DayBreaks for 9/04/15 – Yes, But I Do

DayBreaks for 9/04/15: Yes, But I Do

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

If we believe in Jesus, we should know that the various boundaries we used to include and exclude, to categorize and sort, are erased both on the inside and the outside. We should, I say, because we don’t always act like we believe it.

Fred Craddock tells the story of a missionary sent to preach the gospel in India near the end of World War II. After many months the time came for a furlough back home. His church wired him the money to book passage on a steamer. When the missionary reached the port city he discovered a boat load of Jews had just been allowed to land temporarily. These were the days when European Jews were sailing all over the world literally on the run for their lives, looking for a place to live, and these particular Jews were staying in attics and warehouses and basements all over that port city.

It happened to be Christmas, and on Christmas morning, this missionary went to one of the attics where scores of Jews were staying. He walked in and said, “Merry Christmas.” The people looked at him like he was crazy and responded, “We’re Jews.” “I know that,” said the missionary, “What would you like for Christmas?” In utter amazement the Jews responded, “Why, we’d like pastries, good pastries like the ones we used to have in Germany.” So the missionary went out and used the money he’d received to pay for his ticket home to buy pastries for all the Jews he could find staying in the port. Of course, then he had to wire home asking for more money to book his passage back to the States.

As you might expect, his superiors wired back asking what happened to the money they had already sent. He wired that he had used it to buy Christmas pastries for some Jews. His superiors wired back, “Why did you do that? They don’t even believe in Jesus.” He wired back: “Yes, but I do.”

What good is our faith if it doesn’t make a difference in how we love and demonstrate our love for God and for others?

PRAYER: Forgive us doubting humans, Jesus, for seeing and thinking with earthly eyes and minds. Don’t ever let us forget that You are the One who turns things from impossible into reality! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 1/19/15 – Preaching Where You Walk

DayBreaks for 01/19/15 – Preaching Where You Walk

One day St. Francis of Assisi, invited a young monk to join him on a trip into town to preach. The young monk was so honored to get such an invitation from St. Francis that he quickly accepted. All day long he and St. Francis walked through the streets and byways, alleys and suburbs, and they rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people.

At the end of the day, the two headed back home, however, not even once had St. Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the gospel. The young monk was greatly disappointed, and he said to St. Francis, “I thought we were going into town to preach?” St. Francis responded, “My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were seen by many and our behavior was closely watched. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!”

It’s no secret that we, both as individuals and the church, have forgotten what it means to preach the gospel, what it means to bring to others the good news, what it means to evangelize. Evangelism has become a dirty word in many churches, and if it isn’t outright dismissed altogether, then it is relegated as a task for only those who have been ordained, or for those who are professional speakers, who make a living giving their testimonials and asking for altar calls, or for those who are missionaries overseas. The idea of witnessing quite frankly terrifies most Christians.

Yet, I can’t help but wonder: which is easier – telling someone else about what Jesus has done for us, or living like Him? Of course, if we aren’t living like Him, then no matter what we might “tell” others, it won’t matter a bit if we aren’t seen to be living like the One we proclaim.

Today, my friends, you can preach where you walk and where you work. Will you do it? That’s the question of the day!

PRAYER: Let us be bearers of Your name and message today both in how we live and what we say! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 2/7/14 – When Cats Bark Like Dogs

DayBreaks for 2/07/14 – When Cats Bark Like Dogs

Matthew 5:13-14 (NLT) – You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14  “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

There was a mother mouse who decided to teach her children about the world. So she gathered all of her little mice and set out for a walk. They walked down the hall and turned to the right. Then they went down the hall and took another right. And suddenly they found themselves in front of the family cat dozing in the sunlight. The mother mouse was scared. But she didn’t want to give in to her fright. So she signaled to the children to be very quiet and to follow as she began to tip toe quietly and slowly past the sleeping cat. Just as she was about to get past the cat, the cat’s eyes popped open and raised its paw.

The little mice were petrified. What would their mother do? Well, just as the cat’s paw started to come down, that mother mouse looked the cat right in the eye and started barking like a dog. And do you know what? The cat was so startled and frightened that it jumped up and ran away! The mother mouse, wiped her brow, shook a little and then turned to her little mice and said, “Children, I hope you learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes it’s good to know a second language!”

It’s the same way with us. It’s good to know a second language. Salt and light are the language of God; the language of Grace; the language of hope and love. And when this language is translated into action it becomes the most beautiful language ever spoken. We’re called to be salt and light and to speak the language of God as we live our faith. We’re called not just to speak the Word, to live the Word as our primary language!

