GREAT VALUE IN DISASTER 11-7-14
Thomas Edison’s laboratory was virtually destroyed by fire in December, 1914. Although the damage exceeded $2 million, the buildings were only insured for $238,000 because they were made of concrete and thought to be fireproof. Much of Edison’s life’s work went up in spectacular flames that December night.
At the height of the fire, Edison’s 24-year old son, Charles, frantically searched for his father among the smoke and debris. He finally found him, calmly watching the scene, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind.
“My heart ached for him,” said Charles. “He was 67 – no longer a young man – and everything was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, “Charles, where’s your mother?” When I told him I didn’t know, he said, “Find her. Bring her here. She will never see anything like this as long as she lives.”
The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.”
Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver his first phonograph.
TOP TEN WAYS TO PROMOTE CHURCH GROWTH 11-7-14
- Become a hosting member of the WWFWE (World Wide Federation of Wrestling Elders)!
- Offer free air miles with every visit!
- Use “Big Gulp” communion cups!
- Issue “Get Out of Trouble” cards to each member!
- Two words–reclining pews!
- Play “Who Wants To Live Forever?!”–You only get one lifeline!
- Begin a new “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” format for the sermon time!
- Every fourth week raffle off the offering!
- Open a “Starbucks and/or Seattles Best” franchise in your church lobby!
- Forget the gimmicks and fads. Instead, focus on Christ; pray, pray, pray; and step out in faith!
TOP TEN SIGNS YOU’VE ALREADY GROWN UP 10/15/14
- Your potted plants stay alive.
- 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to sleep.
- You hear your favorite song on an elevator.
- You carry an umbrella. You watch the Weather Channel.
- Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as ‘dressed up’.
- You’re the one calling the police because those kids next door don’t know how to turn down the stereo.
- You don’t know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
- Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
- You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald’s.
- Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.