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03/09/2018

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David Murphy

A few years ago I crashed my car. No one was injured, but it was extremely frightening. My first response was to shout the name of Jesus and a four-letter word for a bodily function. I can't remember which word came first. I continued to shout those two words for about a minute. My passenger was appalled, but when I shouted Jesus' name, it was was genuine prayer. You may question the appropriateness of the other word.

I quite often let out the Lord's name under my breath when I hear of something terrible: a person facing a terrible illness or a violent outrage somewhere in the world. I believe that it is appropriate to verbally bring the situation to God. The issue is that, sometimes, I hear that name escape my lips and realise that I'm really trying to speak to him; I'm just using his name. And I should never do that; his name is holy and is not to be thrown about. I absolutely believe that I have the right to call on my father casually and by name, but not flippantly or insincerely. It's not the words; it's the intent.

Those are just my thoughts on your thoughts.

David Murphy

Sorry, in the second paragraph it should say "sometimes, I hear that name escape my lips and realise that I'm NOT really trying to speak to him". I should have proof read.

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