We are at War!

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Action, Engagement, Apologetics, and Evangelization is something we each should be involved in, whether by ourselves as a family and training our children or as part of our individual churches. In-fact, we should be aligning ourselves with other churches in our communities, despite our doctrinal differences because we are called to be one church of one mind – but that is another blog topic on its own!

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” ~1Pet 3:8-1Pet 3:9 NKJV

By centering our lives, hearts, and minds on Christ and His charge (Matthew 28:16-20) upon us we should be living standards of God’s word. We should be wholeheartedly applying God’s word in our lives.

We as Christians are at war and yet, we treat each day as if it were business as usual without regard to our spiritual selves or the eventual judgment of all, including all our friends, family, and children.
Many, if not most, Christians do not seek God’s guidance in all they do. We tend to act upon our training, if any, and never seek the guidance, acknowledgement, or assent from God…seeking the nod of permission.

We have not just a tendency, but rather an urge or a mandate in our lives and our hearts, to place more emphasis upon our finding a parking space at work or while shopping than we do seeking either the will or the assent of God on what we are to do; with respect to His will. I am not pointing fingers, because I have found myself doing the same thing…just remember, no matter how old you are – you too have a tendency to accomplishing the same habits as you have been doing for years! I know, as I catch myself time and again!

We are always falling into the trap of carrying on with what we are doing, with a business as usual attitude. Instead of doing our normal activities, we should be constantly planning on how to save souls for Christ, but going one step further…we should be doing these things. We cannot just be an “ideas” person and pass off that task to others we must be doers of the word as well!

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But we are to be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” ~ James 1:21-27 NKJV

Brothers and sisters of Christ, we ARE at war…why, in God’s name, aren’t we acting like it? Ungodly acts are becoming the norm, the country’s administration is protecting those who have accomplished many evils via smoke and mirrors, what was once disdainful in the sight of American Christians has become commonplace, and it seems as though it is only getting worse from here. America has lost her moral compass and needs to have a revival in her heart. This country, this people, needs to turn back to God and seek His way in his heart.

Sodom-and-Gomorrah-artWe are permitting what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah to come to Main Street, USA. And by allowing such to go on, continually, as a nation, what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah in its finality will also come to America as a nation as final judgement. If God exists, and I believe He to exist, then what was revealed to John at Patmos and all that transpired within the pages of the Biblical text either has occurred, or will occur, to our detriment and to our judgement!! Which also means that if God exists, then his judgement of man shall take place and man will either be adjudicated and sentenced to Hell for his deed, acts and thoughts OR man will be found innocent, by the blood of and faith in Jesus, and sent to heaven.

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This means, for man, that if you choose not to believe in God and you continue in your hedonistic ways, you can and will lose everything eternally. If on the other hand, you choose to believe that the Bible is true and God is real you have everything to gain by believing in Him and following His ways…eternally. If you should choose to believe that God exists and it turns out He does not, what have you truly lost? All you did was to live your life more honorably and ethically. God gives us those choices to make, daily; beginning at our birth. What is your choice??

The only way to take America back is to Act as the Christians we were called to be. We are to Engage the enemy at EVERY turn with boldness, knowledge and the Spirit, We need to study and learn Apologetics that we can answer every good question put to us, and we need to Evangelize our friends, our neighbors, our families, and strangers that we come across. Also, we need to pray for this country and all her people and especially, all her leaders!

May God richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

You may enjoy this by Dr. Scott Sullivan which was the inspiration for this post:

Man is born with a noose around his neck…

man-noose-around-neck-21534138It has been said by Saint Cyprian “man is born with a noose around his neck,” which is quite telling if you think about it. Consider the fact that we are born, we live our lives, and we are each destined to eventually die. This is fact and is neither good nor bad, but it just is a basic fact of our lives.It does not matter how well you live your life or how badly you live your life…you are destined to die, which will end all the good things of this life that you possess. And you cannot take them with you into the afterlife!

What is important is HOW we live our lives between our birth and our death, this is important. Why you might ask? The fact is IF you accept the God of the Bible, in my opinion, the summation of the Gospels is that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of the Old Testament and was our Messiah, the Son of the Most High God; and that we are to live and lead our lives as Jesus walked by discipling others to follow Jesus.

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”~Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV

We are also charged with the great commission by the Christ:

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” ~Matthew 28:16-20 NIV 

This is, again in my opinion, the summation of the Bible, generally speaking. We are to spread the love of the Christ. After all, if HE had died for each of us without ever meeting us and was the sacrifice for our sins…why shouldn’t we want to change and act accordingly??

Even Blaise Pascal who wrote the “Pensées” wrote a section on death. It is a common Christian belief that death makes all the good things of life to not be not so good anymore. Think about that for a moment…or two… Generally speaking, it seem that man begins to think more about the eternal, the heavenly, about God, and their souls when the begin to ponder death or even as they approach the end of their lives while watching many of their old companions pass away. It is then that the eternal question of what happens to our soul? Are we eternal? Is there an afterlife? And the list goes on and on… There is always something that triggers this, sometimes it occurs earlier in life. But eventually, everyone ponders the ultimate question(s) of their eternity.


Consider the open grave site…no matter who you are and no matter the station you hold in life and no matter when you die; this will be your body’s final resting place. The grave does not care who you were, prince or pauper, executive or laborer, adult or child. After all, we are told in Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

“The leech has two daughters—Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied, Four never say, “Enough!”: The grave, The barren womb, The earth that is not satisfied with water—And the fire never says, “Enough!”” ~Proverbs 30:15-16

By giving our lives over to God, the worries of death and life will have less affect on our lives that we lead daily; because we will be focused upon God who should be the center of our lives.

