DayBreaks for 04/01/13 – The Day the World Grew Dangerous

DayBreaks for 04/01/13 – The Day the World Grew Dangerous            

dangerousChristianity is unlike any other religion for any reasons.  First, it’s not a religion – it’s about an intimate relationship with God, but we’ll not to into all the other differences, except to note that unlike other religions, Christianity can trace its origin to one particular events in one moment on a single day in history: the resurrection. 

When Jesus appears to the women at the tomb, he is very nonchalant in the Greek when he said, “Greetings!”  It’s as close as you could come to saying something so ordinary, like: “Hi!  How are you doing?  Nice day, isn’t it?”  Almost as if Jesus were saying, “You were expecting this, right?  I told you I’d do this!”

John Ortberg wrote about it in Who Is This Man?: “Sunday changed everything, but not in the way many people think.  From our point of view 2000 years later, many people think of Easter as a comforting story that says, ‘Spring is coming.  Flowers are blooming.  Life is eternal.  Everything is going to work out.’  But the response to the resurrection on the first Easter in the Gospels consistently includes fear.  In fact, people were more afraid after the resurrection than they were before.  And none of the gospel accounts have Jesus or the angels saying, ‘Now  you don’t have to worry about dying anymore.

“What Jesus does say to his followers is that there is work to be done.  In effect, ‘The cross didn’t stick.  Their plan to stop my movement didn’t work.  It’s going to go on.  Matter of fact, my plan to love even  your enemies, to be willing to sacrifice, suffer, and even die for the sake of love has been vindicated by my Father.

“They’re really going to be ticked off now.  Pilate and the chief priests have already plotted to squelch this news.  They are furious.  They are desperate.  I’ve leaving now.  So you go, you women, you disciples.  Tell them all that the cross failed, Caesar failed, Pilate failed, the chief priests failed.  Now they have you to contend with.”

Ortberg continues: “On Sunday their lives didn’t get safer; their lives got a lot more dangerous.  What got released on Sunday was not comfort.  Also, what got released on Sunday was not assurance about life after death. 

“What got released on Sunday was hope.  Not hope that life would turn out well.  Not even hope that there will be life after death.  Hope that called people to die: die to selfishness and sin and fear and greed, die to the lesser life of a lesser self so that a greater self might be born.  And many people did.”

What did you celebrate yesterday?  It isn’t wrong to celebrate the resurrection.  But did you also consider what it means – what the implications are for the rest of your temporal life?  I doubt few of us gave that much thought, but we should.  It was the day the world became dangerous if you wear the name “Christian.”     

PRAYER: Sometimes in our celebrations we forget the seriousness of our calling, Lord.  Let us not fear what man can do to us, but boldly proclaim the resurrection!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday

DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday                     

Untitled-1Mark 15:46 (ESV) – And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

There are apocryphal writings that purport to describe the “lost years of Jesus.”  They tell of ridiculous, fanciful events that tickle the fancy of critics and fans of Christ alike.  Some seem almost plausible, but others are, well, ridiculous.  There’s a good reason they weren’t included in the canon!

We don’t know much about the first 30 years of Jesus life.  They are a mystery.  We can imagine him working in the carpentry shop, most likely providing for his mother and younger siblings.  Someday we can ask Him about those years, but not now.  They are lost to us for now.

One of the strangest days in Jesus’ life had to be the day between Friday and Sunday – the Saturday of Holy Week.  Again today I turn to John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man?:

“From a human standpoint, we think of the miraculous day as Sunday, the day the man Jesus is risen from the dead.  I wonder if, from Heaven’s standpoint, the great miracle isn’t on Saturday.  When Jesus is born, the skies are filled with the heavenly hosts praising God because that baby is Emmanuel, God with us.  Somehow Go din a manger, somehow God in a stable, somehow God on earth.  Now on Saturday, the angels look down and see what?  God in a tomb.  The miracle of Sunday is that a dead man lives.  The  miracle of Saturday is that the eternal Son of God lies dead. 

“So Jesus Christ defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it but by submitting himself to it.  If you can find this Jesus in a grave, if you can find him in death, if you can find him in hell, where can you not find him?  Where will he not turn up?”

Excellent question…

PRAYER: Lord, there are days when we act like we think you’re still in the tomb and that you are gone forever – if you ever were who you claimed to be to start with!  On those days, let us remember that if you, the eternal Son of God, could one day be in the tomb and the next alive again, that there is no barrier to great for you to come to our aid and rescue!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday                     

Mark 15:46 (ESV) – And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

There are apocryphal writings that purport to describe the “lost years of Jesus.”  They tell of ridiculous, fanciful events that tickle the fancy of critics and fans of Christ alike.  Some seem almost plausible, but others are, well, ridiculous.  There’s a good reason they weren’t included in the canon!

