Chaplains Corner

Ken Cowger –


Do you ever wonder why it’s called “Good Friday”? During this time over 2000 years ago this was not a good day! In fact, it was a day Jesus was beaten, mocked, betrayed, spat on, and hung on a cross to die. It was a day his followers were being ousted, slandered and arrested. The world was in chaos. So why would this be called a “Good Day”? It’s because this was the day that God sent his son to walk among us in human form and die on the cross to atone for our sins! This is the day that Jesus defeated Sin, Hell, and Death. This is the day we were granted access to God and life eternal in Heaven. This is the day our sin was forgiven and counted no more. This was a Very Good Day! Happy Easter y’all!

Religious Background: I grew up in the Church of Christ, (non-denominational) not Latter-day Saints. We attended The College Church of Christ in Fresno, where my dad later became a deacon. While there I was involved in the youth group, Yosemite Bible Camp and Vacation Bible School during the summers. The church was very active and had a lot to be involved in. It was there that I grew in knowledge of the scriptures and was baptized by my Grandfather Frank Miller.

In my college age years, I became very active working under the youth minister. I taught Bible classes, worked on vacation bible schools, traveled with the drama/choir group and counseled kids. After getting married and with a family of my own we assisted my parents in starting a Young Families Ministry where we created a support group of families with young children. As this grew, we started a Sunday night service, and I was involved in organizing the worship service and on occasion preached the message for that night.

All in all, my experiences and past duties have been as follows: organizing and cooking for the annual men’s retreat, Yosemite Bible Camp counselor and cook, visitation of the sick and home shut-ins, teaching Bible classes, performing wedding ceremonies and officiated funeral services.

To my Railroad Brothers: I am not a perfect person nor has my life been perfect. I am a sinner with many flaws and short comings. I struggle with life every day. I’ve even had a period in my life where I questioned my faith. Most Christians have. Through it all I have come to know one thing. I am in need of forgiveness every day. Romans 3:23, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus! The promise is there for us all, even though we don’t deserve it! The ball is in our court.

My prayer for every Railroader is to know we need Jesus and that He keeps us safe each and every day.



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