This AP story shows a what is happening near Yosemite National Park. That park is just a few hours from where we live. In fact, we will actually be there next week on vacation.
We love the beauty of God’s creation. We will be doing some 4-wheeling, reading, watching sunsets, and once again we will visit Lake Eleanor — a hidden and pristine lake treasure.
Many years ago, we had a guest Revival Speaker come to our church. Leonard Ravenhill was a brash, straight-shooting, no-way-out kind of preacher. He scared us a little. But the fear was kind of authentic because of what his core message communicated.
The message was pretty simple. In comparison with the Holiness of God — how are we living out our faith? Is it sincere and active and honoring the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY?
Woah, it sure had us praying for a true move of God to be known in our individual lives.
Now for the fire reminder: Leonard Ravenhill was asked to provide promotional materials so we could get more of the public to respond to his visit. You know, we just wanted to advertise the event.
His response? “YOU NEVER HAVE TO ADVERTISE A FIRE!”
And it’s true, fire attracts attention. The attention goes directly to the source of the flames, to the heat and to the available fuel – in this case, believers willing to “burn” in order to keep God’s evidence in clear view.
You just have to check this site at the Boston Globe. They have put together a collection of incredible photos of the California fires that are blazing away this summer. Smoke has been constantly in the air here in the San Francisco Bay Area for weeks now.
Click on the photo below to see all the pictures.
With gas prices advancing daily, the economy in shaky condition, and the war in Iraq continuing it truly leads to concern. In fact we have had over 800 fires started by lightning just here in Northern California. Smoke is in the air — and it is very thick in many areas.
Now … add that to the everyday pressures of life. Like your job. Like addictions. Like broken relationships. Like fear. Like anger and bitterness. Like … the unknown.
Andrae Crouch wrote a song called, “Jesus is the Answer” many years ago. It is comforting and based on the peace that comes from having a relationship with Jesus. That relationship is outlined in the Bible and especially comes to life in the New Testament. There is hope. Perspective changes when you know and become a fully devoted follower of Christ. Do you know Him?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)