A Baptism of Fire

Matthew 3:11
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Baptism, Holy Ghost, Pentecostals
Series: New Testament Sermons


Matthew 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Luke 12:49-51  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?  50  But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!  51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:


In a few short months, summer will be upon us.  Although in our area of the United States we do not have to deal with a perplexity that sweeps through the western states and some of the northwestern states.  That difficulty they have to deal with is forest fires.  We have some the highest technology now to fight fires.  Sometimes the blazes are started by careless campers who allow a wayward campfire to destroy thousands of acres.  Sometimes it is a still lit cigarette that is the culprit.  Or sometimes, as with last summer, the fires are started by absurd arsonists.  However, more often than not the forest fires began with a summer thunderstorm and a lightning strike.

Once the fire gains the force of the winds behind it and the dry tinder in front of it, the fire starts to rage entirely out of control.  Consuming whatever is in it's path, dead trees, dry creek beds, even homes become prey to the blaze.  As the forest rangers and firefighters began to struggle with the onslaught of the fire, everything possible to contain the fire is placed at their disposal.  They start back-fires which burns areas before the main body of the fire can ravage it.  The use of airplanes and helicopters that drop tons of chemicals and water on the blaze is used.  Bulldozers and other heavy equipment become huge tools to extinguish the fires.

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