Recently newspapers, radio and TV carried the tragic, but comic, story of a man who was determined to finally get rid of a troublesome mouse. The man threw the stunned mouse on a pile of leaves he was burning. The mouse caught fire and ran back into the house. Lucian Mares watched helplessly as the mouse caused his entire house to go up in flames. The apostle James was certainly right when he talked about the tongue and described it as a fire. Even a small flame can cause a great fiery destruction. (James 3:5, 6)

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.