Summary: Looks at the damage caused by the tongue and how to control it.


The fire started at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, in or around a small barn that bordered the alley behind 137 DeKoven Street.[3] The traditional account of the origin of the fire is that it was started by a cow kicking over a lantern in the barn owned by Patrick and Cahterine O’Leary. Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican reporter who created the cow story, admitted in 1893 that he had made it up because he thought it would make colorful copy.[4] While the barn was certainly the first building to be consumed by the fire, the official report at the time stated, "whether it originated from a spark blown from a chimney on that windy night, or was set on fire by human agency, we are unable to determine".[5]

The fire's spread was aided by the city's overuse of wood for building, a drought prior to the fire, and strong winds from the southwest that carried flying embers toward the heart of the city. The city also made fatal errors by not reacting soon enough and citizens were apparently unconcerned when it began. The firefighters were also tired from fighting a fire that happened the day before.[6] The firefighters fought the fire through the entire day and became extremely exhausted. Eventually the fire jumped to a nearby neighborhood and began to devastate mansions, houses and apartments. Almost everything that crossed the fire's path was made of wood that had been dried out for quite a while. After two days of the city burning down it began to rain and doused the remaining fire. It is said that over 300 people died in the fire and over 100,000 were left homeless.

The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about 4 square miles (10 km2) in Chicago, Illinois

Fire building this past week at MPC. If fire gets away or out of control it can cause problems. Mike & Doe 2 weeks ago.

As much destruction as fire can cause, however, there is something that can cause even more devastation.

- James 3:1-12

Remember, that the verses and chapters were not given nor divided originally, as they are today. Think the end of chapter 2 and the beginning of 3 go well together.

2 Marks of maturity.

Hebrews 5:11-6:3, drinking milk, eating meat.


Bits, rudders, fire impacts so much.


It is neither good nor bad. It depends on what comes out of it.

Vvs 9-10. The tongue is neither friend nor foe, it is merely the messenger.

A. Can build up & praise – Lift up a child, encourage someone who is down, encourage a spouse …

B. It can destroy –

1. Business

2. Church

3. Marriage

4. Children

Knowing the power of the tongue, Paul writes in

> Colossians 4:6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.


1. decide that you want to – look at the harm it’s causing.

2. Quit making excuses – Don’t talk like that when certain others are around

3. Pray for help – James 4:2 You have not because you do not ask …

4. Put good things in –

A cup no matter how quickly shaken only spills what’s inside. > Philippians 4:8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. The choice is yours

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