Sometimes God Wakes Us To Learn Something Amazing

Mordecai Discovers a Plot

19 When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king’s gate. 20 Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.

21 In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king. ~Esther 2:19-23 NKJV

mordeci discovers plot

The King Honors Mordecai

king honors modeciThat night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.~Esther 6 NKJV

We all do it, you know it! We all have those times where something just wakes us up out of the blue, early in the morning. Sometimes it is for no reason at all, but something just tugs at us the wrong way. We just want to sleep, but cannot do so. So, at some point in time, amidst the tossing and turning in your bed, we get up and out of bed. Sometimes we hear a voice in our heads or hearts, other times we have a drive to do something specific, sometimes generally.

In 1 Samuel 3, we find just such a thing with the Prophet Samuel as a boy. But Samuel was guided by Eli. Though it took a little bit, Eli caught on with what was happening and urged the young boy to answer the call of God. God acts differently amidst differing circumstances. He called the boy Samuel while trying to sleep. He also awoke King Xerxes (as mentioned above) in the midst of his sleep, awakened him and had guided him to read the Persian history, thus reminding him who it was that saved his life.

God works in mysterious ways

Sometimes when we wake in those unexpected ways we are called to simply pray to our God. We need that prayer time in order to discover what is truly tugging at our heart. I do believe God speaks to us; unfortunately we are so hardhearted and stubborn that we cannot recognize what is happening. It truly is a heart thing with us. Perhaps we are to just say as the Prophet Samuel stated, Speak, for Your servant hears.”  Sometimes THAT is all it takes!

As mentioned so many times before we need to be more compliant to God’s will in our lives, much like the Islamic faith. Meaning not that we must be radical Jihadists with terror being our main weapon, but that God MUST be the most important things in our lives! Remember what Jesus said,

Christ Brings Division

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. ~Matthew 10 NKJV

We are not meant to follow the pack, or the gang; we are intended to follow God and His perfect way. We are intended to read, understand, and study the Word of God, the Bible. We are mandated to, in the words of Jesus:

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’…”~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” ~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

bible_read_meNow, how can we “…love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…”? First you must understand and know the biblical truths and you learn that through reading and studying; it is a life’s task, for certain. We must pray, honor and rejoice over the blessings we have received, and yes even the travesties. Because God has given us, both the righteous and the unrighteous, an even footing, “for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” And the Prophet Job reminded us:

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” ~Job 2:10 NKJV

So, to truly honor God, our Creator, we must learn and apply His Word in our bible_readlives (yes, DAILY!) and to rejoice in all things that come our way, both good and bad. Because each situation, both good and bad, is meant to better us in some way, fashion, or form. Just as battle tempers a man’s courage under fire so also do these situation help temper our minds, hearts and souls to good things and travesties.

As we become better Christians we will also find ourselves called outward into the world to share God’s Son, Jesus, and His Word with all others out in the world in which we live. This will come with time and ease, because you will find, or better yet you will better notice all the opportunities that allow you to share the Gospel with all others along your path(s) in this life.

Although, there is another aspect to this sharing the Gospel thing, as we grow we are also called to teach, lead and minister; part of the “…royal priesthood…

…For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” ~Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV

We are all called to be ministers of God’s Word for all the world to hear his promises, but we also have to do our part by reading…it all starts there which is the beginning of faith!

 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 NKJV

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Church and told them:

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.~Philippians 1:27-28 NKJV

got-faithOur faith is built up by the word, our faith is based upon the word, but not just on the word, but also on sound logic and reason as well as research. We make a claim based upon historical facts. And those facts won’t become known to you until you read and study the word and then see what the world of the various sciences has to say as well. We, as Christians, claim truth is our basis, but truth is based upon history, the sciences, philosophy, as well as other various areas of study.

So, read well, my friends! Research well, my friends! And reason well, my friends!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

What If We Lived In A World Without Law & Order?


We could do what we wanted? It would be fun? No limits on what you do? And the list goes on and on, but one thing remains true…it would be utter chaos!

While it is true that it would be absolute chaos, as there would be no moral standard that all would follow. Even those that believe there is no God hold to the tenet “if there is no God, then all things are permissible!” (Father  Zosima, Brother Krazminov by Fydor Dostyevsky) In a world without law and order, then there would be no actual standard to follow and therefore each and everyone would do as they pleased. Gangs would be running rampant and destroying those who desired to have some semblance of morality in their lives. Of course, to no avail. Rape, pillaging, pedophilia, theft, murder, etc. would be the rule of the day. Without limits, the most evil beliefs of the possibilities of man would come to bear. There would be constant warfare going on in the life of everyone that lived. There would be no rest for the weary or the wicked. Each would have to stand guard over their lives and those of their fellow clansmen at all times. And would have to place their lives on the line in order to defend their family…at all times!

