Sheri’s Story

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I heard the Briscoes on Focus on the Family this week and was delighted to hear their voices again!

Stuart Briscoe impacted me many years ago while I was attending a college near Los Angeles. I had transferred from another college where women were considered equal with men in ministry (for God needs all His warriors—not just the male ones). But back in the 1970s in Southern California, I was being told that women could not hold ministry leadership positions—I was told it wasn’t scriptural.

I remember Stuart’s response: He said the teachings were unclear on that subject but that he did not want to stand before God someday and be accused of stifling any woman’s calling.

Those words picked up my stifled spirit and gave me the courage to keep on serving God, regardless of what was being taught around me. It helped solidify my courage and determination.

I am now an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, teaching children about Jesus. My new book, The Prince and the Plan, which teaches children about the plan of salvation, will come out next June.

The courage I gained from Stuart Briscoe’s comments all those years ago has helped me grow bold for Jesus. Thank you!

—Sheri

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6 of the Longest Bridges in the U.S.

While you may be familiar with the country’s more famous bridges — such as the Brooklyn Bridge — there are many enormous ones that don’t have that kind of name recognition, though they’re equally impressive. Here are just six of the longest bridges in the United States.

Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge

Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge

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This concrete toll bridge opened in 2009 and is also known as the Gateway to the Gulf Expressway. It’s approximately nine miles long, making it one of the longest bridges not just in the United States, but in the world. It spans across Louisiana’s Bayou Lafourche, a 106-mile-long river providing drinking water to over 300,000 people. Along with LA 3090, Louisiana Highway One provides one of the only ways to access Port Fourchon by land.

If you didn’t think this bridge was long enough already, the LA 1 Improvement Project wants to expand it by nine more miles. Under this project, the bridge would ultimately reach Louisiana’s Golden Meadow. The goal is to provide better evacuation routes to residents and local businesses when Louisiana experiences hurricanes or floods. The expanded bridge would also boost the economy by making local port towns more accessible to tourists and fishers.

Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge

Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge

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This bridge is over ten miles long and carries Interstate 10. It spans Lake Pontchartrain, the LaBranche Wetlands, part of the St. John the Baptist Parishes, and, as its name suggests, the Bonnet Carré Spillway in Louisiana.

This spillway is a vital part of the Louisiana landscape. It helps to prevent the Mississippi River from flooding, reduces the river current’s speed, and prevents local levees from becoming overwhelmed. This structure has only been opened 12 times since it was completed in 1931. The huge bridge spanning across the top of it was constructed several decades later, in 1972.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

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Shore to shore, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel spans a spectacular 17.6 miles. It was opened in 1964, and by 1965 it had been designated as “One of Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World.” It was also given the award for “Outstanding Engineering Achievement” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

This bridge connects the Delmarva Peninsula with southeastern Virginia, spanning across open waters around the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It offers an incredible amount of convenience, cutting 95 miles off the trip between Wilmington, Delaware, and Virginia Beach.

Even more impressive is the condition under which it was built; due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean, this bridge had to be constructed during hurricanes and other severe storms. In 1995, a parallel crossing project was built under these same dangerous conditions in order to make the bridge even safer and to meet the increasing traffic demands.

Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

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Sometimes called the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge or the Swamp Expressway, the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge measures 18 miles long and stretches across the Atchafalaya Basin. This basin is the largest river swamp in the country, encapsulating approximately a million acres of land — more than the Florida Everglades. In fact, the word “Atchafalaya” derives from a Choctaw term and means “long river.”

The bridge is a twin bridge, meaning that it consists of two roadways running parallel to one another. It opened in 1973, and since then has become one of the busiest bridges in the state. Driving along the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, you might find yourself driving through the treetops — parts of the bridge were elevated in order to allow barges to sail underneath. This bridge also connects several rural bayou areas with the highway, making travel much more convenient.

Manchac Swamp Bridge

Manchac Swamp Bridge

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If you’re into ghost stories and impressive feats of engineering, you’ll absolutely love the Manchac Swamp Bridge. The 22.8-mile-long bridge stretches across the Manchac Swamp — a place swimming with folklore and supernatural tales. According to legend, a voodoo princess began haunting the swamp after she died in 1915. She is said to have placed a curse on the surrounding area, causing hurricanes and dangerous storms. But she isn’t alone in the swamp. She shares her space with a Rougarou, or a Cajun werewolf (and a lot of alligators).

Just over 2,000 people travel across this area every day. The bridge carries about a third of I-55 across swampland. Due to its location, it was incredibly expensive to build. In order to ensure its stability, each concrete leg of the bridge had to be planted more than 250 feet into the swamp — this means that every single mile of the bridge cost $7 million to build.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

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At nearly 24 miles in length, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world’s longest bridge across water — it was even recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1969. You should avoid this bridge if you have any sort of fear of heights or water; once you get far enough onto it, there is a portion of the bridge where you completely lose sight of land in all directions. Drivers have been known to freeze up during this eight-mile stretch, suddenly feeling trapped and frightened. It is a common enough occurrence that local police know to simply escort these motorists back off the bridge.

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Titus 1

1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,

To Titus, my true son in our common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good

10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

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