DayBreaks for 11/26/14 – The Return of the King

DayBreaks for 11/26/14 – The Return of the King

John Phillips, in his book Exploring Revelation, tells a story about the when Richard I, the Lionhearted, returned to England. During the time of the crusades, when Richard was away doing battle in the Mideast, his kingdom fell on really bad times. His brother, Prince John, who was justly vilified in the tales of Robin Hood, usurped the throne and misruled the realm in the king’s absence. The people of England suffered horribly under John’s rule and eagerly longed for the return of the rightful king. They prayed fervently that it might be soon. Then one day it happened – Richard returned! He landed in England and marched straight for his throne. John’s castles fell before Richard, the rightful king, like bowling pins. Richard the Lionhearted laid claim to his throne, and no one dared stand in his path. The people loudly proclaimed their delight, as the bells in England rang out peal after peal of joy. The Lion was back! Long live the king!

John Phillips adds these hopeful words: One day a King greater than Richard will lay claim to a realm greater than England. Those who have abused the earth in His absence, seized His domains, and mismanaged His world will all be swept aside.

The day is coming when the world’s rightful King returns for His throne.  It’s coming, and for the loyal citizens of His Kingdom it will be a grand and glorious day. No one knows when it will happen, or much about the details of that day, but we need to get ready.  What we do know is this: The King is in charge…and He is trustworthy.  And He tells us: “Watch for my coming!”

PRAYER: Lord, I pray that we will take your admonition to heart and start to pay more attention and look to the sky in anticipation of your return! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 11/25/14 – The Gratitude Attitude

DayBreaks for 11/25/14 – The Gratitude Attitude

In A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, John R. Ramsey tells how in one church a certain person provided him with a rose boutonniere for the lapel of his suit every Sunday. At first he really appreciated it but then it sort of became routine. Then one Sunday it became very special.

As he was leaving the Sunday Service a young boy walked up to him and said, “Sir, what are you going to do with your flower?” At first the preacher didn’t know what the boy was talking about. When it sank in, he pointed to the rose on his lapel and asked the boy, “Do you mean this?”

The boy said, “Yes, sir. If you’re just going to throw it away, I would like it.”

The preacher smiled and told him he could have the flower and then casually asked what he was going to do with it. The boy, who was probably no more than 10 years old, looked up at the preacher and said, “Sir, I’m going to give it to my granny. My mother and father divorced last year. I was living with my mother, but she married again, and wanted me to live with my father. I lived with him for a while, but he said I couldn’t stay, so he sent me to live with my grandmother. She is so good to me. She cooks for me and takes care of me. She has been so good to me that I wanted to give her that pretty flower for loving me.”

When the little boy finished, the preacher could hardly speak. His eyes filled with tears and he knew he had been touched by God. He reached up and unpinned the rose. With the flower in his hand, he looked at the boy and said, “Son, that is the nicest thing that I’ve ever heard but you can’t have this flower because it’s not enough. If you’ll look in front of the pulpit, you’ll see a big bouquet of flowers. Different families buy them for the Church each week. Please take those flowers to your granny because she deserves the very best.”

Then the boy made one last statement which Rev. Ramsey said he will always treasure. The boy said, “What a wonderful day! I asked for one flower but got a beautiful bouquet.”

That’s the thankful spirit. That’s the gratitude attitude. And it’s that attitude that should guide our giving and our lives. Like that boy’s granny, God has blessed us so much. God has been so good to us that giving shouldn’t even be a question. It should just flow from us naturally.

PRAYER: Give us attitudes that are truly grateful, Lord, for all You have done and given us!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 11/24/14 – Without a Single Fault

DayBreaks for 11/24/14 – Without a Single Fault

I have a very easy, quick question for you, and you have about 1 second to think of the answer: Who is the only person to ever live a perfect live?  OK, you got it right: Jesus.

When you think about it, that’s quite a statement, isn’t it?  A perfect life.  Not once did he sin in thought, word or deed.  It’s inconceivable, isn’t it?

There is a subject in theological circles around what is called the “peccability” of Christ.  It is a theological topic for debate that asks the question: Was Christ capable of sin?  You might respond “Yes, of course.  He was tempted in all ways like we are – yet was without sin.”  That is true, but it doesn’t really answer the question: was he capable of sin?  On the one hand, he was fully human – he was able to be tempted as a human.  On the other hand, he was fully God – who cannot be tempted to do evil.  So, though we believe he didn’t sin, was he capable of it?  I’ll be honest: I don’t know.

