Anabaptist Group Dynamics
Commands of Jesus
Difference between Anabaptists and Evangelicals
Hutterite Sermon Prefaces
Marriage (Ulrich Stadler)
Living Word (Ulrich Stadler)
Modern views of Anabaptists
Mysteries of the Kingdom of God
April 14, 05
Dec 28, 05
Apr 16, 08
Apr 23, 08
Apr 30, 08
May 07, 08
May 14, 08
June 18, 08
Secret of the Strength
Sermons by Eli Hofer
The Writings of Ulrich Stadler
The Church and
the Narrow Path
To Vote or not to Vote
Way of the Lord
The Anabaptist Voice
How are you, dear friend?
We pray that you can feel the
grace and love of our Heavenly Father. On
June 10th we called the cutest little girl in the world, Pat’s
daughter Elizabeth, and sang Happy Birthday to her. She is two years old. She is a happy girl and we are looking
forward to visiting them next month.
June 10th was also our
neighbor Lorraine Fraser’s 89th birthday. Since her son and his wife were gone to
Canada, we invited her and another neighbor Jean Coffman over for church and
supper. Both are living alone and
elderly. They are wonderful neighbors
and we had wonderful fellowship. They
are a blessing to us.
June 15th was Father’s
day. Don was blessed with cards and
phone calls from his sons and grandchildren.
Here is a photo of Don holding Mike, Naomi and baby Pat when Don was a
police officer in Grand Forks, ND, in 1962. The next photo shows Don and David with the
fish that they caught while on vacation when Don was a software engineer at
Boeing in Seattle about 1975. We are
blessed to have wonderful happy families.
Below is another father – son photo, this one showing Naomi’s male cockatiel
with his young chick.
The Sunday evening CDO church meeting
was a prayer meeting. There are about 20
people, and we all sat in circle and prayed.
It was wonderful. We felt that we
are brothers and sisters in the Lord and felt that praying together made each
one closer. Our friend, 12 year old
Rebekah Flynt, was scheduled to have surgery the next day and she was one of
the people that we as a group prayed for.
Thank you, Lord for that special night.
Rebekah was to be at the hospital
at 5:00 am on Monday morning. We do not
know the result of the surgery yet, but our minds were on her and lifting her
and the doctors to the Lord all morning that day.
After the Sunday morning worship,
we went to a Subway restaurant and ordered take-out sandwiches for our
lunch. As usual Naomi did not eat
anything after lunch. That night she got
sick and vomited twice. All day Monday
she did not eat anything and slept all day.
She told us that her stomach was hurting. Tuesday her stomach is still hurting and she did
not want to eat. So Michi called her
primary care doctor who told her to take Naomi to the emergency room at the
hospital, which she did.
They were in the emergency room
for 7 hours. They treated her for dehydration
but did not find anything that caused her to vomit or to have pain. She is still having pain and is scheduled to
go to her primary care doctor tomorrow. It
is difficult to see anybody hurting. We
are praying for her.
Robert Weiss joined the army at
the age of 17 two weeks after graduating from high school. Full of patriotism but lacking in foreseeable
future, he found the military's welcoming arms a one-way ticket to turning his
life around. The abstract motions of
killing in basic training did little to disturb him, but when an acquaintance
was stabbed in the heart at a party and died on the way to the hospital, Weiss
was forced to confront what death actually meant head on.
"One kid died and another
would soon go to prison, and the families and friends of both parties would be
affected as well," Weiss said. "As
these thoughts went through my
mind I began to question the morality of killing and what good could be brought
about by ending someone's life."
Seeking answers, he returned to a
Bible he'd abandoned soon after joining the Army. Combined with an improbable discovery of John
Howard Yoder's The Politics of Jesus - among other works - Weiss found he
simply could not reconcile Jesus' teachings with the military's. He applied for a conscientious objector
discharge from the army but it was denied.
While absent without leave in
January this year, Weiss spent time speaking to Mennonite church groups about
his experience. He turned himself in to
the military authorities and was sentenced to seven months in prison on May
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of
righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:10)
The cover story in the June 16th
issue of Time magazine concerns the antidepressant drugs that are now being
given for the first time in history to the U.S. combat troops. How sad…
Love for Jesus
Last Wednesday morning as Michi
was walking past Don’s desk, he felt lead to ask her to hand him the copy of
the daily devotional by Andrew Murray that she was carrying, she reads it each morning.
He usually doesn’t read it but that morning, June 11th, he
did. It said, “Write on a piece of
paper: My love for You, Jesus Christ, is most important to me – in my quiet
place, in all my work, and in my daily life.” Don considered this off and on during the day
and finally wrote down those words on his log book for business telephone
calls. Two days later he was considering
that and thought that perhaps it should say, “Your love for me” instead of “My
love for You”. On his desk was a Bible
so he opened it at random and read “Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul and with all your mind.”
(Mt 22:37) The Lord had
immediately shown Don that what Andrew Murray had said to write down was
“Write on a piece of paper: My love
for You, Jesus Christ, is most important to me – in my quiet place, in all my
work, and in my daily life.”
The Greatest Commandment
answered, “'Love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest
commandment. And the second is like
it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt 22:37-39)
The Ten Commandments say, “You
shall have no other gods before me… you shall not bow down to them nor serve
them. For I, the Lord your God, am a
jealous God.” (Ex 20:3-5)
Jesus said, “No one can serve
two masters. Either he will hate the one
and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Mt 6:24)
Jesus said, “Do not be
afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions and give to the
poor. Provide purses for yourselves that
will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no
thief comes near and no moth destroys. For
where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:32-34)
The result of following the
teachings of Jesus by the disciples is shown in Acts 4: “The congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not
one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things
were common property to them. With great
power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and abundant grace was upon them all.
For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners
of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and
lay them at the apostles' feet, and they would be distributed to each as any
had need.” (Acts 4:32-35)
Love One Another
Jesus said, “Love one
another. As I have loved you, so you
must love one another. By this all men
will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
John Wesley, the anti-war preacher
and founder of the Methodist denomination, visited the Moravian community at
Herrnhut, Germany, in 1738. There he
found a church like that of the early church in Acts 2 and 4, as Andrew Murray
described in our newsletter of last week.
Subsequently Wesley wrote one of our favorite songs: “Happy
the souls that first believed, to Jesus and each other cleaved; Joined by the
unction from above, In mystic fellowship of love. Meek simple followers of the Lamb, They lived
and spake and thought the same... None
called what he possessed his own; Where all the common blessings share, no
selfish happiness was there. With grace
abundantly endured, A pure, believing multitude, They all were of one heart and
soul, And only love inspired the whole.”
Wesley could see how the Moravian community at Herrnhut loved one
another, showing the world that they are true disciples of Jesus Christ.
dear friend, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on
earthly things. For you died, and your
life is now hidden with Christ in God. When
Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in
glory. (Col. 3:1-4)
your brother and sisters in
Don, Michi & Naomi Murphy
Tucson, AZ phone 520-297-1639
Jesus said, "Do not resist an evil man."
(Mt 5:39) He means do not resist evil
with evil but respond with love, the Calvary type of love that Jesus
demonstrated with His death on the cross.