Early Sunday morning June 3, Lighthouse Tabernacle in Crothersville, Indiana, went up in flames. The fire is still under investigation as to what caused it. Forty-five firefighters from six towns were called to battle the blaze for several hours with the flames as high as 10 to 12 feet, according to firefighters.
After they finally extinguished the flames, the pastor went back the next day to survey the destruction and found that despite all the fire and water damage, all the Bibles in the church were undamaged. Fire chief Charles Densford said that from his experience and knowledge regarding Bibles and fires, over 90% of the time the Bibles will survive–something he admits is amazing.
The pastor is thankful no one was hurt since the building was unoccupied at the time, although he is saddened by the loss of property. In response the community has offered the congregation all kinds of help, including offers of places to worship until they rebuild.
This incident is yet another example of what lengths God will go to to make sure his words are preserved. It also emphasizes how God’s word is more important than the material things we as a corporate church or as individual believers can accumulate in this temporary life on Earth. If God’s word is so vital that he performs miracles to make sure it continues, then isn’t that reason enough to take his word seriously and reverence it all the more?
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 1:24-25
Source: Carolyn Callahan, Fire destroys southern Indiana church, bibles not damaged, WLKY.com, June 4, 2018.