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It’s Not Easy Being Big

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The life of a giant is no piece of cake. I recently listened to a book about the making of the classic movie, The Princess Bride, which featured a humongous actor known as André the Giant. André was a gentle giant, according to the book’s writer, Cary Elwes, who played a lead role in the movie. André stood 7 feet, 4 inches tall, and weighed 520 pounds. But all of that bulk left him with an aching back. Imagine how your body would feel if you carried an extra 300 pounds around with you every day. It was difficult for Andre to fit into many vehicles, and they couldn’t find a horse that could carry him in the movie. Everywhere he went, people stared. When children saw him, they would either run toward him in delight or flee in...

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Jericho: French Peas and Kissing Camels

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Beware of kissing camels. As we stepped off of the bus and made our way past an ornate sign proclaiming Jericho as the oldest city in the world, a man in flowing white robes led a camel up to us. Then the creature started kissing anyone who stepped in its path, placing big, rubbery lips on people’s cheeks. But I guess that’s an improvement over what these ornery animals are better known for—spitting. Still, a camel kiss is slobbery, judging by the excruciating facial expressions on the camel’s three victims. Fortunately, I steered clear of the affectionate animal. It was not crowded on the day our tour guide led us past the kissing camel to the Jericho archaeological site. Our guide, being Jewish, wasn’t allowed to take us up onto the site, because Jericho is Palestinian territory. In fact,...

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Creating a Stir in Heaven

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Once upon a time, there were two brothers—one married and the other single. The brothers divided a field in half and lived in peace and harmony. One night, the unmarried brother was lying in bed, thinking, My brother must have it really hard. He has a wife and children—many mouths to feed—and he’s probably finding it hard to make ends meet. Therefore, the unmarried man decided to gather up some of his grain and secretly take it to his brother’s side of the field as a gift. Meanwhile, the married brother was lying in bed on that very same night, and he was thinking, My brother must have it really hard. He’s on his own, while I have a wife and children to help me with my work. So the married brother decided to gather up some of his...

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At the Gate of Hades

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

We had just stepped off of the bus at the Dan archaeological site in northern Israel when our guide told us to quickly turn around. So our tour group hustled back onto the bus because there had been an incident very close to this site at the border between Israel and Lebanon. When you’re in Israel, the last thing you want to hear about is a border incident. We didn’t hear explosions or gunfire, however. We simply obeyed, hopped back on the bus, and headed to our next site—Caesarea Philippi, also in northern Israel. The northern portion of the country, which includes the Golan Heights, is a point of confrontation between Israel and both Lebanon and Syria. Even in Jesus’s day, this part of Israel was a place of confrontation, where spiritual forces clashed, as I was soon to...

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Dead Sea Walking

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Walking into the Dead Sea is like trying to walk across a polished floor in roller skates. When I arrived at the Dead Sea in Israel this past March, I figured I would simply stroll across a sandy beach and stride into the saltiest body of water in the world. Nothing to it, right? I didn’t realize that the Dead Sea’s “beach” was really more of a rock-hard slab slathered with a thin layer of mud—and as slick as ice. I took one step toward the Dead Sea, slipped, and thought I was going to break my neck, which would’ve given new meaning to the “dead” in Dead Sea. Fortunately, I kept my balance—but barely. Meanwhile, my wife found it equally treacherous, so she decided to splash around in a puddle located about five feet from the water’s edge....

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The Long Way Home

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The only time I ever got motion sickness was in a helicopter as the pilot kept turning it in circles over the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. He wanted the passengers on both sides of the copter to get a good view of the lava pouring into the ocean. It was an amazing sight, but I felt a bit queasy for the rest of the outing. Some of the most gorgeous places in the world were created by cataclysms like volcanoes. In fact, the Big Island of Hawaii is still being formed by two volcanoes—Mauna Loa and Kilaua. Perhaps the most stunning island that I have ever seen was formed by what scientists believe was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. This volcano erupted on the island of Thera sometime between the years 2000 and...

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