DayBreaks for 12/31/13 – Let’s Let the Lion Loose!

DayBreaks for 12/31/13 – Let’s Let the Lion Loose

Revelation 5:5 (NLT)  But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Here we are – the last day of 2013. What a year it has been in so many respects! Of course there have been wonderful things happen this year – things that cause hope to stir in our hearts for humanity and decency, but those are not the kind of things that often make the evening news.

While there has been progress on some fronts, overall it was a troubling year from a broad perspective. There is a lot of uncertainty as we enter the new year once again. I suppose that should be neither surprising nor even alarming. It just is.

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, I can’t help but wonder what this next year would be like if all believers, regardless of creed or denomination, were to commit to live all out for Christ this coming year. What would that look like? How could it change your own life, your family, your community, the country and world? Only God knows that, but one thing is clear from Scripture: when His people commit to truly live for Him, He does amazing things that blow us away!

The problem is that we’ve taken the Lion and put Him conveniently into a cage with parameters and limitations as to how far we’re willing to let Him prowl in our life. That’s what made this quote from Dorothy Sayers all the more intriguing to me: “The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore—on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him “meek and mild,” and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.”

I’m under no delusion that I’ll be able to always let Him out of the cage I’ve constructed for Him (and we have all constructed a cage for Him!), but as I go into this new year, I want to put the key in the lock and let Him out more in my life and my corner of the world. Will you join me in that commitment? To free the Lion to do the things that only He can do if we will just let Him out?

Listen to the roar – and let the earth tremble!

PRAYER: Jesus, be freed in all Your power in my life this year! I know I shall fail from time to time, but I truly want to set You free from the limits that I’ve put on You as to what I’m willing for You to do in my life and through my life. I pray that you will stir others to join and to set You free in their own lives, too! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2003, 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/30/13 – Villains and Betrayals

DayBreaks for 12/30/13 – Villains and Betrayals

Luke 22:47-48 (NLT) But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of his twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. 48  But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

I know it is not Easter week, Maundy Thursday or even Good Friday, but in my quiet time this morning I was looking at this passage from Luke and a few thoughts struck me that I’d never really pondered before.

There have been many who bore the title of “villain” throughout history. We know the names of some of them and sadly many lived in the past 100 years: Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Mao – to name just a few. There are others who are also villains because of their involvement in school shootings, mass murders, drug or human trafficking and other notorious events. Sadly, it seems that there is nearly always at least one tyrant on the world stage at any given moment in time. And we must remember that villainy is also somewhat a matter of perspective: George Washington would have been considered a villain by the British, and Lincoln by the Confederates.

There was another villain in today’s text: Judas Iscariot. Was his betrayal of Jesus the darkest event in human history? I don’t even know how a finite human being could judge such a thing. Is one betrayal worse than any other? Of course, the betrayal of an innocent person seems worse to us than another kind of betrayal. Jesus was innocent, so you could argue that Judas’ betrayal was worse than say, Peter’s. But how many times have I betrayed Jesus? Given that I have almost certainly lived longer than Judas, I have probably betrayed him many more times than Judas did. No, I didn’t directly sell him to the authorities, but I, by my sin and betrayal of God, am complicit in His death.

Why did His plan include a human betraying Jesus? He could have simply been arrested in the temple (as Jesus himself said in the context) with no betrayal by Judas or anyone else involved, at least not an explicit one. I don’t know the answer to this question, but perhaps it was because we needed to see the dark underbelly of human nature at it worst in war against the God who created us. We needed to see and understand the depths to which any one of us could, and do, descend.

If you have thoughts on why a human betrayal was part of the plan, I’d love to hear from you!

Perhaps we should be more cautious in our judgment on Judas, for each of us is a betrayer, too.

PRAYER: If you counted our sins, who could stand? Not only have we like sheep gone astray, but we have all betrayed you, too. Thank you for your incredible forgiveness and being willing to die for us even as we betray you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/27/13 – God In a Box

DayBreaks for 12/27/13 – God in a Box                 

From the DayBreaks archive, 11/2003:

Exodus 20:18-19 (Msg) – All the people, experiencing the thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast and the smoking mountain, were afraid—they pulled back and stood at a distance. 19 They said to Moses, “You speak to us and we’ll listen, but don’t have God speak to us or we’ll die.”

Ever since the beginning of time, man has tried to control God, or at the very best out-maneuver Him.  At the time of the giving of the 10 commandments as noted in Exodus, God frightened the children of Israel by the demonstration of His power on the mountain.  Their response?  They wanted to put God in a box and limit Him – they wanted to dictate the terms upon which they’d interact with Him.  In the times of Jesus, the Pharisees wanted to dictate how the long-awaited Messiah, the Son of God, should look, speak and act.  As long as they could control him, they were content.  But when God refused to stay in the box of preconceived ideas that they’d built for him, they took drastic action to put him back – not in a box, but in the tomb.

