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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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ILLUSTRATION

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). 

Why Cheaters Think It's Ok To Cheat

Authority Honesty Bible

Source: preacherpollard.com

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-04-18

Scripture: James 3:1 ; Matthew 5:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

One of the nation’s biggest news stories last week involved a college admissions scam that included several high-profile people, including at least two Hollywood actresses. A California man, Rick Singer, spearheaded a scheme to bribe coaches and administrators at such colleges as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, and other prestigious universities. The bribes bought these privileged High School students extra time to take the SAT and ACT, make fake athletic profiles, and substitutes to take their entrance exams for them. This has proven embarrassing for both the colleges and those breaching this most basic of ethical codes (via Foxnews.com, Madeline Farber). 

Someone observed that there is a bit of irony and hypocrisy in all of this. We feel outraged at this glaring lack of honesty and ethics, but students who attend these (and other) universities have been taught for decades that there is no such thing as absolute truth and an objective standard of right and wrong. Should we really be surprised when people live out the implications of their world view? Remove a measurable, immutable standard, and anything goes! 

APPLICATION

Then there's the Bible, which lays down an ethical code that is universal and logical. Its rules are blind to nationality, economic status, gender, or age. And it shows no favoritism, leveling the playing field by placing greater expectations on those who have more (see Luke 12:48).  

Our challenge is to live lives of consistency, showing forth the benefits that come from respecting and adhering to God’s standards. Jesus calls such modeling “salt” and “light" (Matthew 5:13-16). 

We cannot keep others from being cheaters and liars, but we can show them a powerful alternative!

Devotional Crumbs

Word of God Bible Faith

Contributed By: Joe Ballard | Date Posted: 2018-07-19

Scripture: Matthew 15:26 ; Job 23:12

Author: Joe Ballard
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ILLUSTRATION

Crumbs are something we leave for the busboy at the restaurant to worry about.  They are small pieces of evidence that someone has enjoyed a meal.  However, God's word offers us crumbs as well.  

A woman came to the Lord for healing for her daughter and Jesus said, "It is not fitting to take the children's (Jews) bread and cast it to the dogs" (Matthew 15:26).  But what she said in response to is the attitude Jesus looks for in each of us.  She said, "True Lord, but even the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the master's table" (Matthew 15:27). 

 

APPLICATION

As far as Jesus was concerned, this Gentile woman expressed great faith because she understood the power of just a little crumb when that crumb comes from God's table ... from God's Word.  She knew that just a crumb from Jesus could make all of the difference.  

"I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread" (Job 23:12). 

Misusing the Bible

Bible Word of God Obedience

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-04-15

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Timothy 2:15

Author: Neal Pollard
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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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Feeding on the Word of God

Bible Devotion Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Jane Drew | Date Posted: 2017-10-28

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:3 ; Ezekiel 3:3

Author: Jane Drew
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The Book That Reads You

Bible Repentance Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-17

Scripture: John :24 ; Isaiah 55:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Read The Owner’s Manual

Bible Obedience Blessings/Blessedness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-11

Scripture: Psalms 1:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Just One Book

Bible Gospel Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Matthew 7:13 ; Ephesians 4:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Process Of Inspiration

Bible Word of God Inspiration (Holy Spirit)

Contributed By: Jon Winkelman | Date Posted: 2015-12-25

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:21 ; 2 Timothy 3:16

Author: Paul Enns
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