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Robbery Foiled by Octogenarian Bodybuilder

When 82-year-old Willie Murphy heard the sound of an intruder breaking into her home, she felt bad. Bad for the intruder, that is. Murphy said to reporters, “He picked the wrong house to break into.”

That’s because Murphy was already a critically acclaimed bodybuilder, having won the World Natural Powerlifting Upstate New York Championship in 2018. After calling police, Murphy used the darkness to lie in wait for the assailant. Then when the moment was right, she struck with all the strength and agility she could muster. Murphy said, “I picked up the table and I went to work on him.” After breaking the table, Murphy briefly poured a bottle of shampoo on his face before continuing to whale on him with a broom handle.

The police who responded were so impressed, said Murphy, that they “wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me … I really did a number on that man.”

Potential Preaching Angles: 1) God can sustain us in tough times if we endure and do not lose heart. We don’t have to live in fear, but in distress we can turn to the gifts that God has given us. 2) We have the power to defeat Satan’s attacks through the strength of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Source: Michael Sheridan, “I’m old, but guess what, I’m tough’: 82-year-old female weightlifter attacks burglar with table,” NY Daily News (11-25-19)

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