We don’t know much about the first 30 years of Jesus life.  They are a mystery.  We can imagine him working in the carpentry shop, most likely providing for his mother and younger siblings.  Someday we can ask Him about those years, but not now.  They are lost to us for now.

One of the strangest days in Jesus’ life had to be the day between Friday and Sunday – the Saturday of Holy Week.  Again today I turn to John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man?:

“From a human standpoint, we think of the miraculous day as Sunday, the day the man Jesus is risen from the dead.  I wonder if, from Heaven’s standpoint, the great miracle isn’t on Saturday.  When Jesus is born, the skies are filled with the heavenly hosts praising God because that baby is Emmanuel, God with us.  Somehow Go din a manger, somehow God in a stable, somehow God on earth.  Now on Saturday, the angels look down and see what?  God in a tomb.  The miracle of Sunday is that a dead man lives.  The  miracle of Saturday is that the eternal Son of God lies dead. 

“So Jesus Christ defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it but by submitting himself to it.  If you can find this Jesus in a grave, if you can find him in death, if you can find him in hell, where can you not find him?  Where will he not turn up?”

Excellent question…

PRAYER: Lord, there are days when we act like we think you’re still in the tomb and that you are gone forever – if you ever were who you claimed to be to start with!  On those days, let us remember that if you, the eternal Son of God, could one day be in the tomb and the next alive again, that there is no barrier to great for you to come to our aid and rescue!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

 

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DayBreaks for 03/28/13 – The Problem With Third-Day Stories

DayBreaks for 03/28/13 – The Problem With Third Day Stories            

Third-Day-logo1 Cor. 15:3-5 (NIV) – For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

Hosea 6:2 (NIV) –After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.

Have you considered the prevalence of “third day” stories in Scripture?  Certain numbers have great significance in the Bible, and the concept of the third day is not to be missed.  Consider:

Abraham takes his son, Isaac, to sacrifice him.  It is on the third day of the journey that Isaac is bound and laid on the altar – and it is the third day when Abraham sees the sacrifice which will save his son’s life.

Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt and are captured and imprisoned.  It is the third day when they are freed.

Rahab, the harlot, tells the Israelite spies to hide from their enemies and then that they’ll be save on what day?  The third day!

When the beautiful queen Esther heard that her people were going to be slaughtered, she goes away to fast and pray…and it is on the third day that the king receives her for an audience. 

It appears that Hosea (see above) understood the significance of the third day as well. 

All these stories have a common structure.  One day one there is deep trouble and distress, but on the third day there is relief and deliverance.  But in between is the second day – a day of nothing but just the continuation of trouble from day one. 

The crucifixion of Jesus was no different.  Day one, Good Friday, was a day of deep darkness and trouble.  Saturday – well, we just don’t know much about that day.  The third day is the day we celebrate – and rightly so! 

But there is, as John Ortberg wrote, a problem: The problem with third-day stories is, you don’t know it’s a third day story until the third day.  When it’s Friday, when it’s Saturday, as far as you know, deliverance is never going to come.  It may just be a one-day story, and that one day of trouble may last the rest of your life.

You may be living in a Groundhog Day “Saturday” right now.  You may have just experienced a disaster of epic proportions, problems stacked as high as Mt. Everest.  We’ve all been there.  We’ve all experienced “Saturday”.  As Ortberg so well put it: Saturday is the day your dream died.   You wake up and you’re still alive.  You have to go on, but you don’t know how.  Worse, you don’t know why.

If that’s where you are, you can choose despair.  Some in the NT did that, and Paul wrote to shake them out of their despair: How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  It is as if there were those who were saying there never was, or would be, a third-day, a Sunday morning.  Life, they were saying, is a perpetual Friday and this is as good as it would get.

Not so, says Paul.  Not so says Peter, James, John.  Not so says Jesus: Rev. 1:17-18 (ESV) – ..but he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

We don’t have to live on Friday, or Saturday.  This is a third day story!  And the third day is just around the corner!

PRAYER: Thank you Almighty Father, that there was a third-day to Jesus’ story, and because there is, there is also a third-day to our story!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/27/13 – The Ultimate Freedom Fighter

DayBreaks for 03/27/13 – The Ultimate Freedom Fighter                       

Freedom-Fighter

What is a freedom fighter?  Wikipedia says: “A freedom fighter is a person engaged in a resistance movement against what they believe to be an oppressive and illegitimate government.”

