Cancer: The War Without

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Apostle Paul also wrote this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Cancer: The War Within

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” ~Genesis 4:7 NKJV

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

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May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Character

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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

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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

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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

 

 

 

Watching Others Evangelize at times, is quite comical

I often feel some who evangelize are in it for the argumentation! Others are in it for the comical value for others to smile. And others are in it to bring souls to God’s kingdom. As we start out we are often ill prepared and poorly understand the concept of touching the lives of others. I know I have been in these shoes…and sadly, I fall back on bad habits. If some of these occurrences weren’t so hilarious, we would probably cry. Most people are just like the Monty Python skit…”I would like to have an argument, please!”

This is but one reason I blog, in order to inform and hopefully educate and aid others in the apologetic field. In order for each of us to evangelize, properly, we need to have a good foundation in the knowledge of the bible and the apologetic forum. We must be able to critically think and to be able to think on our feet. And how do we do this? Through study and education. You must (not just must but you need to want to do so, with such a passion!) study the bible, commentaries, have a voracious desire to read, capture the knowledge and access the information. That being said you also need other traits, such as: study habits, memorization, speed reading, note taking, among other things.

While I was thinking of some other things recently, something to do with evangelizing – the above clip came to mind of the old Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It brought home a point, that many agree on…people are ill prepared from church and Sunday School to evangelize the Word of God to others. What we learn in Church and in Sunday School is cursory at best and piecemeal. However, what many fail to realize is the fact that apologetics and evangelizating are specialized fields within the Church itself. Each and every Church should have a specific course on each and the person who takes such a course needs to desire to take it with such a passion in order to promote and expand the word of God beyond his own boarders of his/her own little world!

Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus) converted from Islam to Christianity because of his friend who was a Christian who witnessed to him over the course of years, as they were making their way through medical school. The argumentation started with the Christian belief and made it’s way to the Islamic faith. Islamic believers are given much the same faith as we as Christians…meaning that we are given a cursory understanding and we each believe we are ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, we find ourselves sorely under prepared and almost stripped of all armor and defenses. Because we did not follow on with more of our own self guided studies.

There are a great many people who are misguided out there, including some of us, but we can change that by studying and searching and researching the truth. A truth which is knowable and understandable. And we each have a responsibility and an obligation to pass on our knowledge to our families, our children, our friends and our brothers and sisters in Christ. You can study on your own, with your family, or have a group meeting with others from your church or community. There are numerous ways we can go about it…BUT we need to follow through with the idea of doing so. We have been mandated to love God, love our neighbors and to spread His Word!

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

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. ~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

We, as Christians, need to take the word of God and it’s mandates more seriously finger-pointingthan we do! We allow ourselves to become so wrapped up in our lives, earning a living, increasing our income, paying our taxes, and paying our bills. Yes, we do go to church on Sunday and perhaps even to Sunday School and talk ourselves into believing it will all be good. But, guess what? You have to do things, you know! We are obligated to God for our life, for the breath of life in our very being, for our very souls and spirits that reside within each of us. Don’t you think that we should do something, like maybe…what we were told to do?

IMG_3148We are all destined to do great things, if only we would place God at the head of our lives as we are at the precipice of our own destruction due to our flippant and arrogant treatment of God within our own lives! We are making God’s decision for our judgement at the end of our lives, because we tend to send ourselves to Hell – God is just following the desires of our hearts through the decisions throughout our lives. But we are meant for something greater and much better than such things. But God MUST come first in our lives! We are blessed with just so much time on earth. In the words of one of the old Church Father’s, St. Cyprian, “We were born with a noose around our necks.” Thus, we have one human lifetime to accomplish what God desires of us. Some of us have longer than others and waste our time when we could be doing something much more constructive for God!

circle-dotWithin the Islamic faith their faith is represented by the circle and their lives (individually) are represented by the dot. Within the Christian faith, we are just the opposite. Our lives are represented by the circle and our faith/God is represented by the dot. God is, and has been, minimized within the context of our lives. It has been educated out of us, we have forgotten the prominence of God in our lives, and we all wonder why things have gotten so bad in this country. WOW! Think about that for a little bit!

