DayBreaks for 11/20/13 – Words of Peace

DayBreaks for 11/20/13 – Words of Peace

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Colossians 4:6 (NIV)  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

I’ve got to tell you that I find the use of words in America today far beyond rude and offensive.  I am old enough that I can recall a time when men had the common decency to not swear or use bad language in the presence of women and children.  I don’t know where all those men have gone to, but they’re not around any longer!

Mark Trotter wrote: “Claude Brown, who wrote Manchild in the Promised Land, in an article, said that people under forty in our society have never lived in America where movie language was not liberally laced with obscenities. He said that profanity is rapidly replacing English as the language of the American people. Then he added this. He said, “Most people don’t know it, but profanity is the language of violence.”

“People say, words can’t hurt you. They can hurt you. Words can dehumanize. That’s why in war the enemy is always described in language that is dehumanizing. You will never hear the military referring to the enemy as “brothers and sisters,” or as “children of God.” They couldn’t kill them if they referred to them that way. You use language that describes the enemy as less than human.

“That is precisely the language that is being used in our cities today. The language that is used in our society today is the language that has been coined in warfare. There are words that dehumanize. There are words that make life cheap and ugly. There are words that hurt people. There are words that profane what is sacred and holy about human life. You use them and they will affect your life, and the life of those around you.

“But there are words that heal. There are words that build. There are words that create. There are words that unite. There are words that can redeem. There are words that can reconcile you to someone from whom you are estranged. There are words that lead to peace. Who will be the people in this society who speak the words of peace? “This day you will be with me in paradise.”

Will you be one who speaks words of peace for Jesus?

PRAYER: Loving Father, teach our tongues to speak words of grace and healing that peace can live in our land!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/19/13 – Removing the Trace of Guilt

DayBreaks for 11/19/13 – Removing the Trace of Guilt

Ezekiel 33:30-32 – “30 “As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.’ 31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.

It would have been hard to be Ezekiel.  Consider the role of the prophet – they had a calling from the Lord, a specific message He wanted them to proclaim – and as often than not, God told the prophet that all their speaking would be in vain.  Oh, sure, people might come to hear and listen to what the prophet had to say.  But that wasn’t God’s objective for His message.  It never has been and it never will be.  God doesn’t just want people to hear His Word – what He really wants is for people to make the changes in their lives that the word reveals.

Chuck Swindoll put it this way, as he warns us all of our human tendency: “Beware of the temptation to alter your theology instead of adjusting your life.  By accommodating your theology, it is remarkable what the mind can do to remove even the slightest trace of guilt.

You see, the problem the people had who heard the words of Ezekiel (you could substitute the name of any prophet, and even of Jesus in that phrase), is that they altered the meaning of the words to mean what they wanted it to mean instead of surrendering themselves to the pure and simple demands of the Word of God.

How do you react when confronted with the demands of the Scripture to change something in your life?  Do you start to think that it doesn’t apply to your life situation?  Do you rationalize and explain away why it doesn’t apply to you?  If you do that, you are like those who listened to – and ignored – Ezekiel’s message so long ago.

PRAYER: Let us not just hear, but do Your Word.  Spirit, keep us from altering the words or meaning to make ourselves feel better and give us the courage to face the truth.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/18/13 – Thanksdead

DayBreaks for 11/18/13 – Thanksdead

The Bible has a lot to say about having thankful hearts.  David, perhaps, more than anyone else, seemed to express the heart of thanksgiving that the Lord found delightful.  I think that it is one of the qualities that caused David to be “a man after God’s own heart.”

I know that it isn’t the Thanksgiving holiday yet here in America so perhaps this post is just a bit ahead of itself, but you’d somewhat expect a Thanksgiving post on Thanksgiving, right?  Here’s the point: Thanksgiving isn’t supposed to be reserved to one special day each year.  It is something that is supposed to happen daily – or for that matter – at each moment of awareness we have of being thankful for something.  Somehow, I fear we’re not that good at identifying such things in America.

I’ve been in numerous worship services where the speaker opened the floor for people to share things that they experienced during the week for which they were thankful.  I don’t know if it’s because people are just so afraid of speaking in public, or if they really haven’t thought about thankfulness enough to identify some of those things, but such a request is often met with an awkward silence.

I read a post this past week from a truly gifted writer, Ann Voskamp, on her blog, A Holy Experience, and it struck me and prompted this DayBreaks.  Here’s what she had to say: Thanksgiving that doesn’t become thanksliving isn’t thanksgiving. It’s thanksdead. It’s thanksnothing. – Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

We’re sliding toward the Thanksgiving holiday.  We have an Advent season and Lenten season in which we prepare ourselves to focus on the Incarnation and the resurrection of Christ.  Maybe we would be well served to spend the time between today and Thanksgiving being more mindful of all His blessings, and more thankful for them, too!  And let’s not forget Ann’s point: our thanksgiving is to turn into thanksliving!

