Category Archives: Religious

In A Still Small Voice

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Interviews with Christian artists, filmmakers, actors, and dancers sharing their insights into how art ultimately points to God and makes the invisible, visible.

The inspiration of the beauty around us, and that which comes through us, dictates there must be a God. What instills in each of us the ability to do what we do, individually or as a group? THAT created beauty implies there is a God, a Creator of all things, a Grand Inspirer of all things. Therefore, such beauty created through such inspiration therefore infers the existence of a God of beauty!

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Doc Murf

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Billy Graham TV Classics

Billy Graham TV Classics

A collection of Billy Graham Television Classic shows and Evangelistic events. While I was not much of a Billy Graham viewer as a child, I have come to appreciate his old programs. As of lately, I have been watching these shows, whether on YouTube or on his Billy Graham TV Classics web site. It is quite intriguing to see what he had to say, and either research what he said, or use it on my blogs. He was truly a man of God who taught many of us about the path of God.

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The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Charles Pollock

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The drama of a novel meets scholarship in leading Christian biographer John Pollock’s classic work about one of the most transforming persons in history: the apostle Paul.

The Apostle masterfully combines careful adherence to biblical text, detailed research, and a storyteller’s gift to create a book equally relevant for both casual readers fascinated by Paul’s life and serious biblical scholars. Pollock begins his fast-movig narrative with Stephen’s death and follows Paul through his conversion, missionary journeys, and eventual execution. Many will enjoy it simply as a satisfying and insightful true-life story, although maps and a study guide allow for deeper exploration. The Apostle was originally published in 1969, and this new edition marks the first significant revision in many years.

*****

This was an excellent read. It was a help in tying the epistles together and aiding me in the chronology of Paul’s trek. From about the time of Paul’s leading the stoning of Stephan to his beheading. An excellent read which was well worth the time!

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Doc Murf

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Expositions of Bible Doctrines Taking the Epistle to the Romans As a Point of Departure (Romans #1-4) by Donald Grey Barnhouse

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A series of expositional studies in which Barnhouse examines the Epistle of Romans phrase by phrase, not only in its immediate context but also in the larger context of the entire teaching of Scripture. Scripture is thus interpreted by Scripture, bringing all the correlated truths of the Word to bear on each line and word of the epistle. Available in sets only.

*****

An excellent exposition on the book of Romans by Paul. Painstakingly, taking each line, of each chapter, and expanding upon it’s meaning. It’s meaning within context of the Apostle Paul’s life and real life context, as well. It is a tough read, but well worth it for the understanding of this foundational book of the bible. I say foundational because it is the foundation to understanding salvation and how we should act with one another.

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Doc Murf

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Jesus: “Who Do Men Say That I Am?”

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The age old question remains: Who is Jesus? Through this presentation, become aware of the pressing questions and answer them for yourself.

A documentary seeking who men say Jesus is.

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Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question by Rice Broocks

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Did Jesus Really Exist?

The search for the historical Jesus continues to be headline news. Any speculative theory seems to get instant attention as the debate rages about His real identity and the claims made in His name. Did Jesus really exist? Is there real historical evidence that demonstrates that He lived and actually said and did the things the Gospels record? Is there any validity to the speculative claims that the Jesus story was a myth, borrowed from a variety of pagan cultures of the ancient world?

In this follow-up to the book God’s Not Dead (that inspired the movie), Man, Myth, Messiah looks at the evidence for the historical Jesus and exposes the notions of skeptics that Jesus was a contrived figure of ancient mythology. It also looks at the reliability of the Gospel records as well as the evidence for the resurrection that validates His identity as the promised Messiah. Man, Myth, Messiah will be released concurrent to the God’s Not Dead movie sequel, which will cover the same theme.

*****

This is an awesome book! It took those five basic & minimal facts about Jesus & His existence and used them as a platform by which to evangelize to those around you. Historical and mythological arguments about Jesus were debunked. Although, had I checked into this further, I would have sought out the book “God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty” by the same author and read it first. Which was the basis of the movie “God’s Not Dead.

