CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

September 4, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE APLHABET:

INTRODUCTION

Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. Below is his introduction. Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

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A FRAYED LIST OF TWENTY-SIX ALPHABET BIBLE VERSES

     About 1980 I lived in the small community of Hallston, Pennsylvania,  a few miles southeast of Slippery Rock. Hallston has only a few residents. Its landmarks are a railroad crossing located near  a former coal tipple and a small country church with a cemetery—St. John’s United Methodist Church. When Carolyn and I moved into that community in 1977, our family attended that church. After all, I am a United Methodist, it was within walking distance of our home, and many local people worshipped there.

     We were moving into the midst of a number of people who lived out their faith in this country setting. Bill Allen, a retired carpenter and member of the church, spent a lot of time with me in 1976 and 1977, advising me as I built a garage, and continuing to advise me as I built our family home (with some hired help). Merle Staiger, a Sunday school teacher, invited me to accompany him when he occasionally visited church shut-ins. It was his Sunday school class that encouraged me to apply to participate in a mission work team trip to Haiti in January 1980.

     One particular person was Bill Sollinger, an electrician by trade who worked (more…)

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