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Summary: There is a point when a fire will reach a temperature withing a structure where it will hit the "Flash Point". A point where every thing that can burn, will burn. Beloved, is your Spiritual life at the "Flash Point?

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For Those that are not familiar with an Anglican Service, there are four reading before the Message is given. Today's Readings are: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13 and Matthew 3:1-12

There was a fiery old revival preacher named Peter Cartwright ...... who was famous .... for telling it .... like it is.

He was preaching near Washington D.C. ....... And the people of the church ....... heard that Andrew Jackson ... was coming ... to visit them.

So, they pulled Cartwright aside and said: .... "Listen Peter, .... the President is going to be here on Sunday .... and we know that sometimes you can get kind of offensive, .... so, .... would you tone it down?

We don't want to ... upset the President."

So, Peter got up in the pulpit the next Sunday ... and his first three sentences were these:

"I understand that the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson ...... is with us this morning.

I have been asked .... to be guarded .... in my remarks. (Pause)

Andrew Jackson ...... will go to Hell ... if he doesn't repent."

The church was appalled, .... but when the worship service was over ...... President Jackson grabbed Cartwright's hand, .... shook it .... and said:

"Sir, ...... if I had an army of men like you ...... I could whip the world." (Long Pause)

John the Baptizer proclaims (Pick up Bible):

BIBLE "I baptize you with water for repentance, ... but one who is more powerful than I .... is coming after me; ...... I am not worthy .... to carry his sandals. ...... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." End (Matthew 3:11)

It has been said, ...... That Change is not merely necessary to life, ....... Change is Life.

And a consuming Fire ...... truly brings about .... change. (Pause)

Now ...... in the firefighting community, ... there is a phrase that is used .... to express A critical moment ......... during the stage .... of a fire.

It is when the temperature gets to a certain level .... to which everything combustible in A room .... spontaneously bursts into flames, ....... spreading the fire immediately .... and instantaneously.

This phrase is called .... the "Flash Point".

It is the point at which ... everything that can burn .... will burn. (Pause)

The scriptures tell us .... that burning is a good thing That is ....... when it comes to ... the kingdom of God.

Jesus said "I came to send fire on the earth, ... and how I wish it were already kindled!" (Luke 12:49).

Jesus came to send fire.

The writer of Hebrews proclaims: ...... (Slow) "Our God is ... a consuming fire!" (Hebrews 12:29).

When a home catches on fire, .... the fire ... at first is grasping .... for everything .... that it can burn.

Most of the material in the house .... becomes fuel for the fire.

But there comes a point ... when the fire has affected the overall temperature of the house ... to the level, .... That it has brought it to ...... the flash point.

To the point .... where something powerful .... is about to happen. (Long Pause)

Jean Cocteau, .... the French writer, artist, and film director, .... was asked ... what one thing he would take .... if his house .... were on fire.


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Dave Mcquisten

commented on Aug 16, 2017

Wow, 'Flash Point' - what an awesome message and what timing. I have my sermon prepared for Sunday but your message has re-inspired me.

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