It seems that today there is a lot of use of the term “freedom fighter”.  We heard about them during the Arab Spring.  Personally, I think the term is bandied around a bit to freely (no pun intended).  It seems to get applied to those who are terrorists – not necessarily those who are fighting against what they consider to be “an oppressive and illegitimate government.”  I think many of the radicals are simply in it for the power or profit.  They want to impose their view and it has little to do with oppression from a government. 

That being said, one could make the argument that the American colonists were freedom fighters.  I suppose it could even be said that the Confederates were “freedom fighters” because they felt the government in Washington, DC was oppressive in trying to outlaw slavery.  Call it as you like.

A closer look at one of the events of “Good Friday” sheds a bit more light on the idea of a freedom fighter and how it may have played into the death of Jesus. 

Over the centuries, there had been numerous, self-proclaimed “messiah’s” who rose up.  One was called Theudas (Acts 5:36) who believed he was Theudas Christ (Christ means “messiah” or “anointed one.”)  Theudas claimed he could part the Jordan River and make the walls of Jerusalem tumble down.  He, along with 400 followers, was eventually captured and beheaded in Jerusalem in a public spectacle.  He was a “freedom fighter” to the Jews.  Why?  Because of the one criteria required: he was opposed to the oppressive Roman regime. 

The book of Acts (5:37) also tells about Judas the Galilean, who appeared in the days of the census, and according to Luke, led a revolt against Rome (there’s that criteria again!).  The Jewish historian, Josephus, say that this Judas is the founder of the Zealot party – of which Simon Zealotes, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples – was a member.  (Some think that Judas Iscariot was also a Zealot.)  Judas the Galilean was captured and crucified along the roadside near Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth with 2000 of his followers.  It was a scene Jesus may have witnessed as a child, but certainly he was well aware of what happened to freedom fighters in Israel, having heard the story many, many times.

What does this have to do with Jesus?  When Jesus was on trial, Pilate gave the crowd the choice: Barabbas or Jesus – who do you want freed?  The outcry was seemingly unanimous: “Give us Barabbas!”  Jesus wasn’t inciting rebellion against Rome – and everyone really knew it.  And that’s what makes the apostle John’s description of Barabbas so intriguing: he uses the word lestes to describe the man: a patriot, a freedom fighter. 

The powers that Satan mustered in Jerusalem that day we motivated to have their freedom fighter set free and the man who refused to attack Rome put to death. 

Yet, it was Jesus who was the ultimate freedom fighter.  He fought during this week not just for freedom for the Jews, but also for the Romans, the Cyprians, the Greeks, the Celts and Picts – but for freedom for every single human who had, was or would ever walk the surface of the earth. 

Jesus – the ultimate freedom fighter – martyred for His cause…but who in a few days would rise again, having won the victory in the greatest battle ever fought.

PRAYER: We have no one to thank for our freedom but you, Lord!  Thank you for fighting Satan, sin and death in our place – and for sharing with us your victory!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/26/13 – Short and Beautifully Ugly

DayBreaks for 03/26/13 – Short and Beautifully Ugly                 

concerning-uglinessWe are drawn to beauty!  Whether it is a sunrise or sunset, a flower, a mountain scene or waterfall, we love to see beautiful things. 

Every year some magazines come out with an edition that identifies the “most beautiful” people in the world.  I don’t follow such things, but I believe Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and this year, Beyonce, have been on the list, if not atop the list for their gender.  (The only reason I know about Beyonce is that I looked it up for this DayBreaks!)  There is a saying that “beauty is only skin deep” and there’s a lot of truth to that, but when it comes to ranking the most beautiful people in the world, I don’t believe you’ll see Mother Theresa’s name, or that of Billy Graham, in the list because of the beauty of their souls.  It’s the external that we are fixated on.

Even Jesus, when we see him in movies, is made to look attractive.  Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth, cut a rather striking figure, as did Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ.  More often than not the Jesus of the movies has deep blue eyes, neatly kept hair and clothing, and speaks with a proper British accent, has perfectly proportioned features and a well-balance physique.  I suspect that such a representation of Christ is way off base: remember, he was a homeless man without even a pillow and but one set of clothes.

Eugene Peterson, in putting the words of Isaiah 53:1-3 into The Message, put it this way: Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought GOD’s saving power would look like this? 2 The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.  He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum.

The second-century Roman writer, Celsus, records that Jesus was “short and ugly”.  If we begin to see Jesus that way, to think of him as short and ugly, perhaps we begin to understand why it was that Jesus seems to have been so drawn to the maimed, the cripples, the blind, the lepers.

Here’s the best part: Jesus saw far deeper than the layer of our epidermis.  He saw into the maimed and tortured souls we carry around hidden inside our “jar of clay” and when he saw the ugliness there, he was moved with compassion.  Though he himself was sinless, he perhaps understood ugliness and beauty far better than we ever have.  He didn’t care that much what people looked like, but he care enormously about turning the ugliness in our hearts to something beautiful.  And he was willing to die to make that happen.  There has never been a more beautiful human being than Jesus, even if he was short and ugly.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV) – Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

PRAYER: !  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/25/13 – The Significance of the Ordinary

DayBreaks for 03/25/13 – The Significance of the Ordinary                   

ordinary-people-blue-over-b_largeHebrews 12:2 (NIV) – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“It’s ordinary.” 

What does that mean to you?  Typically, it means it’s nothing to shout about, just routine with no particular redeeming value.  It is like a rock you get in your shoe.  Sure, you could hope that when you pull your shoe off and look at it that it might be a diamond that somehow got it there, only to find that it is nothing more than a regular piece of ordinary gray rock. 

Ordinary isn’t exciting.  Ordinary is common place.  Ordinary isn’t spectacular.  People try to steal a painting by Da Vinci or Picasso or Rembrandt, but no one would go to the trouble to steal an “ordinary” painting.

As we enter into what is called the “Holy Week”, let us be reminded that Jesus, on this week, brought a great sense of significance to the “ordinary.” 

Think about the movie Braveheart and chances are that you recall William Wallace’s powerful shout at the end of the movie, “Freedom!”  Or, if you think of Chariots of Fire, you might recall Eric Liddell’s statement about how he felt God’s pleasure in him when he ran fast.  An ordinary word, ordinary running…they weren’t the first or last people to say the word freedom or to run fast, but there’s something about those things that changed them from ordinary to something very special.

It was Martin Luther King, Jr., who centuries after Jesus lived and cried out before giving up His Spirit wrote that the man who hasn’t found something worth dying for wasn’t fit to live.  Jesus, however, put a remarkable twist to that statement: Jesus gave something to ordinary people that was worth dying for.  In fact, Jesus himself found something worth dying for – ordinary, sinful people were so precious to him that on this week nearly 2000 years ago, he resolutely went to Jerusalem knowing He would die there for ordinary, sinful men and women.  And, as Scripture says, he went not with dejectedness, but with joy!

As John Ortberg pointed out in Who Is This Man?, the ancient god of war, Mars, might inspire people to kill in the arena.  Jesus inspired his followers to die there…even as he first died for us.

PRAYER: I pray, Father, that this will not be an ordinary, routine week for us, but a week filled with wonder, amazement, awe, humility and repentance as we contemplate Your love and sacrifice for ordinary sinners like us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!

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DayBreaks for 03/25/13 – The Significance of the Ordinary                   

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“It’s ordinary.” 

What does that mean to you?  Typically, it means it’s nothing to shout about, just routine with no particular redeeming value.  It is like a rock you get in your shoe.  Sure, you could hope that when you pull your shoe off and look at it that it might be a diamond that somehow got it there, only to find that it is nothing more than a regular piece of ordinary gray rock. 

Ordinary isn’t exciting.  Ordinary is common place.  Ordinary isn’t spectacular.  People try to steal a painting by Da Vinci or Picasso or Rembrandt, but no one would go to the trouble to steal an “ordinary” painting.

As we enter into what is called the “Holy Week”, let us be reminded that Jesus, on this week, brought a great sense of significance to the “ordinary.” 

Think about the movie Braveheart and chances are that you recall William Wallace’s powerful shout at the end of the movie, “Freedom!”  Or, if you think of Chariots of Fire, you might recall Eric Liddell’s statement about how he felt God’s pleasure in him when he ran fast.  An ordinary word, ordinary running…they weren’t the first or last people to say the word freedom or to run fast, but there’s something about those things that changed them from ordinary to something very special.

It was Martin Luther King, Jr., who centuries after Jesus lived and cried out before giving up His Spirit wrote that the man who hasn’t found something worth dying for wasn’t fit to live.  Jesus, however, put a remarkable twist to that statement: Jesus gave something to ordinary people that was worth dying for.  In fact, Jesus himself found something worth dying for – ordinary, sinful people were so precious to him that on this week nearly 2000 years ago, he resolutely went to Jerusalem knowing He would die there for ordinary, sinful men and women.  And, as Scripture says, he went not with dejectedness, but with joy!

