We Are Obligated to Grow Our Faith

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We as Christians are obligated to not just grow in our faith, but to grow our understanding of it through reason and by theological means. We are also called to, “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) Which means we are to grow, learn, and expand our experiences. Our love of God is also shown through teaching others, sharing His word with others, as well as, through our prayers & praises.

Loving God with all of our heart infers that we do for others, by helping them, instructing & teaching them, showing our compassion, empathy. IF God is so important to us, then we must show it by sharing His love with all those we come in contact. Why you might ask? Because we may be the only person in all of this world who may speak to that one person where we share the love and sacrifice of Jesus for them. We were warned & charged to do something very special for our fellow man:

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” ~Ezekiel 3:17-19

For all those we allow to walk by us and not speak a word about God to becomes a sin against us that we are culpable and accountable for. Especially, if they are never saved and never get the chance to turn from their present life by showing that you, or I, didn’t care enough to give them a warning about what was in store for them!

In order to be properly guided by the Holy Spirit to spread the Word of God to all those we come in contact with, we must love God with all our soul. The best way to do this is through a close prayer life with our Creator. As written in the Epistle to the Thessalonians:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

To pray without ceasing we need to be in constant touch with God all throughout our day. Every free moment I have I find myself talking to God, asking for guidance, seeking His will, to have a renewed heart, mind, and spirit, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to be filled with the Spirit of workmanship, wisdom, knowledge, compassion, love, etc. All the while I work, or have a closed eye moment. I am still working on my “prayer without ceasing” life. Funny, how something so integral & so minor, is both so important and yet so difficult. But, keep at it! It will eventually click and make more sense to you. The best thing to do is set aside a specific time or times each day in order to pray and also to praise God for all you need and all that you have received!

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And to love the Lord with all your mind, quite frankly, infers rather strongly that we are to use all of our intellect and our reason and bring them both to bear on any given subject. The only way to do so is to read the bible, research the meanings therein (cultural, intimated, inferred, intended, etc.) We will also bring our intellect and reason into the good fight by researching our own beliefs with a solid determination as to why we believe all that we believe. This is how we grow in our belief and faith. We, for the most part, were indoctrinated by our parents; hence, we believe because we were taught to believe. However, as we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we will come to an understanding as to why we believe. But THAT “why” must eventually be discerned by us, individually; in a way that we will understand; but more importantly, in a way we can explain to others that we may help others turn their lives over to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Grow your faith, daily! It was said that Billy Graham said, “If you want to know the answer you need to read your bible daily. Study it and research it until you find the answer.” That was probably a paraphrase, but is probably a true meaning of what he passed along to someone who needed answers.

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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…sin lies at the door…

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 “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” ~Genesis 4:7

According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary, God set before Cain life and a blessing, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” God is no respecter of persons, each person is given the same chances that every other person is given. We are each given one human life time to learn to yield ourselves to the one True God! (Keep in mind that some lives are shorter than others.) Each and every man who pits himself against God, thereby makes enmity between he and his Creator. This will justify God in the destruction of sinners, and will aggravate their ruin.

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He also sets before him death and a curse, ” And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you…”  Although, God stated point blank that “…you should rule over it.” God gives us the ability to change our thoughts, habits, and actions/reactions with respect to all we do in life. If we could learn one thing (other than, of course, the remedy to our sin, salvation through the blood of Jesus) is the fact that we can change, which makes us greater than all the other animals of this world. We can learn, we can adapt, and we can change our approach based upon what we have discovered. 

Man inherently requires boundaries, beyond which he should not trek. Meaning we must have rules to live by, which our Creator has provided to us. They are moral guidelines, laws and commandments. Man who possesses certain proclivities and tendencies shows that “…the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…” This by itself shows that man needs to have boundaries. However,

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“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.” ~Psalm 14:1-3

practice-what-you-preachThe only way that man can, or attempt to, lead a righteous life is to follow godly rules. Even though we will never attain perfected righteousness, we can at least try to walk that path. And NO! It will not be easy at all. Living as a Christian, walking the path of the Christ, and following the word of God is not an easy life…it will be damnably HARD! In some cases it will be much harder for some than for others. Anyone can live an easy life, but is that the purpose with which we, as Christians, have been charged?? There comes a point in time in every, or almost every, persons life where they ponder the idea that there must be something better. Or that there must be some ultimate purpose, or some grand plan to this adventure we call life.

We each have a purpose in life, and that is:

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.” ~Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

But it doesn’t just end there, for there is so much more to do and that is to pass this great wealth of information to those we know, love and care about! Our neighbors, our family, our friends. We were charged by Jesus, the Christ, to make disciples of all nations and all peoples. And believe it or not, it starts with the hardest task of all…conquering our self! We must rule over our thoughts, our urges, our sins, our wants, and submit them all to God! When we control over our selves, we will find it much easier to be a good role model for our neighbors, our family, and our friends. Because once we have conquered that hardest part, we can then emulate the perfect one…Jesus! Thereby stirring up in others to ask why we are so different? What made us change? And how we were able to change?

