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Posted 3/31/14 at 2:58 PM | Bright Ideas

Greetings! Say Hello in 21 Languages

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In Israel people often greet each other with the word "shalom" which means peace. Jesus used this word in speaking to his disciples.

In John 20:21 KJV we read, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

The Complete Jewish Bible translates this verse as: "Shalom aleikhem!" Yeshua repeated. "Just as the Father sent me, I myself am also sending you."

According to Wikipedia, the phrase shalom aleikhem "is a Hebrew equivalent of 'hello.'"

This infographic lists 21 ways to say hello and may peace be unto you. FULL POST

Posted 3/10/14 at 5:28 PM | Bright Ideas

Infographic: Who is Jesus?

One day Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you say I am?" Peter responded, "You are the Messiah." - (Source: Mark 8:29)

The word "messiah" means "anointed one." Kings and prophets were anointed with oil. They were specially set apart for serving God. Jesus was set apart because he was without sin and could be the perfect sacrifice to take away our sin.

Hundreds of years before Jesus birth the prophet Isaiah gave us a list of names for Jesus, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - (Source: Isaiah 9:6)

This infographic from Zondervan goes into further detail to reveal who Jesus is.


Posted 1/13/14 at 10:16 PM | Bright Ideas

States Consider Higher Minimum Wage Laws

Photo: Congressman Keith Ellison - Creative Commons
The Minnesota Minimum Wage Coalition supports a minimum wage of $9.50.

While Congress has approved a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, some states have established higher pay requirements. Politicians at the city, state and federal levels are attempting raise the minimum wage. President Obama has recommended an increase to $9.

According to The Boston Globe, "Twelve states and the District of Columbia will be considering minimum wage hikes this year through legislation or ballot initiatives."

Seattle's city council member Kshama Sawant is promoting a minimum wage of $15. Seattle TV station King 5 reports that Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray also supports this wage hike. Opposition to the measure also exists. Justin Boswell told the station, "It’s going to shut the door of opportunity on so many people."

How does America's minimum wage compare to other countries? This infographic shows what the minimum wage is for various countries and how that compares to the purchasing power of Americans. Even though Australia's minimum wage is $16, this money equals $9.77 in American spending.


Posted 1/8/14 at 5:59 PM | Bright Ideas

Proof God Loves Us: He Created Chocolate

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We get chocolate from cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans).

I'm a fan of chocolate and I'm not alone. Chocolate cake and Hershey Kisses don't last long if I'm around. Even Cookie Monster knows that chocolate chip cookies are a classic.

The way I see it: Why drink coffee when there is such an awesome thing as hot chocolate?

Sadly we don't read about people eating chocolate in the Bible because it was native to Latin America. Still chocolate played a role in the religion of the Aztec and Mayan tribes. The Field Museum reports these Indians used cacao seeds in their religious ceremonies.

Cocoa beans go through a long process before we eat the delicious chocolate. This video and infographic show how chocolate is processed. FULL POST

Posted 1/7/14 at 1:54 PM | Bright Ideas

Infographic: Loneliness Deadlier Than Obesity

Loneliness is a growing problem in America and around the world. Scientists report that loneliness is deadlier than obesity. Technology is part of the problem. Through Facebook and cell phones more people are interacting with others through impersonal means. As the following infographic notes, "Experts say it's not the quantity of social relationships but the quality that really matters."

Last year the BBC reported that 48% of British adults were lonely. Mervyn Kohler told the BBC, "We find fairly horrifying the number of elderly people who feel the TV is their best friend."

LifeWay Research polled pastors with the statement: "Pastoral ministry makes me feel lonely at times." 15% responded with "strongly agree" and 40% with "somewhat disagree."


Posted 1/2/14 at 6:54 PM | Bright Ideas

Infographic: Where Gay Marriage is Permitted

The Washington Post predicts the battle over gay marriage is shifting to federal courts. With the United States Supreme Court favoring gay marriage in California and a federal court ruling in favor of gay marriage in Utah, the gay marriage activists are likely to file more lawsuits challenging laws that ban gay marriage.

The following infographic provides shows where gay marriage is legal throughout the world. This is a recent development considering that 15 years ago there were no laws permitting gay marriage.

The Gay Marriage World Map [Infographic]
by Neomam.
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Posted 1/1/14 at 3:39 PM | Bright Ideas

New Year's Resolution: Help Others

Brook Allen asks a very good question: "Will others benefit from your new year’s resolution—or will it only be you?"

Helping others is one of the top ten resolutions listed in the following infographic. I've been thinking about how I can help others and came up with two tasks that I will attempt in 2014. Perhaps you can join me.

  • Increase charitable giving
  • Find a place of service at church and volunteer


Posted 12/30/13 at 4:28 PM | Bright Ideas

Infographic: Porn Addiction in America

Porn addiction is a topic many pastors and churches avoid, but shouldn't.

According to the following infographic, "56% of divorce cases involved one person having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites."

Maybe you struggle with pornography. If so, consider making a New Year's Resolution in 2014 of getting an accountability partner or using accountability software on your computing devices to avoid this temptation.


Posted 12/26/13 at 10:31 AM | Bright Ideas

Thousands Killed When U.S. Government Poisoned Alcohol

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Car driver promoted prohibition with this sign.

 Here is a history lesson I was never taught in the classroom.

The United States government added poison to alcohol during prohibition. Slate reports, "The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people."

Charles Norris publicly opposed the poison project in his role as New York City medical examiner.

Author Deborah Blum explores the history of poisoned alcohol in her book The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.

This infographic explores true conspiracy theories such alcohol poisoning and the poison dart gun developed by the Central Intelligence Agency.


Posted 12/25/13 at 5:41 PM | Bright Ideas |

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Infographic: Burning Those Christmas Calories

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Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. If you are like me, you indulged in delicious food filled with calories.

The following infographic shows that the average Christmas dinner in Britain contains 956 calories. It would take 126 minutes of tennis to burn that many calories.

If you would like to estimate how many calories you consumed today, try out the Holiday Calorie Calculator.

WebMD's exercise calculator will show how much exercise you need to burn away these calories.


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