Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Running To God

Three days ago, Jesus suffered and died on the cross. He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” God forgives us before we repent. Jesus on the cross prays forgiveness on those who nailed him to the cross. Who put him there? We did you and me. He cried …

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The Word of Triumph

John 19:30—Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. This statement, ‘The Word of Triumph’ is theologically interpreted as the announcement of the end of the earthly life of Jesus, in anticipation for the resurrection. The will of God: that Jesus should incarnate and be exposed to …

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The Word of Reunion

Luke 23:46</i>—Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The last word from the cross is an announcement and not a request traditionally called ‘The Word of Reunion’ and theologically interpreted as the proclamation of Jesus joining God, Our …

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The Word of Distress

John 19:28: Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” This statement traditionally is called “The Word of Distress” and commonly compared and contrasted with the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan Woman at the Well in John 4. Jesus became dehydrated by the loss of blood and sweat. Having had nothing to eat or drink since the …

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The Word of Relationship

John 19:26-27: Jesus said, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” This saying is traditionally called ‘The Word of Relationship’, in it Jesus entrusts the care of his mother to the “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This shows us how much Jesus cared for the people around him and …

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The Cry from the Cross

At three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) This word from the cross is a cry, a cry of pain and suffering of abandonment and desolation. Jesus in incredible pain and loss, the full weight of the sins of the …

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The Word of Salvation

Luke 23:43: Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” This saying is traditionally called ‘The Word of Salvation’. Jesus crucified between two thieves. In them are seen the different affects the cross of Christ would have on the world. One hardened to the end, nothing will change a …

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My Faith Journey

As many of you may know, I am making plans on attending Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. I am in the final stages of being accepted. The following is the essay I wrote to describe myself and what I want to study. I am sharing it, so you, dear reader will understand me and what to …

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The Word of Forgiveness

Luke 23:34: Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  The first saying of Jesus from the cross traditionally called ‘The Word of Forgiveness’, theologically interpreted as Jesus’ prayer for forgiveness for those crucifying him, the Roman soldiers and all involved in crucifying him. Jesus on the cross forgiving …

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Cross Roads A Review

Usually, I highlight a work of nonfiction meant to guide us in our relationship with God, This month I would like to offer a novel to do the same. In a story, more can be said about life and faith than in nonfiction. We see what happens when we face both good and bad things. …

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