CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 10, 2011

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

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

GREED #1: GREED OR GENEROSITY

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.

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 #1:

GREED OR GENEROSITY

SCRIPTURE:  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s. (Exodus 20:17)

DEVOTION: Greed is about accumulating. The dictionary definition is: selfish and grasping desire for possession, especially of wealth; avarice; covetousness. The last synonym, covetousness, leads us directly to our key verse, the tenth of the Ten Commandments.

     We all have a natural tendency to accumulate. I expect I’m worse than many, considering my Great Depression roots. Those of us from that era are concerned with saving for a rainy day. Unfortunately, the boundary between adequate preparation for hard times and excessive accumulation is narrow and easily crossed.

     I’ve yet to be able to follow the if you haven’t used it in a year,  you don’t need to keep it rule. It isn’t just financial records for the IRS that I keep beyond the seven year requirement—it’s other things too.

      Excessive accumulation is one aspect of greed that we don’t do well with—witness the growth of the storage shed industry.

     A second aspect of the unending pursuit of possessions is the limit of (more…)

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March 9, 2011

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

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL: ASH WEDNESDAY

MONTE W. HOLLAND

 

 

     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.

 

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)

  

ASH WEDNESDAY

INTRODUCTION TO A LENTEN STUDY

ON THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Day 40

Scripture

 

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17—NRSV)

 

     Today is Ash Wednesday. Many persons will participate in a worship service where ashes will be imposed on their body as a symbol of their mortality and the brokenness of their relationship with God.

     Ashes and sackcloth are associated with repentance and mourning. Fittingly, the chosen Scripture reading describes what we aspire to—a life free from the deadly sins and filled with the virtues that are in direct opposition to the sins. This Lenten study will be about moving from being clothed in sackcloth to (more…)

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