Who Knows What the Tide Could Bring?

A powerful monologue for those troubled times in our lives, we have all had those moments. Just admit that to yourself and then think on it for a little while! In our darkest moments, in the deepest recesses of our minds and our intellect, we will not have hope and all will be dismal and dank. We may even do something stupid and against our nature, and we will fail at that attempt. Why is that?

God has more for us! More challenges and more failures, or non-successes or “success challenges” (to be PC.) God has something greater for us, a task to complete which will glorify Him in no uncertain terms! But sometimes all these failures and problems before us are just simple wake-up calls to our spirit, our mind, our human nature…because so many of us have forgotten to speak and pray to God. We need to make a greater effort to pray to Him who created each and everyone of us! It takes time, which so many of us refuse to part with because we are so busy. Guess what? We should always, ALWAYS be thankful to our Creator! ALWAYS!

We so often don’t get our way, but then we turn always from Him. We really need to steer clear of being spoiled brats in His sight. Because one day it will bite each and every one of us in the butt. As we owe Him; honor, blessings, tribute, etc. If it were not for Him we would not have an existence. Regardless of what is happening in your life, as well as mine, troubles and trials come our way to test our resolve, our faith, our hopes, our beliefs. But remember this:

…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust… ~Matthew 5:45 NKJV

>AND<

Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? ~Job 2:9-10 NKJV

Keep these thoughts in your mind. Man is equal before God. The sun rises upon his head and the rain falls upon his head. All so much, the very same! The righteous gain riches by following God’s mandates, yet this is not promised to all of us, now is it?? No, as we are simply promised a life of toil and the only guarantee we have is if stay true to God to the very end…we will be rewarded with a judgement by God permitting us to enter into heaven’s glory radiated by God and Jesus Himself.

…Yet man is born to trouble ~Job 5:7 NKJV

How do we know all of this stuff? Simple, the spirit of God within us all, granted at our birth:

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 Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. ~Job 33:4 NKJV

And through that blessing of birth and endowment of the spirit of God

But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. ~Job 32:8 NKJV

we are also granted many bits & pieces of knowledge that other cannot know because they have turned their backs on God and God’s ways of life.

If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. ~1Chronicles 28:9 NKJV

And at times, we screw up and are separated from God’s voice. Because God cannot be associated with evil and wickedness. It is that simple! The prophet Isaiah told us, and I have mentioned this before in other postings:

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

But this is why David was the man after God’s own heart, the apple of God’s eye (if you will); this is because despite his evil nature as a man and all the temptation which he succumbed to, when he was faced with his guilt and evil nature…he ALWAYS sought God’s forgiveness! He always returned to God, knowing that God was the reason for all his blessings and conquests. We tend to forget such things. This was why, when pressed, Jesus answered:

“I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” ~Matthew 18:22 NKJV

We must forgive and be compassionate to those who have sinned against us. And in turn, God will grant us the same forgiveness. Even though, we are often not deserving of such forgiveness! (refer to The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant)

None of us knows what the tide could bring, each day is a new adventure (so-to-say). Each and every time we open our eyelids and find ourselves on the cleans side of the grass we could be presented with opportunities beyond our wildest dreams, or just sheer havoc; the blessing of a newborn child, or grandchild…, or a death sentence, or a long road of recovery. We each have a path which each of us must follow, but how we follow that path is strictly on us, no one else. We must either choose the path where we will follow the faith in which we hold our trust, and the God who promises to be with us in both the good and the bad times by never forsaking us. Remember but one promise:

…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrew 13:5 NKJV , ~Deuteronomy 31:6,8 NKJV, ~Joshua 1:5 NKJV

Or we can choose to forsake the God that Created us, turn our backs on Him out of our anger for something we do not believe we deserve. Keep in mind that all sin is equal before God’s Judgement:

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.~James 2:10-11 NKJV

dont-worry-theres-always-tomorrowAnd guess what else? We often push off and pawn off our decisions until a later date, because we always belief we will have more time later. Friends, let me tell you this: DON’T PUSH OFF THESE IMPORTANT DECISIONS! You may not have the time you think you have. Judgement, death, the second coming, etc., all have one thing in common: They all come as a thief in the night, you do not know when nor what time of night it comes. But it will come when you least expect it! Remember the old adage: Don’t worry, there is always tomorrow…or is there?

