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Cubs Win! The Crazy 1908 Season

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

If you were among the millions who watched the dramatic seventh game of the World Series this year, you might have come away thinking you saw the greatest game of all time. The game was a nail-biter, as the Chicago Cubs finally won their first World Series after 108 long, excruciating years! How could it get any better? However, if you go back 108 years—to the very season when the Cubs won their last championship—you will come across a game just as suspenseful and much crazier. In fact, it was one of the craziest games of all time. It is also a story of grudges and grace. The Cubs and the New York Giants were battling over who would win the National League title and face the Detroit Tigers in the 1908 World Series. This crucial game was in...

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The Artist Every Christian Should Know

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Most people have heard of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael, although some primarily know them as the names of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Their true fame came from being four of the greatest Italian artists in history. If they ever add a fifth Ninja Turtle, I recommend they go with the name of another great Italian artist—Bernini. After my recent trip to Rome, I now understand why some people considered Bernini to be the next Michelangelo. His sculptures were the most life-like and exciting that I have ever seen. Gian Lorenzo Bernini was a devout Christian, although not in his early years, when he was wild and crazy. Just one example: As a young man, Bernini had an affair with a married woman, Costanza. But when he learned that his brother, Luigi, was also having an affair...

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Audrey Hepburn Versus the Nazis

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The teenage girl entered the forest on what appeared to be an ordinary stroll, stopping to pick wildflowers along the way. In truth, she was on a secret mission to deliver an important message to a British paratrooper hiding in the Arnhem forest during World War II. The German Army occupied the Netherlands, and they were planning to do maneuvering exercises in the Arnhem forest. So someone needed to warn this British paratrooper about the German soldiers. Because the girl could speak English, she was chosen for the job of delivering the urgent message. The girl had no trouble locating the British soldier and giving him the warning, but on the way back to her village, she suddenly encountered trouble. She came face to face with two German soldiers. The girl was petrified, but she knew she couldn’t let...

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Why Herod the Great Was Not So Great

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

With the Olympic games of 2016 still fresh in my mind, I was surprised to learn recently that just before the time of Jesus, Herod the Great rescued the Olympic games and made sure they continued to be played on various Greek islands. He did this because he loved sports, but also because it was an effective way to keep his name alive and make sure people remembered that Herod the Great truly was great. The problem was…Herod the Great was not so great. He wasn’t even Herod the So-So. He was Herod the Monster. Herod was a big-time planner and builder, responsible for rebuilding the Jewish Temple at a scale never before seen. His Temple was even larger than the one built by Solomon. But if you think rebuilding the Temple won him friends among the Jews, think...

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Surviving the Blitz

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Some called it a miracle. On the night that began on December 29 and stretched into the early hours of December 30, 1940, an estimated 800 “incendiary bombs” fell on and around London’s famed St. Paul’s Cathedral. This was the Blitz, an attempt by German airplanes to level the city of London with bombing raids during World War II. An incendiary bomb is designed to start fires, and the wooden support system holding up St. Paul’s dome was a prime target for these fire-breathing bombs. But of those 800 bombs that fell on or around St. Paul’s Cathedral that night, all but one of them were dealt with by the church’s Fire Watch—a group of men whose dangerous job was to patrol the rooftops of the church and dispose of the bombs before they could start a fire. St....

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The Men Who Couldn’t Stop Clapping

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The audience exploded into applause. Every person in the room jumped up and began to wildly clap, as if racing each other to see who could get to their feet the fastest. The applause was all to honor the dictator Joseph Stalin (pictured on the right) at a 1937 conference of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. But the big question soon became: Who would have the nerve to be the first person to stop clapping in honor of Comrade Stalin? No one had the courage, so the clapping went on…and on…and on. You might be wondering why in the world anyone would be afraid to stop clapping for any leader. To understand this, you need to know Joseph Stalin. Stalin was a ruthless dictator who ruled the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952. Although no one knows...

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