Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Cleveland earthquake

Whenever I think of an earthquake, I think of Saved By The Bell. You know that episode where Bayside throws Mrs. Belding a baby shower, and as she’s leaving, the school she gets stuck in the elevator, ends up going into labor and having the baby naming it Zack? That’s what I think when I hear the word “earthquake.”

All of the sudden, while sitting in church, about to do the closing prayer, I felt the rattling of pipes underneath the building. I turned to my friend and asked what it was.

“An earthquake,” he replied.

Yeah right.

But he was right.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 Cleveland, Tennessee experienced a 3.0 earthquake at exactly 12:01 p.m.!

That’s right! Cleveland had an earthquake, and most people did not even know it!

I would not have known if I had not checked Facebook and saw my worship pastor post that the rumble we felt at church was a in fact a earthquake.

I still did not believe it, so, like any good journalist, I searched it on Google. Sure enough, Cleveland had one.

My research showed that at least one earthquake happens in the world everyday, but we just do not hear about it unless it’s of a heavy magnitude.

On the bright side, I have another unique life experience to mark off my “bucket list.”

This blog was written by Leslie Hartman.

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Placing our future spouse in God

How can we find the right guy or girl?

This is the question on many single people's mind.

Lately, God has taken me on a spiritual journey to help me understand how that question will one day be answered in my own life.

First, as Christians, we should realize that we will not be doing the finding. We have to let God do the picking.

Also, we should understand that our own decision may not be the decision that God wants for our life.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

In Proverbs 18:22 the Bible says, "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord."

I believe this verse gives a key hint to all women...because who finds whom in this verse?

The man finds the wife.

It is becoming more and more acceptable within worldly views for girls to chase after and pursue guys.

In my opinion, godly men do whatever they have to do to get who they truly want, especially when they are seeking a godly wife.

I think that women should pray for a man to find her. When he does, God's hand in the relationship will be clear.

I also think that men should pray to find the woman that God want's for them.

So, although it is acceptable for girls to drop hints that they may be interested in a guy, in my opinion, it is still best to want the guy to make the first move.

This blog was written by Lori Johnson.

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World Record for Fastest Dining Experience

Hockeytown. Rock City. The 313. The Motor City. Motown.

The nicknames belong to Detroit, Michigan, one of the greatest places in the U.S.A. It's my hometown, and its known around the world for its rich culture, and rivalry with the other big boys on the block, like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

But what makes Detroit such a great place?

A lot of hard work, and a little creativity.

Let me show you.

There's this little place on Michigan Ave called The American Coney Island. It was founded by a Greek family in 1917, making it the oldest family-owned and operated restaurant in the city. If you don't know what a coney island is, you're in for a surprise.

So what's so unique about this restaurant? Well, it just might hold the world record for the fastest dining experience ever.
Once you're seated, the waiter memorizes your drink order. Now, maybe you've seen a few people who can memorize your drink order on the spot, so that's no big deal, right? Still, its pretty impressive, but that's not the reason why its so fast.

Less than a minute later, the waiter returns with your drinks. I'm saying a minute just to be safe, but when I was there last weekend he was back in about 30 seconds.

Okay, so that's 30 seconds, maybe a minute. Now he asks for your order. Here's where the American Coney Island differs from any kind of restaurant you've ever been to. The moment your done ordering, the waiter turns around, back to the table, and shouts the entire order at the top of his lungs across the room at the cooks.

What? Yes, that's right -shouts the entire order to the cooks, who have to multitask with whatever they're doing while simultaneously remember the entire order without writing anything down. There are no notepads at this restaurant; just a lot of skill, practice, and a little bit of creativity.

My food came back the table in less than 90 seconds. It's no joke; it was fully cooked, delicious coney island food, faster than any other sit-down, dining restaurant in the world.

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