We each mismanage our lives in differing ways, but the most common is through procrastination! Think about that for a little while…how many decision have you put off until later?…and then, later becomes even later? Take a more wise and proactive roll in your life, financially, spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, etc.

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May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

 

‘God doesn’t make mistakes’

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While we are human and make numerous mistakes, God does not make any; therefore, God is perfect. Yet, man, from the dawn of time has inferred and lead all to believe that God does make mistakes. Made mistakes with the birth of a down syndrome child, limbless, stillborn, wrong century, too late or early, too tall or short, too big or small, gay, or the wrong sex entirely. Sorry, just because things didn’t go as you planned them, or as someone else planned them for you…you are as you are because God designed the world such a way.

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson says ‘God doesn’t make mistakes’ when it comes to gender. It is odd how many Christians lean toward the possibility that God “could” have made a mistake. NO! I beg to differ, God does not make ANY mistakes! None what-so-ever! The only mistake made was the one where things were somehow destined to go in your favor all of the time. Sorry, God’s plans go according to His own design and according to His own plan. Read the Bible, you will eventually get that fact and will see that God’s plan is not according to your personal plan or agenda.

According to the article:

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson fires up the crowd for U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz during a campaign event in Sioux City Iowa“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson made it to the news back in 2013 when he commented that homosexuality is sinful and that members of the LGBT community “won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

He was lambasted heavily by the media and secular society because of his comments.

On Friday, Robertson risked stoking the ire of his critics again with his comments on gender during the Liberty University Convocation, according to PR Web.

“God made male and female,” Robertson stressed. “When I am looking at males, hair comes out of their faces. Females, they don’t have beards. Males, they have beards. God doesn’t make mistakes. This is what a man is supposed to look like.”

Robertson knows a lot of people don’t appreciate his controversial comments and have left scathing remarks against him on social media. But he quips that he doesn’t mind these criticisms because he doesn’t read them. […read more…]

While you may not appreciate his candor and consider him a bigot, racist, a homophobe, etc. You must acknowledge that he has taken a moral stance, you do not have to agree with him. You do not have to like him or his opinion. But guess what? When I was growing up my mother and my grandmother both had the habit of telling me, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me,” or “just ignore them.” I may have had an easier childhood, had I listened. But as most kids do not listen to such wisdom, neither did I. Phil Robertson’s moral stance is based solely upon the Biblical text:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. ~1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV

But guess what? That does not promise everyone who claims to be a Christian will inherit the Kingdom either. Let us be honest here, Christians can be some of the biggest hypocrites and such hypocrisies are sins in their own right. People tend to act differently in private than they do in their public life. Everyone, well almost everyone, does. There are some people that are the same in their private as well as their public life. But those are so few. Remember where Jesus told us that “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (ref: Matthew 22:14 NKJV)

The Bible dictates that we must not just expound the truths of the Bible itself, but we must life those dictates. They MUST become part of us. We must be changes, truly, by the word of God! And we must act in such a way. But there is a way to do such:

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. ~1Corinthians 6:11 NKJV

Thus indicating that we can be washed clean from our sins of the past and be renewed by God, through Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit. The greatest and easiest way to learn how to be saved and washed clean is through THE ROMAN’S ROAD to Salvation. Though your path to salvation is, in essence, a simple one; dependent upon your lifestyle it can be a hard road to follow. Many changes are needed to be made, but take them in stride, because once you turn your life over to God – TRULY turn it over to Him – your life will begin to change. Seek out a bible believing teaching church. Seek out those who are like minded (the mind of Christ) to mentor you and guide you on your new path and life. When the time is right, which is usually when you claim Christ as your Lord. But most churches happen to schedule mass baptisms so many times a year.

