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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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September 20, 2013 - Muddy Treasure

By Scott Harrup

Michael Dettlaff, 12, made headlines with his July 31 discovery of a 5.16-carat diamond during a family outing to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park. The stone's value is estimated at between $12,000 and $15,000 once cut.

The park is the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, and a finders-keepers policy attracts a steady stream of tourists. On average, two diamonds a day are found, although the great majority have little value.

Michael's was the 328th diamond found by a park visitor in 2013, and the 12th diamond this year weighing more than a carat. Michael discovered his treasure after only a few minutes on-site; most visitors can search for hours among the park's 37.5 plowed acres with nothing gained beyond the thrill of the hunt.

Michael named his find "God's Glory Diamond." The name, and Michael's experience, bring to my mind an old story of another field and another treasure.

Jesus' parable of a treasure hidden in a field is one of His shortest stories illustrating the kingdom of heaven. If you read two or three Bible chapters in a sitting, you might miss the message in this single verse.

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field" (Matthew 13:44, NIV).

Jesus was illustrating the immeasurable value of belonging to God's kingdom. True, our salvation can only take place by God's grace. But we must commit all that we are and all that we possess in order to fully realize everything God desires to do within us.

Visitors to Crater of Diamonds State Park have a far greater chance of shoveling worthless buckets of mud than of discovering a gem-quality diamond. I'm grateful that God's treasure -- though hidden by life's countless distractions, temptations, and empty ambitions -- is available to anyone who will listen to the Holy Spirit's guiding voice.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (




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