DayBreaks for 9/09/20 – Fear, Part 3

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NOTE: I am on a “retirement/anniversary” trip and will be out until late September. In the meantime, I’m sharing recycled DayBreaks for 2010. Thanks for your understanding!

From the DayBreaks archive, September 2010:

Who have you let down already today?  Maybe no one, so ask yourself that question again tonight when you go to bed and see if your answer has changed! 

We all have been guilty of letting others down.  Sometimes we get over it, sometimes we don’t. 

Noble Doss was a football player – an excellent one.  He dropped lots of passes throughout his career, but in spite of all he caught, he painfully remembered one he dropped.  In 1941 he was part of the University of Texas football team that was ranked #1 in the nation heading into a matchup with their conference rival, Baylor University.  They held hopes for an undefeated season, but for that to happen, they would have to win the game against Baylor.  In the 3rd quarter of their game, Doss’ team was ahead 7-0 when the Longhorn quarterback hurled a long pass to Doss, who was wide open.  The only thing I had between me and the goal was 20 yards of grass, Doss recalls.  The pass was right on target and as one, the Longhorn fans rose cheering to their feet.  Doss locked his eyes on the ball and reached out for it, but somehow, it slipped through his hands.  With just seconds remaining later in the game, Baylor tied the score, Texas lost their top ranking, and their chance to go to the Rose Bowl and to have a perfect record.  Until he died in 2009, Doss said: I think about that play every day.  He felt, keenly, that he’d disappointed his teammates and let their fans down, too.

Sure, he had plenty of other memories: he was married more than 60 years, was a loving father, grandfather, and he served in the Navy during WW2.  He’d been on the cover of Life magazine with his Texas teammates, he intercepted 17 passes during his college years – a UT record that stands to this day.  He went on to win 2 NFL championships with the Philadelphia Eagles.  By all accounts, Doss was a man of great integrity and honor – that’s what everyone said about him – even while he was still living!  But while most people remember the life he lived, the plays he made and the TD’s he caught, Doss remembered the one he didn’t catch.  In fact, when he once met a new UT Longhorn’s head coach, Doss told him about that play, and he wept when he spoke of it. 

Fear of failure is crippling.  Because we are afraid we may fail (and let ourselves and others down) we may never get into the action at all.  Or, perhaps because of a failure in your past, you no longer are involved in ministry, outreach or fellowship.  You may have withdrawn, and like Doss, you fear you will carry that disappointment with you until you die – and that it will often bring tears when you think of it.

You fear that you may disappoint God – and that may be the deepest fear any of us carry.  After all, if we disappoint God – well, let’s just say that’s not a good thing to do.  We fear that God may give up on us.  Yet He knows our make-up – that we have deceitful hearts, that the imaginations of our hearts are evil continually, that no good thing dwells within us.  He knows all those things about you and me – and He still died for us.  Does that sound like Someone who is going to give up on you?

PRAYER: Father, we are so grateful that You love us with a love that refuses to give up or let go of us!  Help us get over our fears of failure, of disappointing You, and trust in Your amazing grace and love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen. Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 8/13/20 – Needed Reminders

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From the DayBreaks archive, August 2010:

How do you remind yourself of truly important things?  I’m not talking about what time you want to each lunch.  I’m talking about birthdays of family members and friends, wedding anniversaries, anniversaries of the death of a love one that you want to commemorate?  Those are important things in this life to remember (as I’ve found out from my wife after forgetting that kind of thing from time to time!)

As important as those things are, however, they are not the most important things that we must deal with.  The most important things are matters which transcend mortal life.  Our problem is that we are all so tired up in mortal life that we don’t think much about our immortal souls.  That’s one reason we don’t think too much about the life ahead of us – the other is that we simply don’t want to contemplate what it takes for us to move from this life to the next.

