Mines Sermon Illustrations

Mines Sermon Illustrations

Deepest Coal Seam

Place—Sydney, Australia. Engineers at the Blair Athol open cut coal mine have found the deepest coal seam in the world, 110 feet thick and covered with one hundred feet of earth. The manager of the Blair Athol Coal Company, R. Arbuckle, said the seam had been found by engineers drilling six hundred feet ahead of the present coal face. At the present production rate, the seam will not be reached for about four years, but the company hopes to increase production soon to make Queensland independent of supplies brought by ship from the southern states.

At present the Blair Athol open cut mine is working a coal face one thousand feet long and ninety feet deep, but production is only twelve hundred tons a day because of lack of mechanical equipment.

Behold how many furnaces will be made to blaze, how many hearthstones will be made warm with welcome, how much food will be cooked, how many chimneys will give forth clouds of smoke because of this mine.

Thinking of this sufficiency of coal, I thought, too, of these
words:

Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? (Isaiah 40:15-18).

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