DayBreaks for 3/31/16 – Snuggling Up to the Old Man

DayBreaks for 3/31/16 – Snuggling Up to the Old Man

In rural China, the black market for female corpses—even already-buried corpses–thrives still (as mentioned years ago by News of the Weird). According to legend dating back 30 centuries, men who die as bachelors will spend eternity alone, and thus their families arrange “ghost weddings,” in which a corpse (presumably, freshly buried) is stolen and relocated alongside the man. (Perhaps more important to the surviving family is the other part of the legend–that any bachelor corpse will “return” to haunt the family.) [Daily Telegraph (London), 2-27-2016, News of the Weird blog]

Let’s face it: no one wants to face eternity alone, but this is pushing it a bit too much. Would you want to be “married” to a dead corpse?

Yet…doesn’t that sort of describe our fascination with the “old man” with its sinfulness? There is something about humans that attracts us to sin. Paul says it is our fleshly nature. But he also says that we have died to those things if we are disciples. That doesn’t mean, obviously, that such things no longer call out to us and that the allure of certain sins don’t still pull on us.

We are dead to the eternal consequences of those sins for we have accepted Christ’s work as being perfect and more than adequate to pay for our sinfulness. But how it still calls to us from time to time!

Would you want to be married to a dead corpse? Me neither. It just doesn’t sound attractive at all. And yet I need to realize that every time I yield to those old temptations it’s like snuggling up to a dead corpse…with all that such a thing implies. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Colossians 3:5 (ESV) -Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Romans 8:13 (ESV) – For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 7:5-6 (ESV) – For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

TODAY’S PRAYER: God, if there is one thing I’ve learned in my decades on this planet it is this: that I cannot overcome temptation on my own. I need you, we need you. Do your work in our hearts and minds and let us long to be part of the pure and spotless bride in the great day of Your revealing! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 6/09/15 – Alive or Dead

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DayBreaks for 6/09/15: Alive or Dead

Worldview…how utterly critical it is!  The things we believe, the things we have experience, our education, culture – all those things go together to shape our worldviews.  A worldview is exactly what it says it is: it is the way we see, or view, the world.  As a result, we interpret events and things we see and hear differently than someone else.  It’s not a question of truth or untruth – truth is truth no matter whether we believe it to be true or not – but worldview is so strong and so persistent within us that it can lead us to truth or untruth.

What is the basic difference between Christians and non-Christians?  There are those who would say it is that Christians are lunatics and delusion while the rest of the world is sane and scientific.  Others might say it is what we believe or what we practice.  Some would say it is determined by our relationship with Jesus.  And there’s truth is some of those things. 

On Sunday, the preacher put it into different words that struck me with their utter simplicity but profound truth.  Here’s what he said (my paraphrase):

“The world says we live and then we die.  Christianity says we die and then we live.”

What does he mean?  I don’t believe he’s talking about eternal life per se, but rather this passage: Ephesians 2:1 (ESV) –  And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Are you living like you are dead, or alive?

PRAYER: I am so appreciative of Your patience with me. Help us not to despise the basic lessons we must learn, but to welcome them gladly and to persevere through the testing as You sanctify us in Your way!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/07/13 – The Dead Listen

DayBreaks for 05/07/13 – The Dead Listen

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12 29 08_3413_09_10_11_12_GGNC_4John 5:28-30 – “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

It’s interesting to look at the situations in which Jesus raised the dead.  Consider Jairus’ daughter.  Consider the widow’s son.  Consider Lazarus.    There is something common in all three of these resurrections miracles.  In all three cases, Jesus speaks to the dead person, and in all three instances, they hear.  In all three cases, not only do they hear, but they immediately obeyed the voice of the Lord.

John 5 tells us that they will not be the only ones in history who hear the voice of the Lord.  In fact, all of us who die before the Lord’s return will hear his voice, and when we do, we will come out of the grave.  There will be some who obey the voice of the Lord because they love Him and it has been the pattern of their life to obey.  Then there will be the rest – those who hear his voice and come forth out of the tomb not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.

I find it interesting that the dead never fail to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, while the same could not be said for the living.  It is not the dead that can’t hear, but those who are still alive.  Why should this be?  Perhaps because while we’re alive, we have a choice.  It doesn’t appear that the dead have a choice.  But I think that there’s another reason, and it is a reason that Jesus pointed out to Martha, when he told her, as recorded in Luke 10:41 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…”  Doesn’t that describe what life is like?  There are so many things that yell for our attention, that distract us and which drown out the voice of the Lord.

If you are too busy to hear the voice of the Lord while you are alive, rest assured that some day you will hear it whether you want to or not.    Luke 8:8 – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

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DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday

DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday                     

Untitled-1Mark 15:46 (ESV) – And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

There are apocryphal writings that purport to describe the “lost years of Jesus.”  They tell of ridiculous, fanciful events that tickle the fancy of critics and fans of Christ alike.  Some seem almost plausible, but others are, well, ridiculous.  There’s a good reason they weren’t included in the canon!

We don’t know much about the first 30 years of Jesus life.  They are a mystery.  We can imagine him working in the carpentry shop, most likely providing for his mother and younger siblings.  Someday we can ask Him about those years, but not now.  They are lost to us for now.

One of the strangest days in Jesus’ life had to be the day between Friday and Sunday – the Saturday of Holy Week.  Again today I turn to John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man?:

“From a human standpoint, we think of the miraculous day as Sunday, the day the man Jesus is risen from the dead.  I wonder if, from Heaven’s standpoint, the great miracle isn’t on Saturday.  When Jesus is born, the skies are filled with the heavenly hosts praising God because that baby is Emmanuel, God with us.  Somehow Go din a manger, somehow God in a stable, somehow God on earth.  Now on Saturday, the angels look down and see what?  God in a tomb.  The miracle of Sunday is that a dead man lives.  The  miracle of Saturday is that the eternal Son of God lies dead. 

“So Jesus Christ defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it but by submitting himself to it.  If you can find this Jesus in a grave, if you can find him in death, if you can find him in hell, where can you not find him?  Where will he not turn up?”

Excellent question…

PRAYER: Lord, there are days when we act like we think you’re still in the tomb and that you are gone forever – if you ever were who you claimed to be to start with!  On those days, let us remember that if you, the eternal Son of God, could one day be in the tomb and the next alive again, that there is no barrier to great for you to come to our aid and rescue!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday                     

Mark 15:46 (ESV) – And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

There are apocryphal writings that purport to describe the “lost years of Jesus.”  They tell of ridiculous, fanciful events that tickle the fancy of critics and fans of Christ alike.  Some seem almost plausible, but others are, well, ridiculous.  There’s a good reason they weren’t included in the canon!

We don’t know much about the first 30 years of Jesus life.  They are a mystery.  We can imagine him working in the carpentry shop, most likely providing for his mother and younger siblings.  Someday we can ask Him about those years, but not now.  They are lost to us for now.

One of the strangest days in Jesus’ life had to be the day between Friday and Sunday – the Saturday of Holy Week.  Again today I turn to John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man?:

“From a human standpoint, we think of the miraculous day as Sunday, the day the man Jesus is risen from the dead.  I wonder if, from Heaven’s standpoint, the great miracle isn’t on Saturday.  When Jesus is born, the skies are filled with the heavenly hosts praising God because that baby is Emmanuel, God with us.  Somehow Go din a manger, somehow God in a stable, somehow God on earth.  Now on Saturday, the angels look down and see what?  God in a tomb.  The miracle of Sunday is that a dead man lives.  The  miracle of Saturday is that the eternal Son of God lies dead. 

“So Jesus Christ defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it but by submitting himself to it.  If you can find this Jesus in a grave, if you can find him in death, if you can find him in hell, where can you not find him?  Where will he not turn up?”

Excellent question…

PRAYER: Lord, there are days when we act like we think you’re still in the tomb and that you are gone forever – if you ever were who you claimed to be to start with!  On those days, let us remember that if you, the eternal Son of God, could one day be in the tomb and the next alive again, that there is no barrier to great for you to come to our aid and rescue!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

 

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DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

From the DayBreaks Archive: 05/08/02

John 5:28-30 – “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

It’s interesting to look at the situations in which Jesus raised the dead.  Consider Jairus’ daughter.  Consider the widow’s son.  Consider Lazarus.    There is something common in all three of these resurrections miracles.  In all three cases, Jesus speaks to the dead person, and in all three instances, they hear.  In all three cases, not only do they hear, but they immediately obeyed the voice of the Lord.

John 5 tells us that they will not be the only ones in history who hear the voice of the Lord.  In fact, all of us who die before the Lord’s return will hear his voice, and when we do, we will come out of the grave.  There will be some who obey the voice of the Lord because they love Him and it has been the pattern of their life to obey.  Then there will be the rest – those who hear his voice and come forth out of the tomb not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.

I find it interesting that the dead never fail to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, while the same can not be said for the living.  Amazingly, it is not the dead that can’t hear, but those who are still alive.  Why should this be?  Perhaps because while we’re alive, we have a choice.  It doesn’t appear that the dead have a choice.  But I think that there may be another reason, a reason Jesus pointed out to Martha, when he told her, as recorded in Luke 10:41 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…”  Doesn’t that describe what life is like?  There are so many things that yell for our attention, that distract us and which drown out the voice of the Lord.

