CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 28, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 35

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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…)

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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…)

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