“John is a sales executive who travels frequently on business,” writes blogger and family therapist, Abe Kass, “On one recent trip, he met an attractive woman in the hotel bar where he was staying. One thing led to another, and the two wound up having a one-night stand.”
“When John returned home and spoke about the incident with his therapist, John denied that the fling amounted to infidelity. ‘One night stands don’t count,’ John maintained. And he genuinely believed it.”
“Does this scenario sound absurd?” asks Abe. Continue reading
Did you know that today is the birthday of the universe? Well, I didn’t either until I was reading “On This Day in History.”
In the 17th century a German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, claimed that the universe was born on April 27th, 4977 B.C. Kepler is considered a founder of modern science. He’s best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets. He was also a contemporary of the Italian astronomer, Galileo. Continue reading
John 3:16, one of the most famous and widely quoted verses in the New Testament, is in the headlines again.
Former NFL New England Patriots star, Aaron Hernandez, apparently wrote “John 3:16″ across his forehead before he reportedly hanged himself in his prison cell. A Bible in the cell lay open to the same verse. Continue reading
My Franklin planner has this inspirational quote for today by Albert Einstein. “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
This thought raises the question, “What really counts in life?”
This question has been answered in different ways by many people. Continue reading
One morning R. C. Chapman, the 19th century British evangelist, was asked how he was feeling. “I’m burdened this morning!” was his reply.
But his happy countenance contradicted his words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, “Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?” Continue reading
There’s a familiar story about a farmer who invited the new preacher to his home for Sunday dinner.
Before the meal, the farmer showed the preacher around his property. It was expansive, modern and very impressive. The preacher irritated the farmer a little because he kept saying, “The Lord has an impressive crop there!” “The Lord sure has blessed you with a beautiful lake there.” “I see The Lord has an outstanding herd of cattle in that pasture.” “That’s a spacious barn the Lord has there.” Continue reading
Last week while returning home alone from Lafayette, Louisiana (Yes, I left Norma Jean to enjoy our new granddaughter), I was listening to music, reading road signs and generally anything to stay mentally alert.
Somewhere along I-20, I noticed this billboard with a great message.
Steve Shepherd, a Missouri preacher, tells a story about the time the French novelist, Honore de Balzac, was awakened by an intruder.
Balzac lived in a single room apartment. So the thief was trying to avoid waking Balzac as he quietly picked the lock on the writer’s desk. Suddenly the silence was broken by a sarcastic laugh from the bed, where Balzac lay watching the thief.
The startled thief asked, “Why do you laugh?” Continue reading
It was Benjamin Franklin who is credited with the often repeated quip, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Today is tax day in the United States. Due to the 15th falling on Saturday and Monday being Emancipation Day, the tax deadline was extended until April 18th this year.
According to statistics about 25 percent of Americans wait until the last week to file. Another 17 million will file an extension. And about 99 percent will complain about taxes. Continue reading
Today is a holiday in Washington, D. C. Public schools and local government offices are closed. It’s Emancipation Day.
Since 2005 it’s been a public holiday to mark the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in D. C. . The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation liberating slaves in the South. Continue reading