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Patient Endurance Part 1
click here to listen to Fr. George Morelli's broadcast as you take this quiz.
I tried to design this quiz to help the listeners gain more understanding from the broadcast.

1. Which of the following does Fr. George not say will be a consequence of how we deal with the particular event discussed in this broadcast:

a) Our earthly and eternal happiness
b) Whether we walk with God here on Earth, wherein God abides in the center of our hearts
c) Whether God will lead us into his eternal Kingdom
d) Whether we will be illumed by the warmth of his divine light of life for all eternity
e) Whether we are among the elect
2. Romans 5:3-5 RSV More than that, we rejoice in our (1.)___, knowing that suffering produces (2.)___, and endurance produces (3.)___, and character produces (4.)___, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's (5.)___ has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

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3. Job relates that after a series of calamities, including the violent death of his children, which is found in the book of Job, in chapter 1 verses 21-22, he says: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; (1.)__ be the name of the LORD." In all this Job did not (2.)___ (3.)___ (4.)___ (5.)___ (6.)___ (7.)___. Job 1:21-22 RSV

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4. Luke 21:9-19 RSV And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and (1.)__ you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, (2.)__ to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your (3.)___ you will (4.)___ your (5.)___.

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5. Matthew 10:22-25 RSV and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who (1.)___ to the end will be (2.)___. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes. "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the (3.)___ to be like his teacher, and the (4.)___ like his master.

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6. The words of Jesus recorded by St. Matthew in his 10th chapter in verses 22 to 25 reflects St. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ teachings but extends patient endurance to whom? (see Question 5 for verses)

a) The twelve apostles
b) Anyone who wants to be a follower of Christ
c) The seventy
d) The Samaritans
e) The Israelites
7. 2 Timothy 3:12-17 RSV Indeed all who (1)__ to (2.)__ a (3.)__ life in (4.)__ (5.)__ will be ,(6.)__ while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to (7.)__ you for salvation through faith (8.)__ Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

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8. Which characteristic does St. Paul mention in his first epistle to Timothy chapter 6 verses 3-16 that will lead men into ruin and destruction?

a) righteousness
b) faith
c) love
d) gentleness
e) the love of money
f) godliness with contentment
g) steadfastness

9. Which characteristic does St. Paul mention in his first epistle to Timothy chapter 6 verses 3-16 which is necessary for anyone to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?

a) envy
b) dissension : DISAGREEMENT; especially : partisan and contentious quarreling dissension
c) slander 1 : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation slander
d) base suspicions
e) wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth
f) imagining that godliness is a means of gain
g) to shun all of the above

10. In 1 Timothy 6 verses 3-12 as was discussed in the previous two questions, what did Paul liken the struggle we must make, in keeping away from bad characteristics, and developing good virtues?

a) Running a race
b) A tug-of-war
c) A boxing match
d) Fighting the good fight of faith
e) A cake walk
11. Hebrews 10:35-39 RSV Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great (1.)__. For you have need of (2.)__, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is (3.)__. "For yet a little while, and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he (4.)__ back, my soul has no pleasure in him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.

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12. Fr. George discusses a book that is very controversial in the Eastern Church, but even in this book patient endurance is dealt with.

a) What is the Book of Job?
b) What is the Book of Enoch?
c) What is the Book of James?
d) What is the Book of Jude?
e) What is the Book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse?
13. According to Fr. George after he quotes Flegg’s book “An Introduction to reading the Apocalypse” and Fr. Frank Maragos' concise statement in the Greek Orthodox website, as to how to read the Book of Revelation, Fr. George says that the key and lesson taken from this Book should be what?

a) the Spiritual meaning that underlies it
b) Spiritual preparedness
c) moral preparedness
d) all of the above
14. Revelation 1:8-9 RSV "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the (1.)__ endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the (2.)__ of God and the (3.)__ of Jesus.

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15. From Revelation chapter 1 verse 8-9 it would appear that St. John is saying that the evils that come from others, and enduring them patiently are par for the course. What does Fr. George say this seems to imply?

a) A test is not a one time occurrence, so for Christians, to endure tribulation is an evaluation over time.
b) Christians must share their tribulation with other Christians.
c) Tribulations come on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
d) Christians must seek tribulations.
16. Revelation 2:2-3 RSV "'I know your (1.)___, your (2.)___ and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false; I know you are (3.)__ing (4.)__ly and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary.

