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Illustrations

  • Vacation, Rest

    J. Michael Shannon
    According to the book Work to Live,if you live in the following nations, a certain num­ber of vacation days are mandated by law: Spain: 30 France: 30 Ireland: 28 Japan: 25 Belgium: 24 Norway: 21 United Kingdom: 20 Germany: 18 Canada: 10 United States: 0
  • Self-esteem

    J. Michael Shannon
    According to a recent “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” column, a man named Nicael Holt of Australia sold himself for $5,875...
  • Promises

    J. Michael Shannon
    Promises In the latter days of the Vietnam War, an American Colonel named Earl Woods made a promise...
  • Priorities

    J. Michael Shannon
    In Reed, North Carolina, you will find the Reed gold mine. It was first excavated in 1799 when Conrad Reed discovered a strange rock on the Reed farm...
  • Marriage, Family

    J. Michael Shannon
    In a recent survey reported by the media, the Pew Research Center surveyed 2,020 adults concerning their views of marriage and childbearing.
  • Communion

    J. Michael Shannon
    In the heart of Quebec City is a church called Our Lady of the Victories. It was built to commemorate two victories won by the French over the British in 1690 and 1711...
  • Christian Life, Accountability

    J. Michael Shannon
    As a young seminarian at Princeton Theological Seminary in supervised clinical work at Trenton State Hospital, a psychiatric institution in New Jersey, each Monday I was given a list of patients whom I was to visit...
  • Caring, Salvation

    J. Michael Shannon
    Maurice Stokes was voted into the basket­ball Hall of Fame in 2004, 30 years after his death. Stokes’ promising career was cut short when he was paralyzed during the final game of the 1958 season...
  • Worship

    J. Michael Shannon
    An older lady, who had no affinity for con­temporary worship, was complaining about a particular song used in the worship service at her church...
  • Parenting

    Murphy's Laws of Parenting
  • Love

    n the delightful movie Monsters Inc., an entire society of monsters finds their fuel source in the energy created from children's frightened screams.
  • Love

    Fox News reported on July 31, 2002 that a new drink is gaining wide-spread popularity.
  • Lord's Supper

    The Trojan War was over, and Ulysses was on his way home about to leave the enchanted island where Calypso lived.
  • Lord's Supper

    In World War I, in a British section of the Western Front, just a few miles back from the front lines, was a hut named Talbot House. It was a meeting place for men going up to the trenches and men coming back. In the loft above they served Communion--truly an upper room and literally a last supper for many men.
  • Loneliness

    Kathy Ireland is probably best known as one of America's top super models.
  • Leadership

    Coach Vince Lombardi once observed, "One must not hesitate to innovate and change with the times and the varying formations. The leader who stands still is not progressing, and he will not remain a leader for long."
  • Joy

    Happy people live longer. That is the conclusion of Marilyn Elias writing in USA Today.
  • Jesus

    Robberies are not unusual, but this one is. A sketch by artist Salvador Dali has been stolen from the men's prison at Riker's Island. The sketch is of Jesus Christ on the cross.
  • Jesus

    According to the people at "Ripley's Believe it or Not," the cornerstone of the Washington Monument, which was laid on July 4, 1884, disappeared and has never been found.
  • Jesus

    Mel Gibson, star and director of many an action film, has taken on a new challenge.