Consider, if you would, that by pondering on your death – not in a depressive or derogatory manner, but in a manner to accustom yourself to the fact that death is inevitable for you, your family, your friends, and your enemies (if you should have any.) While this next passage of scripture may be only slightly out of context, it is quite on point with respect to this present subject matter:

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” ~Matthew 5:45

So, this was a reminder from Jesus – in His own words – that everyone regardless will receive rain in their lives, whether good or bad. That includes sunshine on their faces, that includes the breath of life, that includes the inevitable death of each! Often times people will turn from God because they believe He has done something wrong by taking the life of a loved one. But, point in fact, if we are the property of God:

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” ~Psalm 24:1

Then, how can God do something wrong by taking them back? It was promoted and expounded by John Locke that we have property rights in ourselves, but God being our Creator…does He not have property rights in us as well?

Also, we should keep in mind the fact that we do not know the hour or date of our death, just as the Son of Man shall come at a time which we know not, we must be prepared for that eternal visit. Meaning that we should be walking as Jesus walked, speaking as Jesus spoke, and carrying out the Great Commission that was placed upon us all. I truly believe that many of us “Christians” will be extremely taken aback at that time…but that is for another discussion.

I leave you with this, death comes for us all at some point in time; how will you be seen by the Christ? How will you be judged? For you will not be compared to other men or women, you will be compared to the commandments set before you and the task that Jesus placed at your feet to do His work before all mankind!

It is rather self-serving to say you are a good person and then compare yourself to Hitler, Stalin, or Mao Tse Tung. Consider the fact that God will place a liar on the same plane with a murderer.

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker” ~James 2:8-11 NIV

You can consider that unfair all you desire, but the fact is the bar has been set how we are to act as children of the Living God! Now, go forth and act, speak, post, just as God has charged you to act, speak, and post. It is all written down in that book you have grabbed a hold of, so read it and apply it in your lives! Be leaders and disciples in the way of God by the order and charge of Jesus! God bless and Godspeed to you all and pray for all your brothers and sisters in Christ; all those who are known and unknown, and all those who are near and afar.

May God richly bless you all!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

What Do Men Seek From Church?

I came across this article and thought some of you could relate. Having some computer problems, so working from my iPad.

May God richly bless you all!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD
4:00PM EDT 9/30/2015

Steve Sonderman

Men’s discipleship

  Men, what are you looking for in your local church? (Lightstock file photo)

I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as, “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?”
There is no easy answer, but in this article I would like to provide some basic principles that will help you develop a male-friendly church. The overriding principle is simply this:
The environment you develop is more important than the events or programs you put on. A man is looking for an environment that is consistent with who he is as a man and a place where he feels comfortable belonging and becoming the man God wants him to be.
1. Relevance. Most men in our society today do not see the value of going to church because it is not speaking their language, and it is not addressing the issues they face. For example, a recent survey showed that 92 percent of church-going men have never heard a sermon on the subject of work. The unspoken message is: What you do for 60 to 70 hours a week does not relate to what you do on Sunday mornings. The most important issues for men are their work, family, marriage, sexuality and finances—and rarely are these addressed from the pulpit today? Some of the key questions men are asking are:
What is true masculinity?

What is success?

How do I deal with guilt feelings?

What is male sexuality?

Is purity possible today?

What does a healthy marriage look like?

How can I raise my children to be successful?

How can I be a man of integrity in the workplace?

How can I be a leader in the home, church, workplace and world?

What is my purpose in life?

2. To be involved in a cause greater than themselves. Men want to be involved in something driven by a compelling vision. Men want to know what hill the church is climbing, where we are going, what we are about. The church has the greatest and most far-reaching mission on Earth, and we should not be bashful about challenging the men of our congregation with it.
3. A shot at greatness. I have never met a man who wanted to be a failure or a loser. Men want to win. They want to be heroes. They want to come in first. Unfortunately, it seems the church today wants nice men, not great men.
4. To be challenged. Men tend to view the world around them as something to be overcome or conquered. It’s high time we told them they do not have to check their competitive drive at the door of the church. If they are seeking risk, adventure, change, competition and expansion—tell them how to find it within the mission of Jesus.
5. Action. Men today are looking for something to do; they do not like sitting around and theorizing about the 27 views of the second coming of Christ! Men measure themselves by productivity and gain a portion of self-image based on what they do. Their desire for adventure is often expressed in the desire to be on the solution side of things. Many churches today are in maintenance mode, rather than being missional.
6. Men are looking for leaders, and they want to be leaders. This principle is simple: Men do not follow programs, they follow men. They want to follow a bold, courageous, visionary leader. Establish an environment where strong leadership is attractive. Not only are men looking for a leader to follow, they want to become leaders themselves. They want to lead in their family, workplace, church, community and world. One of the things you can do is equip them to lead.

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7. Fun. If men walk into a church and see a bunch of serious, stoic-looking people, shouldn’t they wonder if Christianity really is a killjoy? The world is a serious place; men are looking to laugh and have fun to balance that reality. They love a good joke, funny story or movie. I encourage you to develop a ministry environment in which men have fun together.
8. Brothers. Most men have many acquaintances, but very few men have a good friend. According to statistics, the average man over 35 years old does not have one close friend. Men need teaching on how to develop and strengthen friendships and an environment where they can find genuine male friends.
9. Healing. Many are using socially unacceptable means to deal with their pain—making their work or their hobbies their life, misusing sex, drugs or alcohol. Unless these wounds and hurts are dealt with in a healthy way, they will never become the man that God wants them to be. They will never be able to have healthy relationships or move on from childish behavior.
I hope some of these insights from my own ministry to men will serve you well as you seek to minister more effectively to the men of your church and community.
Steve Sonderman is the associate pastor for men’s ministry at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wis., and the author of How to Build a Life-Changing Men’s Ministry.
For the original article, visit men.ag.org.