DayBreaks for 09/20/13 – Earth’s Expiration Date

DayBreaks for 09/20/13 – Earth’s Expiration Date

Mark 13:32-33 (NLT) – “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33  And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!

The following is from FOX news’ online post: “Earth could continue to host life for at least another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn’t intervene, a new study calculates.

“But even without such dramatic doomsday scenarios, astronomical forces will eventually render the planet uninhabitable. Somewhere between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the solar system’s habitable zone and into the “hot zone,” new research indicates.” – http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/09/19/how-much-longer-can-earth-support-life/#ixzz2fNoetTqp

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the hubris of this article.  “Earth Expiration Date – Nukes and Asteroids Aside, Planet’s Life Span Set”.  Well, you know, they are right.  The expiration date of planet earth as we know it has been set, but not by things described in the article.  They have been set long ago by Almighty God!  No one else knows that time or day, just the Father.  But make no mistake: He does know when it will be.  Nothing will interfere with it, hinder it, speed it up, or make it not happen.

There are many who spend vast amounts of time trying to pick the date of the end of the world.  Cartoons have made caricatures of bearded bums wearing sandwich signs that say, “Repent!  The end is near!”  Now don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad warning….but that’s all it is – a warning.  It is a warning that we should take seriously because someday, one of those guys in the sandwich sign will be right (and my guess is that he’ll be as surprised as the rest of us!) 

God didn’t want us to know when it will happen – just that it will happen and that if we are wise, we will live like it will take place in the next nanosecond because it could happen then.  It may not, but it could. 

How ready are you for it?  Are you ready?  Are you confident of your eternal destiny?  If not, email me…go visit a pastor or church in your neighborhood and talk with them.  Earth does have an expiration date and so do you.  There’s no time to waste.

PRAYER: God, I pray for all who are not ready for that great day.  I pray that You will touch their hearts, open their eyes and allow them to come to faith before the expiration date arrives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/19/13 – The Pursuit of Fleeting Things

DayBreaks for 09/19/13 – The Pursuit of Fleeting Things

2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)  – Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

“British birdwatchers were especially excited by news earlier this year that a rare White-throated Needletail (the world’s fastest flying bird) had been spotted on the UK’s Isles of Harris–only the eighth such sighting in Britain in 170 years–and ornithologists arranged for an expedition that attracted birdwatchers from around the world.  A June report in the Daily Telegraph noted that about 80 people were on the scene when the bird appeared again but then had to watch it fly straight toward the blades of a wind turbine. (As the event might be described by Monty Python, the bird thus joined the choir invisible, left this mortal coil, became an ex-White-throated Needletail.)” – [Daily Telegraph, 6-27-2013, News of the Weird, 8/26/13]

We have a finite amount of time to draw breath and live.  We have a finite amount of heartbeats in our body.  We are confronted with the need to make choices: what will we pursue?  Will we pursue the “evil desires of youth” (maybe I’m still younger than I thought since some of those youthful things still chase me down) or will we choose to pursue the things Paul instructed Timothy to pursue? 

The evil desires of youth/old age can be pursued if that’s our choice.  God gives us that freedom.  But is it wise?  Consider the contrast between those youthful desires and the eternal value of righteousness, faith, love and peace.  The two don’t even begin to compare.  Yet, day by day, moment by moment, we often choose as if we are still youths. 

The pursuit of fleeting things can, and will, prove deadly in the long run.

PRAYER: Father, it seems as if no matter our age, we struggle to pursue the right things.  We need our hearts re-made.  We need our desires re-channeled.  Please do that for us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/18/13 – How the Victory Was Won

DayBreaks for 09/18/13 – How the Victory Was Won

Dan Miller tells a delightful story about a farmer many years ago in a village in India who had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the village moneylender. The old and ugly moneylender fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter, so he proposed a bargain. He would forgive the farmer’s debt if he could marry the farmer’s daughter.

Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal, but the cunning moneylender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. The girl would have to reach in and pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. If she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail until the debt was paid.

They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. The sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble. Now, imagine that you were the girl standing in the field. What would you have done? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities: (1) the girl could refuse to take a pebble–but her father would then be thrown in jail. (2) The girl could pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from debt and imprisonment. Or (3) the girl could pull out both black pebbles in the bag, expose the moneylender as a cheat, and likely incite his immediate revenge.