Why do we put God in a box?  I think there are several reasons:

FIRST: as long as God is in a box, we think we know where He is, and where He isn’t.  And that gives us a sense of control, and it makes us think that He can’t see us.

SECOND: from the beginning, we’ve tried to make God in our image.  We ascribe to Him our own weaknesses and limitations.  If God can be controlled, He can be manipulated, and if He can be manipulated, then He is no longer God – we are.

THIRD: the idea of God “on the loose” is terrifying.  He terrified the Israelites merely by speaking to them.  If we can put God in a box and keep Him there, we lose our fear of Him.  But heaven help us if He “escapes”.

Have you tried to put God in a box and dictate terms to Him?  Perhaps you are trying to do that in your marriage, or with your work, or in your thought life.  God will not let us dictate terms to Him.  He can’t be put in a box.  We cannot control Him, and God is not safe.  But He is God.  Let us kneel before Him and listen when He speaks.

PRAYER: Deep down inside, Lord, we need You to be bigger than any box we construct for You.  We need and want You to be huge yet gentle, loving yet just. Teach us the folly of trying to contain You in any way! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2003, 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/26/13 – Shouts Heard Round the World

DayBreaks for 12/26/13 – Shouts Heard Round the World                     

From the DayBreaks archive, 12/29/2003:

Not too long ago, I was fortunate enough to stand on the bridge at Lexington, Massachusetts where the Revolutionary War started and where “shot heard round the world” was fired.  I love historical sites!  I always try to picture them in my mind before I get there and then see how they are different.  The first shot was just that – the first shot among many that heralded the birth of a nation that still exists 227 years later.  It was a special place for me.

But in reality, the shot wasn’t literally heard round the world, was it?  The implications of what happened there were really the meaning behind the saying.

I like what Calvin Miller said in A Symphony in Sand:

“No shot was ever heard around the world. 

In fact, in all of human history

Only two sounds have been heard around the entire world…

The first:

A newborn baby’s cry, saying,

“It is begun.”

The second:

A young man’s dying cry, saying,

“It is finished.”

If there ever were sounds heard round the world, that had meaning for all of mankind, it wasn’t the sound of black powder and the minnie ball that flew across the river at Lexington.  It was the words of Christ.  Have they impacted your life?

There will be one more sound that will be quite literally heard ‘round the world, the sound of the shout of the archangel and the blast of the trumpet to herald Christ’s return.  Not a single man, woman or child who has ever lived will miss that one!  Are you ready?

PRAYER: Your cries haunt us, Lord Jesus.  We look forward to the coming shout of the angel that will herald Your return! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/25/13: When Christmas and Disappointment Collide

_MG_8297John 1:4-5 (NLT)The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

This afternoon we attended a Christmas Eve service at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, GA.  It was the first of three services to be held today, and due to the size of the crowd, they had it live in the main auditorium and broadcast into two other venues on site.  We attended the 3:00 p.m. service…and were extremely fortunate to find a seat.  We figured that this would be the least crowded of the three services…I still think that is probably correct, but I don’t see how they could have seated more people.  As my son put it: “It’s great that the hottest ticket in town is going to church on Christmas Eve.”

Randy Pope, the senior minister at Perimeter, spoke on the subject of when Christmas and Disappointment Collide.  The premise was basically this: disappointment can destroy your Christmas, but a proper understanding of Christmas can destroy your disappointment. 

When we understand what Christmas really is, we understand that as Christians, there is always a bigger story going on than what we can see, that it is a better story than the story we are living….and it will ultimately become visible and that story will sway the entire future.  Why?  Because of Christmas – of the Incarnation, because of a God who chose not to remain aloof and untouched, un-phased by the pain and suffering in the creation, but Who chose to to get down and dirty with us, to bring us the Light.

As part of the service (even in a sanctuary that holds somewhere around 2300 people, we joined together in singing Silent Night while holding candles.  That is today’s picture.  I loved the imagery of the Light….and how, 2000 years after God awoke in a manger of straw, what John wrote long ago is true: “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness can NEVER extinguish it.”

Understand this truth and your despair and disappointment about your work, your health, your finances, your relationships, whatever – are demolished by the Light that filled that manger and for whom the angels sang.

Merry CHRISTmas, my friends!

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for destroying despair, dispelling the darkness and for your eternal victory!!!!  We worship You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/24/13 – God’s Heart Transplant

DayBreaks for 12/24/13 – God’s Heart Transplant                       

Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)  And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Today I’m sharing something that Ann Voskamp wrote.  The background: 13-year old Taylor Storch and her family had gone to Colorado for a little skiing. Taylor laughed loud coming down the mountain, but then she fell – right down a straight rocky slant of the earth. Ann continues: “By nightfall, she was gone, slipped off this earth and Home, and her parents, Tara and Todd, were signing papers to give away Taylor’s still-warm heart.

They ended up giving Taylor’s heart to a woman, Patricia Winters, in Arizona whose heart was failing so badly that she couldn’t get off the couch anymore.

When someone called to tell Ann and her family about the accident, Ann wrote: “There’s been ugly sin this week and there’s been dead weary and there’s been more than a few moments I haven’t known how to go on.

“Taylor’s mama had only one request.” I lean against the window sill, head against the cool pane, tell my Mama what Max had said, how he had shown us a photo of Taylor with her mama. How Taylor’s mama had called Patricia Winters and asked her if she could come hear her heart.

“Oh my.” Mama murmurs what only a mama can feel. The clock’s ticking on the wall.

“And Max had told us how Taylor’s mama flew from Dallas to Phoenix and knocked on Patricia Winters’ door and Patricia Winters walked right past the couch and she opened the door and she opened her arms and she welcomed them in. And Taylor’s mama fell into her arms and the two mothers just held each other, Taylor’s heart beating right there next to her weeping Mama’s.

‘And then Patricia Winters reached over and handed Taylor’s Mama a stethoscope.

“And she laid that stethoscope up against Patricia Winters and she could hear it, right there in Patricia as clear as a beckoning bell: Thrum. Thrum.

“Taylor’s mama could hear it loud and long, right there in her ears…Thrum.

“Like a thunder vibrating right through her — Thrum.

“Her daughter’s still-beating heart.

“Oh… I can’t…” Mama chokes out the words. “I can’t even imagine.”

“Can’t imagine. Can’t Believe…  Miracle.

“And then Max had asked us slow and quiet. “What was Taylor’s Mama really hearing?”

“It indwells a different body, but that heart is the heart of her girl…. ” Max said. “And when God hears your heart, that’s what He hears — the still-beating heart of His Son.”

“Your heart can’t forgive the tactless no-so-great Aunt, your heart can’t forgive the words that should never have been said, your heart can’t forgive the remark that was more like a blade and left a mark how many years later. Your heart can’t forgive the step-mother, the side joke, the backhand, the over-the-top family that just gets under your skin.

“Your heart can’t forgive. That’s why He gave you His.

“When you don’t think you can forgive what she’s said about you —-

“When you don’t think you can forget what he’s done to you –

“When it’s His heart beating in you — you can forgive in a heart beat.

“I look up from the sink. The Christmas tree is there by the fireplace — and it’s right there, what all the hard relationships, gatherings, families need at Christmas: the Tree is where God’s grace does heart transplants: God takes broken hearts —- and gives you His.” – Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience blog

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for not just becoming like us in the Incarnation, but showing us Your heart, and giving us Your heart!  May we hear Your heart beating a little stronger in each of us this Christmas.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/23/13 – When God Put His Son in Our Arms

DayBreaks for 12/23/13 – When God Put His Son in Our Arms             

Luke 2:25-32 (NLT) – At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26  and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27  That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28  Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 29  “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30  I have seen your salvation, 31  which you have prepared for all people. 32  He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

“We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, ‘Hi.’ He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment.

“I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map.

“We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled.. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists.. ‘Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,’ the man said to Erik.

“My husband and I exchanged looks,  ‘What do we do?’

“Erik continued to laugh and answer, ‘Hi.’

“Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, ‘Do ya patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek- a-boo.’

“Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk.

“My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments.

“We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. ‘Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,’ I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s ‘pick-me-up’ position. Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man.

“Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love and kinship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder. The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time.

“I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, ‘You take care of this baby.’

“Somehow I managed, ‘I will,’ from a throat that contained a stone.

“He pried Erik from his chest, lovingly and longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, ‘God bless you, ma’am, you’ve given me my Christmas gift.’

“I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, ‘My God, my God, forgive me.’

“I had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not.. I felt it was God asking, ‘Are you willing to share your son for a moment?’ when He shared His for all eternity. How did God feel when he put his baby in our arms 2000 years ago?

“The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, ‘To enter the Kingdom of God , we must become as little children.'” – Author Unknown

PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for entrusting Your Son into our arms so long ago.  May He be welcome in our hearts yet today!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/20/13 – It’s All In the Name

DayBreaks for 12/20/13 – It’s All In the Name                  

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.’”

Matthew, when writing his gospel, didn’t want Joseph or any of us to get stuck in pie/sky dreams. He wanted to bring us down to earth, to our waking reality, and he did so by invoking the name of Immanuel. Because if Jesus, whose name was given to Joseph in a dream, is to do us any good, he’d better meet us and be with us in all those times when our dreams go up in smoke and when the crushing weight of this world of misery comes crashing down around our shoulders – again. If he is only Jesus, the one who saves us from our sins, it would be too easy to turn him into the one who also saves us out of the real world. But if he is Immanuel, the “God With Us”, then we realize we don’t have to go anywhere to meet him other than the craziness of our Monday mornings and our Thursday afternoons. We don’t have to go find him in some other realm or space because he has already found us in exactly this realm and this world.

