He Knows my Name

ESL ClassAbout a year ago, one of the songs we often sang at our church was entitled “He Knows my Name”.  What ministered to me about this song was that the God of the universe would be aware of me, would be able to call me by name.   My new Burmese friends need to have a glimpse of that feeling.   So I have worked hard at learning their names.  I want to call people by name to help point them up to a God that loves them so much that He knows their name.  In this blog I will often give you the name of a Burmese friend in writing, usually I have to read it and then try it out with my friends until I pronounce it correctly and can call them by name.  For those of you who want to get involved we have a pictorial directory.

Here is an excellent post by Mark Cahill that continues this theme on names  http://www.markcahill.org/news/0910news.html

Along these same lines are the life stories of my Burmese friends.  I share bits and pieces with you but as they speak better English, they can tell us more and more about God’s miraculous hand in keeping them safe as they left a country with a military that persecuted them.  In the weeks ahead we will try to feature some of these emerging stories on this blog.   Stories about freedom fighters, 20 year long refugee stints, untimely death of close family members, new hope, deep faith, malnutrition, love stories of married couples that met as refugees, and stories of all of us growing together in our walk with Jesus.

About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on June 6, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. jasonmcmurphy

    I remember singing He knows my name at MACEA last year and then we came home and did it here as well. I love the song as well, to be known is amazing. I’ve had the same feeling when you’ve seen somebody for the first time in a long time and they remember your name, awesome feeling. I think hearing the stories of the Burmese will be great, a perfect addition to the blog

  1. Pingback: Is My name Written There? « Johnmcmurphy’s Weblog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: