DayBreaks for 05/31/12 – Sold Out

DayBreaks for 05/31/12 – Sold Out

Matthew 22:37 (KJV) – Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

“Riches and things. That is the American dream. The more riches and things we possess the better off we are. We have been sold that agenda. It is part of who we are. We almost take it for granted. To be a blessed person in this society is to be flush with riches and things. The world and the Evil One will try to get us to conform to that agenda. When Christian people start defining Christian blessings in the same terms, when Christian people start defining blessings in terms of riches and things, then the world has simply won the battle. “Name it and claim it,” the “prosperity Gospel” says. “God does not want anyone to be poor.” Those slogans are a sure sign that the world has gotten the upper hand in the struggle for our soul.” – Richard A. Jensen, The Crucified Ruler, CSS Publishing Co., Inc.

Temperature check: to what have you sold out?  Will it stand with you before the great white throne and the One who sits on it, or will it be lost in the flames of a twinkling of an eye?

PRAYER:   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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DayBreaks for 05/30/12 – The Uprising

DayBreaks for 05/30/12 – The Uprising 

We live in a world at war.  Yes, there are wars where bullets, bombs and guns are used and, I suppose, there always will be until the end.  They are terrible.  We have just “celebrated” Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who have fought and served…and those who gave their lives in the “last full measure of devotion.”  That is one kind of war…and all war is deadly and to be hated.  Some soldiers live after their war is over and others don’t.

We are also locked in a great war that has gone on since the garden…the war between good and evil, right and wrong, life and death.  This war is a war that we are all engaged in by virtue of our birth.  If you are a human being, there is no way out of this war except death.  We make choices in this war daily.

There are times when we feel that this war is being lost.  The forces of the enemy would seem to grow stronger each day.  They seem to advance in uncountable hordes, attacking on the left, right, from every direction.  And, it does often seem that the victories they are racking up will inevitably lead to a victory.

Be not deceived.  You see, the outcome of the war, the end of the war, was written two thousand years ago on a cross and in an empty tomb outside Jerusalem.  Yes, there are still skirmishes, but the outcome of the war has been sealed for nearly 2000 years.  We can take hope and comfort in that truth.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we are to just sit back and wait for the final outcome.  We are still on the battlefield.  What can we do that will have any impact?  We can live lives that imitate our Commander in Chief and that honor Him.  We can wage war against evil, death, hatred, injustice whenever we confront it.  But the greatest weapon at our disposal is one that perhaps we don’t employ nearly enough.  Karl Barth described that weapon: “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”

Isn’t it time that we all take up this great weapon of our warfare and wield it with great power and might and passion?  Let us renew ourselves in our determination and dedication to pray for daily victories…and for the hastening of the dawning of the day of ultimate victory’s realization!

1 Timothy 6:12 (NLT) – Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.

PRAYER: Jesus, as we await the great victory celebration, hear our prayers that each day we will see the cross advance, that we will engage in prayer and in battle with the enemy who shall fall before your great and mighty power!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/29/12 – Disappointed?

DayBreaks for 05/29/12 – Disappointed? 

When is the last time you were disappointed?  Chances are it wasn’t very long ago…maybe just minutes.  Sometimes our disappointments can be rather minor: going to the cupboard in the morning to discover that there’s no coffee.  Perhaps it was when you got to the office and learned that someone else took credit for something you did and you are disappointed in their lack of integrity and of the gullibility of the boss.

Some disappointments, however, are much more significant: hoping to hear the word “remission” but not, hoping to hear back from your spouse “I love you” but hearing instead, “I want a divorce.  I don’t love you anymore.”

Disappointments are common and they are all disheartening and painful.  We hope for the best, willing to settle for what is good, but wind up with something less and we hurt.  Disappointment is one of the worst things humans experience, I believe.  That’s why I find the words of the apostle Peter to be so wonderful: 1 Peter 2:5-6 (NASB) – …you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

The latter part of this verse describes a coming day when disappointment will be vaporized.  Is it “pie in the sky” or just hopeful thinking?  If it were just a human being who made that statement, we would do well to be skeptical.  But it is not a human who makes that statement – it is God Himself who promises that anyone who believes in Jesus WILL NOT be disappointed.  What we hope for, what we long for, that which we can only dream of in our strongest and deepest heart – we will receive.  No matter what we face in the meantime, God says we will not be disappointed, that we will know and experience even more than what we hope for.

Disappointment, like death, will die at the hands of the Father!

PRAYER: Father, thank you for your great and precious promises, the guarantee that we shall not be disappointed for anything we do in following Jesus, nor will we be disappointed in the end, for we shall know that it was all worth it!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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DayBreaks for 05/28/12 – Laughing At Fear

DayBreaks for 05/28/12 – Laughing at Fear

Job 39:19-24 – Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paused fiercely, rejoicing in his strength and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing, He does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

You may recognize the passage quoted above if you’ve seen the wonderful movie, Secretariat.  The year was 1973, and it was the final race of the Triple Crown – the Belmont Stakes, the longest and most arduous of the three races.  While some horses are extremely fast and can win at the shorter Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Belmont is known as the graveyard for speed horses because the longer distance exhausts them and they wither and fade.

Secretariat was a descendant of Bold Ruler, who sired horses known for speed, not stamina. Nearly everyone had written Secretariat off in the Belmont except for those who knew him best.  He had already won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.  In the process he’d become famous, being featured on the cover of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated – something that has never happened before or since.

I could go on and on about this amazing animal, but that’s not the point.  The quote above comes in the movie as Secretariat rounds the final turn.  To start with, you can’t see him, but only hear the voice of Diane Lane (who plays Penny Chennery, the owner of Secretariat) quoting the passage from Job.  Then, from the right edge of the picture, Secretariat emerges around the turn, hooves pounding, breathing fire as he pounds down the track with no other horse even in sight.  He never lets up, finishing the race in a time and winning margin that no horse before or since has even approached, winning by 31 lengths over his closest rival.

Courage.  Strength.  Stamina.  Perseverance.  And joy, oh such joy! – as the race has been well run and the finish line approaches!

Though the quote is about the wonders of God’s creation and the strength and courage of the war horse, does it not describe how we should be as we race through our lives and turn one corner after the next?  When we hear the sound of the trumpet calling us to the fray, let us not stand still, but let us race and run with all that is in us to win the prize for which we have been called!

Philippians 3:13-14 (ASV) –  Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Run!  And run well, laughing at fear, afraid of nothing!

PRAYER: Let us enter the fray with courage and run without fear into your waiting arms!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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DayBreaks for 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

DayBreaks for 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

Speeding away…into eternity…

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV)  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time.  We have a saying that “Time is money.”  I suppose that has always been true, but I suspect that the concept of time, and the value of it, has changed greatly over the past 25 years.  Once, businesses moved with a slower pace than they do today.  When once it took days to get a letter across the country the pace of time, and the value of it, moved much more slowly.

Now, however, when business moves at the speed of electrons and the window for profit and loss is greatly contracted, we are seeing the value of even miniscule slices of time: “In April, a research ship will begin surveying the Atlantic Ocean floor off of Nova Scotia as the first step to building, by 2013, a $300 million private fiber-optic line connecting New York and London financial markets so as to speed up current transmission times–by about five milliseconds. Those five milliseconds, though (according to an April report in Bloomberg Business Week), will enable the small group of firms that are underwriting the project (and who will have exclusive use of it) to earn millions of dollars per transaction by having their trade sales arrive five milliseconds before their competitors’ sales would have arrived.” [Bloomberg Business Week, 4-2-2012]  News of the Weird, 4/29/12

Long ago, Paul spoke of redeeming (“buying back”) time – in specific, the times in which we live.  What does it mean today for us to “redeem the time” and what does it look like in a modern world?  For one thing, it means we must be able to give quick, succinct, yet persuasive sound bites for what we believe and why we believe it to be true and worthwhile.  Where once we may have had the luxury of long, leisurely conversations, we need to figure out how to bear witness and testimony very rapidly, yet with reason and conviction.