I suspect, though I hope no one will hold me to it, that in his human nature he could have, but the God-nature (100% of it!) was totally incapable of it as He can’t be tempted to do evil nor can He do evil himself.  I think the God nature is so much stronger than the human nature that he may not have been able to.  But that doesn’t take anything away from his sinlessness…he was tempted so he knows what it feels like and how hard it is to resist.

So, back to the first question: the only person to ever live a perfect life was Jesus.  But did you know that you will be brought into the presence of God Himself, who ALONE is able to keep you from falling, and who WILL bring you into His own Presence without a single fault?!?!  Listen: Jude 1:24-25 (NLT) – Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

I like how Jude put it: he didn’t say that God was able to cause us to be without a single fault, but that He WILL see to it that it happens!  As far as God is concerned, when you show up, as a believer in Christ, YOU will be without a single fault.  Not one.  Not even a little one.  None!

Is it any wonder that Jude broke out into a doxology of praise in the final verse of his short book!!!???

Be at peace…

PRAYER: All glory, majesty, power, and authority to You, the Alpha and Omega, Who lives forever and ever, and who WILL present us to the Father without a single fault on our record! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 11/21/14 – What Evil Can’t Touch

DayBreaks for 11/21/14 – What Evil Can’t Touch

From the DayBreaks archive, 11/15/2004:

1 Cor. 1:25 (NLT)  – This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.

1 Cor. 1:27 (NLT)  – Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

The mystery of the cross is mind-numbing.  That the life of a single Nazarene carpenter should have affected the world the way it has defies logic.  Yes, some think he was a good man, a great teacher, a wise prophet perhaps, and they put him in the same classification as Buddha, Mohammed or Moses, in an attempt to say, “See, he’s like they were.”  But they’re wrong.  Those folks are still in their tombs.  Jesus isn’t.

But the power of God is a fascinating thing.  There are two kinds of power – right-handed power which is direct and is clearly visible as power, and what Martin Luther referred to as “left-handed power”.  Left-handed power may not even be seen and recognized as power to those who aren’t looking closely.  It was a marvelous mix of both right-handed and left-handed power that was on display in the life of Jesus Christ, but it is largely the left-handed power that puzzles us, but which also truly changed the world in a way that we still struggle to understand.

In his book, Parables of the Kingdom, Robert Farrar Capon wrote about this left-handed power: “Left-handed power, in other words, is precisely paradoxical power: power that looks for all the world like weakness, intervention that seems indistinguishable from nonintervention.  More than that, it is guaranteed to stop no determined evildoers whatsoever.  It might, of course, touch and soften their hearts.  But then again, it might not.  It certainly didn’t for Jesus; and if you decide to use it, you should be quite clear that it probably won’t for you, either.  The only thing it does insure is that you will not  – even after your chin has been bashed in – have made the mistake of closing any interpersonal doors from your side.

“…when you come to think of it, it is power – so much power, in fact, that it is the only thing in the world that evil can’t touch.  God in Christ died forgiving.  With the dead body of Jesus, he wedged open the door between Himself and the world and said, ‘There!  Just try and get me to take that back!’”

Straight-line, or right-handed power, may be exercised by those who attempt to make converts to a religion by the edge of the sword.  And while the numbers of their followers may grow, they’ve not really made converts in the heart.  Therein lies the great mystery of Christ: through his left-handed power that looked for to all the world as total weakness and lunacy, hearts have been changed.  People have been reborn.  Pasts have been washed away.  It is a mystery that takes place in the heart – where for a long time only God can see it growing.  But the martyrs died with songs on their lips and glory in their hearts while their souls were far from the touch of evil.  May we know his left-handed power in all its fullness today!

PRAYER: Lord, if not for your great victory, we are all defeated! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 11/20/14 – Where Is the Victory?

DayBreaks for 11/20/14 – Where is the Victory?

The famous American editor, Horace Greeley, once told of receiving a letter from a woman who wrote: “Our church is in dire financial straits. We’ve tried everything to keep it going: a strawberry festival, an oyster supper, a donkey party, a turkey dinner, and, finally, a box social. Will you please tells us, Dr. Greeley, how to keep a struggling church from disbanding?” Dr. Greeley wrote back to her a message in two words: “Try Christianity!”

