination ran wild.  I now had hours and hours to think about how bad…