IN 1799, CONRAD Reed discovered a seventeen-pound rock while fishing in Little Meadow Creek.
Not knowing what it was made of, his family used it as a doorstop for three years.
In 1802, his father, John Reed, took it to a jeweler who identified it as a lump of gold worth about $3,600.
That lump of gold, which was used as a doorstop for three years in North Carolina, is one of the biggest gold nuggets ever found east of the Rockies.
THOUGHT: Until its composition was determined, its value was unknown. Even so, until the composition of our faith is determined, its strength is unknown. God allows trials in our lives, not to hurt us, but too strengthen and prove us.
Source: Ministry 127
“That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Pet. 1:7
“OUR ETERNITY IS more important than anything that can happen in the few short decades we spend in this life. No matter how much suffering takes place now, it is far more critical to settle where we will be once that suffering ends”
17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
AUTHOR SIDNEY GREENBERG once wrote some very interesting words about loss.
He notes that when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911 and was missing for two years, more people went to stare at the blank space in the museum than had gone to look at the masterpiece in the twelve previous years it had hung there unmolested.
Greenberg says this intriguing bit of information tells us something important about ourselves.
“It points to our all-too human tendency to fail to take adequate note of precious things while we have them. But let one of them be taken from us and we become painfully aware of the ‘blank space’ in our lives, and our attention is sharply focused on the ‘blank space.’
“The walls of our lives are crowded with Mona Lisas,” he writes, “but we are unmindful of them. Countless blessings attend us daily and we are so insensitive to them. The more often and more regularly we receive any blessing, the less likely we are to be aware of it. What is constantly granted is easily taken for granted.”
Guest editorialist: Ken Wilson, “Creating Biblical Leaders,” p. 57
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; AND BE THANKFUL“ (Col. 3:15–emphasis mine, mb).
I HAVE A vivid recollection of that day.
My wife came in the room, turned on the TV set and then spoke in shaken tones. She said, “They’ve flown a jet-liner into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York…” For the next several hours I sat transfixed before the television and watched in horror as the events of 911 unfolded.
Eighteen years after that dreadful day, some Americans, like myself, look back on September 11 with intense emotion. We recall those gaping wounds in the sides of the towers. We remember those ill-fated flights and how they were intentionally slammed into the very icons of our nation. We remember those thick plumes of noxious smoke as they bellowed out of the top of those lofty skyscrapers and into our collective conscience. We remember our own anxiety and ponder what must have raced through the hearts of fellow-citizens as they contemplated the end of their earthly existence and the brevity of human life. We remember the internal shock of watching the first, and then the second tower plummet to the ground. We remember those feelings of helplessness and despair as lower Manhattan was engulfed in ash and debris.
But may I suggest, dear reader, that there is a far more terrible tragedy that warrants our joint remembrance.
Every first day of the week (Acts 20:7), we need to call to memory (1 Cor. 11:23-26) those horrific events which transpired nearly 2,000 years ago:
“Lest I forget Gethsemane, lest I forget Thine agony, lest I forget Thy love for me, lead me to Calvary.”
“Do this in remembrance of Me…” (1 Cor. 11:24, 25).
QUESTION: “Why do members of the church of Christ eat the Lord’s Supper every Sunday?”