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March 31, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 38

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 38

Monte Holland

This is the thirty-eighth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/ 

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 37

Today’s photographs feature two locations. The cross casting a shadow is located at the head of the St. Georges River, Thomaston, Maine, on the property where Henry Knox built his summer home, Montpelier, in 1795.

     The second cross is seen from the distance on the road to East Lamoine State Park and East Lamoine Beach in East Lamoine, Maine. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/04/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-38.html

     Today is Maundy Thursday— we remember the Last Supper, the betrayal of Jesus, and anticipate the Good Friday remembrance. We are closing in on Easter and its whole new picture of Jesus and a renewed hope for our lives. Today we look at Jeremiah’s image of God’s renewed people.

Images of the moral life- Jeremiah 33:31-34

The New Agreement with Israel and Judah: (more…)

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March 30, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 37

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 37

Monte Holland

This is the thirty-seventh in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/ 

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 36

Today’s photographs feature Holy Trinity Church in Ligonier, PA.  To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-37.html

Images of God – Psalm 23

     Some Bible passages are much more familiar than others. We have already studied the very familiar Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40). One of the most familiar chapters in the Bible is Psalm 23, which has words of comfort that are often shared at funeral services. Many persons can recite Psalm 23 in the King James Version. Let us use that most familiar version:

Psalm 23 (KJV)

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

   2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

   3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

   4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

   5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

   6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

     In living the Godly, moral life relating to God is essential. What images of this eternal, invisible God do we have? As visual-oriented people, how do we “see” God?

     Psalm 23 starts with an image that made much sense to the Old Testament Israelites— (more…)

March 29, 2010

The Maltz Museum in Beachwood, Ohio

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THE MALTZ MUSEUM (Beachwood, Ohio)

We ended a 2006 “vacation” with a visit to the Maltz Museum outside Cleveland Heights, Ohio, stopping as we headed home after visiting our son’s home in Cleveland Heights. Members of Nolan’s church were speaking about an exhibit there. Since I was working on an assignment to write an article on a holocaust survivor, we decided it was worth visiting. At the time, there the museum had a special exhibit: Cradle of Christianity: Treasures from the Holy Land.

     The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is a world-class institution, a living testament to the courage and achievements of Cleveland’s Jewish community. Personal stories of individuals and families – past and present – come to life in the exhibition galleries through state-of-the-art technology, films, computer interactives, unique artifacts, compelling oral histories, art and images.

     In addition, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery presents an internationally -recognized collection of Judaica.

     The Museum also hosts special exhibitions of national and international acclaim. The exhibit on display when we visited was Cradle of Christianity: Treasures from the Holy Land, a presentation of Jewish and Christian treasures from the Israel Museum. The exhibit, which began April 1, 2006, was ending October 22, 2006. Among the visitors were groups of school children with museum tour leaders.

     Some items were displayed for the first time in the United States. One of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Temple Scroll, was on view for the first time anywhere in the world. 

     The exhibit covered the time of Jesus through (more…)

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 36

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 36

Monte Holland

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 35

Today’s photographs feature St. Francis of Assisi (Lithuanian) Catholic Church in Minersville, PA. (Schuylkill County). To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-36.html

The Lord’s Prayer (part 3)

Today we will look at the rest of the Lord’s Prayer.

  Matthew 6:13-15

13Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.

14If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.

15But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

     The optional ending of verse 13, as noted in The New International Version, is: for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen,” a modernization of: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. It is missing from the current translations, except the New King James Version, while in the other versions it is noted at the bottom of the page.

     The Revised Standard Version notes (more…)

March 28, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 35

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A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 35

Monte Holland

This is the thirteenth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

 To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 34

Today’s photographs feature First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where Monte had the opportunity to preach in 2003. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-35.html

The Lord’s Prayer (part 2)

     Today, we will look at the Lord’s Prayer and what it says. While reading the words is important, the “rubber hits the road” when we pray it and experience God’s presence in that time of meditation.

     The Lord’s Prayer is well-known because it is used so often. It is about the only prayer that can be said by many people in unison in public without a printed sheet. Church services usually include the Lord’s Prayer, prayed in unison.

     When I was growing up, we always prayed the Lord’s Prayer as a team before our high school wrestling matches. For many of the athletes, it was their only contact with that prayer and became a way to learn to recite it. It was also a good prayer to recite, because (more…)

Holy Week: The time from Palm Sunday to Easter

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HOLY WEEK: THE TIME FROM PALM SUNDAY TO EASTER

Monte Holland

     Holy Week begins today—Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday April 4, 2010.

     Palm Sunday is a day of celebrating Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, while Easter marks the joy of Jesus’ resurrection. What about the days in between? If we “jump” from Palm Sunday to Easter and don’t experience Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we miss the real meaning of the Easter event.

     My favorite saying (more…)

Animal Cruelty? What’s behind the Truth?

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ANIMAL CRUELTY? WHAT’S BEHIND THE TRUTH?

     What is true?

     The Almost Heaven Kennel, owned by Lehigh County resident Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, was closed down in 2008 by Pennsylvania dog Warden Kristen Donmoyer (a kennel-compliance specialist with the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement). He is on trial for animal cruelty and other counts following a 2008 raid.

     Donmoyer, who closed the kennel due to deplorable conditions, testified that she’d “never forget the (sickening) smell” of ammonia produced by animal urine. On cross-examination, she acknowledged that the kennel passed inspection earlier in 2008, less than two months before she closed it. She testified that there was no “notation of dogs in wretched, deplorable conditions” After Jeff Conrad, defense lawyer, stated that wardens could be arbitrary and capricious if they chose to be, Donmoyer agreed that even a “nasty old weed” on the premises could be in violation of the finer points of the Pennsylvania kennel regulations.

