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Michael Murray was born in — wait a minute… Why am I writing this in the third person??? Can I start over?!

Hi, I’m Michael. I don’t have life figured out yet. I’m still a mess. But I believe that every single person matters to Jesus. And I believe that he invites us all to follow him, one shaky step at a time.

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ …

A reflection on the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

You know, when it comes to Christmas music, I’m an “all things in moderation” kind of guy. I don’t mind it, but a little goes a long way. There’s only one Christmas song I can listen to on repeat because it puts me in a good mood no matter what time of the year it is.

But this month, I thought it’d be fun to look at the Christmas story through the lens of Christmas songs. …

This is good news for people who want more than gingerbread-happiness.

A Nativity set with baby Jesus in the center of the scene, surrounded by Mary, Joseph, animals, and magi.
A Nativity set with baby Jesus in the center of the scene, surrounded by Mary, Joseph, animals, and magi.
Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash

When it comes to Christmas music, I’m an “all things in moderation” kind of guy. I don’t mind it, but a little goes a long way.

Last Saturday, my wife Diana and I were driving home from a date, and I turned on the radio. A Christmas song began playing, and I remembered this was one of those “Christmas 24/7” stations. I let out a groan. I’m not a fan of non-stop Christmas music, and especially not this year.

This year, I’m pretty okay if I don’t hear any Christmas songs. Before you call me a Scrooge, it’s not that I’m against Christmas. It’s just that the gingerbread-happiness of most Christmas songs are unrealistic. …

I believe a grateful heart is also a mournful heart.

A picnic table dressed for a meal. Barren trees and a house decorated with lights are in the background.
A picnic table dressed for a meal. Barren trees and a house decorated with lights are in the background.
Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

There is a tension to embrace this Thanksgiving.

To be fair, I think the tension is there every year, but it is especially present in a year where we’ve experienced so much loss.

God calls us to be thankful, but he also calls us to mourn with those who mourn.

I don’t know about you, but when COVID first began earlier this year, I never imagined we’d be dealing with it going into the holiday season.

For some of you, this Thanksgiving is the toughest Thanksgiving you’ve ever faced. The losses have been insurmountable this year, and you don’t really feel like celebrating. That’s okay. I stand with you. …

Sometimes it’s refreshing to see it in ink!

Open Bible with a feather lying on a page.
Open Bible with a feather lying on a page.
Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

“Jesus died for your sins.”

If you’re a Christian, you’ve probably heard that a lot. Sometimes it can grow stale.

I know Jesus died for my sins the same way I know Olive Garden has awesome breadsticks. I’m happy about it, but it doesn’t always affect my everyday life.

Even when we open our Bibles, the truth doesn’t of the gospel doesn’t always hit us. Yes — it’s written on every page, but not always in direct ways. Sometimes it’s more hidden, and you start to wonder, “Is this whole Jesus thing too good to be true? …

It’s not fun to admit, but prayer can be overwhelming.

When a loved one is sick, when tragedy strikes, when all hope is lost — these are moments when I know I should pray. But so often, the despair of the circumstance weighs me down. Clouded by grief, I can barely squeak out a few words to God.

I often feel defeated by my lack of prayer. I feel like I’m not praying hard enough. And I don’t think I’m the only Christian who struggles with this. (At least I hope I’m not!)

In today’s article, I discuss what we can do when we feel overwhelmed by…

“Alabanza.”

An opened Glass Coke bottle on the ground near a puddle of Coke. Sun is setting in the background.
An opened Glass Coke bottle on the ground near a puddle of Coke. Sun is setting in the background.
Photo by Krisztian Matyas on Unsplash

It’s not fun to admit, but prayer can be overwhelming.

When a loved one is sick, when tragedy strikes, when all hope is lost — these are moments when I know I should pray. But so often, the despair of the circumstance weighs me down. Clouded by grief, I can barely squeak out a few words to God.

I feel defeated by my lack of prayer.

You talk so much about God, but you can’t even pray consistently, I say to myself.

Sometimes I hesitate to pray because I think I’m not doing it right.

Intellectually, I know Christian prayer isn’t a magical incantation. …

My new 40-day devotional.

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Cover design by Archangel Ink.

Hi friends!

I am excited to announce the Kindle version of my book Nobody Left Out: Jesus Meets the Messes is officially available on Amazon for pre-order!

Nobody Left Out: Jesus Meets the Messes is a 40-day devotional. It looks at eight encounters Jesus had with messy, broken people.

Full-disclosure: The content for this book was taken from the 8-week devotional series I wrote when I started Nobody Left Out. So if you’re one of my faithful friends who have been with me from the beginning, the content will be familiar to you. I want to thank you for sticking with me and encouraging me over the past year. I couldn’t have put this devotional together without your support, and I mean that. …

And not be like chaff blowing in the wind.

Image of three windmills in a grain field.
Image of three windmills in a grain field.
Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

I hesitate to write these words because they can come off as cliche. But I think they are important to get out.

And let me be clear that they are important because I need this reminder. I don’t write these words from an ivory tower. (I don’t even write them from a regular tower!)

My hope for Election Day is that the nation would see Jesus-followers united. Not united around a candidate — I know sincere Jesus-followers who are voting differently, and that’s okay. …

Hi friends!

I am coming to you on a Saturday to ask for your help. Yesterday, I got back some cover mockup designs for my upcoming book Nobody Left Out: Jesus Meets The Messes.

Since it’s election season anyway, I figured I’d put it to a vote! :) I would love to get your opinion on these. Here are the options:

Cover #1:

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Cover #2:

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Cover #3:

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Cover #4:

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Cover #5:

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So, what do you think? Let me know which one you like best!

Thanks!

About

Michael Murray

Just a broken, messy guy trying to follow Jesus one shaky step at a time. Born with cerebral palsy. Get my free 5-day devotional here ➜ https://bit.ly/36wHUj6.

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