CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 19, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #5: Friend of the World or Friend of God?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE  #5:

FRIEND OF THE WORLD OR FRIEND OF GOD?

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)

PRIDE  #5

FRIEND OF THE WORLD OR FRIEND OF GOD?

SCRIPTURE: 34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. (Proverbs 3:34  (NIV))

Submit Yourselves to God 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:1-12 (NIV))

 5 All of you young people should obey your elders. In fact, everyone should be humble toward everyone else. The Scriptures say, “God opposes proud people, but he helps everyone who is humble.” (1 Peter 5:5 (CEV))

DEVOTION:  “ You’re not my friend!” 

     Don’t you hate to hear those words? Immediately I may ask What did I do? What’s wrong with me?  I expect to be able to take some corrective action to repair the friendship. After all, I am a pretty good guy, so I shouldn’t have to change much. On the other hand, my approach may be different: If you don’t like what I do or say, that’s tough. I believe my friend is wrong and he is the one to make adjustments in his attitude and actions.

     We tend to be proud of who we are. Can’t we list off the good deeds that we do in our family and in our community? And we can list all the good things we have done to help God out. To use the words from the scripture, we have been a friend of the world.

     However, James sees things a little differently.  James states that friendship with the world is  (more…)

April 18, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #4: Don’t Brag

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE #4: DON’T BRAG

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)

PRIDE #4

DON’T BRAG

SCRIPTURE: 2 Watch out for those people who behave like dogs! They are evil and want to do more than just circumcise you. 3 But we are the ones who are truly circumcised, because we worship by the power of God’s Spirit and take pride in Christ Jesus. We don’t brag about what we have done, 4 although I could. Others may brag about themselves, but I have more reason to brag than anyone else. 5 I was circumcised when I was eight days old, and I am from the nation of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin. I am a true Hebrew. As a Pharisee, I strictly obeyed the Law of Moses. 6 And I was so eager I even made trouble for the church. I did everything the Law demands in order to please God. 7 But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. 8 Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ 9 and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. 10 All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, 11 so that somehow I also may be raised to life. (Philippians 2:3-11 (CEV))

 Devotion: “Don’t brag!”

     What a challenge. Any time I talk about things that I do, isn’t that bragging? It seems that the only way around the sin of pride is to always give the praise and glory to God.

     Whatever I do, God makes it possible. Whatever I accomplish, God allows it. Whatever I do, I can only feel good about it if it glorifies God. For Paul, All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. Paul goes on to spell out his desire to make himself acceptable to God by keeping the Law of Moses. And yet he points out that we are really acceptable to God through our faith in Jesus Christ alone.

     To me there is a fine line to be traveled here. On the one hand, we can avoid  (more…)

April 16, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #3: Taking Joy in Beating Others Down

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE #3:

TAKING JOY IN BEATING OTHERS DOWN

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)

PRIDE #3

TAKING JOY IN BEATING OTHERS DOWN

SCRIPTURE:7 For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. 8 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother’s sons; 9 for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me. 10 When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn; 11 when I put on sackcloth, people make sport of me. 12 Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards. (Psalm 69:7-12 (NIV))

Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, putting us to hard labor. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders. (Deuteronomy 26:5-8 (NIV))

DEVOTION:  We are a proud people. We love our nation. Often, it seems as though we are prouder of our nation than we are of God. Can that be true? When our pride runs away, such notions and perceptions can run rampant. Wars have become a staple of our time. World leaders seem to need a war to boost “national pride.”

     The psalmist endures scorn for God’s sake. Shame covers his face. We insult persons who are (more…)

April 15, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #2: Live for the “One”

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE #2: LIVE FOR THE “ONE”A

The Rev. Robert Cummings*

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)

PRIDE #2:

LIVE FOR THE “ONE”

SCRIPTURE: 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1 (NIV))

DEVOTION:  The toddler wobbled as he stood holding onto the toy box. A big grin stretched across his face as he urned to offer a plush animal to his nearby parent, legs shaking all the while. I could not help notice the two parents, their faces filled with big smiles as they applauded the effort. I know it was about recognition, and increased manual dexterity that the parents applauded, clapping and cheering Yeah!!

     So begins our life long battle with pride. Pride isn’t about doing something good. It isn’t about achievements or making effort. It’s about (more…)

April 14, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #2: Making Our Own Idols

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE #1: MAKING OUR OWN IDOLS

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)

PRIDE #1

MAKING OUR OWN IDOLS

SCRIPTURE : 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6 (NIV))

17 Everyone who worships idols as though they were gods will be terribly ashamed. (Isaiah 42:17 (CEV))

DEVOTION:  Today for the first time we look at the sin that may be the most troublesome and all-encompassing of the seven deadly sins: pride.

     Pride saturates our lives in so many ways. The Christian strives to replace pride with humility.  God knows full well that we are driven toward pride. God knows that we want to be in charge. We want to make our own gods—if we create them, we (more…)

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