Find a good Bible, one that is easy for you to understand the message of God’s word. Personally, I suggest the New International Version (NIV), Revised Standard Version (RSV), New King James Version (NKJV), but there are numerous versions. NIV is written in an 8th grade level of reading which gives you the message in today’s words. NKJV removes much of the thee’s and thou’s of the KJV, which makes for an easier reading experience. You should seek out a good study bible or perhaps a chain reference bible. And begin to read your bible, but not from the beginning! It will make it truly tougher for you to understand the message of the bible by doing so. Start with John or even with 1 John. Seek out a reading plan for yourself.

Good resources are:

Bible Gateway

Blue Letter Bible

Both contain commentaries, numerous versions of the Bible to read (an aid in deciding which bible you prefer to read) and each has a set of differing reading plans for the bible itself.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Why We Must Remember the Lord Our God

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And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.~Deuteronomy 8:2 NKJV

Deuteronomy 8 is rather profound in it’s teaching. It was from this chapter of the Old Testament that Jesus replied to the first of the three temptations of the evil one during His time in the desert. Do you remember?

…man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. ~Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV

Remember what Jesus told the tempting spirit? Read Matthew 4:3-4!

We must know the accomplishments of God and all that He has done in order for us to honor and revere Him. We should be teaching our children these things. But as people move along in life and work harder, more overtime, more children, the spouse gets a job, etc. Man tends to forget the God that Created him. Why? Because man becomes too busy to live, survive, pay bills, pay his taxes, etc. We as the species of man are trained through commercials to spend more than we take in, get loans for those important purchases, such as cars & houses. Why is this? I suspect and believe that in order to kick God out of our lives the government needs to take God’s place. This is done by increasing your burden. How can a government do such a thing? They do so through the increase in taxes, through mandating healthcare, backing corporations which will push their products or the government can push their products through the Commerce Department, and other methods as such.

We have been brought up to have what we want NOW! Cost be damned! Have now, bratspay later, mentality for all. By promoting such a thing throughout our society, money, jobs, positions, etc. become our gods and idols of worship. Children are being taught to desire things NOW. Just recently, I was speaking with someone about an 8 or 9 year old child with a smartphone…call me old fashioned, but kids don’t need them! Children are getting away with murder, comparatively speaking to when I was growing up. Throw a tantrum, your butt was beat red. Not in an abusive way, but a corrective way. Unfortunately, children advocates, teachers and the courts have been taking people to task on this subject. Again, unfortunately, it has gotten to such a point where if you look at your child cross-eyed you could be on the receiving end of litigation.

Teacher Allegedly Banned Students From Wearing Crosses in a Tampa Florida school. Why? Because she noted that they were “gang symbols” and of course it went against her LGBT agenda which she promoted. Sadly, our teachers should only be teaching our children, not indoctrinating them! It is not their place to instill such ideologies in their minds, but rather challenge them to think, critically.

 Another problem in the parenting issue, is the fact that families don’t break bread anymore…you know dine together. “How was your day, today?” And other conversation events. Kids hardly have time for food anymore, because they are so into their computer reality games with 3D visual effects. We as parents have dropped the ball!

We should be praying together, talking together, being more open, teaching our children in the matters of importance. Lets face it…school is not the end all be all of life. They are not preparing our children for the life to come. We have a part in this. We must teach them of the greatness of our God and Creator. We must show them and teach them the morals taught to us through the Bible. Aid them to apply these new found notions. As they grow older, grant them a little leeway with decision making skills.

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We as parents are our children’s first sight of how God deals with us. YEAH, read that again! As parents, we have a very heavy burden placed squarely upon our shoulders. Our children learn their morals from us, they develop many tasks, which they will carry on into their parenting lives. By how we teach and act toward our kids, we are possessed with the potential of teaching even our children’s children’s children. (Yes, you figured it out…our great-grand-children!) Our children must learn to take a stance against much of this newly founded “trans-” lifestyle choices. You know, such as: Transgender…Transracial…Transabled… Guess what comes next?

