CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 12, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Gluttony #5: Being Spiritually Nourished

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

GLUTTONY #5:

BEING SPIRITUALLY NOURISHED

Monte W. Holland

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

(GLUTTONY #5

BEING SPIRITUALLY NOURISHED

SCRIPTURE:2 Why waste your money on what really isn’t food? Why work hard for something that doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will enjoy the very best foods. (Isaiah 55:2 (CEV))

2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. (Isaiah 55:2 (AMP))

Background  1 If you are thirsty, come and drink water! If you don’t have any money, come, eat what you want! Drink wine and milk without paying a cent. 2 Why waste your money on what really isn’t food? Why work hard for something that doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will enjoy the very best foods. 3 Pay close attention! Come to me and live. I will promise you the eternal love and loyalty that I promised David. 4 I made him the leader and ruler of the nations; he was my witness to them. 5 You will call out to nations you have never known. And they have never known you, but they will come running because I am the LORD, the holy God of Israel, and I have honored you. (Isaiah 55:1-5 (CEV))

DEVOTION:  In our culture, gluttony is almost synonymous with overeating. Yet from God’s perspective, gluttony has other implications. God wonders why we aren’t more selective in what we eat. God provides. Maybe it will be spinach and broccoli, but God provides. Are we actually consuming what we really want? And that means considering more than food.

     The opposite of gluttony is temperance. Think before you act. Go first to God—and the scripture says you will live. Not only that, God extends eternal love and loyalty. The Lord offers us a broader range of friends because we choose to follow the Lord.

     One translation says Let your soul delight itself in fatness (the profuseness of spiritual joy).  It isn’t the food, but the (more…)

April 11, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Lust #5: Love Turns to Hate

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

LUST #5

LOVE TURNS TO HATE

Monte W. Holland

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

LUST #5

LOVE TURNS TO HATE

SCRIPTURE: 1 David had a beautiful daughter named Tamar, who was the sister of Absalom. She was also the half sister of Amnon, who fell in love with her. 2 But Tamar was a virgin, and Amnon could not think of a way to be alone with her. He was so upset about it that he made himself sick…     Amnon said, “Send the servants out of the house.” After they had gone, 10 he said to Tamar, “Serve the food in my bedroom.” Tamar picked up the bread that she had made and brought it into Amnon’s bedroom. 11 But as she was taking it over to him, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me!” 12 She answered, “No! Please don’t force me! This sort of thing isn’t done in Israel. It’s disgusting! 13 Think of me. I’ll be disgraced forever! And think of yourself. Everyone in Israel will say you’re nothing but trash! Just ask the king, and he will let you marry me.” 14 But Amnon would not listen to what she said. He was stronger than she was, so he overpowered her and raped her. 15 Then Amnon hated her even more than he had loved her before. So he told her, “Get up and get out!” 16 She said, “Don’t send me away! That would be worse than what you have already done.” But Amnon would not listen. 17 He called in his servant and said, “Throw this woman out and lock the door!” 18 The servant made her leave, and he locked the door behind her. (2 Samuel 13:1-2, 9b-18a CEV)

DEVOTION:  What a horrible story! Lust turns to overwhelming desire, ultimately turning into rape. Such events warn us that lust is a powerful and dangerous sin. Love is our highest goal in life. Nothing is better than loving God. Loving neighbor and self are also prescribed in the Great Commandment.

     God is intentional. Some prohibitions are in place for a purpose. Very deep emotions, like love, must be (more…)

April 9, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Anger #5: Only Jesus’ Way

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

ANGER #5

 ONLY JESUS’ WAY

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

Anger #5

ONLY JESUS’ WAY

SCRIPTURE:  7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: 9 that the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. 10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? (John 18:7-11 (KJV))

 43 You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” 44 But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. 45 Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. 46 If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for this? Even tax collectors love their friends. 47 If you greet only your friends, what’s so great about this? Don’t even unbelievers do that? 48 But you must always act like your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-48 (CEV))

16 All of you surely know you are God’s temple and his Spirit lives in you. 17 Together you are God’s holy temple, and God will destroy anyone who destroys his temple. (I Corinthians 3:16-17 CEV))

DEVOTION:  Sometimes I think caller ID isn’t a good thing. When I see names and numbers that I recognize, my attitude toward the call is pre-conditioned. I associate some numbers and names with bad news, maybe a death in the family. I associate other numbers with a friendly voice and some upbeat message. Then there are the numbers from which I expect complaints and demands for action—causing the hair on the back of my neck to stand up, and making me defensive and unpleasant when I answer the telephone.

     That isn’t God’s way. These persons aren’t my enemies, but I treat them as     (more…)

April 8, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Envy #4: More Themes From a Scattered Garden

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

ENVY #4:

MORE THEMES FROM A SCATTERED GARDEN

The Rev. Bill Pieringer*

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

ENVY #4

MORE THEMES FROM A SCATTERED GARDEN

SCRIPTURE: 10 The Lord has made me very grateful that at last you have thought about me once again. Actually, you were thinking about me all along, but you didn’t have any chance to show it. 11 I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. (Philippians 4:10-12 (CEV))

DEVOTION: It’s that time of year again. Garden catalogs fill my mailbox on a daily basis. Vegetable, perennial, annual flower seeds are shown off in magnificent color and bountiful abundance.  Each company promotes at least a dozen new varieties, and I look upon their offerings with a desire to try them all.

     I don’t care if that watermelon can only be grown in the Deep South. The picture of the ripe, juicy melon taunts me as I look out the window and see the fresh blanket of six inches of snow.  Sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, crisp green beans—all these pop off the page. I want them all on my dinner table by this evening.

