Chessboard Mathematics - videos

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/30/2022 - 15:27

Check out the videos at the bottom after reading this:

Recently a friend sent me a quote from Michelangelo - "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." For most of my life I aimed for zero, guess what, I hit it.

After all – “What can I do? The problem is just too big and I could do nothing to really impact the troubled people of this world”.

King George

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/30/2022 - 15:15

In 1783, George III of England was the leader of the greatest empire at that time. But despite his power in such a great kingdom, he lost 13 colonies all at once. How could it be that those 13 tiny colonies could successfully sever ties with England and form their own nation? The answer is simple: they joined forces and worked together. None could have done it alone, but together they made it happen.

Parable of the Starfish

Submitted by Macka on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 23:36

Most of us have heard the story of the little boy walking along a beach covered with starfish. He began tossing them into the water one by one. A man approached saying, "Son, with thousands of starfish lying in the hot sun, how do you expect to make a difference?" The boy picked up a starfish and tossed it into the sea, "I made a difference to that one!"

Indeed, the boy could save one at a time, and he could never save them all. But let's consider this story in a new light.

The Ice Bucket Challenge

Submitted by Macka on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 23:28

Chris Kennedy’s brother-in-law has ALS, a disease that stops someone from being able to use their muscles and usually leads to death. On July 15th, 2014 Chris Kennedy poured a bucket of ice water over his head and uploaded the video to Facebook in order to draw attention to the disease. Thus began what became known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” In the video, he challenged six close friends and his cousins to do the same in order to raise awareness for ALS.

Acts 2: What Was Missing?

Submitted by Macka on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 23:15

We love to read about the amazing transformation that happened in Acts chapter 2.  The Holy Spirit came and filled the 120 gathered in the Upper Room, and the results were nothing short of amazing.  Three thousand people were converted as a result of hearing the gospel proclaimed--many from other nations hearing in their own language.  These new believers gathered into what most people would call the first church, and everything seemed absolutely perfect: their worship, their devotion to God, the way they gave to one another sacrificially, and they way they grew. 

What everyone in Hell wants

Submitted by Macka on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 23:12

The Rich Man and Lazarus

In Luke 16.19-31 we read of the story of a rich man and a beggar. The beggar sat at the rich man’s gate, but that man of wealth was unwilling to reach out to help him. Eventually they both died, and the rich man ended up in agony, desperately wanting just a drop of water to cool his tongue. While this is a terrible end for the rich man, the real tragedy is that he wanted someone to go witness to his brothers so they would not come to that awful place. Abraham made it clear that no one could go back to tell his brothers.

The Snail and the Peach Tree

Submitted by Macka on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 22:53

A certain snail was particularly fond of peaches.  One day this snail decided to go in seach of a peach tree.  He found such a tree and began to climb up the trunk slowly.  As he climbed, a bird came along and began asking questions.

"Where are you going?" asked the bird.

The snail replied, "I'm climbing this peach tree to get a peach."

"Silly snail," scolded the bird.  It's not the right season--there are no peaches on this tree!"

The snail replied, "Well by the time I get to the top, there will be peaches!"

French Stonecutters

Submitted by Macka on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 22:48

Long ago, three men were cutting stone in a French quarry.  One day, a traveler was walking by and admired their hard labor.  He asked the first man, "What are you doing?"

Without looking up he said, "Cutting stone."

The inquiring visitor asked the second man, "What are you doing?"

He replied, "I'm making 30 francs per day."

Finally, the traveler asked the third man, "What are you doing?"

The third man stood up proudly and exclaimed, "I'm helping to build the greatest cathedral in all of France!"