But there is an even greater reason that time is so valuable: when it runs out for the individual or for the entire creation, the time for choosing is gone, over, finished.  Time is precious.  Why?  Because souls are dying without Christ.  And every soul is worth far more than the millions of dollars made in a five millisecond advantage over a competitor.

PRAYER: We foolishly think we have time for leisure, Lord.  Help us understand the times in which we live and how to redeem this present age for you!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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DayBreaks for 05/24/12 – Meeting Jesus At the Door

DayBreaks for 05/24/12 – Meeting Jesus At the Door

Matthew 7:14 (NIV) – But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

As a pastor, one of the things that one traditionally does is to stand at the doorway and greet members of the congregation as they enter and leave.  It is something that I always loved to do because I loved the people and delighted in seeing them and being with them again each Sunday.  Most of the time the conversation was light and pleasant – but there were moments when it was deep and touched on areas of pain in their lives.  What a privilege to be entrusted with the details of the lives of others!

Of course, part of the welcoming conversation was to encourage people, especially guests, to come back again.  I would welcome them, and after services as they left, I’d ask if they had any questions about what we believed and practiced.  Nothing challenging – that much is for sure.

Episcopal priest and author Barbara Brown Taylor wrote, “If Jesus were in charge of an average congregation I figure there would be about four people left there on Sunday mornings, and chances are those four would be fooling themselves. Jesus would greet newcomers by saying, “Are you absolutely sure you want to follow this way of life? It will take everything you have. It has to come before everything else that matters to you. Plenty of people have launched out on it without counting the cost, and as you can see they are not here anymore. The other thing is, if you succeed, if you really follow me, it will probably get you killed. Why don’t you go home and think it over? I would hate for you to get in over your head.'” – Barbara Brown Taylor, Bread of Angels, p. 47

Many Christians and many churches have “dummed down” the demands of Christ.  Christ never did.  Christ never will.  He will challenge us with his words to live in different ways than the world around us, and to suffer, carrying our cross daily.  I don’t know what that will mean for me (let alone for you), but of one thing I am certain: Christ will issue us a challenge that will blow us away.

PRAYER: Father, forgive me for the times I’ve not put your bold challenges in front of others and for the times I’ve failed to live up to them myself!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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DayBreaks for 05/23/12 – The Monkey in the Bed

DayBreaks for 05/23/12 – The Monkey In the Bed

John 8:7 (NIV) – When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Max Lucado tells a story (I think it was a made-up story, but I don’t know for sure) and said that one day his wife brought home a monkey. His daughters were thrilled but he wasn’t; he had all kinds of questions. Where was the monkey going to eat? His wife said that it was going to sit at the table and eat with them, just like the rest of the family. Then he asked her where it was going to sleep? And she told him it was going to sleep in their bed. Then he asked, “But what about the smell?” And she said, “Oh, he’ll get used to you, I did.”

Then Max drew the lesson out of the story as he always does: “Before you comment on the odor of someone else, check your own odor first.” That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Unity must start with us and our own personal relationship with Christ. Before we can live in unity with others, we must first be one with Christ. Our lives have to be knit together with His life through faith.

And as it pertains to judging others, we are well reminded to check our own odor first!

PRAYER: Jesus, let us be one with you in unity and purpose!  And let us not grow to be at peace with the odiferous aspects of our lives, but live humbly and in recognition of our sinfulness at all times!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

Thank you!  Your donations are tax deductible for 2012.  If you prefer to send a check rather than give through PayPal, write it and mail it to: I Am 2 Partners, Inc., c/o 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.

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