We as parents are charged with developing the moral fiber of our children, teachers are to and can help…but they are not to hinder. God passed on to us the mandates that we are to teach our children in all aspects of the Laws of God, the Word of God, the Greatness of God, the Morals that God desires us to follow and stand up for. We have permitted the government to take so many obligations from our shoulders and place these mandates on to the school officials. That is wrong.

We as parents should take back the schools and the local and federal government. NOW HEAR ME & DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME! We must do so through the ballot box. We MUST vote each and every voting cycle…like it or not, apathy is what cause a low number of registered voters from showing up at the polls. By following the laws, by forcing a change in the bad laws, and if needs be fire some people. One of my greatest pet peeves is the fact that bad teachers remain on a payroll, just like many bad politicians remain in office. This country was founded upon our rights and liberties…which, through apathy of the American people, have been widdled away at and are dwindling away daily!

There is a US Supreme Court case which states:

…the first official act of this nation declared the foundation of government in these words:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident***.”  While such declaration of principles may not have the force of organic law, or be made the basis of judicial decision as to the limits of right and duty, and while in all cases reference must be had to the organic law of the nation for such limits, yet the latter is but the body and the letter of which the former is the thought and the spirit, and it is always safe to read the letter of the constitution in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.”  – US Supreme Court, majority opinion; Gulf, Colorado & Sante Fe Railroad Co. v Ellis, 165 U.S. 150, 159-160 (1897)

Think about that for a moment! Our US Supreme Court Justices have been taking away our rights and liberties through a mis-reading and mis-construing the US Constitution and thereby eroding our country and its meaning through opinion and law, not by use of the amending process provided for by the US Constitution itself. But by God’s grace and by realigning ourselves with God and by voting for those who are Godly (which is a tough one, because they all act as godly people until they take office…) We, as a nation…ONE TRUE NATION, need to turn toward God and need to do more praying. But even Israel had failed God time and again, and God forgave them and brought them through some great trials and tribulations.

I hope you enjoyed this little rant on just a few of the reasons we need to remember the Lord our God…if it makes you feel any better…I enjoyed the rant!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

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Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”~Exodus 14:13-4 NIV

In this passage, I truly like and appreciate the narrative of the NIV Bible! Man, by nature needs to see in order to believe the supernatural and the miracle. As a Christian, and as a Jew, we are called to believe in order for the supernatural and the miracle to transpire and occur. Man limits himself through his skeptical attitudes and absolute lack of faith in the power of God. In fact, man further limits his potential blessings by not researching for himself, or herself, but blindly following the words of others because they sound very authoritative on any particular point or matter on the dogma or doctrines of the church or the tenets espouse within the bible.

Everyone gets so hung up on the infallibility issue with respect to the Word of God. Are we saying that they were perfect men? By no means! David was an adulterer, murderer, liar, and a cover-up artist. Adam could not keep one simple command. Moses disobeyed God’s command. Isaiah ran away from the queen because he feared her threats, despite the proofs God had shown. Matthew was a Tax Collector (they were considered scum by all the respectable Jews in the community.) Saul of Tarsus (the Apostle Paul) was a hunter and killer of all those who followed “the Way.” Peter denied the Christ in order to save his own skin, despite his vehement denial of such an assertion by the Christ, himself. All of the Apostles hid behind closed doors after Jesus’ crucifixion and let the women go to check on the tomb; this all occurred in a cultural time-frame where women’s words were meaningless. But yet their words, initially, are a testament that show the the tomb was emptied.

So if you are a person with questionable faith, low faith, or even no faith…you are, without a doubt, among great company! All men, women, and children waver in their faith at some point in time in their lives, or at every turn on their journey. Everyone is different and handles problems differently. Like anything else, faith is just like your mind or a muscle, where it becomes stronger with use, trial, error, and yes – even failure at times! Your childhood heroes, whether they are basketball players – baseball players – football players – hockey players – wrestlers – etc. and so on…are all failures! Now, think about that for a few moments!!!

Yes, they are all failures. Why do I say this? Because all of those hoops they made, ‘Hail Mary’ passes completed, home-runs made, goals accomplished, or the pins of a lifetime against all the odds…those all came into being because of grueling training where each and every one of them sought to better themselves, accomplish a dream, and to be the absolute best that they could possibly be. Failure occurred 70 or more percent of the time, and yes it was usually more than 70% failure. But each and every one of those childhood heroes of yours stuck with the practice because deep down they knew they could and would get better, in due time!

