XENIA (#AtoZChallenge)

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The letter “X” provided a wealth of inspiration for my theme, “Faith”Following my acrostic poem, I’ve included researched notes and links 🙂

* DISCLAIMER: My faith is in Christ Jesus/Holy Bible. I write with no intent to judge other faiths/belief systems.

X marks the Cross, Savior’s name, The Christ ~ unseen, it’s

Even on my soul; my heart, Jesus-engraved.  He has seeded my

Nature to bear good fruit*; and reflect His glory to attract others

Invite them into gift of hospitality ~ where generous grace in

Abundance flows: His, to me; and me, to all who would receive.

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Bible verses: biblehub.com

* Matthew 7:16-18 A Tree and its Fruit
16By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.…

Matthew 12:33
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that …

Psalm 92:13,14 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in …

Jeremiah 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads …

Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus …

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

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Definition of xenia—noun, botany:

The influence or effect of pollen on the endosperm or embryo, resulting in hybrid characteristics in form, color, etc., of the derived seed. (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/xenia)

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href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenia_(Greek)”>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenia_(Greek)

Xenia (Greek: ξενία, xenía, trans. “guest-friendship”) is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home and/or associates of the person bestowing guest-friendship. The rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between guest and host expressed in both material benefits (such as the giving of gifts to each party) as well as non-material ones (such as protection, shelter, favors, or certain normative rights).

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Chi (uppercase Χ, lowercase χ; Greek: χῖ) is the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet, pronounced /ˈk/ or /ˈk/ in English.  Chi or X is often used to abbreviate the name Christ, as in the holiday Christmas (Xmas). When fused within a single typespace with the Greek letter Rho, it is called the labarum and used to represent the person of Jesus Christ. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_(letter)

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Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but Xmas, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which in English is “Christ“.[1] The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass.[2]

There is a common belief that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas[3] by taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”, but its use dates back to the 16th century.

“Xmas” is deprecated by some modern style guides, including those at the New York Times,[4] The Times, The Guardian, and the BBC.[5] Millicent Fenwick, in the 1948 Vogue’s Book of Etiquette, states that “‘Xmas’ should never be used” in greeting cards.[6] The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage states that the spelling should be considered informal and restricted to contexts where concision is valued, such as headlines and greeting cards.[7] The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, while acknowledging the ancient and respectful use of “Xmas” in the past, states that the spelling should never be used in formal writing.[8]

Use of “X” for “Christ”

For the article about the χρ symbol, see Chi Rho.

The labarum, often called the Chi-Rho, is a Christian symbol representing Christ.

The abbreviation of Christmas as “Xmas” is the source of disagreement among Christians who observe the holiday. Dennis Bratcher, writing for a website for Christians, states “there are always those who loudly decry the use of the abbreviation ‘Xmas’ as some kind of blasphemy against Christ and Christianity”.[16] Among them are evangelist Franklin Graham and CNN journalist Roland S. Martin. Graham stated in an interview:

“for us as Christians, this is one of the most holy of the holidays, the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. And for people to take Christ out of Christmas. They’re happy to say merry Xmas. Let’s just take Jesus out. And really, I think, a war against the name of Jesus Christ.”[17]

Martin likewise relates the use of “Xmas” to his growing concerns of increasing commercialization and secularization of one of Christianity’s highest holy days.[18] Bratcher posits that those who dislike abbreviating the word are unfamiliar with a long history of Christians using X in place of “Christ” for various purposes.

The wordChristand its compounds, including “Christmas”, have been abbreviated in English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern “Xmas” was commonly used. “Christ” was often written as “Xρ” or “Xt”; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as 1021. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ (Ch) and ρ (R) used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for “Christ”),.[1] The labarum, an amalgamation of the two Greek letters rendered as ☧,[note 1] is a symbol often used to represent Christ in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian Churches.[19]

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the OED Supplement have cited usages of “X-” or “Xp-” for “Christ-” as early as 1485. The terms “Xtian” and less commonly “Xpian” have also been used for “Christian”. The OED further cites usage of “Xtianity” for “Christianity” from 1634.[1] According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, most of the evidence for these words comes from “educated Englishmen who knew their Greek”.[11]

In ancient Christian art, χ and χρ are abbreviations for Christ’s name.[20] In many manuscripts of the New Testament and icons, Χ is an abbreviation for Χριστος,[21] as is XC (the first and last letters in Greek, using the lunate sigma);[22] compare IC for Jesus in Greek.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas

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WORTHY of WORSHIP (#AtoZChallenge)

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Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain*

One perfect sacrifice, no spot or blemish** ~ Christ

Reigns from Heaven’s throne at the right hand of God, in

Truth and majesty, with justice and mercy.

