DayBreaks for 2/28/14 – Recharging

DayBreaks for 2/28/14 – Recharging

What is the purpose of worship? Consider this intriguing story:

“An Italian newspaper recently carried a story about a young couple in Milan who seemed particularly devoted in their worship. The priest at a cathedral there reported that the pair spent an hour or more on a regular basis sitting before a statue of the Virgin Mary. Naturally, he assumed they were praying.

“Turns out, this young couple was recharging their cell phone. They had noticed a stray electric cable sticking out of the wall behind the statue of the Virgin Mary. Whenever their phone’s power supply dwindled, the young couple came to the church and re-charged it from the cable behind the Virgin Mary. The priest states that the young couple is welcome to use his church for this purpose.

“We talk about coming to church to “re-charge our batteries,” but this is ridiculous. What looked to the unobservant eye like an act of piety was actually a self-serving ploy to save money. This young couple was using the church for their own needs. And we’re shocked, shocked, I tell you–until we realize that we may be guilty of the same mistake.” – King Duncan

The story is humorous, isn’t it? But the concept of church as a place to go to “get” something is not. What is the purpose of going to church? Well, we are to encourage one another, exhort one another with the singing of songs and sharing of Scripture, so in a way, that could be called “re-charging”.  But worship isn’t about us. It is about the One who is deserving of worship. I wonder what the percentage of American Christians is that goes to worship on Sunday to receive a lift, rather than to give worship. My guess is that it is staggeringly high.

When Jesus said, as recorded in Mark 7:6 (NLT) You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, it didn’t just apply to worshippers in the first century, but to any worshipper of God in any time or place that goes through the motions at worship for any reason other than to give praise and glory to the great God, our Creator. Worship is about Him.  It is for Him.  It certainly isn’t about me or you or us.  When we worship to get something out of it ourselves, we have become idols and our hearts are far from Him even as our lips  mouth the right words and sing the right melodies and harmonies.

Why will you go to worship on Sunday? Invite the Spirit to reveal your motives – and to produce changes as needed.

PRAYER: Teach us to worship well…and worship rightly! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 2/27/14 – All the Kings and Queens of History

DayBreaks for 2/27/14 – All the Kings and Queens of History

Micah 2:13 (MSG)  Then I, GOD, will burst all confinements and lead them out into the open. They’ll follow their King. I will be out in front leading them.

Statistics can be hard to come by for some things. It’s easy to get fairly accurate numbers these days for lots of things because of computer modeling, satellite imagery, electronic records, etc., but all those (especially computer modeling) is built on certain sets of assumptions. When we try to delve back into history, we encounter huge difficulties in trying to figure out how many people have ever lived on the earth or even the world population at any point in time.

Today I was asking Google this question: how many people have died in the history of the world as a result of warfare? Not surprising, the best I could get were estimations. But the numbers are pretty staggering, as is the range. It seems that somewhere between 200-700 million have died. Some of the discrepancy is due to no records or wild guesses about populations or wars fought long ago. Another factor is whether to include just those that died as direct effects of war, or whether to include those who died from disease or starvation as a result of war. Any way you look at it, the number is staggering!!!!

Why did it happen?  Because some king or queen wanted something more. Those 200-700 million persons died because a king or queen (president, prime minister or whatever) ordered them to go and possibly die for their king or queen and country.

I ran across a very interesting quote by the late Chuck Colson that I want to share with you.  Here it is: All the kings and queens I have known in history sent their people out to die for them.  I only know one King who decided to die for his people. – Chuck Colson

What a wonderful King we have!  And while martyrs have died for love of that King and his cause (which is love for His creation), they have gained a great reward….and the King first died for them!

Psalm 149:2-5 (NIV) Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. 3  Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. 4  For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. 5  Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.

PRAYER: Oh, Jesus, how humbled we are by what You have done for us!  Glory to our King forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 2/26/14 – In the Presence of Greatness

DayBreaks for 2/26/14 – In the Presence of Greatness

Matthew 17:2-8 (NIV) – There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6  When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7  But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8  When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

In the summer of 1941, Sergeant James Allen Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross for climbing out onto the wing of his Wellington bomber at 13,000 feet above ground to extinguish a fire in the starboard engine. Secured only by a rope around his waist, he managed to smother the fire and return along the wing to the aircraft’s cabin. Winston Churchill, an admirer as well as a performer of swashbuckling exploits, summoned the shy New Zealander to 10 Downing Street. Ward, struck dumb with awe in Churchill’s presence, was unable to answer the prime minister’s questions. Churchill surveyed the unhappy hero with some compassion.

