DayBreaks for 05/31/13 – Missing Memory

DayBreaks for 05/31/13 – Missing Memory

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I used to be very proud of my memory.  I could remember statistics (mostly meaningless), facts, trivia, numbers, names and faces.  My memory was so sharp.  No I can’t even remember what I’ve forgotten, or where I’ve left my memory.   Sometimes it really frustrates me.  I just KNOW I should be able to remember that key fact that I read in the paper or magazine.  I should be able to remember who a quote came from.  But alas…should doesn’t make it so.   Most of the time, my “missing memory” is a curse.

At other times, however, missing memory is a blessing.  When I look back at my hospitalization and surgery in late November, I really remember very little of it.  I hardly remember any pain, and of the week-plus that I spent in the hospital, I’d be very hard pressed to account for 90% of it.  And that’s good.

So, sometimes forgetfulness is good.  Consider this story, shared by Brennan Manning in his book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, about a Catholic woman who was claiming to have visions of Jesus.  Word if it reached the archbishop who was skeptical and who decided to check out her story to separate fact from fiction.  The story of their encounter goes as follows:

Is it true, ma’am, that you have visions of Jesus?’ asked the cleric.

“Yes,” the woman replied simply.

“Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession.”

The woman was stunned.  “Did I hear you right, bishop?  You actually want me to ask Jesus to tell me the sins of your past?”

“Exactly.  Please call me if anything happens.”

Ten days later, the woman notified her spiritual leader of a recent apparition.  “Please come,” she said.

Within the hour the archbishop arrived.  He trusted eye-to-eye contact.  “You just told me on the telephone that you actually had a vision of Jesus.  Did you do what I asked?”

“Yes, bishop, I asked Jesus to tell me the sins you confessed in your last confession.”

The bishop leaned forward with anticipation.  His eyes narrowed.  “What did Jesus say?”

She took his hand and gazed deep into his eyes.  “Bishop,” she said, “these are his exact words: ‘I can’t remember.’”

Isaiah 43:25 – “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

How can it be possible that the blotting out of our sins is “for My own sake” (meaning God)?  Perhaps it is as simple as this: because He loves us, if He couldn’t forgive our sins (and forget them), He would have no choice but to destroy all that He has created – and that would break the heart of the Father.

I praise God that through the blood of the Lamb, when he is asked my sins on judgment day, His answer will be “I can’t remember.”

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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!

DayBreaks for 05/30/13 – The Here and Now

DayBreaks for 05/30/13 – The Here and Now

_MG_9725NOTE: I am back but weary!  New DayBreaks will resume no later than the first week of June, 2013!  Thanks for your prayers while I was away!!!

Remember the story about Jesus encouraging us to become like little children to be able to enter into the kingdom of heaven?  Here’s a twist on that which I’d not considered before: a little child has no past to speak of, no past with regrets or loaded with guilt.  Little kids seem to have an incredible ability to forget what is in the past, whether it was good or bad, and to be alive for the opportunity of the moment.  As Christians, we need to understand that what we have done in the past is irrelevant to our stance before God right now.

The apostle Paul grasped the full meaning of Jesus’ teaching on becoming like a little child.  Serving as a coat rack during the stoning of Stephen and as a ringleader in the slaughter of Christians, Paul might well have become pathological had he dwelt on his pre-Christian past.  But he writes, ‘All I can say is that I forget the past and strain ahead for what is still to come.’  (Phil. 3:13)

Whatever past achievements might bring us honor, whatever past disgraces might make us blush, all have been crucified with Christ and exist no more except in the deep recesses of eternity, where ‘good is enhanced into glory and evil miraculously established as part of the greater good.’” – The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning

We are faced every moment of our life with a choice: what will I do with God RIGHT NOW?  We can often ignore Him and become wrapped up in our work, play or schooling.  We can decide that we’ll remain hopelessly mired in the past of our failings.  We can live for the future – always thinking and dreaming about how some day it will all be better and our life will finally find meaning and fulfillment.  But if we do that, we will miss the moment and never find fulfillment.  Fulfillment can never be realized in the future – only in the present, and only in the realization that God lives side by side with us in the present moment.

