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On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ

by William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI

Original printing on March 21, 1986

Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, an·d was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily from hypovolemic shock and exhaustion asphyxia. Jesus’ death was ensured by the thrust of a soldier’s spear into his side. Modern medical interpretation of the historical evidence indicates that Jesus was dead when taken down from the cross.
(JAMA 1986; 255:1455-1463)
This was a forensic determination of the facts as they were reported & annotated in the gospels. This should be of interest by anyone who is in doubt of Jesus’ death.
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Major Bible Themes: 52 Vital Doctrines of the Scripture Simplified and Explained by John F. Walvoord & Lewis Sperry Chafer

In an age characterized by skepticism and ignorance of the Holy Scriptures, this timely volume clearly sets forth the biblical truths and teachings that long have been cherished by Christians. Virtually a classic for this century, Major Bible Themes includes chapters on doctrines that merit particular attention in the contemporary religious scene, such as the Holy Spirit, the nature of the Church, and the second coming of Christ. Designed for group and individual study, for pastors, laymen, and students, Major Bible Themes is an indispensable tool, providing the biblical basis for fifty-two doctrines, complete with topical and Scripture indexes. Questions for discussion and review follow each chapter. Whether your purpose is to explore Bible doctrines as a new Christian, to erase confusion stemming from conflicting views in the contemporary church, or to establish a stronger basis for witnessing to your beliefs, Major Bible Themes is essential for study and reference.

I was rather impressed with this book and it’s explanations of the 52 themes within the confines of the bible. Very good explanations and excellent insights into those themes. A helpful reference guide for future forgetful moments.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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Speaking Gracefully – One of the Great Joys of Leadership under the Authority of Christ

Thought y’all might like this!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf
By GLENN BROOKE on August 13, 2015 
Leaders must master their words as they respond to others – especially when people say and do things which infuriate us, frustrate us, or grieve us. People are messy, complicated, and can be ungrateful, unthinking, and hurtful.
We’re imperfect and called to lead imperfect people. Leaders are also held to a high standard.
You’re probably familiar with James 1:19-20, and we also read in Proverbs:
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)

And in Ephesians we read:
Let each one of your speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin… Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but on such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:25-26, 29)

Restraining your words is hard work because we have so many immature thoughts and voices in our head.

I think the people who say they have an inner voice are fortunate, because I have whole committees with subcommittees at work – and half of them are whiners.
For example, here are some things I’ve thought about saying (but fortunately didn’t) just in the past few months:
“Do you hear yourself when you talk? In a different setting this would be entertaining.”

 “Are you saying this because you want to get fired?”

“You’re a hypocrite.”

“I think you prefer telling yourself that lie because the truth is too painful to acknowledge. Am I right?”

“If you could see things in the bigger picture you’d realize you’re arguing about a small matter and wasting my time.”

“Back away, little man, before you regret starting this conversation.”

“Are you asking a question or just filling the air with a rant?”

“I’m really, really tired.”

 “I’m really not sure how you got promoted to this level.”

“Why is this my problem now?”

“Thanks for the insincere praise. Now, what do you want?”

“You have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“I don’t care.”

I’m sharing these so that you know you’re not the only one who battles against immature, unhelpful thoughts, and because when we write these out they lose this potency. We’ll defeat them more easily next time.

Leaders should look to the remarkable example of Jesus interacting with difficult people.
Consider this example of Jesus in conversation with some Jewish religious leaders. Ask yourself as you read this, “What is Jesus NOT doing?”
“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”


Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”


The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”


Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”


So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. (John 8:47-59, ESV)

Jesus exhibits extraordinary love here, even as he tells people the truth and tries to get them to see reality. He responds evenly and calmly, while the Jewish leaders are clearly enraged at him.
How hazardous to your health is it to insult the Lord of Lords by telling him he’s a Samaritan and has a demon?
After all, if we believe what Paul says about Jesus, “in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17), then Jesus could have simply stopped holding their molecules together and poof! – the people who insulted him are no more.
But in love Jesus responds with what people need to hear, rather than what they deserve to experience. Your leadership conversation should be the same.

You can also look at times when Jesus did speak forcefully with people. For example:
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”


One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.”


And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.


Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.” (Luke 11:42-52)

The pattern we see with Jesus throughout the Gospel accounts is that he doesn’t get angry with people who insult him, or flog him, or crucify him.
He gets angry when people are interfering with other people’s ability to be in right relationship with God. Plus, he manages that anger without sin.
Jesus told us that we could follow his example (John 14:12) with the power of the Spirit. Pray earnestly for help that your words as a leader will edify, build-up, express love, and not sin.
When you notice that you didn’t respond to people the way they may have deserved, give God the credit and be grateful that he is transforming you more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. (see 2 Thessalonians 1:3)
This is one of the great joys of leadership under the authority of Christ as our Lord, Savior, Master, and Friend.
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How To Overcome Procrastination

While procrastination is THE biggest problem to attaining one’s personal goals and dreams, it is also a systemic problem that goes very deep into your persona.  This is a good series/ebook which will give you tips as to what you can do.  While I do not subscribe to her personal beliefs, I do believe we can learn something from everyone no matter their background.
Download How To Overcome Procrastination e-book

Procrastination, or laziness, is something that all of us face. However, many self-help resources only teach you to deal with procrastination on a superficial level, which is why it continues to be a problem in people’s lives. This ebook will share the real root causes of procrastination and how you can overcome it at its core.

5-part series, 25-page e-book, 500+kb

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Celestine Chua

Celestine Chua is the founder of Personal Excellence, your #1 site to achieve personal excellence. She believes in your magic and is here to help you achieve your highest potential in life.

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Sorry for the long delay…

Sorry for the long delay, but have become enamored with a couple of sites you may find interesting with excellent article.

First, Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is the most-attacked book of the Bible. We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview, and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a “millions of years old” earth (and even older universe).

AiG teaches that “facts” don’t speak for themselves, but must be interpreted. That is, there aren’t separate sets of “evidences” for evolution and creation—we all deal with the same evidence (we all live on the same earth, have the same fossils, observe the same animals, etc.). The difference lies in how we interpret what we study. The Bible—the “history book of the universe”—provides a reliable, eye-witness account of the beginning of all things, and can be trusted to tell the truth in all areas it touches on. Therefore, we are able to use it to help us make sense of this present world. When properly understood, the “evidence” confirms the biblical account.

For an elaboration of AiG’s presuppositional thrust check out our Answers section—for example, learn how the Bible offers the best explanation of the world’s geology, astronomy, and genetics. Also, for information on the issues we deal with and which ones we don’t, see “Where Do We Draw the Line?

Please visit our ministry news page for the latest updates about the Creation Museum, the Ark Encounter, and our overall ministry.


Second, the Christian Research Institute exists to provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people influenced by ideas and teachings that assault or undermine orthodox, biblical Christianity. In carrying out this mission, CRI’s strategy is expressed by the acronym E-Q-U-I-P:


The “E” in EQUIP represents the word essentials. CRI is committed to the maxim: “In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things charity.”


The “Q” in the acronym EQUIP represents the word questions. In addition to focusing on essentials, CRI answers people’s questions regarding cults, culture, and Christianity.


The “U” in the word EQUIP represents the word user-friendly. As much as possible, CRI is committed to taking complex issues and making them understandable and accessible to the lay Christian.


This brings us to the “I” in EQUIP, which stands for integrity. Recall Paul’s admonition: “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”


Finally, the “P” in the acronym EQUIP represents the word para-church. CRI is deeply committed to the local church as the God-ordained vehicle for equipping, evangelism, and education.


Third, Risen Jesus is a Christian Apologetic site with great resources to either read, listen to, or watch.  I first heard an interview with Mike Licona, PhD, by Scott M. Sullivan, PhD..I find both characters and interesting people with much to teach us about Christian apologetics.  You may just find his article I’m a Doubting Thomas!  It seems to be very true that we all doubt at times and our kids will have the same problem IF we do not prepare them and help them grow in their faith.  Meaning that we have to help them to come to the conclusion on their own based upon their own studies and research.

Godspeed, Good Reads, & Happy Viewing!

Doc Murf

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The Purpose of Disappointments

Here is something you may like!

Aura E Martinez

Disappointments…’s just one of those things that we will get for as long as we live because they are a part of life. It sucks to be disappointed but they are a part of life and it is necessary to accept this. So if this is part of life, then what is the purpose of disappointments? That’s what I would like to discuss in today’s post.

There are different kinds of disappointments. Some disappointments will come from people, others from circumstances. Some will come from ourselves, believe it or not. There are many possible reasons as to what led to that disappointment such as expectations that one may have, needs that were not met, even miscommunication or no communication from the other person or even from yourself (unfortunately, miscommunication or no communication is a big one and it shouldn’t be this way).

It is important whenever you are disappointed to understand…

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Will America Inevitably “Awake” to Its Need for Religion?

By Matthew Murphy

July 31, 2015 0 Comments
The religious landscape in America has been statistically shown to be changing. The Pew Forum reports that from the years 2007 to 2014, the Christian share of the population decreased by nearly 8 percent. In addition to these stats, it’s not hard to see materialist trends alive and well. You need only observe any mall on Black Friday.
Maybe you’re wishing for the next “great awakening,” in which Americans flock back to the church and begin to pursue the Christian life. This notion of a Great Awakening is directly related to periods in history in which people, by the thousands, returned to the church after a period of secularization. Though many might think this trend is impossible, I would argue that the next Great Awakening is more than just a possibility. It’s a reality to come.
Let me explain.
Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system, but the trip inspired his magnum opus, Democracy in America (maybe you have read it). In this massive work, Tocqueville comments upon various aspects of American society in hopes of understanding the nature of democracy.
In this book you will find a plethora of rich ideas about American democracy, but the one I find particularly interesting is Tocqueville’s commentary on the democratic soul.
Tocqueville takes the human soul seriously. Whereas Jean-Jaques Rousseau believes the human soul to be a historical accident of sorts, Tocqueville argues that “Man did not give himself the taste for the infinite and the love of what is immortal. These sublime instincts are not born of a caprice in his will: they have their immovable foundations in nature…” (Democracy in America, 510).
Though he does not say it directly, I believe Tocqueville is arguing for the natural presence of the soul in man.
But, if you read the quote again, you can also see that Tocqueville makes another metaphysical claim. He implies that the human soul is not content with the objects of the material world and has a “taste for the infinite and the love of what is immortal.” This obviously raises a number of implications.
According to Tocqueville, “the soul has needs that must be satisfied” and these needs cannot be satisfied by the material world. The simplest way to achieve consolation and satisfaction for the soul is religion, which connects us with God.
This hunger, on a mass scale, would inevitably lead to a third Great Awakening as more and more people seek healing for their souls via religion. It could, however, reflect the vague “spirituality” of the 1960s, so I can only urge the church be prepared and knowledgeable, ready to offer people the ailment to their hurting souls in a way that is lasting and good for the whole of society. For if the church misses this opportunity, there could be nothing short of drastic results.

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