I recently read an interview given by Andy Crouch, a Christian writer and thinker, who was being interviewed for part of a series on about “The Future of Evangelicalism.”  He had many things to say which deserve attention and contemplation, but one thing in particular which really struck me was when he described his own walk, and how he starts each day (and repeats many times throughout the day) a simple 3-sentence prayer that isn’t so much a prayer as a reminder of truly momentous truths.  It goes like this: There is another who lives in me.  There is another who completes me.  There is another whose righteousness is mine

Aren’t those great reminders, worthy of adopting as your own?  Consider them briefly:

FIRST: There is another who lives in me.  I am not in this struggle alone, though at times I may feel alone, this reminds me that someone else has taken up residence in me, One who promised to never leave me or forsake me.  No matter how lonely I may be feeling at any moment, I have heavenly company at all times.

SECOND: Though I am not in the struggle alone, I often fail.  I am far too incomplete in my devotion to God, my obedience, my trust, my faith, my love for God or my fellow-man.  Yet, for all that I lack, there is One who completes me and will see to it that I am completed in the end.

THIRD: I’m not alone, and though I am incomplete, I will be completed in the most profound sense because my greatest need is righteousness – something I can NEVER grasp on my own.  Thank God I don’t have to!  Thank God that there is One who WAS and IS righteous, now and forevermore, and that He has given me the righteousness that comes from His infinite well of righteousness and as He sees me standing before Him, God sees ME as righteous!  All glory to His name!

This day, join me in adopting this short 3-sentence prayer from Andy Crouch as my own.  I need these reminders today – and my guess is that you could benefit from them, too!  

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for living in us, for completing us, and for giving us Your infinite righteousness!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 08/10/20 – Failure Doesn’t Have to be Fatal

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From the DayBreaks archive, August 2010:

In 2001, Reader’s Digest included the following anecdote about Jack Kilby.  Jack had applied for admission to the very prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), but was turned down because they said that his math scores were too low to be admitted to their engineering school.  As a result, Kilby never received much training in physics and was not able to secure the education that he desired.  But on December 10, 2000 the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences gave him the Nobel Prize in physics.  Why?  Because he invented something that has changed the life of virtually every human being on this planet: the microchip. 

Kilby could have given up after his rejection from MIT, but he didn’t.  He may have seen his not being accepted as a failure, but he refused to let that failure have the last word in his life.  He pressed on and did something extraordinary.  He, and many others in many walks of life, have shown us that failure doesn’t have to be fatal.

As Christians we feel rejected at times.  We know we’ve failed – and failed many, many times.  Some people let it destroy them and wind up wasting their God-given talent and ability because of some rejection.  Some feel like such failures when it comes to sin that they walk away from their faith.  There are times when failure can be fatal – but Jesus can even take dead things and breathe life back into them again. 

Have you suffered a moral or spiritual failure?  Jesus wants you to know that failures need not be fatal.  Run to Him, clothed in your failure, and receive His victory!

PRAYER: Thank you for second, third and many chances because of your love for us!  Thank you for the victory that is Yours which You share with us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen. Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 5/07/20 – The Power of Graceful Forgiveness

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DayBreaks for 5/07/20: The Power of Graceful Forgiveness

From the DayBreaks archive, May 2010:

At some point in life, all of us put our trust in someone who fails us. It is inevitable in team sports, in family life, in business, in churches. Still, it hurts.

In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, it happened to the Netherlands’ superstar skater Sven Kramer. In the Olympic finals for the 10,000 meter race, he skated the 25 times around the rink so well that he set an Olympic record time of 12:54.50. He finished a full 4 seconds ahead of the second place skater. He was thrilled. The week before he had won gold in the 5,000 meter race. Now he had won a second Olympic gold speed-skating medal, and he’d done it while representing a country that adores speed skating. He was a national hero!

