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The Shepherd

In his book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, real-life shepherd Phillip Keller says that just as chickens have a "pecking order," and cattle a "horning order," sheep have a "butting order." Usually it's a dominant... [Read More]
Reference: Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (Zondervan, 1970), pp. 39-40

Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz is the creator of the world-famous Peanuts comic strip, featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and others. Schulz drew all 18,000 Peanuts strips, which eventually appeared in over 2,... [Read More]
Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Schulz, Charles Monroe," pp. 187-188

Grandmother's Bible

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

Speaking Their Language

Hollywood knows itís important to speak the customerís language. Thatís why, when releasing movies to foreign audiences, it often tweaks the title.

For example, Grease was released as Vaseline in Argentina, a... [Read More]
Reference: Chris Hawley, ďHollywood gets lost in translation,Ē USA Today (8/1/08)


Levi Strauss came to America in 1847.

In 1853 he opened a wholesale business in San Francisco and began making sturdy work pants for miners.

In 1872 a key event occurred. A Nevada tailor wrote him sugges... [Read More]
Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Strauss, Levi"

It's Easier to Tell the Truth

A 2004 Temple University School of Medicine study found that lying takes more brain energy than telling the truth.

Participants were divided into two groups. Those in the first group were told to shoot a toy gun... [Read More]
Reference: Reuters, "Lying Makes Brain Work Harder,", 11/29/04

That Will Never Work

Itís easy to be a naysayer, but...

  • It was said in 1840 that anyone traveling at the speed of 30 miles per hour would surely suffocate.
  • It was said in 1878 that "electric lights are unworthy of any serious co... [Read More]
    Reference: Mike Napier, "That will never work," Baptist Messenger (February 02)
  • God Looks Ahead

    Bible scholar Warren Wiersbe: "The word 'providence' comes from two Latin words: pro, meaning 'before,' and video, meaning 'to see.'"

    God's providence means that He sees before whatís going to... [Read More]
    Reference: The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament, Volume 2, Warren Wiersbe, p. 97

    The Needless Battle

    The Battle of New Orleans, from the War of 1812, has been called "the needless battle." That's because the war was already over by the time it was fought. A peace treaty between the Americans and British had been sig... [Read More]
    Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "War of 1812," pp. 31, 33

    School Prayer

    In 1962, the Supreme Courtís Engel vs. Vitale decision ruled school-sanctioned prayer unconstitutional. The specific prayer that came before them, from the New York public schools, read: "Almighty God, we acknowledge ... [Read More]
    Reference: "What Happened When the Praying Stopped,"