April 1, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 39 Good Friday



Monte Holland

This is the thirty-ninth 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

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 38

Today’s photographs feature crosses in a store window in Connellsville, PA, several years ago; a cross in the St. Francis Lithuanian Cemetery in Minersville, PA,  and a view of the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania ( . To view click on:

Winding Things Down —-True Wisdom  Proverbs 9:7-12

Whoever corrects a scoffer wins abuse; whoever rebukes the wicked gets hurt. A scoffer who is rebuked will only hate you; the wise, when rebuked, will love you. Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still; teach the righteous and they will gain in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me (wisdom) your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Proverbs 9:10a Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

     Correct expectations are important. This section of the Proverbs of Solomon gives us a “heads up” about correcting and teaching others:

     Scoffers will abuse you and hate you.

     The wicked will hurt you.

     The wise will love you and get wiser.

     The righteous will gain in learning.

     “Fear” of the Lord (standing in awe of the Lord) leads to wisdom and our insight comes from knowing the Lord God. Our work is to be (more…)

March 5, 2010

King Solomon and the Case of Two Mothers

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Moderator: This is a story of two mothers who bring their case before King Solomon. The King knew that on the date in question, in the middle of the night, two prostitutes slept peacefully, their newborns tucked in their arms. The two women aren’t named in the Bible, but we will call them Mona and Lena.

Mona woke that night to discover she’d laid on her child, smothering it. Very distraught, she heard her friend Lena’s baby softly cooing in its sleep. Suddenly, in her grief, an idea came to her. She quietly stepped over to Lena’s bed, took Lena’s sleeping baby from her, and placed her own dead baby in Lena’s arms. Now, Mona reasoned, she wouldn’t have to suffer the loss of her child.


Moderator: Everybody come to order. Court is in session now.

King Solomon: Women, what appears……

Lena: Your Honor, Your Majesty. Mona and I lived together. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Three days later, Mona had a son also.

Usually my baby’s cries of hunger wake me up, but that morning I slept long. No cries wakened me. I woke to find my son still sleeping. I tried to nudge him awake because it was well past his eating time, but something was terribly wrong. He wouldn’t (more…)

February 25, 2008


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This piece was written about my granddaughter when she was three years old. She’s now ten. It’s amazing how much less I know as we both get older. Will I ever reach the age of wisdom?

My mother once told me that as a person gets older they realize their knowledge is minimal. It’s funny, but my granddaughter, Jordan, taught me the same thing.

After her birth I learned the position of grandparent has automatic privileges. One such privilege (more…)

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