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Love #AtoZChallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter L

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.

A search of the Bible for the word love also counts loved, lovely and loves. From the NKJV there are 267 references in the Old Testament and 237 in the New Testament, which is much shorter. Love features strongly in the New Testament.

To jump to the story The disciple John tells of a memorable day click here.

Last year in the A to Z Challenge I suggested that the Easter story is the greatest story about love ever told. This year Easter day (Resurrection Day) was celebrated on Sunday 4 April in the west. It will be celebrated on Sunday 2 May by the Eastern Orthodox Christians.

The Bible includes stories about love within families, romantic love, God’s love and (in the New Testament) how love is acted out between believers.

Here are some links to passages about love in the New Testament:

Matthew 5:44-46

John 3:16, John 13:34-35, John 15:12-13

Romans 8:38-39, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 1 John 4:7-21

The disciple John tells of a memorable day

It was quite unusual for the Master to take a few of us apart from the rest of the twelve disciples. On what started out as an ordinary day, with people coming to us to be healed, he called three of us to one side and led us up a mountain. There was Simon Peter and my brother James. We weren’t known as the quietest disciples, but that day we didn’t know what to say.

At the top of the mountain the Master began to look quite different from usual. His face shone and his clothes looked whiter than anything I have ever seen. It was as if light was coming from them. Then we saw Moses and Elijah talking with him.

Peter always had to say something.

‘Lord, it is good that we are here. Would you like me to build three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah?’

While he was speaking a bright cloud came and hid the Master, Moses and Elijah from our view. Then we heard a voice from the cloud.

‘This is my Son, whom I love and with whom I am pleased. Listen to him!’

We were terrified and fell to the ground. Then we felt his gentle hand as he told us to get up. ‘Don’t be afraid.’

The three of us were alone with Jesus on the mountain top.

As we came down from the mountain, he told us not to tell anyone what we had seen until after the Son of Man had been raised from the dead.

We were puzzled about many things. We asked him why the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first. He replied that Elijah had already come, but not been recognised. He had been treated just as people wished and the same would happen to the son of Man.

We realised he was speaking about John the Baptiser, who had been killed. Later we linked what we had heard on the mountain to Jesus’ baptism by John, when there was also a voice from heaven.

We didn’t have more chance to talk as Jesus had to help the other disciples straight away; there was a difficult healing they had not managed on their own. We kept his secret until after he had died and been raised form the dead.

Moses received the Law whereas Elijah and John the Baptiser were prophets, so this was an endorsement of Jesus’ statement that he was fulfilling the Law and the prophets.


My retelling of this story of the transfiguration is based on Matthew 17: 1-23

Matthew 3:17 and Matthew 17:5 God speaks of Jesus as his son whom he loves.

L is for Last Supper and Lent

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

The Last Supper is the name given to the Passover meal, which was celebrated the night before Jesus died. It was the last meal he shared with his disciples before his death (Letter D). It has appeared in the posts for Letter B and Letter E. Mark 14:12-26, Matthew 26:17-30 and Luke 22:7-23

Lent is the period of forty days plus Sundays (which don’t count) before Easter Day. It begins on Ash Wednesday. During Lent Christians remember the time Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted for forty days. Luke 4:1-13

Traditionally people gave up something during Lent – perhaps sugar in drinks, biscuits, chocolate, alcohol, swearing (!) or some kind of entertainment. If any money saved could be given to charity that was useful.

Nowadays there is more emphasis on doing something extra during Lent. Perhaps attending a course or extra services at church or doing something for other people such as the 40 Acts scheme. If people do give something up it is as likely to be spending too much time on social media or playing computer games as any of the traditional things.

During Jesus time in the wilderness he faced temptations to do things, which would have been unhelpful to his purpose in coming to earth as a man. At the end of his time there Angels (Letter A) attended (helped) him. Matthew 4:1-11

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.

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L is for length #AtoZChallenge

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

L is for length or how long
Something is. A box’s volume is length by width by height.
Its area is length times width; not wrong
If you manage to keep the units right.

People often ask, “How long is a piece of string?”

String

It can be any length. The expression is used as a rhetorical question in answer to a question to which there is no definite answer. Many tape measures and rulers in the UK have centimetres on one side and inches on the other. In Europe the metric system is used, but in the US yards, feet and inches are preferred.

Different civilisations had their own systems of units. In some translations of the Bible the old names for units are used in the text with a footnote explaining how these convert to more familiar ones. Having accurate weights and measures has been important from the earliest times.The passages I have found for today’s post are about generosity (or meanness) and honest weights and measures. This command is accompanied by a promise of a reward for obedience.

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