If you are too busy to hear the voice of the Lord while you are alive, rest assured that some day you will hear it whether you want to or not.    Luke 8:8 – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

PRAYER: Oh, Lord, help us hear your voice today and tomorrow and every day thereafter!  May we come to know your voice as our Good Shepherd, and not only as our Judge!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/23/12 – Where’s the Difference?

DayBreaks for 01/23/12 – Where’s the Difference?

“Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” 4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. 6 And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’”-  Matthew 11:3-6

This is one of the most perplexing passages in Scripture.  Jesus will go on just a bit later in the discussion to say that no man ever born of woman was greater than John, yet here is John in prison, sending his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he’s really the Messiah.  This is the same John who had seen the dove descend on Jesus at his baptism and heard the voice of God proclaim Jesus was His Son.  This is the same John who said of Jesus, “He must increase, I must decrease” and “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the world’s sin!”  It is comforting to know that even the greatest man born of woman had questions and doubts at times.  But that’s not the point I want to consider today.

Jesus didn’t directly answer the question, but pointed the questioners to what they’d seen: the miracle, the blind who could now see, the lame who could now walk, lepers healed, hearing restored – and even the dead raised to life.  Had those present seen the dead who Jesus had raised?  I don’t know.  Jesus seems to imply that they had.  But then I got to thinking, perhaps Jesus was referring not to the physically raised, perhaps he was referring to the people who had been spiritually dead who had found new life – such as the immoral woman who washed Jesus feet, even those who were part of the crowd who had been dead, but found in Jesus new life.

I started to ponder my life.  As Christians, we have been born again.  Our old man is dead, the new life has come.  But if questioners were to look at me, would they see someone who is truly alive, vibrantly alive?  Is not the Christian experience supposed to be life from the dead?  “We were dead in our trespasses and sins” Paul wrote.  But we’re now alive in Christ Jesus!

Has anybody noticed it in you?

PRAYER: Let your life be brilliantly visible in me, may I give witness to the new life I have in Your Son, and may people wonder at how the dead can live again!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 08/08/11 – Mao, Make-up and Resurrection

DayBreaks for 08/08/11 – Mao, Make-up and Resurrection

In 1976 when Chairman Mao of Communist China died after 27 years of rule.  His physician was ordered by the Chinese Politburo to preserve the body of the chairman permanently.  The doctor objected, as did his staff.  The doctor had been to the Soviet Union and looked upon the dry and shrunken remains of Lenin and Stalin in their “display cases.”  He knew that Mao, like Lenin and Stalin, was doomed to decay and rot.  The Politburo was unyielding, in spite of the doctor’s protests, so the doctor proceeded to pump a full 22 liters of formaldehyde into the lifeless body.  The result was predictably horrifying: Mao’s face swelled up like a basketball, his neck was as thick as his head, his ears stuck straight out and the noxious chemicals oozed from his body’s pores.  The embalmers took towels and cotton balls and pushed all over in order to try to force the liquids back into the body.

Finally, Mao’s face looked OK after massive amounts of make-up were applied, but the chest was so swollen his jacket had to be slit in the back and his body was then covered with the red Party flag.  That worked for the funeral, but the powers wanted the body permanently on display so it could lie in state in Tiananmen Square.

For over a year, the doctor supervised teams of experts working in an underground hospital, still trying to adequately preserve the remains.  When it became clear they would not succeed, the government ordered that an identical wax dummy was to be made.  Both the body and the dummy were taken to the mausoleum in Tiananmen Square.  Hundreds of thousands eventually filed past the crystal casket to pay their final respects to Mao.  But even the doctor didn’t know if they were seeing Mao or the dummy.

As humans without God, people are trying to do that same thing.  Scripture is clear: mankind without Christ is dead in sin…not sick, not just “not feeling well”…but dead in soul.  But people are trying to “dress up” their dead souls by engaging in pleasure, seeking power, becoming workaholics, working to become famous…all of which are just attempts to replace the dead soul with some kind of “life”.  The problem is that dead things can’t fix themselves.  You can’t pump life into a dead soul.

We can’t, that is…but God can, and does.  That’s His offer to us.  Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ (Eph. 2:5).  You see, God’s plan and solution isn’t just to preserve our dead souls and bodies, but to raise them!  And again, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone; the new has come! (2 Cor. 5:17, NIV)

No matter how much make-up you may smear on your dead soul, it is to no avail.  God must apply Christ and His righteousness to you…and then you can will rise again!

PRAYER: For your incredible gift of life to dead souls, we are eternally in your debt!  Let us now resolve to present not just our souls, but our bodies as well, as living sacrifices for your glory!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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