DayBreaks for 2/13/19 – I AM #3: The Life

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DayBreaks for 2/12/2019: I AM #3: The Life

John 14:6 (ESV) – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”

In the early 1900’s, one doctor determined the weight of the human soul by weighing people just before they died and just after they died. He concluded the body of a person who has just died weighs 21 grams less than when they were alive – that was because the soul had left the body, therefore the soul must weigh 21 grams! (Lots of issues with his work!!!)   

Jesus claimed to be “the life”. He says that he came that we may have “life abundant”. Those two things suggest to me that he came to give us “life” by giving us himself, by abiding in us, not merely to give  us some quantitative number of years or a specific set of biological functions.

We believe life originates from God/Jesus. Jesus created everything that exists and therefore it stands to reason he created life. Only life can give rise to other life, only life can procreate. We are his children partly because he gave us life.

But as I thought about life in conjunction with the cessation of life – what we refer to as death – I became more and more convinced that Jesus doesn’t just give us “life” after we die. We who are his children have his very DNA (spiritually speaking) because he lives inside of us. We are begotten by him and that involves the passing along of DNA. It isn’t necessary for him to give us something new called “life” after we die because he lives in us and is already alive forevermore. Death can’t ultimately kill us because he lives within us, not because he’ll eventually give us life eternal. That which is made up of his DNA is already eternal. When we are resurrected, we will rise not because he reached into our graves and gave us something new, but because we have had life from the moment we became his and no one and nothing can take that away from us – not cancer, not heart disease, not murder, not sin and not the grave. So, in a sense, it won’t be us who rise, but Christ in us that pulls us upward out of the tomb or the depths of the sea. The grave couldn’t deny him 2000 years ago and it won’t deny him then. Nothing will prevent that eventuality from happening!

His life is our life: Galatians 2:20 (ESV) – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

PRAYER: Let us yield our lives, dying to ourselves, so you may live in us more fully each day! In your name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 7/13/12 – The Day Jesus Met the Lawyer

DayBreaks for 7/13/16 – The Day Jesus Met the Lawyer

The parable of the Good Samaritan arises out of a discussion between Jesus and a Pharisee. Please understand that the Pharisees were more than just religious folk – they were the lawyers of their time, so here we see a religious lawyer asking Jesus a question on the nature of the law. Luke sets the stage this way: Behold a lawyer stood up to put him to the test.

Do you get it? It’s a trick question! I am sure it’s not the first time and won’t be the last time that a lawyer poses a trick question. It was the kind of question in which any kind of an answer would pose still further problems (such as the proverbial “Have you stopped kicking your dog yet?” question – there is no way to succeed with a question phrased in that way.) So, here’s the test question: Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life. Now right away we know that this man was a Pharisee, because the Pharisees believed in eternal life and the Sadducees did not. Jesus could tell that this man was an astute student of the law so he asked him: What is written? In other words, use your own mind to discern the essence of the law. Jesus, like a good discussion leader, throws the question right back in his lap.

The lawyer has a good answer. He said: You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart and soul and mind and strength and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. This was a direct quote from Deuteronomy 6. It was part of the Shema, a confession regularly made in Jewish worship. Jesus says: “Excellent. You are correct.” If he were a teacher I suppose he would have said: “You get A+.” Jesus is saying he has no issue with that answer. Do this and you shall live. You have not only penetrated to the essence of the law but you have worded it succinctly. 

The question had been asked and the answer given. You would think that the man would be pleased and go home. But lawyers are never happy. A lawyer’s responsibility is to define the limits of liability. “But he, desiring to justify himself, asked ‘Who is my neighbor.'” In other words, where does my responsibility stop? Who exactly am I responsible for?”

Therein is a clue to the heart of a Pharisee (including modern-day Christian Pharisee’s): we want to know how far we are required to go, how much (or more properly, how little) is required of us. It is an indicator of a heart that isn’t totally sold out to God or His will.

When God has asked you for something such as obedience to His word and commands, do you in your mind and heart start a lawyerly discussion with God to press the issue to know how far you really have to go in obedience? If so, that may be an indicator that you’d be a good lawyer…and a Pharisee.

We are all pharisaical from time to time, but if we find ourselves asking these kind of defining questions instead of simply saying, “Yes, Lord and Master!” we may be much bigger Pharisees than we want to believe.

PRAYER: Jesus, I know there are parts of my life where I want to get away with doing as little as I can in response to your leading. Help me be more fully sold out to you and less of a Pharisee! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

DayBreaks for 4/01/16 – The Mingling of Two Streams

DayBreaks for 4/01/16 – The Mingling of Two Streams

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2006:

Eternal life.  God’s life.  Here and now, or just in the future?  The apostle John wrote in his letter about knowing that we have eternal life – present tense, not just in the future.  Yet, to anyone who is living on this bluish-green marble of earth, it is clear that eternal life in the sense that most people think of it, is something that we’ve not managed to grab hold of.  Every one of us will die.  Is it any wonder that in the face of that 100% certain fact that people think Christians are, well, crazy for believing we will live forever?

The Bible is full of these kinds of seeming contradictions – freed from sin, yet sinners; raised with Christ to walk in a new life, yet prone to the same old sins and subject to the same temptations; that we find life by losing it and lose it by finding it.  Yes, from the outside in, we must be a very strange lot.

Brian McLaren put it well in his book, Adventures in Missing the Point, when he wrote: When I read the Bible, I see a mingling of both streams of prophecy.  One stream plants in us a dream of a just and peaceful society on earth (as in heaven), a hope within our history.  The other stream emphasizes an eternal destiny, a hope beyond history as we know it.  One perspective calls us to whole-hearted action and sacrifice here and now, and the other reminds us that we must pray and trust, because God’s kingdom does not come by might, or by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord.

It is true that in a sense we live in a nether-world of “now, but not yet.”  Do we have eternal life now?  Yes.  Will it continue into the future?  Yes, but it will be different in both quality and quantity in ways we can’t even begin to imagine.  Even as Paul struggled in his letter to the Corinthians to picture what the immortal body and life will be like when the future becomes the only reality that exists, he never doubted that it exists or that God’s children will be part of it. 

1 Corinthians 15:54 (NIV)  – When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

TODAY’S PRAYER:  Our hearts long within us Lord to experience and know more of the eternity that you have prepared for us.  We want to experience the fullness of life that was in Jesus and to be done with only the bits and pieces we seem to be able to glimpse in this life.  Help us to never give up the hope that you have put into our hearts, never to trade it for things which are passing away.  Thank you for the promise of the nature and quality of your life that you want to share with us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

DayBreaks for 08/13/13 – In the Twinkling of An Eye

DayBreaks for 08/13/13 – In the Twinkling of an Eye

ShelbiRtEye_GoodSM1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NLT) – But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52  It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53  For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

I was musing the other day on life events.  Just this afternoon on my way home from work, traffic was horribly backed up and when I finally got close enough to see what had happened, there had been an accident – a horrible one – on the other side of the freeway.  It looked as if a small economy car had been sandwiched between two or three large semi’s.  I don’t know if there were fatalities or not, but such scenes always make me think about how quickly things can change.

Scripture speaks of Christ’s return and how we will be translated in the twinkling of an eye – which is instantaneous, because a twinkle is an expression of light and light is, well, it’s the fastest thing we know of that exists.  So when it happens, it’ll be F-A-S-T!

We talk about appreciating those we love because they can be taken from us so suddenly.  We should talk about such things, for it is a truth we easily forget in the hubbub of life.  One second someone can be here – and literally the next second they can be gone. 

What I was musing about mostly, however, is what it must be like for those who are “taken” away from us…how quickly our priorities and anxious thoughts and troubles will be lifted.  The moment we pass from this world to the next life we will be freed from worries about taxes, bills, health, work, what color to paint the living room, how we are doing in organic chemistry class, or how the worship band will sound this coming Sunday.  We won’t have deadlines.  We will leave all those earthly concerns far behind us and never return to them again. 

Death remains an enemy – yet it is an enemy that is destined to be crushed and obliterated.  But as Christians, we can join Paul in saying that we may desire to depart “and be with the Lord” and truly mean it.  Is it escapist?  No.  It is reality.  It is a longing to go home to a Father who lives and loves us eternally, a Father who has prepared a place for us where the things of this earth are no more.  In the twinkling of an eye….we’ll be home!!!!

PRAYER: Lord, may we be ready when that “twinkling of the eye” translates us from earthly life to an eternal one!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/21/13 – Waking Up and Seeing

DayBreaks for 03/21/13 – Waking Up and Seeing            

4764316381_880085e567_zToday I’m sharing a story written in a blog by domesticdiva, MD, a doctor who blogs on WordPress about things she’s seen and learned in her time as a physician.  I think you’ll be touched by this story:

“I was on a consult month at the time, and every day we would round on a particularly sick patient in the ICU (intensive care unit). He was a relatively healthy middle-aged man until a few months before, and then all of a sudden he got more and more sick until he was eventually having muscle spasms so bad that he actually fractured some of his vertebrae into his spinal cord (you need to have REALLY strong spasms in order for this to occur). To protect his body (and skeleton) from any further damage and possibly permanent paralysis, the man was intubated, sedated, and medically paralyzed.

By the time I finally met this patient, he had already been sedated and paralyzed for a few weeks. They had tried lifting the paralytic drugs once, only to have him quickly begin spasming again with concerns for additional fractures. Through it all, his wife was by his side.

“She was a shorter woman, hair pulled back in a ponytail, who sat in his ICU room in a chair wearing his big hunting t-shirts and the exhausted look of a family member with a sick loved one. To be honest, she was the sort of woman who blended into the surroundings, the woman you’d sit next to on the bus or plane and not remember any real features.

“Towards the end of the month, we again decided to lift the man’s medication to see if he could wake up and not spasm. The process starts the night before, with the hopes of enough of the drugs to be out of someone’s system by the next morning to see if they’re okay, and if not the medication can quickly be restarted (which had already happened before).

“That morning, I was getting a cup of coffee before rounds when I had a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and a beautiful woman was standing there. I had no idea who it was until she began speaking.

It was our patient’s wife. “I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I hope he’s able to wake up today. Just in case, I wanted to look pretty just for him. Even if he only sees me for just a second, I hope he’ll have something to see in his dreams.”

“Our patient woke up that day. While he couldn’t move much since some of the paralytics were still preventing that, he was able to do one thing.

“Right after he opened his eyes, he saw his wife and kissed her.

“There was not a dry eye in his ICU room, especially not mine.”

Galen’s Thoughts: the day will come for God’s children when we awake from what will have seemed more like a nightmare than a coma, and we will see the One who loved us from all eternity, all through our lives, who sat by our bedside when we were sick and who held us together and bound us up when we were broken.  I know that Isaiah said that there was nothing in his appearance that would attract people to him, but that was when he was in the Incarnation.  When we see him, however, he will be in his full heavenly glory.  What a sight it will be to behold him and to see his smile as he welcomes us to life!

1 John 3:2 (NIV) – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

PRAYER: When we wake from our “sleep”, to see you face to face, Jesus, will be enough for us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/07/13 – The Sobering Reality

DayBreaks for 01/07/13 – The Sobering Reality

300px-MortI am out of the office for a couple days.  This is from the DayBreaks archive:

Phil. 1:21 – “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

As human beings, we have an incredible ability to irrationally view life incorrectly in the light of eternity.  We weave a fantasy of invincibility, what Ernest Becker called ‘the denial of death.’

“Of all the books written and all the sermons preached about death, none has come from firsthand experience.  Yes, not one of us has intellectual doubts about death’s invincibility.  The mute testimony of our ancestors tells us that to deny that death will one day come is literally fantastic.  Nevertheless, among believers profound consciousness of death is a rarity.  For some, the veil between present reality and eternity is the shroud of silence – death is simply the last disease waiting to be conquered by medicine.  For others, their view is represented by a physician in a respected medical journal: ‘In my opinion death is an insult; the stupidest, ugliest thing that can ever happen to a human being’ and therefore, a cruel, unwanted interruption that is best ignored.  For many the separation from loved ones is too painful to consider.  Perhaps for most of us, the frenetic pace of life and the immediate claims of the present moment leave not time, except for fleeting reflection at funerals, to contemplate seriously where we came from and where we are going.  Saint Benedict, the founder of Western monasticism, offers the sober advice to ‘keep your own death before your eyes each day.’  It is not a counsel to morbidity but a challenge to faith and fortitude.”  – Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child

How can we keep our own death before our eyes daily and not have it become an exercise in morbidity?  Simple.  It’s the secret behind the understanding of the passage from Philippians 1:21 (above).  Simply put, Paul is telling us that life means Christ, and that death is not a spectre to be avoided, but rather a prize to be won.  We, as Christians, are not faced with a choice between life and death, but as Brennan Manning wrote, but a choice “…between life and life.”  This is, indeed, the promise from the very lips of Christ: (John 14:19b) “Because I live, you also will live.

Contemplate your death not as the end, but as the birth to a new, vibrant reality – not something to be feared, but something to be won, a prize for which you have longed that will be yours in His time.

Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER:  As mortal creatures we are appalled by death, Lord.  We know it is an enemy, but what power You have to turn even the final enemy into an instrument of beauty! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/06/12 – One Day

DayBreaks for 12/06/12 – One Day

Heaven_and_earth“And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
10,000 years and then forever more!
Bless the lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name.”  10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

These are the words to the last verse and chorus of Matt Redman’s song, 10,000 Reasons.  I don’t know if there has been a song in my entire lifetime that has touched me as deeply and as often as this song has over the past two years.

My wife and I have been through a difficult past year.  It hasn’t been easy.  There were plenty of times when the darkness seemed to be settled in forever and it seemed that things were not going to work out.  But, as always seems to be the case, they did and have.

But as I listened to this song again twice today, I was moved by the image of the moment of death and of waking up singing an unending song of praise for “…ten thousand years and then forever more.”

Perhaps you already start each of your days with praise (I have this song on my cell phone as my wake-up alarm, by the way!)  Praise is a great way to start the day, isn’t it?  But you know, you just know before your first foot hits the floor that it won’t be long until the first issue of the day arises.  Until the first complaint leaves your mouth.  Until the first bad attitude creeps in.  Before the first unkind word is spoken.  Before the cares, worries and problems of your day start to take control and the praise fades into a muffled background at best.

Now, for even just a few moments, I want you to think about something else.  I want you to picture what it will be like some day to wake up and not have a single issue with which to contend.  To not have a single complaint leave your lips – or even any reason to complain.  To spend an unending day and never have or experience from others a bad attitude.  To never hear an unkind word.  To never have a relationship problem.  To never fail,  To never again have a self-image issue.

We think of the great promises of The Revelation: that death and dying will be no more, nor will there be any more tears.  But how often do we think about all the myriad hundreds and thousands of little things that niggle and nag at us as we pass from our unconscious sleep until we fall into unconscious sleep again?  Not only no death, but not a single ache.  Not only no death, but no fear of death or cancer or heart disease or Alzheimer’s.  Never to have a problem….period.  Never to have a want that is unsatisfied.  Never to long for something newer or better – for there will be no such thing as “better” than what we’ll have on that eternal day.  We will live in an eternal “best”.  One day.

It’s coming.

PRAYER:  How I long for that “one day”, Lord!  For that day of unending songs of praise, for that day that will last 10,000 years and then…forevermore!  Thank you for the hope, the assurance, of that one day!  Maranatha, Lord Jesus!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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