CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 4, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter Z

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  Z

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. Click on https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/26-devotions-based-on-the-alphabet-the-letter-y/  to read the previous post on the letter Y.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER Z

 Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today. (Luke 19:5)

     I love this verse. What a great verse to end our tour through an alphabet of Bible verses.

     Zacchaeus was a little man. He was a despised man. He was a tax collector. He wanted to (more…)

February 25, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter Y

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  Y

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. Click on  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter X to read the previous post on the letter X.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER Y

Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. (Titus 2:6)

This verse leads us to the larger passage of the letter of St. Paul to Titus:

1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be soberminded. 7 In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. (Titus 2:1-8, KJV)     

There is a larger picture here. Paul challenges Titus (more…)

February 18, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter X

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  X

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. Click on  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter W  to read the previous post on the letter W.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER X

     Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

      Christianity is about new life. In some sense there is an old life left behind when we become (more…)

February 12, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter W

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER W

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. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter V to read the previous post on the letter V.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER W

     Walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

     You may have heard the statement, He is so religious and spiritual that he is no earthly good.  In our minds there often is a divide between being a “spiritual” person and being someone who is a “productive member of society.”

     We walk by the Spirit, not as people separated from the world, but as people (more…)

February 4, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter V

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  V

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. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter U  to read the previous post on the letter U.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER V

      Vow and pay to the Lord your God: let all that be round him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. (Psalm 76:11)

      The God of Victory and JudgmentTo the chief Musician on Neg´inoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. 7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? 8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, 9 when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. 11 Vow, and pay unto the [Lord] your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. 12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth. (KJV)

     As I read these scriptures, I am reminded of a famous (more…)

January 28, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter U

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  U

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. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter T to read the previous post on the letter T.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

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 ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER U

     Use hospitality to one another without grudging. (1 Peter 4:9)

     Why would anybody want to come into our house to stay? Our outside yard is never fully manicured. Our house is cluttered and too full of things. We often are busy with other activities that keep us from being the “perfect  hosts.”

     And yet I married a hospitable woman. She’s always been ready to open her door to those with special needs.

     As I look back there were many that came and stayed for a while. There was the woman who was so lonely and distraught that she considered suicide.  She stayed for a few weeks.

     There was the man who was reluctant to enter a church because “It might fall down.” He came for a little time to “dry out.” He stayed a couple of weeks.

     There was the homeless woman who stopped by from time to time to get a meal, to clean up and get a good night’s sleep.  The odor she left behind reminded us of how difficult it is to be homeless.

     There was the woman who stole from our church and (more…)

January 22, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter T

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  T

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. Click on  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter S  to read the previous post on the letter S.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER T

     Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)

     There were a huge number of gifts under our tree at Christmas. We receive more gifts on Valentine’s Day and on our birthdays. It is difficult to count all the gifts we receive in a year. And yet I don’t think there would be even one that we would call an inexpressible gift.

     As the Contemporary English Version says, this gift from God is too wonderful for words.

6 Remember this saying, “A few seeds make a small harvest, but a lot of seeds make a big harvest.” 7 Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give. 8 God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others. 9 The Scriptures say, “God freely gives his gifts to the poor, and always does right.” 10 God gives seed to farmers and provides everyone with food. He will increase what you have, so you can give even more to those in need. 11 You will be blessed in every way, and you will be able to keep on being generous. Then many people will thank God when we deliver your gift. 12 What you are doing is much more than a service that supplies God’s people with what they need. It is something that will make many others thank God. 13 The way in which you have proved yourselves by this service will bring honor and praise to God. You believed the message about Christ, and you obeyed it by sharing generously with God’s people and with everyone else. 14 Now they are praying for you and want to see you, because God used you to bless them so very much. 15 Thank God for his gift that is too wonderful for words! (2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (CEV))

     What is this inexpressible gift? It is the gift (more…)

January 15, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter S

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  S

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. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter R to read the previous post on the letter R.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

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ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER S

Strive to enter the narrow door; for many I tell you, will seek to enter and not be able. (Luke 13:24)

     Living the Christian life is not “a piece of cake” or “a walk in the park,” metaphorically speaking. We are hard wired with a tendency to stray from the “straight and narrow.”

     The annual arrival of the Lenten season reminds us that sin is real, and that living as a Christian must be intentional.

     During winter I’m caught out on icy roads from time to time. Sometimes it is a country road that has a crown in the middle. As I travel along, I must stay alert to keep the car from sliding left into the opposing lane, or right off the edge of the road.

     Today’s verse reminds me of coming upon a narrow bridge on a crowned icy road. It requires (more…)

January 8, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter R

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  R

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. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter Q to read the previous post on the letter Q. Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

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ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER R

Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15)

     Humans are social beings—they want to gather together. A prisoner’s harshest punishment is solitary confinement.

     Under normal circumstances people desire to be with other persons. When they are isolated from other people they go “stir crazy,” feeling imprisoned or cooped up,. This is the experience of many persons in the (more…)

January 1, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter Q

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  Q

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. Click on https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/26-devotions-based-on-the-alphabet-the-letter-p/ (26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter P) to read the previous post on the letter P.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

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 ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER Q

     Quench not the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

     New Year’s Day is here! We have this day to look forward to a whole year ahead. The last year has passed into history. The new slate is temporarily clean. Our “spirits” should be alive with anticipation, hoping for the best, that the “happy new year” greetings take on substance.

     I can’t think of a better day to meditate on the verse, “Quench not the Spirit.” Quench not the capital s “Spirit,” God’s Spirit, which is continually with us, prompting us in our living. Paul wrote to the church at Rome: The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16) I need to be reminded that I am a child of God, and that I carry responsibility to live my best for God. Each day I try to listen to the Spirit prompting me.

     Today is a special day in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Penguins (more…)

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