DayBreaks for 2/23/16 – Lead Us to Calvary

DayBreaks for 2/23/16: Lead Us to Calvary

Galen is traveling. Today’s message is from the DayBreaks archive, 2006:

There is a wonderful old hymn, “Lead Me to Calvary.”  Three of the verses go like this:

King of my life I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be

Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow, Lead me to Calvary.

Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony,

Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou was laid, Tenderly mourned and wept;

Angels in robes of light arrayed, Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony,

Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord to bear daily my cross for Thee;

Even thy cup of grief to share, Thou has borne all for me.

Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony,

Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.

“Lead us to Calvary.  There are two ways to go there.  One way is to go as spectators, there for the show, not acknowledging our complicity in any way.  The other way is to go as penitent sinners, knowing our need for Christ even as we acknowledge our acquiescence in his death.” – Fleming Rutledge, The Undoing of Death

How long has it been since you’ve gone to Calvary – not as a spectator, but as a penitent?  What is there today that you need to repent of?  What will you nail to the cross today?

TODAY’S PRAYER:  Jesus, we have much to repent of.  Already today, we’ve been impatient, anxious, envious, perhaps angry, lustful and bitter.  Don’t let those things live in our hearts, Lord.  Lead us ever so gently to your cross that we may fall on our knees in humility and repentance.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 2/16/16 – Death Was Arrested

DayBreaks for 2/16/16: Death Was Arrested

There is a wonderful new Christian song out there titled Death Was Arrested. Brandon Coker was describing it to some of his friends, describing how he was walking through a cemetery when he came across a tombstone with these words engraved into it: Here rests what was mortal of Samuel Burr, Age 42. In search of health far from his endeared home, death arrested his progress on 2nd of April 1831. Quietly he fell asleep in the Christian hope of immortality and glory forever. Oh the vanity of man in his best estate. Traveler pause and drop a tear at a grave of one so highly worthy and so deeply lamented and learn wisdom for eternity.

The phrase, “death arrested his progress” stirred the imagination and led to contemplation of how in this world death does, indeed, arrest progress…sooner or later, we shall all experience the end of our earthly “progress”.

That, however, needs to be balance and contrasted with what Christ did on the cross. Through his death, he arrested death and overcame it…and though we will all still die, we have his promise from John 11:25-26 (NLT) – Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”  

The lyrics to the song, and the link to the song, are the rest of today’s DayBreaks. Be blessed!

V1: Alone in my sorrow dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began
V2: Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began
CHORUS
Oh your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with you
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with you
V3: Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom he faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and he called me his friend
When death was arrested and my life began
V4: Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began
That’s when death was arrested and my life began
POST CHORUS:
Oh we’re free free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested

And my life began.

Link to listen to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1fEJC0JtBw 

TODAY’S PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for defeating death and giving life to those who were dead! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 1/19/16 – Holy Land Lessons – My Father’s House

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Home of Simon Peter’s family, Capernaum, Israel. Photo property of Galen Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 1/19/16: Holy Land Lessons: My Father’s House

I attended a church in my early years where we often sang the song, I’ve Got A Mansion, and the words to the first verse and chorus went like this: “I’m satisfied with just a cottage below, A little silver and a little gold. But in that city where the ransomed will shine I want a gold one that’s silver lined.
Chorus: I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, In that bright land where we’ll never grow old, And some day yonder we will never more wander, But walk on streets that are purest gold.”

Let me go on record here that I never liked that song (but we sang it a lot in the churches I used to attend!!!) because it essentially says something to the effect of I’m miserable now, but someday I want You to make it up to me for all my sacrifice and suffering and give me a mansion and that’ll make it all worth it!” I think it misses the point entirely. The glory of heaven won’t be a shiny home – for God Himself is our very great reward – to be with Him and enjoy Him forever – not to live in a sparkling, huge, gold and silver home! Listen to what Jesus said to us (and I’m sure someone’s imagination took this out of the Hebrew/1st century context in which Jesus was speaking and came up with the idea of shining, metallic mansions): John 14:2 (KJV) – In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

That’s how the King James put it. Unfortunately, it is a lousy translation and totally misses the point of what Jesus was saying as I learned during our journey to Israel this month. Fortunately, newer translations get to the core of what Jesus was saying. For example: John 14:2-3 (ESV) – In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that WHERE I AM YOU MAY BE ALSO.

Here’s the point: in today’s picture that I took in Israel, you can see a “family home”. This just happens to be the home of Peter that is located in Capernaum (authorities are nearly 100% certain it is the actual home of Peter). The inner circle was Peter’s primary area, but there are other circular structures outside of the inner circle that were divided by stone walls, but still part of the overall complex. Here’s the point: people back then didn’t have individual homes (unless they were very, very rich). They had communal or “family” homes. There were walls made out of stone dividing out the rooms, but all the people of the extended family basically lived in the same home. As the family grew, another room would be attached to the same basic structure – it just expanded to include family. They had their own rooms, but not their own mansions. So when Jesus said he was going to prepare a room for us (not a mansion!!!!), he was referring to the typical homes in which close, intimate family would reside.

What is Jesus saying? We will not live in our own mansion…we will live in HIS very own house, in a room of our own, but part of the intimate gathering of his family. We will be His children there, we can crawl up in our Father’s lap, we will join in the story-telling, the singing, the joyful feasting – and we won’t miss a minute of it because we will be RIGHT THERE.

Now, isn’t that far better than a gold and silver mansion? If you want a mansion somewhere on the edge of the New Jerusalem, I’m sorry if I’ve burst your bubble. But God has something far greater and more glorious than that in mind for you and me: Psalm 23:6 (ESV)Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD forever.

There, we shall find all our hearts and souls ever longed for (and more!!!) – forever!

TODAY’S PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for giving me a room in your house. I can’t wait to settle in and be part of the family that literally gathers at your feast table and sings and laughs together forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 2/23/15 – 10,000 Years

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In worship on Sunday, we sang a version of the beloved hymn, Amazing Grace/I’ve Been Set Free and it was wonderful.  We’ve sung it before, and I’ve sung the traditional Amazing Grace since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, but for some reason, a part of it that has always been my favorite struck me with even greater force today than before.  It’s the verse that says, “When we’ve been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun…”

I don’t know why, but for some reason, I pictured my dad while we sang that today.  My dad has been “there” over 17 years now.  And as we sang today, I pictured my dad bright and shining.  It was a wonderful moment for me.

I’m sure that my dad, just as Moses’ face shone after being in God’s Presence for just a short while on Sinai, now glows with the reflected glory of the Lord.  And then, I began to wonder what we will look like after we’ve been there 10,000 years.  At what point will that glory max out?  I don’t think, though I’m not sure, that it will.  Consider this verse: 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

I grant you that I’m not much to look at now.  And, quite frankly, neither are you.  But can you imagine what we will look like after having been in God’s Presence after 10,000 years, or 100,000 million years – if the glory is ever-increasing? 

As CS Lewis put it: There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.

That brother or sister that you struggle to put up with here – imagine them after 10 billion years of glory is visible on their face.  Maybe we’d treat each other better if we did.

PRAYER: Lord, thank You for being generous with Your glory.  I pray that even a bit of it might light upon each of us now and that we will see one another as we will be, not as we are.  And, Lord, give my dad my regards!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/09/14 – All Oppression Shall Cease

DayBreaks for 12/09/14 – All Oppression Shall Cease

One of the most wonderful and impressive of all Christmas songs is O Holy Night.  It isn’t easy to sing, but it sure is beautiful!  I don’t know if you’ve heard Celine Dion sing it or not, but if you haven’t, you should!  (Link to Celine’s version on YouTube – you will probably have to skip the ad after a few seconds!)

I learned something about this beautiful song this past weekend that I never knew.  The song was originally written in French in 1847.  It was apparently during the time of the Civil War in the United States that the song was translated into English.  As one soldier in the Civil War heard it, the phrase that stuck in his mind was “…in His name all oppression shall cease.”

Deliverance, by the way, is one of the reasons he came:  Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) – The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.

That phrase gave new meaning to the ordeal that was being experienced at that time.  And today, over 160 years later, it still gives hope and meaning to us, doesn’t it?

With terrorist beheadings, riots in the streets of our cities, brutalization of women and girls throughout the world, the millions of those who are enslaved and oppressed, we are not short on the need for hope.  We do know, deep in our hearts, that one day when He speaks the word, all oppression shall cease…forever.

Until that day, let us hope and pray, let us be instruments of His peace…and let us stop oppressing ourselves.  We may be oppressing our spouse through our words or actions.  We may be treating our children more like slaves than little ones endowed with the very image of God (and a purer image than we adults carry!)  We may oppress our employees…or employers.  We may oppress our animals and friends.  Men often oppress women.

Let’s not.  Let’s do our part to not be oppressors, but deliverers from oppression this Christmas.

PRAYER: Forgive the ways that we oppress others, Lord, and help us be instruments of your peace and righteousness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 3/31/14 – More Beautiful Than I Ever Imagined

DayBreaks for 3/31/14 – More Beautiful Than I Ever Imagined

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 3/31/2004:

From Things Unseen, by Mark Buchanan:

“William M. Dyke became blind when he was ten.  When he was in his early twenties and attending graduate school in England, he met the daughter of a British admiral, and they fell in love and decided to marry.  But before he agreed to give his daughter’s hand in marriage, the admiral insisted that William submit to what was at that time a risky surgery to restore his sight.  William agreed, but he also had a condition: he did not want the gauze removed from his eyes until the moment he met his bride at the altar.  He wanted her face to be the first then he beheld on their wedding day.”

“The surgery took place.  The wedding day was set.  William’s father led his son to the front of the church, and the bride’s father led her down the aisle.  As she came, William’s father stood behind his son and unwound the gauze from his eyes.  No one knew if the surgery had been successful.  When William’s bride stood before him, the last strand of gauze was pulled away, and he was face-to-face with his bride.  He stood there speechless, and everyone waited, breathless.  And then he spoke: ‘You are more beautiful than I ever imagined.”

“One day that will happen to us, only the roles will be reversed.  ‘Now we see but a poor reflection in a mirror,’ Paul says, ‘then we shall see face to face.  Now I know (Him) in part, then I shall know (Him) fully, even as I am fully known’ (1 Cor. 13:12).  One day, the Bride of Christ, near blind now, will stand before her Bridegroom at the Wedding Feast, and the veil will be removed, the scales will fall away, and we will see Him face-to-face and know Him even as we are fully known.”

“And he will be more beautiful than we ever imagined.”

There is a song that takes my heart and puts it in my throat every time I sing it, called “I Can Only Imagine”, by Bart Millard.  It goes like this: 

“I can only imagine

What it will be like

When I walk

By Your side.

 

“I can only imagine

What my eyes will see

When Your face

Is before me,

I can only imagine.

 

Chorus:

“Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel

Will I dance for you, Jesus, or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall,

Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine.

 

“I can only imagine

When that day comes

And I find myself

Standing in the Son

 

“I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever,

Forever worship You…

I can only imagine.”

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

PRAYER: Lord, how we long to see you face-to-face in our heavenly home! I long to see You in Your glory and for faith to become sight! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 01/13/14 – The Key Word is ALL

DayBreaks for 01/13/14 – The Key Word is ALL

Isaiah 53:6 (MSG)  We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And GOD has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

Colossians 2:13 (NLT)  You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

During worship on Sunday our church usually sings fairly contemporary Christian worship songs and hymns. Yesterday, it was a bit like “throw back” Sunday as several of the songs were either old hymns (with a few modifications and played by a worship band) or medleys of several of the old favorites from the hymn book.

It started with “Jesus Paid It All”. I have sung that song (or heard it sung) for 60+ years, but not a lot lately. For some reason, the words of the song really hit me as we sang it. The four simple words, “Jesus paid it all….”knocked me out of my routine and made me start to get weepy.

I struggle with sin. I am not proud of that fact, but it is the plain and simple truth. I get frustrated at how much sin still allures me. You’d think that by my stage in life that I’d have a better handle on it. I don’t. Some of the temptations to sin may have changed, but I’m still a sinner. With lots of sin.

Like everyone, at times I despair. I can picture Jesus looking down from heaven and getting a very distinct look of disgust and revulsion when he sees me. But then the Spirit reminds me that when the Father sees me, He sees me dressed not in any righteousness of my own (for I have none!), but fully wrapped in Jesus’ righteousness.

As I thought about the words of the song, I took hope anew because I realized that even though I will continue to sin until my dying day, Jesus paid the price for ALL my sin already. It’s not like I’m going to commit one more sin that He hasn’t already paid for…Jesus paid it ALL!

PRAYER: Oh, Jesus! Hallelujah and glory to Your name for paying for ALL my sins already and freeing me from the fear of that “one more sin” that wouldn’t have been paid for! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

AN INTERESTING SIDE NOTE ON “Jesus Paid It All”: this hymn was written by a woman sitting in the choir loft during one of her pastor’s long prayers.  She wrote it on the flyleaf of a hymnal.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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