DayBreaks for 02/01/13 – Blinded

DayBreaks for 02/01/13 – Blinded

blindfolded_forecasterIsaiah 9:18 (NASB) – For wickedness burns like a fire; It consumes briars and thorns; It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame And they roll upward in a column of smoke.

“Drunk drivers often try to avoid hit-and-run charges by claiming that they did not realize that they hit anything, but their odds drop if there is a dead pedestrian lodged in the windshield, as with Sherri Wilkins, 51, who was arrested in Torrance, Calif., in November, 2.3 miles from the crash scene, after other drivers finally persuaded her to stop. (Wilkins, it turned out, is a “rehabilitated” drug user who worked as a counselor at a Torrance drug treatment center and who claimed to be sober for 11 years.)”  News of the Weird/Los Angeles Times, 11-27-2012

What amazing creatures we humans are!  It is hard to believe that we can ignore such significant things in our lives and be blind to them!

For example, affairs don’t just happen instantly.  There’s a long process that I’ve observed that leads up to an affair.  It seems to begin innocently enough – maybe with even just a “lunch” in the lunchroom at work where a man and woman sit down to talk about work, then wind up talking about something else.  One or the other (or perhaps both) find that there is some sort of attraction, an excitement in their minds as they sit there at the table together.  At first, it’s just a curiosity.  But as more and more meetings take place, there’s an awareness that something bigger than a business meeting is the reason you sit down at the table.  You like spending time with the other person.  In fact, you prefer it.  Inside, you know you shouldn’t keep on meeting and talking because the conversation becomes more and more personal as time passes, more intimate details about joys, sorrows, sadness – emotional things that you have no business sharing with someone other than your partner – enter the discussion.  But still we tell ourselves that nothing is amiss.

Why do we tell ourselves such things?  Because we want to believe either that 1) we have a handle on our life, or: 2) we secretly hope something may develop out of this because some emotional need is being “met”.

Either way, it’s like driving around with a cadaver sticking out of your windshield. The signs aren’t hard to read if we will be honest.  And an affair is just one example of how this works.  It could apply to any sinful behavior.

Bottom line: we are blinded by our sin natures.  And it can be deadly – not just to ourselves, but to our families and loved ones as well!

PRAYER: Keep us from secret sin and from the pride that tells us we’ve got our emotions and passions under control, thinking we can handle the temptations we face!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/31/13 – One’s Real Life

DayBreaks for 01/31/13 – One’s Real Life

dndLuke 6:17-19 (NLT) – When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and Jesus also cast out many evil spirits. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.

I don’t know about you, but interruptions can really bug me at times.  If I’m doing something that I am really into, that I dearly love, or if I’m concentrating really hard in thought, I don’t like interruptions.  Perhaps that’s because I’m getting old enough now that I can easily forget what I was doing or thinking when the interruption came barreling down on me!

For a couple of years now, I’ve been spending my quiet time in what I can “The Jesus Exploration”.  I’ve been working my way through all four gospels, a tiny bit at a time, expressly for the purpose of trying to get to know Jesus and his heartbeat better.  You know one thing that has consistently jumped out at me over and over again?  Here it is: it’s the way he always had time for people – for interruptions.  It might have been little children gamboling around his feet; a rich young man who came to learn what he needed to do to inherit eternal life; a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was full of questions; a large crowd of sick and broken people; a Roman centurion who had a sick servant; a funeral procession along the road out of Nain; or even religious leaders who Jesus knew were plotting his demise.  It didn’t matter who they were – or even what they wanted – He spent time with them.

I think about how often I give short-shrift to the clamoring of those round about me.  I pretend not to hear sometimes.  I pretend not to see.  I don’t want the interruption.

But is that really the problem?  Is it really that I don’t want the interruption or that I don’t want to have to get involved with other people – especially if they seem to have a problem and I won’t want to get sucked in to it?  I fear that it is far more often that I don’t want to get involved.  I want to live my own life in my own way – choosing the interruptions I want to honor and those I want to ignore.

Jesus didn’t give himself that luxury, apparently.  Should we give it to ourselves?  What we often think of as interruptions may in fact be the very reason for us being in a given place at a given time.  Consider this bit of wisdom from C. S. Lewis: “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.” – C.S. Lewis, from a letter to Arthur Greeves, 20 December 1943

Perhaps we have been mis-lead about what constitutes our “real life”.

