August 3 is a day with a lot of history: In 1492, Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage led him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12. In 1880, the American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, NY, and in 1900, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded. Finally, in 1933, the Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
The History Of Instant Coffee – There is one thing that is the bane of all serious coffee enthusiasts: instant coffee. Even typing it makes me shudder, and sip some of my Jamaican Blue Mountain brewed in my Chemex in protest. But in case you want to know, this is its history.
Jewish Pirates Who Ruled The Caribbean – I have to admit, that is a title I never imagined I would type. But this article is very interesting, and sheds light on a bit of oceanic history that few even know of.
The American Civil War: Then And Now – As a history buff, I find this fascinating. Many of these are places I would love to visit, but haven’t been able to for one reason or another. Until then, this glimpse into the past and present gives a great perspective.
Risen! – Billed as a follow up to The Passion of the Christ, this movie looks pretty interesting. Hopefully, it stays true to the biblical accounts as much as possible.
In the first couple of verses in this poetic piece of the chapter, Paul stresses that Christ was equal with God. But he also stresses Christ’s humility, and in these verses, we see just how far that humility took him… All the way to the cross!
There are several actions that Paul states Jesus took in this process of humility. Let’s take each in turn:
Made himself nothing
Jesus voluntarily emptied himself of all of his rights as a part of the Godhead. He poured himself out totally for our sake. The depths of this we will never know this side of eternity, since we cannot fathom the mind of God in its entirety. But it is sufficient for us to know that he left everything he had for you and me.
If we choose a false way of worship we shall, ere long, choose to worship a false god.
Here are some interesting historical tidbits for you to remember today: In 1866, Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe. In 1909, Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds. In 1940, Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.” And in 2003, it was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the “Loch Ness Monster” began in the 6th century.
5 Great Coffee Blogs – If you love coffee, and love reading about coffee, here are some of the top blogs out there.
Why You Aren’t A Morning Person – Some people are great in the morning. Others hate the morning. Here is an interesting article answering some of the questions about why there is a difference.
Note Taking By Hand Vs. Laptop – This is more of the same issue: analog or screen? Digital or paper? The research discussed here is pretty compelling though.
What better incentive to humility than the example of our Lord himself? This is the example Paul gives as he stresses this attitude for the believers in Philippi. In fact, the term “attitude” may be a little weak. A more literal rendering would be “mindset.” The thought is similar to the final verse of 1 Corinthians 2, where Paul states that we have the “mind of Christ,” although the Greek term used is different.
What Paul is saying here, in effect, is that we are to have the same mind as Jesus, in humility and in focus.
What follows has been debated for ages. Some believe that Paul writes the following verses, a poetic expression or hymn of worship. Others believe that Paul is quoting a more ancient source, an early hymn from before the date of Philippians, in the early 60s AD.
The language and structure are different than the rest of Paul’s letters, indicating that he may not have been the original author. However, the point of this passage is what matters, especially in light of Paul’s thoughts in chapter two.
In this first verse of the Christological hymn, there are two main sections.
How much better to worship the God who carries us than the god who must be carried.
Some significant things happened on this day throughout history. Here are a few of the more interesting: In 1801, A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. In 1985, treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Senora de Atocha.” The ship sank in 1622 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL. And in 2003, in India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.
Art Using Spilled Food – While not all of these images use coffee as a medium, the art is still pretty fascinating. And the artist is incredibly talented.
1944 Paris Merged With Today – Blending the past with the present is a very interesting photography technique. These images of Paris at her liberation in 1944 have been merged with the same locations today. The results are very interesting.
A Bee’s Life – We have a lot of flowers around the front of our house. As a result, we also have a lot of bees. This video of the first 21 days of a bee’s life is pretty cool to watch. It’s a glimpse into the hive, and into one of the biggest health threats that bees face.