Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch artist who lived in the 17th century. One of his most famous paintings is the Raising of the Cross, which he completed for Prince Frederick Henry. The painting, now housed in a museum in Münich Germany, is a sobering portrayal of the cross being lifted up as Jesus hangs on it.
As the Roman soldiers are lifting up the cross, there is another figure helping. If you look closely, you will see a man at Jesus’ feet wearing a blue painter’s beret. He is obviously not a character from the first century. So who is it? Continue reading
A young lady once consulted with her preacher. “I cannot stick it out any longer. I’m the only Christian where I work. I get nothing but taunts and sneers. It’s more than I can stand. I’m quitting.”
” “Will you tell me,” asked the minister, “where lights are placed?”
“What has that to do with it?” she reacted rather bluntly. Continue reading
I’m not sure of the accuracy of this story, but Alan Smith in his excellent “Thought for the Day” tells it for the truth!
Mensa is an organization whose members have an IQ of 140 or higher. A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members lunched at a local cafe. While dining, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper and their pepper-shaker was full of salt. How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling, and using only the implements at hand? Clearly this was a job for Mensa! The group debated and presented ideas, and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution. Continue reading
A young man was in love with the farmer’s daughter. When he went to her father to “ask for her hand” in marriage, the farmer looked him up and down, then replied. “Sure, son, on one condition.”
“Go stand out in the middle of that field. I’m going to relese three bulls, one at a time. If you can grab the tail of one of the three, you can marry my daughter.” Continue reading
This year is the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color-barrier to become the first African-American to play Major league baseball. The release of the move “42″ and other MLB events have paid tribute to Robinson’s achievements.
His first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers was brutal. Jackie faced hatred nearly everywhere he traveled. Pitchers threw fastballs at his head. Runners spiked him on the bases. Ugly insults were hurled from the stands. And opposing dugouts. Even the home crowds in Brooklyn taunted him at times. Continue reading
I’ve never been to Rio de Janeiro. But I’ve seen the picture. You know the one. It’s the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue that overlooks the city.
It’s 130 feet high. The wingspan is 63 feet. And the head is 9 feet tall! Those who’ve seen it in person marvel at its majesty. Author Max Lucado says the first time he saw the magnificent Cristo Redenter two things caught his eye through the telephoto lens of his camera. Continue reading
Tonight the San Antonio Spurs play the Miami Heat in the final game for the NBA Championship. The series should have finished Tuesday night. But the Spurs didn’t finish!
The Spurs were in control with a 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter. And with 28 seconds to play they were up five points. Security guards were lining the floor. Yellow tape was being stretched around the court to keep the crowd from coming onto the floor. The victory platform was ready to be rolled out on the court. In 28 seconds the Spurs would celebrate their fifth championship. But something happened on the way to the victory stand. Continue reading
“My story is really very simple,”, says Ryan Hreljac. “One day in January 1998, I was sitting in my Grade One classroom. My teacher, Mrs. Prest, explained that people were sick and some were even dying because they didn’t have clean water. She told us that some people walked for hours in Africa and sometimes it was just to get dirty water.”
“All I had to do was take 10 steps from my classroom to get to the drinking fountain and I had clean water. Before that day in school, I figured everyone lived like me. When I found out this wasn’t the case, I decided I had to do something about it.” Continue reading
“Sundays are usually the only time subway’s are peaceful. But this particular morning in the midst of a quiet time of reading and relaxing the peace scene was shattered when a father with two boisterous children burst in the car. They were loud, obnoxious, and totally out of control as they raced around the car even grabbing people’s newspapers”
If you were on the subway, what would you think? How would you feel toward the father? What would you say? Well, it happened to Stephen Covey author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In the book he describes his irritation. Continue reading