PRAYER: Lord, help us to see interruptions as possible Divine interventions to shake us out of our self-life into the life You intend us to live!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/30/13 – What Questions Are You Asking?

DayBreaks for 01/30/13 – What Questions Are You Asking?

question1I’m full of questions.  I know that there’s an old saying about there not being such a thing as a bad question.  I don’t believe that’s really true.  I think that there are good questions – ones that lead us to grow – and bad ones that lead us to rationalize and try to escape our duties.

Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged us to ask the right questions when he said: “Cowardice asks the question: is it safe?  Expediency asks the question: is it politic?  Vanity asks the question: is it popular?  But conscience asks the question: is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it because it’s right.

What kind of questions do you ask when faced with a moral/social issue?  Do you seek safety or what is right?  Do you desire to “do the right thing” and give in to expediency?  Do you ask yourself what it will make others think about you if you take a stand?  Or do you simply ask, “What is right?”  I have a hunch that’s what Jesus asked and then he set about doing it.  It’s what he would have us do, too.

PRAYER: Keep us from evading the truth by asking the wrong questions, Lord.  Give us not only the desire, but ability to do what is right!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/29/13 – Sent by Jesus #2 – If We Turn Into Wolves

DayBreaks for 01/29/13 – Sent by Jesus, #2 – If We Turn Into Wolves

wolf_in_sheeps_clothingJohn 17:14-18 (NLT) – I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.  16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.  17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.

Please!  Read this slowly and carefully, and meditate on this:

“As long as we are sheep, we overcome and, though surrounded by countless wolves, we emerge victorious; but if we turn into wolves, we are overcome, for we love the shepherd’s help. He, after all, feeds the sheep not wolves, and will abandon you if you do not let him show his power in you.

“What he says is this: ‘Do not be upset that, as I send you out among the wolves, I bid you be as sheep and doves. I could have managed things quite differently and sent you, not to suffer evil nor to yield like sheep to the wolves, but to be fiercer than lions. But the way I have chosen is right. It will bring you greater praise and at the same time manifest my power”. – St. John Chrysostom

We evangelicals can learn a lot from this, I believe.  I see many Christians in their fervor and enthusiasm turning into wolves when it comes to people both inside and outside the church.  May God have mercy on us!  Jesus didn’t send us out as wolves or lions, but as sheep among carnivores.  Our job is not to rip and tear, castigate and intimidate – sheep can’t do such things.  We are, simply, by the power of what we are becoming in Christ Jesus, to win the world with lovely winsomeness.

All that is within us tells us that we need to act more like wolves in the world in order to survive.  Since when is survival to be our main goal?  Is it not to be sheep – and let the world do with us as it wills?  Isn’t that how our Master did it?  Are we not to walk in His steps?

“As long as we are sheep, we overcome…but if we turn into wolves, we are overcome.  He will feed His sheep, but not the wolves!

PRAYER: Let us be sheep that you feed, precious Lord!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/28/13 – Sent by Jesus

DayBreaks for 01/28/13 – Sent by Jesus, #1

4505414750_5c7e0bd9b3John 17:14-18 (NLT) – I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.  16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.  17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.

What a treat worship was Sunday!  We needed to pick up something from some friends, so we went to their church over on the peninsula.  The church was Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and the worship music was wonderful and glorifying to God.  John Ortberg is the senior pastor there and he was preaching on Jesus and His Movement.  John has long been one of my favorite writers and Christian speakers…he is brilliant, funny, very humble…and a committed man of God.  His message today, as it has been every time I’ve heard him, was challenging, thought-provoking and I could have sat for hours to hear more.

He spoke on John 17:14-18, part of the great High Priestly prayer of Jesus for his disciples.  He started by looking at verse 18 and built from there: Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 

What was the world?  Well, the word is used different ways in Scripture.  He isn’t talking about the physical planet, but the world of darkness, the world where God is defied.  God sent Jesus into that world – a cold, hostile, dark, cruel and God-defying place.  We know that and understand it from John 3:16, too: in spite of the characteristics of the world that I mentioned, God still loves that world – and sent His Son into it.