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” ~1 Peter 3:15-16

We are each called to testify to those around us, but most of us do not do so due to fear, uncertainty, and a whole host of other meaningless problems we tend to conjure up in our minds. We have been called in to the priesthood (see: 1 Peter 2:9) to minister to all people that you come in contact with. However, by making the changes within you, many will ask, “There is something different about you, what has changed?” That becomes an opportunity for you to minister to everyone…just consider this for a bit!

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Make Us A King To Judge Us Like All The Nations

Give+us+a+King+title+slide“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”” ~1Samuel 8:4-9 NKJV

Mankind though different, individually, he is quite the same and very predictable. Always seeking a leader to be over himself and his people…”let someone else take charge,” he would say. But it always ends badly for him when man looks to others and away from God, who is man’s rightful leader and king; as He is mans Creator.

It is quite apparent that God, our Creator, was always intended to be our one true leader; each of us to make our own decisions for the good of all people. BUT man always looks to another for that guidance and inevitably complains when things do not go the way he intended them to go. hmmmmmmmmm…go figure! The remainder of 1 Samuel 8 gives you a looks at what happens when you turn from God and act as the other nations who do not follow the one true God Almighty:

“So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.” ~1 Samuel 8:10-18

We were forewarned what would happen to us: taking our sons for his (the king’s) service, harvesting for the king, make weapons and equipment for the king, higher taxation, and “you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves…” This is not what it is called these days, but it is the exact same sentiment…YOU will cry out…complain, or bitch, etc. And essentially do nothing about it at all!

the_anointing_of_saulWhether it be the anointing of a king, coronation of a queen, or the inauguration of a president, it all ends with crying of the people in the end! God intended His people to be honorable and kingly in their own right; unfortunately, time and again we permit our leaders to change things because in some way they are not fair…hmmmmmmmm…really? Guess what? Life is not fair, but life can give us some great lessons we would not learn otherwise and by turning away from God and toward the government to fix the problems that are in reality concerns of the heart…they will never be fixed. Things will only get worse.

If you do proper research, you will find that the government created the initial problem which snowballed into the massive behemoth catastrophe and then they will swoop in and conjure up the laws, regulations, programs, committees, etc. to repair the problem to make things all better and fair. They have a term for this: the Hegelian Dialectic. Sounds impressive, eh?

The Hegelian dialectic is the framework for guiding our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution. If we do not understand how the Hegelian dialectic shapes our perceptions of the world, then we do not know how we are helping to implement the vision. When we remain locked into dialectical thinking, we cannot see out of the box.

Hegel’s dialectic is the tool which manipulates us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action. Every time we fight for or defend against an ideology we are playing a necessary role in Marx and Engels’ grand design to advance humanity into a dictatorship of the proletariat. The synthetic Hegelian solution to all these conflicts can’t be introduced unless we all take a side that will advance the agenda. The Marxist’s global agenda is moving along at breakneck speed. The only way to completely stop the privacy invasions, expanding domestic police powers, land grabs, insane wars against inanimate objects (and transient verbs), covert actions, and outright assaults on individual liberty, is to step outside the dialectic. This releases us from the limitations of controlled and guided thought.
~”What is the Hegelian Dialectic?

I dislike mixing the religious aspect with the political; however, there are times we must do so. This is because man was meant to be guided by God’s word, and we are to live God’s word by applying it in our daily lives, and to use it in order to make rightful decisions, especially as leaders in the community in which we live. Sometimes, if not most times, we are meant to brake away from the fray and act more as God intended us to act. By doing so, we can have a small affect upon our society to reel in the affects of the ungodly who run our communities into the ground.

politicsThis is why politics is so important in our religious lives, because politics by its very definition and nature is “to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political situation or issue, resort to partisan politics,” or, “to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.” Summing it up politics is the art of compromise so that everyone (involved in the negotiations) gets something of value…but what of the rest of us???

So all of you out there who believe that we are not to speak of religion and politics with others, I beg to differ with you. Because these two subjects will tell you more about a person than any other subject. Also, both religion and politics are both grounded into the lives of every person in the real world, yes, even an atheist!

Remember we were all forewarned, whether we chose to believe it or not!

May God Richly Bless You All, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

So, What Did I Do Wrong?

so-what-picOr…what did I do right?

Are these not valid questions that we should be asking our Creator when things are not going our way? Even when things are going our way, we tend not to get what we ask for…but why is that? Perhaps we are being tested, our character, our morals, our values, that which we believe in, our faith, and the list could go on infinitely longer – couldn’t it?