For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just. ~Romans 3:7-8 NKJV

We would have a difficult time of it, proving our point that God’s will is furthered and better served by lying, and other sins (any for of evil that would be be espoused). Consider the fact that in the Muslim faith of Islam, it is specifically stated that:

Qur’an 3:54—And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.

Qur’an 7:99—Are they then safe from Allah’s deception? No one feels safe from Allah’s deception except those that shall perish.

Qur’an 8:30—And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.

If we are to feel safe with our Creator, should not our creator be honorable and trustworthy in His word to us, His promises, His historical recounting of the past and the foretelling of the future? In the above passages from the Qur’an, in my opinion, NO ONE is able to trust Allah’s word or promises. As Allah is the best of deceivers (they’re words not mine) and therefore (One can reasonably infer) can lie and be deceitful to even those that follow him. This of course ties in to the doctrine of al Taqiyya

(Arabic: تقیة‎‎ taqiyyah, literally “prudence, fear”) is an Islamic term which refers to precautionary dissimulation or denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. Another term for this concept, kitmān (lit. “action of covering, dissimulation”), has a more specific meaning of dissimulation by silence or omission.

This practice is emphasized in Shia Islam whereby adherents are permitted to conceal their religion when under threat of persecution or compulsion. However, it is also permitted in Sunni Islam under certain circumstances. (see reference)

This being said, the Muslim who follows Islam cannot be trusted, even those who are moderates. The reason being that they could be “concealing their religion” due to a real or perceived threat of persecution. This is the perfect religious guise to follow for such a lawless society; in that, you hide your religious belief and (as Mohammad had done in the 620s AD) built up his following of Islam. Made a treaty (10 year promissory) with those in Mecca to prevent their annihilation, upon the building up of a sizable force, four years later attacked Mecca under the guise of being a friend and non-aggressor and conquered the city of Mecca. Dishonorable of anyone to not honor their peace treaty…if not trustworthy under a peace treaty, how can they be trusted at any point in time?? Islam is a religious belief, a militaristic mindset, and a political governing ideology. And at no point in time can it’s leadership be trusted to keep their word, as they will seek to conquer all who do not believe in Allah.

Am I saying that the Islamic faith will be paramount in this lawless and chaotic environment? No, but they are very well organized and will run in the background while they are ruled by others until they make their move. They have a purpose for which they live and an ultimate purpose to attain and goal to achieve, similarly to communism…utter domination. They are very well organized. It is quite probable that they will be a super power of sorts during a time of such chaos. The unfortunate truth is that Christians have a tendency to veer away from violence and war. Does Jesus promote war? No, He does not, but where man is in existence war is inevitable. God desires us to live in peace and to live and walk, and talk, and act as Jesus did while here on this blue marble. But until the love of God, the One True God who Created all things (seen and unseen), we will live as the sinful, conquering, & warring species that we are.

Things will not be pleasant, to say the very least. God has called forth warriors throughout the Old Testament. However, even in the New Testament Jesus spoke of much division, which could be likened to war in a general sense. Although, these are more so concerning those who follow Jesus and the angst against (or from) those who do not.

Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” ~Luke 12:53 NKJV

For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’ ~Matthew 10:35 NKJV

Of course, Revelation 12 deals quite a bit with warfare in the last days. We will be fighting, in my humble opinion, and we will be either martyrs for Christ or we will be those who protect those who are weaker that ourselves. Of course my opinion can change, with the advent of other understanding and knowledge. We are all warriors for Christ, since our adoption into the family of God! Whether you carry a sword to do battle or a bible which is the two edged sword of the word of God…each has the ability to cut to the chase, so-to-say! (No pun intended, it just worked out that way!) Will we physically war and fight in defense of the faith and our lives, I don’t know <specifically>, but it is in the nature of man to defend and fight for what he believes in. We were told by the Apostle Paul:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.~2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV

From this, one can infer, that our primary weapons are those of prayer and faith. Do not forget the history throughout the Old Testament where men and women were called to arms to defend the faith and annihilate the perpetrators of evil and sin.

