February 17, 2010

A Daily Online Lenton Study Guide: 01




Monte Holland


    This is the beginning of A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE, “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.”  To read the introduction click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

     To guide us along the way to a more Godly, moral, life during Lent, a few Scripture, verses with comments and questions, will begin the studies.    

     Ash Wednesday has two emphases—confronting our own mortality and confessing our sin before God within the community of faith at a special Ash Wednesday service.

     The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship as a visible and nonverbal way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. Usually, the ashes are made by burning the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday worship service.

To view photos, click on:  —The Basilica at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and a child waving a palm on a previous year’s Palm Sunday.


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.—there was light—there was water and firmament—there was vegetation—there were heavenly bodies—there were living creatures– there were humans created in God’s image. Genesis 1

“My dear friends, we must not live to satisfy our desires. If you do, you will die. But you will live, if by the help of God’s Spirit you say “No” to your desires. Only those people who are led by God’s Spirit are his children.” Romans 8:12-14 (Contemporary English Version)


     During the first week in Lent we will examine the Godly, moral life in general terms. In the weeks that follow in the Lenten season we will look at specific familiar teachings regarding the Godly, moral life.

What makes the Godly, moral life possible?

a.       God exists. Before the world existed, God was there. S/he was all there was and God decided what to do.

b.      God is the Creator of everything (Creation). S/he chose to make   everything we see. God cares about all of his creation, including us.

c.       God is the sustainer of life (God is active today). S/he didn’t make the world and then walk away. God brings the sunlight and the rain and all that we have.

      d.      God makes life better as we keep in touch with God. S/he created us to have fellowship with God. God expects us to care about Him. “O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” Psalm 95


Things to meditate on:

a.       God is eternal and all-powerful. S/he provides for us. Yet we will die one day.

b.      God is active in our life. How have you failed to follow Him?

c.       Name one or more positive ways you can relate to God. (hints: reaypr  and risepa)

d.     How does it feel to be marked with visible ashes- a symbol of mortality and sinfulness?


Continue on to A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 02 by clicking on to: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 02



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