This is the time of year that property owners burn ditch banks and the smoke fills the valley. Yesterday as I drove to a neighboring town I came upon a controlled burn…that was out of control. Flames ate through cattails and climbed halfway up the small mesa devouring brush along the way. Fifteen firefighters, six fire trucks and two hours later the seven-acre fire was brought under control. The Apostle Paul identified Timothy’s sincere faith, but he didn’t want Timothy to be satisfied with a controlled faith. Paul’s words are applicable to all who have sincere faith. “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self–discipline” (2 Tim 1:6-7 NIV).