     Some of the scores of dogs and cats seized from Derbe ”Skip” Eckhart’s Almost Heaven kennel are already up for adoption through the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Philadelphia, and many more are expected to be available after they receive medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation.* On June 25, 2009, Chris Ryder, a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that 211 dogs were healthy enough for adoption.**

     Larger issues are raised by this case. How was the Animal Heaven kennel initially approved, considering Eckhart had a long history of run-ins with state and local authorities, and was convicted at least twice of animal cruelty.*

      I’m not examining this case to decide whether Eckhart is guilty or innocent. I do want to examine whether it is possible (more…)

March 27, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 34

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 34

Monte Holland

This is the thirty-fourth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 33

Today’s photographs feature the Palm Sunday walk in Connellsville, PA. Unfortunately, the community Palm Sunday celebration is no longer being celebrated in this manner. To view click on:

     During the final seven devotionals relating to the Godly, moral life, we will look at the most famous prayer from Jesus, images of God, as well as some wisdom from the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, and the current times, followed by a final summary.

The Lord’s Prayer (part 1)

     Some television ads really “bug” me. And the worst part — they are aired over and over again during my favorite daily programs. The most offensive one advertises a necklace with a cross, in which the embedded Lord’s Prayer becomes visible by viewing one of the stones in the cross at just the right angle. The offensiveness occurs in the announcer’s statement: “The prayer almost miraculously appears when you look closely at the cross.” To equate the appearance of the implanted text of the prayer of Jesus, the true miracle worker, with being “miraculous”, is to almost imply that the Lord’s Prayer is an incantation that brings miracles. This is truly offensive.

    Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer to assist us in building our relationship with God. We pray it with expectation, not of a miracle, but of growing closer to God. Let us look at this great prayer with our eyes toward how it helps us build relationship with God.

The Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:5-15 (CEV) and Luke 11.2-4)

 5When you pray, don’t be like those show-offs who love to stand up and pray in the meeting places and on the street corners. They do this just to look good. I can assure you that they already have their reward.

    6When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you.

    7When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers. 8Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask.

    9You should pray like this:

   Our Father in heaven, help us to honor your name.

    10Come and set up your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you, as you are obeyed

   in heaven.

    11Give us our food for today.

    12Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.

    13Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.

    14If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.  

   15But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Verses 9b-13 include the main thoughts of our traditional version of the Lord’s Prayer.

Preceding the words of the prayer, Jesus gives us some general instruction about prayer:

  1. Don’t show off for others to see when you pray.
  2. When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. (God knows what you are doing there.)
  3. Keep your prayer brief and to the point. God already knows what you need.
  4. If you don’t forgive others, God will not forgive you your sins.

Today, let us focus on the meaning of prayer and its role in the Godly, moral life.

First, prayer is connecting with God.

Second, prayer is important because the Godly, moral life is about loving God, neighbor and self.

Third, following up on the second point, God first loved our neighbor and our self. Thus, connecting with God in prayer is crucial.

Fourth, prayer involves listening as much, and probably more, than speaking.

A Model for Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer, given to us by Jesus, is often thought of as a model prayer. There is another model for prayer (more…)

March 25, 2010

Amish Grace, Thomas Cornell, & Intertwined Love: Risks of Writing Historical Fiction

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AMISH GRACE, INTERTWINED LOVE, & THOMAS CORNELL:

The Risks of Writing Historical Fiction

     “…the most disturbing aspect of the upcoming television move “Amish Grace” is the fictional liberties it takes in depicting the aftermath of the 2006 killings of five Amish girls in a Nickel Mines schoolhouse,” according to Herman Bontrager, an Akron man who acted as a spokesman for the Nickel Mines Amish community after the shootings. “Amish tell the truth and are accustomed to telling the truth. When you take an account like this, and make it appear like it happened, and fictionalize it, that’s troubling.”*

     Authors of the book on which the movie is based, “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy,” agree on this point.**

     Fiction based on an actual historical framework is always up for criticism. It’s an issue I’ve been aware of since I began delving in writing my novel, “Intertwined Love.” The historical framework includes 1790s people, both the well known— Henry Knox, William Duer, William Bingham, Alexander Baring, Thomas Jefferson among them—and the less well known: Franco van Berckle, Madame Rosalie de Leval, Louis des Isles, Mary Googins, and Joseph Swett.

     I encountered the criticism issue in two situations. First, my in-depth research disproved some oral traditions about East Lamoine, Maine. I shared the documentation with a community native. The late Gladys Vigent (a Samuel Des Isles descendent) was (to continue reading this post click on: http://intertwinedlove.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/amish-grace-thomas-cornell-intertwined-love-risks-of-writing-historical-fiction/ )

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ADDITIONAL READING:

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

Two Photographers Named Cornell

POPHAM BEACH, MAINE

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

RAINBOW’S END Part 1

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 33

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 33

Monte Holland

This is the thirty-third in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 32

Today’s photographs feature Ligonier, PA, area United Methodist churches— Pleasant Grove in Pleasant Grove, and Waterford in Waterford. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-33.html

 Summary of Beatitudes Study

2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; 3and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not by ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stones but on tablets of human hearts. 4Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.   2 Corinthians 3:2-4 (NRSV)

     This scripture reading came to me in The Upper Room devotional for March 19, 2009. Devotional time helps to inform our living the Godly, moral life.

     The Beatitudes, in a sense, become (more…)

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