DayBreaks for 4/27/18 – Kidy S Noy Pgg

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DayBreaks for 4/27/18: Kidy S Noy Pgg

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2008:     

How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s just a little white lie”, or “It’s not big deal” when they are talking about something they’ve done which was wrong?

To sin: from the Greek hamartia, meaning “to miss the mark.”  You’ve probably heard that before, I imagine.  And I know that I’ve written about it before in DayBreaks.  It’s an archery term, describing what happens when the archer, well, misses the mark, the target. 

Missing the target may not be too bad if you’re shooting at a bulls-eye ring of circles that’s backstopped by a bunch of hay bales or a dirt hillside.  But it takes on an entirely different color if you’re talking about William Tell shooting at the apple on the head of his son.  In that case, missing the target could be horrible or not so bad – depending on which direction you miss!

So, let’s agree that missing the mark can be a bad thing in arrows, bullets, throwing knives or bomb dropping.  But how about in our loving obedience to God?  Does a little missing of the mark here or there really make that much difference?  Is it that noticeable, especially considering the fact that God is engaged in cosmic warfare against evil, not to mention He must be pretty busy keeping the universe going according to schedule? 

Sin is missing the mark.  Did you wonder about the title of today’s DayBreak?  If you haven’t figured it out, it’s the words “Just a bit off” typed on the computer keyboard one letter off to the right.   Let me ask: how much difference did it make?  When you first looked at the title, could you tell what it was?  Did you notice it? 

God notices all we say, do, think, don’t say, don’t do or don’t think.  And when we miss even a little bit, it gets His attention.  But there’s a key difference: God knows what we were doing, whereas you probably had no clue what the title of this DayBreaks meant.   You probably just assumed Galen had gone wacko (not a bad assumption, by the way.) 

Missing the mark matters when it comes to God – always.  Sin matters – always.  Let’s stop pretending that it “won’t affect me and it doesn’t hurt anyone else.”  Those are Satan’s lies and have no place in our thinking.  And our missing the mark can make it very hard for anyone else to understand what being a Christian is all about.

PRAYER:  Lord, have mercy on us.  Help us to focus on the goal we’re shooting for – to become like You, to carry Your likeness engraved on our hearts and minds.  Help us to fly true and straight to the center of the target!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

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DayBreaks for 10/07/15 – The Tale of Two Paintings

DayBreaks for 10/07/05: The Tale of Two Paintings

A preacher once shared this story: “Over forty years ago, I heard a man describe two paintings he said he had at his home. I have never forgotten them even though I never saw them. One was of the figure in Jesus’ story of the rich man whose crops produced so abundantly that he decided to pull down his barns and build bigger ones, and he said to his soul, “Soul, eat, drink, and have a great time, for tomorrow you die.” The caption under this painting said: “The Failure that Looked Like Success.” The other painting, the companion painting, was of Jesus dying on the cross, the crown of thorns on his head, his chin drooping against his chest, the crude nails in his hands, and all his friends off somewhere in hiding. The caption under this picture said: “The Success that Looked Like Failure.”

There isn’t a single one of us who wouldn’t like to be successful and fulfilled as persons. That is something that our culture, for better or worse, instills within us. But when we listen to Jesus, we realize that success and fulfillment don’t really come the way we often expect them to. They aren’t the direct result of anything we can do to attain them. Instead, they’re a gift from God and they simply happen when we are doing the right things with our lives. In God’s eyes it is a whole lot better to be a success that looks like failure than a failure that looks like success.

What is your definition of success for your life? Does it have anything to do with God and His will for you, or is it all about things you want to accumulate or achieve without giving thought to His plan for you? What do you believe God thinks of your success goals?

Mark 8:36 (KJV) – For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  

PRAYER: God, Our culture sends us such powerful messages and creates in us a hunger for success that may really look like failure in your eyes. Teach us to long for the success that looks like failure so we may be imitators of Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 11/11/12 – No Rear View Mirrors

DayBreaks for 11/11/12 – No Rear View Mirrors

Philippians 3:13-14 – “13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

It is easier said than done to forget what is past, isn’t it?  Some people – Christians are who I’m talking about – really struggle to be freed from their past.  Perhaps they feel that they failed in raising their children, they may have failed in their business, they may have failed in their devotion to Christ.  I don’t imagine that Peter found it easy to forget about his triple denial of Christ.  And now in Philippians, we see Paul was somehow able to put behind him his own past – the past where he persecuted the church of Jesus, where he imprisoned men and women, broke up families, and even put to death one of the first deacons of the church, Stephen.  That’s quite a bit to put behind you.  But that’s exactly what Paul says he’d managed to do.

I like what Warren Wiersbe had to say (I’m going to paraphrase him): You can’t move ahead by constantly looking in the rear view mirror.  The past is a rudder to guide you, not an anchor to drag you down.

I like that.  Think about it: if you are driving your car and you spend all your time looking in the rear view mirror, what will happen?  You’ll not go very far forward before you get into a serious wreck.  Why?  Because you’re focusing on what is behind you instead of looking forward to where your attention should be focused.  It works that way in life, too.

Getting us to focus on our past to the point that we become discouraged and want to give up is one of Satan’s most successful and persistent strategies.  I like what someone else said: “Satan reminded me of my past.  I reminded him of his future!

Wow!  That’s rich.  Don’t let Satan pull your vision away from Christ who LEADS us.  Follow him and his leading – not Satan’s taunting.

PRAYER: Jesus, we want to hear Your calling today, not the taunts of our enemy, Satan.  Tune our ears to hear Your voice!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/18/12 – A Purposeful Examination

DayBreaks for 07/18/12 – A Purposeful Examination

This past Sunday morning, our pastor started a five-week series titled, The Church, Your Church, and You.  This week he was challenging us to think about our purpose in life.  There is the typical response that many Christians would be tempted to offer that comes from the Westminster Catechism: “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.”  I have no qualms with that statement whatsoever.

But here’s the rub: is that really the purpose that drives my daily life, my daily actions?  Or is there another purpose for which I am living?  For many, as the pastor stated, it is happiness.  What constitutes happiness?  For some it is accumulating a certain amount of money: “If only I had $1.5 million set aside for retirement…”  For others it may be a certain degree of fame: “If I could walk into a restaurant and be recognized by everyone there for what I’ve achieved.”  For still others it could be power: “I will feel as if I’ve arrived if I were the President.”

Those don’t sound very Christian, do they?  We were invited to wrestle with the question of our life’s purpose.  I am wrestling with it very much right now.  There are times when I thought I really understood His direction and plan and felt I was in the center of it.  But when I get right down to it, when it comes to looking at how I live, how much of the purpose of my life really has to do with the American dream?  What is that dream?  It is to earn a decent living, to live comfortably, to retire when and where I want with enough money and the means to travel, live a life of leisure, and sleep late if I want to or to rise early to watch the sun rise?

When you get right down to it, my guess is that this summarizes the ambitions that most of us have, and trying to achieve those things dominates our lives, our decisions, and our plans.  But should they?  Aren’t those really the pursuit of happiness in my life?  I think that if I pursue those things and they become a reality for me, then I will be happy.

God says my purpose for existing isn’t to be happy.  My goal is to come to know Him, to love Him, to follow Him – to want what He wants.  And then, and only then, will I know what happiness really is.  But oh!  How I struggle to believe it!!!

If there is one area where our hearts really need to be changed (as American Christians, at least), it may be in this area.  What is it that we are truly living for?  It becomes clearer when we examine what we spend our days and nights doing, what we spend our hours pursuing, and especially, how we spend our free time – those precious hours that don’t belong to our boss.

How about you?  What is your REAL purpose – not what you want it to be  – but what it IS?

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NIV) – Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.

PRAYER: Lord, I somewhat fear this question for I believe I know that the answers are not what they should be.  Still, I am grateful for your incredible patience with me.  Help me believe that knowing you, glorifying you, and enjoying you forever is my highest calling.  Help me to live my life according to those three things that I may know joy and peace as I rest in you!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/05/12 – Sinai Salvation

DayBreaks for 07/05/12 – Sinai Salvation

(NOTE: Galen is back from his trip to India, is recovering from the removal of his gall bladder, so one more week of archived DayBreaks!  New DayBreaks starting again next week!)

Mt. Sinai

Salvation.  Something we all long for, but something which I doubt we really understand in its fullness.  Of course, perhaps we can’t fully understand it as long as our earthly life blinds our vision of heavenly reality.  The Bible is replete with stories of salvation and redemption: Boaz and Ruth, Joseph, Abraham, Daniel, David, the woman caught in adultery – the list would include most of the bible characters that we admire for the simple reason that they all experienced and found some measure of God’s salvation.

Calvin Miller had an interesting insight on salvation in his book, The Unchained Soul, when he wrote: “God could only lead Israel to Canaan after she agreed to trust him for the trip to Sinai.  Israel at first believed that salvation was being out of Egypt.  But not to have to put up with slavery to Pharaoh was an incomplete salvation, a salvation that ended in the desert.  But Canaan was where God wanted to give them the very soul of his love.  Sinai salvation was only halfway salvation.  Canaan was where his finished dream of union ended.

“To desire to be saved from sin merely to escape hell is Sinai salvation.  But to desire to be in final union with Christ is the joyous heart of all that the Father wants in our relationship.”

You see, I think Israel misunderstood their salvation equally as much as we misunderstand ours.  They wanted out of Egypt.  It isn’t clear that they really craved God, but they did crave deliverance from an oppressive and odorous situation.  Like Israel, we have come out of Egypt, out of our bondage to the death that results from sin – but that’s not all that God wants or intends for us.  He is the real goal.

Israel soon found out that what they thought was salvation wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  In fact, they even went so far as to say they wanted to go back – and we criticize them for it.  But how often have you returned to your sinful captivity?  How often have I?  We aren’t much different but there is much to learn from the example of Israel.

Don’t settle for just being “out of Egypt”.  Don’t be content with “Sinai salvation”.  Don’t be content until you want what God wants for you: to live with Him in the Promised Land.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Father, create in us a true desire to know and be with You, and not just delivered from present circumstances that are onerous!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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