You hear about inspirational events from time to time….well, I thought it would be nice to do an article on BIBLES!
I’m going to start with this one because this happened 8 hours before I began writing this article, BUT…that is when The Holy Spirit impressed upon me to do this article! Yes, that is divine intervention!
Family Bible Survives Tennessee House Fire-destroys-family-home-but-family-bible-survives-the-flames
HAWKINS COUNTY, Tennessee (WJHL) — A few photographs and a family Bible were the only items that survived a house fire in Carters Valley, Tennessee Sunday
“I was asleep, and I didn’t hear anything ,” said homeowner, Donna Clark.
Clark, and her 84-year-old father live at the home on 519 Way Cross Road in Hawkins County. Her father was at church at the time of the fire, but she was sleeping inside and did not hear the smoke alarms going off.
Her best friend and neighbor, Penny Byington saw the smoke and knew something was wrong.
“I ran over there, and when I got in and I opened the door you couldn’t see anything,” she said.
In a panic, she looked for her friend, and was able to jerk her awake and escape the burning house.
Fire officials with the Carters Valley Fire Department said when they arrived on scene, they were not able to make entry because the house was covered in flames.
“The fire moved pretty rapidly through the house,” said Captain of the Carter Valley fire department, Frank Vaughn. “There was nothing that we could do with it. It was fully engulfed when arrived.”
Multiple agencies worked to put out the flames. Crews had to shut down the road, and the train tracks nearby.
“We just couldn’t get enough water flow,” said Vaughn. “So had to get other agencies to haul water to us.”
Clark said they have homeowner’s insurance, and will rebuild. Despite the loss, Clark says she has her best friend and a higher power to thank for saving her life.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and thank God,” she said.
Red Cross has been called to assist the family. No one was injured in the fire.
Divine intervention? That’s what one witness is calling it after a driver and his Bible survived a car accident that caused the vehicle to burst into flames.
The accident happened on State Route 385 in Memphis, Tennessee, when a Jeep went off the road and quickly caught fire.
Several good Samaritans came to the driver’s aid, trying to get him out, according to CNN affiliates WMC-TV and WHNT-TV.
When an officer arrived on the scene, he saved the driver.
A Bible was also recovered from the car, apparently unscathed by the fire, despite the car ending up a total loss, in ashes.
One witness posted video on Facebook saying, “I just saw GOD on 385.”
Anita Irby wrote, “THE ENTIRE EXPRESSWAY STOPPED and people ran from their cars trying to break the windows and open the doors of this mans car to free him; as they were, the others went up in prayer for God to deliver this man from the paws of the devil.[…] None of the flames touched him.”
3 Ominous words of Jesus Emerge at Ground Zero
Sitting in the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City is a strange looking chunk of steel.
It was found in March 2002 in the wreckage of the Twin Towers, just a few months after the worst terrorist attack ever recorded on U.S. soil brought down the towers and killed nearly 3,000 people.
Fused to this piece of steel is a couple of twisted pages from the Bible, showing a large portion of Matthew Chapter 5 and a tiny sliver of Matthew 7. The part showing Chapter 7 contains the very last part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, where he was talking about two types of houses built on different types of foundations – one on rock, the other on sand.
To the casual observer this might be viewed as just another remnant of a very sad event.
It was a gift from above, miraculously recovered from the ruins below.
A decades-old Bible from the ravaged Spanish Christian Church was pulled from the East Harlem gas blast rubble by firefighters, an incredible find amid the carnage on Park Ave.
“The Word was preserved,” said the Rev. Rick Del Rio of Abounding Grace Ministries, who turned out for a Saturday prayer service on 116th St.
“We thank God for that,” he continued. “The building has come down, but the spirits are alive.”
The Bible was the original used by founders of the storefront church, a Harlem fixture for 80 years.
Carmen Vargas-Rosa, financial secretary of the small evangelical church, offered a prayer of thanks after hearing that the Good Book survived.
“I thank God,” said an emotional Vargas-Rosa. “It was wonderful. I really didn’t think that anything that was paper would survive.”
The FDNY discovery Friday invoked a biblical passage from Isaiah: “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
The Spanish Christian Church was reduced to rubble by the Wednesday blast. Five of its 60 parishioners died.
The investigation into the leak that killed eight people should kick into high gear on Sunday once the last bits of debris are removed from the scene, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said.
The Bible is the original used by founders of the church, which has served the community for 80 years.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the NYPD will check the basement gas meters and pipes in search of a cause.