There are many in our world (and country) today who rail against Christianity, claiming that it has been the source of untold misery in the past 20 centuries.  I don’t agree with them in this regard: it was Christians (or so-called Christians) who caused the misery of the Crusades, etc., but that was not Christianity.  Unfortunately, Christianity is not practiced by perfect people.

But what did Mr. Greeley mean when he said, “Try Christianity!”  Look at it in this way. The ancient world failed to help men and women meet the problem of life, because, although their wise men could teach, they could not supply the power to put it into practice. The Old Testament prophets could explain the Law of Moses, but were unable to provide the power needed to fulfill it. Then, into the midst of the ages, came this man Jesus and, before the wondering eyes of men and women, he declared, I am the way, the truth, and the life. These people saw truth coming alive in his amazing personality; and, when his enemies finally killed him and he ascended back to the Father, his great Spirit was liberated to be wherever needy souls cried out for him. In all the ages since, for all those who have received him as the bread of life by committing their lives to him, he has brought power over their every weakness, victory over every failure, and conduct and character that have made the world a better place in which to live.

But is that the reality of your experience?  Do you find power over every one of your weaknesses, or victory over every failure?  I don’t.  Maybe I’m the only one, but I am quite sure I am not!  If find myself more aware of my feebleness and failings every day as I grow older.  I find that victory over my temptations and failure is not all that easy – if in fact, I manage to experience it at all.  So where is this power and this victory?

I think that as Christians, having victory over every failure and power over every weakness doesn’t at all mean that we won’t fail or fall through our weaknesses, nor does it mean that we will experience that in reality.  I suspect that what it really means is that victory and power isn’t ours at all nor was it meant to be ours…that it is purely, simply this: that Christ has already defeated that sin and paid for it…and the victory we have is His victory extended through grace to us!  I, for one, have pretty much given up on the idea of experiencing victory over my temptations as long as my lungs suck earthly air.  That’s not to say that I haven’t experienced some level of diminishing temptation or that some temptations no longer plague me.  But there is a part of me – a stubborn, tenacious, fleshly part of me – that knows I will not have the full victory in this life. 

How grateful I am that on the day I die that I don’t have to be perfect, but can rest in the knowledge that His grace, His power, His mercy…and most of all, HIS victory count for me, and that His forgiveness is perfectly full and complete!

PRAYER: Lord, if not for your great victory, we are all defeated! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 11/19/14 – On That Day

DayBreaks for 11/19/14 – On That Day

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Today, I’m not writing anything other than this brief introduction because this photo says it far more eloquently than words ever could.  I shall let this photo and Scripture speak for themselves.

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Revelation 21:3-4 (NLT) – I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

PRAYER: Let us engage with vigor in Your service! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 11/18/14 – Play Your Piccolo!

DayBreaks for 11/18/14 – Play Your Piccolo!

1 Corinthians 12:18-28 (NLT) – But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.  And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.

Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor, was holding a rehearsal. As the mighty chorus rang out, accompanied by scores of instruments, the piccolo player, a little pint-sized flute, thinking perhaps that his contribution would not be missed amid so much music, stopped playing. Suddenly, the great leader stopped and cried out, “Where is the piccolo?”

The sound of that one small instrument was necessary to the harmony, and the Master Conductor missed it when it dropped out. The point? To the Conductor there are no insignificant instruments in an orchestra. Sometimes the smallest and seemingly least important one can make the greatest contribution and even if it doesn’t seem to make that big a difference to the audience at large, THE CONDUCTOR KNOWS IT right away!

In the Church the players and the instruments are diverse – different sizes, different shapes, different notes, different roles to play. But like the piccolo player in Sir Michael’s orchestra, we often in our own sovereignty decide that our contribution is not significant. Our contribution couldn’t possibly make a difference. And so we quit playing. Stop doing that which we’ve been given to do. We drop out. But the Conductor immediately notices. From our perspective, our contribution may be small, but from His, it is crucial.

I am sure that there are some (if not all) piccolo players reading this today who have dropped out of the orchestra for whatever reason(s): pain, exhaustion, insecurity, criticism, laziness, misbehavior. Perhaps you are convinced that your contribution doesn’t mean a hill of beans in the bigger scheme of things and that you are unimportant, insignificant and perhaps even unnecessary. And that may have led you to bury your talent in the ground.

For all piccolos who won’t play, or at least aren’t playing, Jesus has something to say in Matthew 25:25-30 (NIV) - So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The point: play your piccolo!  Put it to use!

PRAYER: Let us engage with vigor in Your service! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

Your support would be deeply appreciated!