But glory can quickly evaporate. Moments after Kramer crossed the finish line, his coach Gerard Kemkers, a former Olympian himself, approached him and broke the unthinkable news. Kramer had been disqualified from the race. With eight laps to go, he had changed lanes improperly. What made this disqualification so bitter for Kramer was that he had changed lanes for only one reason: his coach had told him to change lanes. In other words, he had no plans to change lanes until his coach called out for him to change. Worse yet, Kramer had never received lane-change directions from a coach in a race prior to that day!

In a situation when a split-second decision had to be made, Kramer trusted his coach instead of himself, and it cost him an Olympic gold medal.

Kramer, of course, was not the only one to suffer an emotional blow. The coach later said it was “the worst moment in my career.” He said, “My world collapsed.” “Sven was right. I was wrong.” No doubt he will reflect on what happened for the rest of his life.

And so, the coach was devastated and buried in guilt, and his star skater was angry. What do you do when you fail someone else’s trust? What do you do when someone fails your trust and costs you plenty? What happens to trust in a relationship after an expensive failure? Is this exhibit A for the maxim never to trust anyone but yourself?

The next day Sven Kramer told the media that he had forgiven his coach, and they would continue working together. Kramer said, “The past few years have been too good. We have won so much together. You can’t just throw that away.”

Don’t throw away your relationships because you can’t forgive.  Extend the grace of Christ to those whom you need to forgive!

PRAYER: Thank you for your grace, forgiveness and mercy that you lavish on us through Jesus!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2010 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 3/04/20 – Not Cast Down

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DayBreaks for 3/04/20 – Not Cast Down

From the DayBreaks archive, February 2010:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalms 37:23-24 (KJV)

With the 2010 Winter Olympics taking place in Vancouver, Canada, February 12-28, chances are good that many of athletes performing on the biggest stage in the world will be dedicated Christians whose faith affects their preparation and participation in their specialized events. In an anthology entitled Finding God At Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians, American figure skater and Harvard graduate Paul Wylie writes of his experience during a very trying moment in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics:

“I set up for the first jump in my program, but as soon as I’m in the air, I know something is terribly wrong.  A flash later my hand touches the ice; the blade will not hold. I start slipping and now I realize it: I am falling. All I hear as I collapse to the ice is the empathetic groan of what seems like a million voices. I struggle to get up, hustling to get to the next move, thoughts racing through my mind as I try to cover the disappointments. There is no way of erasing a fall from the judge’s minds, nor can I jam the television transmissions to the living rooms of family and friends watching back home. This is live, and I have just blown it.

“I have four minutes left and one important choice to make. Either skate through the rest of the program believing that something constructive will come of the mishap, concentrating and performing through to the end, or continue to dwell on the fall and its consequences, inviting more mistakes caused by a negative frame of mind. A Scripture flashes through my mind that helps me with my decision: “The righteous shall fall, but they shall not be utterly cast down.” I suddenly grasp God’s perspective: he will use our successes and our failures to teach us about ourselves and to show the world his glory. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) I move on, accepting a new role. I admit imperfection and decide to skate “heartily as unto the Lord” for God’s glory rather than my own results.

“Paul Wyle would go on to finish tenth, but his lack of success at the 1988 Games did not deter him. He continued to compete in figure skating, learning from his setback. He eventually won the silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in France.” – Jerry De Luca, Montreal West, Quebec; source: Paul Wylie, “On Gravity and Lift,” in Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians (edited by Kelly Monroe Kullberf), InterVarsity Press, 2007

It is hard to fall down and not be down cast about it.  The wonderful news is that no matter what happens to us in this life, the Lord will lift us up in due time!

PRAYER: We all face hard times, Lord, times when we fall and are badly hurt.  Bring healing to us, remind us that in You we will NEVER be “utterly cast down!”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>


DayBreaks for 8/24/19 – Misplaced Expectations

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DayBreaks for 08/23/19: Misplaced Expectations

From the DayBreaks archive, August 2009:

We all have expectations.  We have expectations of others, we have expectations of our pets, of our employers, of our employees, of our spouses, children, friends, government…we even have expectations of ourselves.  If only having expectations meant that they would be lived up to and realized!!!!  But alas, such is not the reality of the world in which we live.  I so often fail to live up to my expectations for myself…why should I be so insistent that others should live up to the expectations I have of them? 

