I disapprove of what you say, BUT…

disapprove of what you say

I had an interesting conversation with a coworker the other day, not a long one but I was left dumbfounded that people hold these beliefs. He and a fellow coworker were watching a video of the Smothers Brothers singing the “No No Song” with Ringo Starr back in the 1970s, must have been YouTube. I had mentioned that he, right after Bruce Springsteen, cancelled his concert in North Carolina due to the passage of the House Bill 2 (aka, “the Bathroom Bill”.) He, my coworker, said, “Good for him!” I asked, “What?”…and the conversation went down hill from there…nothing angry or disparaging, but I did lose some respect for him, as I know he is a father.

moralsI do try to stay away from blatantly political subjects; however, this is also a moral subject. While I do believe everyone has the right to say what he or she believes, even though I disagree with their position. But as a parent, dear God help us! We are given blessings called wives, or husbands, and children. It is my firm belief that we are to protect them from harm and danger, provided it is within our abilities. My coworker’s view is that everyone is equal! My view is, that is a great sentiment but not everyone is equal…a child is not equal to an adult! I firmly believe that there are obligations placed upon us as parents to protect our children and families, because there is such great evil out there and because biblethey are some of the greatest gifts given to us by God. Does this make me right and him wrong, by no means; however, the bible is where I obtain my ethics on morality. But if you are not a believer in the Christ…then why would you place your ethical training to a book which you do not believe or hold the message to be true? Lets face it, not everyone believes, but then again this is precisely why we are mandated to “go and make disciples of all nations” (ref: Matthew 28:16-20)

It is through knowledge which makes us aware of what we do as being good or bad, moral & ethical or evil & vile. We need to remember that it is “through the law we become conscious of our sin.” (ref: Romans 3:20) Also, “Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come.” (ref: Galatians 3:19) The basis of the Law is to let us know what is right and wrong.

Consider the Code of Federal Regulations for the U.S. which possess such an innumerable lawnumber of laws, because the Congress increases the law (on average) 450-500 new laws per year. In 1980, there 50 volumes with approximately (low estimate) of 23,000 pages. When a people become so enamored and overwhelmed by the new laws and such a voluminous number of laws, how then are they to comply with such requirements??? On average, each and every American is in violation of 10-15 misdemeanors and 1-5 felonies…without ever being aware of it. This was the problem in the time of Jesus, where the Pharisees and the Sadducees, teachers of the law, were compounding the matters with the fact that they deduced many corollaries to laws that were not written. Such as, for instance, how far to walk from home to the Temple was not work, but go one inch further and you were in violation of the law and needed to sacrifice in order to atone for your sin of violating the Sabbath.

Getting back to my coworker’s belief that all people are equal, would you be concerned for your daughter’s safety, if she went into the women’s bathroom and a man (by order of legislative right) walked in behind her into the same women’s bathroom? Consider the following:

Man strangles girl in bathroom, Many incidents of men filming women in bathrooms, Man accused of taking photo of boy, and the list could go on and on…

In my opinion, these incidents are like ants, termites, or cockroaches, if you see or hear about one there are potentially thousands of incidents that are unreported or unnoticed! Consider the recent report by Elijah Wood and pedophilia in Hollywood, big surprise there! Corey Feldman made a report back in the early 1990s, but nothing was done. And again, the list could go on and on!

Evil can go on everywhere, but if we can make it safer – especially for our children and others – shouldn’t we make that attempt? Don’t get me wrong as I am not trying to go on some liberal law making, gun grabbing slant; but there are ways to protect our children and families by setting up the necessary groundwork either by creating laws or setting up the Woe_to_youenvironment that protects people from being further victimized for protecting their families. Just take a look at many of the laws now where the Congress has exempted themselves, Senators, and other prominent members of the government from the laws that will be required of us to follow..? I believe even Jesus spoke of such things, not specifically but generally, in His diatribe against the Teachers of the Law in His comment, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them...” (ref: Luke 11:37-54)

By creating a new line, or image, of reality you create a new relativity upon which to base your feelings. Feelings are great in their proper place but are not intended to rule or govern a people. Nor are feelings the best basis upon which to base decisions concerning the creating of laws, or deciding morals, or ethics.While feelings are coined as a moral high ground, they are definitely not, as feelings are not morals. Feelings are something child-aisha-Muhammadinherently relative to the individual, not a group; and it is the individual who possesses the ever present rights that God has blessed and bestowed upon us.