Well guess what? Your faith works much the same way, in that, while things are going wrong – your faith dictates to you through your heart to not just look at what is happening and become discouraged…but rather, look at the Word of God and seek out His promises for His followers! What did He promise you and me?

  • Never promised an easy life, but did promise an eternal life in His glory!
  • Never promised you a life of wealth and luxury, but a life of hard work and inheritance (physical wealth or spiritual wealth…it is different for all).
  • Yes, there are a number of Millionaires & Billionaires, but there is no promise that you will be wealthy or rich; however, there are various forms of wealth, also this may be a test of your covetousness, eh?
  • You are not promised to be a hero, a great man/woman, nor perfect; BUT you were given the promise that you would be held high in God’s eye by taking every task and treating it as though YOU worked for God Himself as opposed to your boss. (read Colossians 3:22-4:1)

The Word of God says that He has your back, consider taking that to heart! Consider the present trial and tribulation as being a test or learning situation. Perhaps, just perhaps, you had need of learning something very specific, or if you are like me (Irish, a man, and hard headed, lol) you just might take a little longer to learn some of the basic things that ‘other’ people have a tendency to learn a bit quicker…hmmmmm…

I am very partial to this Psalm of David, because it was something that was strongly impressed upon me while in prayer. While I delayed, hemmed and hawed on fulfilling His command, or demand, of me. Something really simple, but me being the lazy person I tend to be and possess few skills or talents (if you will.) All I was to do was to build a simple prayer bench for myself, nothing extravagant. I looked for plans, ideas, and layouts. Then once that was done start cutting the wood, get the screws, and pre-drill, then put it together. Shouldn’t have taken more than a day in real people’s time…several months later, it still was not complete. I just hunkered down and did the work to finish it. But that is not the end…I disobeyed what God told be to do. When God tells you to do something then YOU NEED TO DO IT, NOW! Stop playing around, when YOUR Creator asks or demands something of you…JUST DO IT!

God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

A Song of Ascents.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

~Psalm 121 NKJV

According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary (MHC):

Some call this the soldier’s psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when David was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted God to cover his head in the day of battle. Others call it the traveller’s psalm (for there is nothing in it of military dangers) and think David penned it when he was going abroad, and designed it pro vehiculo—for the carriage, for a good man’s convoy and companion in a journey or voyage. But we need not thus appropriate it; wherever we are, at home or abroad, we are exposed to danger more than we are aware of; and this psalm directs and encourages us to repose ourselves and our confidence in God, and by faith to put ourselves under his protection and commit ourselves to his care, which we must do, with an entire resignation and satisfaction, in singing this psalm.

We are theoretically at the doorstep of fear daily, if you read the Psalm and its basic meaning by MHC. We could potentially be killed  by any number of possibilities, or by others, or by any freak accident on the road while on our way to work, or to the store. But we are to look to God, look up to Him because 1) He created us, 2) He supplies all out help and assistance, and 3) He promises to preserve  us from all evil by preserving our soul for all eternity.

Just as the miracles of the Israelite’s occurred while escaping the Egyptians, similar miracles could happen to protect you daily. Unfortunately, it is the problem of the lack of faith of man that Jesus was unable to perform miracles in His own hometown.

Just remember: The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

The Betrayal of Jesus

betrayed1Ultimately, why did God create people knowing full well they were going to hell? This is an age old question. Whether you agree, or disagree, with the assessment is completely up to you.

