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Why Nineveh? Jonah Would Love to Know Too!

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Here we are with installment three of our Geographical-Theology treatment. I actually never meant for there to be any sequels to the first post, but God has led me onward and upward.

Our next stop, much to the chagrin and protest of Jonah, is a place near and dear to the Assyrians (but not many others, Jonah chief amongst them!), a place called Nineveh. Nineveh was, in Jonah’s day, the capital city of the mighty Assyrian Empire.

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Commemorating Holy Week: Good Friday 2016


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Friday: (Mt. 26.47-56, Mk. 14. 43-52, Lk. 22.47-53, Jn. 18.2-12—Judas betrays Christ and Jesus is arrested: Jn. 18.13-14, 19-24—Jesus is brought before Annas: Mt. 26.57-68, Mk. 14.53-65—Jesus is brought before Caiaphas, the high priest and the Sanhedrin: Mt. 26.69-75, Mk. 14.66-72, Lk. 22.55-62, Jn. 18.15-18, 25-27—Peter denies Christ: Mt. 27.1-2, Mk. 15.1, Lk. 22.66-71—Jesus is tried before the Sanhedrin and is sent to Pontius Pilate: Mt. 27.3-10—Judas hangs himself: Mt. 27.11-14, Mk. 15.2-5, Lk. 23.1-7—Jesus is brought before Pilate and then sent to Herod: Lk. 23.6-12—Jesus is brought before Herod and then sent back to Pilate: Mt. 27.15-26, Mk. 15.6-15, Lk. 23.13-25, Jn. 18.28-19.16—Jesus is brought before Pilate a second time, questioned by Pilate and condemned to death: Mt. 27.27-54, Mk. 15.16-39, Lk. 23.26-49, Jn. 19.16-37—Jesus is crucified between two thieves, he is crucified around 9am and will remain on the cross six hours until 3pm when he dies.)


                We come at last to the day of execution. We call it Good Friday. Many have asked, why we would call this Friday good? How can we call the day that Jesus was horribly beaten and crucified good? It does seem an odd adjective at first. It does not seem to fit the events of that day. Perhaps we feel that others would be more appropriate, such as: Black Friday or Sad Friday or the like. Read the rest of this entry »


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What is Jesus Doing Now?! (Mark 2. 15-17)

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So then, Jesus called Matthew (a.k.a. Levi) and he has abandoned his tax-collecting post and has followed Christ. Implied, of course, is that this is no temporary situation. This is not simply an afternoon of vacation time for Matthew, to see a miracle or two and receive some good rabbinical teaching, before returning to the ball and chain the next day. No! Matthew has permanently clocked out. He has quit. He has resigned his position. He is now unemployed! Read the rest of this entry »


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Of Mice and Men? No, This Isn’t Steinbeck!

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This time of year mice have a way of finding their way into our house. We live in a rural area—an area surrounded by farm fields. When the farmers harvest their crops in the autumn, the field mice are dislodged from their warm, nestled lodging. They have a habit of seeking refuge in the environs of our house!

Now, I do not particularly care for mice, but my wife absolutely hates them! Or, more to the point, she hates them being in our house! We are not talking about being overrun with mice, only one or two usually; but, this is far too many for her tastes! Read the rest of this entry »


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Long My Imprisoned Spirit Lay, Fast Bound in Sin and Nature’s Night . . .


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You’ve been kidnapped and given a choice: would you rather be stranded on an island, dropped into an unknown forest, or locked in a strange building?

The thought of being kidnapped is not a pleasant one. I suppose I could go with the first option of an island. I could put my knowledge of the Tom Hanks’ movie Castaway into use; of course, I would also need several Fed Ex packages, especially a volleyball by Wilson and a dead body to provide me some shoes and a flashlight. But, wait a minute, the prompt only says stranded on an island, it does not specify it is a deserted island; maybe it could be the Hawaiian islands I am stranded on, that would not be too bad would it! If it were the second choice, a forest, I would have to rely on my watchings of Bear Grylls; of course, I would definitely need one of those multi-functional knives. The last choice would probably be the easiest; as long as it was not booby-trapped or something.

When I think of captivity, I cannot help but think of my life before I met Christ. Read the rest of this entry »


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Sin and Questions


Tonight my three-year old daughter decided to show her true colors as a human.  By decided, I mean she acted naturally!  

My wife noticed, before bedtime, she was chewing something.  Neither my wife nor I had given her anything to eat.  My wife asked her what she was eating.  My daughter responded, childlike and sinfully, I not eating nothing.   Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Grace in the Everyday


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And Can It Be . . .


My previous post was on one of my favorite hymns by Isaac Watts, Boast No More.  This got me to thinking of other hymns I enjoy.  Probably, my favorite hymnist was Charles Wesley.  By far my favorite hymn of Wesley’s, and I think my favorite hymn period, is And Can It Be. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Poetry and Creative Musings, Songs and Hymns


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