- ("Brothers David and John Livingstone had very different goals for their lives. John dreamed of being rich and famous. From a young age, David dreamed of following Christ. Both boys achieved their goals..." and other illustrations)
- Jules Janssen is a civil engineer who thinks he has found a revolutionary building material that could replace wood, concrete, steel, or brick in building houses in Third World countries. The solution is bamboo. Although a bamboo seed takes about five years to first produce a shoot, once it starts growing it grows about 3 feet per day. That's 21 feet per week. Unlike trees, which may take two decades or more to reach maturity, bamboo is an easily renewable resource. Although the bamboo cane is hollow, it is extremely strong. In compression tests, bamboo could withstand more force than brick, concrete, or wood.
- Some years ago, the golfing world - and many outside of the golfing world - were stunned by the death of pro-golfer Payne Stewart, along with five others. At his funeral service, he was eulogized as a loving and caring husband, father and friend. But it had not always been so. In his eulogy, his friend and fellow golfer Paul Azinger noted that years ago, Payne had been known for his occasional outbursts of pride, sarcasm and cynicism. But gradually over time, in the years after the death of his father in 1985, he had mellowed. And as he had, he had also transformed his image from someone who might brush past reporters or fans when he was upset to one of the most approachable players on the tour. "I'm a lot more mature and happier," he said earlier that year. "I've learned what's really important."
- ("For the last few weeks we've all been subjected to reruns of every scary movie ever made: zombies, vampires, guys in hockey masks, spooks with really long fingernails. Monsters in all shapes and forms are the flavor of the month of October. It's hardly surprising that, as usual, popular culture has gotten the point of 'All Hallows Eve' all wrong and totally forgets that the ultimate point is to celebrate 'All Saints Day'....")
- ("On Halloween we 'dress up' in costumes and put on masks to 'hide out', to conceal who we really are. Originally the 'disguises' worn on 'All Hallows Eve' were supposed to fool the demons....")
- ("Most everyone knows that Alexander Graham Bell was the inventor of the telephone. In 1877 at Lyceum Hall in Salem, Massachusetts, he gave a lecture at the Essex Institute. During the lecture Bell demonstrated his device as those gathered heard the voice of Thomas Watson who was 18 miles away in Boston. The Boston Globe later reported that Bell's invention was 'an unqualified success'...")
- "Whenever you think of the word bribe it suggests a shoddy and despicable deed. It once had a very different meaning. In Old French it meant 'a piece of bread, or bread scraps' and a briber was one who begged bread,... which brings me to my story..."
- ("Christianity is meant to be much more than skindeep. On a day that's associated with wearing masks, with celtic mischief, confusion and mayhem at Hallowe'en, it's good to remember that. Christianity calls on us to take off the mask of pretence, of superficiality, to live authentic lives...")
- ("A story is told about Dwight Eisenhower's mother, who was the very essence of selfless Christian humility. It is said that during the second world war, while riding on a train, she found herself next to a very talkative passenger...")
- ("Once upon a time a farmer and his son and their mule set out to town. The farmer rode the mule, the son walked alongside. Until they met a person who scolded the farmer furiously for riding and making his son walk...")
- ("There is a Jewish man by the name of Isidor Rabi, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 1944, and one of the developers of the atomic bomb. He was once asked how he became a scientist. Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day...")
- In Alan Paton's book Instrument of Thy Peace, he tells of a rabbi, a cantor and a synagogue cleaner who are preparing for the Day of Atonement. The rabbi beat his breast, and said, 'I am nothing. I am nothing'. The cantor beat his breast, and said, 'I am nothing. I am nothing'...
- "I was reading recently about President George H. W. Bush, Big George. He was campaigning for reelection in 1992 and was visiting a senior citizen center. He went up to one old fellow and said 'Do you know who I am” and the man replied “No sir, but if you ask that nurse over there I’m sure she could tell you.'..."