Choose to serve Him at this moment.  Then, if God is gracious to grant you more time, choose to serve and follow Him with each one of the moments with which He blesses you.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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!

DayBreaks for 05/29/13 – I Want to Know THAT God!

DayBreaks for 05/29/13 – I Want to Know THAT God

abrahamisaacNOTE: I am back but weary!  New DayBreaks will resume no later than the first week of June, 2013!  Thanks for your prayers while I was away!!!

In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning told the story about a pastor he knew who was teaching one morning from Genesis 22, where God commanded Abraham to take Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice.  After a bit of exposition, the pastor asked the class: “But what does this story mean to us?”  Manning continued: “A middle-aged man spoke up.  I’ll tell you the meaning this story has for me.  I’ve decided that me and my family are looking for another church.

The pastor was astonished, “What?  Why?”

“Because,” the man said, “when I look at that God, the God of Abraham, I feel I’m near a real God, not the sort of dignified, businesslike, Rotary Club God we chatter about here on Sunday mornings.  Abraham’s God could blow a man to bits, give and then take a child, ask for everything from a person, and then want more.  I want to know that God.”

The child of God knows that the graced life calls him or her to live on a cold and windy mountain, not on the flattened plain of reasonable, middle-of-the-road religion.  For at the heart of the gospel of grace, the sky darkens, the wind howls, a young man walks up another Moriah in obedience to a God who demands everything and stops at nothing.  Unlike Abraham, he carries a cross on his back rather than sticks for the fire…like Abraham, listening to a wild and restless God who will have His way with us, no matter what the cost.

This is the God of the gospel of grace.  A God, who out of love for us, sent the only Son He ever had wrapped in our skin.  He learned how to walk, stumbled and fell, cried for His milk, sweated blood in the night, was lashed with a whip and showered with spit, was fixed to a cross and died whispering forgiveness on us all.”

Can you identify with the man who longed for the God of Abraham?  That kind of God is clearly spelled with a capital “G”.  Perhaps much of our problem, the reason that our Christianity today seems so powerless, is because we don’t want a God “…who demands everything and stops at nothing”.  That kind of a God isn’t comfortable.  But there is no doubt that He is God and that He will have all of our life or none of it.  Will you serve that God?  Don’t you want to know and serve a God who acts like God rather than the predictable business-like God of so many churches today?

Whether you want Him or not – it doesn’t change the fact that He is that kind of a God.  He always has been and He always will be.  The question is: do you want to know Him?

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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!

DayBreaks for 05/28/13 – The God of Huge Dimensions

DayBreaks for 05/28/13 – The God of Huge Dimensions

immensityNOTE: I am back but weary!  New DayBreaks will resume no later than the first week of June, 2013!  Thanks for your prayers while I was away!!!

As humans we like to measure things.  We measure baseball statistics, we measure distances in miles and kilometers, we have scales in our bathrooms to measure our weight, we give or get grades in school to measure our learning and progress.  We have polls that determine what our politicians will do – all based on measuring opinions of the voting public.  There is something about measuring things that seems to give us a sense of control in some way or fashion.  But when it comes to God, we run into a real problem.

Lift up your eyes and look.  Who made these stars if not he who drills them like an army, calling each one by name?  So mighty is His power, so great His strength, that not one fails to answer.” (Isa. 40:26)

The sun is one of these stars that Isaiah wrote about.  Did you know that a single square yard of the sun produces 130,000 horsepower (oops – there’s a measurement again!) of energy constantly?  The sun is one of the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy – and that’s just one of the billions of galaxies in the entire universe.  The nine major planets in the solar system vary in range from 36 million miles to 3.6665 billion miles – yet each moves in exact precision in it’s orbit around the sun.  Did you know that if you took a single dime and held it out at arms length on a starry night, that the area of the sky that is obscured from your vision by the dime contains 15 million stars (your eye just can’t see them all)?!?!

What’s the point?  We measure things about God’s creation and we are amazed.  We are amazed with His greatness, His immense “largeness” as evidenced by the immensity of His creation.  We are dazzled, mesmerized and astounded – and we should be.  But when it comes to other things about God, we seem to have a really hard time in believing He is so large.  What do I mean?  Simply this, as Brennan Manning wrote: “We tremble before God’s majesty…and yet we grow squeamish and skittish before God’s love.”  For some reason, we have a hard time getting our minds around the concept that the God who has demonstrated His greatness and power in the creation can love ME.  And so, because we can’t believe that His love could possibly be as big as His universe, that He could possibly love ‘a worm like me”, we diminish God’s love by believing it is dependent on our Christian lives of ordered perfection.  Perhaps it is because we ourselves love so little and so poorly that we begin to assume that God is like us.  He isn’t.

Yahweh, our Lord, how great is your name throughout the earth.  Above the heavens is your majesty chanted, by the mouths of children, babes in arms.  I look up at the heavens made by your fingers, at the moon and the stars you set in place – ah, what is man that you should spare a thought for him, the son of man that you should care for him?”  (Ps. 8)  As hard as it may be to believe that God cares (and loves!) you with a love that is wider than the universe (literally), if there is one truth of the bible – one amazingly nearly unbelievable truth – it is this one: that God loves you (and me) endlessly.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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!

DayBreaks for 05/27/13 – A Myth of Incalculable Harm

DayBreaks for 05/27/13 – A Myth of Incalculable Harm

thewhiterobeNOTE: I am back but weary!  New DayBreaks will resume no later than the first week of June, 2013!  Thanks for your prayers while I was away!!!

There is a myth flourishing in the church today that has caused incalculable harm – once converted, fully converted.  In other words, once I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, an irreversible, sinless future beckons.  Discipleship will be an untarnished success story, life will be an unbroken upward spiral toward holiness.  Tell that to poor Peter who, after three times professing his love for Jesus on the beach and after receiving the fullness of the Spirit at Pentecost, was still jealous of Paul’s apostolic success.

We want ever-sharp spirituality (push-pull, click-click – one saint that quick) and attempt to cultivate a particular virtue at a given point in time.  Prudence in January, humility in February, fortitude in March, temperance in April.  Score cards are provided for toting up gains and losses.  The losses should diminish if you expect to meet charity in May.  Sometimes May never comes.  For many Christians, life is a long January.

“Because salvation is by grace through faith, I believe that among the countless number of people standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands (Rev. 7:9), I shall see…the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse but did the best she could faced with grueling alternatives; the businessman besieged with debt who sold his integrity in a series of desperate transaction…the deathbed convert who for decades had his cake and ate it, broke every law of God and man…

“But how?” we ask.  Then the voice says, “They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

“There they are.  There WE are – the multitude who so wanted to be faithful, who at times got defeated, soiled by life, and bested by trials, wearing the bloodied garments of life’s tribulations, but through it all clung to the faith.

“My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace.”  – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Have you known someone who has bought into this destructive myth?  It may have been toward themselves – they become a Christian but immediately get discouraged as they find that their old temptations are waiting for them as they walk out the church building door.  Or, it may be evident in the attitude of a so-called “mature” Christian and their lack of mercy and patience with other Christians – be they new believers or old.  They might be tempted to say: “You should be farther along in your Christian walk by now.  What’s wrong with you?”

Revelation 7:9 – “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

May God keep us all from judgmental attitudes and a lack of patience with one another.  God will complete His work with us in HIS time and on HIS timetable.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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!