God sees us much better than we see ourselves.  He sees us with perfect clarity.  I know that often He sees things in me that he doesn’t care for.  I would like to delight His heart at all times, though I know I don’t.

In The Gospel According to Job, Mike Mason contemplates the expectations we have of ourselves as Christians.  Though we may often find others have failed to live up to our expectations, the inevitable conclusion that Christians must reach is that we fail miserably to live up to the holy and righteous demands of God.  And that can cause us massive turmoil and anxiety – because we KNOW, plain and simple, that we just don’t cut it.  As a result, many re-double their efforts to “be good” and to “make God happy with me.”  Isn’t that just another way of trusting in our own perfection (or as close to perfection as we can get)? 

Mason insightfully wrote: “God’s delight is not in a life lived in undeviating virtue, but rather in seeing the most twisted and chaotic life turned in humble expectation towards Him.  The truly righteous person, it turns out, is the one who places no expectations upon himself.  From God he expects everything, but from himself he expects nothing, because he knows he is but dust.” 

Are you discouraged in your Christian walk because you just can’t seem to “get it right” no matter how hard you try?  Do you get down on yourself because of that?  Does it lead you to work all the harder?  Guilt will never be a kind task-master, nor will it ever be a wonderful motivator.  Love is a much better motivator, but even our love won’t be perfect – but the good news is that our love doesn’t have to be perfect, because His love is! 

A truly humble, righteous person doesn’t have expectations of themselves other than that they will get it wrong – over and over again – and that God will get it right.  If our expectations are based on my getting better, on my slow but steady improvement, my expectations are in the wrong place.  May my expectations, like my hope, rest in His goodness alone! 

And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. – Romans 5:5 (NLT)

PRAYER:  What a relief it is that You are a good God, One who will never disappoint us nor let us down!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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


DayBreaks for 6/26/18 – The Measure of Success

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DayBreaks for 6/26/18: The Measure of Success

From the DayBreaks Archive, June 2008:

How can you tell if someone has been a successful person or not?  There are those who are considered successful if they attain some position or career or relationship that they have pursued.  There are those who don’t seem to have accomplished much in terms of prestige, money or honor, but who have been considered successful: Mother Theresa’s life could hardly be pointed out as a failure, not even in the world’s eyes. 

As we are about eight years into the 21st century, I wonder what success would look like for companies that I’ve worked for, for employees who have been near and dear to my hearts, from family (children, grandchildren), for the country that I live it.  I would think that we could ask a wide range of people to describe what would look like success in this century and get an even wider range of responses. 

But perhaps the most crucial question is this: what would be a measure of success for the church of Jesus in the 21st century?  Would it be necessary to convert a quarter of the world’s unbelievers to be successful?  50%?  95%?  100%?  Would the church still not be considered successful, even if that happened, because there would still be poverty and hunger in the world?  Would success demand not only conversions, but full bellies in all the world?  No more killing?  Peace?

I am not wise enough to really answer those questions.  I know that there are those who see only a dim, bleak future for the church as we are still in the infancy of the millennia.  I can understand that point of view.  Things do look rather bleak and dark.  But that’s when God has always done His best work – when it’s bleak and dark.  At the beginning of the creation of the world, it was darkness that covered the face of the deep, and God did pretty good work in making the Himalaya’s and Pacific, didn’t He?  It was dark in the tomb of Lazarus and later on, in Jesus’ own tomb, and God did more than just “pretty good work” in those instances.  God can work just fine in the dark – and in fact, when it’s dark, the light is all the more visible.

We tend to forget what it was like for the brand new church in the early century or two after the church’s birth at Pentecost.  The first 4 centuries of the church were a time when our first brothers and sisters faced odds of success more incredibly difficult than ours.  And yet, as J. P. Moreland so wonderfully put it in The Kingdom Triangle, “…yet they were so victorious that today we name our children Peter and Paul and our dogs Caesar and Nero!” 

Yes, that’s a certain measure of success.  We see dark times, but we forget that in the past 50 years, there has been an incredible explosion of Christianity all over the world.  It’s happening everywhere in the world except for one place: Western culture.

Don’t give up.  Success is guaranteed by God’s own promise.  I will build my kingdom, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it.  Just remember this: the kingdom of God begins in the hearts of men and women just like you.  The enemy has laid siege works against your heart to discourage and depress you.  Don’t let him prevail when God’s success is just ahead.

PRAYER: Holy One, let us see some of Your victories in our own lives and the lives of those around us that we may be filled with the encouragement of what You are doing in this world!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 6/22/18 – Do You Mortify?

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DayBreaks for 6/22/18: Do You Mortify?

Romans 8:12-13 (ESV) So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 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.

The Continental Divide runs up from South America all the way up into Canada. On the eastern side, all the water runs toward the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico, on the western side toward the Pacific. You can literally stand in the road and have one foot on the eastern side and one on the western side. It’s easy when there to move from one extreme to the other. But it’s far harder to move from unholiness to holiness.

Through the middle of our lives is a divide – far wider and far more significant that the Continental Divide.
Earlier in Romans 8:5-8, Paul describes that our minds must be changed, transformed. But that’s not enough. Verses 9-11 say our entire being must be transformed – not just our minds, but our bodies/fleshly nature, too.

The real application here comes in verses 12-13 where we are, by the Spirit (not by our own power!), to put to death the deeds of the body. The whole thing is predicated on verse 12 where Paul says we are not debtors to the flesh. The word debtors here would be better translated as “obligated.” We are not obligated any longer to live in the ways of the flesh. We have the Spirit of God in us.

John Owen, writing long ago, said that we must “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” What is called for is a continual rampage against sin in our lives. We are told to kill it, to mortify, to put it to death.

The billion dollar question though, is are you, am I, mortifying the flesh? Consider this analogy: if an intruder broke into your home and began firing bullets at your family trying to kill them, what would you do? We wouldn’t just invite them to sit down for a cup of coffee so we could discuss things. We would FIGHT – even to the point of killing that intruder in order to preserve the life and peace of our family.

How are we fighting sin? Are we fighting it with the same (or more!) passion as we would that intruder? Or, are we unwilling to kill sin because we want to be able to play with sin once every so often? Have we become so afraid of legalism that we’ve forgotten about the demand for holiness? Yes, God is gracious – far more gracious than we can imagine – but God is very clear: we are to kill sin in our lives by the Spirit. That means letting the Spirit do the killing, but that can only happen as we yield to Him and His control.

We can’t afford to be ho-hum about sin. The devil isn’t ho-hum in his attack on us. Our death is his intention! How could we be ho-hum about our sin when we see the price Jesus paid on Calvary to rescue us from it?

Let’s fight like our lives depend on it – and let Jesus’ holiness that has been credited to us take care of the times we fail.

PRAYER: Jesus, we aren’t very good at killing sin. We cannot do it on our own. Let us cry to you every single day and put our will and fleshly desire to death. Let your Spirit have that work in us that we so desperately need! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 8/23/17 – On Rough Water, #2

DayBreaks for 8/23/17: On Rough Water #2

Matthew 14:26-31 (ESV) – But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Why did Peter sink? Of course, we know the answer because the passage tells us. He was afraid when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the wind. So let’s not waste time on that question when I think there’s a better question to ask.

Why does Peter call out to Jesus? If Peter really was a man of little faith (as Jesus says), why did he call out to Jesus? In what way had Peter demonstrated a lack of faith? After all, he’d stepped out of the boat, walked on the water, and when he got in trouble, he called out to Jesus! All of those things cry out “faith!” to me, and probably to you, too. So, why would he have called out to Jesus if he didn’t have faith that Jesus could do something about his sinking situation?

