A time of war, And a time of peace. 

Everything Has Its Time

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
     And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

As written in this wise set of verses in Ecclesiastes, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…” Everything has a season & a purpose to occur. There is a time for everything under the sun and under heaven. It was once explained to me that without having infinite knowledge, we cannot know everything; hence, there may be a reason for everything and every occurrence but because of our lack of knowledge and inability to see the future and the past – the true reason for something happening might not be known or knowable for 10 years, 100 or even 1000 years, from now. Is this to mean that we are to understand that a person died for a reason that we cannot possibly know for 10, 100, or 1000 years from now? Not necessarily, but God does desire that each and every one of His creation be saved  and know the truth!

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~1Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV

We see  throughout the biblical text that there are times for everything to happen, war, peach, birth, death, suffering joy, anger, forgiveness, etc. Each and everything occurs in it’s appropriate time. God uses man’s fellow man to chastise him or his enemy (i.e., war.) At other times we are called to protect or defend the weak (also a form of military action.) However, these actions can be personal, or individual. Meaning You, or I, may be called to defend someone who is weaker than we.

Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.

~Psalm 82:3-4 NKJV

We can also see it this way as described by Paul, the Apostle:

And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.~1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 NKJV

We are called to aid those who cannot help themselves. Sometimes we are the only one available to help a person. Help with a word of caution, or a word to build them up; admonish them, or guide them. We sometimes can help with but a word. Be wise in how you speak to others. This is why we study the bible and the doctrines within. Because with those words we speak we can be either the starter of war, or we can be the diffuser of chaos and calm things down. Words have started many a war in days long gone by. Now-a-days, that is not as big of a problem. Although, on a more individual level a word can be the difference between a friendship or a fight. There is a time for such things and we each learn from our misguided steps in any direction. At least we hope to learn from our mistakes and misguided notions, but that is not always the case!

He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

~Proverbs 17:27 NKJV

It pays to be a man of wisdom and of great learning; however, the greatest of learning comes from our experiences from our past actions, both good and bad. Often we learn good decision making skills from the bad decisions from our past. It is quite the conundrum.

Often, our warriors have a battle waged within their hearts and minds, which is called PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury.) Each possess it’s own problems and their individual discussions are best left to those who are either those who have experienced the problems or are medical persons with the technical learning and expertise with those injuries. There are a great many other problems out there which touch on these subjects, but for brevity I will leave it there.

While there is a time for all things, that does not necessarily mean that those things are good for all that are involved. It has been said that if everyone in the world saw the true cost of war, there would be no more war.

War is hell and those that must bear the brunt of the loss, are often not seen and not always acknowledged. We send our sons and daughters off to war and those that return as cargo destroy us; but there are those who return less than what they were, because they cannot come to terms with the fact that they survived and their buddies did not…many of whom, sadly, commit suicide.

War is a terrible thing, but do we have the infinite knowledge required to truly and definitively say that it was an unjust war? We must take solace in the knowledge that God used our children for some greater purpose. That our sons and daughters are in a better place that no longer has sorrow or pain. And that all their tears have been wiped away.

It is my belief that so long as man populates this world, there will be war and killing. Man, while he has the desire for peace, he also has the affinity for troubles and problems. As we grow older, hopefully wiser, we seek something better. We will always need someone to go in and keep the peace or finish the war, internationally or domestically. So, support your troops and military, support your police (state, county, & city). There are bad people, but remember not all are bad!

We all need support from others at any given point in time, they need it always! God uses all of us and God uses them for His divine purpose and plan.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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The law of the Lord is perfect


The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. ~Psalm 19:7-11
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

The law of the Lord is perfect. That is an observation on my part. Why would I say such a thing, despite the fact that I do not have an eternal mind, with an eternal memory of all things, as well as an everlasting and all-knowing knowledge of all things?

Firstly, God created me. I did not come to such a conclusion lightly, but through much deliberation and through much thought and research. IF God did create me then He has a right, and an obligation, to guide me. Leading me through prayer and the Holy Spirit and through His eternal word, the Bible.

Secondly, if we should follow logic and if we are created by something external to us and is not bound by the laws of physics and nature (which also was created, presumably by the same eternal being, which I will call God,) then  such a being is permitted, possibly mandated, to guide and teach us what is right and what is wrong.

Consider a clay jar. If you make a clay jar, you as it’s creator can do with it as you please. You can use it for any one of a number of intended purposes. You can stow it away and never use it. You can smash it and trash it as you please.

