CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 5, 2014

Where I Learned Key Church & Scripture Readings

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

WHERE I LEARNED KEY

CHURCH & SCRIPTURE READINGS

GUEST WRITER MONTE W. HOLLAND

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On Wednesdays during Lent my husband Monte will present a discussion on the Lord’s Prayer—what it means in our lives and some valuable comments about it by theologians of the past.

He will begin by sharing about where he learned about key church and Scripture readings, then continue with A 6-Part Study of The Lord’s Prayer: Part 1.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

NOTE: The main photo appearing on each part of this study features the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. To learn about this spectacular site click on Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

Readers and commenters on the Upper Room on-line devotional site, where there is an active group of readers responding to the daily devotional, are sometimes  exposed to devotionals related to the Lord’s Prayer, which has started some good discussions.

Before beginning my discussion of the Lord’s Prayer I’ll consider and share some of my personal faith journey.

As I think back to my childhood, my family didn’t attend church regularly. Their only church involvement was showing up, maybe once a month.

What are the givens? What are the things that I don’t have to take time to look up? Where did I commit them to my memory base?

Here is a partial list:

  • The Lord’s Prayer: I learned and repeated the Lord’s Prayer in a rather (more…)
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February 21, 2012

Post List for A Daily Online Lenten Study

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

Post List for

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE

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Rethink Church Lenten Photos: Week 1

Ash Wednesday: Sackcloth and Ashes

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     Lent is upon us. Below are links to the Daily Online Lenten Study Guide designed by my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland. Although he is a retired United Methodist Church pastor, the study is useful for other denominations.

Monte also wrote another Lenten study that is based on the Seven Deadly Sins. To view that study click on Post List for the Lenten Study: The Seven Deadly Sins: https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/post-list-for-the-lenten-study-the-seven-deadly-sins/

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A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE

 INTRODUCTION

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction

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

DAY 1

A Daily Online Lenton Study Guide: 01

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/a-daily-online-lenton-study-guide-01/

DAY 2

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 02

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-02/

DAY 3

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: 03

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/a-daily-online-lenten-study-buide-03/

DAY 4

A Daily Online Lenten Study (more…)

February 17, 2012

Post List for the Lenten Study: The Seven Deadly Sins

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

POST LIST for the LENTEN STUDY: THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

The following lists the posts in the Lenten Study on The Seven Deadly Sins. Remember, Sundays and Good Friday do not fall in the Lenten season.

(NOTE: Another devotional study, 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet, begins at this link:

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/26-devotions-based-on-the-alphabet-introduction/ )

 INTRODUCTION

Ash Wednesday: Intro to Lenten Study on the Seven Deadly Sins

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/ash-wednesday-intro-to-lenten-study-on-the-seven-deadly-sins/

DAY 1

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Greed #1: Greed or Generosity

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/lenten-study-7-deadly-sins-greed-1-greed-or-generosity/

DAY 2

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Envy #1: Envy or Love

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/lenten-study-7-deadly-sins-envy-1-envy-or-love/

DAY 3

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Anger #1: Brotherly Anger (more…)

March 18, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 27

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A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 27

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 26

Today’s photographs feature the Shaker Meeting House in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/pictures-of-sabbathday-lake-shaker.html

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     For the next seven days we will look at the beginning portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. This section is called the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12).

     Today we pause before beginning to look at the Beatitudes one-by-one tomorrow.

     It’s appropriate to spend time reviewing how we live our lives. Sometimes we need to stop to take stock of what is important in life, and the implications of being and doing what is important. The daily discipline of Bible reading, the use of a devotional guide (e.g. Devozine, a devotional for youth, is available at www.upperroom.org/devozine/2010/marapr/default.asp?week=current as well as a number of devotional magazines for adults), and prayer, help keep us on the track of living the Godly, moral life.

     Another aid to keeping on track of living the Godly, moral life is the telling and listening to quality stories. Below is a story that I heard via the Internet—a common way stories are shared in today’s culture. It’s about the challenge of being faithful to the Godly, moral life every moment, and the results of doing so:

A Christian

     Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself: ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’ 
     When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door before handing the quarter to the driver and saying: ‘Here, you gave me too much change ‘
      The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’
      ‘Yes’ he replied.
      ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’
      When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’
      Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself  ‘Christian.’
     Watch your thoughts; they become words.
     Watch your words; they become actions.
     Watch your actions; they become habits.
     Watch your habits; they become character.
 

     Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

(shared with us by our friend Peg)

EXERCISES:

Exercise 1: Do you hear stories having a (more…)

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 26

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A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 26

Monte Holland

This is the twenty-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 25

Today’s photographs feature the chapel on the Isles of Shoals, islands eight miles off the shore where New Hampshire and Maine meet. To view pictures click: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-26.html

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14All that the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself. Galatians 5:14 : Contemporary English Version (CEV)

     I think that the following story, shared by my sister-in-law, Jane, puts the whole practice of love into perspective. Our exercise for today is to reflect on this story and attempt to put yourself in the story and imagine your response. This is a complicated situation. Does the boy (the baseball team captain?) have to put Shay in the baseball game in order to be a loving person? Is he also responsible to his other team members? How do we respond to special needs persons and their desires? Read the story and reflect it. 

     At a fundraising dinner for a special needs school, the a student’s father delivered a speech that would be remembered by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

     ‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

     ‘Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.  Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

     The audience was stilled by the query.

     The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

     Then he told the following story: 

     Shay and I walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’

     I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father (more…)

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