“You must feel very humble and awkward in my presence,” he said.

“Yes, Sir,” managed Ward.

“Then you can imagine how humble and awkward I feel in yours,” returned Churchill.

Churchill knew he was in the presence of a real hero. On top of that mountain long ago, the disciples realized they were in the presence of greatness. In fact, they knew they were in the presence of someone whose significance went beyond celebrity, even beyond heroic. He was their Lord, their Master, their King.

We have not stood on top of the mountain top nor have we seen the transfiguration of the Son of God. Yet we are no less in His Presence every moment of every day. He watches, He sees, He shines with glory and power. All heaven and earth are in subjection to Him and when He chooses to exert His authority and power none can resist. He deserves our worship and our obedience. We will one day stand before Him to give an answer for how we lived our lives. And He will determine our fate.

Let us live soberly in His Presence!

PRAYER: Jesus, there is no one like you, deserving of worship and praise and our full obedience! Give us a glimpse of your greatness and awareness of your presence as we live this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 2/25/14 – Painting the Doorposts

DayBreaks for 2/25/14 – Painting the Doorposts

Exodus 12:7, 13 (ESV) – Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it…13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.

During the sermon on Sunday, the preacher referred to the story of the Passover and how it began. Later on during the day, I found myself pondering the thoughts of the Israelites as they were told what they needed to do in order to avoid a visit from the angel of death.

You know the story: they were to slaughter a flawless lamb and paint the blood on the sides of the doorposts and also on the beam over the top of the door. If they did that, when the death angel came it would bypass that house.

I couldn’t help but wonder: how many of the Israelites that did as they were instructed did so out of fear or out of faith? How many of them really believed the death angel would slide through the streets that very night and they acted because God said it would happen and they believed Him?  How many painted the posts simply because they were afraid and wondered, “What if it is true?” In other words, they responded because of fear of what might happen in case they didn’t take action rather than faith in what God said would happen?

Why do I wonder such things?  Perhaps it is because I see my own lack of faith and am seeking some small comfort and reassurance wherever I can find it. As I tried to put myself in the position of an Israelite father faced with the decision of what to do, I suspect that I might have painted the doorposts more out of fear than certainty. I wouldn’t have wanted to take a chance with my firstborn (or any of my other children).

But here’s what I love about it: I suspect that I would not have been the only one who acted on that basis.  I suspect that there were many who were skeptical, acting out of fear. And what did God do? He honored them regardless of whether they painted the doorposts out of fear or faith.

It is interesting that God never said, “If you paint the doorposts and believe, the death angel will pass by.” God sure does know our hearts, doesn’t He?

I am comforted by this. It seems to me to be a foreshadowing of the prayer, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.”

PRAYER: God, we are trying. Sometimes we act, not so much out of faith, but out of fear, but You still seem to honor that and I’m grateful. Help us mature into men and women who truly believe and who act because we know You are as good as Your word! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 2/24/14 – Beware What You Grab

DayBreaks for 2/24/14 – Beware What You Grab

From the time we learn we have hands that can move according to our will, we start grabbing at things around us. We grab for a rattle, for a bottle, a stuffed toy, our pacifiers. As we start getting a bit older and learn to play with other kids, we see them grab for our toys and we learn to grab for theirs.

Sadly, it isn’t just little children that are “grabbers”. We do it all our lives. We grab for someone else’s girl/boyfriend. We scramble and grab for power, for money, for recognition and fame. We grab for the gusto because we are told to do so by powerful marketing machines. We grab for what we think will bring happiness and contentment, joy and fulfillment. We are very slow learners.

Once there was an eagle which hovered over a lake and suddenly swooped down and caught a two-foot long fish in its talons. Slowly, the bird rose with its ten pound catch, but when it reached about 1,000 feet, it began to descend, until it splashed into the water. Later, both the bird and fish were found dead. Apparently the fish was too heavy for the eagle, but it could not let go, for its talons were embedded in the flesh of the fish. The truth is that what we grab, grabs us. When we grab alcohol, drugs, or sex, it grabs us and brings us down to death.