Stop sitting on the couch, stop watching all those re-runs of days long gone by! I am not saying you have to give all things fun, but this country and this world is going to Hell in a hand basket and we are just watching it happen. And the only thing we are doing is to bitch and complain at our neighbors, they in-turn bitch and complain to us. That gets nothing accomplished! You have to get up and DO SOMETHING!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Why should I fear in the days of evil..?

Why should I fear in the days of evil, When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches, None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him— For the redemption of their souls is costly, And it shall cease forever— That he should continue to live eternally, And not see the Pit. For he sees wise men die; Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, And leave their wealth to others. Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, Their dwelling places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names. ~Psalms 49:5-11 NKJV

fear is a liar

Why should I fear in the days of evil? An excellent question for all of us, I do believe! Fear is a liar; the acronym FEAR meaning False Evidence (that) Appears Real pretty much explains it all, don’t you think? No matter what age we are, no matter what class of citizenship you are, nor the circumstances we are in at any given time we will see something and out of fear our brains will lie to us saying “that is too difficult,” “you can’t do that,” “you aren’t smart enough,” “you don’t have the ability,” “you don’t have the education,” “have another drink, you’ll feel better,” etc., etc.

Fear will cause each and every one of us to do, or fail to do, a great number of things we would normally never contemplate. Think about it for a moment. Each of us in some way, shape, or form consider ourselves to be fearless, but when push comes to shove…we will cave in, in a flash…in a blink of an eye…we will and you know it! However, there is hope in Christ where IF we walk with Him in the Spirit we are not condemned:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.~Romans 8:1 NKJV

Now, this does not permit you to do anything you desire and not be held accountable…this means that we are not condemned and should not fear such if we are truly in Christ. And in so doing, we walk as He walked, we speak as He spoke, we apply His words and the words of the Bible to our lives.

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

We as the species of man have been enamored with fear and fright for as long as man has existed, I think. Though, man is the only one of the numerous species of animal or mammal on this earth to actually go out on a limb to create scary & haunted houses just for such an occasion. We go to movies with our kids or with our girl or boy friends, or for that matter with a group of friends just for the fright factor. Man is obsessed with fear. And it is this fear where we can prove our worth that we are, in fact, brave. But with something else, we will fold and fail.

During captivity numerous prisoners over the decades and centuries due to fear of death would spill their guts to the enemy. It was a rare man would give his life freely and have all the secrets die with him. Another tactic was to threaten the life of another in your presence, this too would yield the results that were desired.

The fear of be alone makes men and women settle for less than they are worth or deserve. Some believe they will never find that “soul mate” or perfect love of their life. Yet, as we tend to not think about it much, the fact remains that the Bible, the Word of God and the Record of God’s miracles and happenings and prophecies promises us all:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.~1John 4:18 NKJV

You remember that teacher you had in grade school, right about 4th, 5th, or 6th grade who told you to present your report and go to the front of the class? And you remember that you were afraid of <gulp!> public speaking? Remember them? They told you not to fear because you would not die up there. Do you remember back that far? You remember that you did not die back then…because you are reading this blog post right now? For me that was roughly, 44-46 years ago. I did not start appreciating the art of public speaking until my second baccalaureate, or undergraduate academic, degree. But again, as you get older you do become wiser and sometimes you can even come to like those things you once despised and dreaded…like public speaking! After all, what could possibly happen? Think on this:

So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” ~Hebrews 13:6 NKJV

Don’t let fear have a foothold in your life! Once you give in to fear, you will make it a very bad habit and continue on with giving in only causing more dread in your life because you are doing something you know you should not be doing! Don’t give in to fear…know that you are loved by God, and as an adoptive son or daughter in Christ YOU are destined for great things. You may not be aware of those things, you may not be aware you performed them…but you are destined to do them because YOU ARE A DON or DAUGHTER OF GOD MOST HIGH!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

I heard this song at church (Calvary Christian Church, Bellevue North) on 5/14/2014, although it was sung by Dani Roberts at the church I attend, please enjoy: