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Eleventh-Hour Conversion

Crucifixion was the best thing that could have happened to him.

No, I’m not talking about Jesus. I’m talking about the repentant thief next to Him on the cross. Presumably, he’d led a pretty miserable life, resorting to criminal activities that gained for him the death penalty. As he woke up that morning, he was probably looking back upon his life with bitterness and regret, knowing he had wasted his potential and squandered his talents. What he didn’t see coming was an encounter with a man who would alter the course of his eternity.

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Did You Hear?

How did he hear about Jesus?  Our Lenten services this year focus on the words from the cross, and last night we focused on the promise of Paradise given to the thief on the cross.  Now, there are a number of different ways to look at this event, from the parable of the workers in the vineyard to faith like a mustard seed to a discussion on the necessity of baptism.  But what struck me about last night’s service was something I’d never thought of before- how did this criminal come to saving faith in the Redeemer of the world?  Continue reading “Did You Hear?”

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