The beauty about God, our Creator, is the fact that he forces nothing upon us. We are taught right from wrong and we are promised one human life. BUT we are not forced to make all the “right” decisions. We are granted the gift of choice. We can each choose to make the right choice based upon God’s Word, or we can choose to make the inappropriate choice and turn toward sin. We choose! And therefore, when we are judged by God at the end of our days, we are judged on those choices that we have made all along the way. That is why God did not create drones who just acknowledged Him and said yes all of the time. God desired US, each of us to choose His ways and to follow Him, willingly! And we should desire to do so and to please our maker, because we are blessed to have what we have. The breath of life, our health, a home to live in, a family, etc. It is not all about money and things, though we tend to go off the rails a bit and think so.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple ~Psalm 19:7 NKJV

Assuming that the One who created each and every one of us is perfect, then it would stand to reason that His very word and His law (which is based upon His word) are both also perfect. Perfect because it is external to us and is, therefore, objective with respect to us. The laws put forth are guides for us to glorify our creator and to fulfill our perfect purpose and His will for us. Throughout the Old Testament there were 613 individual laws for us to follow. King David pared that down to approximately 15 laws for we all to follow. Malachi widdled that down to 3 laws or commands to follow and Jesus further cut the commands down to 2 commandments of God in order to keep true to the laws of God.

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 22:37-40 NKJV

The Commands of God for us to follow and show ourselves to be the beacons of Christianity, Hope, Love, and portray the love of Christ to all. All we need to do is follow what Jesus spoke to us and mandated us to show all others on this earth the way to Him. If we truly show our love to God with all our heart, soul, and mind and follow on with loving our neighbors as if we were showing love to ourselves, or as we would like to be treated. It was said that Mother Theresa loved everyone. When she looked into the face of others she was looking into the eyes of Christ with each and every person.

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; This is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

That is quite a subservient position to take as a Christian, as a servant of Christ.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Is abortion the wrath of God realized in the reality of today, or is it the wrath of man for the unborn? After all, we each have our own perspective on this rather controversial subject. There is literally no one out in the world today who has absolutely no opinion on this subject, even if they were to defer it as a women’s subject for discussion. A non-opinion is an opinion! (A bad opinion, I might add, but it is an opinion!)

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We have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the very hand of God who created each and every one of us. Whether you choose to believe this, or not. Each of us is created in such a way that we are similar, but we are unique in comparison. Yet, we are created in God’s image:

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ~Genesis 1:27 NKJV

So, do we infer from this that God makes mistakes? No, not at all! Each of us is the way we are suppose to be, barring any decisions that we ourselves make during the course of our lives…which can be and tend to be the mistakes which we will generally blame on God. Also, we have numerous assaults upon our person while we are growing up, which can also mold our psyche as we mature & develop. Consider the transgenderism dilemma today, the gay issues, the man’s mind in a woman’s body, the “non-binary” and gender fluidity mentality, etc.

Those of us who believe in God, the One True God and Creator of all things, hold to the belief that Moses put forth in the Book of Genesis:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  ~Genesis 2:7 NKJV

And the words that King David put forth in order to explain to the reader of his Psalm or to clarify to himself:

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. ~Psalm 139:13-18 NKJV 

And the words that described how God formed us by the Prophet Jeremiah:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” ~Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

We were created for a specific purpose! What was that purpose? Good question, although it is a different answer for each person; however, we each have something in common and that is to glorify God! However, we are also given gifts by God in order to a great number of other things. Sing in order to entertain, play an instrument to entertain, the ability to act, the ability to teach or research in order to transpire information or educate others, and so much more…all to the end of glorifying God. Some are doctors and others are nurses. Some are policemen, others are firemen, and still others are EMTs as first responders in order to aid the public and each to the end result of glorifying God. God places at our fingertips a number of qualities in order to aid those around us, both to help them and to glorify God in the long run! Of course, with others it is a long road to find those specific traits and qualities in order to aid others and glorify God. Sometimes it is a short path and other times it is a very long arduous trek, but in the scheme of things it is all well worth it. Moses spoke of such things, at least inferred it in the Book of Exodus:

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship ~Exodus 31:3 NKJV

We are each promised, in essence, that we will be given the wisdom, understanding, knowledge, or abilities of workmanship through the Spirit of God in order to carry our our abilities to Glorify God and aid those around us.

So as we move onward, to understand we are fearfully and wonderfully made which infers we have been created for a specific reason. Abortion, on the other hand, is simply, in my opinion, a vehicle for eradicating a perceived mistake. With the advent of removing God from our schools and society, prayer and blessings from our everyday actions and furthermore the destruction of the atomic family (the central core of the American dream, if you will) YOU steer man away from his very central purpose of pleasing and glorifying God and replacing such with the pleasing and feeding the new god of men, government and big business. Now your purpose is to consume (making business happy by buying and spending the money you do not have) and to work hard in order to pay your taxes (thereby, feeding the new god, government, with your money. This blog post, as many others are never meant or intended to be or get political. BUT they are intended to make you think about what you do…to please God or self? How you spend your time…for God or self?