     In my impatience I know that I will start my seeds too early this year, again. I know I will look at (more…)

April 7, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Greed #4: What Profit Do You Seek?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

GREED #4: WHAT PROFIT DO YOU SEEK?

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE. 

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

GREED #4

WHAT PROFIT DO YOU SEEK?

SCRIPTURE:  17 Warn the rich people of this world not to be proud or to trust in wealth that is easily lost. Tell them to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with everything we need to enjoy life. 18 Instruct them to do as many good deeds as they can and to help everyone. Remind the rich to be generous and share what they have. 19 This will lay a solid foundation for the future, so they will know what true life is like. (1 Timothy 6:17-19 (CEV))

31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. 34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:31-38 (KJV))

 DEVOTION: Profit!

     We all have a profit motive. Before entering into a new venture, we often ask How much profit will there be in this for me? The answer often comes back: You have to take a risk if you want to make money. There is no guarantee of profit.

     I don’t like to take too many chances. And yet the economy is in the shape it is in because too many people took dangerous chances—to get rich. Paul has a totally different outlook when speaking about rich people (and basically we are them) who have plenty on their tables. He reminds them to have faith, do as many good deeds as you can, and help everyone. And he goes on to tell them to be generous and share what they have. Paul also tells them why: these good deeds are (more…)

April 6, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Sloth #4: Are We Sowing Seeds?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

SLOTH #4:  ARE WE SOWING SEEDS?

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

SLOTH #4

ARE WE SOWING SEEDS?

SCRIPTURE: When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. (Psalm 126)

Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

DEVOTION: The sin sloth has its opposite: virtue, zeal.

     Zeal is a very energetic word. A zealous person is often perceived as a leader who very visibly energizes the crowd around him into action. I often associate zeal with a short time. A quarterback with zeal leads his football team to a winning touchdown in the last two minutes of the game. Campaign workers with a show of zeal energize the voters in the closing hours before the election.

     Yet, in today’s scripture lesson, we see zeal in a different way. It is still the antidote to sloth, the failure to offer continuing and appropriate attention to God’s work. However, this zeal functions in the (more…)

April 5, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Gluttony #4: In Whom Do You Trust?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

GLUTTONY #4:

IN WHOM DO YOU TRUST?

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

GLUTTONY #4

IN WHOM DO YOU TRUST?

SCRIPTURE: 41 Jesus was sitting in the temple near the offering box and watching people put in their gifts. He noticed that many rich people were giving a lot of money. 42 Finally, a poor widow came up and put in two coins worth only a few pennies. 43 Jesus told his disciples to gather around him. Then he said: I tell you that this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 44 Everyone else gave what they didn’t need. But she is very poor and gave everything she had. Now she doesn’t have a cent to live on. (Mark 12:41-44 (CEV))

Do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. (Luke 12:29 (NRSV))

DEVOTION: Have you seen signs about trust? One sign states We can’t give you credit. We trust Jesus, but all others pay cash. My favorite sign is at the car repair shop: When you die, call us to be your pall bearers, since we have had to carry this far.

     Trust is in short supply today. Airports must scan our bags and bodies for dangerous items. House and car doors remain locked most of the time. Credit checks are routine. An ID card is essential to many transactions.

     Could the poor widow make it in today’s world? I would like to think so. She probably could pick up an odd job or two without references and an ID card. She might have to (more…)

April 4, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Lust #4: Continual Preparation

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

LUST #4: CONTINUAL PREPARATION

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

LUST #4

CONTINUAL PREPARATION

SCRIPTURE: 24 You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! 25 Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. 26 I don’t run without a goal. And I don’t box by beating my fists in the air. 27 I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won’t lose out after telling the good news to others. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (CEV))

DEVOTION:  We commend persons for making sacrifices. Athletes are often cited as role models for physical discipline and commitment. To be the very best in this age of high-tech sports preparation, the naturally gifted athlete cannot walk in off the street and win the prize unless he firsts prepares and sacrifices.

     In my earlier years I competed in (more…)

April 2, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Anger#3: I Would Never Get That Angry, Would I?

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

ANGER #3:

I WOULD NEVER GET THAT ANGRY, WOULD I?

MONTE W. HOLLAND

 INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

ANGER #3

 I WOULD NEVER GET THAT ANGRY, WOULD I?

SCRIPTURE:  James 1:19-27 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (CEV)

DEVOTION: It takes discipline to succeed in sports. Long gone are the days of little training, heavy drinking, and relying on pure physical talent. There are too many talented, hard-working athletes out there ready to take the place of those without commitment.

     Discipline in sports goes beyond training. Discipline on the field is essential also. Athletes are tested by (more…)

April 1, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Envy #4: God Is Where You Are

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

ENVY #4: GOD IS WHERE YOU ARE

MONTE W. HOLLAND

 INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

ENVY #4

GOD IS WHERE YOU ARE

SCRIPTURE: 4 that the LORD All-Powerful, the God of Israel, had said: I had you taken from Jerusalem to Babylonia. Now I tell you 5 to settle there and build houses. Plant gardens and eat what you grow in them.6 Get married and have children, then help your sons find wives and help your daughters find husbands, so they can have children as well. I want your numbers to grow, not to get smaller. 7 Pray for peace in Babylonia and work hard to make it prosperous. The more successful that nation is, the better off you will be. 7 Pray for peace in Babylonia and work hard to make it prosperous. The more successful that nation is, the better off you will be. (Jeremiah 29:4-7 (CEV))

For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. (Job 5:2 (KJV))

26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (Proverbs 28:26 (KJV)

DEVOTION:  There are lots of statements about fools: A fool and his money are soon parted; Fools walk in where angels fear to tread.

     Foolishness isn’t a prized possession. Why do we have April Fool’s Day? Maybe it was created in order to (more…)

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