Alabama Supreme Court Rules Unborn Baby is a Person

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Original Article

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a woman who claims her doctor caused her to have a miscarriage by administering an abortion-inducing drug can proceed.

Kimberly Stinnett’s usual doctor was reportedly out the day of her appointment. Karla Kennedy, the doctor who was filling in that day, believed that Stinnett had an ectopic pregnancy since she had had one previously. Thus, Kennedy decided to administer methotrexate, a drug that, as the court noted, is “intended to cause the end of the pregnancy.”

However, when Stinnett’s usual doctor, William Huggins, examined her pregnancy via ultrasound, he found that Stinnett did not have an ectopic pregnancy after all, but instead had a normal intrauterine pregnancy. He said that Stinnett’s pregnancy was now doomed to fail, however, quite possibly from the methotrexate.

A few weeks later, as predicted, Stinnett suffered a miscarriage. She then took her case against Kennedy to court, alleging that the doctor had unnecessarily ended a viable pregnancy.

The initial court dismissed the case, but when Stinnett appealed her case to the Alabama Supreme Court, it was ruled that her case stands and must be heard in the lower court.

The court’s decision to allow Stinnett’s case to proceed has significant implications for the pro-life movement since they based their decision on the belief that Kennedy had possibly contributed to a homicide–meaning that Stinnett’s unborn baby was a person and not simply a fetus.

“The use of the viability standard established in Roe [Roe v. Wade] is incoherent as it relates to wrongful-death law because, among other reasons, life begins at the moment of conception. The fact that life begins at conception is beyond refutation,” wrote Judge Thomas Parker.

“Members of the judicial branch of Alabama should do all within their power to dutifully ensure that the laws of Alabama are applied equally to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, both born and unborn,” Parker added.

Click here to read our list of 13 states who have ruled that unborn babies are children.

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Publication date: January 3, 2017

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Judge Not?

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One of the most used scriptures in the Bible and yet one of the most misunderstood scriptures of the Bible.

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? ~Matthew 7:1-3 NKJV

Was this mandate to us by Jesus to not judge? No, this was mandated by Jesus for us to not judge outside of rightness. (Yes, that was spelled correctly!) Jesus, time and again, judged many times through the parables he used to teach others with, the Pharisees bringing the adulterous woman for judgement, the clearing out of the money-changers from the temple courtyard, etc.

All throughout the Bible there are references that infer, or blatantly speak of, making proper judgements. Are we perfect when we judge our children as we teach them to be honorable adults? Not a chance! Because none of us is good…no, not one! We are never perfect in this life, but from time to time we must make judgement.

While listening to Should Christians Judge Others? (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #81) I find much clarification to my ability to better understand this scripture. The fact that many of us, have a tendency to, take the scripture alone and not in the context with the Biblical text as a whole. This is why when we refer to a scripture we MUST always take it within the confines of the textual context of the Bible. Why, You may ask? IF the Bible is true and is the Word of God, THEN the Bible cannot be contradictory. That said, we must ensure that whatever we excerpt from the Bible must be in agreement with the remainder of the Bible. We tend to take the Biblical text out of it’s proper context.

Remember the adulterous woman who was brought before Jesus for His judgement? There were problems with this case, so-to-say, because the Pharisees did not bring the man with whom she committed adultery. Consider what the Old Testament say on the subject:

The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. ~Leviticus 20:10 NKJV

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Kind of funny, but it works for me! We are forever stuck on the ability to see what others are doing so wrong in their lives, yet we cannot see the the same problems (although they are much worse) in our own lives. We humans have this, apparently, as a super power. The hypocrisy in our lives is grand. As we grow older…I would like to think we become a little more wise. Like speaking without thinking, first. Leaping without looking, first. I think you get my drift.

The Apostle Paul placed it into perspective when he spoke:

Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God, and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.  ~Romans 2:17-24 NKJV

wwjdOur judgement should not be hypocritical, but rather wise and honest. IF we are to truly emulate Christ in our lives, in a representative way, THEN we must act out of love, truth, honesty, integrity, and how He would also act in that same situation. You remember the old WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) If we can keep this in our field of view and use it as a reminder, then it can help keep us on the right path. Just the same as if we would keep Biblical scripture on our minds while we live out our daily lives! It is a help, not perfect because we are fallible creatures, as mentioned above.

We are all destined to do great things for God, while we live out our lives. However, we must spend time in God’s word, the Bible. We must dedicate ourselves to God, yielding ourselves to Jesus. Hearing the word, accepting the word, repenting of our sins, being baptized, and evangelizing to all others. This is our purpose, our goal to enter into heaven. And to aid others to enter into heaven, or at least laying out the option before them. We need to go before others in love and honesty…despite our faults.

