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Fire burns Texas church but cross remains

The Balsora Baptist Church in Bridgeport Texas has been destroyed by a devastating fire on Friday, June 17, causing great distress for the residents.  However, the community also witnessed a miracle as even though the church has been completely destroyed, a cross of the church remains upright and undestroyed.  Pastor Sonny Smith described it as “a sign from God” and an “absolute miracle.”

Tré Goins-Phillips reports in Faithwire:

Pastor Sonny Smith is calling it “a sign from God” after his church’s sanctuary burned to the ground with only one thing remaining upright: the cross.

“To me, that was a sign from God, saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’m still here and I’m going to lead you forward,’” the preacher told KDFW-TV, noting the congregation would meet outside, near the scene of the fire.

“Shed some tears together over what was — but also create some excitement for what God plans for us in the future,” Smith continued, referring to the Sunday outdoor gathering, which came two days after the building went up in flames. “I can tell you what’s inside of our church family: it’s faith.”

During an interview with CBS News, Smith called the cross’ survival “an absolute miracle.”

“That cross is where we would get little pieces of paper with a string and everyone put all their family members and different ones they wanted to pray for and we hung them up on that cross,” he explained. “It’s an absolute miracle that that cross made it through the fire when nothing else did.”

A representative of the Wise County Emergency Services Department No. 2 said that even though the loss of the church has been devastating for the community, the view of the cross is a “sight to behold.”

A spokesperson for the Wise County Emergency Services Department No. 2 told Fox News the fire at Balsora Baptist Church was “a devastating loss to our community” but called the still-standing cross a “sight to behold.”

“The fire took the structure, but not the cross,” added the representative. “A symbol that the building was just that, a building. The church is the congregation, and where two or more gather, there He shall be also.”

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