I would urge all my fellow Christians to study the Bible, learn it, understand it, study apologetics, study evangelism, and use every opportunity that God presents you to accomplish His will in your life! God has a plan for each of us and has promised and given us all the tools we need to accomplish that, or those, task(s) that He has planned and purposed you for.


After writing this blog post I came across a podcast of Ravi Zacharias entitled, “A NATION IN DECAY” (a 2 part series [Sept. 10 & 17, 2016]; 8 Parts on YouTube). In this series, at least in the beginning, he spoke of the infiltration of Communism into our society.  He spoke of Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (who wrote GULAG ARCHIPELAGO) who gave a speech before a large audience of Harvard graduates. He told them how it would infiltrate these United States (entering into the schools, judicial branch, the laws created, etc.) and he was booed and jeered as though he were talking crazy. And now look, he was proven to be exactly right with the liberal & progressive mind hard at work in our society. The liberal belief that teaches our children, the liberal mind that progresses and becomes a professional and thereby forces itself upon our society through it’s laws and legal decisions. THIS is how Islam is forcing itself into our society. Yes, by force! Using our laws against us with those liberal minds to their advantage. These ideas are so good that they must be forced down the throats of the American people. And one day if we fail to fight back, there will be no churches to go to, nor any bibles to read. There will be no freedom to speak because there will be one thought. However, utter chaos will be the initial step and then moving on to another agenda.


The socialist thought (both progressive and Godless) has been forced upon us since the 1930s, perhaps earlier; the Gay agenda has been forced on us since about the 1950s or 1960s; and now, another agenda to send us into chaos is that of the Islamic & Shariah Law agenda. Each agenda continues on and takes another chunk out of our rights and ability to think freely for ourselves. Beware my brothers and sisters…BEWARE!

While reading the book, They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It by Brigitte Gabriel

it was brought to my attention of many incidents where we (America and the rights we possess kowtowed down to Islamic pressure.) The evil perpetrator of the terroristic attack in the movie the Sum of All Fears was changed to Neo-Nazis from Radical Muslims, A valued analyst was fired, as a contractor, from the State Department because he refused to change to wording of his report concerning Radical Muslims and Islamic Jihadists. (The request or demand came from a Muslim head in the department.

While this is not my normal blathering and not intended to be a bashing, but rather a call to arms that each and every one of you arm yourselves with the knowledge in this situation. Many liberal progressive believers without any knowledge of the contents of the Hadith or the Qur’an will make statements that Islam is a religion of peace…but that is just not the case.

As I spoke with a co-worker last night, I have no problem that anyone practices their religion in peace [of course, I would prefer that all believed as I believe – that is my hope that one day they will, but I do not force them to do so.] However, Islam is a quasi religious, political, and military mandate from one author. The belief is pushed from the time one can comprehend until adulthood. Women have rights – the right to be raped – the right to be honor killed for being raped – the right to be stoned in public – etc. Women are the reason and focal point for all sin in the Islamic world.

READ AND BE INFORMED MY FRIENDS!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Cancer: The War All Encompassing

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For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. ~James 2:10 NKJV

Cancer: The War All Encompassing is all the other stuff that comes into play with our bodies, our psyche, our souls and our minds. So, with the quote from James, the brother of Jesus, could this mean that cancer is a judgement upon us for sins we have committed? Yes, I believe it is entirely possible! Consider what was posted previously by the minor prophet, Job, after being enticed by his own wife:

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?.. ~Job 2:10 NKJV

While God cannot sin or cause evil, but is judgement truly an evil being committed upon someone, if their sins or actions warrant it? No, it is not. Face the fact that we are, in-fact, God’s personal property. Much like a home or a car or some furniture that you own. Perhaps, best explained as we are art created by the All Mighty Creator of the Universe. God being the paint of said art, He can destroy us and start anew, if He so desired. It is quite simply put by King David:

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. ~Psalm 24:1 NKJV

Also, keep in mind that cancer may not be a judgement of God though but rather just a genetic or environmental problem that we just happened to pick up. Is it evil of God to let you die because of one of those factors? No, as we were only promised one life, one human life to live. One human life to get our acts together and find, as well as, perfect our purpose(s). Some of us are given a longer period of time and others a very short period of time. It is truly up to us to make the right choices and accomplish our purpose and glorify our Creator! (If you disagree with my belief, you might consider re-reading Genesis 1 through 4.) As creations of the One True God, we have not only an obligation to perform at our best, each and every day, in order to glorify Him who Created each of us; but we are also designed and obligated to perform in the purpose in which we were created…to glorify God and to do the best possible job in accomplishing the purpose for which we were created. That may be singing, art, writing, laboring, managing, supervising, creating value for other people in the form of a widget, etc. We each have a select purpose, but not all of us know what that is…yet. We must find it through our prayers and our service in our present and everyday job. But one day that purpose will come to each of us like a wildfire. Colonel Sanders (KFC) did not change the world until after the age of 65. Others did it later in life and many started much younger in life…each one of us is different and will accomplish our purpose differently, in God’s time, will and grace!

Funny, how we as people we flow through our lives lazily floating through a stream. Up until our twenties we haven’t a care in the world. In our 20s and 30s we are too busy trying to buy things and save for our futures and attempting to raise & support8-Ball our families. In our 40s we expend more time trying to get ahead, because we always feel as though we are behind the Eight Ball. As we make our way into our 50s we find more and more of our friends, family, those we graduated with, and those we served with are dying around us. It gets worse as we close out the 50s and enter into our 60s because we find more have left us and we see that we are the present day older generation and tend to see that we are the last bastions of hope that God has planted on this earth to guide those around us. Yet, at the same time we also find that we are truly ill prepared and not ready to lead those who really need to be led. With respect to leading others to Christ, our purpose, God’s will in our life…we sense failure in our midst. (As of yet, I have not exited my 50s, but I feel that sense of lost time, failure, and foolhardiness…but this blog and 2 others were created roughly 2 years ago. I have sensed a desire to write. Not great, but I believe I am fulfilling my role.)

Man has a tendency to think that cancer is a judgement upon him, we as man also have a tendency to either see it as something we have done to ourselves because of the stupid things we have done throughout our lives, and of course there are those who tend to get truly angry at what is happening. There will come a time where there is a sense of urgency in your life. Consider this statement made by Michael Landon, Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, when he spoke this in an interview after his father died of cancer of the liver and pancreas in 1991:

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Michael Landon Jr.

we-will-have-to-dieWe as parents, protect our kids from far too much, I believe. One of the first things we need to teach our kids is about the gloriousness of our God, another thing we must teach our kids is that we are created to die. As Michael Landon, Jr. stated with such knowledge we may have more inspiration and passion, or desire to actually do much greater things in our lives. Perhaps, with such knowledge, we will truly glorify our God through our lack of fear (or even an abundant of fear of God.) I sense that we have a greater reverence for our God with all the knowledge we can muster up. With that knowledge that one day we will die, we can let loose of such fears and follow through with the unthinkable, unimagined, and the untried! Live life to the greatest possibilities that your life has to offer.

Love life and show that you love God by placing your life in His hands. Go beyond what has happened to you and live life with joy and a passion for God! But first, you must find that joy of your life, that passion you hold dearly, and that burning desire that drives you to go beyond your comfort zone!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Cancer: The War Without

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For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them. All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. ~Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 NKJV

The War Without is that which happens all around us, outside of us. Those nagging problems and details which hound us while we are attempting to keep a happier outlook on our battle before us…yet, we are attacked to no end on every other front within our lives! There is no getting around it…IT IS A FORM OF HELL, to say the very least.

murphys+lawWithin one to two months, 3 family members, which I love dearly have been diagnosed with cancer. One is going through treatments, one has since passed and was buried (3 weeks from diagnosis to death), the other is weighing their options. Then that wasn’t bad enough…a tornado strikes causing not just havoc within our lives but also within the community. There are several other things, but as with any other war…there are battles on every front, regardless of your beliefs with all of these situations. Sometimes you can look at this and swear that this isn’t just Murphy’s law attacking, but perhaps it is a reckoning! But with Murphy’s Law, if you are a Murphy, you at least have genealogy to blame it all on…eh? (Humor…keep it up, because it is the best medicine!)

God did not promise us an easy or pleasant life, nor a comfortable one. He promised us a life of pain, suffering, toil, sweat and hard work & labor (Genesis 3:14-19). ALL the days of our lives. We are never intended to retire, but to labor. Our purpose is to glorify the Living God who created us! As mentioned previously, we, as well as those who do not believe, have the sun rein down on our brows, the rain fall down on our heads…in God’s eyes we are the same, in that, He seeks us to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth! (1Timothy 2:1-4) And, really, it is all our fault. We, as the species of man, constantly want and want…covetousness of other things and other people’s things. It is in our nature to want more than we have, because it seems as though everyone else has better stuff.

On average, I would guesstimate, that the average household spends 30-50% of their inc-expincome wastefully. Yeah, my guess. This is why so many homes are over extended in their finances. Of course, it does not help that the government entices, as well as every other big corporation, each of us to buy some product. Cable, for instance, I pay roughly $250/month. ($80 internet, $35 phone, $135 for cablevision.) $35 on a home phone…why?? With cellphone technology, why have a land line, anymore? Looking just at cable, I watch 2-3 shows weekly, my wife watches the same shows plus 2 others; so, 5 shows or channels. That equates to $27 per show or channel on a monthly basis. We as the species of man have a bad habit of becoming addicted to numerous things that tend to be unnecessary. Can we relax without such things…yes, but we enjoy our stuff and our down time too much! Enough with that, gone off the rails a bit…

God made us promises, Jesus even promised us to ask in His name and it would be given to us. (John 14:14) And then after we ask and do not receive…we wonder why that is? (James 4:3) Guess what, there is a caveat with that asking part. We must be in the will of God! Of course, it only took me 55 years to learn all this…the things you wish you had learned while you were younger and could do much greater things, hmmmmmmm…

The point being, that regardless of believing or not believing in God, we are the same in God’s eye. Each day is a new day to start afresh and make a new commitment to be better as a believer. A new commitment to seek out the God who created us and to serve Him with a loyal heart and a willing mind. (1Chronicles 28:9) God is there, waiting for each and every one of us! Our problem is that we are to damned lazy and proud. Would that by itself make our lives easier, now because we were promised a life of toil, labor, and sweat as was mentioned before. But our mindset must change to now how we can be rewarded in this life, but the prize at the end of our lives upon our judgement for our eternity. The Apostle Paul wrote:

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 1Corinthians 9:25

The Apostle Paul also wrote this:

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1Thessalonians 4:17

In the end, the end game (so-to-say) is what we seek…or should be seeking, as Christians and followers of Jesus the Christ. Knowing that we are in turmoil should not be a problem. Some say when everything is going well…we should be a little concerned, then. When we are not doing things to Glorify God and further His work, all is going well…YOU end up doing the work of the evil one, the anti-Christ. BEWARE!

Keep something in mind, when you don’t have cancer…everything is serious in your eyes. But when you hear a doctor say the C-word while he is talking about you, to you, everything takes a back seat. EVERYTHING! Nothing matters, excepting your soul eternal. Everyone handles these things differently, as no one has done it or gone through it before.

Do you have a friend with cancer? Be there for them! Be the friend that they can count on during this tumultuous time in their life. There are those who cannot speak to their friend with cancer, because they do not know what to say. It is weird, they will look right at you and when you look they will turn their head as though they never saw you.

Are you a friend? A true friend?? Speak with them about what they are going through. Help them if they need it. Offer to assist or cook meals. Speak with them about their salvation.

“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell Penn_t1024or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward–and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself–how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

“I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.” ~ Penn Jillete, Penn & Teller

I pray that you will seek out a deeper friendship! With your friends, neighbors, etc.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Cancer: The War Within

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Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity. Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.~Ecclesiastes 8:10-13

We may never know, while living, why things work as they do, or why God has chosen for one to be inflicted with cancer. Or, for that matter, why healings are not happening to truly spread the belief of God’s truer power throughout the known world. We are each faced with the immense possibility (or possibilities) that we will die, some day; however, how?, why?, when?, will we be judged?, is God real? These things come to our mind, not necessarily in this order, and others my have other thoughts come to their minds. I am of the mind, if you have been following this blog, that God is real and we will be judge in the eternal finality of our lives and the universe.

The existence of moral evil must ever remain the greatest of the world’s mysteries: and it is idle to imagine that we can remove entirely the difficulty which we feel in its regard. ~SJ Joyce & George Hayward, “Principles of Natural Theology”

While this statement refers to moral evil, specifically, in general it is also speaking of evil, as a whole. And of course, Saint Thomas Aquinas’ answer will never be popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true:

ALL PEOPLE WILL GLORIFY GOD – those in Heaven glorify God’s mercy, those in Hell glorify God’s justice. Thus, even those in Hell fulfill the very purpose of creation.

