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Empty Bullets

In a radio broadcast, Charles Swindoll told a story from the last months of World War II. The British were conducting daily bombing raids over Berlin. The bombers took off from an airstrip in England and flew surrounded by smaller fighter planes whose job it was to keep German fighters from attacking the bombers, which were easy targets.  

One night after a successful bombing raid, as they were heading for the safety of England, the bombers were attacked by a large group of German fighter planes. Somehow, during the dogfight, one bomber found itself flying alone with no protection, and suddenly a German fighter appeared out of nowhere. The crew of the bomber watched as the German plane moved closer and closer, until finally it was in range. They prepared for the worst and watched helplessly as tracer bullets began spitting from the fighter. Bullets whizzed by them, over and under, until Thud! Thud! Thud! Thud! Thud—five bullets slammed into the fuselage of the bomber near the gas tank. The crew braced for the explosion, but nothing happened. They could see fuel pouring from the bullet holes, but there was no explosion. Miraculously, they made it back to their base and got safely off the plane.  

A few hours after they landed, one of the mechanics showed up in the crew's barracks. He had found five bullets inside the fuel tanks, crumpled but not exploded. He handed them to the pilot. The pilot carefully opened the shells and to the crew's amazement found each one empty of explosive. Inside one was a tiny wad of paper. When he unfolded the paper, he found a note. It read, "We are Polish POW's, forced to make bullets in factory. When guards do not look, we do not fill. Is not much, but is best we can do. Please tell family we are alive." The note was signed by four Polish prisoners of war.  I imagine those POWs figured their predicament made no sense, that no good could possibly come out of it. I wonder if they ever knew that their act of service saved lives. God can bring good out of any circumstance, and our smallest acts of service can have far-reaching results.

A Free Second

On December 31, 2005, you were given an extra second of time. "In theory, there should be exactly 86,400 seconds in a day." But "the actual length of a day is 86,400.002 seconds." That's not mu... [Read More]

Reference: John Faherty, "A Stolen Moment Is Coming," The Arizona Republic (12-31-05)

Seen from Above

In southern Peru a series of long strange lines, known as the Nazca Lines, have been carved into the earth. The ancient Nazca Civilization, which flourished from 200 BC to AD 600), made them by sweeping aside dark... [Read More]

Reference: "Nazca Lines" and "Nazca,"; Timothy George, "Big Picture Faith," Christianity Today (10-23-00), from "Bible's Big Picture," 

God’s Plan vs. Our Plan

My neighbor told me about an interesting day he had early in his Christian life. He woke up one morning excited about a worship concert he was going to attend that night, praying, "Lord, use me today," and v... [Read More]

Reference: William Ray, Knowing God through Prayer—the Plan Jesus Gave (Ambassador International, 2008), pp. 60-61

Unusual Vacation Destinations

Are you looking for an unusual vacation destination this summer? Real Simple magazine has some ideas:

  • The Baked Bean Museum of Excellence in Port Talbot, South Wales.
  • The Museum of Bad Art in Dedham,... [Read More]

    Reference: "Unusual vacation destinations" - from K-Love, Scott and Kelli page

  • Master Chef

    A prop illustration.

    Required elements: a baked product, and the individual ingredients in the recipe

    Here on this table are some slices of homemade white bread. Delicious! Especially with a healthy do... [Read More]

    The Bank of Italy

    In the early 1900s, an Italian immigrant in San Francisco—A.P. Giannini—knew that other Italian immigrants regularly saved money, even out of small incomes, and that they were reliable in repaying loans. S... [Read More]

    Reference: Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (Basic Books, 2007), p. 107