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Arctic Seed Vault

Norway has opened a "doomsday" seed vault in the Arctic. The vault, dug deep in the permafrost of a remote mountain, is located in Svalbard, an archipelago 620 miles from the North Pole. The purpose of the frozen vault is to protect samples of the world's seeds from global disasters, natural or manmade. It can store up to 4.5 million seed samples. It's a backup to the world's other 1,400 seed banks. 

The world has the wisdom to guard natural seeds, knowing that life springs from them. In the same way, we should guard the spiritual seed of the Word of God, for it is the source of spiritual life. "The farmer sows the word" (Mark 4:14).

Reference: Associated Press, "Arctic vault to save world's seeds," The Arizona Republic (2-26-08)

Ask an Expert

Some years ago, a man was riding along in his Ford when the thing broke down. He looked at the engine, but couldn't see what was wrong. He flagged down another car—a big Lincoln—and asked for help. Out of the Linc... [Read More]

The Bible in the Early Church

Justin Martyr, writing in the middle of the second century, provides the earliest extra-Biblical description of an early Christian worship service. Notice the central place both the Old and New Testament Scriptures he... [Read More]

Reference: Bruce L. Shelley, Church History in Plain Language (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995), p. 61

The Caiaphas Ossuary

One of the many archeological finds supporting the accuracy of the Biblical record was the discovery of the "Caiaphas Ossuary."  Ossuary is a fancy name for a bone box, where the bones of dead people were ke... [Read More]

Reference: Walter C. Kaiser Jr., "How Has Archaeology Corroborated the Bible?" The Apologetics Study Bible (Holman Bible Publishers, 2007), p. 1149

Divine Protection

In 1999 Guideposts magazine told the story of Mavis Gustafson Pigford, who stopped by the Gideons table at the Iowa State Fair. A young man there picked up one of the display Bibles and said, "I'm not suppos... [Read More]

Reference: The Best of Guideposts (Ideals Publications, 2005), pp. 256-257

Eating to Win

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, winner of the most gold medals in Olympic history, has a champion-sized diet as well. He consumes 12,000 calories a day, compared to 2000 a day for the average 23-year-old man... [Read More]

Reference: Clemente Lisi, "Phelps' Pig Secret: He's Boy Gorge," (8-13-08).

The Most Important Event of the Past 1000 Years

Life magazine published a book listing the most important events of the last 1000 years.  Some of the events you might expect to be there: #2, Columbus's voyage to the New World in 1492; #16, the dropping o... [Read More]

Reference: The Life Millennium: The 100 Most Important Events & People of the Past 1,000 Years (Life Books, 1998)

The Search for Extraterrestrials

The world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope is located at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. It is 1000 feet in diameter, 167 feet deep, and covers an area of about twenty acre. 

Do you know what... [Read More]

Reference:; "SERENDIP," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, (last modified on 26 June 2008)

Translated Bible Changes Tribe

A Wycliffe Bible translator, working in a remote village in Papua New Guinea, translated the opening chapters of Genesis into their native language. When he did, the attitude toward women in that tribe changed overnig... [Read More]

You Can Trust the Bible

One proof that the Bible is God's Word is its amazing unity. Though written over a span of about 1500 years, by about 40 different authors of different backgrounds and locations and languages, it has a unified mes... [Read More]

Reference: The Encyclopedia Britannica, 2002, "Medicine," pp. 775-782

Neo-Nazi Transformed by Scripture

Steven Neil was serving a 40-year prison sentence.  

He was a neo-Nazi. Swastikas, skulls, and occult symbols were tattooed on his arms, the word "skinhead" was tattooed across the knuckles of his fists, ... [Read More]

Reference: Russ Rankin, "Neo-Nazi finds freedom in prison," Facts & Trends (September/October 2008), pp.18-22

How Long Is the Bible?

It will take commitment to read the Bible all the way through. Not only because of the spiritual challenges you’ll face along the way, but because of its length. How long is the Bible compared to other weighty books? ... [Read More]

William C. Ray, Bible Study for Beginners (to be published by For Beginners Publishing LLC)


There was once a version of the Bible known as the Adultery Bible (or Wicked Bible). Why? Because one little word was left out.

Produced in 1632 for King Charles I, the Bible was intended to be a reprinting of the... [Read More]

God's Handwriting

A first-grader, sitting by her mom in church, looked at the open Bible in her mom's lap and asked in a low whisper, "Did God really write that?"

"Yes," Mom whispered back.

The girl looked at the Bible aga... [Read More]

Pointless Signs

Sometimes the advice we get from the world can be somewhat pointless. 

