DayBreaks for 05/22/12 – Something to Declare

DayBreaks for 05/22/12 – Something to Declare

Have you anything to declare?

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

One of the joys (not!) of traveling, especially to a foreign country, is filling out the entry paperwork that requires you to declare what you are bringing into the country with you.  I never bring enough  money to have to declare anything.  On occasion, crossing back into California after an out-of-state trip, you have to go through a re-entry checkpoint to make sure that you’re not bringing in any harmful fruit or plants that could affect the agribusiness of the state.

Still, there are times today when traveling to a foreign country, you may be asked whether or not you have anything to declare.  A “Yes” answer meant that you would be in for more questions.  I suspect, though I couldn’t prove it, that many who actually had contraband or illegal items that should have been declared would say “No”, to save themselves trouble. Some, I feel certain, got away with it, and some didn’t.

In terms of our faith, I wonder what would happen if that question was put to Christians.  The world may even be unconsciously asking the question to the church: ‘Have you anything to declare?’ In other words, in the face of all the pain in the world, do we have a strong Word from God to declare, a Word that will make a difference in our culture as it spirals downward and bring hope to people’s lives?  A church (or a Christian) with nothing to declare has no reason to exist, except to be a kind of spiritual country club.  A strong church needs a strong message to declare to the world – and Jesus’ church is to be a strong church with a strong message of hope, redemption, right and wrong, and judgment.

PRAYER: May we take the command given by Paul to heart and always have a message to deliver that is filled with truth and which makes the world a better place for our having been here!  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 05/21/12 – How the Story Doesn’t End

DayBreaks for 05/21/12 – How the Story Doesn’t End

A heap of ashes…

“Behold, I make all things new!” – Jesus

An old man packs up his wife and belongings and moves to a far distant land way from friends and relatives, and never again owned a piece of land except a burial plot.

A young boy has visions of greatness that put him at odds with his brothers and he winds up a slave who spends time in prison.

A gifted young man leaves the palace to be a shepherd and wanders the earth for the next 80 years, never reaching the land he so longed to see.

A youth of noble birth is carried away by foreigners where he is taught their language and customs and forbidden to worship the God of his childhood.

A carpenter who learned his trade from his step-father winds up being nailed to a cross by those who know nothing of his trade or his identity.

The Bible is rife with stories such as these.  Men, women, children…it doesn’t matter.  They all believed in a God they couldn’t see and trusted in Him, yet they all experienced great losses and times of despair.

The old man became the ancestor of all believers, descendants like the sand of the sea or stars of the heavens.  The young boy who dreamed dreams lived to see them come true after he got out of prison and even saw his family again and saved them and God’s people from certain starvation.  The gifted young man who fled the wrath of pharaoh delivered his people from enslavement by God’s power.  The young man of noble birth wound up in a lion’s den but found great favor with God and died highly favored by the God he served.  And of course, the carpenter didn’t stay in the tomb, but rose and ascended, proving his claim to be the Son of God.

Their early lives would not have given testimony to such happy endings.  Life many not turn our way, or the way we hope it will turn.  We may never, like Abraham, own another piece of land and we may be wanderers and outcasts.  So how will our story end?

It was Elisabeth Elliot, no stranger to loss and grief (twice widowed, once after 3 years and the second time after 4 years), put it this way: “Of one thing I am completely sure: God’s story never ends in ashes.”  I hope I never forget that bit of wisdom!

PRAYER: God of rebirth, God of renewal, God of infinite power and glory, thank you that our lives, like those of the great men and women of the Bible, will never end in ashes!  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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DayBreaks for 05/18/12 – Sleeping Too Close to the Edge

DayBreaks for 05/18/12 – Sleeping Too Close to the Edge

It is dangerous when we are too close to the edge

1 Corinthians 15:34 (ESV) – Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

These are potent words from the pen of Paul.  Remember: he’s writing to Christians – or at least those who profess to be believers!  To say that they have no knowledge of God is a very, very serious thing.  Could they really be Christians if that is the case?  It’s hard to understand how it could be possible.

I heard about a little five-year-old boy who fell out of bed. His cry awakened the entire household. After his mother had safely tucked him back under the covers, she said, “Why did you fall out of bed?” Between tears and sobs, he said, “Well, I guess I went to sleep too close to where I got in.”

Far too many Christians make the same mistake. They fall out of the bed of life and go to heaven; yet they slept too close to where they got in. They never learned the difference between union and communion.  A branch can be connected to the vine, but if the branch is defective or remains dormant, it will not produce fruit.

Perhaps you have fallen asleep too close to the bed of Christianity where you got in and haven’t grown as you should.  Perhaps you are content to stay there.  It’s dangerous.  You can get hurt – seriously hurt.

Revelation 3:2 (NLT) – Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.

PRAYER: Help us to move far away from the fringes of faith to abide in the deep truths and rich relationship with You that You want us to have!  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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DayBreaks for 05/17/12 – Making Life Work

DayBreaks for 05/17/12 – Making Life Work

John 14:6 (NLT) – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Let’s face it.  Life is T-O-U-G-H.  And let me say something to the younger readers out there: I don’t find it getting any easier as I tack on the years!  Sure, in some ways it gets easier, but in others it becomes harder, less comfortable and more difficult than ever.  I don’t say that to discourage you, but I must be honest about it.  But there is a consolation that comes with age: knowing that we are closer to the goal and our home-going!

Have you heard the story about the man who ordered a tree house over the internet for his children? When the box arrived, on the top were words that have become every parent’s nightmare: “Some assembly required.”

The man began to assemble the tree house but as he laid out all the parts on the floor and began reading, he realized that the instructions were indeed for a tree house…but the parts were for a sail boat!!

The next day, he sent an angry e-mail message to the company complaining about the mix-up. Back came the reply:

“We are truly sorry for the error and the mix-up and the inconvenience. However, it might make you feel better to consider the fascinating possibility that somewhere today there is a man out on a lake trying to sail your tree house.”

The point is clear: To put something together, you must have the right parts and the right instructions. This is where faith comes in. The only way you can put your life together is through faith. Faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. That’s what makes it work.

We often quote John 14:6 and focus on Him being the Way, on Him being the Truth…but He is also the Life.  It just doesn’t work without Him!

PRAYER: Increase our trust in the truth, the way, and in the reality that life only works when we do it Your way!  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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DayBreaks for 05/16/12 – No Proclamation Needed

DayBreaks for 05/16/12 – No Proclamation Needed

The evidence is clear…

Matthew 7:16 (NLT) – You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

John 13:35 (NLT) – Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

The visitors walked through the orchard, among the trees heavy with ripe, juicy apples. The branches drooped down toward the earth from the weight of their fruit. The farmer, who has lovingly cared for the trees for many years, smiles with delight as he leads the tour. He explains how he has carefully cared for each tree, pruning it so that it would give its best yield. There is one thing that he did not inform the group. He did not tell them that this was an apple orchard. There was no need. The orchard was filled with apple tress. The fruit made it obvious.

Have you noticed how some people are so quick to profess and proclaim their Christianity?  I know that we are to confess and be witnesses, but have you ever felt that some folks were working hard to make it obvious by telling everyone about their faith and commitment?  It is almost as if they are trying to convince not only others, but themselves, about their faith.

If asked, we should proclaim our allegiance.  If persecuted, we should hold tight to our confession.  But in everyday life, we shouldn’t have to say a word because it should be clear to everyone, obvious even, Who we belong to by the fruit we bear and the love we have for one another.  Does that describe you?

PRAYER: May our walk with you be so close that there will never be any reason for someone to question who is the Lord of our life!  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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DayBreaks for 05/15/12 – The Importance of Connection

DayBreaks for 05/15/12 – The Importance of Connection

John 15:4 (NIV) – Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

A newspaper reporter went to interview a successful entrepreneur. “How did you do it?” he asked. “How did you make all this money?”

“I’m glad you asked,” the entrepreneur replied. “Actually, it’s a rather wonderful story. You see, when my wife and I married, we started out with a roof over our heads, some food in our pantry, and five cents between us. I took that nickel, went down to the grocery store, bought an apple, and shined it up. Then I sold it for ten cents.”

“What did you do then?” the reporter asked.

“Well,” he said, “then I bought two more apples, shined them up, and sold them for twenty cents.” The reporter thought this would be a great human interest story.

“Then what?” the reporter asked excitedly. “Then my father-in-law died and left us $20 million,” the businessman said. That man prospered not because of his own ingenuity, but because he was connected.

When has your walk with Jesus been the best?  It’s when you are in the greatest connection with him, is it not?  You may have been driven to that connection by despair, disease, failure, guilt, even sin…or you may have drawn near out of the pure joy that he offers us.  It doesn’t matter why you are connected…what matters is that you ARE connected.  Your spiritual life will not grow and prosper on its own with Him.  With Him, there is no limit to what fruit you can bear and what glory your life can give to Him!

PRAYER: Jesus, help us learn the lesson of connection and stay “in” the vine 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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DayBreaks for 05/14/12 – The One Jesus Loves

DayBreaks for 05/14/12 – The One Jesus Loves

John 13:23 (MSG) – One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder. Author and speaker Brennan Manning came up with a slogan. The slogan is, “I am the one Jesus loves.” It sounds a little arrogant doesn’t it? But he is actually quoting Scripture. Jesus’ closest friend on earth, the disciple named John, is identified in the Gospels as “the one Jesus loved.” Manning said, “If John were to be asked, ‘What is your primary identity in life?’ he would not reply, ‘I am a disciple, an apostle, an evangelist, an author of one of the four Gospels,’ but rather, ‘I am the one Jesus loves.'”

What would it mean, I ask myself, if I too came to the place where I saw my primary identity in life as “the one Jesus loves”? How differently would I view myself at the end of a day? Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: you become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible’s astounding words about God’s love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees? Does “I am the one Jesus loves” describe how you feel about yourself? Do you believe it? Whether you believe it or not, it doesn’t change the fundamental truth of that statement. Let the meaning and joy of that one simple sentence shine light into your day today!

PRAYER: Father, help us to believe not just that You exist, but that Your love for us knows no limits, no bounds, that each of us is the one You love! 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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