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Pearl of Great Price

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Jill Carattini’s article Transfigured, found on the website of Ravi Zacharias’ International Ministries, tells
the story of a priceless discovery. A lady named Barbara Krensavage insisted that clams are not a regular
part of her diet. Yet on one snowy evening in December she found herself craving an old recipe and thus
brought home four dozen quahogs — a clam particularly abundant along the Eastern shores of the
United States, between Cape Cod and New Jersey. Mr. Krensavage was amid shucking the shellfish for
dinner when he discovered one that looked dead. It had a different color to it, and he thought it was
diseased. As he was about to discard it, Mrs. Krensavage took a closer look.

It wasn’t dead after all. In fact, inside the live clam was a rare, possibly priceless, purple pearl. Experts
estimate that roughly one in two million quahog clams contains a gem-quality pearl like the one found
by the Krensavages. Due to the great rarity of the find, it has been difficult to place a value on it, though
some have estimated the pearl to be worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Jesus spoke of a kingdom in Matthew 13:45-46, where, like the discovery of the Krensavages, all is not as it
may appear on the surface. In a world primarily marked more by disease and death than promise, Jesus
spoke of a treasure that is hidden, a mystery that is revealed in this life, worth selling all we have to
possess it. He spoke of His Kingdom as both present and real. He called it a pearl of great price: “For the
kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went
away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

Just as some shellfish and particularly the kingdom of heaven possess pearls whose priceless value are
not immediately apparent, so also are three great events involving MSBC this month that I heartily
encourage you to check out!

First, National Night Out is on Tuesday night, October 3rd (5 pm) at Depot Park Plaza in downtown Grand
Saline. Among many others, we will have a booth to represent MSBC and a bounce house for children to
enjoy. We will give away frisbees with our church name and website imprinted on each frisbee. There will
also be free popcorn and water bottles. Additionally, we will give away both English and Spanish Bibles.
I also understand there will be a dunking booth in which a certain pastor in the community (which will
remain nameless!) is scheduled to be dunked as a part of the evening event. Please keep this event in
prayer and come out and enjoy a good time, support your church, and meet and greet your neighbors.
There are some real pearls here to be discovered if you plan now to participate in this event.

Second, October 8th is Mission Sunday at MSBC. Daniel and Tiffany Kilcoyne, missionaries to France, will
speak in the morning worship service and make a presentation at the mission lunch immediately
following the morning service. All are invited! Meat and drinks will be supplied; please bring a covered
side dish or dessert for all to enjoy. Plan to be at both the worship service and luncheon to hear about
how you and our church can discover some pearls in expanding our mission horizons together in France.

Third, the Grand Saline Trunk or Treat event is on Oct. 28th. We will need approximately 30 cars to
provide trunks for candy treats for children. We will have a large outside slide, bounce houses, and
carnival-like games at each trunk. There will be prizes for the best decorated trunks. This is another
great opportunity to make the most of your time for Christ by volunteering to help, and I suspect you
will find some hidden pearls as well in this outreach event to the children and families of our
community. For more information, contact the church office or see our Children’s Minister, Heather
Good, about how you can be involved.

So, while you’re out there discovering priceless pearls for Christ this month, have a great October!

Your friend and pastor,

Bruce

Author: Bruce Smilie

Pastor - Main Street Baptist Church, Grand Saline, TX bruce@churchonmainstreet.com