Tuesday, January 16, 2018

All That Glitters…

September 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles


As sparkling specks shone out of the gravel in our pan, my grandson got excited. He had earlier held a two-hundred-thousand-dollar gold ingot, but this was different. He’d had to return the ingot; but these gold specks were his for keeps!

We were panning for gold in the creek at Sovereign Hill, one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions.

Sovereign Hill offers a 1850s time warp, with elegant dress shops, banks, assay office, candy and candle-making shops, dining halls, theatres, wooden boardwalks, a newspaper office and printers. A ninepin  bowling alley (with wooden balls,) blacksmiths, wheelwrights, horse carts, a school, a church, stage coach rides, mine tours and quartz crushers all confront you with living history.

Costumed staff stroll the streets or serve in the shops: ladies in bonnets, long skirts with aprons; men in top hats, ruffled dress shirts and tails – or wearing vivid red soldiers’ uniforms. But miners in their drab, rough clothes add a more tangible touch by teaching visitors how to pan for gold down at the creek.

Our specks gave us a taste of gold fever; and seeing more specks gave our excitement a boost. Then we saw that these extra specks came from light shining through pin-prick sized holes in the bottom of our pan!

Any fantasies induced by our burst of gold-fever quickly deflated, but it was a good reminder of an old truth: “wealth that is hastily-gained will dwindle, but to gather little by little leads to prosperity”  (Proverbs 13: 11)

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love


Noel Mitaxa On behalf of a church near you, Inviting you to explore God’s grace   Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996. Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs. He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren. His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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