Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 11, 2007

Watch That Fire! 

You can tell that I’m serious about campfires by this recent picture from the Orchard Hills Campground in southeast Michigan’s Pontiac Lake Recreation Area.

Beyond the fire you can see part of our 5-foot-high wood pile (the logs behind are not visible) and some of my fire tools. We never have enough wood. I’ve yet to see a fire that didn’t need more wood!

I have built hundreds of fires over the years. When camping I take delight in using a single match per campsite—not per campfire, but per campsite. And accelerants are a “no-no.” Even when we stay at one location for a week, I’m almost always successful in using no more than one match the whole time.

Sometimes I don’t even use paper to restart my campfires. And sometimes I might even brag about lighting and building fires.

For those who are curious, here’s the secret to using only 1 match.
A big blaze leaves plenty of coals beneath the top layer of ashes. Scrape away an inch or two until you find heat and live coals. Add paper or wood shavings and watch the inferno ignite.

Recently after having built a roaring fire from just a tiny bright red spot and wood splinters, I thought about the warning from the Apostle James:

The tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.
(James 3:5,6)

Having just watched the tiny red spot quickly grow into a roaring blaze, I well understood the Biblical illustration of how much damage a tongue can do very quickly.

We take great care with fire, and we teach children to respect its power and use it properly. In the same way we should be extremely careful with our tongues and teach our children to use their tongues for the intended purpose—to glorify God and to bless others.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Thursday October 11, 2007 A.D.

Read October’s Bible-Science column
Noah’s Flood—A Global Event.

With it (the tongue) we bless our Lord and Father; and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. (James 3:9,10)

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. (Colossians 4:6)

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