When God called my daddy to preach, He made a promise that he would be a voice and not an echo. Think about that for a moment. In a world where many people have a platform of influence but simply regurgitate the words, style and substance of other people, God can still uses people uniquely. People can so easily mimic those who are effective, and we’ve become so accustomed to it, that we no longer judge people on their personal effectiveness. Instead we compare one gift to another.

The problem with being an echo is that the echo isn’t in control. Echoes are bound by the voices that speak for them, in that when the voices change, so do the echoes. An echo is not free to express its own voice, because it has none. How can you effectively minister with no voice?

So, as I attempt to walk in my own purpose, my daddy’s promise has become my prayer. I’m not so much interested in ministering on a grand stage. I’m not striving to be a household name. I’m not hoping to be the next go-to guy in the world of preaching, blogging, and ministry. My prayer is that with whatever platform of influence God graces me to have, I will be able maintain my own voice. I pray that I will not become another echo, but that God will trust me enough to use my voice.

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(Being very transparent with this one, but my honesty may help you.)

I understand the phrase “comfort food” all to well. You see, in many ways, food makes me happy. There have been many days that my only friends were a bacon cheeseburger and a butterscotch malt. Other days, the only one to listen to me cry was a plate of nachos. (more…)

It has been one week. All the left overs are gone, and there’s no more pie. There is no use for that little corner of cranberry sauce and your child’s hand print turkey painting is off the fridge. Family members have traveled back home and you’re back at work counting the days to your next holiday pay. Question is, are you still thankful? (more…)

In this climate where celebrity, popularity, and success is king, people sometime have to scratch and claw to stand out. There is this urge to compete and compare. Working in ministry is no different. When you see people who have effectively built and established their “brand” for whatever it is they do, it’s easy to become discouraged because you don’t seem to measure up to those other people’s standard.

Let me help you get free … (more…)

This is a post entitled I’M FREE, written by my wonderful wife Angela Pickett-Murphy. Check it out and support her (she’s very good BTW)!

I’m sure no one was remotely surprised with the news of Kim Kardashian’s divorce from NBA baller, Kris Humphries. Their relationship didn’t come across as a match made in heaven, and certainly not a match heaven made. But apparently, it only took 72 days for them to realize that they shouldn’t be married. (more…)

There are times in life, when it is easy to be afraid. Beginning something new, dealing with an unexplained illness, or mountains of bills with mole hills of money, are all examples of scary times. I understand the apprehension that comes from dealing with situations and circumstances that aren’t ideal, but if God is for us, why be afraid. (Romans 8:31)

The Bible teaches us that “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” (Psalm 37:23) Then, Jesus confirms this by telling His disciples (of which I believe I am one), “I will be with you always,(even) till the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

This tells me that I have to over come my fear and trust in the Lord. I hear you; sometimes I get choked up and find it hard to believe that He will be with me, too. However, we have to lead our hearts with courage. We can’t allow our steps to be stifled, because we have to press on and do what He wants us to do. So be encouraged my brother! Don’t be afraid my sister! God has not lost control and He sees where you are. He sees where you are going and He won’t leave you alone. Choose to trust in God and rest in the fact that He’s gonna be with you in every little step!

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