False Messiahs, False Gods, & False Saviors

Just exactly how many have claimed to be messiahs, gods, or saviors of mankind? And, for that matter, how many will claim to be so in the future? How can we come to know who it is and when He finally arrives, will we recognize Him as our God, Messiah, and our Savior?

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After all, you must consider the fact that Lucifer, Satan, or the Devil (your name or title of descriptive choice) was once an angel of light, the chief angel of God’s…how easy would it be to fool mankind?

Consider this, Nostradamus predicted an “anti-Christ” of sort to come out of the East.  But the East of what? Americans seem to believe it is someone out of the Middle-East and many figures over the past few decades could have been the one, but a world war was never wages and there was not any peace with Israel; which means that He was not the one. Many continue to believe it to be the Middle-East. That being said Our latest possibility is the surging of Muslim “refugees” and believers of the religion of Islam, my opinion, are pouring out of the Middle-East into the European countries, Canada and America as a whole. With the rampant reports of rape and murder of the host country by predominantly Muslim refugees, as well as, the upswing of “honor killings” it is my opinion that it is not just one person but potentially a horde of people. Much like when the Muslims were over-taking Europe between 1000 AD – 1300 AD, which spurred on several Holy Crusades.

Think of it, with the Islamic tenet of Taqiyya, a deceptive practice to further the cause of Allah. This would account for the potential for peace in the Middle-East and settle things between Israel and her neighbors as it is written in the biblical book of Revelation (specifically Revelation 13.) This would account for the potent of false peace in the Middle-East with Israel. Why would this false peace be necessary? Consider back in history when Mohammad signed a peace treaty wit the Meccans in 628 AD. It was purported, revisionist history, by Muhammad in the Qur’an that the Meccans were the first to break their treaty with Muhammad Our Prophet (peace be upon him) was forced into war when the polytheists broke their treaty.” (Qur’an 9:5) But historical accounts present a much different story:

Less than two years after making a treaty with the people of Mecca (Treaty of Hudaibiya), Muhammad returned with an army and took the city by surprise. Although this has been a traditional source of pride for Muslims down through the centuries, contemporary scholars are more apt to construct excuses for Muhammad’s action, since it contrasts with the claim that Islam is a religion of peace. [read more about the myth…]

Which was justified in the Qur’an with this As Abu Bakr, himself a military leader, put it:

“If I take an oath to do something and later on I find something else better than the first one, then I do what is better and make expiation for my oath.” (Bukhari 78:618)

Muhammad, no doubt, would have agreed:

“The Prophet said: ‘War is deceit’.” (Bukhari 52:269)

Throughout our history of this world there have been numerous people who have claimed god-like messiahship status. Yet, many of them either led others to their deaths without anything good coming of their vane deaths. Many others have led others, falsely, and bled them dry of their earnings; thus, becoming rich off the backs of so many. Others were led down a dark road in their lives, only to be used up by their supposed leader only to find out their leader was a fraud and a cheat. That is not what God wants of you!

God leads us and guides us down a path where we will be be full of integrity and good character. He has given us examples of how to properly live, in all situations. He has shown us the words of wisdom that we should listen to and live by in order to be a light for others to see. That Light was and is Jesus who showed us how to act and speak and portray ourselves to others.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” ~Matthew 5:14 NKJV

We, if we have listened to the words of Jesus and read all of the prophets and books of wisdom, are that light…but we must believe. We are given opportunities, sometimes daily, other times weekly, and other times sporadically interspersed throughout our lives to speak to those who truly need to hear the word of God, or a word of inspiration, something that will aid them to avert something very devastating, or potentially foolish or deadly. Believe it, or not, we are placed in key spots and positions within our lives in order to accomplish God’s pure and perfect will. And no, it is not a crap shoot…it is you accomplishing your purpose which God has created you for.

Yes, there are false teachers, prophets and messiahs on our path throughout our life. But God gave us a mind, a good one at that, with which we can compare the words of those we are listening to and compare them, as well as their actions, to the Word of God which they purportedly teach. Unfortunately, all too many of the preachers, so called, are simple opportunists and charlatans. They offer to sell you snake oil in place of that which is taught in the Word of God. Snake oil sounds good and is soothing to the ear and titillating to the senses, on a temporal basis only, but in the long run it is a long dark and dank road to nowhere fast!

God is not promising you an easy road to heaven, nor is He promising you glory, riches, and an easy life. No, it is and will ever be, in most cases a hard road to follow the Christ and His ways. But in the end, it is your soul  that matters, and if YOU follow Him closely and ardently…you will be accepted into the heavenly upon your death and your judgement.