I am thankful that we don’t have to offer sacrifices like the Jews did, but thanksgiving is one sacrifice we can all make…and we can all afford: Psalm 107:22 (NLT)  Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.

PRAYER: Lord, you have been SO good to us!  Hear our hearts sing out our thanksgiving and turn it into thanksliving for you!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/15/13 – Can Lucifer Be Far Behind?

DayBreaks for 11/15/13 – Can Lucifer Be Far Behind?

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/6/2002:

Leviticus 18:21 – “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.

Jeremiah 32:35 – “They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.

From C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium, by Peter Kreeft: “…if no bright sacred mysteries anchor man’s life, the dark mysteries arise…Denied Jehovah, we turn to Molech, for man cannot live without those gods.  The battles on our earth always begin in the heavens.  It is Molech come again who has devoured 20 million (GCD note: as of 11/4/13, the number of legal abortions since Roe vs. Wade in the US is now 50 million) unborn babies with the blessing of our Supreme Court.  Is it not hypocritical to ask God to deliver us from the horrors of nuclear holocaust when we ‘cause our sons and daughters to pass through the fire’ of the great abortion holocaust?  And when Molech comes, can Lucifer be far behind?

The first 3 chapters of Romans paint a rather bleak picture of humanity.  They wind up proclaiming one simple, all-concluding fact: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  The Gentiles were without excuse and are sinners.  The Jews were without excuse and are sinners.  We have all alike denied the reality of God.  But it seems that when mankind denies the One True God, that we find it necessary to elevate someone or something to the place that rightly belongs to the God of heaven.  One way or another, whether he realizes it or not, man has always worshiped a “god” of some kind.  As Peter Kreeft points out: when we deny God, we turn to something less than God, often to something very MUCH less than God (isn’t everything?!?!).  Since we don’t want the holy and righteous God, we want one that lets us do the things we want without any guilt.   So should it surprise us that once we begin to deny the reality of God that things rapidly turn to evil?

If Molech was the bane of Israel, is there any other way to see the abortion holocaust that has bled its way across the face of our country?  I seriously doubt that 20 million children in total were ever sacrificed to Molech.  The name of our modern god isn’t Molech, it goes by many names including Convenience, Choice, or Right to Choose.  It doesn’t matter what you call it – once this beast has been loosed on the land, can Lucifer himself be far behind?

PRAYER: Mercy, Lord Jesus, have mercy on us all for our worship of false gods!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/14/13 – The Sounds of Silence

DayBreaks for 11/14/13 – The Sounds of Silence

From the DayBreaks archive dated 11/21/2003:

If you are like me, growing up in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, you lived through a period of musical giants.  The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Monkees.  Oh, yes, and let us not forget Simon and Garfunkel.  There were few who burned as brightly on the popular music scene as those two.

On 11/6/2003, I had the wonderful experience of going to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Old Friends” concert in Oakland, California.  I felt like I was seeing and listening to old friends again – even though I’d never seen them in person before.  Their words and music were as familiar as a conversation with an old friend…and as comfortable.  As I sat and listened to them play and sing one monster song after another, I found myself being transported back to the feelings I had as a young man when I heard those songs for the first few times.  I felt young again.  I felt full of hope and excitement and enthusiasm about life – the way we probably all did when we were young and naïve.  Strange how time changes us…

The words of some of the old songs struck me: “Hello, darkness my old friend, I’ve come to speak with you again…”, “…and the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they’d made, and the sign flashed out its warning, in the words that it was forming, and the vision that was planted in my brain, still remains, within the sounds of silence.”  Silence can be a symptom of peace…or a sign of despair.  I don’t think it was peace that Simon and Garfunkel were singing about when they wrote that song.  This is a song about empty hollowness.  Perhaps that is why it spoke so powerfully to the culture of that period in our history.

Equally powerful was “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.  I hadn’t ever really thought about how so much of that song could be descriptive of the way Christ deals with us – the way he shadows us through our lives and helps us when we need it.  “When you’re weary, feelin’ small, when tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all…”.  And when friends can’t be found, the singer of the song promises us that he’ll be right there, like a bridge over troubled water to ease our passage.  Scripture reminds us that God Himself will wipe every tear from our eye.  What tremendous parallels to Christianity!  Though all our friends may abandon us, Christ won’t.  When we reach the troubled waters of life (and they come frequently), we need a bridge to carry us over, to bear us up and put us safely on the other side.

Jesus, my friend, is that bridge.  He is the only one who can bridge the chasm that our sin has created and which separates us from God.  Again, I don’t believe that Simon and Garfunkel had any intention of carrying the message of the gospel in some of the words to their songs, but isn’t it amazing how God works?  How after these many years, He can give us new insights and helps us to understand where real hope and excitement come from?

It was a great concert, but not as great as the one we will someday participate in as singers ourselves.  The only sounds of silence then will be of holy reverence and awe for our Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Psalm 46:1 (NIV)  – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Isaiah 43:2 (MsgB)  – “When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.  When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.”

Habakkuk 2:20 (MsgB)  – “But oh! God is in his holy Temple!  Quiet everyone—a holy silence. Listen!”

PRAYER: Thank You, Jesus, for being our oldest and best friend, for bridging the troubled world of sin to deliver us into heavenly glory!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/13/13 – Where Angels Fear to Tread

DayBreaks for 11/13/13 – Where Angels Fear to Tread

Luke 1:11-13 (NLT) – While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12  Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. 13  But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.

Have you ever noticed how humans are terrified by angels when they appear in their real form?  It happens over and over throughout the Bible.  So why is it that we picture angels as fat little cherubs, or as if they were Hollywood Barbie Angel or fashion models (see here and here and here)?

I will say, rather confidently, that if angels looked like those things that not once would any of the angels have to say, “Don’t be afraid!”  My guess is that, while no one knows what an angel looks like, this particular angel, Gabriel by name (thought by some to be the angel of death) might look  something like this – which would explain the fear factor when mere mortals see him!

Further down in the text, Zechariah questions the message and is told, “I am Gabriel!  I stand in the very presence of God!”  This is a rebuke from this mighty angel.  Yet, even Gabriel falls to the ground in the Presence of God Almighty!

How strange it is that of all the creatures in creation, it appears that only Satan and his demons, and unrepentant mankind refuses to worship Him!

How long has it been since you’ve been on your knees in the Presence of God?

PRAYER: Almighty God, sometimes we treat you as if you are just another buddy, though a slightly larger version of an earthly friend!  How cavalierly we banter about Your Name!  How relaxed we are in our respect for You!  Forgive our insolence!  We fall before You, in fear and trembling, yet in full trust of Your ultimate goodness and salvation!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/12/13 – Reflections on Veterans Day

DayBreaks for 11/12/13 – Reflections on Veteran’s Day

Fading From ViewEphesians 6:12 (NLT)   For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

As I write this, it is still Veteran’s Day, 2013.  Facebook has been blanketed with displays of thanks and honor for those who have served our country throughout our nation’s wars and in regular military service.

In my photo blog on Sunday (http://twolfgcd.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/honor-them/), I shared some statistics of the number of soldiers (best estimates according to informed sources) who served in the times of our various wars who are still living today.  Did you know that the last American survivor of WWI died (Frank Buckles) in just 2011?  Out of the over 16 million who served during WW2, there are only about 1.5 million still living – and that number is declining at the rate of several hundred each day.  Heroes may live in memory for generations and centuries – but not so with the flesh.

I read a blog today that was written by a brother in Christ who is also a veteran of our recent wars.  He was, of course, calling for us to honor those who have and who are serving our country.  But he made another point that should be obvious to us all: we are surrounded by veterans of the spiritual warfare that rages 24 hours a day since the creation.  Like the soldiers who serve the United States of America, they won’t and don’t live forever here.  But how often do we stop to honor (or even thank) them for the price they and their families have paid for their selfless service?  As valuable as physical military service is and as much as they are to be honored and recognized for it, the spiritual war is no less real and certainly as deadly and vastly more important as any earthly war as the stakes in the arena of spiritual warfare are eternal.

Who do you know that is a spiritual veteran that you need to thank?  When is the last time you truly thanked your pastor, elders, deacons, teachers, the person who discipled you, your mentor for what they’ve fought for and how they’ve lived?  Is there a better day than today to do it?

Call them.  Tell them.  Thank them.  Because as with the soldiers of our armed forces, those spiritual heroes and veterans are passing, too.  Tomorrow may be too late to thank them for what they’ve done for you!  Remember that the martyrs didn’t die just for Christ, but for each of us to give us encouragement and an example to follow in their footsteps.

2 Timothy 2:3 (NIV)  – Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  

PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for fighting the greatest fight of all time, and winning it so we could have our freedom!  Thank you for those who have also fought for us throughout our lives.  Bless them for their service and help us to give them their due honor, too!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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