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Endure #AtoZChallenge

This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter E

Endure is a word with two meanings in the Bible. It means to last (a long time or for ever). It also means to suffer (or put up with something) over a period of time.

The refrain ‘His love endures for ever’ is repeated many times in the Bible. It refers to God’s love. Psalms in particular with these words are often used in worship.

1 Chronicles 16:34 His love endures for ever. (Video at end of this post.)

Psalm 37:18 Their inheritance will endure for ever.

Hebrews 12:2 Jesus endured the cross.

Paul looks back on his sufferings

I was writing from prison in Rome to my dear younger friend, Timothy, to prepare him for the hardships I knew he would have to endure in the future. Of course, I cannot write long letters myself. I have to dictate them to a trustworthy scribe.

I recalled the time I had been preaching in Persidion Antioch. After about two weeks there Barnabas and I had to move on because the Jewish leaders made it impossible for us to stay. Fortunately I had been able to preach to those, who were prepared to listen to the Good News. I pray that they will continue in the faith.

In my second letter to Timothy I was aiming to strengthen his resolve, unlike the time I had to write to the believers in Corinth, who needed correction. I had to remind the Corinthians of everything I had suffered for the sake of the gospel. I listed the details to convince them of my sincerity and resolve. I reminded them that I had been in prison more than any of the apostles. I had been flogged more severely, receiving 39 lashes on 5 different occasions, being beaten with rods and escaping from those, who tried to stone me to death. If that was not enough suffering, I have been shipwrecked three times. I reminded them of the other dangers I faced on my travels – bandits, dangers in the city, the countryside and at sea. I have been hungry, thirsty, cold and even naked. Many groups of people have been opposed to my mission. I have had to flee leaving my possessions behind.

Writing to Timothy I asked that he should bring me my cloak, so that I would not be cold in the winter ahead.

I remind myself of Psalm 34:19 The righteous person may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all.

I remember writing to the Christians in Rome before I came here as a prisoner that ‘nothing can separate us from the love of Christ’. Romans 8:35-39. His love endures for ever.


Further reading: 2 Timothy 3:11 Paul’s sufferings

Acts 13:14-52 Paul and Barnabas in Pisidion Antioch.

2 Corinthians 11:23-33 Paul’s suffering and an escape from his enemies

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E is for earthquake, eternal (or everlasting) life and Eucharist

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

For this year’s A to Z challenge I am highlighting some important words from the Easter story.

Readers, who have read the passages from Matthew’s gospel linked in my post for the letter C or my theme reveal will remember that there was an earthquake at the time of Jesus’ death.

One of the best known verses in the New Testament is John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. A well-known setting of this verse to music is the arrangement by Stainer in his choral work, The Crucifixion.

The result of Jesus’ sacrifice, which we remember at Easter, is echoed in a popular Christmas carol, Mary’s boy child: ‘That man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day’. The theology of the carol is simplified, but the sentiments that Jesus’ life on earth gave the possibility of eternal life are true.

Eucharist is a word, which means thanksgiving. In my post for the letter B, I described how Jesus celebrated the Passover meal instituting the Eucharist.

 

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E is for equilateral #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

E is for equilateral
Meaning equal length
And also for even – a numeral
With double strength.

Equilateral triangles have three sides of equal length and three equal internal angles (60 degrees). In my previous post I mentioned polygons. Polygons with equal sides are described as regular.

Even numbers feature in a popular chant at sports events:

Two, four, six, eight,
Who do we appreciate?

followed by spelling out the name of a team and then shouting its name.

Words fascinate me. Length describes how long something is. Strength derives from strong. Width is from wide, but breadth is from broad and means more or less the same thing. I devoted a post to these sorts of words on Sue’s considered trifles.

By coincidence the derivation of words begins with E – etymology.

Triangles are often used in decorative work, particularly on floors.

Decorative floor tiles

Because Christians believe in a triune God, triangles are sometimes used to represent the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We say the grace: 2 Corinthians 13:14.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

The love of God is perhaps more easily understood than grace. I read and reviewed two books about grace some time ago.

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