BEWARE THOUGH! There are false teachers, messiahs, gods, and saviors around many corners, in many pulpits, in numerous schools. They are potentially EVERYWHERE!

“To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. ~Isaiah 40:25 NKJV

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. ~2Corinthians 10:12 NKJV

Our God and Creator is not comparable to anyone else nor anything else! It is that simple. Secondly, we are not to compare ourselves to anyone else. Because all others are as sinful as we are, and therefore are not worthy of being compared to. However, we can view traits of others we cross paths with and use those traits to be better in our daily walk in life. However, our truest model that we should follow is none other than Jesus, the Christ!

For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. ~John 13:15 NKJV

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps ~1Peter 2:21 NKJV

We have an example in Jesus to compare ourselves to and live up to, there is none other that is comparable! And there is none other who is worthy to be modeled and followed as an example! Sadly, the species of man continually tries to replace God with objects and other things. And sadly, once again, always come up short and wanting more. Me, I would love to win the PowerBall or the MegaMillions…but that hasn’t happened as of yet. But neither is that where my faith or hope lies. It is but a game of chance, nothing more. Others believe their luck will change and they will win the big payday. I knew of a man many years ago who was that way. He loved to gamble, and would not leave the casino until he lost every dime of his paycheck(s). Yes, that is right. One year it was purported that he worked every minute of overtime he could, plus at times had another job. One year he had earned roughly $120,000, but all was lost to gambling. He lost his house, wife, kids…everything. He died broke and lonely.

Be careful with whom you ally yourselves with. Whom you allow to teach you, carefully listen to what is said and taught; then compare to the biblical text. If there is a difference, question it. Compare the new answers to your questions. Be ever vigilant with the Word of God!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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Giving Your Best

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Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.”~1 Chronicles 21:24

Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.~2 Samuel 24:24

It should cost us something in order to worship God properly. We should always strive to do our absolute best in all we do, even those tasks we hold absolute disdain towards! Because it is a task that God desires us to do, as it will be the preparation for something much bigger!

Think about this for just a little bit…

When we do something for God, anything, it should cost us something, don’t you think? After all, we are to emulate Christ as part of our purpose in this life of ours, but look at what it cost Jesus to follow His Father’s desire and command? It cost Him his life, His human life, in order to placed upon a cross, be crucified as a common thief – and between two thieves, to-boot!

Even though, Jesus was the final sacrifice for all of mankind…He took on all of mankind’s sin and guilt upon himself in order to be that final sacrifice. To be seen as a common thief, to be separated from God because of all that sin, as it was written in the Bible:

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

Whether in actuality or in reality, imagine it…that our God and Creator turned His back upon His one and only Son because He was full of sin, just so we could be acceptable to God:

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. ~2 Corinthians 5:21

justification-by-faithIt is a rather difficult idea, or concept, to truly grasp a hold of…isn’t it? But it is because of this ideology that we must ensure that what we do for God is done at a cost to ourselves. Because God has done so much for us. If we truly accept our full sonship to, and adoption  by, Our God and Father in heaven…everything we do for Him, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit will cost us. Out of obligation, out of love, and out of honor & respect! We have an obligation to do everything that we do in order to bring the glory to God, showing Him that He is, in fact, everything to us!

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.                   ~1 Corinthians 10:31

I recently read and reviewed the book “RAISE YOUR LINE” by Robert Stevenson. An raise-your-lineexcellent book on the basics of raising one’s own line…that line in the sand you make upon, or to give a challenge (primarily to one’s own self.) Raising the bar in order to raise your self-esteem, control, or power over yourself. In either case, should we no do all that we can to do the best we possibly can…regardless of the circumstances? Once we gave our lives to Christ, we also said we would emulate Him in the very best way possible. We are obligated to do so and as children (adopted into sonship) of the Most High God, the only way we can show ourselves as His son or daughter is by emulating Jesus. The only way we can do such a thing is to read, comprehend, and understand all that His Son had done, believe the words written about Him, and then copy those same actions by living those very same word and actions in our lives. James said it best, the half-brother of Our Lord, Jesus:

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. ~James 2:17 (in context read James 2:14-26)

Are we saved by our faith, no that is not what the bible teaches; however, once we have learned the word it is our works & actions that give credence to our faith. The old adage rings true, in this respect:

Actions speak louder than words!

Also, it is through our actions and by our works that others can tell we have truly changed for the better, or the worse. Consider this for a moment, when you turned your life over to Jesus:

  1. Did you decide to give Him YOUR best or worst?
  2. Have you been giving YOUR first-fruits, or YOUR leftovers to the church?
  3. Did you promise to give YOUR whole life over to God, or only part of YOUR life when it was convenient?