To say that “all are equal” is like saying that Muhammad and Aisha were equal, or a 10 year old child of either sex is equal to that of a 30 something adult of either sex, etc. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but not everyone is equal! A simple fact of life. A man who identifies with being a woman without any cosmetic changes is not equal to a woman of the same age bracket! Even with those cosmetic surgical changes, HE is still not equal to a woman transgender-bathroomof similar age. Why? Well, glad you asked…HIS DNA did not change any little bit! Though you have had all those surgical changes made, in God’s eyes you are still a man both because of God’s intent for you on this earth and because your DNA has not changed in the least little bit; even though they may be changing your hormones medicinally.

You may say what you will. You may believe whatever you desire. You may think to your heart’s content. However, this does not change God’s desire for you in this life or the next! God wants you to believe in Him, in all that Jesus had done for you – shedding His blood for your sins – AND God wants you to follow His will, His word, His commands, the Godly life He created you for!

There are others out there who believe this to be wrong, what are your thoughts?

You only need to hear the first few minutes.
There is more out there, but you can do that research. I have no desire to overwhelm anyone with these clips. God made you, to believe you are woman trapped in a man’s body is to say, or infer, that God made a mistake…when in actuality, it was we, or you, that made the mistake. IF God exists, and God is perfect, then God does not make mistakes!

Until the next time, May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD




Ever Feel Like You Are Living the Life of Job?


Have YOU ever had a time in your life (a day, week, month, etc.) where you felt as if you were living out the life that Job did? You know one of those times, or time frames, where everything seemed as if it were a battle? Getting out of bed? Just making a cup of coffee? Having a bad month, ALL DAY LONG? You know, REALLY BAD?

It seems as though this past two, or so, months has been just that way. At work, attempts to tackle the littlest of tasks at home, flying off the handle at really stupid mundane things, and so forth. It is as though nothing is going my way, Popeye and Brutus cussingnothing I attempt is working, nothing I try ever seems to go well…for me at least. Although, looking back on it all, I was able to make either my wife or neighbors laugh their butts off. The unfortunate thing is that in those moments I go back to those times when I was in the worst places in my life, cussing and swearing like a drunken sailor on shore leave. (Sorry to all those who were in the Navy; sadly…I was in the Air Force…) Bad habits die hard, that is a fact of life…if WE permit it!

LimitationsHowever, this does show me the limitations that I have placed upon my own life. God did not make us drones, He made us sovereign moral entities. Meaning we can choose all things within all aspects of our lives. After all, our Lord wants us to surrender our entire lives, souls, & bodies to Him…without hesitation. We are to make that choice! We each have placed some limitation(s) on that aspect of our lives. But our Creator is a gracious God who gives us all the possible chances we can possibly receive in our lives, in order to change our lives break-limitationsaround. In Jonah 3 we are told,

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time” ~Jonah 3:1

Also, we were told in the Gospels to forgive our brothers and sister. Though they were slightly differing accounts, the message is to forgive them constantly; just as we seek forgiveness from our Heavenly Father for all the wrong doing, sins, slip ups, etc. Name them what you want to…they are/were the nails in the hands and feet of our Lord, Jesus! YES, OUR SINS were what placed Jesus on the cross and the very Jonah_tarshishnails which held Him there! Our God is a generous and gracious Lord! Even Jonah knew the kind of God he was dealing with when he first received the word of the Lord to go to the Ninevites. Because Jonah knew God would forgive them had they repented.

It is my understanding, through some research, that the Ninevites (Assyrians) were a cruel and brutal people and conquering force. It is reported that they would bury a man up to his neck in the hot desert sand and impale their tongue with a metal thong – the heat would drive the person mad just before death. It was also said that they would take the women as booty and brutally kill the men and children. There were a great number of other forms of torture they practiced. Maybe some of this sounds familiar, consider that which is happening in the middle east with the Muslim Jihadists and members of  ISIS.

Well, getting a bit off track there…sorry!

The point being is that God places a great many “learning obstacles” in our way, that we may learn from them. Unfortunately, many of us (me in particular!) do not learn from our mistakes the first time through…or the second…the third…well, the list could go on. We, the species of man are, in essence, failures in God’s eye’s! Sounds a bit futile and nihilistic. But the sad true fact is that we will never be perfect in God’s eye. But our Creator did not do us a disservice, but gave us a great gift:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~2 Timothy 1:7

While the NIV says ‘timid’, the KJV & NKJV both stated ‘fear’ which I find to be a much better word, though both can be used. The word ‘fear’ seems to be a more urgent necessity, in my opinion.

It is also my suspicion that if Jonah had opted to choose to run away again in the opposite love-hatedirection from the Ninevites, he would have ended back in the belly of the fish, and as many times until he learned that God needed him to preach God’s warning to them. God wants us all to purposefully and will all of our hearts to turn to Him and submit ourselves (heart, mind, soul, & spirit) to His will. We have a purpose that is in accordance with His will. Unfortunately, our pride and love of this world keeps shining through. Yes, regardless of what you may believe about yourself…to turn to the side of God’s will is to show a love of this world or pride.

Though, all things seem to be against you, you are not necessarily out of God’s will. It may actually be that you are on the right track, but the evil one is fighting against you. Why? Because he wants you to not care anymore, nor seek God’s will, way, or purpose in your life. You need to watch more reality television or something else serves no useful purpose in your life or that serves no useful purpose in the furtherance of God’s glory!

We are in desperate need to change our lives around to seek a purpose and meaning that we should further & promote God’s message. After all, we were mandated to:

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 28:19-20 NIV

We have an obligation. We have been given an order, a mandate, to do the bidding of our God. If we truly believe Jesus is the Son of the Most High God, then we are obligated to follow His command(s)! Because it is through our faith in Jesus that we have been adopted unto God as our Father. Such faith is attributed to us, as it was to Abraham, as righteousness. (see Romans 8, Romans 9, Galatians 4, and Ephesians 1.)

We can change our ways, but we must first seek forgiveness and submit ourselves. We Submit to Godmust work even harder at such a thing, seeking God’s help and a rejuvenation of our Spirit which resides within us as a gift from God. So, I am still working on me…what do you need to learn? Are you as thick headed and prideful as I? I hope not, many of you probably will learn after the first or second chastisement. At least that is my hope and prayer for you!

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Build It And They Will Come..?

Build it and they will come is a mindset that works for baseball fields, theme parks, Disney and scary rides, but the church needs so much more than this mentality!


The church being more than just a building…it is the people. Paul told us in no uncertain terms:

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” ~1Corinthians 12:27

We were also told by Jesus

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” ~Matthew 18:20

Which mean that a small gathering can be considered a church, with the clarification that you are together for the sole purpose of being in place in Jesus’ name! In-fact, many churches have grown out of home churches and small bible studies that yearned for the blessing of God and to seek His holy purpose, in order to glorify His holy name!

God will hear us if we pray to Him, He will also answer us if we would just listen to Him and be guided by the Holy Spirit, which He has placed within us. But be aware that God willGods-hand-of-judgment1 separate us from Himself when we sin (Isaiah 59:2), in order to chastise us for our wrong doing. Although, He may not place us into the belly of a great fish as He did Jonah, or place us on a great and hardship filled trek as He did Jacob; though we may be tested as Job was even though we are not upright and righteous as Job was…but we will be tested all throughout our lives. However, there is a greater purpose in all of this because God sees the very beginning of time to the very end of days as one large painting; we on the other hand, only see one small portion of the painting. The purpose may not be recognized by us at any time during the course of our lives, but it will fulfill the grand purpose of God’s glorious plan. But rest assured that you play a part in God’s plans for His kingdom.

Everyone, ultimately, will glorify God in some way. Those condemned to Hell will glorify God’s divine judgement and those who go to heaven will glorify God’s mercy! IF God is real, how would you prefer to glorify God, your Creator???

Just think about that for a few moments…

I believe heaven is very real, and I also believe hell is very real; each is destined to be occupied with those who obey God or disobey Him. You make your choices daily, but how carefully do you concern yourself with those choices you make?

Until the next time, May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Have you ever…

akyra5a Have you ever been so attached to something, anything, and found yourself crying because it may just be the end? A dog? A cat? Any and all animal lovers have gone through this same thing time and again. We recently had a scare with one of our dogs, they are 10 years old, with a six month difference between them. As you get older, those pets become family…just like your own kids, even though they are not.

One belief is that when you take on the responsibility of an animal as a family pet, they too are accepting you as part of their pack. Which in one sense makes some sense when they get sick, they tend to become very clingy to you. The thought of your pet being in pain or suffering, let alone having to put them down is almost unbearable. The possibility of them being gone creates a void that seems unlikely to ever be filled, again.akyra

I was talking to a coworker, he tends to be the same way, cry like a baby when they have to go. It is hard, almost worse than losing a parent. I didn’t cry when my mother died after a 2 year long battle with cancer, because you knew she was going to another place without pain or troubles of this world. I was grateful that she had passed on. As mentioned before, dogs are like our kids. you see them everyday, they wag their tails at you, they are happy to see you when you come home, they are sad to see you leave, etc.

I have been listening to a commentary on the Book of Jonah, by Dr. J. Vernon McGee for jonah3some time now. And the fourth chapter seems to fit right in here. Although, Jonah’s attachment to the vine that protected him from the hot sun occurred overnight, it was much more advanced than that of a family pet which takes it’s time to weasel it’s way into your heart. But the overall idea is the fact that Jonah harbored a great hatred toward the Ninevites, because he did not want them to be saved. Jonah knew God that well, that if they turned to God and were truly repentant in their hearts, that God would turn aside His great wrath from them and forgive them, proving that God truly is the God of the Jew and the Gentile before Jesus’ ministry ever came about.

Also, the hatred that Jonah had truly makes sense. Consider what is happening today in this world with respect to the Muslim extremists and what they are doing to the Christians in the Middle East. It is not far fetched an idea for one to believe that Jonah has some close contact with the brutality of the Ninevite warriors and their heinous treatment of others they had conquered. It is not the type of hatred one would have if they heard, or read, of this behavior; in my opinion, it had to be something he had to have seen firsthand. Again, this is my opinion. While it would seem odd that a man of God, a Prophet, would possess such feelings for another, I must remind you that these men of God and Prophets are men and possess the nature of man.

God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to proclaim His warning of judgement that is upon them. But Jonah ran in the opposite direction. How many of us have done the same? God places a purpose upon our hearts and we do not always get it right, because we have a tendency to run in the opposite direction of where He directs our path, we are creatures of habit and fear. But in the end, Jonah recanted and learned his lesson; then, he moved on to the Nenevite people to proclaim God’s message of judgement and the Ninevites repented and were forgiven.

But now, God had to win over His own prophet. Because he was still angry with God over the fact that he foretold what God would do. Namely, save the Ninevites. That was when Jonah left and went to the outskirts of the city and watched from the hill. That vine grew up over night, it protected and gave a certain amount of comfort and solace to Jonah. Then the next day God created the worm (a very hungry one at that) that would eat the vine and its leaves; thus, destroying any protective qualities that Jonah had received benefit from…now he wished he could just die!

God reminded Jonah that he had not worked or labored over the vine, nor tended it; so why was he so distressed about it’s destruction? God needed to remind the prophet that the Ninevites were just as much His own people as the Jews were. That they had as much right for warning of judgement and forgiveness as the Jews. After all, both were the creation of God.

But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”” ~Jonah 4:10-11 NIV

God was letting Jonah know, in no uncertain terms, that the Ninevites were a great people who “…cannot tell their right hand from their left…” God takes “…no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live…” (ref: Ezekiel 33:11) According to a note in my study bible, it states: “Like small children, the Ninevites needed God’s fatherly compassion.” Also, the mention of “…many animals…” indicates, or infers that God’s concern extends even to domestic animals, and/or cattle. God, in essence, was telling Jonah that He wanted him to go & proclaim God’s Word and His righteous warning of judgement upon them because God loved the Ninevites, not because Jonah loved them. God just wanted Jonah to go and do His bidding and task.

There is a purpose to all things that God tries to teach us, but are we really listening??? It bernie-akyracan be something good, or some great travesty, but God can use all things for His good purpose. We needn’t wait for a feeling, but rather take the word of God to all those out there, with whatever means possible, because God loves all of His Creation, not because you are expected to love them. And eventually, you will come to love them too. But this is a great teaching that Jesus was telling us to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.‘ (ref: Matthew 22:39) IF we would Love God with all our hear, sold, and mind, then we will do as He commanded us and tasked us to do! As in the Great Commission, for starters.

Our pets, kids, family member, and friends are all tools to teach us something. God is funny like that. It seems obvious, that Jonah had no friends. After all, he loved that vine and wanted to die due to it’s destruction.


What is God calling you to do? Have you gone in the opposite direction due to fear, or simply not wanting to do it? We have all done such things. But we need to find our way back to being in God’s will by fulfilling the task He has set before us. We might not have a great fish in our path, but there is something there to make us think, perhaps even repent of our disobeying Him. Reflect for a bit and get back to God, He loves you and wants you to do what is right and just.

For the living know that they will die,
    but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
    and even their name is forgotten.

~Ecclesiastes 9:5

And, if you would, just consider for a moment…that coworker next to you, the friend just around the corner from you, your aunt or uncle…if this were the last time you would see them in the flesh, what would you say to them? What do they need to know?? Is your soul worth that moment of time in which you may, or may not, feel embarrassed over the discussion of eternal life? You need to keep in mind that if you do not warn them, you will be held accountable at the day of judgement, as written by the prophet Ezekiel:

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.” ~Ezek 33:7-9 NIV

We will be held accountable for their loss, because we (the saved) are called to be watchmen  for ALL the people. We are charged to inform and guide them; although, they have the choice to decide what they wish to do with their lives. We have a mission to inform them of Christ, salvation, the penalties of sin, and that Heaven & Hell are real eternal places. All we do is plant the seed, God and the Holy Spirit accomplish the rest.

As a final note, we all know that our pets will not live forever, but their death is never convenient or easy on our hearts. But then when is their, or any person’s, death easy or convenient? Never! Sometimes, God uses our pets to get our attention to get back in His will. Just in case you are wondering, I believe it is biblical that our pets and other animals shall make their way in to the Kingdom of God, but that is a topic for another blog posting.

Until the next time, May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD










You Cannot Prosper

2Chr 24:20 NKJV Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, He also has forsaken you.’”

This is what we have to look forward to if we choose not to follow the commandment of sin-deathGod! Think about this  just for a little bit! God offers us the kingdom, the Garden of Eden, and instead of following His directions (commands), we just go our own way. Much like a person who literally bites the hands which feeds him! We are much more likely to be given over to our carnal desires and our own wicked ways because those are the choices that we have made, and hence, given over to our own choices. Therefore, those who say, “God will not condemn a person to eternal hell because I follow a God of love!” Guess what, people? I serve a God of love, too; however, He is a wrathful God who will not judge you based upon His wavering thoughts on morality, but on His steadfast word. He will cast you and I into the pit of hell because that is the road we chose to follow throughout our lives. In order to change such a judgement upon us, we must stand before Him with a repentant heart and truly change our ways in order change our direction. Though, in the short term we will feel like we are the winners, in the long term (eternally) we will prove to be the losers for NOT following God’s commandments!

When I write these blog posts and am judgement of others…it is not of the others I am transgresschastising, but rather my own faults. As mentioned in other posts prior to this, the bible, the Psalmist, the Apostles, and the Christ are quite clear on the matter, “there is no one who does good, not even one.” ~Psalm 14:3  It does not matter who you are, nor does it matter what position you possess (pastor, priest, CEO, etc.) we are all sinners and we can choose to sin and violate God’s laws and commandments at any time. What is telling about each of us is whether, or not, we come back to God with a repentant heart and a change of our actions. This is how King David found his way to be the man after God’s own heart…when he was wrong, he went back to God with a repentant heart and a change of mind. Although, much like the rest of us, he would fall away through sin again, and again. But he would always return back to God with a change of mind and heart. This is what defined David, and lifted him above all other men!

Paul was rather straight forward with his assertion where he, as a slave to sin, did what he did not want to do in the Book of Romans (7:14-20), which leads us to believe our slavery is both compulsory and by choice. We are in desperate need to have a strong will and focus, in order to truly change our hearts and minds. In other words, to be truly and sincerely repentant. It is only by focusing our attention on God and His word and aligning ourselves to His word that we can truly see when we are wrong that we can sincerely become repentant before His presence. Think about THAT for but a moment…

We are also warned in the epistle of James of the following:

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

So, keep in mind that even though you are not a Hitler, Stalin, or Mao Tse Tung…you can still go to hell. If you covet (the Tenth of the Ten Commandments) you are equally guilty as a murderer, or even a mass murderer as above noted individuals. When we sin, even just a little white lie to make someone feel better, we are separated from God until we repent and change our hearts.

But YOUR iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.” (emphasis mine)~Isaiah 59:2

We have this tendency to compare ourselves to other men, instead of God’s Commands and His will for us, because it is much easier and it also suits our needs to be justified in our own eyes. As Christians we need to step away from the “feel good” attitudes and move toward God’s word by determining His purpose and will for our lives that He should be glorified in all we do. We, as the species of man, are constantly trying to glorify ourselves! Still-small-voiceWrong move in the long run! I say this not just to impress upon you, as well as others, but also as a reminder to myself! I go into work daily thinking about what others are doing, then I have that still small voice just nagging at me. Reminding me that “Hey, you aren’t the perfect one, either!” We all need to remember that we are judged how we stack up against God’s commands to us, not a comparison to Hitler, Stalin, or Mao Tse Tung…just remember that, it may make things easier.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” ~Romans 12:14-19 NIV

None of us are perfect in any way, shape, or form! Keep that in mind, and yes that does include pastors, priests and ministers…after all, they are human and have the nature of man in them. The only difference is pastors, priests and ministers of God’s word are held to a much higher standard than you. This message is as much for you as it is for me.

May God Richly Bless You!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD