Summary: Anger, anger and more anger. Talks about explosive events such as Mt. Saint Helen’s, and the California Wildfires.

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INTRO: Talk about any incident in Happy Gilmore, tons of anger stories here (my favorite is the one in which Adam Sandler gets knocked out by Bob Barker…the Price is Wrong Bob).

BIBLE VERSE: Matthew 5:21-22

You have heard that is was said to an older generation, “Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.” But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says “Fool” will be sent to a fiery hell.


BIBLE VERSE: Ephesians 4:31

You must put away every kind of bitterness, wrath, quarreling, and evil, slanderous talk.

THUMOS: Paul uses the word Thumos, which in English means rage! And rage explodes like a wildfire.

WILDFIRE EXAMPLE: The Summer 2008 California Wildfires (Northern CA Lighting Series):

“The fires broke out after three years of below-normal rainfall dehydrated much of California’s forests and woodlands, making them prone to wildfires. Spring 2008 for California was the driest on record for many locations; for example, San Francisco registered only 0.007 inches (0 cm) of rain out of a normal of 6.18 inches (16 cm) from March to May.[4][6] As vegetation turned into bone-dry tinder in early June, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought for the first time in over a century.[7] Dry thunderstorms and lightning, rarely seen on the California coastline in June, rolled onshore on the weekend of June 20 - June 21. The storm unleashed 25,000 to 26,000 dry lightning strikes across Northern and Central California, igniting more than 2,000 fires.[8][9] The same thunderstorms also caused fires in Oregon.[10] High daytime temperatures facilitated the spread of the fires and the number of wildfires skyrocketed in the days after the thunderstorm.[4]

A heat wave commenced on July 7, with temperatures in inland locations, such as the Central Valley soaring above 115 °F (46 °C). Lake Berryessa recorded a high temperature of 126 °F (52 °C), prompting weather agencies like the National Weather Service to issue high fire danger warnings.[11] These near to record-breaking temperatures concerned many firefighters, who feared that the high heat, low humidity, and high-elevation winds could make firefighting more strenuous.[12][13]”

Overall, over 1.5M acres were lost to the blazes, have to go back the “Great Fire of 1910” dubbed the “Big Blow-Up or the Big Burn” to have a fire of a larger scale (burnt up Montana & Idaho, 3M acres).

Transition: And I have seen homes and families burnt up because of the same type of burning.

WILDFIRE: Wildfires begin in dry places, at the same time, rage erupts in dry places and in dry people. If someone is only getting a sprinkle of God’s wisdom, a sprinkle of God’s love, I will show you a person who could become a wildfire.

Chinese Proverb: The Emptier the Pot, the quicker the boil. For someone to fly into rage quickly and repeatedly, the more empty they are spiritually (this is very, very general, but holds great truth).

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