These are things that people wrestle with when they are confronted with their demise. They will never experience the scent of a rose, the kiss from a loved on, something as simple as a cup of coffee or tea. Never again will they breath in a breath of fresh air.

But this begs the question, is cancer evil by its own nature?

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According to the National Cancer Institute, “Cancer arises from a loss of control over normal growth control. In normal tissues, the rates of new cell growth and old cell death are kept in balance. In cancer, this balance is disrupted. This disruption can result from uncontrolled cell growth or loss of a cells ability to undergo ‘apoptosis.’ Apoptosis, or ‘cell suicide,’ is the mechanism by which old or damaged cells normally self-destruct.” (ref: What Is Cancer?)

That being said, cancer is not in and of itself an evil, per se. However, what it accomplishes is a perceived evil by stealing our loved ones from our presence. It accomplishes precisely what it was designed to do. In a sense, a good cell gone bad, so-to-say. And having gone awry, that cell tends to overtake the body in order to kill the living cells around it.

But there is something much deeper going on with The War Within and that is the spiritual warfare that is waged upon us. Consider this:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. ~Ephesians 6:12 NKJV 

And through such war being waged against our spirit, it also attacks our beliefs and our faith. We come to a point of doubting ourselves and God…or for that matter, our very belief in God. Which is troublesome, in that, many believe that doubt to be sinful. But I would contend that doubt is but a test of our very faith and moral fiber. (ref: On Christian Doubt, I’m A Doubting Thomas) Sometimes the only way to strengthen your faith is to actually test it and push it’s very limits. Our God is a big enough God that He can understand our troubles, and Jesus very well can…since, Jesus was God in human form.

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IF you believe in God, then you believe miracles are possible. IF you believe in God, then you believe that He drives us to do something better with ourselves. (i.e., fulfilling a purpose, glorifying Him, etc.) IF you believe in God, then you believe He is in control of all things for His glory. While we may not understand it, at the time of it’s happening, but we can trust His judgement. IF you believe in God, then you believe He will strengthen you in your time of need.

But there is another War Within…that being the growth of the cancer cluster itself. This is the battle for your life and for your faith, at the same time. While pondering and thinking on the one you may neglect the other. They are integral, in a manner of speaking. The cancer, or battle for your life, will test your faith, your very belief in God and the bible. And the beliefs you hold to be true and right will test the very fiber of your belief(s) about your own life. Man is a fearsome & a fearful animal; but in this matter, he is always fearful of the unknown(s) in his life.

While going through this very battle for your life, you may experience the very test of your life. You will see what your are made of, shortcomings included. We each experience these things in various ways, but cancer becomes a familial test of strength. Such as:

  • Is family really important in my life?
  • Is God first and foremost in my life?
  • Are they really my family?
  • Are they really my friends?

Now the question is this, which do you have control over? Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery are between the surgeon and the insurance companies. On the other hand, on the spiritual side of life it is between you and your Creator. Just as with sin, it is for you to rule over!

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 NKJV

We must rule over and control our minds, thoughts, and presence all for God’s glory! For our purpose is to glorify God, hence we must control ourselves in all situations.

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May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Character

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I was reading several articles on-line concerning character and character traits. Many interesting ideas, but quite valid and handy, in my opinion. We each have our own beliefs about what are good character traits that we should possess; perhaps even desire. As we grow older we find that we needed many different traits, but failed to realize such and also failed to instill them as good habits. They say, “Youth is wasted on all the wrong people.” I tend to agree with that and believe it even stronger now, while in my youth challenged state. Perhaps, I can learn something new in my elderly status…or, perhaps, I am simply reminding myself that in this respect I must live vicariously through others who happen to be far more youthful than I.

Character traits are those things that make you stand out to a crowd of people. It is what you might deem to be a bright yellow highlighting of you among the rabble of black and white words on a page…helping you become noticeable to others, in order to stand out for memory’s sake. For instance: being on-time for an interview is a character trait a business seeks in it’s new hires; thinking fast on your feet or in less than optimal circumstances is another trait others seek; courtesy and chivalry are other traits that people desire to see in others that they come in contact with; kindness toward others and toward animals;..and the list can go on,  etc.

In order to better ourselves, we need to assess our present character traits and decide if they need to be better than they are presently, or if we must replace some traits with other traits. We each go through this at some point in time, thus allowing us to expand our horizons and better ourselves! Not just for our own sake, but for the sake of humanity and the betterment of society. God tugs at our heart from time to time insisting that we better ourselves; unfortunately, in God’s eye, we have a plethora of changes that need to be made!

