Northeastern Seminary Blog

Hosanna: A Shout of Praise or Cry for Deliverance? ..

Posted on Sat, Apr 04, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

“Hosanna!” from two Hebrew words literally meaning, “Save us,” and “cry/pray/beseech.”

“Deliver us, we pray” – “We beseech you, save us!”

On its own, the word is a cry for deliverance. A shout of “hosanna” would not recall occasions of celebration, but of desperation. It would have been a cry born out of great need for a rescuer to come swiftly.

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Tags: Lent, reflection

Looking for the Resurrection from the Dead, Life of the World to Come

Posted on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

I entered into lent this year captivated by the idea of anticipating the resurrection. It has been 10 years since I began to observe Lent. During those years I have fasted from habits and I have fasted from food. I have contemplated dying to self, wrestling with sin, and receiving forgiveness. But this year as I entered Lent I was captivated by the anticipation of the Resurrection.

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Tags: personal formation, Lent, resurrection, transfiguration, spiritual formation

Our Struggles—Danger, Punishment, Reward

Posted on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Romans 7:24

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Tags: personal formation, Lent, spiritual formation, redemption, personal stuggle

A Call to Repentance

Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

In the Old Testament book of Joel, we see the author warning the Israelites about a plague of locusts which will come and overtake their lands, destroying their crops, and leaving them with no food. This coming locust invasion is the direct result of their disobedience to God. But it’s not too late, this invasion can be stopped if the people will just repent of their sins and follow God. 

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Tags: personal formation, Lent, spiritual formation, redemption, personal stuggle

Growth in the Night Times of Life

Posted on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 09:45 PM

In the Deep South, although the first day of spring is still officially a few weeks away, the plants and trees around my neighborhood are beginning to show signs of re-birth. Winter is slipping away. Shoots and blossoms, while mostly dormant at present, will soon burst forth with glorious expression.

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Tags: personal formation, desiring God, Lent, growth, spiritual formation, fruitful