The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born. ~Matthew 26:24 NKJV

Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” ~ John 21:22 NKJV

Jesus’ betrayal was predicted, foretold, foreseen, etc. at many points of time within the Old Testament. While there are many other prophecies about Jesus, we are more interested in the time-frame of His betrayal:

Prophecies
OT Scripture NT Fulfillment
1. Messiah would be betrayed. Psalm 41:9
Zechariah 11:12-13
Luke 22:47-48
Matthew 26:14-16
2. Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field. Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 27:9-10
3. Messiah would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11 Mark 14:57-58
4. Messiah would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7 Mark 15:4-5

While we won’t be discussing these prophecies, specifically, our over all discussion will be to discuss the underlying question as to why did God create people knowing full well they were going to hell? In short, if Jesus was not betrayed by someone close to Him, how would the scriptures be fulfilled? More importantly, how would we be truly saved by the blood of the Son of God? His blood had to be spilled upon us in order to do the job of salvation properly. The reason I say that is because the blood of the sacrifice was to be sprinkled on the altar, but would also be used to wash the intended person, or people, to be cleansed.

John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.~Revelation 1:4-6 NKJV

Now, Judas Iscariot was a tool to accomplish a specific task. He was intended to get close to Jesus and to betray Him for the salvation of all mankind. Jesus even had the argument with His own disciples according to the Apostle John:

Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”~John 21:22 NKJV

Jesus reminded them that if He desired it for him to remain till He came again, what was it to them? They were to follow Jesus, regardless of what happened to anyone else! The more any of us look at the situation, Jesus was a forgiving man. The most forgiving man on the face of this earth. And if He chose to forgive Judas for his betrayal, that should not shock anyone at all…because He (Jesus) always did the most gracious thing for men and women around Him.

If it were not Judas, would it not have been someone else?

We each have our part to play, and we should take our part seriously! Although, we are not called to betray the living God, but we are commissioned to share the message of Jesus Christ to all others around us. This is our charge:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations… ~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

We each don’t evangelize in the exact same way, but in the end we each find a way to get that message across to our subject. And in the end, it is not us but the Holy Spirit who truly drives the message home in their hearts.

As it was once explained to me that we can make no such argument that will turn a person to the Lord on their own. There is nothing we can individually do where they will change their mind or heart. It is all God and the Holy Spirit who coddles and changes one’s mind, by softening it. There is nothing that we can say so perfectly in order for another to see the error of their own way. God does all of that!

The other problem with man is his innate ability of choice to do, or not do, something, anything. God will not steal that away from either of us, because God did not want to create drones that would blindly follow Him. That is why I always see this as the greatest gift and the greatest curse on man. Because man inherently finds a way to stand in the way of God’s great blessings for us by making the wrong choice. <ha-ha> much like Murphy’s Law!

Will man ever evolve to the point where he will seek to do God’s good will? By making that one good choice? Accomplishing that one good deed? Or will he fulfill his own hedonistic desires if he were to be left on his own?

I know what I believe and I also know what I hope…all I can do is pray for all of mankind, as a whole! What about you?

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

How Big is Too Big?

Have you ever wondered if a church could be, or get, too big? I often wonder and also have many opinions on such a subject. Let’s explore the notion, together…

I’ve always had the notion that we were to expand the church, teach others the way which is directly out of the bible, and then as Jesus did with His followers – send them on their way to start up new parishes, churches, and other congregations; but at what point is it considered to be too big? Do we even know the answer to this? Can we answer this?

You have the small town churches which can be very nominal, as low as 25. Unless they are held out of someone’s home, I don’t really see how such is sustainable, but they do exist. Then you can work your way up to the Mega-Church of today which can house up to 2,000 people for services. Then you can move your way up to the Super-Mega-Churches where they are able to gather inordinate numbers of people (16,000-18,000-20,000-22,000-23,000-43,000). In essence, stadium sized gatherings. Did God foretell and predict these numbers? I believe He did.

What gets in the way of all this is man’s pride, arrogance, and selfish motivations. Jesus was the prime example of a church leader: He was kind, generous, giving, faithful, servant of all, always willing to answer questions in just the right way that left you wondering and wanting more. Jesus was angered at just the right moment and was soft & compassionate at the right moment. Jesus taught before few, as well as, Jesus taught before thousands. It is not the numbers that truly bothers me any more, but in the way the teacher addresses  the masses. To teach with such ambiguous platitudes, or perhaps to teach with such a command of the biblical text, but yet the heart of what you teach is not included in you own life…these are the problems which tear men down from the pulpit.