We truly need to get back to focusing on God in our lives, spending our time pleasing and glorifying HIM and not ourselves. Teaching others to do the same. Steering our society into doing the very same in order to get us, as a society, community, and as a country, back on track in order to bring this country back to serving the God that formed it and ourselves, as well!

 

 

As Liz Wheeler mentioned in the video above, where will it end? There is some point in time, or so I hope and pray, where common sense will take hold in the minds of those at the helm. If not, perhaps you or I should become those leaders that refuse to actually lead, if it be God’s will. I tend to be of the mind that if we are to lead that God would place a passion, a desire, or a burden on our heart to do something…despite the fear that we have for doing so. The urge will become far stronger than the fear that is ever-present.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Stereotyping Others

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“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. ~Mark 9:38-41 NIV

“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” ~Luke 9:49-50 NIV

This should tell us that we are not to stereotype our brothers and sisters in Christ. We each separately have a gift to share or aid in the glorifying of Jesus and fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. Though Mark and Luke were not direct Apostles and followers of Jesus, they had access to Apostles that were directly following Christ. Mark was mentored by the Apostle Peter and Luke was mentored by the Apostle Paul; and if that is not good enough for you, Luke was with the Apostle Paul when he met with the Apostles. We should feel quite comfortable learning from each Apostle and accepting of the historicity of the words presented by each forefather of the Christian faith. So, both of these accounts have the authority of research and knowledge of those who witnessed and followed Jesus.

While we disagree with those who profess another faith, yet they follow Christ…who are we to stereotype or compare them to others who may be preaching heretical teachings or pushing  heretical doctrines which are not promoted in the biblical text? Should we not leave certain matters to God’s judgement and follow the path in which we teach God’s mighty and glorious word? Is that not our primary purpose?

Do not misunderstand me, there are times that we must, absolutely must, stop heretical teachings in their tracks and stand up against the perpetrators of such nonsense and false teachings! We are all called into the priesthood, so-to-say:

…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ~1 Peter 2:5 NIV

“…because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” ~Revelation 5:9-10 NIV

Our purpose is to glorify God and be priests of the One True and Living God! And how is it that we accomplish such a thing?? Study of the word. Study of theology. Study and memorization of scriptures. Study on subjects of evangelizing and apologetics, as well as logic. Study on the subject concerning the proofs of God’s existence and those subjects related to the life of Jesus, reading as much as we can by our forefathers within the Christian community. For example, I may not agree with the doctrines of any particular church, or faith, but their forefathers within the church may have written a treasure trove of information on the understanding of any particular subject which we are studying at that moment. Do not cast aside something written by a man of our past just because he was a member of, part of the history of, a particular church or theology. It is up to us to read and learn as much as possible, and by God’s understanding and discerning Spirit we must decide for ourselves if the information is worthy to be used and remembered.

Use it or Lose It ImageWe are called to serve God! I imagine there is no simpler way to put it. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are our Master. Notice I did not say Masters, because we are speaking of the Trinity…but that is for another blog posting! And we are called to serve with our gift(s) that God has provided us. Some of us have but one gift and there are others who have been blessed with more than one gift to use. Some are blessed with a gift and another is given to replace that gift to further serve to His Glory! Our problem is that many of us do not pay attention to what our gift(s) is/are and if not used to glorify Him, they subside and wane away.

I would like to think that my Gift is writing, but sometimes I wonder. But I believe I am fulfilling my purpose as a person called to the royal priesthood. There are times you just aren’t certain that you have what it takes to fulfill God’s purpose in your life until you start doing that thing which is tugging at your heart’s strings. There may be something else that I will be lead to do another time down the road, who is to say? Until then, I will continue to accomplish my writing, blogging, and posting and pray I am accomplishing God’s will and that I glorify Him in all that I do…despite all of my failures in His eyes.

Instead of stereotyping people, we should take this to heart where Jesus said:

Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? ~ Luke 12:57 NIV

The only person we should comparing to anyone or to anything is ourselves! We should compare ourselves to the words of God and the actions Jesus had taken. As Jesus had been our Godly example of how to act.

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. ~John 13:15 NIV

If we compare ourselves to another, what makes us think that he or she is doing what is right in God’s sight? Of course, we can compare ourselves to Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, etc. we have the possibility that we are fairing better than they, in God’s sight. But where in the bible does it say that only these people do not go to heaven? And in one theological frame of reference, noting the book of James, sins being equal before God (being repulsive and abhorrent) we are separated from God when we sin; regardless of how we sin!

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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

There are several different ideas on cancer and this is mine. There are several battles that are going on with respect to the cancer that grows in a person, and they are: The mental battle, the spiritual battle, and the physical battle…these are the war within a person. All of these battles within you comprise the war for survival.

The mental battle is, quite honestly, in tow with the spiritual battle within you. Mentally you find it difficult to believe that you have cancer, let alone you must fight to survive. You are wondering how to maintain a positive outlook despite the horrific things you will endure and what you have heard.

The spiritual battle is along the same lines but on a differing plane of reality. You find yourself doubting your faith (we tend to do this naturally, without the help of cancer.) How can you believe a God who is good could allow such a thing to happen to anyone, let alone you?

And let us not forget the physical battle. Where something, some group of cells wages war upon the rest of you living body. It’s purpose is to over-take, conquer and destroy your living body until there is no more life left.

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You either have known, or know, someone with cancer. Either they are fighting for their lives, or they have given up the fight and are awaiting their final breath. You may know someone who has died from it, or you watched them take their final breath. Perhaps, you witnessed the miracle where that person you know, or someone you knew, survived against all of the odds according to the doctor’s assessments.

But keep in mind, not all hope is lost! With God all things are possible. Also, IF you believe God exists, then miracles are possible. And IF you believe miracles are possible, then you can overcome anything in your path. Does God promise us an easy path toward our success? Not at all! As even the most difficult paths can be the most rewarding because of all the obstacles that were overcome along the way. I was purported that Thomas Alva Edison had 10,000 failures along the path to create the light bulb. However, he would say throughout history that he did not fail ten thousand times, but found ten thousand ways and methods that just didn’t work. It is much the same with our mind set, as we have a terrible problem of tucking our tails and running when things go awry. You truly have to have a very strong heart and mind to fight a battle of life and death…life is not for wimps!

I was reading a book recently entitled, “Anticancer: A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber. In which he described cancer as a war against you body, by your body. In essence, if I read and understood correctly, your body produces cells of inflammation and they continue to grow in numbers and eventually create a necrosis of cells, or in cells. As the affected area grows, and during this time your body is fighting against this inflammation by way of producing white cells. There comes a point in time where your body, or brain, tells your body to stop producing these army of white cells because it has (or should have) produced enough white cells to fight the infection and affected are. When in reality it has not. Eventually your body stops fighting all together because at some point in time your body accepts this invader as part of your body. It was also acknowledged within this book that if you give up all hope in the fight for life, your body will follow suit!

The spreading of cancer is much like the dandelion going to seed. You know how it starts off with just one dandelion in your yard and then it seeds and multiplies within days, perhaps a week, or more? It starts off as a small force and build momentum until it takes over the entire host.

Your mind and spirit are all part of this fight for survival. 

The part in the movie “BALBOA,” the last installment of the Rocky series, where Rocky is talking to his son really describes the ability to keep on fighting really rings a bell (really, no pun intended here!) It is truly inspirational and hits home in heart, mind, and soul!

All to often, I have seen the horrors of cancer and it’s ability to wreak havoc on people’s lives. And quite honestly, cancer is something that should wreak havoc on your life…we need that kind of wake-up call in our lives, at times for some of us. Don’t misunderstand me…I do not believe for an instant that anyone truly deserves such a heinous disease. But as was spoken by Job to his wife:

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

And, to say the very least, cancer is no small thing in one’s life. It is no small adversity! My father died of cancer in 1989, my mother in 2012, and others have fought and survived; others fought and lost the war. It is all around us and others are either surviving the battle or succumbing to the battle waged upon them. I watched my father give up the instant that he was told that the radiation had not shrunk the tumor. He died right then and there, his body followed suit many months later. My mother, on the other hand, fought and survived for two years. Funny as it may seem, this is not unusual. Women, according to a study written about many years ago, stated that they had a greater propensity to fight because they sought to see their children married, their grandchildren, etc. Men are not built that way, mentally.

For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. ~Ecclesiastes 9:5 NKJV

I was speaking with a nurse recently, she and I were discussing the phone calls for donations, etc. and we essentially came up with the same conclusion. And that was that it seems as though the world sees breast cancer as the only cancer that needs donations. Almost every call I have received was for breast cancer, nothing for lung, nothing for pancreatic, nothing for kidney, brain, leukemia, etc., etc. It is not all about breast cancer! There are other forms of the debilitating disease out there.

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As I have mentioned in past blog posts, we were born to die. Had Adam and Eve not screwed things up we potentially could have lived for a very long long time, if not forever. Is cancer a condemnation of our sins? I cannot say that for certain, but I do believe that cancer is something that is associated with degrading genetics. And it follows to believe, or understand, that our genetics are degrading from one generation to the next. If you believe the bible to be true, people lived for hundreds of years, now we are doing well to make it to retirement age of 65 +/-.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD