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
June 25, 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
Warm greetings to you, dear friend,
It is not warm, but hot and dry
over here in Tucson with the temperatures in the 105 to 110 range every
day. We are told that it is monsoon
season now and we should have rain. The
pure blue sky sure is beautiful, but we are praying for rain. Here is a photo of Naomi and her brother Jim having
fun at the Special Touch camp.
Our dear friend Shelly Brauer
called from Maryland. She lived with us
for 8 years at our Fan Lake community in northeastern Washington state. It was so wonderful to hear from her. Although she told us that she is having more
seizures and also she is using a walker, she sounded good. Thank you, Lord, for Shelly’s gentle spirit.
Don had two episodes of Atrial Fibrillation (abnormal heart
rhythm) this past week, one on Wednesday
night and one on Saturday afternoon but he is doing well now. Praise God.
Naomi is still having stomach
pain, yet she is slowly doing better. She was at the emergency room of the hospital
twice this past week, both times sent there by her doctor and both times spent
about seven hours there. Many people
asked about her and told us they were praying for her. Thank you, Lord.
The daily devotional for June 22 in
“God Calling” reads; Go forward
fearlessly. Do not think about the Red
Sea that lies ahead. Be very sure that
when you come to it the waters will part and you will pass over to your
promised land of freedom. We are learning to depend on our Father and
rest in His love.
Twelve year old Rebekah Flynt, who
used to live with her family at our Fan Lake community, is home from the
hospital and she is doing well. It is
wonderful to hear that. Thank you, Lord.
Sunday morning our new sister in
the Lord, Kris Robertson came to the CDO church with Tony Brown who flew up
from Florida for the weekend to visit with Kris. After church they came to our house for lunch
and fellowship. Tony has attended Bible
college and shared with us that he would like to be a missionary to help people
in need and he is asking the Lord for direction. He was to fly back to Florida that afternoon,
so after we prayed we said, “Good bye.”
Naomi was not quite well enough to
go to the Sunday evening service at the CDO church, so Don and Michi went and
received a wonderful surprise there. Kris
and Tony came to the evening service!
They told us that his plane was delayed, so he has an extra day to stay
here! Kris had such a happy face!
At the service, the pastor
preached that God has a plan for every one of us. While we were listening to the talk, we
thought about Tony. After the service,
Tony told us that every word the pastor said was God’s message directly for him. Did God delay the plane just for Tony to hear
the message from God? And for Kris and
Tony to have more time together? They
have known each other since childhood. It
is wonderful to know that God works wonders for us.
Don and Michi want to talk now
about a happy marriage. How can a couple
have a happy marriage? God made us, Don
and Michi, one and we are happy in the Lord.
We think that the secret to a happy marriage is for the couple to pray
together and to play together.
Don is so good about telling Michi things like, “Your eyebrows are beautiful”
or “Your nose is beautiful.” This makes
both of us laugh. We also say to each
other several times a day: “I love you.”
When we wake up in the morning
we pray together. Before we go to sleep
at night we pray together. After our
noon meals we read a chapter from Psalms/Proverbs, sing a song and close with a
prayer. We have daily church in our home
at 5 pm just before our evening meal where we learn about God’s Word and
discuss it or what God is telling us about.
We start with prayer, a song and close with a song and prayer. Don also prays before and after each meal.
Since Don was born again in 1975,
we have had a family Bible study- worship time every day. Before the children went to school, Don would
hands on each one of them and prayed for them.
While our oldest son Mike was in
high school, he needed a car and so Michi prayed secretly to the Lord that He
would tell Don to get a car for Mike.
couple days later, Don told Michi, “I think we should get a car for Mike.” What joy!
Mike remembers that very well.
We are married for almost 50
years, that’s our wedding photo. Don
calls Michi his better half and Michi calls Don her better half, and they do
not argue with that. God made us one and
gave us special gifts for each one of us, and the gifts God gave us help each
other. It is amazing how God prepared
for us to be one with different gifts to make our needs met. Praise God.
A couple years ago Don was praying
quietly, thanking God for his dear wife, Michi.
The Lord spoke to Don, telling him, “I gave
her to you because I love you.”
Thank you, Lord!
What the Bible says about
Jesus said: “A man will leave his father and
mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one.” (Mk 10:7-8)
“A perfect wife is the joy of her
husband, he will live out the years of his life in peace. A good wife is the best of portions, reserved
for those who fear the Lord; rich or
poor, their hearts will be glad, their faces cheerful, whatever the
season.” (Ecclesiasticus 26:2-4)
“A wife of noble character is her
husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. He who finds a wife finds what is good and
receives favor from the LORD. A
quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from
the LORD. Better to live on a corner of
the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Better to live in a desert than with a
quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.” (Proverbs
12:4, 18:22, 19:13-14, 21:9, 19)
The Bible says: “A woman should have a sign of authority on
her head because of the angels.” [She
should wear a head covering to show the angels that she is under authority.] (1 Cor 11:10)
“For the husband is the head of the wife
as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. In this same way, husbands ought to love
their wives as their own bodies. He who
loves his wife loves himself. For this
reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and
the two will become one flesh. However,
each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must
respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:23,
28, 31, 33)
is an "Anabaptist"?
The term “Anabaptist” describes a
person or group of people whose goal is to love God above all things; they want
to love God with all their mind, strength and soul. They seek to love
their neighbor as themselves.
The key word is 'love'. John
teaches us that God is love and those who live in love live in God and God
lives in them. So an Anabaptist is one who seeks to live in love and
makes a covenant with God in the water baptism ceremony to live a life of love,
love to God and love to God's people.
The Catholics and Protestants of
the 16th century called these people "Anabaptists" which meant people
who are baptized again. The Anabaptists are the ones who revived the
belief in believer's baptism, rejecting the infant baptism of the Catholics and
The Anabaptists called themselves
"Brothers in Christ". They
seek the kingdom of God and try to reject the kingdom of the world and all of
its false gods.
Both Jesus and John teach us that
those who love God will obey His commands. Therefore an Anabaptist is one
who will not swear an oath, resist an evil man, store up wealth on earth, or do
any of the other activities that Jesus prohibited.
Anabaptists are ‘red letter
Christians’ because they hold that the words of Jesus are to be the light that
all of the rest of the Bible is to be read by. They seek to be pleasing to Jesus in that they
tend to take His Words literally. For
example, when Jesus says God’s children are all brothers and we’re not to give
titles to anyone (Mt 23:8-12), they try to obey that.
The Anabaptists started in 1525 in
Switzerland and because of their trying to live the lifestyle described above,
both the Catholics and the Protestants persecuted them, killing thousands. The devil is also trying to seduce the
Anabaptists with the false teaching of ‘saved by grace’ that Augustine and
Luther invented. This teaching lures
people into thinking that they can live like the world lives and still be saved
because of the grace of God. Yet Paul
teaches us that God has saved us and called us to live
a holy life by His grace. (2 Tim 1:9) Grace is the power to live a holy life, not
an excuse to live a worldly life, as so many believe and as Luther taught with
his “sin boldly” message.
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
Since, 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.
Let us try to follow the Lord in
your Anabaptist brother and sisters in Christ,
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.