Everything that we need to do is laid out in the Bible…literally written out for us.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

Faith

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The faith I speak of in this blog post is our Faith in the Word which we believe and stake our souls eternal joy or eternal damnation on. Cold Case Christianity had some good episodes which touched on this subject between March and June 2016

Faith in the word, we need to look at the chain of custody, as well as our obligations and mandates from Jesus.

Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. ~John 7:7 NKJV

Did not the Christ tell us, our time is always ready? In that, could we not accept these words, by faith, that we are to do a great many things, as per the mandate from Christ in the Great Commission, as well as many other things! Are we not to share our faith, as the Apostle Peter warned us? (see 1 Peter 3:15)

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear    ~1 Peter 3:15 NKJV

New Testament chain of custody, which was reasonably researched and gleaned from church history and from the writings of those involved. I received this freely from Cold Case Christianity and pass it on to you that you may know the truth of the matter and the truth of the chain of custody of the Word of God.

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Also you can obtain other tidbits of info in other areas. Such as, for one, the Book of Isaiah was obtained and intact in the Qumran digs back in the 1946-1956, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Book of Isaiah in that archaeological find was 1000 years older than any other in hand at that time. I was transcribed and was shown to be 99% accurate. This one additional proof that the scribes that transcribed these important books of the Bible were carefully copied.

And when someone tells you that there is a bias…guess what? Everyone has a bias, no matter who they are. Christians desire it to be true and based upon the evidences, they atheist_teen_girlare true. Atheists want the Bible to be proven false. Which if you think about it…since they do not believe in God, they have no claim to truly argue about the Bible. The Bible is basically a manual of life’s moral requirements. I would argue that an Atheist possesses the position that since there is no God, all things are permissible. And if there is no God, why do they argue about a book inspired by someone they do no believe exists? We are reminded:

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God…” ~Psalm 14:1 NKJV

We show our love of God and Jesus through out lives and our daily habits. We each have a responsibility to God by loving Him! What was it that Jesus spoke?

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

So, how do we love God? We must have a clean heart. Remember what Jesus said,

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. ~Matthew 15:18-19 NKJV

Clear your heart of these things and you will be on the road toward righteousness.

Now how do you love God with your mind? Flood it with God’s word, commentaries on His word, study His word, memorize His word, etc. Our minds are meant to bee used for doing good and God’s works; such as, missions work, bible studies, discussions, evangelizing, defending God’s word, etc.

Now how do you love God with all your soul? Well, I thought Greg Simas had a great article, HOW TO LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, on this very subject:

  1. Love the Lord with all your soul by making godly choices.

  2. Love the Lord with all your soul by pursuing obedience to His Word.

  3. Love the Lord with all your soul by pursuing a life of humility in attitudes and speech.

To love the Lord with all your soul means to love Him in the way we live, in the choices we make, and in the behavior and lifestyle we adopt.

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We also need to look at something else and that is the martyrdom that had occurred with the other 10 Apostles. Judas hung himself so he does not count, John died of old age and again he does not count. But all the other Apostles died horrible and torturous deaths. Now the question that must be asked is this one: Would you die for something you did not believe in? Probably not, and it is highly probable that the Apostles were the same way. Also, their being martyred does not necessarily prove the Bible was true not that Jesus was the Son of God; however, it does prove that they believed what they taught and evangelized to the world. That is an important thing to remember!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

Where Is The Urgency In My Life & In My Heart?

Where is my sense of urgency?

Where is my desire to follow His Word?

Where is my sense of purpose?

Where is my joy of life?

Why shouldn’t I feel something different, or act differently?

Where is the burning desire in my heart?

These are but a few of the multitude of questions I ask God and myself when I am downtrodden and feeling as though I am taken to task. When it comes to God’s work, His word, our lives, our purpose, our vocation versus an avocation…we all should have a sense of urgency. Sadly, very few of us ever seem to portray nor act out such an urgency with respect to our purpose in this life. We each stand in the light of such judgement and we need to, each of us, begin acting with such urgency to carry out the Will of God who created each and everyone of us.

The Son of the Most High God, Jesus, the second leg of the Trinity, the Messiah, gave us a mandate for us to live our lives as examples to others. We are to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19 NKJV) And we are reminded that, “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15 NKJV) Hear me when I say this, it is not I but God who mandated these things, who inspired these things. We are reminded “Behold, I am coming quickly!..” (Revelation 3:11 NKJV) This in and of itself should call each of us to arms for the Lord’s purpose to evangelize the world, teach our neighbors, preach the word of God, and to learn the skills of apologetics based upon biblical historicity and the fine art of debate and argumentation based upon facts.

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There is a stairway to heaven offered to each of us; however, we will not walk such a path unless we repent before God and change our ways. As I have mentioned so many times before within the context of this blog site and I say it again:

the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” ~Genesis 8:21 NKJV

your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you…” ~Isaiah 59:2 NKJV

We, as the species of man, are evil. This is not because God created us, but rather because we have the right to choose. And again, as I have mentioned so many times before on this site, choice is the greatest gift and, at the same time, the greatest curse that we possess. From the very beginning we started out as good, but then we chose to do what was wrong in God’s sight. Of course we waited at least seven days, at least I assume that. If you doubt me, you might consider re-reading Genesis 3.

Urgency was experienced in man at that time. Urgency was experienced by those who built the ark and those who were trapped by the flood waters. Urgency was experienced by Abraham when he fought to save Lot from his captors. We are in a constant state of urgency, excepting when we are dealing with God’s word and our fellow man and his soul. We have, now-a-days, a greater sense of urgency to find a parking spot closer to the grocery store entrance than to speak to our fellow man about the love of Christ!

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I have been off the last 9 days from my job, vacation…or, stay-cation… I have done more to get certain things done around the house, as opposed to studying God’s word, or reviewing/learning God’s scriptures. It is a sad reality that we come in contact with as we reflect upon ourselves. But when such a reality slaps us in the face…what do we do about it? Most will blow it off as a bad feeling. There are others who will see it as a warning, of sorts. And still others will make a positive note of their failing and try to do better in the future…with an emphasis on doing better. Still, we have this tendency of failing.

This is one of my biggest failings, in that, I have always had a problem of applying what I have learned and placed it into actual action. I have several degrees, not boasting just noting that this failing of mine has held me back in many respects. Perhaps it is part of my generation (tail end of the “Baby Boomer” generation.) Perhaps it is how I was trained to do things and despite all that I have done to better my circumstances I have additionally failed to find my way out of this pit I have dug myself into. There are a plethora of possible answers to my dilemma, but no matter how you approach it or look at it…sooner or later you must apply what you have learned to get a little further beyond where you are at this particular time. Perhaps this was a way that God would use to hold me back until I was ready for what He had planned for me to do. All things are possible!

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28 NKJV

Then a whole new list of conundrum queries come to light while thinking of this scriptural reference.

  1. If I keep failing God, do I really love Him?
  2. How can I continue to love my God if I continue to sin?
  3. etc., etc., etc.

Trust me, there are more, but these are always at the top of my list of questions, but perhaps delving into these are meant for another blog post.

The basis of this post was to poke or prod you, as well as myself, into developing a sense of urgency on your life with God!

Godspeed, my friends!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

Where There Is Not Friendship, There Can Be No Fellowship

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Where there is not friendship, there can be no fellowship.  God and man cannot walk together, except they are agreed. We were reminded by the Prophet, Isaiah, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” ~Isaiah 59:2 NKJV

If we are not in agreement with God, then there is no way anything good can come of our endeavors. They will be for nought. Of course, the movie GOD’S NOT DEAD had a line in it from the mother who had Alzheimer’s Disease, but had a moment of clarity and spoke a veritable truth to her son who was all about himself.

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The line was rather truthful in it’s sentiment. Think on it for a moment. It is not very likely that you would look to, or for, God if everything was going your way. When things go wrong is when most turn to God, for a while until all goes well again. However, if you are blessed in such a way as if all things were going your way…it was all your doing and work…so why would you look to God??

You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” ~Amos 3:2 NKJV

The Prophet, Amos, warned the Israelites rather blatantly the warning of God. And the Prophet Ezekiel reminded us:

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me” ~Ezekiel 3:17 NKJV

As Christians, followers of Christ, we have been adopted into the family of God by and through Jesus:

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” ~Ephesians 1:5 NKJV

In so doing, we (Gentiles) were grafted into the olive tree. We are given an opportunity like no other! God was willing to wipe out the whole of the Israelite people and make a chosen nation from Moses. Upon the rejection of Christ by the Israelite people, as a whole, gave rise to such blessing that the Gentiles might be saved through Christ.

Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.” ~Deuteronomy 29:4 NKJV

For the Lord has poured out on you The spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.” ~Isaiah 29:10 NKJV

God has given us all the blessing of freewill, but this (as I have mentioned numerous times before) can also be a great curse upon us. We each have the ability to choose to follow the right path, or the wrong path, in our lives. God did not create us to be drones who blindly follow, but rather those who would choose to follow His ways and commandments. Even the angels had a certain amount of freewill choice, otherwise there would not have been such a great war…

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’“ ~Isaiah 14:12-17 NKJV

And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains” ~Revelation 6:13-15 NKJV

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. ” ~Revelation 12:7-17 NKJV

The moral of the blog is that we must be in agreement with God in order to walk with Him. By being contrary to God’s ways we are in a sinful state, which was the entire reason for Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation. There is no way that we can be perfection, as God requires. We are made perfect through Jesus’ sacrificial blood atonement. Choose the right path, choose God’s righteous ways…salvation is a gift offered to us…you can choose to accept it or you can deny it.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

We Failed To Follow God’s Admonition

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God gave us up to the vile passions of our hearts and minds (Romans 1:26), because we failed to follow His admonition of ruling over the evil and sin that lied at our door (Genesis 4:7). We always seek to blame some one else for our misdeeds, our improper conduct, our lies, our mistakes, etc. But our greatest problem is traced back to Adam & Eve, back in the Garden just prior to their eviction. We, as the species of man, are easily tempted and easily fail by giving in to our temporal desires, instead of withstanding the temptation  and maintaining our integrity with God and His Word. Genesis 3 is a great explanation of how man easily gives in to temporal pleasures, whether by one we trust or by our own failure to stand firm in God’s Word. It all comes down to us and a choice to take one path or another. I have always said that “choice” is both man’s greatest blessing and greatest curse. Sadly, the Bible is riddled with those who have made very bad choices and few who have made wise choices.

God once spoke with Cain and told him rather plainly,

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord Sin-is-at-your-doorrespected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 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.” Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.  ~Genesis 4:1-10 NKJV

Cain’s anger was based upon a bad choice on his own part. Instead of choosing to a lessermy way valued offering, as many of us do or have done in the past, Cain could have chosen to give the best to God. Sadly, this is the story of many of us and the paths we have lead throughout our lives, by finding shortcuts in our work. In so doing, we fail to give our best to those who have employed us. Ultimately, WE work for God! We are reminded by the Apostle Paul:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. ~Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV

We are also reminded by King David of the following:

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

So, when you look at working and who you presently work for…remember that the What-does-the-Bible-say-about-workingrewards you receive are from God, Himself! God pays you through your employer and rewards you for what you do. If you receive little, perhaps…you have done little. Consider the The Parable of the Talents:

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ~Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV

We are a product of our choices. Choices are not that difficult, you know…pick one or the assumeother. Unfortunately for us, we tend to choose to do what is easiest for us and most profitable for us. Even if we have to bend our principles a little. And when I speak of principles and their bending…I mean Yoga flexibility! Because biblical principles are rather rigid and should not be bent in any direction. Your word, my word, and the word, or promise of others, should carry a promissory meaning with it. That we are willing to live up to a specific code of ethics. That we will not lie to anyone, nor cheat them in any way.

The Bible is filled with advice and wisdom. We each can read and apply the basics of what is written therein. You know: Do not steal, do not lie, do not commit adultery, do not murder. Although, we must extrapolate some other teachings from the Bible. Such as determining what is meant by the numerous parables within the New Testament and then apply those teachings to our present day lives. This seems to be one of the bigger problems, as a whole, to mankind. Don’t misunderstand me, people are mean and demand their own way…even to the point of murdering, bearing false witness or stealing from others. But it is those people who are truly seeking the ways of God, those seeking to better understand Jesus, and those who seek the answers to the bigger issues of life’s great questions that are truly enamored by the Parables of Jesus. THOSE are the people that will greatly be affected by their quest for the “Holy Grail” of the Bible and it’s teachings.

We, as the species of man, often are misguided and lazy in our desire to seek wisdom. We know, inherently, that which is right and that which is wrong. However, we tend to take the more expeditious route by doing what is easy, more pleasing and more advantageous. It is those people who stave off the desires of the heart and carnal pleasures and follow the truest teaching of Jesus. Thereby maintaining a straight line of moral standards in our lives. Jesus was our example of moral standards and we are to follow His example, not the example of those around us or those who we have some sort of hero worship over.

Hope I did not over blather like a bloviated warthog! Godspeed My Friends!!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

Jesus Was An Interactive Teacher, But What About The Church?

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I recently, in October, visited my sister in Tallahassee, Florida for my niece’s wedding…and a beautiful bride she did make, for certain! It was truly a blessing, doubly so, I might add. I attended my sister’s church, the 1200 Tharpe Street Church, the Sunday after the wedding. It was a beautiful sermon and gracious heavenly worship music.I was blessed and so surprise.

My sister leaned over to me and said something to the affect that “this is a far cry from the old Roman Catholic masses.” As though I might feel uncomfortable in the service. But I know we had spoken on several occasions that I had not been a Roman Catholic for decades, now.Later that day I spoke to her about that little act of kindness she showed me by handing me her first bible for study. While I had visited her she handed me my first Bible. As a kid growing up in New Jersey diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, we did not read the Bible, as mentioned before. The Priest said he would read the Bible and teach us what it said, because (in essence or in fact) we were too stupid to understand the Bible. And with that Bible, I told her, a journey began in my heart and soul to seek God. While I still have problems, as do most of us due to our carnal natures, we have found God in our own ways.

While I found it odd that a Priest would say such a thing. But, sadly from my perspective, it was one way the Catholic Church attempted to maintain power over the people within the congregation(s). Although, this was in direct conflict with God’s Word.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. ~Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV

The word of God has been revealed to man, and is therefore no longer a secret. However, there are those who teach the word who seek to keep themselves in power, to a certain degree. Gutenberg placed the Bible in print for man to see. Tyndale was the one who gave the Word of God an English voice. For decades, if not millennia, the Word of God was in the Latin tongue. This, at some point in time was considered God’s Language. But how could such be? After all, looking at the Jews being God’s chosen people would make Hebrew, rightfully, God’s Language…don’t you think? The Bible was seen, in the eyes of many, to be a powerful tool over the people…and it was used very much so as a weapon against the people.

Well, let’s get back on track. What struck me was the teaching of Anthony Battle (Lead Evangelist), which also inspired this blog post. The sermon was a series entitled “Follow Me” on the teaching of Psalm 2:1-8. It was as though I were in a Bible Study, yet it was more deeply involved than that. It was truly different, from my perspective. It brought to my mind the teaching written about Jesus in the Gospels. I have been to many churches in my life. Some were powerful, some were truly motivated, others were very inspiring, but none compared to the interactive experience at the 1200 Tharpe Street Church.

What of your church?

While I do love my church, due to it’s set-up it cannot be completely interactive. As our well isnt that special dana carvey GIF by Saturday Night Liveset-up is a primary church with 4-5 satellite locations. However, as a single, sole church you can be more interactive. And please, do not misunderstand me…I am not touting that the pasture is greener on the other side of the United States. Churches are different. Both of our churches are non-denominational (Calvary Christian Church & 1200 Tharpe Street Church.) Each church has both problems that they must contend with, they have benefits that pique the interest of others, and each possesses a closeness that creates a family.

Jesus spoke out publicly and personally for all to learn and gain a renewed closeness to God. This, I believe, is one of the purposes of the church on earth. Often times we become so enamored by the building that we fail to realize that the church is the people. Many churches throughout the world begin in someone’s living room. Jesus taught the twelve and sent them out among the people to teach them.

After a few months of training the twelve Apostles became fishers of men, Jesus gave His students a “mid-term exam.” John Mark records: “And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. … So they went out and preached that people should repent [change their minds]. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them” (6:7, 12, 13; cf. Luke 9:1-6).

Interestingly, in the parallel passage in Matthew’s gospel the make up of the “two-by-two” teams are given: Peter and Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew; James and Lebbaeus / Thaddaeus; and finally Simon the Canaanite and Judas Iscariot (10:2-4; cf. Luke 6:13-16).

Later, Jesus sends another group of seventy individuals out, most likely to Perea, in order to prepare that area for the next stage in His ministry. As with the Twelve, He sent these disciples out two-by-two as well (Luke 10:1).

Jesus set forth the Biblical pattern, two-by-two, for future missionary endeavors by the example of the Twelve and the Seventy. The Holy Spirit, in the Book of Acts, confirmed this pattern by example as well (Acts 13:2).

~”He Began to Send Them Out Two by Two…” by Gordon Franz MA

Of course, back in the day and time of Jesus, it was probably easier and more practical to have church groups in your home, due to the smallness of the cities and towns. However, the basic message I get from the Gospels and the Epistles is teaching people, interactively, and sending them out into the world to teach others. Even if the world you send them out into is the city in which you live. As the group grows in knowledge, send them out to teach others, then start up another group. There is no reason that you couldn’t stay in touch with your brothers and sisters. The teachings of Paul clearly indicate that he stayed in touch with those he taught and visited with them.

I hope I dd not blather on too much. And get too messy and all over the place. I also wanted to express what a blessing it was to receive a great teaching at such a wonderful church in a distant city!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy