Monthly Archives: September 2015

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

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Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good.

But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.

Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.

This book sure does highlight much of which we take for granted concerning the helping of those less fortunate. We can certainly create far more harm than good in our dealings with the poor by just giving and not teaching, mentoring, and developing!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf


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The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel

From college classrooms to bestselling books to the Internet, the historic picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught. This fierce attack on the traditional portrait of Christ has confused spiritual seekers and created doubt among many Christians – but can these radical new claims and revisionist theories stand up to sober scrutiny?

In this dramatic investigation, award-winning writer and former legal editor Lee Strobel explores such controversial questions as: Did Christianity suppress ‘alternative gospels’ that portray Jesus more accurately than the New Testament? Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early biblical texts? Have fresh insights and explanations finally disproved the resurrection? Were the essential beliefs about Jesus stolen from earlier mythology? Have new objections disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah? Evaluate the evidence for yourself as leading experts grapple with the latest objections from today’s foremost critics. Then reach your own verdict in The Case for the Real Jesus.

It is good to expand your knowledge of the numerous discredited claims against Jesus being the Lord of all! It is only through research, reading, and prayer that we will determine for ourselves.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter

foot-soldierEighteen-year-old German stonemason Jakob Walter served in the Grand Army of Napoleon between 1806 and 1813. His diary intimately records his trials: the long, grueling marches in Prussia and Poland, the disastrous Russian campaign, and the demoralizing defeat in a war few supported or understood. It is at once a compelling chronicle of a young soldier’s loss of innocence and an eloquent and moving portrait of the profound effects of all wars on the men who fight them.

Also included are letters home from the Russian front, previously unpublished in English, as well as period engravings and maps from the Russian/Soviet and East European collections of the New York Public Library.

Not my normal book to read, but found it rather interesting, from both a historical and warfare perspective.  You know certain things happen during war, but more often than not many things are not discussed.

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I AM GABRIEL (movie)

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While the message was great and it’s overall concept was also great, it’s acting and lines (to a certain extent) were a tad cheesie.

BUT the bottom line & question is if God sent you a messenger with a message, would you be skeptical or a believer?

Well worth the hour and a half!


Doc Murf

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Billy GrahamNearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well

 Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham, known by many as God’s Ambassador. “I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way.”
In Nearing Home this man of faith―now in his nineties―explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy Graham invites us to journey with him as he considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, Ruth, in his heavenly home that eclipses this world. “When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice,” says the author. “Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Join Billy Graham as he shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well.
“Explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day.” ―BILLY GRAHAM
A good book for those of us wh are becoming “youth challenged” and have noted many of our contemporaries & peers having been taken due to age and other resins. Mortality hits us all where we live, & life is a game none of us is destined to get out alive, excepting only through the love and salvation of Christ!

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On Christian Doctrine, in Four Books by St. Augustine


In On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine helps readers discover, teach, and defend the truths of Scripture. According to St. Augustine, in order for Christians to fully understand Scripture, it should be interpreted with faith, hope, and love. St. Augustine helps readers recognize and interpret figurative expressions and ambiguous language. St. Augustine suggests that readers consult original translations and commit difficult terms to memory. He also suggests we familiarize ourselves with the meaning of frequently used symbols, such as “shepherd” and “sheep.” For those who teach the Scripture to others, St. Augustine says we must teach in honesty–not for self-seeking purposes. This text offers an impressive wealth of practical wisdom for reading the Bible. It is evident that St. Augustine earnestly wanted his readers to understand God’s Word.

This was an interesting read into the mind of one of the brilliant minds of the Christian beliefs.  Hard to see the thoughts of people from the 4th & 5th centuries, versus present day.  My, how the philosophies and morals of man have changed over time…and not for the better!


Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Encounter (2010)

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The Encounter, is a Christian film released in 2010. It follows 5 strangers living in California: Nick, a former NFL player and owner of a chain of burger restaurants; Hank and Catherine, a married couple whose marriage is falling apart; Melissa, a Christian on the way to visit her boyfriend (who is a non-Christian) and Kayla, a hitchhiker escaping her horrible living conditions in Los Angeles. When a detour road is closed off, the 5 are stranded in a diner with its’ omnipresent owner, who is revealed to be Jesus Christ, and attempts to help each of the patrons face their troubles and help them seek repentance.

You might even consider this the Twilight Zone meets Jesus sort of film.  The practicality of the film was truly interesting.  How would you react in similar circumstances?  As a believer or the skeptic?

Well worth the hour and a half of viewing time.

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Oldest Koran predates ‘prophet’ Mohammed: Islam was plagiarized for political agenda

Thought this to be rather interesting, y’all may like it!

The Muslim Issue

Should we become historians, or what? For how many years now have we relentlessly – and been the first – stated that the Koran is not one book but a compilation from torn bits and pieces acquired from loot during the raids and robberies committed by an illiterate Arabian desert band of criminals. The only authentic sections of the Koran that actually was written from the time of the warlord of Islam is the Hadith, which reveal the most heinous and vicious savagery that sounds too cruel to be real. The new findings basically give a strong historic argument to the claim that Mohammed was no prophet. Nor did he get the message of the Koran “from heaven” so he was also no messenger of Allah either.

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The Agenda: The homosexual plan to change America by Louis P Sheldon

Restore the foundations of moral order in America! Homosexual activists want their sexual lifestyles to be a civil right, but did you know that they seek to silence the truth about homosexuality and abolish moral judgment in any form? The Agenda takes you inside the culture war, exposing the shocking methods of the “gay” campaign and the strategies homosexual activists are employing to transform American society radically. Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, a prominent voice exposing the homosexual rights movement for thirty-three years, reveals their agenda and how it impacts Christianity, the business community, public schools, the church, and the media. Discover the powerful answers to these thought-provoking questions:

  • How and when did the homosexual movement get started?
  • How did militant homosexual activists force the American Psychiatric Association to abandon its official policy that classified same-sex attraction as a mental disorder?
  • How have the resources of the public health system and funds designated for AIDS research been co-opted by homosexual activists to promote their lifestyle to America’s children?
  • Why is same-sex marriage a bad idea?

You can help restore the moral fabric of the nation. This timely book will inform and motivate you to get involved in stopping the radical transformation of American culture and protecting future generations from the destructive forces of the homosexual agenda.

This was an interesting read as well as an eye opener, to say the least. Mush of what I have seen going on during this period up to the SCOTUS recent decision(s) and the Stat’s Supreme Courts (even here in Nebraska with Judge Batallion) was right in line when you look at all these incidents with an objective, or even a subjective, eye.  The Liberal agenda of abuse those you disagree with, denigrate their character, and claim you were injured.  Truly, shame on all of us for not seeing this and doing more.  Especially, in light of the recent jailing of the Kentucky County Clerk for standing up for her convictions.  This is just the tip of the iceberg(s) to come!  Beware to all of you.

As I have shared on Facebook with many of my friends, when Sir Thomas More came at odds with King Henry the VIII and when he was placed between a rock and a hard place, he by his conscience was forced to step down from his position.  And over the course of time lost all he had, including his life.

As a Christian, are you willing to lose all for Christ’s sake?  For the sake of principle or conscience?   Are you willing to suffer persecution as Paul did:

“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” ~2Tim 2:8-13 NKJV

Godspeed & Good Reads!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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