DayBreaks for 11/01/13 – Treeing Your SIn

DayBreaks for 11/01/13 – “Treeing” Your Sin

The Canadian Ironman competition involves a 2 mile, 636 yard swim, followed by nearly a 112 mile bike ride, and ending with the traditional 26 mile, 172 yard marathon run – and it’s all done back to back, of course.  I’ve never done it, nor do I intend to.

The Ironman competition however, is not just a physical fitness competition, but a battle of the mind over matter and pain. In the race, all of a racer’s self-doubts and inner demons rise to the surface, especially if a competitor doesn’t know his or her own strengths and weaknesses.

Among the mental tricks that helps competitors when the doubts start to creep in is something known by Ironman competitors called “treeing.” If a negative thought comes up during the race,, it is often hard to switch it to a positive. So what do the competitors do?  They run up to trees, touch them and thus, “give the negative emotions to the tree.”  The “babble” and doubt settles down and they are able to continue on.

There is a Christian parallel here: when we become a Christian, we “tree” our sin. We touch the cross (tree – Galatians 3:13) and the Savior that hung there; giving Him our sin and guilt, doubts and fears, and taking from him His righteousness. – adapted from The Sun Review Magazine March 26, 2000, submitted by Dave Bootsma

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Cor. 5:21

As you are running the race of your life today, perhaps you need to “tree” your sins and remind yourself that those sins have already been paid for in full.  If it helps, literally go touch a tree.  Feel it’s texture, for it was on a tree that your salvation was purchased so you could be free!

PRAYER: Thank you for hanging on the tree for us and for freeing us from the pain we would otherwise need to bear!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/31/13 – What Can, and Can’t, Be Changed

DayBreaks for 10/31/13 – What Can, and Can’t, Be Changed

Luke 1:37 (MSG)  Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.

You hear all sorts of things as a pastor.  Some of them make you laugh inside that someone could actually believe or have done the things they describe.  Some break your heart at the pain their actions have brought home to roost.  Some just frustrate the heck out of you, doggone it!!! 

Here’s a case in point (and I’ve had this said to me on multiple occasions by numerous people): “I can’t change.  I’m too old (or in an alternative explanation, “too set in my ways.”)  Well, if I were given to the use of foul language, there’s a thing or two I’d say about that kind of attitude.  I won’t tell you what the first thing would be, but the second would be something like this: “What!?!? That’s not a Christian attitude at all!  Have you never read the Bible?” It is enough to make a pastor want to punch them in the nose (and that’s a very unpastor-ly thing to say!)

A famous preacher once said, “When people tell me that human nature cannot be changed, I am moved to reply that in light of my experience, human nature may well be the only thing that CAN BE CHANGED!”  

I believe that the preacher nailed it.  We can’t change the courses of the moon or the sun or stars. We cannot change or suspend the laws of physics. We cannot change the ebb and flow of the ocean.  We cannot change where we were born or where and when it is appointed unto us to die. That being true, the pages of the Bible reverberate with testimonies of the lives, purposes, events, and habits which have been changed and which can be changed.  At the top of that list is the human heart and our behavior.

Jesus didn’t come so we could and would stay the same.  He came to transform us, to renew us.  God doesn’t give us a pass when we get older.  He doesn’t give us a pass because we’re too set in our ways to change.  If anything, as we get older, we should be more and more conformed to the image of His Son, not making excuses for our failure in that regard! 

Time to stop making excuses for our bad behavior, because that’s precisely what “I can’t change!” is doing!

PRAYER: With you, all things are possible.  With you, anything situation can be changed!  Change our attitudes from defeatism to a victor’s attitude.  Change our hearts to be completely committed hearts.  We want to be done with excuses for our human weakness!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/30/13 – Playing the Final Chord

DayBreaks for 10/30/13 – Playing the Final Chord

Galatians 3:3 (MSG)  Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it?

There’s a true story about how one of the most famous composers had a rebellious son who used to leave his room after his parents had gone to bed, and go into the piano room.  Once there, the son would go to his father’s piano and slowly, spitefully and LOUDLY would play a simple scale, omitting the final note. He would play, “Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti…” and then he wouldn’t strike that final “Do.” Then he’d leave the piano and go to his room for the night. 

Meanwhile, his dad, being the musician that he was, had heard the scale minus the final note, and would twist and turn in bed, unable to relax because the scale was not finished.