Holy, Holy, Holy***—with unceasing song, angels praise Him ~

Yea, every knee, nation will bow**** in worship to Jesus, King & Lord.

Worship is daily practice, mindful ~ sometimes unconscious, amid

Ordinary moments; thoughts which originate from my sealed

Relationship with Risen Lord ~ My DNA contains His righteousness:

Savior Jesus Christ, at Cross—He made it available to me ~

He is worthy of my worship for Who He is alone, without regard for

Incidental and magnanimous mercies, blessings, grace provisions. I

Praise Him…even when heart’s agonies called it “sacrifice of praise”

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Bible Verses from biblehub.com

New International Version
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15

Sacrifice, Obedience, and Prayer
14For here we do not have a permanent city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His name. 16And do not neglect to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.…Hebrew 13:14-16 Berean Study Bible

* New International Version
In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Revelation 5:12

** 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life you inherited from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was known before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in the last times for your sake.… I Peter 1:18-19

*** Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord in His Glory
2Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”  Isaiah 6:2-3, Revelation 4:8

****9Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.… Philippians 2:9-11

New American Standard Bible
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

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VALLEY To VICTORY (#AtoZChallenge)

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Valley of trouble*, doubt, despair, spiritual struggle…the very place

Almighty God waits for me, in full awareness of what I’m experiencing ~

Loving me deeply, unconditionally, Jesus does not condemn; He

Loves and listens to heart’s honest cry, doesn’t leave, forsake, or

Exit the covenant relationship we have together…my Lord is God of

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, He carries me through valley…to victory ~

Valleys—where sometimes earth and sky turn dark (shadow of death**),

Invite choice:  “Be still, know that I am God”, hold fast to faith’s anchor, or

Cast aside opportunity for greater, deeper faith experience.  I choose

To till the valley’s turmoil’d soil, cling to sweaty doubt-grimed belief that

On the other side is bountiful harvest, unmerited favor undreamed—

Restoration, renewal ~ Faithful God, His baskets ever full, endless supply:

Yesterday’s mercies are not all there is…He’s the Lord of Victorious MORE ~

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New American Standard Bible
* “Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.  Hosea 2:15

New Living Translation
I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.

  http://biblehub.com/hosea/2-15.htm

** Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+23&version=KJV

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

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UNQUENCHABLE (#AtoZChallenge)

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Unquenchable thirst for God, soul born dry

No beverage soothes, refreshes, revives

Quite so well (I yearn for more), as Jesus’ Living Water*

Unlike favorite mixed fruit juices

Energy boost, diet caffeine soda

None can compare to New Wine, Grace

Christ’s covenant vine, unending supply ~ Unquenchable

Holy Spirit’s fire**, power mere single candle

Aflame causes faith, hope, joy to

Burst, burn brighter, spark higher

Last longer, true…kindle His shimmer of

Eternity in every day’s ordinary view

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* Berean Study Bible
But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”  John 4:14  http://biblehub.com/john/4-14.htm

** Acts 2:1-4New International Version (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2:1-4

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TESTIMONY (#AtoZChallenge)

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Reminder:  my theme for this challenge is FAITH, and “T” is for Testimony.  Bible notes and links follow the Acrostic poem, and also my “disclaimer”.  God bless you today 🙂

Tell IT, confess Me to men, Christ said; I’ll confess you before My Father*

Everything I have, true ID In Him, I tell the world: “That’s my Lord Jesus!”

