For those who have been around for a while and remember quality entertainment on television, one of my favorite programs was on Saturday evening. "Hee Haw" always was a Saturday evening staple. One part of that show, particularly, featured a group called the "Gossip Girls." The song went something like this, "Now, we're not ones to go 'round spreadin' rumors, Why, really we're just not the gossipy kind, No, you'll never hear one of us repeating gossip, So you'd better be sure and listen close the first time!" While this made fun of gossiping, it really had a great deal of truth to it. Most people really don't consider gossiping to be all that big of a deal. After all, the very first source of "social networking" in this country was gossiping. Party lines on the phone, the beauty shop and, oh yes men, the coffee shop. If someone wanted to know something, true or not, all hey had to do was get on the "gossip line." Not much has changed other than maybe the "party telephone line." Rather than the phone, folks simply air their laundry on Facebook or some other social media source. "Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts," begins James 3:5-8. "Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.


All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." Isn't it interesting that man has been given dominance over the earth and yet the one thing he has the most issue taming is his tongue. (To contact Keck, email