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Fire Mission 1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39

Fire Mission

Elijah convinces the Israelites that "the Lord is indeed God!"

At a Glance

Flame-throwing technology has come a long way since the Byzantines were raining "Greek fire" down upon their attackers. Today one can order flame-throwing trombones or wheelchairs. The application has military, entertainment and construction uses. Elijah, the Israelite prophet, needed a flame-throwing application, and he got it. The result? The people declared, "The Lord is indeed God!"

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Virtual Healing," June 2, 2013, at

Humankind has been fascinated with fire since our Stone Age ancestors (we imagine) figured out how to make it without requiring the pyrotechnics of lightning. There are many examples of this. Witness the wild-eyed fascination of scouts poking at the fire on their first campout, or a 40-something dad attempting to detonate a small arsenal of fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Humans love to play around with fire. Consider the flamethrower. Someone thought, "If fire is a good...

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