I believe you get the point…and do not take this as a personal affront to your character as everyone has struggled with this dilemma at some point in time in their lives.

Remember this that God blesses us daily with life, life anew! A new start to change our bad habits, improper conduct, etc. Will God bless you because you are giving your best? Yes and No. Yes, because you will…if it be His will, grant you another day to make necessary changes or do good as He wills it. No, because He is not in the habit of bribing anyone to do what is right and just in His sight! Remember what happened in the Book of Daniel:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we briberyhave no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. ~Daniel 3:16-18

Look at what they said to the king, “…But if not…“meaning that even if God did not deliverBribery1 them from the burning fiery furnace, it didn’t matter to them. God can and will deliver you from all evils, but even if He doesn’t you and I are still obligated to follow His dictates. We shouldn’t expect to receive any special gifts, emoluments, or any other form of what would end up being bribes to do what is expected of His own children! What kind of God would you be serving if you were to be receiving something just because you fulfilled your obligation(s) and accomplished your task(s) that was expected of you? That would be like agreeing to do a job for a set price and then expecting more money because you did the job that you agreed to do in the first place…rather ironic, if you ask me.

Think on that for a bit…

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

An Addendum…

If you read my May 9th, 2016 blog posting Have you ever… you will better understand this posting. Most of us all get attached to our pets as part of the family, many much like one of our children. We train them, we rear them, we raise them, we nurse them, we worry when they are ill because they cannot tell us what the problem is. Those of you with pets, most of you I assume, get the picture.

Jonah, after he left in a huff, went to sit in a spot where he could see the Ninevites. Most assuredly, he thought they would show their true colors again. And fail at their repentance of their evils and the salvation that God provided them. In fact, I believe he was truly hoping that they would backslide into their previous sins because Jonah truly wanted God’s judgement to be quick and wrathful upon them! <Personal Opinion>

Just as we mere humans become attached to our pets; so did Jonah become attached to his “vine,” “leafy plant,” or whatever other descriptions have been used throughout the numerous variations of the bible. This plant provided Jonah with shade in the midst of the hot desert sun in northern modern day Iraq.

Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.     ~Jonah 4:6 NIV

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Then God provided a worm to destroy the plant which provided the much needed shade. And Jonah wanted to die because of the loss of this plant. He had no love for the Ninevites, there was no one else around for him to love, the only thing Jonah could become attached to was that vine! Jonah, though he fulfilled his task of God, he failed in his true mission which was to take the message of God to these who were fellow creations of God, and learn to love them.

We are called by Jesus to love our neighbors, but God too called us to love our neighbors;

“…love your neighbor as yourself…” Leviticus 19:18 NIV

also, this was not the norm for spreading the message of God by going out on missions. It was the norm of others coming to the Israelite’s to learn of the one true God.

Furthermore, we are not called to go into the mission field already in possession of a love for those we are to give the good news to, we are summoned, or called, to go and spread the word of God. As I understand it, from interviews, we will learn to love those we evangelize in the mission field. It is only normal as we will become more understanding of them, their culture, their ways, understand them personally, etc. We are called to evangelize to the people which God loves and desires them to change & repent. Thus afording them the gift of salvation that God makes available to all His creation!

What are you becoming attached to? What is holding you back?

We are all doing something that veers us from the path we should be following, but we can return to the path by re-centering our lives. God wants us to be centered on Him and to spread His word to those who have souls that need to be saved! A dog, a cat, or a vine do not have souls that are being sentenced to hell, but our fellow man is being sentenced based upon his choices in his life. Remember: Nothing is as important as your fellow man, because the great commission is to:

GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…[emphasis mine] ~Matt 28:19-Matt 28:20 NIV

A great man once said, something to the effect, ‘act as though you love your neighbor, love him to death and then the Holy Spirit will open to you a love that you have never known before.’ Go and love your neighbor by spreading to him the word, speak to him of the impending judgement, do not take it personal if he should refuse this offered gift of salvation. That is the greatest gift God has given us…the FREEDOM to Choose…FREEWILL!

Learn Apologetics, learn to evangelize, learn to speak to others about your faith, learn to expand your faith by study & reading & educating yourselves! Don’t be afraid of the reaction of others. What is the worst that can happen? You make a new friend? You guide someone, or just plant the seed, to salvation? It is all the work of the Holy Spirit and God so do not look at it as a failure on your part! Learn to love your neighbors!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

It Takes Faith!

“Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.” ~Mark 6:3-6 NIV

A prophet is not without honor

It is odd, to say the least, that the numerous intended miracles to be performed within the hometown of Jesus did not happen due to the lack of faith of the people! A miracle being like any other gift must be accepted (regardless who the giver may be), case in point:

George Wilson was charged with a crime which required him to pay the ultimate price, death by hanging. it went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS, UNITED STATES v. GEORGE WILSON). The President of the United States, Andrew Jackson provided him a pardon, but he refused it. Chief Justice John Marshall provided the following statement in his opinion for the court:

A pardon is a slip of paper, the value of which is determined by the acceptance of the person to be pardoned. If it is refused, it is no pardon. George Wilson must be hanged.

And so he was hanged by the neck until he was dead.

Miracles are much the same, in that, they must be accepted by the recipient through faith. The faith we have in God, the Son of God, & the Holy Spirit must remain in tact if our free moral agency is also to stay whole, in the sight of God. We each have the right to choose to do good or evil, and we must maintain that same level within our spiritual beliefs, as well! God gave us these inalienable rights that only we can toss aside, or hold onto, by our choice. Because that is how God designed us. From the beginning we were given the ability to choose the direction we were to head.

every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood” ~Genesis 8:21 NIV

Also, Abel was rather candid with his brother, Cain:

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”” ~Genesis 4:7 NIV

Abel told his brother that HE, no one else, must rule over the sin in his own heart. The only way to do such is to learn God’s word, put it into practice daily, and teach it to others – as we are commissioned to do. I don’t believe we need to make this any more difficult than it needs to be, what do you think? Our life’s purpose is to serve God through the gift(s) He has blessed us with. Some are great speakers, others are teachers, others are laborers, etc.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” ~Colossians 3:17 NIV

No matter what we do, we must be joyful, thankful, & blessed that we can do such things in God’s name and prove ourselves through such glory! By acting in such a manner, our faith will rise and become stronger while we read and study the Word of God. Perhaps even creating a deeper meaning within the very depths of our hearts and souls! We need to walk in the faith that God is in control of it all and that we will not always get precisely what we desire, but rather we will gain the life that God desires of us.

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The majority of us seek an easy life, cannot deny it…I would love it, but not necessarily practical. But in actuality we should seek and pray for the strength and courage to face a difficult life and the ability to endure it! After all, we were told:

““Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” ~Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

In other words, consider going against the flow…don’t just be follower! Be the leader that is truly needed! Having faith is the basis of all this message. Faith in God, that He does know what is going on and everything is happening for an ultimate purpose, and that we are playing a part (our part) in the grand scheme of things. Just remember, keep things simple!

May God grant each of us the strength of faith we need to know our gifts and to properly use them for His glory!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

No temptation has overtaken you…

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“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” ~1Corinthians 10:13 NIV

We have been given a great promise by our Lord through the Apostle Paul. Let us try to break this down into its component parts and dissect it’s meaning:

1. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.

Temptations that are common to mankind are the only ones able to overtake us. So, the question being: What temptation(s) are common to mankind? First, let us look back into the book of Genesis:

“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.  So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” ~Genesis 3:22-24 NKJV

“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

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

Since the days of our presence in the Garden, our hearts have been steeped in evil thoughts. Jesus spoke on this “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man” ~Matthew 15:18-20 NKJV

To know good and evil, instead of maintaining our innocence within the love and protection of God and following Him only, we have accepted all sorts of evil into our hearts. We have placed ourselves into harms way with all the potential temptations that could possibly overtake us. AND since we are the species of man, we are so into the ‘please me now’ mentality and as Able spoke to Cain – we are not in the mind of ruling over it. Instead, we are of the mind to give ourselves over to our temptation(s). How about changing your mentality on this matter and take control over your mind, your nature, and your urges? Give yourself wholly and fully to God, claim Jesus as your Lord and Savior! Earnestly pray for His guidance and help.

2. “And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.

God is faithful and will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but do you really think that will happen without some work on your part?? You MUST yield yourself over to God, let the Holy Spirit work and guide you; which means you need to more earnestly pray and more diligently listen! Could God do all these things without you asking? Yes, most certainly He can, but He will not subvert your Free Will because He made you a free moral agent. You need, and have, to want such things for yourself. Please keep in mind that we also have an obligation to “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ~1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV

3. “But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

If we are wholly yielded to God, God will create an escape from our temptation. Through prayer, scripture memorization, through our work, keeping our minds busy, etc.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.” ~Prov 6:6-Prov 6:8 NKJV

Proverbs_6-6The ant is a busy little keeper of the house. Constantly busy, constantly working, improving the living area, and through such diligent work is ever prepared for the ills of the world. If their colony is decimated, they do not complain to their government for relief…instead, they work to rebuild. From scratch, if necessary! They work without ceasing, they work together, they do not complain about race, color, or caste system they are part of…they just do what must be done. There must be a good reason that King David spoke of them.