Some people like the really big churches. They just feel more at home in them, almost getting lost among the rabble. There are those of us who prefer to enter smaller venues, a more quaint setting. It tends to be more calming and more conducive to a learning atmosphere. Then, again, there are others who prefer to enter into a mid-sized venue. Who is right?

Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~John 8:31-32 NIV

Believe it or not, it is about comfort zone boundaries, what are yours? Just because someone can handle a bigger or smaller venue than yourself…don’t knock it, it is a God thing! God can work in all sorts of venues. Though, we each may have our own preferences, God can work in any venue at any time at any calling. The only ones that limit God’s output is the lack of faith of man himself. Man has always been a limiting factor in God’s plan. Whether it is because of his lack of repentance (Matthew 11:20, Luke 10:13) or due to a lack of faith (Matthew 13:58, Mark 6:5).

Now we have another problem that arises among this and that is the rising star among the church, itself…the pastor. At times you have one that is wise, frugal, and humble; and at other times you have others who are swept up by the wellspring of power, pomp and circumstance, not to mention greed. Is it wrong for man, a pastor, to make money off his preaching? I believe it is perfectly adequate to do so, but it must be within the stringent guidelines of the bible by not being a braggart, showy, flashy, or arrogant. I am certain there are other traits, but these are the ones that pop in mind rather quickly while writing. This was one of the greatest reasons why I admired Reverend Billy Graham. He was all that I described and more. With respect to his business associations he limited his income, many of the books he wrote all proceeds were donated, and he was still well provided for by God. He could be a model, though he himself would remind us that he was imperfect. He spoke to stadiums and coliseums filled with thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people who sought the will of God. And his dream was just to preach the word of God, which he did both often and very well! Many of his crusades are preserved and can be found on YouTube. But that is enough on Mr. Graham.

Our truest and greatest model for preaching and leading is that of Jesus Himself! He was our savior, our rock of salvation, our shield and our two-edged sword to be used against all evil. He is our intermediary to Our God and Father of all! It is by His name that we can do all things because it is through Him that we are strengthened to accomplish all things! In the name of JESUS! He is the basis upon which our faith is founded and upon which it grows!

Long story – short…WE follow Jesus and the words laid down in the bible, not any pastor, priest, reverend, or minister! If the words spoken do not conform to those of the bible, he is not a messenger of God; also known as, a false prophet. The words of the bible are a life line to us from God, a dictate if you will. We are to follow God alone and His true representatives. Not some charlatan or wizard of words, but a man of God. You must ask yourself a few questions and answer them prior to joining a new congregation:

1. Is this a church where my family will be regularly fed by God’s Word?

2. Is this a church where I am convinced the care of my soul will be a priority?

3. Is this a church where my family will experience meaningful Christian fellowship and accountability?

4. Is this a church where I can serve God’s people and use my gifts for its benefit?

You may have other questions, but these are ones that I thought of and trolled off of the net. There are some web-sites which have a list as long as 41, or more questions…I think that is a bit absurd and over-thinking of a situation. You can search even further and determine for yourselves what you truly need from a church family and a church home. But I would implore you to do your due diligence! Do your homework and do not just follow any pastor willy-nilly. There are many great speakers that portray men of God, but there few ethical, honorable men of God who are great speakers. Choose carefully and wisely!

And there are many large super-mega-churches, but are they truly teaching the word of God? OR are they just using God’s words? There are just as many smaller God fearing congregations with less than 50-100 people in them as there are over 2,000 people congregations. Again, choose carefully and wisely! Take your time and ask questions. Get to know and feel the church community.

Once you find the church community, next you should move onto finding a bible study group, but that’s another topic. Although, it is more about comfort and feel.

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Woe To You…

Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”


This is a message to pastors everywhere! Seek the anointing of God that your flock shall not be lost on account of you. And also to all the people, everywhere, for we are the light of guidance for all the unsaved to see the way of God…God’s most perfect way. Seek God’s anointing and guidance. However, we each tend to go too far in our own decisions and our actions and with that bad habit we go beyond the boundaries of God’s ways. So, woe to you and beware of your actions!