Here is what the girl did:

She put her hand into the money bag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path, where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles. “Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.” Since the remaining pebble was black, it would have to be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl would have changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

There is something in all of us that loves to see the villain defeated by a good and wise person.  From the fall in the garden until Jesus’ resurrection (and especially during the time of the crucifixion), Satan believed he had us all right where he wanted us to be – in the palm of his ugly hand.  With Jesus’ death, I’m sure Satan was partying and celebrating his certain and sure victory.  God was dead!  There was only one problem: he’d not reckoned with a God who could raise Himself from the dead..and who did precisely that, cleverly using the ultimate weapon of Satan himself (death) to be the means of atonement and salvation.

How I wish I could have seen Satan’s face on the Resurrection morning!

PRAYER: God, you are all wise and all knowing and we glorify You for defeating our enemy!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/17/13 – The Poison Within

DayBreaks for 09/17/13 – The Poison Within

These days “organic” is the big thing.  I suppose that I can understand it, but I’m generally too cheap to spend that much extra money for something organic.  Perhaps I should, but I don’t. 

Organic simply means natural and without additives or preservatives.  In the case of meat, etc., it means that they were fed natural, organic food without sprays, etc. (I think).    

“Researchers now can accurately estimate a person’s economic status just by learning which environmental toxins are in his body, concluded a University of Exeter (England) research team recently, using U.S. data. Although “both rich and poor Americans are walking waste dumps,” wrote the website Quartz, reporting the conclusions, poorer people’s typical food leaves lead, cadmium, and the banned Bisphenol-A whereas richer people more likely accumulate heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, thallium) from aquatic lean protein (and acquire oxybenzone from the active ingredient in sunscreens). Previous research was thought to show that richer Americans ate healthier (for example, eating fruits and vegetables instead of canned foods), but the Exeter research shows they merely house different toxins.” (News of the Weird, Quartz, 8-5-2013]

What cheerful news for a Tuesday, right?  We think that organic is best…and physically speaking, that is probably true.  But it isn’t always the case when we talk about spiritual truths.  There are two ways to think about this:

ONE: we are human, made from the dust of the ground.  Our organic “chemistry” is that we are human, for better and worse.  The worse side has to do with our fleshly pre-disposition to sin – and sin grievously at that.  We have been endowed by our Creator with the gift of free-will, which we often use wrongly.  We choose poorly, to borrow a phrase from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  We are truly possessed of a poisonous nature within!

TWO: we are created in the image of God.  That’s not the same as saying we are gods or goddesses.  The idea of an “image” is that of an “icon” such as resides on the screen of your computer: it is not the program itself, just a representation of it.  We are a reflection of something, we are not that “thing” itself.  We are no more God than the image we see in a mirror of us is “us”.  We don’t have the Divine nature in us – at least not until we surrender to Christ and are indwelt by the Spirit.  Yet, even then, as Paul said, “It is no longer I, but the Spirit that lives within me.” 

What is the answer?  Are we good or bad?  Or both?  I think the answer is “Yes”!  Our organic nature is corruptible, prone to sin, destined for death.  Our organic nature has to be overcome and die to be replaced by a greater nature: Galatians 2:20 (NLT) – My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not trusting in organic foods for a longer life.  I’m trusting in Jesus for an eternal one!

PRAYER: We long to see the completion of Your work in us and to be freed from our sinful organic nature.  Until that day, let us all trust in the Son of God who not only loved us, but gave Himself for us all!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/16/13 – He Done Took Out After Me

DayBreaks for 09/16/13 – He Done Took Out After Me

NOTE: Galen is just back from vacation.  New DayBreaks will resume tomorrow, but until then, here’s one more “recycled” DayBreaks!:

There’s a story about a young black boy in Memphis, Tennessee who wanted to join a conservative, fundamental church.  The deacons were examining this boy to determine if they’d let him join.  They asked him, “How did you get saved?”  The boy answered, “I did my part, and God did His part.”

The deacons thought that they had him, so they asked him what his part was and what was God’s part.  He said, “My part was the sinning.  I ran from God as fast as these rebellious legs would take me and my sinful heart would lead me.  I ran from Him.  But you know, He done took out after me ‘til He done run me down.”

I like this story.  I think we can all identify with this young man.  Our lives are a story of running in rebellion from God, but of a faster God who runs us down with His never-failing love.

You may think that God was the one who was missing but then was found – that you found Him.  Not so.  Jesus came on the ultimate mission to seek and save the lost.  God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1).  God is the original seeker.

We may be tempted to wonder why God would choose to seek US…after all we’ve done.  I like what Charles Spurgeon once said, “God chose me before I came into the world, because if He’d waited until I got here, He never would have chosen me.” 

It doesn’t matter why God “took out” after us.  All that matters is that He did!

PRAYER: Glory to You for Your pursuing, seeking love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/13/13 – The Music of Your Life

DayBreaks for 09/13/13 – The Music of Your Life

NOTE: Galen is on vacation this week.  DayBreaks this week are from the archives, September 2003:

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)

Perhaps you have seen the movie, Mister Holland’s Opus.  It has been out for a number of years now, but it still evokes a strong emotional response in me each time I see it.  In the movie, Richard Dreyfus plays a music teacher by the name of Mr. Holland.  He teaches music in a school where funds are drying up and the music program has always played second fiddle to more popular programs such as sports.  He is a good teacher, inspiring his students to achieve things they didn’t think they could achieve.  But deep inside, he longs and dreams to be a composer.  He spends years of his life working on a symphony, but the rigors of teaching capture his time and the symphony makes slow, excruciating progress, but is never played.

Finally, after many years, it is time for Mr. Holland to retire.  He feels that his life has been a failure – he never achieved the great things that he hoped to achieve.  On his last day at the school, he is surprised by a gathering in the school auditorium of the students that he had taught over the years, those whom he had inspired.  The auditorium is full, many of his students sit on the stage with their instruments, and the surprise is total and complete.  He is escorted to the front of the auditorium where he sits down to listen to the state governor, one of his former students, as she addresses the crowd and Mr. Holland.

In her remarks, she acknowledges that she knows Mr. Holland feels his life is incomplete, that perhaps, he even feels it was a failure because of the fact he’d never achieved the status of composer and had the privilege of hearing his American symphony performed.  Then she suggests that such an interpretation would be very, very wrong, and extending her arms toward the gathered crowd, states “We are the notes, the music of your life.”  She encourages Mr. Holland to come forward and direct, for the very first time, the playing of his “American Symphony”.  The orchestra assembled on the stage plays Mr. Holland’s composition and tears fill the eyes of those in the movie – and those watching it.

It is a moving story.  All those years, Mr. Holland had an “American Symphony” inside of him.  Finally, it was out.

The parallel for us is that we have something in us much more beautiful and important than an “American Symphony”.  God has placed within each of His children not an “American Symphony” but an “Eternal Symphony”.  He has given and entrusted to us the ability to change eternity.  What are you doing with the symphony that is within you?  Will you let it change eternity for those you meet?

PRAYER: Lord, we don’t have it within us to make beautiful music with our own lives, but You can make everything beautiful in its time, including our lives.  Let us live in faith that You are doing just that!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/12/13 – Living In God’s Reality

DayBreaks for 09/12/13 – Living in God’s Reality

 

NOTE: Galen is on vacation this week.  DayBreaks this week are from the archives, September 2003:

“Come on, get real!”  You’ve probably heard that.  In fact, I’d be willing to bet that someone has even said it to you at some point in the past.  It is usually said when someone thinks that you aren’t being realistic.

But what constitutes reality?  The concept of what exists and what is real has captivated philosophers for thousands of years.  It might seem simple to you, but some have asked the question of human existence itself.  This search for reality led to the conclusion, “I think.  Therefore I am.”

Defining reality isn’t always easy.  Especially if you are a Christian.  Here’s what I mean: we think we know reality.  We know many of the laws of science and nature – we know that when you throw a ball in the air, it will come back down (unless you can throw it at escape velocity, which you can’t).  We know that if you push against a rock, that it will exert an equal and opposite reaction in the opposite direction.  Based on the rules of thermodynamics, we know that things are winding down.  But what would happen if those things weren’t reality?

What is reality to God?  Phil Claycomb once said that “Reality is a malleable thing.  Reality doesn’t exist for God.”  What did he mean?  Simply this: as humans we are “bound” by reality – by the rules which we can see and observe at work in nature.  But God, quite honestly, isn’t bound by any of that stuff.  Consider these examples:

FIRST: the parting of the Red Sea.  It just isn’t a realistic possibility for people to walk through a sea on dry ground with the water piled up on both sides, right?  God apparently didn’t know about that part of reality.

SECOND: the virgin birth.  It can’t happen, right?  Apparently God didn’t know about that, either.

THIRD: the resurrection.  People just can’t come back from the dead.  Someone apparently forgot to tell God that it couldn’t happen.  But happen it did!

Here’s the point: when it fits His sovereign purposes, God changes reality to fit His vision.  Why is that important to us?  Because it means that miracles can happen, that “reality” as we know it, can be suspended, even changed and overruled when necessary in order to achieve what God wants.

God will move mountains, divide the waters and raise the dead in order to achieve His purposes – including His purpose for your life!

Jeremiah 32:27 – I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (NIV)

PRAYER: Lord, sometime today we may be tempted to think that we are outside of Your love for us.  It is at those moments that we need You to hold us the closest so that we never forget we can never outlive or out sin Your love for us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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