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May 23, 2008

The Murph Challenge

Lt_michael_murphy Heard of the “Murph”? A friend introduced me to it and has pulled me into doing the “Murph” every Saturday morning. It’s a workout program that involves completing a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and then another 1-mile run in the shortest possible time. More fitness enthusiasts are getting into it and in fact many are encouraged to register online and do the “Murph” challenge this Memorial Day.

What’s interesting about the “Murph” is that it was developed in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 and received the Medal of Honor last year. Lt. Murphy was killed trying to save his SEAL team during a fight against 40 insurgents. He exposed himself to enemy fire in order to radio for help for his team.

The workout was one of Lt. Murphy’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor.” But from the time of his heroic death it was referred to as “Murph” in honor of Lt. Murphy, who wanted nothing more in life than to serve his country and its people. What a great expression of neighborly love. “Greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends." (John 15:13, NLT) Just like Lt. Murphy did, giving our lives to serve our neighbors is the best way to honor our soldiers and celebrate Memorial Day.

Are you ready for the “Murph” challenge?

(Image © the U.S. Navy)

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Well Jason,

That's a pretty tough workout. I thought that I was in pretty good shape for somebody who's nearly a half-century old. My living will goes like this:

If I can't run a 6 minute mile or
If I can't do 10 pull-ups or
If I can't do 30 push-ups.

Put me to death.

Maybe Steve will oblige me if I fail to meet the challenge. My family refuses.

Steve, you can use this justification.

'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.'
Leviticus 20:13

And don't worry Steve. No need to feel you have sinned for fantasizing about carrying out His word. His word is truth and you are justified by your faith.


Gee, thanks for the offer, Walt, but that's really not my thing. I'm content to let God do the sorting, and believe Him, He will. I'm counting on His mercy, knowing that I am a hopeless sinner in need of redemption. What's your strategy?

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