Eileen’s Relationship to God

June 13th, 2016 1 Comment

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While going through the process of divorce, my mental, emotional, and physical well-being hit absolute rock bottom. One night the realization that my life was in a downward spiral hit me hard—so hard that in my fear of the future and dismay of my past I cried out to God to help me. This cry to God, in itself, may not sound surprising; but I had never truly acknowledged him in my life. I had always done exactly what I wanted whenever I wanted, with no thought of our Creator. I don’t know why I cried out to him that night or why it occurred to me to do so. But the moment I did, I knew something had changed within me. A calm washed over me, soothing my tears and allowing me to breathe regularly enough to finally fall asleep. On that evening, I was given a yearning to learn more about God, both who he was and why he was significant. Three weeks later I attended Easter service with a Christian friend. This was my first time in a church service in close to fifteen years. Over the course of the next six months, I became absorbed with  learning and trained myself to be someone who lived for Jesus. My lifelong habits were changing, as was my outlook on life. There was no specific date I can point to to say, “This is when I became a Christian.” It was a growing process over the course of several months, a process which produced a woman who is thankful for her rescue from her sins, and for the promise of a future with Jesus.

That was 26 years ago. Since then, Eileen married Mike, bore Rachel, and helped with various ministries and church plants. She played guitar in churches that needed help with the music. She organized events, taught women’s bible studies, assisted in the counseling ministry, and cooked and delivered meals. She made our home a center of hospitality, and dedicated of her time to needs both within and outside the church.

Eileen’s most prominent attribute was that she loved Jesus with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. This was clearly displayed by her consistent joy and infectious cheerfulness. She loved God, and she loved those he put in her path.

Eileen’s Obituary

June 13th, 2016 1 Comment


Eileen Ann (Murphy) Lawyer was born Dec. 2, 1960, in Los Angeles, Calif. She graduated from Pacific Palisades High School in 1979. She also graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA degree in anthropology with an emphasis in physical anthropology. And she graduated to glory June 2, 2016, at her Moscow home surrounded by family and friends.

Besides living in various places in California, she also lived in Colorado, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Missouri, Washington and Idaho.

Eileen was the treasured wife of Mike Lawyer for 23 years, married in Eureka, Calif., on May 1, 1993.

As a member of Christ Church in Moscow, Eileen strove to glorify God by loving everyone she came into contact with. As a pastor’s wife, she gave wise and godly counsel to those who were suffering. She provided meals for those in need; she prayed for the sick and dying; she was hospitable to those who needed a meal or a place to stay. Most of all, Eileen was an incredible helpmeet to her husband, and wonderful mother to their daughter. Eileen was a true Proverbs 31 woman.

Eileen won the race to glory before her husband, Mike, and her daughter, Rachel. They survive along with brothers, Dennis (Mary-Ellen) Murphy in Alaska, Tom (Carolyn) Murphy, and Don (Linda) Murphy; her sister, Kathleen (Dennis) Willett; and her parents, Jack and Geraldine Murphy, all in California.

A graveside service were held at the Moscow Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene. A reception will be afterward in the church fellowship hall.

If anyone would like to make a memorial donation, please give to The Center for Biblical Counseling, PO Box 8741, Moscow, ID 83843.


A Lot of Time to Think

May 27th, 2016 4 Comments

As I sit in my chair and watch my wife sleep, I have a lot of time to think. One thing I think a lot about is how the saints have drawn together to honor and bless our family. There are a few things people should know, however. Ours is not the only suffering family in our church. We have another family who is going through similar things with cancer (they have been battling for over 10 years), and many who have gone through it in the past few years. We have lots and lots of families with new babies. Lots of families with other health issues that have offered opportunities for the church to minister to them. We have had men get laid off from work, broken bones, surgeries, illnesses and all the normal things people go through. All this to say that, in terms of suffering, we’re a pretty normal church community. read more…

More On the Way We’re Being Loved

May 27th, 2016 1 Comment

Some of you may have noticed the recent post by Daniel Foucachon of the members of Christ Church and Trinity Reformed Church singing hymns to God outside our house last Sunday. It was an incredible blessing to my wife and our family to have them all there. They have asked if they can come back this Sunday as well. Who knew dying could be so glorious?

In a few of my recent posts, I’ve mentioned some of the other blessings that Christians in our community have showered on us. these have ranged from all our meals being provided since September, to our lawn being mowed every week, snow shoveled, cars washed, house cleaned, etc. One thing I forgot to mention is that a local cleaner, owned by one of our members, has been pressing my shirts since September, for free. Not only that, but I take the shirts to the office and someone from the cleaner comes by, picks them up, and then returns them to the office a few days later. And then, someone else brings them to our house and puts them in our entry closet. It’s like magic. I need a shirt, and poof!, the closet is full of them.

I thought I would take a moment to give you the cleaner’s address so you can take your laundry needs to them. You can look for them here, and here. They’re great folks and love Jesus. I know because they are loving me and my family. “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren” (1 Jn 3:14).

Update on Eileen 5-19-16

May 19th, 2016 17 Comments

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:1–4)

Last week we took Eileen in to the hospital because her stomach had become distended and was giving her much pain. The doctors did some tests and found that the cancer was no longer playing well with the chemo treatments. It had gone off on its own and was ravaging, not only her liver, but now also was spread through her intestines. The swelling in her abdomen was the result of the new lesions releasing fluid (ascites) into her abdomen. When they drained it, three liters (just over ¾ of a gallon) came out. She went to the hospital on Monday and had the procedure done again. We have an appointment to go in tomorrow for another go at it. read more…

Introduction to Biblical Counseling Weekend 3

May 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Introduction to Biblical Counseling Weekend 3

This weekend is the third of three weekends. This means you missed the first two weekends, but you can still get in on the last ten hours. Great stuff, good fellowship. Tools you can use to minister to those around you.
Please let us know if you plan to attend.

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The Navy Way?

April 29th, 2016 Comments Off on The Navy Way?

“There’s a right way, a wrong way, and the Navy way.” This was a quote I heard quite a bit when I was in the Navy. It was usually offered when something that we were told to do just didn’t seem to make sense. The longer I was in the Navy, however, more I came to realize that life, at least in the Navy, went a lot easier if I just changed my mind and made my way (the right way, of course) the Navy way. read more…

Update on Eileen 4-28-16

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Update on Eileen 4-28-16

Hello all,

I thought I would update you on how Eileen’s CT scan went last week.

Background: Last January we visited the specialist in Seattle. He advised us, because Eileen’s hands and feet were going numb, that we should cut back on the kind of chemo she was receiving. This was called a maintenance dose. So, we changed the dose Eileen was getting hoping that the neuropathy would diminish and that the cancer would not grow. Shrinking would be good, staying the same would be good. Growing would be bad. read more…

More on Change

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on More on Change

Biblical change occurs when we spend time with God and through our contact begin to become like him. This change can come in many different ways.

  1. We can change because we obey his commands (Deut. 11:13). Thus we become like him because we choose to do what he says. Over time, our choices to obey become a natural part of life and we realize our new life is his life.
  2. We can choose to imitate him because we love him and choose to be like him (Eph. 5:1). We observe him loving those around him  and we copy his love. We see how he handles adversity, and we learn to handle our trials in the same way.
  3. We can change simply because are with him (Jas. 4:8). This kind of change happens without our even being aware that it is taking place. We change because we become like who we worship (Psa. 115:8).

Most often, change comes through all three means working at the same time as we spend time with and serve the living God. This is what “I will be your God and you will be my people” is all about (Jer. 7:23).


April 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Change

Change in Biblical Counseling, does not come about because more information is obtained. Change comes as a result of relationship change.

They change because they know the right person and spend time with him. The world seeks to change by changing or adding information. Christians change as they spend time in the Word, meeting with the God of all change.

Generally, people know what the right things are, they simply don’t and often can’t do them. Giving them more information does not help. A changed heart, a new love, a deeper relationship with God changes them from the inside out.

It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know.

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