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.~Ephesians 4:26-27 NKJV

We are to walk in God’s ways, live by God’s rules, be forgiving of others (no matter their transgression against us), be loving of ALL our neighbors, and we are to be that guiding light by which our neighbors, our unbelieving friends, and those we come in contact daily (yes, they too, are our neighbors!) It is only through constant and never ending prayer, reading the word, following and applying those very same words within the Bible.

In order for others to be captivated by our actions, our actions must have changed in some way, shape, or form. Man has this horrible problem with starting and not finishing because it is too hard. Being good is hard, especially if you’ve been doing what was wrong all your life. Just like any bad habit that you, or I, have attempted to break…it is very difficult to accomplish. But you need to remember that God is with you every step of the way. If you need to complain about how tough a time you are having…God’s ear is just a shout and a prayer away from you.

It is sad to admit this, but I get angry all the time. Yes, I do; and sometimes I sin in my anger…more than likely…all the time. Why? Well, that really isn’t relevant because I can come up with all sorts of excuses which are meaningless. The fact is, I know that it is wrong to get angry over the majority of things that I do; and therefore, I believe I am sinning when I get angry. After all it is foolhardy, don’t you think?

Some of the worst sins we can commit are based in our anger. We become skewed in our reason as to what is reasonable, what is right, and what is just. When we walk away from the Word of God, we skew our perception toward the wrong…this is automatic. Why, you ask? Because we, by casting aside God, begin to follow a trail hard to recover from where wrong is the new right.

“If there is no God…then everything is permitted…” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Без бога-то и без будущей жизни? Ведь это, стало быть, теперь всё позволено, всё можно делать?’ ‘А ты и не знал?'” (The original Russian)

Though the sentiment is true to secularistic and athiestic thought, there are also Christians who maintain that all things are permissible as a Christian and as a follower of Christ.  Just simply by misreading or misinterpreting the writing of the Apostle Paul:

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.~1Corinthians 10:23-24 NKJV

Everyone seems to read what they want to read and hear what they want to hear, and to heck with the actual facts before you…yes, I include Christians in that statement!

We are all warned because we are all called by God to follow Him. That being said, we are also called to the priesthood of God, to minister the Word of God to all of mankind (remember the Great Commission?) Our purpose, as mentioned in previous blogs, is to glorify God in all that we do. We are to do the best we can possibly do, with every fiber of our body, mind and spirit!

Just thinking how lax I tend to be, it is a wonder that anyone gets into heaven. The more I place thought toward the subject, a great number of Christians will be surprised as to their final resting spot! Many believe they are saved from the pit of hell because they proclaimed Jesus as King and the Lord and Savior over their lives…but then turn to do some of the most despicable things which God would not approve. ‘

God judges our hearts, based upon what is in them and what we do with our time, our efforts, our charitableness, etc. Are we giving because we want to or because we are suppose to? Are we following ritualistic beliefs, or are we praying what is in our hearts? I could go on and on with this list, but like beating a dead dog…what exactly is the use???

God desires us to follow Jesus freely and without reservation. Breaking the habits of old, yes, they do come into play here–we tend to put off til tomorrow what we should have done yesterday, more than likely…last week or last year, even!

My friends you are forewarned! WOE to YOU! We each sin and we each tend to follow the wrong path at times, but God tugs at your heart to get back on track! REPENT of what you did and move back onto the narrow and rarely followed path of God’s righteousness!

Only God can SAVE us, ’tis true! Only God will judge us by the content of our heart, ’tis also true! Unless many of us do not change our directions and begin to walk the path that God laid out before us (namely, the one written on the pages of the Bible), then we do not stand a chance of gaining entry into heaven…despite our affirmations. God wants us to live the bible in our heart of hearts, and walk the walk, as well as – talk the talk!

Can I challenge y’all to live the life set out in the Bible? It is not easy, due to all of the bad habits we must break…but I believe in my heart of hearts that it is well worth it!

Brothers & Sisters —

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD