DayBreaks for 10/31/14 – The Holiday of Pretending

DayBreaks for 10/31/14 – The Holiday of Pretending

Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV) – You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Halloween is the ultimate holiday of “pretending.”

On Halloween we dress up and “pretend” to be someone or something other than ourselves.  On Halloween we “pretend” to believe that the people jumping out at us and scaring us in the haunted houses” we paid $25 to get into are monsters and zombies. On Halloween we happily “pretend” that the scariest stuff in life are those things that “go bump in the night.” On Halloween we revel in “pretend” bumps instead of bumping into the terrifying realities of evil and cruelty that appear on any street, in any office, at any school, in broad daylight, on any given day – and that’s just a rundown of the terrors of the last two weeks.

Yesterday, the day after “All Hallows Eve,” is known in the liturgical calendar as “All Saints Day.” “All Saints” is a celebration and commemoration of those who were never about pretense, but who devoted their lives to expressing true faithfulness and genuine piety. The church lives, not by the majesty of its beliefs but by the manifestation of its manifold witness through the magnificence of its “communion of saints.”

Who are these “all saints?” The “all saints” are all the everyday, ordinary men and women who live lives of humility and service in Jesus’ name and for his sake. They never “dressed up” or “dressed down” in order to exhibit some “pretend” piety. They never paraded their piety in peacock plumage. Generation after generation of these “all saints” make up the great “Cloud of Witnesses” (the church had “The Cloud” before Microsoft) who make it possible for the historic Jesus of the first century to become the living Christ of the twenty-first century.

The community of “all saints” didn’t need to play “pretend.” Their lives witnessed to the living presence of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, who made them all into “transformers,” transformers of lives, transformers of hopes, transformers of dreams, transformers of the world in which they lived.

Wouldn’t it be great if we all were simply clothed with Jesus?

PRAYER: Clothe us in Your righteousness, Jesus, and take away from us our many pretenses. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

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DayBreaks for 8/01/14 – Triumph Comes Disguised

DayBreaks for 8/01/14 – Triumph Comes Disguised

Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns. 

From the DayBreaks archive, 7/31/2004:

John 11:50 (NIV) – You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.

John 19:30 (NIV) – When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Sometimes it is hard to recognize a victory when it stares you right straight in the face.  It is often much easier to see defeat than to recognize victory.  Such was the case with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  When he was killed, it wasn’t clear what would happen to the civil rights movement.  Would it hold together or fall apart?  Would violence flare up and consume the country?  At his funeral service, many people spoke out about Dr. King, but the most moving of them all was James Bevel.  He got up to the podium, heavy and stern-faced, and in a voice the grew and rose like a hurricane wind coming ashore, he said, “There is a false rumor going around that our leader is dead.  Our leader is not dead.  Martin Luther King is not our leader.”  He paused and let the words sink in, shocking as they were, for a funeral service for the slain leader.  Some wondered if he was using the moment to try to garner support for himself as the next leader, but then he went on:

“Our leader is the Man who led Moses out of Israel.  Our leader is the Man who went with Daniel into the lion’s den!  Our leader is the man who walked out of the grave on Easter morning.  Our leader neither sleeps nor slumbers.  He cannot be put in jail.  He has never lost a war yet.  Our leader is still on the case.  Our leader is not dead.  One of His children died.  We will not stop because of that.”

Powerful stuff.  He realized what many there perhaps had not realized: triumph is often disguised as failure.  As an end.  A conclusion.  When in reality it may just be the beginning of something new and better than we could possibly dream of.

In Jesus’ case, the leaders wanted him dead in order to protect the nation.  They feared what Rome might do because of the furor that Jesus’ stirred up with his preaching and teaching – that his followers may get out of hand and a disaster would result.  So they killed him.  It looked like disaster, but it was victory.  It looked like the end, but it was the beginning.

Our leader is not dead.  You may be facing what looks to be a defeat in your life.  Give it to God.  Let Him make it into a victory in His own way.  Our leader is not dead.  He will not leave you abandoned or broken.  Triumph, like joy, comes in the morning!

PRAYER: When we tend to withdraw from the struggle and fear failure, remind us, Lord, that You are our Leader and that You will never be vanquished!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

Your support would be deeply appreciated!