Tongue of Fire

Date

Nov 24, 2018

Sermon Series

How could something so small cause something so disastrous? Many personal disasters are started by small things or events. James, in the Bible, states, "Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6-7). The tongue, one of our smallest muscles, often has the power to destroy (or build up) lives.

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Dear Downers Church Family:

For the last week or two, our nation’s president has not been the top story. That is out of the norm. What has captivated the national morning news? Wildfires. There seems to be no reprieve for certain parts of California. When one fire is contained, another starts. Although California seems to get more press coverage, there are several large fires burning in other parts of our country. For example, it is believed that the Klondike fire in Oregon has burned more acreage than the CAMP fire in Northern California. There are also parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada on fire.

So what starts such fires? Most of these wildfires are started with a small spark. A recent USA Today article stated that a simple downed powerline or a discarded cigarette butt could devastate acres of land.

The Carr fire, which was ignited July of this year, burned about 230,000 acres around the Redding, California area. Just like the recent CAMP fire, many people were caught unaware of its approach. In some places it looked like a bomb hit. One account stated that the fire was so large and strong that it looked like a “fire tornado.” The sad reality of this fire was that it was started by a flat tire. What? A flat tire. It wasn’t the tire itself that started the fire, rather a trailer’s tire failed and the rim scraped against the asphalt. This friction caused a spark that started the 6th largest wildfire in California’s history.

How could something so small cause something so disastrous? Many personal disasters are started by small things or events. James, in the Bible, states, "Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6-7). The tongue, one of our smallest muscles, often has the power to destroy (or build up) lives.

Pastor Kent

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