Eventually, unable to stand it any longer, the father would crawl out of bed, stumble down the stairs and play the final note of the scale. Only then could he relax and sleep peacefully.

This story is interesting because it is parallel to how we often treat God. We play around with some of the notes of faith, but we don’t play the full scale:

– We forgive, but not completely.
– We love, but not completely.
– We serve, but not completely.
– We accept Christ, but not completely.
– We live the Christian life-style but not completely.
– We commit our lives to God, but not completely.

It must drive God crazy, but even when we treat Him shabbily, in his infinite patience and amazing grace, he continues to reach out to us and he continues to love us.   And when in our human weakness we cannot play the final chord, He will play it for us.

PRAYER: Loving Father, thank You for making up, through Your grace and mercy, all of our shortcomings!  Thank You for finishing the song that we can only start through our acceptance of Jesus’ finished work on Calvary!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/29/13 – Your Opportunity

DayBreaks for 10/29/13 – Your Opportunity

Luke 21:8-13 (NLT) He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. 9  And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” 10  Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11  There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. 12  “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. 13  But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.

Whenever an earthquake hits and lives and property are destroyed, people wish for an early warning system that might spare their lives.  It might, in fact, do that – but it will not prevent the earthquake from coming.  We want signs, we want warnings.  Just read the labels on practically any product you purchase and the warnings are everywhere!

The time of great tribulation will not come without warning.  I believe that we are seeing signs everywhere as nations rage against one another, strange weather abounds, famines, disasters, plagues, insurrections, earthquakes…could it be any clearer?  These things are just as Jesus described to his followers. 

Starting with verse 12, Jesus tells his followers in no uncertain terms: you will not be immune from the rage against Godly things.  Christians will be taken to stand before the authorities and we may stand there in fear, wondering why such a thing should happen to us.  Jesus himself tells us the why in verse 13: it is so that we will be able to tell them about Jesus.  That’s the purpose of it.  Not to suffer needlessly for no worthy or valid reason.  But it is about Jesus…it is always and forever about Him and not us. 

Does that just mean we are pawns in this great game of God?  Some would say so.  That would be the case if He just manipulated us from square to square to do what He wants done, but He has done something great for us first: He has forgiven our sin and granted eternal life to all who believe in His name.  That makes it so that it is not manipulation.  We are not moved from square to square without thought or care, and we have a choice, motivated by gratitude. 

But will we choose to be moved to stand before the authorities when the time comes?  It is not IF, it is when.  It may be nearly upon us.   

PRAYER: Lord, even reading these words frightens us.  We don’t like the prospect of this kind of terror coming upon us.  In America we have lived charmed lives while brothers and sisters around the world die by the thousands and millions for refusing to recant their faith.  We have grown to believe we live in a favored land that will be somehow immune from such persecution, but our faith in that delusion is being strongly challenged these days.  We never thought we would see the things we are seeing happen in our lifetimes in our country.  We beg your forgiveness for not being the salt and light we should have been as your people.  We ask for Your strength to stand strong and take advantage of the opportunity when the time comes to tell others about You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/28/13 – The Best Show of Faithfulness

DayBreaks for 10/28/13 – The Best Show of Faithfulness

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.Mt. 28:20

Matthew 1:23 (NLT) – Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

Who, and what, is Jesus for you?  Is He the impossible-but-true image of the God whose incomprehensible commitment to us looks like incarnation – an incarnation destined to wend its way from Bethlehem to a cross-topped hill in the environs of Jerusalem?  Or is he something else to you? 

There are many who want Jesus to be the magical medicine man who heals every disease of a loved one. There are many who want him to be like the millionaire of the TV show long ago who would give a million dollars out of the blue to someone who he picked?  And don’t our prayers often make it seem like we think Jesus is some sort of cosmic vending machine who has come to give us our choice of health, wealth, fame, power or the like?

Michael Card put it well when he wrote: Could it be that he came not to wave the magic wand and make the cancer go away, but to enter into our sufferings? Could it possibly be true that the best show of faithfulness is not the healing or the unexpected check, but the unthinkable truth that God has chosen to be with us through it all? Could it be that the greatest miracle is not provision, but presence?

Something to think about… 

PRAYER: Often, Lord, we treat you as if you came to prevent or solve all our problems rather than join us in the midst of them. As we encounter struggles in our lives, Jesus, help us to look not for you as a way of escape, but as the One who will pass through the fire and suffer besides us and assures us that we will come out on the other side. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/25/13 – What Price Integrity?

DayBreaks for 10/25/13 – What Price Integrity?

Romans 12:17 (NLT)  Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.

“It is well known that hospitals charge for medical supplies far in excess of what the products would cost at drug stores, but an August New York Times investigation of “saline drips” vividly demonstrated the disconnect. Though Medicare reimburses $1.07 for a 1-liter plastic bag of salt water (supplied by a subsidiary of Morton Salt), White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital charged patients’ insurance companies like Aetna and United Healthcare $91 per bag.  Other hospitals decline to charge per-bag, listing only “IV therapy” of, for example, $393.50 for hooking up the drip.” [New York Times, 8-27-2013 and News of the Weird]

I worked in the high tech business world for a long time.  I understand that businesses need to make a profit in order to survive and provide living wages to employees so they can feed their families.  And I also understand that unless someone has seen the inner workings of a business from the financial standpoint, that most people don’t realize all the hidden costs that companies must cover, and as a result, many people think that companies are ripping people off by what they charge.

And some are, as is fairly clear to me from the quote above.  An expose in Time magazine about the costs in the medical field this year was a real eye opener! 

What’s is this about?  It’s not about castigating medical companies or businesses, churches or non-profits.  God will judge each and every one some day.  It is about us personally.  At what price are we willing to sell our integrity?

People have been asked questions such as: “How much money would it take for you to mis-lead someone about your product?”, or “How much money would it take for you to be unfaithful to  your spouse?”, or something along those lines.  And as it turns out, rather shockingly, people seem to be willing to compromise their integrity for a lot less than one might expect. 

What has happened to us?  What has happened to me?  When did our integrity get put on the market for money?  Sometimes it isn’t even money – just a bit of undeserved recognition because we’ve not been fully honest, a bit of praise or fame.  Even just a bit of attention! 

Integrity ought not to have a price tag.  What we give up to gain a few dollars isn’t worth it.  Don’t give up your integrity in order to sign that deal, to make a few extra bucks, or to create a false image of yourself.  Let your integrity be inviolable.  If you lose your integrity by shady dealing, it will come home to roost and you will be left in shame. 

PRAYER: Jesus, You never compromised in the slightest in order to gain some advantage.  Help us to believe that maintaining our integrity is always the best pathway to choose, no matter what we are offered in exchange! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/24/13 – Alive and Living

DayBreaks for 10/24/13 – Alive and Living

1377312_10151904732386904_1761262919_nJohn 3:36 (NLT)  And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.

Some time ago I saw a story about an Army veteran, John Crabtree, who’d had been receiving benefits from the government. Evidently he had been wounded in Vietnam and was now on permanent disability. One day, out of the blue, he received an official notification from the government of his own death. Needless to say, this was quite a shock to Mr. Crabtree!

Mr. Crabtree wrote the government a letter stating that he was indeed very much alive and would like to continue receiving his benefits. The letter did no good. He then tried calling the government. (Have you ever tried to call the government? This required the patience of Job and the persistence of Noah!) The phone calls didn’t change the situation either. Finally, as a last resort, the veteran contacted a local television station, which ran a human-interest story about his situation.

During the interview, the reporter asked him, “How do you feel about this whole ordeal?” The veteran chuckled and said, “Well, I feel a little frustrated by it. After all, have you ever tried to prove that you’re alive?”

That’s a pretty good question for all of us. Could you prove that you are alive? Really, genuinely, deep-down alive? The passage from John 3:36 says that we have eternal life – in the present tense, at the present time.  We are also told that we who are in Jesus have life, and we are supposed to have it more abundantly than ever before!!!!

When was the last time you had an alive moment? Not the last time you took a breath or had your heart beat inside your chest, but the last time you felt yourself alive to your living, alive to your loving, deeply present with the gift of life itself?  Life is a gift from God.  He doesn’t give bad gifts.  He gives life.  We have to choose whether we will go out and live it the way He wants us to live it – filled with joy, delight, wonder and awe for this great gift with which we have been entrusted!  – Adapted from R. Scott Colglazier, Finding a Faith That Makes Sense, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1996, 116-117.

PRAYER: What a precious gift you have given us – to live, to enjoy sunshine and rain, beauty and music, the simple delights of each day!  I know that I often take such things for granted.  I ask for the sheer joy to live life that delights You and those I meet! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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