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A snowstorm in the South is about as rare as a glass of unsweetened tea at a church supper. Folks around Birmingham, Ala. weren't all that worried though. The storm was only supposed to dust the city – not even enough powder for a Southern snowman.
So when the first snowflakes began to fall, no one paid all that much attention. But then, the flakes kept falling. Before too long folks in places like Hoover and Inverness realized it was much more than a dusting. By that point, it was too late for anyone to do anything.
Icy interstates and highways soon became clogged with cars and trucks. Thousands of motorists soon found themselves stranded with nowhere to go – including many stuck on Highway 280.
Chick-fil-A had a captive crowd of hungry customers. So why did they give away their food?
But a good number of those stranded motorists were able to find shelter in the storm thanks to the kindness and generosity of Chick-fil-A restaurant employees and the restaurant's owner, Mark Meadows.
Once the snow started accumulating, Meadows closed the restaurant and sent his staff home. But a few hours later, many of them returned – unable to get to their homes.
“Our store is about a mile and a half from the interstate and it took me two hours to get there,” manager Audrey Pitt told me. “It was a parking lot as far as I could see.”
So Audrey left her car on the side of the interstate and joined a flock of bundled up drivers trudging through the snow.
“At one point there were more people walking than driving,” she said.
Some of the drivers had been stuck in their cars for nearly seven hours without any food or water. So the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.
“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”
The staffers braved the falling snow and ice, slipping and sliding, as they offered hot juicy chicken breasts tucked between two buttered buns. And Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.
The meal was a gift – no strings attached.
For the frozen drivers, it was manna from heaven.
“They were very excited and extremely thankful,” she said. “People were thankful to get something to put in their stomachs.”
Audrey said they were especially surprised that the sandwiches were free. Why not make some extra money during the storm? It’s not like anyone could go to another restaurant. Chick-fil-A had a captive crowd of hungry customers. So why did they give away their food?
“This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you’re worried about money or profit,” Audrey told me. “We were just trying to follow the model that we've all worked under for so long and the model that we've come to love. There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.”
Lauren Dango was one of those stranded motorists. She’s known Meadows for years and she was stunned when she saw him walking from car to car with Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
“I looked up and I’m like, what is he doing,” Dango told me. “He had a catering order and it got canceled, so he pulled over and started giving away food.”
And if that wasn't enough, Meadows helped a driver maneuver along the icy road by pushing a car up an incline.
Dango was so touched by Meadows’ kindness, she sent a letter to Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters.
“Kudos to Mark Meadows for not only preaching the "second mile" concept, but actually living by it,” she wrote.
It’s no secret that Chick-fil-A was founded by a Christian family. And it’s no secret that they run their business on biblical values. What happened in Birmingham is an example of how those biblical values are played out.
“We just wanted to be able to help,” Audrey said. “Yesterday was such a hopeless situation. We wanted to do something to make people feel a little bit better. We were here. We had food and there were people outside who needed food. So it just made sense to do something for them.”
But Chick-fil-A’s generosity didn't stop there.
“We opened up our dining room to anyone who wanted to sleep on a bench or a booth,” Audrey told me.
And this morning, the weary staff members fired up their ovens and began preparing chicken biscuits. The only thing that is closed – is Chick-fil-A’s cash register.
“We’re not open for business,” she said. ‘We’re just feeding people who are hungry.”
I’d say the Chick-fil-A team blessed a lot of people in Birmingham – but that’s not how Audrey sees it.
“It’s a blessing to us to be able to help people,” she said. “It really is.”
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,” Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew. “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
It was a Sunday school lesson illustrated on a snowy winter day along Highway 280 in Alabama with a chicken sandwich and a side of waffle fries.
By Todd Starnes / Todd's American Dispatch / Published January 29, 2014 FoxNews.com
"As an old writer has well said, contrasting the dispensations, God in the Types of the last dispensation was teaching His children their letters. In this dispensation He is teaching them to put these letters together, and they find that the letters, arrange them as we will, spell CHRIST, and nothing but Christ" (Andrew Jukes, The Law of the Offerings).
"This is God's universe and he does things his way. You may think you have a better way of doing things, but you don't have a universe" (Adapted).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”
While we may speak of “simple” forms of life, the more we learn about living things, the more clearly we can see that no form of life is “simple.”
Evolution has long theorized that life began in a simple form that over millions of years gradually became more complex. Evolutionary scientists say that the “simple” forms of life are still in existence today, and to prove their claim, they point to the “lowly” fungus. Okay, let us see how “simple” the “lowly” fungus really is.
The “cap-throwing” fungus has a built-in clock and bends through the day in response to the sun’s movement. The built-in clock of the “cap-throwing” fungus waits until it is turned to the best possible angle before “blowing its top” to distribute its spores or seeds over the widest possible area. The light-sensing system in the fungus releases the spores at about nine in the morning – aiming the spores at an area that is most likely to be open so that they can be spread even further by animals. Whether the spores land where animals pass or on a leaf, they are coated with a glue to aid in further dispersion.
The “lowly” fungus reminds us that there just aren't any “simple” forms of life. This fungus has been given a sophisticated way to carry out God’s command to reproduce after its kind.
A slow-motion video showing the fungus blowing its top
Photo: The spore discharge of Pilobolus crystallinus has been called the fastest living thing on the planet. Courtesy of F.H. Wigg.
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A new study has shown that acupuncture is no more effective at relieving pain than "sham acupuncture." A 2013 study published in the journal Cancer followed a group of 47 women being treated with aromatase inhibitors, a breast cancer medication that can cause hot flashes, night sweats, joint and muscle pain. Half of the women received traditional acupuncture, while the other half received "sham acupuncture," referring to the placing of needles at random places and not actually inserted. There was no significant difference between the two groups, all of the patients reporting improvement of side effects ("New Study Exposes Acupuncture as Pseudoscience," Business Insider, Dec. 26, 2013).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
"And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell."
The beautiful creation in which we live is not only filled with testimonies to the wisdom of God, it is also filled with special designs that deny the possibility of mindless evolution.
Consider the woodpecker. Its tongue can stretch from three to five times its normal length in order to fish bugs out of trees. Of all places, that tongue is rooted in its right nostril. Going backwards, the tongue splits into two parts, wraps around its head between its skull and the skin, passes on either side of the neck bones and then comes up through its lower jaw and exits through the beak. This gives the woodpecker a long enough tongue that will stretch far enough to do an effective job of pest control on bug-infested trees! Now, how could that happen by blind evolutionary chance?
Even evolutionists admit that it’s silly to suggest that gradually over thousands of years the woodpecker’s tongue got longer and began to grow under his skin. As one evolutionary scientist said about the woodpecker’s tongue, “There are certain anatomical features which just cannot be explained by gradual mutations over millions of years. Just between you and me, I have to get God into the act, too, sometimes.”
Why wait to call on God as a last resort? Why not begin with our wonderful Creator!
Photo: Courtesy of Henry McLin. Licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.
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