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Doc Murf

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

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Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself “the angriest Black man in America” relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.


An established classic of modern America, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” was hailed by the New York Times as “Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book.” Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X’s life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.

*****

WOW! That is the quick synopsis of this roller coaster ride! One of the BEST biographies I have read that made me slow down and read at a much slower speed than usual. THIS book truly makes one see things from the perspective of a black man’s plight in America. Also, the trials he went through after giving his all for the Nation of Islam only to be turned on by the viscous powers that were at the time. Truly sad, but also truly enlightening! The discovery of how the Islamic faith was being misused and mis-taught by those who chose to use the faith itself as a means to an end. Malcolm X’s thoughts on the white man had changed when he went on his pilgrimage to Mecca seeing all those who were black, brown and white showing their brotherly love toward one another. Malcolm X stood up for what he believed and lived out such a life. We could all learn from his life and his trials.

While I disagree with the Islamic faith, this did show us one thing…that the Christians of that time could learn a thing, or two, from those of Islam, in how we treat one another.  This was well worth the time to read!

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Doc Murf

 

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Alison’s Choice

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Alison, a teen, is facing pregnancy. With nowhere to turn, she finds herself in a ‘clinic’ about to end her baby’s life. Suddenly a man appears. His mop tells her he’s the janitor. Conversation begins and it quickly becomes clear that this man is no mere janitor, but Jesus manifest. And he’s come to save the life of her baby.

 

 

When young Alison finds herself pregnant by a dead-beat boyfriend, she turns to abortion. There in the clinic, as she waits for her name to be called, she encounters a cast of extraordinary characters; a flamboyant counselor, a suburban mom, a heart-weary receptionist, an inner city counterpart – And more than anyone, a gentle-faced janitor with mop “eternally” in hand. The two begin to talk and it quickly becomes clear he is no mere janitor, but the living God manifest – and He’s come to plead for the life of her baby. With the clock ticking precious minutes away, it is a fight for life or death. Suddenly a nurse appears, “Alison, we’re ready for you.” What will Alison choose.

*****

An excellent movie depicting the struggles of a young women in the throws of love and the torment to abort their baby…all for the thought of love.

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Staying Together: Marriage: A Life Long Affair by Steve & Mary Prokopchak

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Staying Together is a unique book that’s been written for you to read as a couple. Together, you’ll hear from us and what we’ve learned over more than 40 years of marriage, as well as from other couples whose marriages have endured heartbreak, hardship, and even infidelity.  You’ll read about their solutions and healing, applicable to your marriage oneness.

You will be confronted with questions about what it looks like to walk out your vows on a daily basis as life partners. Whether it’s communication, trust, or sex; money, loss, or mission; kids, jobs, or insecurities, Staying Together has insight on how to better navigate waters when they’re rough and better enjoy them when they’re smooth.

Whether you’ve been married for months, years, or decades, now is the time to make sure you’re in a marriage that’s not just surviving, but thriving.

*****

This was a fantastic book! It was full of pointed questions that every couple needs to address in their lives and in their marriage, both to God and their spouse. The questions and exercises are poignant enough to make you wonder if you are on the right track and they are pointed enough to aid you to assess your position and move toward that direction or some other direction. This book truly looks at the many aspects of our marriage, our vows, and all of those subjects that can affect our relationships.

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Doc Murf

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Paul, Apostle of Christ

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PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

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By the time you read this blog post, it will be weeks later. I took my wife to see this movie. I found it to be a bit slow going, but very powerful in it’s messaging and telling of the story of Paul the Apostle and Luke, one of his followers. I don’t have problems with slow running movies, provided the spirit of the film is strong and powerful. This is a moving film of the heart and spirit. It was well worth the time and cost. I always liked Jim Caviezel, but both he and James Faulkner, played outstanding roles in this movie.

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