SCARS last forever

This is so true!and nicely said !

Posted by Cheryl Mrugalski Shaw on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course I can,” said the father.

It’s not always anger, it is your actions in general. There are no “fresh starts” in life. There is no new beginning. Forgiveness comes easy for many people but the scars of the past, they never go away. Watch what you do today, because sometimes the price isn’t worth the reward.

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was the best explanation of hurtful words and actions!

May God Richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

God has power to help and to overthrow

“But a man of God came to him, saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel—not with any of the children of Ephraim. But if you go, be gone! Be strong in battle! Even so, God shall make you fall before the enemy; for God has power to help and to overthrow.” ~2Chronicles 25:7-8 NKJV

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God has shown throughout history that He has the power to help and to overthrow the enemy, or to help the enemy and overthrow us. We as the species of man have this insane ability, both a gift and a curse given to us by God, to choose freewill; to choose a separate path than that path God has established for us. We can choose to follow what God has intended for us just as Jonah and Moses, each had focused upon their shortcomings or they foresaw what God’s mercies would have done. OR, perhaps, we could just choose our own way and stand against God’s will as many of the Kings of Israel (the descendants of King David).

Perhaps, we could choose the moral high ground thatroman christians many of the Christian followers of old had done. Choosing the “road less traveled,” so-to-say, by saying, “YES! I am a follower of the Christ and I am willing to die!” But all too many of us will arrive at that moment of truth and find ourselves recanting. Let’s face it, if you recant on the little things you have a high probability of recanting on the bigger and more important things. That is a generalization, but has been proven true on numerous occasions. Is it always true, no. That is what makes it a generalization. We believe, intellectually, that God has the power to help us and protect us. But rarely is that tested in larger life and death matters within the confines of our normal lives. Even in times of dire-straights where we are saved from death, even at times when we do not believe or hold on to a faith in our Creator. But that can play a part in our testimony where we turn our lives around, which enables us to eye Jesus as our Savior. Everything happens for a reason, in my humble opinion!

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God can use His power to overthrow a tyrant, put a prideful person (or leader) in his place, or possibly to chastise and pass judgement upon one who has been guilty of such evils that they could no longer remain unpunished.

God has also used His power to prevent further physical torture to those innocent of evil and preachers of His word to the ends of the world; consider the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7), with Saul (later named Paul) chiding them on. God has also used His power to protect those from any harm, what-so-ever. (see Daniel 3) And God has also, upon the completion, or fulfillment, of a person’s purpose, they had fallen asleep (Acts 13).

God truly does work in mysterious and wondrous ways. Many believe He acts immorally, unethically, and arbitrarily. But how could they make such a determination when God is the basis of all morals, ethics and arbitration?

One of the greatest problems is that man sees a small snippet of a small segment of a picture where God sees all things from the very beginning to the very end…EVERYTHING! But people cannot fathom such a thing, so therefore it just couldn’t be possible. God knows the path, good or bad, that we will take in any given situation from our birth until the time of our very last breath. Again, people cannot fathom such a thing, so therefore it just couldn’t be possible.

God has a plan for each and every one of us. In all cases for His glory, either you fulfill his plan; thereby, glorifying Him through your divinely guided actions. Or by acting as an agent for evil (because of your freewill and decisions); thereby glorifying Him through eternal judgement. We all have a part to play, isn’t is better to read the last book of the Bible and side with the winning team? Just consider it…

May God Richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

The Existence of God can be proved in five ways by St. Thomas Aquinas

While I am not a Catholic, though I was raised as one, there are a great number of things that we can learn from the vast numbers of church fathers and leaders that paved the way after the death and resurrection of Jesus. St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was brilliant in his faith as a friar, priest, philosopher, theologian, and jurist. No less than a thousand plus times his works have been quoted by other church fathers, leaders, philosophers, and theologians; not to mention the great numbers of teachers and scholars.

While listening to the Dr. Scott M. Sullivan course CHRIST 101 this was mentioned by a Dr. Peter Kreeft who was interviewed and I just had to see what this man had said on the subject.

Since we are called to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” ~Matthew 22:37 NIV This indicates we are to follow reason, intellect, and wisdom…not the fallacy of having faith such that we hold no reasons as to why we believe all that we do. We are raised to believe, generally by our parents, but that is a child like faith sometimes with and other times without any reasoning. As we grow older we have an obligation to also grow our faith. Sometimes, with some of us, this may not occur until our late 40s to early 50s…GUILTY! But we also need a better support system in order to do so prior to this time in our lives. Just remember there are those who have known and stuck with their faith early on in life. But for those of us who got lost along the way, Jesus spoke of you in The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Parable of the Lost Coin, and The Parable of the Lost Son all three parables are in Luke 15.

Hope you enjoy this, as well as the argument analysis.

May God Richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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St. Thomas Aquinas: 
The Existence of God can be proved in five ways.
Argument Analysis of the Five Ways         © 2016 Theodore Gracyk
The First Way: Argument from Motion

  1. Our senses prove that some things are in motion.
  2. Things move when potential motion becomes actual motion.
  3. Only an actual motion can convert a potential motion into an actual motion.
  4. Nothing can be at once in both actuality and potentiality in the same respect (i.e., if both actual and potential, it is actual in one respect and potential in another).
  5. Therefore nothing can move itself.
  6. Therefore each thing in motion is moved by something else.
  7. The sequence of motion cannot extend ad infinitum.
  8. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.

The Second Way: Argument from Efficient Causes

  1. We perceive a series of efficient causes of things in the world.
  2. Nothing exists prior to itself.
  3. Therefore nothing [in the world of things we perceive] is the efficient cause of itself.
  4. If a previous efficient cause does not exist, neither does the thing that results (the effect).
  5. Therefore if the first thing in a series does not exist, nothing in the series exists.
  6. If the series of efficient causes extends ad infinitum into the past, for then there would be no things existing now.
  7. That is plainly false (i.e., there are things existing now that came about through efficient causes).
  8. Therefore efficient causes do not extend ad infinitum into the past.
  9. Therefore it is necessary to admit a first efficient cause, to which everyone gives the name of God.

The Third Way: Argument from Possibility and Necessity (Reductio argument)

  1. We find in nature things that are possible to be and not to be, that come into being and go out of being i.e., contingent beings.
  2. Assume that every being is a contingent being.
  3. For each contingent being, there is a time it does not exist.
  4. Therefore it is impossible for these always to exist.
  5. Therefore there could have been a time when no things existed.
  6. Therefore at that time there would have been nothing to bring the currently existing contingent beings into existence.
  7. Therefore, nothing would be in existence now.
  8. We have reached an absurd result from assuming that every being is a contingent being.
  9. Therefore not every being is a contingent being.
  10. Therefore some being exists of its own necessity, and does not receive its existence from another being, but rather causes them. This all men speak of as God.

The Fourth Way: Argument from Gradation of Being

  1. There is a gradation to be found in things: some are better or worse than others.
  2. Predications of degree require reference to the “uttermost” case (e.g., a thing is said to be hotter according as it more nearly resembles that which is hottest).
  3. The maximum in any genus is the cause of all in that genus.
  4. Therefore there must also be something which is to all beings the cause of their being, goodness, and every other perfection; and this we call God.

The Fifth Way: Argument from Design

  1. We see that natural bodies work toward some goal, and do not do so by chance.
  2. Most natural things lack knowledge.
  3. But as an arrow reaches its target because it is directed by an archer, what lacks intelligence achieves goals by being directed by something intelligence.
  4. Therefore some intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end; and this being we call God.

Punishment for the Vile & the Wicked

Levite's Concubine

While at work I was impressed to listen to Judges and Ruth. However, normally while listening to the Book of Judges, I am always drawn to Samson. But this time I was enamored by the Levite and his Concubine. I will not post the biblical passages (Judges 19Judges 20), but the summation is this that the travesty that happens to the Levite and his Concubine at the town of Gibeah. She was given over to the crowd of people of Gibeah that their carnal pleasures would be satisfied. Gibeah’s people were descendants of the tribe of Benjamin. This reading was similar to but not as devastating as what happened in the town of Sodom, while Lot was living there. When the Levite returned to his home with his dead concubine’s corpse, he proceeded to cut her apart into equal pieces and sent those parts to the remaining tribes of Israel. When they responded to the Levite’s message he explained his actions…and the primary crux of his complaint was to the vile, wicked, evil that resided within Gibeah.

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The remaining tribes contacted the tribe of Benjamin with this problem and they did nothing to stop or to even chastise such evil. Then, the only thing remained in their arsenal was to gather together for war against their brothers.

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While they depicted a story line of Sodom & Gomorrah, I reflected heavily upon the evils that are happening to our fellow Christians in the middle east at the hands of the Islamic factions. A moderate believer in Islam may just as well be a heretic or a Christian, for the purposes of this discussion as they are too scared to stand against the radicalized faction. So they just follow suit.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~Edmund Burke

And this is what is happening in the middle east, now in Europe, and is spreading out ward, because of the refugee debacle in which the radicalized members are acting as refugees and infiltrating the European, American, and many other boarders. Thus they make their demands and set their attacks against unarmed civilians. The only way for these radicalized factions to be properly dealt with is for the Islamic community to stand up and stop them. Unfortunately, I do not see that happening.

One of the greatest problems is that in their culture rape & molestation is not dealt with in any manner or form. The response from Germany, Denmark, and Sweden is to educate and tolerate. On the other hand, Russian men did not just stand by but, in a manner of speaking waged a war against the refugees that were caught in acts of rape and molestation. There have been reports of rapes and molestations in the US, as well, but no word as to legal arrests, jailing, or even deportations…after all, where will you deport them to? The refugee camp from which they came??

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I see these Muslims as brothers, distant of course, but we were all created by the one true God. But I see the parallels to these biblical passages. Our path and mission is clear and as distinct as the Levite whose concubine was ravaged and raped to death; just as many of the sons of helpless families of the Islamic faith have their male children taken and sold to the wealthy men or military commanders (pedestry), which is known as “Bacha bereesh and bacha bazi.”

I also see this parallelism, in that, it is an evil that must be dealt with immediately and harshly. At what point will it be seen as the poor plight of someone to have sex with children…oh, but we already have that problem, don’t we? Christians must stand up for what is right and be willing to protect our loved ones, even to our own death.

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“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

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At the beginning of this nation, Christians stood up to the King George III and the British Military. It is once again that we must be willing to stand with our brothers and sisters to protect this nation, even a glimmer of what it once was, and all her valuables (wives, mothers, sisters, children, etc.) One day, YOU may be all that stands between potential animals and your family…WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Call 9-1-1? Statistics show that while seconds matter, the police are but 5-7 minutes away. You may consider arming your selves, for even the Apostle Peter possessed a sword! Rely on God! Rely on Jesus! Rely on the Holy Spirit! But you must be willing to protect those gifts that were entrusted to you by God!

May God Richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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…the battle is not yours…

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And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ ~2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV

We so often are dismayed, afraid, concerned, and worried about such things as menial & inconsequential thoughts or as major engagements in battle. Worry seems to be one of the many natures of man.

Recently, I was concerned about feeling a failure to God, my family, etc. but all throughout this past week the general message was that: “I have a plan for you,” “I have a future for you,” “I have prosperity for you,” and “I have hope for you.” I found this out (partly) while in prayer for guidance to find the right truck…I can hear some of all y’alls ‘hmmmmmmms’ rattling in my head right now. Yeah, a truck, we have a small farm behind us, a horse of our own, one horse we take care of, and a horse trailer, but we had no truck. Also, because of the horses on occasion we need to pick up hay.

Yes, just like that load I picked up yesterday. And as you can see…God led me to this little gem of a truck. Reasonably priced, reasonable mileage, etc…God IS good! God does not promise us an easy life, but He does promise that things could be easier with Him on our side, eh?

And though not everything in and of itself is a battle, per se; however, without the proper guidance and wisdom, they could be a battle of some sort. God answers in the little things as well as the big things in our lives. People are always seeking the newer, bestest things in life…when all we really need is something that works properly and does the job. Some of the biggest battles in our lives, and in our married lives also, is when we go for those brand new vehicles when an older model would take care of us best and for a fraction of the cost. New trucks, at least the last time I purchased one new, were and are outrageously priced!! You are generally looking at $35, 000 off the showroom floor.

But I have mildly wavered from the original track, but not far, because when looking for something as simple as a work truck can be a battle on the spiritual front, the financial front, and on the home front. Even things as simple as this are the things God wants to take care of in your life. Many people don’t believe this, but God helps us out in the smaller things in life that our faith can be built up – much like a muscle, through working it out properly; thereby, expanding its strength, flexibility, and usability.

Every battle that crosses our paths, God wants you to place it before Him so that He can aid His children by bolstering and enabling their faith. The strange thing that people fail to understand is that not everything they want is necessarily what they need. What they need is something that will glorify Him. Most children in the kiddie seat in a grocery cart wants the foot-long stogie that is high above their head, but mom usually will say NO to such things.

Be still my friends, listen to the whispers from God to your spirit. If you wait and are patient enough, you will hear His reply…

“Be still and know that I am God.” ~Psalm 46:10

Remember, it is the little things that we pay attention to. We do not see them as miracles, but they are subtle enough to get our attention!

May God Richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD