Posted 3/20/13 at 11:23 PM | Bright Ideas
Earlier this week The Christian Post featured an article on young Hispanic Americas: The Young Hispanic Shift: More Religious, Less Loyal to Democratic Party.
Research from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and Pew Hispanic Center reveals that Hispanic Americans are more conservative than America at large. Kennedy Elliot designed this infographic showing the research results.>
Posted 3/19/13 at 11:15 PM | Bright Ideas
Significantly fewer abortions happen for married women vs single women in the United States. This infographic by Online for Life reveals that for every 1,000 live births there are 510 abortions for unmarried women but drops to "61 abortions for every 1,000 live births" for married women.
Another surprising abortion statistic: "It would have taken about 342 Hiroshima type nuclear attacks to kill as many people as abortion has killed since Roe vs Wade."
Perhaps you can do something to save a life and prevent an abortion. Here's a suggestion: Contact a crisis pregnancy center near you to see if they need a volunteer.
Posted 3/14/13 at 10:56 PM | Bright Ideas
Even during Bible times there were people suffering from sleep deprivation. In Ecclesiastes 5:12 (ESV) Solomon wrote, "Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep."
Although the Bible never prescribes a cure for sleep deprivation, it does offer some encouragement.
In Psalm 127:2 (NLT) we read, "It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones." Matthew 11:28 (NIV) says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'
This infographic by Health Central examines the dangers of sleep deprivation. It reports that "60 million Americans have chronic sleep disorders."
Posted 3/14/13 at 2:52 PM | Bright Ideas
The following infographic asks the question: "Why are we afraid of the dark?"
Darkness and light are recurring themes / imagery appearing in the Bible. In Ephesians 5:11 we read, "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." John 3:19 is another verse about light and darkness: "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil."
Fear is also a common theme in scripture. Isaiah 41:10 is just one of many verses mentioning fear: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
This infographic by Online Clock reports that "5% of adults say they are afraid of the dark." Are you afraid?
Posted 3/8/13 at 11:10 PM | Bright Ideas
Violence against women is a problem throughout the world, according to the United Nations Regional Information Centre which produced this infographic. Sexual violence even exists in countries you might assume to be relatively safe.
This infographic reports that "22.3% of women experience sexual violence by non-partners in their lifetime in Switzerland."
The Biblical Counseling Coalition, reports that in the United States "women 16 to 19 years old have the highest rate of sexual victimization of any age group."
What can Christians do about this abuse? Christians should form an environment where people are safe from predators, victims can seek healing, and justice is sought.
Posted 2/20/13 at 11:58 PM | Bright Ideas
America's leaders have given numerous speeches and written numerous books. Part of their legacy is inspiring words on the topic of freedom and trusting in God.
Perhaps you've seen some of these quotes:
Posted 2/15/13 at 5:28 PM | Bright Ideas
How is your reputation?
Here is Proverbs 22:1 in two different translations:
Having a good reputation gives us credibility in sharing our faith. Reputation helps companies thrive.
In recent years "reputation management" has become important to companies doing business online. A single bad review can cause customers to turn away. This infographic by Digital Firefly Marketing examines the methods used to protect reputations online.>
Posted 2/14/13 at 10:26 AM | Bright Ideas
Body language, simple tweets and gifts may reveal more about you than you realize. This infographic by Weddington Way shows that 11% of tweets about Valentine's Day by women are negative. In comparison 23% of tweets by men are negative regarding this holiday.
Here is another interesting bit of trivia: Diamond earrings on Valentine's Day might be an indication that engagement ring is not far behind.
Posted 2/13/13 at 11:29 PM | Bright Ideas
Here is a mission project idea for your church or Christian nonprofit organization. There might be people in your community that need a simple meal or items to improve their personal hygiene such as soap or toothpaste.
Care packages could also be made for disaster relief projects.
This infographic by Dollar Tree reports that "18% of Americans can't pay for basic necessities." You could be the solution to helping someone rather than an impersonal government agency.
Posted 2/13/13 at 10:41 PM | Bright Ideas
Malnutrition and poor child development in India are serious problems.
This infographic by UNICEF reports, "62 million children under 5 are stunted in India" and that stunting can be prevented when children receive proper care and nutrition during their first two years of life.
You may want to take a moment to pray for the children of India, their parents and Christian development organizations working in this nation.
Compassion International and World Vision both offer the opportunity to sponsor a child in India.