On Sunday, I think I heard an answer. It wasn’t a question of whether nor not Jesus could do something. All Peter had to do was look at Jesus walking securely on the water to know that Jesus could do anything he wanted to do! I think that is was a question of whether or not Jesus would do something. It wasn’t a question of ability but of willingness. Peter wasn’t sure that Jesus would be willing to save him. Why? Not sure, but I suspect it revolved around several things: 1) Peter knew he had in some sense “failed” because he was sinking; 2) Peter wasn’t sure enough about Jesus’ love for him given not just this failure, but others that Peter and Jesus were certainly aware of.

I believe Peter had all the faith in the world about Jesus’ ability, but like us, he’s prone to doubt Jesus’ willingness after we’ve blown it yet again. After all the promises to God to never to that thing again – we do it. After all the times when we’ve thought evil thoughts, after all the times we’ve failed tests that God has sent our way…we don’t believe that Jesus loves us enough to help. And that is why Jesus says Peter is a man of little faith.

Do you see it? When we doubt that Jesus could possibly love us enough, we’re being just like Peter. We’re expressing lack of faith not in Jesus’ ability, but his willingness to save a “wretch like me”.

So what does Jesus do when Peter cried out: immediately he reached out and grabbed Peter. Will we learn from that, will we come to believe that Jesus loves us enough to reach out to us in spite of our bazillion failures? Peter came to believe it. I hope we do, too.  

PRAYER: Lord, when we are tempted to doubt that you love us enough to rescue sinking people like us, remind us of your willingness to bear the awful crucifixion for us. Whenever we begin to doubt that you could possibly still love us in spite of our failures, let us remember the lengths you went to in order to show us your endless and immeasurable love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 6/02/17 – Longing to be Just A Little Bit Better

DayBreaks for 6/02/17: Longing to be Just a Little Bit Better

From the DayBreaks archive, May 2007:

Have you ever had your dreams shattered?  Have you wondered where God was when life became too much to bear?  Have you ever thought that if you had more in life you would get more out of life?

In his book, Shattered Dreams, Larry Crabb wrote: “Satan’s masterpiece is not the prostitute or the skid-row bum. It is the self-sufficient person who has made life comfortable, who is adjusting well to the world and truly likes living here, a person who dreams of no better place to live, who longs only to be a little better—and a little better off—than he already is.”

When it comes to spiritual matters, we are destitute before God.  People who possess true joy are quick to admit and accept that they are dependent on God, not on their own wisdom, knowledge, looks, talent or strength.  Those with true joy yearn for a better relationship with Him in both the good and hard times – and they have found that joy to be rooted in the relationship itself, not in fulfilling worldly dreams. 

When we think it all depends on us, we’re miserable because if we fail, we’re responsible for our failure.  If we don’t get what we want, we think it must have been because we just didn’t try hard enough, and so we commit ourselves to trying even harder the next time.  It’s a treadmill of disappointment, resolve, determination, effort and more disappointment.  We just simply aren’t big enough to manage life alone.

Maybe you’re one of those people who is self-sufficient, self-confident to a fault.  You look back at the track record of your life and achievements (good or bad) and are pretty comfortable with and in your own skin.  It’s one thing to love being alive, but another thing entirely to like living here in this broken world.  Don’t you still have dreams of a better place?  Instead of just wanting to be a little bit better (and better off, as Crabb noted), wouldn’t you rather be born again to a new and living hope that will never perish?  You know that this world will someday end – and chances are that your life will end long before this world does.  What are you investing for eternity?

Matt. 5:3 KJV – Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

PRAYER: Time and life are so short and out of our control, Lord.  Thank you that you are in control at all times and in all ways.  May your kingdom come quickly!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>