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Needless to say…

Needless to say, its been a very busy weekend in Lebanon as well as around much of Middle Tennessee.

Just in case you didn’t see the devastation that occurred on the Lebanon Public Square then check out the video below.  This is the first flood that occurred on Saturday.  The second flood happened late on Sunday and was much worse.

Enjoy….well not really!

It’s back!

I’ve literally received hundreds of emails.

There have been people threatening to take their lives.

Some people have gone into deep depression.

And it’s all because you have been missing “Useless Friday Info”.

It’s hard for me to believe that something so simple could impact so many lives.

Well today I am glad to let you know that “it’s back”!

“Useless Friday Info” is now back and better than ever.

Here is this week’s edition:

A one minute kiss burns 26 calories

The Olympic motto is Citius-Altius-Fortius, which is Latin for “faster, higher, stronger.”  The intended meaning is that one’s focus should be on bettering one’s achievements, rather than on coming in first.

A quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

In the game of Monopoly, the properties are named after streets in Atlantic City.

454 U.S. dollar bills weigh exactly one pound.

Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water.

Lemons ripen after you pick them, but oranges do not.

Almonds are part of the peach family.

“Useless Friday Info”

I think its time to loosen up on a rainy Friday with some really “useless” information that you can use to make yourself look like somebody.

Just remember one or two of these and then at the opportune time, drop it in the conversation like an “H Bomb” and watch the heads roll.  Before you know it you will be the person who everyone looks to as the “leader of the pack”.

With all of that being said, here is this week’s edition of “Useless Friday Info”.

“Pennsylvania is mispelled on the Liberty Bell.”

“The watermelon seed-spitting world record is about 70 feet.”

“The Golden Globe Awards were handed out by journalists in the HFPA until 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes and took over the show.  Since then, stars have ruled the show.”

“There are more French restaurants in New York City than in Paris.”

“Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by Ph. D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively.”

“The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.”

“A single coffee tree produces only about a pound of coffee beans per  year.”

“The blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car.”

“The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. has 365 steps to represent every day of the year.”

Merry Christmas!

Today is the day that we spend most of our time running from house to house for all of the Christmas activities.

You’ve probably already opened many of your gifts and eaten way too much.

But I wanted to take a minute and wish you a Merry Christmas.

So many of you stop by and read the random things that I have to say and as you know, they can be pretty random.

Last night at Crossroads we had to amazing Christmas Eve Services and I was able to speak with many of you and convey my thoughts and thanks for the great year we have enjoyed together in 2009.

I truly believe that God has big things in store for us in 2010.  So take the next few days and catch your breath and get ready for the new year.


One of my favorites

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite times of the year at Crossroads.

I’m not going to waste a lot of time today….so just let me say that we would love to have you at one of our two services.  The first service is at 3 p.m. and the second is at 5 p.m.  Both are identical.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at Crossroads for Christmas!

Useless Friday Info

In Tennesse it’s really cold, so I thought I would “heat” it up a bit with some “Useless Friday Info”.

This week we’re getting you chock full of information that you can throw around at all of your upcoming Christmas gatherings.  Just remember to thank the “preacher” for making you look good in front of friends and family.

With that being said…here is this week’s edition of “Useless Friday Info”.

“To clean rusty knives and blades, stick them into an onion and leave them for some time.”

“The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley’s Gum.”

“Red wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.”

“The term “soap-opera” was first recorded in 1939 as a derogatory term for daytime radio shows that were sponsored by soap manufacturers.”

“Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.”

“Porcupines float in water.”

“Take a quick look at this sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy yellow dog.”  This sentence uses every letter in the alphabet.”

“Starfish don’t have brains.  They feel their way through life just using the senses of touch and taste and smell.”  (Do you know anyone like this?)

“The red wagon by Radio Flyer is such a classic that its actual shape has been trademarked.  Demand remained so high even during the Depression….1,500 wagons were produced each day.”

“In the 38 years of its existence the Ohio Art Etch-a-Sketch still uses aluminum powder as its magic ingredient.”

“The earthquake-proof design of the Imperial Hotel inspired architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s son John to create Lincoln Logs in 1916.”

Useless Friday Info

This Friday’s info is not really so “useless”.   Actually it’s pretty important.

As you will see, most of it has to do with those who have served in the military or at least the information revolves around the military or our veterans.  I thought that since we observed “Veterans Day” this week, then it was only fitting that you have a little information or some military facts to put in your arsenal (You like that don’t you?).

So here we go:

“World War I was officially concluded on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, at 11 a.m. in 1918.  On November 11th of the following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared that day as “Armistice Day” in honor of the peace.”  (The term armistice means “truce” or the end of wartime hostilities)

“In 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in Arlington Cemetery with a ceremony on November 11th.  After this dedication, Armistice Day was adopted in many states and at the federal level as a day to honor veterans.  This was made official in 1938 when an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday.”

“In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day.  For several years in the 1970’s, Veterans Day was observed in October by many states, but in 1978 it was returned to November 11th.”

“Official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day, center around the Tomb of the Unknowns.  To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.”

“As of last year, 23.2 million military veterans populate the United States.  Of these, 9.2 million are 65 or older and 1.9 million were younger than 35.”

Honduras Update

During the last couple of days many of you have been emailing, texting or calling me and wanting to know if we have heard from Mallory and Phil Johnsey and the status of things in Honduras.

As of my last conversation with them I understood that things were going great.  Once they arrived the traveled about 8 hours by vehicle and then they began seeing people who needed medical attention.

Check back here over the next few days and I will keep you posted.

Please remember to keep them in your prayers…..and remember that God is in control and great things are going to come as a result of their sacrificial work with the people of Honduras.

Powerful words

The news over the past couple of days has been bombarded with what was thought to be the unusual absence of the Governor of South Carolina.

Today the Governor appeared on news casts and admitted that he had been caring on an extra marital affair for over a year.

This afternoon I was reading a statement that was issued by his wife and I would encourage you to take the time and read what she has to say.

Very powerful words we all need to hear about forgiveness.  You will find her statement at the bottom of the linked article.

Maintain your dignity?

I was checking my email this morning when I ran across something my friend Bill sent me.

Bill is great for finding interesting stuff.

If you don’t believe it then check this out…..