CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 4, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 14

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 14

Monte Holland

This is the fourteenth 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 13

Today’s photographs feature Torsey Memorial Church in Readfield, Maine. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-14.html

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Today consider the Fifth Commandment: 12Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.  Exodus 20:12

     Under the best of circumstances, a child begins life in a home with a mother and father. God expects parents to accept child rearing as a special responsibility—parents are stewards of their children just like they are stewards of any other gift from God. Even if a child does not grow up with both parents, or either parent, there is still a connection (genetic or social) that bonds them together. God has blessed the child with certain characteristics that have come to the child as a member of a new generation from these parents.

     Families as part of God’s Creation have a special role. Parents educate the new generation in God’s ways and teach children how to live as children of God. This alone is enough to cause us to honor to our parents. God loves people who are thankful. What are the things that we have because our parents have worked and sacrificed for us? The list is enormous. God chooses to give parents that responsibility. Children grow up safely because parents are there.

     Sometimes parents fail miserably, and children miss out on the special help that God expects of parents. If a child does not grow up in the care of a parent, or if the care is abusive, the commandment remains in effect for the child.

     The child responds to the fact that God chose to make these persons his/her parents. Poor stewardship by the parents to the child and to God does not relieve the child of obeying this commandment. (Reflect on this scripture verse: If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up. Psalm 27:10 )

     Each person is responsible for his or her behavior, as a child of God. It may be difficult to honor parents who have failed us in one way or another. Yet we still are to treat them as persons that God loves and cares about. God is not pleased when parents fail to be obedient and good stewards, but God still loves them. God expects us to treat all persons well, but gives us a special responsibility to those who are our biological (or surrogate) parents.

The Fifth Commandment: RESPECT YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER AND HAVE A LONG LIFE IN THE LAND.

EXERCISES 

Exercise 1: Identify some of the things that parents do for us as we grow up: 

(eedf su) ________________

(tcetorp su) ___________________

(hceat su ot yarp) _________________________

(gvei su yots) ____________________________

(cheta su potrss) ___________________________

(rnatsrtpo su) ____________________________

Exercise 2: Name some of the ways that we (more…)

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April 2, 2009

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 6

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

BASIC BIBLICAL TEACHINGS FOR THE

GODLY AND MORAL LIFE: 6

Guest writer Monte W. Holland

 

LESSON 6  Wednesday April 1 – Tuesday April 7, 2009
During this study’s final lesson study of the Godly, moral life, we will look at the most famous prayer from Jesus and images of God as well as some wisdom from the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, and the current times, followed by a final summary.
Day 1: The Lord’s Prayer (part 1)
Some television ads really “bug” me.

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March 19, 2009

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 4

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

BASIC BIBLICAL TEACHINGS FOR THE

GODLY AND MORAL LIFE: 4

Guest writer Monte W. Holland

For some time, my husband, Monte, has been concerned about today’s young generation and the ethical behavior, which they are exposed to in today’s society. He sees the inconsistencies in what they experience in society and what is taught by Biblical Scripture, where lessons on “The Godly, Moral Life,” are presented.
As a step in counteracting society’s UnGodly, Immoral life lessons, he developed a series of six lessons, one for each week in Lent. Each lesson has seven daily sections. His entire work is posted by host site the Open Hands Ministry, a service of the United Methodist Churches in the Ligonier, PA, area. This organization provides layettes for WIC babies in Westmoreland County, and operates second-hand clothing and furnishings stores in Stahlstown and Jeannette.

AN ON-LINE STUDY GUIDE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON– “Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life”

Our goal this week is to become quite familiar with the Great Commandment, the Golden Rule, and the Love chapter.
LESSON 4   Wednesday March 18 – Tuesday March 24, 2009
In the preceding lessons we have seen that the Law as recorded in the Ten Commandments is basic to the Godly, moral life. Very specifically we are charged with obedience in our relationship to God and obedience in our relationship to others. We have looked in a little detail at the Ten Commandments, one by one.
Now we turn to the message that comes from Jesus as he was interacting with the Jewish elite of his time. We find that these leaders were jealous of the rapport Jesus had with (to continue reading this post and/or to see previous posts in this Lenten series, click on: http://www.methodists-care.org/ , then click on ONLINE STUDY).

ADDITIONAL READING:

Writer’s calls for submissions, competitions & events March 1, 2009
Kathy Kelly, of Voices of Wilderness: On Peace

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 1

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 2

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 1

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 2

Ashes to Ashes: A Devotion for Ash Wednesday

A PASTOR’S ROLE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Part 2

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

WHAT? MARRY A PROSTITUTE, HOSEA ASKED GOD

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?

BUSY—I’M SO BUSY!!! Lent Devotion #28

Online Sites for Caretakers & Families of Brain Injury Victims

SITE LINKS:

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.barbarapurbaugh.com

www.pennwriters.com

ellenspain.com

http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/

http://www.methodists-care.org/

 

March 11, 2009

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 3

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

BASIC BIBLICAL TEACHINGS FOR THE

GODLY AND MORAL LIFE: 3

Guest writer Monte W. Holland

For some time, my husband, Monte, has been concerned about today’s young generation and the ethical behavior, which they are exposed to in today’s society. He sees the inconsistencies in what they experience in society and what is taught by Biblical Scripture, where lessons on “The Godly, Moral Life,” are presented.
As a step in counteracting society’s UnGodly, Immoral life lessons, he developed a series of six lessons, one for each week in Lent, beginning today, Ash Wednesday. Each lesson is divided into seven daily sections. Below is an introduction for the first week, and a link to its entire writings, hosted by the Open Hands Ministry site. Open Hands is a ministry of the United Methodist Churches in the Ligonier, PA, area, which provides layettes for WIC babies in Westmoreland County, and operates second-hand clothing and furnishings stores in Stahlstown and Jeannette.
Click on the same link  
http://www.methodists-care.org/  for a Children and Youth version of this Lenten Study.Earlier segments of this study are linked there

AN ON-LINE STUDY GUIDE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON- “Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life”
LESSON 3  Wednesday March 11 –  Tuesday March 17, 2009
Ten Commandments (Part 2) Exodus 20:12-17  (see also Deuteronomy 5:16-21)
12Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.
    13Do not murder.
    14Be faithful in marriage.
    15Do not steal.
    16Do not tell lies about others.
    17Do not want anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t want anyone’s house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys or anything else.
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