The Rev. Thomas Perez was overwhelmed to learn that the church’s venerable Bible had emerged from the ashes. The pastor was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center as a precaution after he complained of chest pains before the Saturday prayer service began.
“When he saw this Bible, that’s when he had the palpitations,” said city Public Advocate Letitia James. “Through all of the rubble, through all of the destruction, his Book survived.”
The Only Item That Survived the Lady Antebellum Bus Fire was Hillary Scott’s Bible
Hillary Scott of the country music band Lady Antebellum said her tour bus caught fire on Thursday, which forced everyone to evacuate and destroyed all personal belongings except her Bible.
“EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND. It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver,” Scott posted on Instagram. “Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe. Love you all!!!!”
She also posted that her Bible was the only item that was not destroyed, saying her faith has deepened.
I just got this picture from the scene of the fire and HAD to share this. Today, when our bus caught on fire we had quite a few personal belongings in the back (where I was asleep before evacuating the bus) one of them being my Bible. I kid you not, EVERYTHING in the back lounge was destroyed from the flames, except my Bible. The outside cover was burned and messed up but NOT ONE PAGE was missing. Yall, God’s Word will always stand. He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today. I hope this story deepens yours.
Bible Survivies Fire That Destroys Jenks Family’s Home JENKS, Oklahoma
One universal truth about house fires is that most anything of any value is lost for heavily damaged by the flames, water or smoke.
Then, occasionally, something remarkable happens, like in the case of one Jenks family, whose home burned in December.
Demolition workers, who were clearing the lot after the fire, found something buried in the ashes that appeared to be untouched by the fire.
It was the family Bible.
Lauren Burns and her family lived at the home in Jenks until last month. A fire started around 7 p.m. on December 14, and burned until about 3 a.m.
There wasn’t much left
She said all of her memories were there, and one she’ll never forget surrounds the Bible that was recovered from the ashes. She said it was in the home-school classroom in the back of the house, where the fire probably started.
“It was pretty much on fire the entire time. Nothing else made it. All our other school books, markers, our white board—everything was gone,” Burns said.
Everything except the Bible.
“It was over here in the classroom area,” said Jason Davis, with Titan Quality Construction.
His crew found the Bible when they began to remove debris from the back of the house, and he had the same questions you or I might have.
“Did somebody move that? Did someone put that there?” Davis said.
He said they assured him they found it just as the picture shows as they began removing debris from that part of the house.
As we stood there and talked I found a book on the ground that had been damaged in the fire.
“Someone was watching over us. Someone was trying to prove a point that we are going to be okay,” Burns said.
No one was injured in the fire. The family is living in a rental house at the moment, and plan to rebuild on the same lot.
Buried Bible Survive In Black Forest Fire
BLACK FOREST – A buried Bible was found preserved during a fire that spread through a forest in June. This finding gives a glimmer of hope to those in heartache.The red-zippered Bible was given to a resident named Mustin by her parents when she was a kid.
Mustian did not expect to see her Bible again after her house was destroyed in the Black Forest fire in June. Now, She hopes others will see the recovery of her Bible as something positive among all of the woes brought on by the fire.
Mustian’s house was destroyed in the Black Forest fire in June. She asked an excavating crew to keep an eye out for the Bible while she actually did not expect to ever see it again.
The crew did find the bible as it turned up under dirt on Aug. 13. It was tattered and the top right-hand corner had been nearly gone.
“They found it while I was out there,” Mustian said. “It was pretty emotional.” Mustian cried when one of the workers handed it to her, and she had to leave the site.
Mustian and her husband had buried the Bible before the foundation was of their house was damaged in 2004. The Mustians were renting out their home when the fire hit, so they did not lose any of their possessions.
“My husband felt like since we were building – we’d never built a house before – I just want to bury the Bible so that when we move in, we’ll know we’re building the house on rock – the rock being Jesus Christ,” Mustian said.
The couple wrote Scriptures on an envelope that they placed in the bag with the Bible. After praying, they buried it underneath what would be the kitchen because that is the “heart of the home.”
“The house was really important to us when we built it, and we were sad to leave it,” Mustian said. “We were planning on retiring there.”
She said she wishes others will see the recovery of her Bible as something positive among all of the woes brought on by the fire.
The couple plans to rebuild on the same site in Black Forest and move in. They are going to preserve the Bible and place it in a shadow box in their new home.
And under her new house will be a new buried Bible.
Bible, Pillowcase Survive House Fire Untouched
GERMANTON, N.C. — A Germanton family had everything damaged or destroyed in a house fire on Saturday except for two things: a pillowcase and a Bible.
