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Man Buries Himself Alive for Eight Years

Fear Faith Balance

Source: St. Petersburg Times, July 17, 1982; "Wigan man lived under the floor" published Lancashire Evening Post, 12/14/07

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Contributed By: Jeffrey Hartman | Date Posted: 2013-11-12

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7

Author: Jeffrey Hartman
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ILLUSTRATION

Norman Green of Wigan, England vanished for eight years after local police came to his home questioning about the rape and eventual death of an 86 year old neighbor. Frightened, 34 year old Norman buried himself alive under the floor boards of his living room for eight years in a six foot by two foot hole. His wife Pauline never told their six children where their father had gone, but she did bring him food. While in his self-imposed prison, Norman's hair turned gray and his teeth fell out. Worse yet, he missed his children growing up. After finally turning himself in, he admitted, "It was terrible lying there listening to them talking and playing, but unable to let them know I was there." When he turned himself in at the age of 42, Norman was not prosecuted. He had never been a suspect.

APPLICATION

The things that we fear are often more a product of our imagination than anything else. They usually never come to pass, and if they do, the consequences often can't compare to the self-imposed prison of fear. While fear is a God-given gift, a natural response to possible danger intended to help prepare us to avoid harm, it can quickly turn into a curse if we fail to balance it with faith. That's why Paul tells Timothy that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).

Learning from the Locusts

Balance Spiritual Life Submission

Source: MORNING AND EVENING by Charles Spurgeon, p. 201

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3

Author: Charles Spurgeon
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ILLUSTRATION

Here they come again. Locusts. Every 17 years they return by the droves, by the millions, by the billions--a swarming cloud of creepy creatures which will soon take up residence in our forests, our parks, our yards, and leave behind their molted exoskeletons to crunch beneath our feet. Their encroaching may appear crazed and chaotic, but that is not at all the case.

Charles Spurgeon once noted:

Locusts always keep their rank, and although their number is legion, they do not crowd upon each other, so as to throw their columns into confusion. This remarkable fact in natural history shows how thoroughly the Lord has infused the spirit of order into His universe, since the smallest animate creatures are as much controlled by it as are the rolling spheres or the seraphic messengers.

C. H. Spurgeon was to nineteenth-century England what D. L Moody was to America. Although Spurgeon never attended theological school, by the age of twenty-one he was the most popular preacher in London. He preached to crowds of ten thousand at Exeter Hall and the Surrey Music Hall. Then when the Metropolitan Tabernacle was built, thousands gathered every Sunday for over forty years to hear his lively sermons. For his great oratory, he was dubbed "The Prince of Preachers." In addition to his regular pastoral duties, he founded Sunday schools, churches, an orphanage, and the Pastor's College. He edited a monthly church magazine and promoted literature distribution. - From the website dedicated to his legacy, spurgeon.org

APPLICATION

Spurgeon concludes:

It would be wise for believers to be ruled by the same influence in all their spiritual life. In their Christian graces no one virtue should usurp the sphere of another, or eat out the vitals of the rest for its own support. Affection must not smother honesty, courage must not elbow meekness out of the field, modesty must not jostle energy, and patience must not slaughter resolution. So also with our duties; one must not interfere with another; public usefulness must not injure private piety; church work must not push family worship into a corner. It is ill to offer God one duty stained with the blood of another.

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3).

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). 

Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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Remembered

Influence Priorities Legacy

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-05-26

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10

Author: Dennis Hevesi
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Vain Jangling

Words (Power of) Pride Wisdom

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

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

Author: Neal Pollard
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To Have More Learn To Be Content With Less

Stewardship Contentment Wisdom

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

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

Author: Rod Crowell
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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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Heaven Series--Surprise #7: The People We Will Find In Heaven

Heaven Series Grace Paradox

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; John 3:3

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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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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