The Road Trip America website shows photos of some of the funny signs you can find across America, some with some pretty pointless advice. For e... [Read More]


The World's Most Influential Book

One reason to study the Bible is that it is the world’s most influential book.

  • There are at least 1,200 Bible quotes in Shakespeare’s works, according to Dr. Leland Ryken, professor of English at Wheaton Colleg... [Read More]

    William C. Ray, Bible Study for Beginners (to be published by For Beginners Publishing LLC)

  • The World’s Most Expensive New Book

    Toward the end of 2008 what was billed as the world’s most expensive new book went on display at the New York Public Library. There are more expensive old books, but this is a new book produced by the Italian publishe... [Read More]

    Reference:, 11-26-08

    What Would Jesus Eat?

    For centuries people wondered what was the reason behind many of the dietary laws God gave the Jews. Modern science has revealed some nutritional benefits in following a kosher diet. Dr. Don Colbert’s book What Wou... [Read More]

    Reference: Don Colbert, M.D., What Would Jesus Eat? (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002)

    The Cure for What Ails You

    One church ran an ad depicting two hands holding the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed. The caption under the picture read: “For fast, fast relief—take two tablets.”... [Read More]

    One Page of Scripture

    The International Bible Society shared the story of a Chinese woman they called Mai Ling (they couldn’t share her real name). She came to a pastors’ training conference in Northern China. During one of the sessions, t... [Read More]

    Reference: International Bible Society

    Reading the Label

    A study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center concluded that many parents don’t understand the instructions on the over-the-counter cold medicines that they buy for their kids.

    Researchers studied 182 parents. ... [Read More]

    Reference: “OTC Medication Labels Can Be Confusing to Parents,” (5-27-09)


    Magic was the codename for the intelligence the Allies received from cracking the secret Japanese codes during World War II. The ability to decipher these codes played an important role in the U.S. victory over Japan.... [Read More]

    Reference: Max Hastings, Retribution (Vintage, 2007), p. 467


    A Patriot’s History of the United States says there were three reasons European explorers set out on their voyages of discovery in the post-Renaissance world: gold, glory, and God. Modern historians tend to de-... [Read More]

    Reference: Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, A Patriot’s History of the United States (Sentinel, 2004), p. 4

    Time Capsules

    Time capsules became popular in the 20th Century, perhaps because the world had never seemed so dangerous and vulnerable before.

    One of the first and most famous was created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. I... [Read More]

    Reference: "Westinghouse Time Capsules,"

    The Thoroughbred

    The Triple Crown is the World Series or Super Bowl of horse racing. It consists of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.

    The horses that run in these races are called thoroughbreds, wh... [Read More]

    Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Horse," p. 345

    Power of the Word

    One Saturday afternoon I was marriage counseling a young couple in their home. It wasn’t going well. My advice was falling on deaf ears. In fact, things had gotten worse since I got there: screaming at each other, wal... [Read More]

    Reference: Pastor Bill Ray, Desert Joy Christian Fellowship

    Grandmother's Bible

    When a Campus Crusade for Christ mission team went to Stavropol, Ukraine, after the breakup of the former Soviet Union—after the Iron Curtain first came down—they ran out of Bibles. One of the residents recalled a tra... [Read More]
    Reference: Campus Crusade for Christ newsletter

    Bible Deflects Bullets

    In late February 2014, a Dayton, Ohio, bus driver stopped his bus because of mechanical difficulties and got out to see what was wrong. Outside his bus, three teens attacked him, shooting and knifing him.

    But the... [Read More]

    Reference: Colin Flaherty, (2/24/14)

    Unchanging Truth

    One evidence of the Bible’s Divine inspiration is that, though written over 1,500 years by various authors in wide-ranging cultures, it tells one unified story of creation, fall, and redemption—one unified story about... [Read More]

    Reference: Susan Wise Bauer, The Story of Science (Norton, 2015), pp. 5-6; James Thomas Flexner, Washington: The Indispensable Man (Back Bay Books, 1974), pp. 399-401

    Bible or Not Quiz

    Let’s test our Bible knowledge. Are the following quotes and statements found in the Bible, or not?

    Bible or Not questions (See below for answers)

    “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop... [Read More]

    Reference: William Ray and Chris Danielson, Bible Sidekick: Study Helps for Believers New and Old (Create Space, 2016)

    God's Love Letter

    Earlier this year Melissa Fahy and her father were renovating her New Jersey home when they found a letter in the gap under the stairs, a letter postmarked May 1945, apparently written by a previous owner of the home.... [Read More]

    Source: Associated Press, “Love Letter Reaches WWII Vet 72 Years Later,” (5/12/2017)