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17. So bearing tribulation over time, enduring with those who are evil in tribulation is an important defining characteristic of what the Spiritual fathers will call “patient endurance”, and it has a reward. What does Fr. George say is that reward of patient endurance?

a) that wrongs will be righted
b) lies will be uncovered
c) truth restored
d) Jesus himself will protect those who hold fast during turmoil
e) all of the above
18. Revelation 3:9-12 RSV Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but (1.)___--behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and learn that I have loved you. Because you have kept my word of (2.)___ (3.)___, I will keep you from the hour of (4.)___ which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth. I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your (5.)___. He who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God; never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.

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19. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 RSV I have (1.)__ the good (2.)__, I have (3.)__ the (4.)__, I have kept the (5.)__. Henceforth there is laid up for me the (6.)__ of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his (7.)__.

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20. Revelation 13:10 RSV If any one is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
Revelation 14:13 RSV And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!"

So look at the Spiritual lesson here, there is going to be tribulation it’s going to be grave, hard. St. Paul looks at it as a fight that we can win and be crowned, and be numbered among the saints, but what will it take?

a) to be taken to prison
b) to kill with a sword
c) It will take that we keep the commandments of God, and faith in Jesus. That we keep our commitment to him, remember his words: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 RSV
d) effort of some kind
e) no effort required
21. St. John Chrysostom commenting on St. Paul’s letter to the Romans tells us:

Tribulations that is, are so far from confuting, that is disproving these hopes that they even prove them, for before the things to come are realized there is a very great fruit which tribulation hath, (1.)___. We do not see what use patience will be in a future state & the making of a man that is not (2.)___, (3.)___, and it contributes in some degree to the things to come.

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22. Tribulation, however confound both Christians and non-Christians alike. The age old question: How can a good God permit such tribulation and travails? Such calamities are perceived as evils by those who ask. This question was not missed by one of our Spiritual fathers. St. Peter of Damascus who lists just about every kind of tribulation we see in today’s world. Which of the following calamities is not mentioned by St. Peter of Damascus?

a) vicissitudes: 2 a : a favorable or unfavorable event or situation that occurs by chance : a fluctuation of state or condition *the vicissitudes of daily life* b : a difficulty or hardship attendant on a way of life, a career, or a course of action and usually beyond one's control c : alternating change : SUCCESSION hunger, thirst, grief, shipwrecks, the vicissitudes of life
b) privations 2 : the state of being deprived; especially : lack of what is needed for existence
asceticism 1 : practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline
privations of life’s needs, abstinence of pleasure, the wasting of the body through asceticism, illnesses of every kind, the anger
c) anguish, fear of death, the dismay, the oppression, the throttling of the soul in this world and the next, lightning & thunder, the dislocations
d) hail, earthquakes, famine, tidal waves, the anger, slander and all the affliction that we of our own will bring upon ourselves and one another against God’s will
e) untimely deaths, all the painful things that God allowed to happen to us, against our will.
f) derelictions 1 a : an intentional abandonment b : the state of being abandoned wars, the tyranny of the passions, and the derelictions
g) None of the above

23. He himself sees the dilemma that so many have had, “How can a good God allow calamities to happen to those who he says he loves?” The answer St. Peter of Damascus comes up with is: That we have been given free will by God, and “the beginning of our salvation by our free choice, is when we (1.)___ our own wishes and thoughts and do what God wishes and thinks.”

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24. What St. Peter of Damascus is actually saying is that he is taking the words of St. Paul who asked in his epistle to the Romans in chapter 8,

Romans 8:35 RSV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

What then is the only thing that can seperate us from the love of God?

a) Nothing
b) Separation from God’s love in the midst of tribulation is our choice.
c) The Devil
d) A woman
e) One of the Apostils
25. Listen to the last part of the broadcast in order to fill in the blanks:

By telling us it is of our (1.)___ (2.)___ itself, if such a separation takes place, love of God, despite all real or perceived evil around us, is our responsibility. Separation from God’s love in the midst of (3.)___ is our choice, and this is the important lesson, the critical lesson. We have to see that what God is asking us to do, very much like Job, very much like St. Paul encountered, he’s really telling us that all are going to encounter tribulations, and what will separate us from that Love? He’s saying “Shall tribulation?” He’s actually saying, “if we love God, then nothing will separate us from the Love of God, nothing will take it away from us. Not persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword. But it is our choice, and this is what we have to do, we have to hold on by (4.)___ (5.)___.

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