As terrible fires rage across multiple west coast states, destroying lives and property yet incalculable, reports are coming in that several have been arrested separately for arson, charged with intentionally setting fires in Oregon, California, and Washington. Multiple unrelated suspects are allegedly connected with the “defund the Police” protests and at least one suspect has been previously arrested at protests rallies where he set an incendiary device under a vehicle, was arrested and bonded out, only to be arrested again within hours for allegedly burglarizing a convenience store. Other suspects are supposedly connected with the so-called antifa terrorists. As a result of the blazes, hundreds of thousands of acres have been ravaged and heartbreaking reports include the tragic deaths of at least 35 as of the writing of this article and authorities fear many more are yet unaccounted for. Weather conditions make arson even more deadly than usual and even a small fire gets out of control with almost unbelievable speed. No wonder the Holy Spirit compared the tongue to a little fire that sets blazes [James 3:5-6] “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell”. The blazes are reported to have burned an area larger than the state of Connecticut thus far and those who are witness to the devastation say, “it is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life”. Thirty-five lives lost is a staggering number but incomparable to the number of lives lost as a result of the defilement of the tongue. Wars that have taken the lives of hundreds of thousands have raged from a small fire set by an unchecked tongue. Across America we are hearing and seeing reports of battery, assault and in many cases murder that erupted from blazing tempers fueled by that little “unruly evil, full of deadly poison” which James 3:8 tells us is something no man can tame. The wise old axiom says “give thy thoughts no tongue” until after some thought has been invested in what is to be said and how. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” [Proverbs 18:21] I am sure some of you true Texans have seen many times the ruined victims of tongues, be it their own or those of others. Words can be far more severe than stones. Job said, “How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?” [Job 19:2] There are, Solomon said, those who swing their tongue like a sword and cut everyone around them. I wonder if we would not do well to regard our tongues as arsonists who wander around looking for a place to start yet another fire. The last time I passed the dam at Richland Chambers the gates were open and water gushed through like a geyser. It reminded me of the Bible, with its unstoppable wisdom pouring forth. We hope you have opened the gates of your Bible and your heart. Many need prayers and are parched for the water of life. We solicit you to pray at Calvary Baptist Church where we’ve got all the gates open. 703 E Gillespie St 903-729-5924 www.Calvarybcpalestine.com. Join us in prayer for our Nation.