As John Ortberg pointed out in Who Is This Man?, the ancient god of war, Mars, might inspire people to kill in the arena.  Jesus inspired his followers to die there…even as he first died for us.

PRAYER: I pray, Father, that this will not be an ordinary, routine week for us, but a week filled with wonder, amazement, awe, humility and repentance as we contemplate Your love and sacrifice for ordinary sinners like us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

 

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NOTE: Galen has started working with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) (medicalambassadors.org) and is responsible for raising own support.  DayBreaks is free – and will remain so – but if you wish to help support Galen in his ministry work with MAI, you can make a donation on his behalf.  One-time donations may be made by going to this linke: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.htmland look down the left side of the page until you find the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Then look for “Galen Dalrymple”.  Click his name and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can donate to his support.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, contact suzette@med-amb.org or call her at 209-543-7500 ext. 219.  You can also write a check to Medical Ambassadors International (a 501.c.3 non-profit – meaning your donations are deductible) and put S090 in the Memo field.  Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368. 

 

Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

 

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!

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DayBreaks for 03/22/13 – Life Is Short – Have An Affair?????

DayBreaks for 03/22/13 – Life Is Short – Have an Affair???                  

secretThere are times when I wonder how much longer God will put up with all the nonsense that goes on in this world.  We (culturally) seem to have lost our senses.  We’re out of balance, pursuing all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons.  (Does that sound old “fogey-ish”?)  Read on…

There was a time when marriage was held in high esteem and it was respected.  When people took their vows seriously, to keep themselves only to one another until “death do us part.”  Sure, people still had affairs then – but there was a stigma attached to their actions and there was a near universal sense that it was wrong.  There is no temptation that isn’t common – and sexual temptation is one of the strongest and most common.  Anyone can be overcome by it, I understand that.  But that doesn’t mean it is okay.

How about today?  There are now Internet web sites that actually promote affairs for married people – confidentially of course.  I won’t mention the name or give the link of the one I saw advertised on a billboard in a major US city, but their motto is: “Life is short.  Have an affair.”  They say that they are the world’s leading married dating service for “discreet encounters.”  And lest you think that they are small potatoes, they claim more than 18 million members (oh, check that, anonymous members!)  Kinda makes you wonder why it is so “discreet”, “confidential” and “anonymous”, doesn’t it?  Could it be because deep down inside they still know it’s wrong and no one wants to be found out?  As the gospel of John says, “…they loved darkness more than the light.”  It is as if they are reveling in the evil they are perpetrating.  And their ads have been carried by Business Week, Time, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and others.

So, “Life is short.  Have an affair.”  Do see how twisted this logic is?  It follows along the line of “You only go around once in life – grab for the gusto!” and assumes that this life is all that there is and that this life is all that matters.  Rather than sacrificing short-term frivolities for eternal (or even the blessings of long-term marital faithfulness) blessing and joy, it suggests we forfeit the life-long blessings of faithfulness and fidelity for a quick roll in the sheets – anonymously

Scripture takes a view that is diametrically opposed to that when it says that our days are few and prone to trouble…but that as a result of realizing how short our life is, we should be preparing for an eternal destiny and make the most of the time we do have by living wisely towards God because the days are evil.  The purpose of life is not to live for today but to live wisely and redeem the time we have by being people of integrity – not unfaithful cheaters. 

Integrity has it’s own reward.  Sin has it’s “rewards”, too…but it pays terrible wages: Romans 6:20-23 (MSG) – As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter.  21 But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.  22 But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! 23 Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.

Ask yourself: is it really worth it to hurt the wife or husband of your youth (and to hurt God’s loving heart) for a few fleeting moments of pleasure that will result in guilt, shame and possibly disease and death?  Is that what you really want for yourself…and your spouse?  Your children?

We were made for more than this!

PRAYER: Help us see through the foolishness of man’s ways and relocate our sense of rightness in a way that is in keeping with Your truth!  Let us be people of integrity!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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NOTE: Galen has started working with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) (medicalambassadors.org) and is responsible for raising own support.  DayBreaks is free – and will remain so – but if you wish to help support Galen in his ministry work with MAI, you can make a donation on his behalf.  One-time donations may be made by going to this linke: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.html and look down the left side of the page until you find the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Then look for “Galen Dalrymple”.  Click his name and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can donate to his support.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, contact suzette@med-amb.org or call her at 209-543-7500 ext. 219.  You can also write a check to Medical Ambassadors International (a 501.c.3 non-profit – meaning your donations are deductible) and put S090 in the Memo field.  Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368. 

Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!