If we will but focus on God, submit ourselves to Jesus, and listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance there is no way we cannot achieve anything we set our sights on (with the caveat that what we seek is in the will of God!) There is nothing we cannot overcome…especially temptation! We must be willing to give up the desires of our carnal heart that we will seek out that which is far greater than ourselves…the will of God!

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.” ~Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV

There is a purpose that we were created for, it is my opinion that the above scripture says it all. Jesus came to place things back into the proper perspective through the New Covenant between God and man.

So, what temptation holds you at bay? What is keeping you from your full Godly potential? Turn it over to God, dedicate yourself to Jesus, pray intently and listen for the Holy Spirit to talk to you. It may be a feeling, a scripture in the bible, a book in the bible, something said by a friend or even someone you’ve never met before. It could be most anything and it could be unexpected, but be patient! For it will come.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

He Is Risen!

The pictures of the empty tomb are symbolic and meaningful to those of us who believe that the prophecies were fulfilled. However, it stands to reason that if the tomb was still occupied that those who lived in Jerusalem at the time would have stated so, don’t you think? The empty tomb was confirmed in the gospel accounts and in the numerous epistles. But do not forget the non-Christian accounts of Tacitus, Flavious Josephus, and many others.

There are many who do not believe these accounts of the Christians because they would be biased. Let’s get something straight…everyone has some form or another of bias, but that does not make them untrustworthy or liars! Some tend to believe that extraordinary accounts require extraordinary proofs. However, I find this to be untrue as well. If we must present extraordinary proofs for extraordinary feats, do you realize that much of our history of America (let alone the world) would vanish! The military campaigns of Alexander the Great, or Napoleon Bonaparte, or even George Washington. Caesar Augustus barely makes the cut to stay in the history of the world.

All the Sanhedrin needed to do was to produce the bones, or body, of Jesus…which they could not because he was RISEN! Just as it was foretold by the prophets. Many, if not all of the challenges, against to Risen Lord, Jesus, have been dispelled in one form or manner.

Consider this my friends: If God exists, then miracles can happen. If God exists, then it is possible that Jesus was His Son in the flesh. If God exists, then the resurrection was possible. If God exists, then Jesus’ appearance to many and His ascension was also possible. If God exists and Jesus was “…His one and only Son…”, then aren’t Jesus’ words a guide to us for our lives????? Think about that for a moment, or two…

Are you willing to believe? Are you willing to research it and take a chance that it may be true! And if it is true, that means the promises of hope and salvation are true for YOU!

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God Bless, Godspeed, & Happy Easter to you all!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

just think about it…

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I was listening to an interview with Dr. Scott M. Sullivan the other day and he and the interviewer brought up an interesting point:

“…if God stopped thinking of you, stopped loving you, you would cease to exist…” (refer to: The Importance of St. Thomas Aquinas)

Just consider that for a moment.

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The Son of the Most High was hung on a cross for our sins! Would you like you, in a good way if you were hung on a cross the same as Jesus was for the failure or sins of others?  Especially, being hung on a cross the way the professional Roman Soldiers did so? Remembering that they were professional and proficient at their jobs in the business of torturing and killing people! And they were especially good at doing so to those who were deigned enemies of the state!

When you think about it all, by simply looking in the mirror, you have seen the face of at least one person who placed Jesus on the cross! You have seen at least one who shouted, “CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!” You know someone intimately who cost someone their life! Someone who was innocent of everything they were accused of.

Do you know what it is like to be crucified? READ THIS, and you will see ; perhaps even understand the concept a bit better! The article was written about 1986 by Mayo Clinic Doctors, who reviewed the data and biblical account and made their professional determination based upon the facts as they were made known through research. ON THE PHYSICAL DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST is a bit technical, but is very informative and very blatant on the brutalities against Jesus or any other person who was the recipient of crucifixion as a judgement.

plan-of-salvationSo, just consider this for a moment, if anyone had any reason at all to not like you and not think about you, or any other member of the human race, it would be Jesus! And yet, God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus loves each and every one of us. God wants us to choose Him and follow Him and to obey Him! Considering all that we have done to Jesus, is it all that bad to choose life and salvation?

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This was a short one, but pointed & specific! I just ask you to think about it.

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD