CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 15, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 23

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 23

Monte Holland

This is the twenty-third 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 22

 Today’s photographs feature the stained glass windows at the First Lutheran Church in Greensburg, PA.  To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-23.html

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The Golden Rule

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31

     I think some people are surprised to learn that the Golden Rule comes from the Bible. They think of it as just good common sense. On the other hand, it’s much like an extension of the second part of the Great Commandment—don’t we all like to be loved by our neighbors? The Golden Rule tells us if we want to be loved, we should be fully obedient to the Great Commandment, including loving our neighbor.

     Sometimes people make our life difficult.

     I remember back over fifty years when I was in college. I had a chemistry class with a friend, Jim, who was in a fraternity. One of his fraternity brothers, Bob, was also in our class. One day, when there was an exam, Bob wasn’t prepared, and expected Jim to keep his paper exposed so that he could copy the answers. Jim was upset by this request, and didn’t comply.

     The Golden Rule doesn’t call for us to violate a Commandment (giving an answer dishonestly) just to help out a friend. After all, we should not want him to help us cheat either.

     In a popular TV ad right now, one person says to his buddies, “Friends don’t let friends watch cable TV. They make sure they have satellite TV.” This puts a positive spin on the Golden Rule: if you find something good, make sure you share it with your friends.

     On the negative side, the phrase “Finders keepers. Losers weepers,” expresses the opposite of the Golden Rule. No matter what we do, we continually are being challenged to make sure that our actions honor our neighbors.

     Currently, some people have unintentionally (in most cases) violated the Golden Rule. As a result, many people are losing homes to foreclosure because they can’t pay their mortgage. In neighborhoods where a number of homes go into foreclosure, the value of the other homes drops dramatically. Do you believe that the Golden Rule applies to not diminishing the value of your neighbor’s home?

EXERCISES: 

Exercise 1: You hang out with a group of close friends. One of them, John, goes out and is caught not only with drugs in his possession, but being “high.” Has John kept the spirit (more…)

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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

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