CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 20, 2011

Lenten Study: Seven Deadly Sins—Deadly Sin Recap

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

DEADLY SIN RECAP

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)

DEADLY SIN RECAP

SCRIPTURE:  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8 -9 (KJV))

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 (NIV))

So  then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:25-32 (NRSV)) [God] chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. (Ephesians 1:4 (NRSV))

DEVOTION:  I heard from a friend of mine that John Wesley (a principal person of the Methodist movement in England) didn’t refer to the seven deadly sins in his writing. Be that as it may, these sins remain a constant challenge in our lives and well-written about in the scriptures. I hope that by now you can name these seven sins and are more sensitive to how they creep into your daily living.

     Certainly the sins overlap each other in many situations. Pride seems to be in (more…)

September 10, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter A

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE APLHABET:

THE LETTER A

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. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

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 ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER A

All  of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

     Today is the beginning of a series of weekly devotionals I’m writing based on twenty-six verses in the Bible, one for each letter of the alphabet. I am using a list of verses I received from an old friend, Bill Sollinger, many years ago.

     This verse is totally obvious. Do we know anyone who has never sinned? Clearly not! The problem is not that we have sinned—that is part of the human condition. The problem comes when (more…)

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