CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 2, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 12


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 12

Monte Holland

This is the twelfth 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 11

Today’s photographs feature St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Munich, Germany. One picture is the stairwell to the church tower, which offers magnificent views of Munich. Both Monte and our son, Nolan Holland, are looking up from the stairway. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-12.html

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A. Relating to God: Our relationship with God is unique for two reasons. First, our relationship with God is like no human to human relationship. Second, we are different from any other human being.

Having said that, today let’s review our relationship with God:

1.      Recall Proverbs 10:9—fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We stand in awe of God and do all we can to learn about God and God’s Creation.

2.      We keep the first four commandments to the best of our ability. We worship God. We thank God. We refrain from worship of material possessions and our accomplishments. We keep God’s name out of evil thoughts and speech. We struggle to be more faithful to the spirit of the Sabbath.

3.      We go about our business, all our routine activities, with a fuller sense that we are created in God’s image and that all we do sends a message to others about God and our relationship with God.

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EXERCISES:

Exercise A: Select one thing to change to improve your relationship with God. (e.g. What can you do that will make God more pleased with you? What can you do to let people know that you love God above everything else?) Create a game plan for making the change. Perhaps you could share your ideas with others by typing them in the comment box at the end of this post.

EXERCISE B.  The Law and the Practice of the Godly, Moral Life:

Memory work- You can’t live by rules that you don’t remember. Have you heard the words of wisdom when dealing with authorities, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”?

One aspect of living the Godly, moral life is committing valuable information to memory. Today, in wrapping up the study of the first four commandments regarding relating to God, let us choose to commit a few things to memory.

  1. The Ten Commandments are found in two places in the Bible:
    1. (book and chapter) _________________________
    2. (book and chapter) _________________________
  2. First Commandment: DO NOT WORSHIP ANY GOD EXCEPT THE LORD GOD.
  3. Second Commandment: DO NOT MAKE ANY EARTHLY IDOLS TO BOW DOWN TO OR TO WORSHIP.
  4. Third Commandment: DO NOT TAKE THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN.
  5. Fourth Commandment: THE SABBATH DAY BELONGS TO GOD. THERE ARE SIX DAYS FOR WORK, THE SEVENTH IS FOR REST.
  6. Psalm 1:1 (excerpt) Happy are those who delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.

     As we close out this second part of the Lenten study, read and hear these words from the writer of the Upper Room devotional lesson (February 19, 2009):

     God designed and created Earth as a gift of love to humanity. Over time, God’s original design for us and for our world has been marred and forgotten, but studying God’s word can help us recapture a vision of relationships and the earth as God wants them to be.

     The Bible gives us guidelines for loving relationships and guides us toward all that God intends us to be. As we live by its words, we will make real God’s vision. —Beth Johnson (Victoria, Australia)

     God expects us to reverence Him as stated in the first four of the Ten Commandments. In the week to come we study God’s expectations for our relationships with others as recorded in the last six of the Ten Commandments.

Continue on to the next lesson on A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 13 by clicking on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 13

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Monte and I welcome any comments you might have on the Lenten posts. Use the COMMENT box below to respond. For details on the COMMENT CONTEST click on: https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/monthly-prize-for-comments/

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Belonging to Jesus: Lent Devotion #7

ELINOR’S ORPHAN KITLINGS

PLANT FOOD RECIPE: Making Compost

AN ADOPTION EXPERIENCE

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS

SEVENTY YEARS OF LOVE

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

3 Comments »

  1. I started out fasting on the weekends with exra bible reading, Prayer, and meditation for lent. This Saturday I got up and without thinking I ate breakfast. I felt terrible but asked forgiveness, which I believe I got, and promised to begin again next weekend. My bible reading and prayer has also increased during the week. My pastor says that Lent is a time to try and get closer to God. I am trying.

    Comment by William Patterson — March 2, 2010 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  2. Taken off Ligonier Living blog site (http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/):

    bellacool said…
    this is a very nice study you have been posting thank you
    March 2, 2010 9:17 AM

    Comment by carolyncholland — March 3, 2010 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  3. I am reading this daily during Lent. Thank you for these posts and for helping me become closer to God. There are so many ways that I can improve myself, and getting back to the basics–The commandments–is a good place to start. Thanks again.

    Comment by Eddie — March 5, 2012 @ 7:09 pm | Reply


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