Saved my soul from Hell, & He’s preserved my life, each one of 23,471 days

This King of my heart stands as Advocate for me at God’s Holy Throne

I‘m an Overcomer by the Blood of The Lamb, and the word of my testimony**

My voice rings gratitude, love and praise, lest the very stones cry out

On my behalf ~ All that Jesus Was, Is Now, Will Be Forevermore***

None can nullify, tarnish, take away Promises, Presence, Destined Purpose

Yeshua HaMashiach placed within me, irrevocable, sealed with His Name ~

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* New International Version
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32  http://biblehub.com/matthew/10-32.htm

32Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven. 33But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.… Matt 10:31 Berean Study Bible  http://biblehub.com/matthew/10-32.htm

** Revelation 12:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even [a]when faced with death.  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12:11&version=NASB

The War in Heaven

10And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, he who accuses them day and night before our God. 11They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives so as to shy away from death.  Rev 12:10-11

*** The Triumphal Entry
39But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!” 40“I tell you, He answered, “if they remain silent, the very stones will cry out.”  Luke 19:40  The Berean Study Bible  http://biblehub.com/luke/19-40.htm

New Living Translation
He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” Luke 19:40  http://biblehub.com/luke/19-40.htm

Yeshua HaMashiach

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/Yeshua/yeshua.html

https://www.jewishvoice.org/learn/who-is-yeshua

https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/jesus-vs-yeshua/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeshua

DISCLAIMER: My faith is in Christ Jesus/Holy Bible. I write with no intent to judge other faiths/belief systems.

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SHEKINAH! (#AtoZChallenge)

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“SHEKINAH” may well be my most favorite word, perhaps because about 6 years ago I actually had the unforgettable experience I’ve written of in the first line of this acrostic poem.  One morning before I was fully awake, I realized I was softly speaking the word “Shekinah” ; although I was unfamiliar with it, I sensed it was holy and awesome.  

There are various slightly different spellings for this Hebrew word, and oodles of information about the term which refers to God’s glory and presence (including that it may express the feminine aspect of God’s nature).  Some religion experts argue it is not found in the Bible, only alluded to (seems a petty issue to me).  Following my poem, I’ve included a few notes and links, if you’re interested. 

Mostly, I’m praying some of you might catch a glimpse of the Shekinah glory—it could change your life 🙂

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Shekinah, waking whisper on my lips…in last sigh of sleep

Holy Spirit ushers into new day God’s glory, exquisite presence ~

Everywhere I seek, I find angel maids leave gilded dust of loving-

Kindness, faithful mercy, words of His wisdom; free daily grace

Iridescent which glorifies, magnifies, praises and exalts the

Name Above All Names, the altogether lovely Lord Jesus Christ ~

And I would not miss a glimpse—pillars of cloud and fire, glimmer:

His Shekinah glory, radiant face yet unseen, Heaven’s King of Kings ~

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DISCLAIMER: My faith is in Christ Jesus/Holy Bible. I write with no intent to judge other faiths/belief systems.

*Thompson Chain-Reference Bible (New Internat’l Version); Frank Charles Thompson, D.D. Ph.D ©1983–B.B. Kirkbride Bible Co. Inc; The Zondervan Corporation; page 1414 (2502/1469):

“The Shekinah, the supernatural light or cloud which appeared on the mercy seat, or atonement cover”… Ex 25:22, 40:35; Num 9:15-23, 10:11-36; Lev 16:2; 1Kings 8:10; 2 Ch 5:13; Ps 80:1; Isa 37:16; Eze 9:3

New American Standard Bible (The Open Bible Edition), Thomas Nelson Publishers ©1975, 1978:

“Shekinah—a word expressing the glory and presence of God”

Accompanied by cloud and/or fire:  Num 9:15-23; Heb 12:18-21; Angels:  Isaiah 6:1-4; Earthquake:  Hag 2:21

Christ’s Divine Nature:  Col 2:9; Nativity:  Luke 2:0; Transfiguration: 2 Pet 2:17; Ascension: Acts 1:9; Return:  Matt 24:94; Eternal habitation with saints: Rev 21:3

https://www.ao.net/~fmoeller/shekinah.htm

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/shekinah/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekhinah

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/05/17/what-is-shekinah-glory-is-this-in-the-bible/

http://hebrew.jerusalemprayerteam.org/shekinah-divine-presence/

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RECLAIMED (#AtoZChallenge)

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Ransomed, reclaimed by Kinsman Redeemer Christ, from fires:

Every effort our enemy makes to render me useless, ‘take me out’;

Capture, cripple me and tempt my soul; chain my mind, heart, very

Life in slavery, dark despair…death’s long liaison before final date ~

Amazing grace, clarion call’s melodic sound of God’s heroic rescues;

Interventions faithful, swift or nick-of-timely, miraculous ~ His

Methods of redemption sometimes astound ~ angel messengers

Everywhere abound ‘mid people, places least expected ~ E’er present, for

Devil never sleeps, loathe to ignore whom God’s already bought, claimed.

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