My thinking behind the ‘scripture-medicine’ Bible study method developed during the 1990s. This led to the essay format that I use emerging in 2004, with the first ‘prescription – Rx’ being the one written on Ezekiel 33:11 in that year. Etheldreda came into the picture in 2008 (although I have a longstanding interest in monasticism), which led to the launch of Etheldreda.net in 2009 (domain created 25th May), with the 18 Rx that had already been written by that stage posted later in the year. These were:-
Ezekiel 33:11 (the 1st), ‘As I live, says the Lord Yahweh, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn, turn from your evil ways; for why will you die, house of Israel?’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Genesis 3:15, ‘“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Psalm 46:1-5, ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we won’t be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad, the holy place of the tents of the Most High. God is in her midst.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Ecclesiastes 5:18, ‘that which I have seen to be good and proper is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labor, in which he labors under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; for this is his portion.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Matthew 28:18-20, ‘Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Philippians 4:8, ‘Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
James 1:14-15, ‘each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
2 Peter 1:5-7, ‘adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness; and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Titus 2:11-13 (the 18th), ‘the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ’ (click on the reference or here to read).