Members of a Mississippi church are in mourning after a fireplace destroyed their historic sanctuary, however a 180-year-old Bible that weathered the blaze is bringing much-needed hope to the beleaguered congregation.
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School Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Mississippi, in-built 1844, has impressed Christians for practically two centuries, however the historic constructing was left in what WATN-TV described as a “scene of full devastation” after the Aug. 13 hearth broke out.
The unique pews, pulpits and stained glass had been utterly destroyed through the tragic inferno, leaving church members in ache and mourning. However one merchandise did endure a Bible.
The historic Bible, courting again to the church’s founding, has been handed down and preached from all through the church’s historical past, with dated inscriptions within the guide’s margins telling a part of its historical past.
Whereas the holy guide was normally saved open on a pulpit, somebody closed it simply hours earlier than the hearth, amazingly defending it from potential destruction.
Watch this WATN-TV report for extra on the Bible.
Church elder Doug Paul told WATN-TV the Bible’s survival has despatched a profound message to the congregation.
“We’re a Bible-believing church, and we consider that that’s the phrase of God, and that’s sustaining,” he mentioned. “And so the concept primarily nothing on this church survived however the phrase of God — that’s not misplaced on us.”
Paul mentioned the church feels “heartbreak” and “hope,” as they recall God’s goodness.
“The primary response on Sunday is heartbreak,” he mentioned. “However there’s simply as a lot as there’s a heartbreak, there’s additionally hope and a confidence that, if God protected us for the primary 180 years, there’s no cause why we’re not going to construct once more and be protected for an additional 180.”
An analogous message was posted on the School Hill Presbyterian Church web site, with leaders lamenting the loss however wanting towards God’s goodness.
“This historic constructing, constructed in 1844, was a major a part of our church’s wealthy historical past, and we’re mourning its loss,” it reads. “Nevertheless, School Hill Presbyterian Church is a physique of believers, not a constructing. Whereas we’re devastated by the loss, we’ll proceed to collect and unite with nice hope and pleasure as a congregation to worship the Lord who has faithfully shepherded and liked this church for therefore lengthy.”
The church gathered on Aug. 20 for providers in its schooling constructing, which was untouched by the hearth. The reason for the incident is below investigation.
Proceed to hope for the congregation because it recovers from this tragic occasion.
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