Blog: Max Dawson
October 10, 2015
Lee and I are in Aiken, South Carolina this week. Lots of rain from the hurricane. But attendance at all services yesterday at the Aiken church was very good.

Since everyone here seems to be thinking about water, here are ten little known facts about H2O.

1. A gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds.

2. The freezing point of water (normally 32 degrees Fahrenheit) lowers as the amount of salt in it increases. Seawater typically freezes at 28.4 degrees.

3. Water expands by 9% when it becomes ice.

4. About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.

5. Nearly half the water used in America is used in producing hydroelectric power.

6. In the United States there is more than 20 times more water underground than in all the lakes and rivers in the country.

7. A man can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.

8. The typical bottled water at the convenience store costs 99 cents and contains a half liter of water (16.9 ounces). That same 99 cents could fill that bottle with tap water about 1800 times.

9. Evian is one of the most popular brands of bottled water. It is also one of the more expensive brands. Evian spelled backward is naïve.

10. God uses water in His plan of salvation. The following verses make that clear.

“Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God'” (John 3:5).

“Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” (Acts 10:47).

…eight persons were saved through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you” (1 Peter 3:20-21 RSV)


Why is number 10 in the list above a little known fact? There are at least two reasons.

1. Preachers have told folks that salvation is by “faith alone,” and that baptism has no part in salvation.

2. Folks have not done enough Bible reading and study on their own to know the truth about fact number 10.

Can you help someone learn that truth today?

Blessings to you from water-inundated South Carolina.


(Sources: facts 1-8, Seametrics.com; fact 9, common observation; fact 10, God’s book)