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The story that inspired the classic lecture, Acres of Diamond, tells about a farmer in Africa who became tremendously excited about looking for diamonds. He sold his farm to head out to the diamond line. He wandered all over the continent, as the years slipped by, constantly searching for diamonds and wealth, which he never found. Eventually he went completely broke and threw himself into a river and drowned.


Meanwhile, the new owner of his farm picked up an unusual looking rock about the size of a country egg and put it on his mantle as a sort of curiosity. A visitor stopped by and realized what that rock was. He told the new owner of the farm that the funny looking rock on his mantle was about the biggest diamond that had ever been found. The new owner of the farm said, "Heck, the whole farm is covered with them" - and sure enough it was. The farm turned out to be the Kimberly Diamond Mine.


When I answered the call to be the pastor of this church, I did not see what I could do with this church. I saw what the members of this church could do in this community. I saw the potentials you have and the ways God has gifted each of you. The challenge we face is not that we do not have the means to reach and serve our community. We have the means. We only need the willingness to apply our means.

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