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The Rev. Joe Evans

Joe Evans: When Israel Was a Child

Hosea 11:1-11

21st Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

October 14, 2018

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

 

You know, some relationships end - and some seem to end more easily than others.

I was in 6th grade and I had a girlfriend. Her name was Katherine and we really made our relationship official when at the end of our 5th Grade year we couple skated holding hands at the local skating rink. Unfortunately, then we went on to 6th grade, that was middle school and in middle school things were different. There was this guy there named Ben and he gelled his hair and before I knew it I was climbing into the school bus when one of Katherine's friends ran up and told me that Katherine would be breaking up with me because Katherine was now going with Ben. It seems to me that after you've couple skated with someone the decent thing to do is to at least break up with them face-to-face, but Katherine didn't see it that way and just like that the relationship was over.

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The Rev. Magrey deVega

Magrey deVega: Tame Your Tongue

James 3:1-12

17th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 16, 2018

The Rev. Magrey deVega (UMC)

 

Here's a pop quiz. What do the following items have in common? A wild beast, a rudder on a ship, a small fire, a deadly poison, and brackish water. If you said these items are all images that James uses to talk about the tongue, you are correct. He minces no words in the third chapter. Control your tongue.

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