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Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #508 Jerry Martin / December 3, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas.  Jerry Martin- “God is the ultimate judge” Why do we worry so much about the opinions of others? If God is the judge, then none of the finite opinions floating around us matter. Our job is to […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #507 Jamie McCoskey / November 12, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jamie McCoskey- “And if this takes the pain away, so be it.” While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus kept asking God if there was any other way to take the pain away. Jamie McCoskey used similar […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #506 Michael Yowell / October 9, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Michael Yowell- “I love you.” The world is complicated. Evil and love mix on the inside and outside of every person. Michael Yowell was no different. Though he was a confessed killer, Yowell spent his final moments […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #504 Robert Gaza / September 19, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Robert Gaza- “It’s not easy, this is a release.” Sometimes the most freeing things are the most difficult to endure. In the hardest of moments, Robert Gaza pointed to the the release that was upon him. I believe Gaza […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #503 Douglas Feldman / July 31, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Douglas Feldman- “I hereby protest my pending execution and demand immediate relief.” Douglas Feldman was a remorseless killer. Before he uttered his last words, Feldman declared that his killing of innocent truck drivers were a justified death […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #502 Vaughn Ross / July 18, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Vaughn Ross- “I don’t fear death.” We are a people paralyzingly afraid of death. We are diseased with an inability to see life in death. For Vaughn Ross, life was far scarier than death. Ross was ready […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #501 John Quintanilla, Jr. / July 16, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. John Quintanilla, Jr.- “…tell my wife that I love her…” Who do you love? If you had a needle stuck in your arm about to pump poison through your veins, who would you express your love to […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #500 Kimberly McCarthy / June 26, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Kimberly McCarthy- “I am going home to be with Jesus.” Why are we so embarrassed to talk about Jesus? We work so hard to make sure that people don’t think we are too spiritual or religious in […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #498 Jeffrey Williams / May 15, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jeffrey Williams- “I ain’t got no love for anyone that don’t love me.” How often do you feel this way? I’m only going to love those that love me and then I will be safe. The problem […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #497 Carroll Parr / May 7, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Carroll Parr- “I’ll be back.” To believe in an afterlife is to believe that you will be back. Maybe you won’t be back to the exact same spot that you left. Since death is a tragedy for […]

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