But here’s the kicker: just as God sent Jesus into that cold, dark, forbidding place – JESUS SENDS US INTO THE SAME WORLD.  He doesn’t keep us from that place.  He doesn’t expect or want us to silo ourselves up in cloisters and cathedrals surrounded by believers where we are relatively safe and secure.  He sends us into the world where God is defied.  THAT’s where he wants us to go.

Jesus sends us into that world without illusions – at least without illusions on His part.  He knows what that world will be like because He was sent to it first…and see what it did to Him!  But if we are to walk in His footsteps, if we are to go where He sends us…we MUST go to that world whether we relish the idea or not.

I think we’d all rather stay in warm, fuzzy Christian circles.  We are afraid of “contamination” somehow if we go to the world.  We are afraid someone will see us and judge us for hanging around with “them”.  It’s a lot more predictable inside the walls of the chapel.  It’s safer.  But it is most definitely NOT where Jesus sends us.  Oh, and by the way, did you know that “Be in the world, but not of the world” is not found in Scripture?

More on this during the week…

PRAYER: Jesus, I’m sorry for seeking the “safe” way for so long and for not being in the world to which you have sent me!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/25/13 – No One Went Away Broken

DayBreaks for 01/25/13 – No One Went Away Broken

jesus_heals_manyLuke 4:38-41 (NLT) – 38 After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where he found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged.  39 Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.  40 As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.  41 Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.”

“No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.”  It must have been an incredible sight.  Consider that in those days there was poor sanitation, lack of medicine and healing skills, poor water quality, poor preservation of food, insects everywhere, etc.  There must have been vast masses of people who came to Jesus for healing!!!  We should not underestimate how many there must have been.  And what an amazing statement: that not one who came left without being healed and made whole!

Coming to Jesus must change a person.  It is not possible to remain unchanged.  We will either leave healed (or in the process of being healed, as with the 10 lepers) or we will go away with a harder heart, or even sad (as the rich young man who came to Jesus).

There are many illnesses.  We are all sick in one way or another, or in many ways.  If it seems that we leave his presence without healing, why is that the case?  Whose fault is it?  We are told in other places that he could not do miracles in his hometown because of a lack of faith there.  That can be one problem.  But what of those who come to Jesus not as first option, but as a later option?  I’m sure that some of the sick that day had tried other options, too.  Yet Jesus healed them.  What great comfort for those of us who have tried many other solutions for the many pains of life only to find that Jesus is still willing to heal us even if he is our last resort!

We see his compassion clearly here.  His mission, as noted in the end of the passage, was to preach the good news, but he found time for healing.  It was, after all, part of his declaration and statement of his mission in coming to earth, the gospel, the good news, as found in earlier in the chapter (vs. 18-19).

Let’s not neglect any of the aspects of the good news He came to share with us in our living out of the gospel!

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your willingness and power to hear ALL who come to You!  Help us engage fully in the living and teaching of the complete good news!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/24/13 – Discovering Fire

DayBreaks for 01/24/13 – Discovering Fire

HEART-OF-FIRE-love-30476808-1920-1080From the DayBreaks archive, 1/24/2003:

I am fascinated by science and scientific discoveries.  It seems like we are on the verge of many great discoveries.  Every day man’s knowledge explodes with new discoveries being made in molecular biology, genetics, astronomy, physics, medicine and just about any other branch of science that you can think of.  Throughout history there have been discoveries that have changed life forever after: the discover of how to make use of fire, the wheel, iron, the internal combustion engine, semiconductors, even nuclear energy.  There are so many key discoveries throughout history that entire books could be dedicated to listing them and debating what were the greatest discoveries of all time.

Teilhard de Chardin put it all in perspective, however: “Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love.  Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.

I suspect that de Chardin may be humanist in his thinking, but wouldn’t it be great if sometime, even for a few moments, we could all live in love with God and our fellowman?

Bottom line: the greatest discovery of the human race still remains – how to love others even as He has loved us.  How would the world be changed if we loved one another with the love pictured in Song of Solomon 8:6-7 – “6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.  7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.  If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

Once we really learn how to love like Jesus, we and the world will be forever changed.

Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Lord, I know that I don’t love like you do!  I seem to have too much self-interest to love as unselfishly as you have loved us.  Break our selfishness, fill our hearts to overflowing with the love that only comes from the One who is love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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