DayBreaks for 05/24/13 – Grace on Crutches

DayBreaks for 05/24/13 – Grace on Crutches

il_fullxfull.366910947_q0bmNOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

Church “shopping” is an intriguing topic.  I know people right now who are hunting/shopping for a new church.  For one reason or another, they left a church they were attending and are seeking a new church home.  I wonder if such things happened in New Testament times.  I rather doubt it.

What do people look for when they go church shopping?  I’ve had people mention a variety of things to me when I’ve asked them what they are looking for.  Some of the answers have been predictable: meaningful worship, a good youth program, good sermons, solid biblical teaching.  And you know, there’s nothing wrong with all of those things.  They are good things.  But on the other hand, I know people who decide on a church because of things that are less clear: they have a very active social program with lots of potlucks and get-togethers or they have softball, basketball and bowling teams.

In my humble opinion, commitment to the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ should be first and foremost.   But here’s a different perspective that should rate high on the list of anyone seeking a church home: “Any church that will not accept that is consists of sinful men and women, and exists for the, implicitly rejects the gospel of grace.  As Hans Kung says, ‘It deserves neither God’s mercy nor men’s trust.  The church must constantly be aware that its faith is weak, its knowledge dim, its profession of faith halting, that there is not a single sin or failing which it has not in one way or another been guilty of.  And though it is true that the church must always dissociate itself from sin, it can never have any excuse for keeping sinners at a distance.  If the church remain self-righteously aloof from failures, irreligious and immoral people, it cannot enter justified into God’s kingdom.  But if it is constantly aware of its guilt and sin, it can live in joyous awareness of forgiveness.  The promise has been given to it that anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.

“The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church.  He took his woes to God, ‘They won’t let me in, Lord, because I’m a sinner.’

“What are you complaining about?” said God.  “They won’t let Me in either.”

Often hobbling through our church doors on Sunday morning comes grace on crutches – sinners still unable to throw away their false supports and stand upright in the freedom of the children of God.  Yet, their mere presence in the church on Sunday morning is a flickering candle representing a desire to maintain contact with God.  To douse the flame is to plunge them into a world of spiritual darkness.”  – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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!

DayBreaks for 05/23/13 – We Need Not Lower Our Eyes

DayBreaks for 05/23/13 – We Need Not Lower Our Eyes

shame2-300x199NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10a – “9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses…

How do you feel about your weaknesses?  Do you delight in them?  Do you boast in them?  If you’re like me, I try my hardest to hide my weaknesses.  I don’t want to admit them to anyone else.  I don’t want anyone else to know about them.  I am ashamed of my weaknesses.  And perhaps, in a way, it is right to be ashamed of them.  But on the other hand, it is wrong for me to be so focused on hiding my weaknesses and worrying about what others think of them.

Still, I find Paul’s attitude about his weaknesses to be stunningly refreshing.  Paul doesn’t seem to care about what others think about his weaknesses.  He didn’t seem to be worried that they’ll see him as a flawed human being.  He delighted, he BRAGGED about his weaknesses!  Why?  Because his focus wasn’t on himself and his weaknesses – his focus was on the God who did something about his weaknesses and how God’s power to change lives and free from guilt finds its greatest witness in the works and tears of a fallen and flawed human being who has been lifted up from the gutter of failure and despair and made to rise up on eagle’s wings1

Paul’s focus wasn’t on his weaknesses, but on God’s grace and Christ’s power.  When I become so focused on my weaknesses that I hang my head in shame and spend great effort to hide my weaknesses, I am denying the Spirit the chance to witness to others that God has done something great in my life through my weaknesses and my awareness of my weaknesses.  Besides, if I pretend to be without weaknesses, everyone knows I am a liar and hypocrite.  Why not be real and legitimate?  Why not boast, yes even brag, about my weaknesses – but even more so about my God who loves a sinner like me!

Whatever our failings may be, we need not lower our eyes in the presence of Jesus.”  – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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!