by Kerry Shook

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The Fire of Passion (4 of 4)
Series: Talking Donkeys
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• 1 Kings 18:37-39

• 1 Kings 17:3

• 1 Kings 18:1

• 1 Kings 18:19-20

• 1 Kings 18:21

• 1 Kings 18:27

• 1 Kings 18:28


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We say they are fired up to describe a sports team with a passion to play the game. We say you can still the fire in their eyes to describe the person who after many years still has a passion for excellence in their job. We say the fire has gone out to describe a marriage that has no passion left in it. Fire and passion go together and it's the fire of passion that often makes the difference between success and failure in life because people don't succeed at something they are not passionate about. The people who have made the greatest difference in the world were not the smartest, the wealthiest, the most educated, or the most talented. People who have made the greatest impact on the world for good or bad are people with passion. The fire of passion is often the difference between frustration and fulfillment because when you lose your passion you just start going through the motions. The light goes out of your eyes and the fire is replaced with frustration and the fire of passion is also the difference between energy and fatigue. Passion is what fuels creativity and enthusiasm, excitement and energy. You douse the flame of passion and you lose your fuel for life. If you don't have passion you have no energy and enthusiasm and you feel worn out all the time. So, how do I get the flame of passion back in my life? We are concluding a series we have been in the last several weeks that I've been calling Talking Donkeys as we have been looking at some of the most obscure and unusual stories in all the bible because I find that in some of the strangest passages are the strongest principles and today we are going to look at a passage in the Old Testament where God sends fire from heaven because of the passion of one man and it rekindles the fire of passion in the lives of thousands. It's in First Kings chapter 18 so if you'll start opening your bibles to get to First Kings chapter 18 and I'm going to give you a little background of the story. The people of Israel have lost their passion for God and so God tells the prophet Elijah to go tell wicked king Ahab to gather all the people on Mt. Carmel because there is going to be a showdown. Now, king Ahab and queen Jezebel were very wicked. They worshipped the idol Bale which was the vilest form of idol worship in that day. All idol worship of course is bad but this was the worst of the worst. It involved temple prostitutes, cutting, and self mutilation. So here is the scene. Thousands gather as spectators on Mt. Carmel. On one side you have 450 prophets of Bale and 400 prophets of Ashura.
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