There is, however, one thing that we should be grabbing and to which we should hold fast. Just as Jacob wrestled with the Lord and held on tightly so he could receive a blessing, we should realize that it is only when we latch hold of God that the fulfillment and joy we are looking for will ultimately be found.

You will have a choices today about what you will hold on to. Will you hold on to the encouragement of a superior who tells you to do something that is unethical in order to close that deal or placate a client? Will you hold fast to your wedding vows because of Him? Will you choose to follow Him, to grab Him and hold on for all you are worth, today?

Hebrews 6:18 (MSG)  – God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.

PRAYER: Lord, our problem isn’t really knowing what we should grab and hold on to, but in doing it! Help us reach for You and to hold on tightly no matter what! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 2/21/14 – The Real Meaning of Fear

DayBreaks for 2/21/14 – The Real Meaning of Fear

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Suppose for a moment that Moses had spoken these words to you. How would you have felt? Or, better yet, suppose you were Abram, told by God Himself, that he was not to be afraid because God was with him and would be his protector and provider. Would that have made you feel a bit more confident?  Would that have allayed your fears?  At least some?

I think it would help me with my fears if God stood before me and told me that. Shame on me for thinking it would add anything to the certainty if He stood before me…He’s already promised that He won’t leave me or forsake me. His Presence would add nothing to the solemnity of that vow.

But, He’s not stood before me to say it. And I still get fearful from time to time. Sometimes it is over silly things that are of virtually no consequence. There are other times, however, when it seems like it is concerning something critical: making ends meet, fear of a disease taking a child or grandchild before their time, fear of a marriage failing. It seems like those things deserve our fear more than the little ones, but the truth is that His promise (and He!) is larger than any problem or the combined set of all my fears!

Do you fear Armageddon? Do you fear death? Do you fear life? Do you fear Alzheimer’s or dementia?  Cancer?  Those things can’t really touch the real, eternal spirit that God gave you.

I like what Usman Asif said about fear: Fear is the darkroom where negatives develop. It is usually in the dark of the night that my fears haunt me the most. And when I am fearful, negatives develop in my heart, my mind, my attitudes and my faith. Satan loves it when we are fearful.

Then I read something else that I thought was worth sharing:

“FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real”.

The notion that anything in this world can bring us ultimate harm is false evidence according to God’s promises to His children.

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll take that acronym and tuck it away in my mind to reflect on when something presents itself as evidence that causes me to fear.

PRAYER: False evidence is thrown in our faces by Satan all the time, Lord! Let us not fall prey to the fear that he hopes will cause us to stumble and fall, but to trust in Your promises that he can never affect! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 2/20/14 – Counting Dead Fish

DayBreaks for 2/20/14 – Counting Dead Fish

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 2/20/2004:

In YOUR GOD IS TOO SAFE, Mark Buchanan wrote: “Why do people get close to God?  Why do you?  When I subject my own motives to the sharpest and toughest scrutiny, I find, very often, that the God I’m looking for is the God who follows me – comes onto my fish boat, fills up my nets.  But I fear the God who becomes concretely personal in Jesus, who confronts me with a stark command, barren of option: Follow me.

“But what about all this stuff, Jesus – these boats and fish?  Why did you give me all these fish at this particular moment?  Why didn’t You ask me to follow You last night, when I hated my job, when I would have given anything for an excuse to walk away from it?  Why do You do that, Jesus?  Why get everything going my way and then ask me to forsake it?

“Follow me.

“Follow You where?

“Where I lead you.

“To do what?

“What I tell you.

“For how long?

“He doesn’t’ say, but we know he means forever.

“There’s only one certainty about this.  We know what we’ll get if we refuse: to sit on wet stones and count dead fish.”

Life is full of chances.  We take chances every time we go out to the store or go to work or school.  We take chances when we aren’t even aware that we’re taking chances.  Buchanan’s point is very well made: we may not know where Jesus is going to lead us specifically, nor for how long.  But what’s the alternative to going on a lifelong walk with him?  Being without him, that’s what.  He’s willing to leave us in our fishing boats, surrounded by wet nets, lives of quiet desperation, sure that there must be more but too paralyzed to take the chance to get out of the security of our little boats and go on an adventure with him.

What would you rather do: count dead fish or live a life filled with the miracle of His presence and power?

Copyright by 2004 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Let us not grow content with counting dead fish, Lord, and forever regretting that we didn’t follow you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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