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The Mine That Keeps Giving

Word of God Bible Wisdom

Source: Fox News

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Contributed By: GENE LAVALLEY | Date Posted: 2019-05-23

Scripture: Proverbs 25:2 ; Psalms 12:6

Author: James Rogers
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A mine in Australia has produced what its owner believes are two of the biggest gold specimens in recorded history.

The biggest of the stones came in at 198 pounds and is estimated by the company to contain about 143 pounds of gold, a total that at current prices would be worth around $2.6 million

The second-biggest piece weighed 132 pounds and was valued at about $1.95 million.

Early estimates from RNC Minerals have put the total take of coarse gold from the cut at more than 562 pounds, or more than $10.4 million worth.

Airleg driller Henry Dole has been credited with uncovering the astonishing find at the 45-year-old Beta Hunt gold mine near Kambalda.

APPLICATION

Here is what I like about this story…

They have been digging at this mine for 45 years….

And still getting gold, and not only that, but their biggest piece ever!

That is so much like the Word Of God. 

Dig in it for years and years, and still haven’t seen it all or exhausted its treasury,

In fact, I believe that the greatest revelation and truth are still to come!

"And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times" (Psalm 12:6). 

Vain Jangling

Words (Power of) Pride Wisdom

Source: preacherpollard.coml

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-03-10

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:6 ; Proverbs 17:27

Author: Neal Pollard
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The English language has done some changing in the 400-plus years since the King James Version was made available. Within its pages, you’ll find phrases like “straitened in your own bowels” (2 Corinthians 6:12), “superfluity of naughtiness” (James 1:21), “bloody flux” (Acts 28:8), “filthy lucre” (1Timothy 1:7), and “the thick bosses of his bucklers” (Job 15:26).

There is a beauty and picturesqueness to the Elizabethan English, though. One example of this is in 1 Timothy 1:6, which warns against “vain jangling.” To me, that’s a vivid way of translating a compound Greek word translated elsewhere as “fruitless discussions” (NASB), “idle talk” (NKJV), “vain discussion” (ESV), “meaningless talk” (NIV), and “empty talk” (MEV). Have you ever heard anyone jangling keys or coins in their pockets? It’s usually a nervous tic and mindless habit, but it can be loud and annoying. 

The cause of this "vain jangling" is revealed in verse 7, that “they want to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.” 

APPLICATION

We need to be cautious lest we become religious noisemakers, banging and clanging with reckless abandon. Our words hold the power of spiritual life or death within them (Proverbs 18:21). Thus, great restraint, copious forethought, and thoughtful execution ought to control our speech, wherever it is “heard.”

Otherwise, we may simply be declaring our thoughtless ignorance, both uninvited and unwelcome, and come off sounding like three dollars of pennies churning in the pocket of a champion fidgeter.

"A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered" (Proverbs 17:27). 

To Have More Learn To Be Content With Less

Stewardship Contentment Wisdom

Source: CNBC.COM, by Emmie Martin, January 20, 2018

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-02-02

Scripture: Haggai 1:6 ; 1 Timothy 6:6

Author: Rod Crowell
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Emmie Martin on CNBC reports: 

"Best known for his roles in movies such as 'National Treasure' and 'Leaving Las Vegas,' Nicolas Cage was once a top earner in Hollywood, worth $150 million.  But Cage didn't hold on to his fortune for long. He squandered it away on a string of expensive and often eccentric purchases, eventually facing foreclosure on several properties and owing the IRS 6.3 million in property taxes. Now worth around $25 million, Cage is taking roles left and right to help pay off his debts." 

What does she mean by 'expensive purchases'?  Try 15 residences (yes, all at once), two European castles, a deserted island in the Bahamas, a 9-foot-tall pyramid-shaped burial tomb, numerous shrunken heads, a pet octopus, and to cap it all off, a $276,000 dinosaur skull that turned out to be stolen and had to be returned to the Mongolian government. Mr. Cage, known for his adept portrayal of eccentric figures, appears to have a touch of that in his own private life.  Yet there's more to learn from his example than merely being more cautious with our money.

APPLICATION

In fact, the Bible tells us that those who fail to place the highest priority on honoring and worshipping God will tend toward impoverishment.  The prophet Haggai chastened the Israelites returning from Babylonian captivity for lavishly furnishing their own homes rather than rebuilding God's Temple, first.  He said, "Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little.  You eat, but never have enough ...You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it" (Haggai 1:5-6).  

On the other hand, 1 Timothy 6:6-7 reminds us, "But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires...." 

That's wisdom meant for you and me, not just for the likes of Nicolas Cage.  

The Leaning Tower of San Francisco

Jesus' Lordship New Year's Wisdom

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-29

Scripture: Matthew 7:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Asking The Best Questions

Seeker Wisdom Bible

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-13

Scripture: Matthew 7:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Are Alarms Going Off In Your Life?

Wisdom Consequences Word of God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-16

Scripture: Psalms 119:105 ; Psalms 19:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Use Your Head to Find Your Car

Wisdom Teachability Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

Scripture: Proverbs 4:7

Author: Vox.com / Illustration Exchange
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What Happens When A Homeless Person Is Given $100,000?

Wisdom Riches Second Chances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 3:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Well Prepared Man

Preparation Servanthood Wisdom

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-06

Scripture: John 6:6 ; Acts 20:35

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Good Fear

Fear Wisdom Guidance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-01

Scripture: Proverbs 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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