Zach and Jennifer Johnson, plus their two boys and their dog, Lily, weren’t injured in the fire, which started around 8:30 a.m. on Fieldcreek Farms Road.
“(Zach) came down the stairs and saw flames going up the wall,” Jennifer said. “It’s a blessing we got out.”
A firefighter then gave the family another unexpected blessing, handing them a Bible and a pillowcase that was inscripted with words from Psalms 91:11.
Despite being found in a charred bedroom chair, both were untouched by the fire that consumed everything around it.
“God most definitely had something to do with it. You look at everything in that house, and we haven’t retrieved anything that didn’t have smoke damage, fire damage or something we’re not trying to repair. This is something we haven’t had to touch,” Zach said.
A family friend, Linda Keeter, gave them what’s called a ‘healing’ pillowcase as a Christmas gift. Linda and the Johnsons attend Christ Episcopal Church in Walnut Cove.
“We had the pillowcases blessed, which is a very common practice in the Episcopal Church, and the priest says prayers over them. Since it was a Guardian Angel prayer, I wanted them to have it,” Linda said.
She got the pillowcase from a local company called It’s All Yours.
It’s unclear what started the fire, but it’s believed to have started in the garage.
The Johnsons said they are thankful for all the help from family, friends and the woman at the Salem Chapel Fire Department.
Pocket Bible Survives Three Wars
A metal-covered New Testament, originally a source of strength for a Sailor in World War II, is now providing a connection for a Sailor nearly seven decades later.
“My dad just approached me…a couple days before I was leaving to go back to fly overseas,” Chris Carson said. “He said, ‘You take the Bible with you, Chris. It’s important to have it with you to keep in mind the good Lord.’ My dad is pretty religious. I brought it with me.”
He carried the Bible aboard the patrol ship Sirocco, which patrolled the northern Persian Gulf. Like his father and grandfather before him, Chris Carson doesn’t consider the pocket New Testament to be a good luck charm, but something that connects him with higher things.
Even today, trainees entering the US military can still get religious texts (from Korans to New Testaments), often in military camouflage but sans the metal lining.
Tim Collier tells tale of how Bible survives car fire
An Alabama family’s car was engulfed by flames and report that the only thing to survive the fire was their family Bible.
Timothy Collier and his wife were driving in Mobile on Thursday when a fellow driver noticed flames coming from underneath their vehicle. That driver managed warn the Colliers and Tim says he and his wife pulled over at a gas station and got out just before the SUV burst into flames.
“When the guy said it the first time, I didn’t quite know what he was talking about,” Collier said. “So I still tried to get to the gas station. He turned around and came back and said, ‘get out the car; your car is on fire,’” Collier recalled.
“We got out just in time,” the man told Fox 10. “After we get out of the car it burst into flames.”
“This Bible is the only thing that didn’t burn, The Bible made it through,” Tim explained, detailing how the inside of the vehicle is unrecognizable, the steering wheel is gone, the seats are burned to the metal and there’s no trace of a hood remaining.
Bible survives fire that destroys Dearing home
Firefighters from McDuffie Fire Rescue and McDuffie EMA responded to a home fire Thursday morning that seemed to be routine. However, some see a miracle emerging from that fire.
Bernice Hunt said the smoke detectors began going off in the upper level of her Dearing home around 8 a.m. Jan. 6.
“The smoke detectors were going off all over, sort of fighting one another for sound. I didn’t see anything at first so I started opening the closets,” she said. “When I opened the front room closet, it was on fire. I screamed for my son, ‘The closet is on fire, the closet is on fire.’ ”
Hunt’s son Dellwyn ran outside to get the water hose, but by then it was too late.
“The black smoke came rolling down the stairs,” Hunt said. She and her son went outside and called 911.
At 8:29 a.m., McDuffie Fire Rescue arrived at 3040 Ellington Airline Road in Dearing to find flames coming from the upper level of the two-story home. Two fire engines and 14 fire personnel were on the scene. Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Sewell said they had cleared the scene by 11:30 a.m.
“Pretty much everything had burned up,” Sewell said.
While searching through the house for hot spots or anything that could be salvaged, firefighter Christopher Hinton came across something unusual – a Bible that had not been touched by the flames.
“I couldn’t really believe what I was seeing at the time,” he said. “It was like a miracle.”
Hinton said everything around the Bible was burned, but when he picked it up it was cold and wet.
Sewell said that whenever they find an item like that, they try to get it back into the family’s hands. He said he pointed out Bernice Hunt, the owner of the house, and Hinton gave her the Bible.
“I was so happy,” Hunt said, adding that the Bible is a family heirloom that has been passed down through generations.
Hunt said the Bible used to belong to her husband, who was a minister, the Rev. Johnny Hunt.
As of Tuesday, the cause of the fire had not been determined. No one was injured in the fire. The family is in need of clothing and household items. Anyone interested in helping may contact Tish Davis, Hunt’s niece, at (706) 627-7190. Hunt said they are accepting pretty much anything.
“Whatever they can give,” Hunt said. “I know everybody is having it kind of rough.”
Hunt said she always has and always will keep the faith, through everything.
“The Lord brought us to it and he is gonna carry us through it,” Hunt said. “I just know everything is gonna be alright.”
Rwanda: Bible survives fire unscathed at children’s home
Hope For Life Ministry operates a home for street boys in Kigali, Rwanda focused on holistic and long-term care. On November 22nd, a fire caused by a faulty voltage regulator completely destroyed one of the bedrooms in the home and damaged a couple other rooms, but miraculously, two objects emerged intact.
“There’s an emergency, come quick!” cried Yassipi, one of the 16 boys staying at the home. The staff rushed in to find orange flames crackling in one of the bedrooms.
Immediately the children were evacuated and all hands were employed to pass buckets of water to throw on the fire. But the flames continued to grow and the bucket brigade couldn’t keep up due to low water pressure. For a moment, everyone despaired, believing that the whole house might burn down.
The children and staff gathered to pray. “Please God, save our home,” they cried.
Then neighbors rushed over yelling, “Dirt! Throw dirt on the fire!” The neighbors, staff, and children worked together, filling buckets with dirt. After 15 minutes of throwing dirt on the fire, the flames began to subside. Staff was able to re-enter the smoldering house and pile soil on the burning furniture until all the flames were extinguished.
Everyone gathered outside and began praising the Lord for saving the house from complete destruction, and most importantly, no one was hurt. Gratitude was expressed to the neighbors, whose advice helped avert a disastrous outcome.
Bunk beds and other furniture, clothing, and all their school materials were destroyed. There were only two things that made it out of the bedroom; one was a Bible and the other was a math book. When the Bible was discovered, the boys turned to each other and said, “How did this Bible survive?”
Prompted by the Spirit, they began singing “there is power in the name of Jesus!” It was a powerful moment that will not be forgotten by Yassipi and the other boys. “They thought God protected his Word,” notes Hilliary Anderson, co-founder of Hope for Life.
The fire is a setback to Hope for Life and shook up the boys. After taking inventory they estimate it will cost $1,450 to rebuild three rooms damaged by the fire, and another $350 to replace lost materials. They hope to begin the rebuilding process soon and have the boys back in their bedrooms by Christmas.
Fire destroys family home, but family Bible survives the flames
An East Texas family lost their home in a morning fire, but they say they still have a lot to be thankful for.
Just before 10 a.m., the Lindale Fire Department was called out to a home on County Road 4116. When they got there, they say they found flames coming out of the front door. The inside of the home was destroyed, but one special family heirloom was salvaged.
“It’s a total loss… I can see. It’s not a good feeling even if you don’t live here… just memories,” says Dorothy Jones.
Dorothy has owned this home since the early ’80s. Before the fire, it was home to her son and his girlfriend. The pair was at Dorothy’s home, just down the street, having a post-Thanksgiving breakfast when they received a startling call from a family member.
“Next thing I know, he was calling and telling me the house was on fire,” she explains.
The Lindale, Van and Mineola fire departments were able to put the fire out. Unfortunately, next to nothing inside the home was salvageable.
“I tried to get them to spray through the window where I had an antique sewing machine… antique Bible… it’s all gone. Well I’m sure it’s all gone,” says Dorothy.
However, Dorothy was happy to learn that she was wrong. That antique Bible, their family heirloom, was damaged but not destroyed. After firefighters returned it to her, Dorothy quickly flipped to her favorite verse, Psalms 23.
“Over my years of doing this, it’s really amazing; some of the time you’ll get Bibles that has never been touched. Sometimes it’s a photo book or family album that is perfectly clean and nothing has even touched it. It’s a weird phenomenon that happens from time to time,” explains Lindale firefighter and EMT Kelly Hayes.
The salvaged Bible is a phenomenon that Dorothy considers a blessing. Though, she says, the biggest blessing is that her son and his girlfriend weren’t home when the destructive fire broke out.
“Angels were watching over him,” she says.
The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. The residents say they’d been experiencing some electrical problems and had to reset the circuit breaker a couple of times in the last 24-hours. They think that might be related to whatever sparked the fire.
Matthew 24 (KJV)
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.