Do we truly apply what we learn from the bible? From Jesus? Our Pastors? Do we put those lessons into practice in our lives? Do we seek new ways to infuse those new lessons into our daily lives? Do we seek out new ways to add others into the kingdom of God?

practice-what-you-preachDo we do this or do we advertise ourselves as the hypocrites everyone expects of us?

There is none righteous, no, not one;” ~Romans 3:10

There is none who does good, No, not one.” ~Psalm 14:3

We have been forewarned that no one does good, only God! Yet, we as man, have a tendency to compare ourselves to people of the caliber of Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung when depicting ourselves as good. It is rather self serving when we do this. Guess what? God compares us to what He commanded us to do. He compares us to what He desires of us and the fact that He expects obedience of us. Why would we compare ourselves to anyone who does not do good? Why can’t we compare ourselves to God, the Father, or Jesus, the Son of God? Jesus, being closer to us – in that He was a man and yet was perfect. Shouldn’t we use Jesus as a model of our behavior and actions here on earth?

If we were to act as Jesus – remember: WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

wwjdPerhaps, if properly applied in our daily lives, this would be the most prolific and helpful questions that could and would guide our actions, in to the proper direction! What do you think? Could you think of a more helpful question that could guide your daily actions?

By focusing on God and what he wants of us – our purpose – our reason for existence – would this not yield to us a profound existence? Would this no yield the answers we needed for our purpose, by guiding us in the direction of a more righteous and moral life? Perhaps, even availing us to help others in the process of us living our lives?

It is my opinion, that God does not just want us to live, but for us to do something special with our lives; which would create a higher purpose for our reason to live…living our lives for God, for Jesus, through the Holy Spirit…if we would just listen and pay attention! But that would take time away from our precious lives by denying our being able to watch television, as well as other things to distract us from our normal lives. We all have, at least, one thing that distracts our attention from God, but are we willing to give that up in order to follow our Creator??? We should be seeking the things from above and not allow ourselves to be distracted with those things in the earthly realm. Don’t get me wrong, there is no problem watching television; but to do so from the time you get up until you go to work 4-5 hours later is a bit much – wouldn’t you say???

now-whatIs it not time to change the way you thing and act? Place God at the forefront of your mind, your marriage and relationship(s), place God over your entire life!

“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~ Matthew 6:32-34 NKJV

Place God at the head of your lives and He will provide all that you could possibly want, need, or desire. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any bumps and problems along the way…for there is a tremendous learning curve with God!

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Dog Finds Abandoned Baby on the Side of the Road, Umbilical Cord Still Attached

STATE DAVE ANDRUSKO JUL 29, 2014 | 3:52PM WHITE CLOUD, MI
Mid-morning on Monday Jeff Kopp of White Cloud, Michigan, was walking Bobby, his black Labrador mix, when the dog pulled him down the road and toward a satellite dish.
Kopp told WOOD-TV that he normally doesn’t walk along Marion Road but that Bobby “seemed to be on a mission.”
The dog sniffed at something near the dish and when Kopp came closer he realized that what he first thought was a rabbit was actually a baby.
dog2The baby, her umbilical cord still attached, was lying on her side “in the fetal position.” (She might have been out there as long as six hours, according to Lt. Chad Palmiter of the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department.)
WOOD-TV reported that Kopp called to a neighbor to call 911 and shouted for his wife and daughter, Cathleen Neal.
“He hollered for myself and my mother to get a blanket or a towel because he just found a baby,” Cathleen said. Initially the baby was not crying or moving.
Once she was picked up and wrapped in the blanket, “then eventually she started to cry and we knew that she was OK,” Kopp said. “It was a relief to me because I knew she was alive.”
When emergency responders arrived the baby was conscious and breathing, although she had some bruises and scrapes. She was taken to Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont.
According to published reports, later on Monday, authorities were able to find the child’s teenage mother. The sheriff’s office said she was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Before she was identified as the baby’s mother, the teenager had come outside, Cathleen Neal explained.
“When the young lady came out and asked us what was going on and I told her, she just made it seem like she didn’t know what was going on, but yet she was the one who had the baby,” Neal said.
“I know she’s a young girl, but she’s not stupid, so it really makes me wonder why,” Neal said of the baby’s mother. “It’s just really hard to believe. It’s really hard to believe that someone would do that.”
She told WOOD-TV that she thought the teen was probably “scared to death” and didn’t know what to do. “There are other options,” Neal said.
According to the television station, “Michigan has a ‘safe haven’ law that allows a person to anonymously surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth to an Emergency Service Provider, like a hospital, or police or fire station. In 2013, 11 infants were surrendered, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services.”
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared at National Right to Life News Today.