In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. In his autobiographytp, Franklin listed his thirteen virtues.  Benjamin Franklin spent one week on each trait, then switched to the next one in the list. Upon completion of each on the list (i.e., 13 traits in 13 weeks,) he would start the list all over again. In one year’s time you can go through the list 4 times. While these are not necessarily the only traits within the context of the bible, but Benjamin Franklin  found them to be the best ones for himself. But, in this respect, we each must find such a path for ourselves, because we each handle things differently than others. In fact, some of us may have a longer list of virtues to create as character traits we desire to possess, other might have a shorter list.

Good character traits can be learned, as they are simply good habits of an outward and caring nature toward others. In the blog post of “God’s Ten Commandments versus Jesus’ Two Commandments“, on May 8th, 2017, I had explained about Jesus’ Two Commandments to us, explaining the nature of such commands. Their simplicity is what makes them so great! In essence, we love God by our outward show of love toward Him. Which is done by our actions of honoring His commandments, showing our gratefulness by giving our tithes and offerings, by also treating our fellow neighbors with love and honoring our word that we may give when we strike a deal or bargain. The simplicity of Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37-40 are as such:

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

We are witnessing, in present day, the demise of character within the millennial community; as well as within society as a whole. The majority of millennials are under the belief that all things should be handed to them, even when they have lost the battle or election. They believe the government owes them something (a job, free education, free healthcare, etc.) They have been taught, indoctrinated really, to believe and understand facts that don’t exist in our history. We are also witnessing the demise of American history, soon to be revised within the history books…a sad chapter in our future history books. Think about this for a bit…Robert E. Lee’s monument is being removed, Jefferson Davis’ monument is being removes, Confederate monuments are being removed, and the Ten Commandments monument was removed by order of the US Supreme Court. This sanitizing of our history, good or bad as it may have been, is a purposeful destruction of what actually happened in our history. This will at some point in time, should I gamble on this,  be scrubbed from the history books in favor of a more likeable historical write-up?

The sad truth is this, character is built upon all of the good and the bad, together! We are human and thus we make mistakes. If we are smart, we will learn from those GeorgeSantayanaQuote1mistakes and use those weaknesses in order to become stronger and wiser. History, good or bad, is there to remind us where we did things right and those things we did wrong. By remembering history, we are reminded never to let such bad things ever happen again. Unfortunately, we as humans are a stupid race and if we are not reminded from time to time of our mistakes…we will repeat them! Sadly, yes we will.

Character is built as you are growing up by watching your parents. As your relationship with your parents wane away your character is developed partially by your peers and your heroes.

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Character is something we build up over the years. It is, for the most part, trial and error. But if we are wise, or shall I say if we grow in wisdom, our character traits of our older age will be better than when we were growing up and maturing. There is one place I believe you can truly gain the wiser wisdom to learn from and that is the Bible and the text within that cumulative set of writings. Based upon the wisdom and writings of over 50 authors, written over the span one thousand five hundred years. And if you think about it, our thoughts are not original in the least. Though the technology may change, the basis of most, if not all, thoughts is not original to us. They are synthetic changes on something that has happened in the past.

In order to change the society in which we live, for the better, we must first ourselves possess the character traits and leadership traits to lead other to make all of the necessary changes. Prayers is our starting point…on our knees in reverence to God seeking His will to accomplish His greatest good. We as Christians, must take on the roles to necessary to accomplish what must be done. Such as: Teaching and education positions, leadership and political position, law enforcement and first responder positions, etc. We need to stop cow-towing down to these other people of other faiths, or non-faiths if you will, and stand up for the will of God and to become know as lovers of Jesus.

What will you be known best for by all your fiends? I would like to be known as a person who loves God and a sharer of the faith! What about you??

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

God’s Ten Commandments versus Jesus’ Two Commandments

What are the differences? How can the “supposed” Son of God change the commands of God? Or, did He change them??? Let us look into this, it has always been on my mind and have not researched or even sought an answer…

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So, it is agreed, for the sake of this discussion that God did give to Moses, His servant, the Ten Commandments for Israel to adhere to and follow all the days of their lives and they were first given in Exodus 20:1-17 NKJV.

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And Jesus came along and gave us the Greatest Commandment in Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV, which is derived from Deuteronomy 6:1-3 NKJV.

Consider, for a moment or two, that there was a reason that Jesus simplified that which was already simple. How so, you might ask? Well, let’s take a good look:  The Jews were reminded that the Lord God lead them out of Egypt and the land of bondage.And the Sabbath was/is on a Saturday.

It is my contention that the Ten Commandments were, specifically geared toward the Jewish people, the very chosen people of God, Himself! Whereas, the modified Greatest Commandment was aimed toward the Jews but moreso in preparation for the Gentiles to adopted into the family of God.

As Christians, or sons and daughters who are adopted into the family of God (adoptive Jews, so to say) we were not lead from Egypt, we celebrate the Lord’s day on Sunday as it was the day upon which Jesus rose from the dead. Also, under the laws work was very specifically defined, such as walking beyond straight from one’s home to the synagogue was considered labor and other things as such. Jesus called out the Sanhedrin and Pharisees on such hypocrisies.

The Lord gave the Jews the land of milk and honey, i.e. Israel. While all of this world is the Lord’s, and everything therein…the land we live on was not given to us as the land (nation of Israel) was given to the Jews. While we can debate upon this matter, to a certain extent, we have not had to battle to maintain our land in our possessions as the Jewish people continue to do.

As I do think it a moot point that Jesus made the Lord simplified the Commandments which we are to live by, in that you either love God or you do not. Can we agree on that point, at least?

Let’s look at the Greatest Commandment which Jesus simplified for us:

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”~Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV

  • First of all, Jesus stated that “You shall love the Lord“, which makes these two commands individualistic and personal. Meaning they are demanded of each and every one of us who follow the Christ. No if’s, and’s, or but’s. We are to do so by choice, not by force
    • We are to love Him “with all our heart“, which means we are to be sincere in our love toward God. After all, God can see our hearts and therefore love is the first and great thing that we should devote to him.
    • We are to love Him “with all our soul“, which means the soul must be engaged for him, and all things carried out toward and for Him and for His glory.
    • We are to love Him “with all our mind“, which means God gave us a mind with which to think things out and to reason with. That said, we must glorify God with our power of thought and reason. We must use our minds to learn all we can of God and to pass that on towards others; thereby, to mentor and disciple others.
    • To love God as the One True and Only God and Creator of all, is the greatest test of all. After all, do you truly believe such a thing? And do you truly show your love toward God? Only you can answer such a question and you know that God can see your heart.
    • You love the Lord God when you honor Him, when you hold Him in the highest esteem because you know & believe that He created you and placed the breath of life in your nostrils. You honor God when you place nothing else before yourself in order to worship or love as your creator.
    • If you honor God daily, is there a necessity to have a special day? Good question, and each of us will have an opinion on such a subject. However, it cannot hurt to honor God on Sundays, despite your honoring Him everyday. Every day which you wake and rise with the breath of life in you…is, after all, a day of the Lord…is it not??

Some people make each concept (heart, soul, & mind) to denote one and the same thing, to love him with all our powers; others differentiate each term; the heart, soul, and mind, are the will, affections, and understanding. Our love of God must be a sincere love, and not in word and tongue only, as theirs is who say they love him, but their hearts are not with him. In my opinion, the Lord Jesus inferred that each term should be understood on their own merit(s) and as the sum of their merit(s), together. It is always wise to look at them from every angle possible, as God did grant us a mind to reason with.

  • Secondly, Jesus commanded us to …love your neighbor as yourself.” Sound familiar? It ought to, that pesky Golden Rule that we were taught as children. To love one’s neighbor as one’s self we need to follow last five of the ten commandments:
    • Honoring our parents, while not our neighbors but they are those over us who are commanded to rear us up in the word of God and teach us all His ways. We are instructed to hold those in high regard who are our elders.
    • Murder, adultery, stealing, false witnessing, and coveting – these each affect those around us, our neighbors, friends, etc. We would not appreciate any of these things happening to us; therefore, we are not to treat others so heinously! Our civil society is based upon these things; in fact, our laws are based upon these things. You honor and glorify God when you love your neighbor as yourself.

Is one set of commandments any better than the other? No, I don’t think so. But the commandments from Jesus were the true cumulative effect of all the Old Testament Laws and words of the prophets brought together in one paragraph.

I hope you found this interesting and helpful. My prayer is that we all can affect change in society through our changes toward how we treat our neighbors. Godspeed to you all!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD