In 1799, fifty years before the California gold rush, gold was discovered in
North Carolina. At Stanfield in Cabbarus county a 12 year old boy found a
nugget weighing 17 pounds. His father, John Reed, not knowing what it was, used
it as a doorstop. In 1802 he took it to a market in Fayetteville. A jeweler
recognized that the doorstop was gold and bought it for $3.50. John Reed was
neither the first nor the last to fail to recognize the value in something.
Many do not recognize the value of a marriage until it is gone. Some do not
recognize the value of the home, the value of the church, the value of a good
reputation. Each one is priceless and never to be treated lightly.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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