So where is Immanuel? Immanuel is God-with-us in the cancer clinic and the Alzheimer’s ward. Immanuel is God-with-us when the pink slip is put into your hand and when the child you love sneers viciously at you and says, “I hate you!” Immanuel is God-with-us when you pack the Christmas decorations away and realize that your one son never did call over the holidays. Not once. Immanuel is God-with-us when your dear wife or mother stares at you with an Alzheimer’s glaze and absently asks, “What was your name again?”

Ever and always Jesus stares straight into you with his two good eyes and he does so not only when you can smile back but most certainly also when your own eyes are full of tears. In fact, Jesus is Immanuel, “God with you” even in those times when you are so angry with God that you refuse to meet his eyes. But even when you feel like you can’t look at him, he never looks away from you. He can’t. His name says it all. – Adapted from Scott Hoezee

PRAYER: Thank you for your magnificent name that gives us comfort and hope and which describes perfectly Who You Are!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/19/13 – “I Was Part of Them”

DayBreaks for 12/19/13 – I Was Part of Them                  

Hebrews 2:14 (MSG)  Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death 15  and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

I personally find it strange that God has never deserted me. Frankly, I don’t understand that kind of grace. I don’t deserve his eternal presence, and you don’t either. Yet, God has forever identified with humans caught by no choice of their own in the human dilemma. When someone says, “You don’t know how I feel!”, they are probably right. There may not be a soul in the world who truly understands your feelings, either. God understands. All others in your life may fall away. God will never fall away.

In Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation, a story is told of Mary Wilson, presently of Dallas, Texas. You would never know by looking at this simple, modest woman that she was the recipient of the Silver Star and she bore the nickname “The Angel of Anzio.” If you recall your WW2 history, you’ll remember that when the Allies got bogged down in the boot of Italy during WW2, they attempted a daring breakout by launching an amphibious landing on the Anzio Beach. Unfortunately, the Allies got pinned down at the landing site and came dangerously close to being driven back into the ocean. It looked like another Dunkirk was in the making.

Mary Wilson was the head of the fifty-one army nurses who went ashore at Anzio. Things got so bad that bullets zipped through her tent as she assisted the surgeon in surgery. When the situation continued to deteriorate arrangements were made to get all of the nurses out. But Mary Wilson would have none of it. She refused to leave at the gravest hour. As she related her story years later, she said: “How could I possibly leave them. I was a part of them.”

Our God is a good God. He does not desert us in our hour of need. He hears the cries of Israel. He hears the cries of the church. He hears the cries of His children. Christmas is about God’s eternal identification with the human dilemma.

Jesus Christ doesn’t cut and run when things are tough in our life. He was (and is) a part of us for all eternity – and that is what Immanuel, and Christmas, is all about.

PRAYER: Hallelujah for becoming a part of us, for even stooping so low as to not just live among us, but to take on our human form and tasting human life! Thank you that you are a part of us now and forever!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/18/13 – Something Happened Here!

DayBreaks for 12/18/13 – Something Happened Here!                 

John 1:14 (NLT)  So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

As I have said before, I love to visit places where world history changed, where great conflicts took place, struggles, advances in technology, where great words were spoken and things were changed forever. 

A couple of years ago while my wife and I were on a vacation road-trip through the American southwest, we went to the meteor crater in Arizona.  It doesn’t look like much as you drive up to it, in fact, it could be mistaken for a plateau.  But once you get there and walk up the side of the crater and can peer down into its depth and see its breadth, you immediately know: “Something happened here!”  The evidence is staring you right in the face.

There is a story of an old pioneer in times past who traveled westward across the great plains until he came to an shocking and abrupt halt at the edge of the Grand Canyon. He gawked at the sight before him: a vast chasm one mile down, eighteen miles across, and more than a hundred miles long! He gasped, “Something musta happened here!”

A visitor from another world to our world at Christmas time could observe the lights, the decorations, the trees, the parades, the festivities, and the religious services, and would rightly conclude “Something must have happened here!”

Indeed, something did happen. God came to our world in a unique and unexpected way on the first Christmas. Consider how the world has been changed as a result!

The question is: what does that coming mean to you?  How has your history changed as a result?  How will you let it change you this year?  Can someone stand at the edge of your life and say “Something happened to you!”

PRAYER: Father, thank You for coming to this humble grain of sand that You created.  Thank You for the great changes that Your coming have brought and may we allow You to change us again this year and always!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Thank you!