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From the Pastor - Midweek News January 18, 2017

01.18.17 | News | by Vivian McCarthy

    Dear Friends, 

    I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I am not a fan of Proverbs – you know, the book in the Old Testament that is attributed to King Solomon – Solomon’s wisdom.  I won’t go into why I’d like to make a motion to delete it from the sacred Canon.  There are quite a few folks at RUMC who know that it is not on my hit parade of favorite scriptures, and I am guessing that most of them will be surprised – maybe shocked is the better word – that this week’s message is based on Proverbs 4:23-27:

    23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,


    for from it flow the springs of life.


    24 Put away from you crooked speech,


    and put devious talk far from you.


    25 Let your eyes look directly forward,


    and your gaze be straight before you.


    26 Keep straight the path of your feet,


    and all your ways will be sure.


    27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;


    turn your foot away from evil.

    We are in week 3 of our Falling in Love Is Easy series, and this week’s focus is on what can happen if feelings from past experiences drive how we act in a relationship.  The summary for this week’s message is:  At least as powerful as the expectations that we each bring to a relationship are the internal feelings that are the result of life experiences and disappointments.  Prior unhealthy or negative relationships tend to stay deep within us and contribute to our emotional state.  Emotions have a powerful impact on the quality of our relationships.

    See you on Sunday!

    Blessings on you,