When a cat barks like a dog, a dog quacks like a duck, or a horse bleats like a sheep, people will take notice because it is contrary to their nature. So it is with believers when we truly live the Word because that isn’t the normal human condition. And that’s primarily the point – we are to be different, to be changed, by the Word within because we have been given a new nature!

PRAYER: Let us live Your Word constantly! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/18/13 – Out “Living” Our Opponents

DayBreaks for 06/18/13 – Live Them Out

ToyohikoKagawaJohn 18:38 (KJV) – Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Titus 2:7 (NLT) – And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

Before and during WW2, a Japanese named Toyohiko Kagawa, a devout Christian, did amazing things and his faith caused him to have an extraordinary impact on the working conditions of ordinary citizens in Japan. He was so well thought of in that land that he came on a mission to the U.S. before the beginning of the Second World War to seek to prevent that terrible conflict breaking out. Even though he failed in this effort, he gained international renown for his Christian witness and selfless work.

Years later Kagawa was on a lecture tour to the United States. Two college students were walking across their campus after hearing him speak. One of them confessed that he was disappointed in Kagawa’s simple message.

After some reflection, the other student replied: “I suppose it really doesn’t matter very much what a man says when he has lived as Kagawa has lived.”

That is true. In today’s vernacular, it is more important that Kagawa walked the walk and not just talked the talk. A consecrated life is far more eloquent and convincing than any well thought out argument. The world will not accept the way of Christ because we can out talk our spiritual opponents, but only because we can out live them. Such a demonstration of the superior quality of our faith will verify our witness more readily than any other effort in which we can engage. Kagawa did that superbly. His life, however, was simply a reflection of the life of his Master.

Jesus walked the walk more perfectly than anyone who has ever lived. He lived out the ethic which he taught. He was totally committed to doing his Father’s will. He was a man of courage. He was a man of commitment.   

PRAYER:  Jesus, it is so much easier to talk the talk than to live the life you have called us to live.  Help us to out “live” our opponents!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/02/11 – Keep the Schedule

DayBreaks for 09/02/11 – Keep the Schedule

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However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.  Only the Father knows.  And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard!  Stay alert!  The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip.  When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.  You, too, must keep watch!  For you don’t know when the master of the household will return – in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak.  Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning.  I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!  – Mark 13:32-37

One of the evangelistic tools well-meaning Christians have used has been to ask the question: “If you were to die tonight, where would you go?”  Personally, while that kind of approach may work with some I think there are better approaches.  But there is something good about that question: it reminds us of ultimate matters such as life, death, and eternal destiny.  It causes us to at least pause to reflect a bit, doesn’t it?

One more ultimate matter is the second return of Christ.  We don’t know when it will be (nor does Harold Camping or others who claim to have it all figured out.)  That’s why Jesus’ teaching from Mark 13:32-37 (above) is so full of urgency.  “Be on guard!  Stay alert!  Watch for His return!”  “You, too, must keep watch.”  “Watch for him!”  Pretty clear, isn’t it?

The Lord wants us to live all the time as if today would be our last.  I think John Wesley was once asked “What would you do if you knew that tonight you would die?”  That great preacher of years gone by said, “I would do exactly what I have scheduled to do.”

Can you say that?

PRAYER: Give us watchful hearts and eyes and live so we wouldn’t have to change a thing if we knew that tonight we would die, or that Jesus would return!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/22/11 – How to Defend God

DayBreaks for 07/22/11 – How To Defend God

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. – Ephesians 4:1

Who are your enemies?  Do you have any?  You might not think of them as outright enemies, maybe they just are not people you’d call friends.  It has been said that you can know a lot about a person by the kind of friends they keep.  An editorial by Bill McNabb in The Door some years ago briefly elaborated on this idea and how friends and enemies relate to God:

“I had an old seminary professor who began and ended his apologetics lecture with one sentence: “You defend God like you defend a lion — you get out of his way.” God, it seems, has never had much trouble with his enemies — it’s his friends who give him fits. . . . The theologian Karl Rahner put it this way: “The number one cause of atheism is Christians. Those who proclaim God with their mouths and deny Him with their lifestyles is what an unbelieving world finds simply unbelievable.” Perhaps the best defense of God would be to just keep our mouths shut and live like He told us to. The gospel would then have such power and attraction that we wouldn’t have to worry about defending it.”

This work week is over.  Did your life and witness this week give Him fits?  Did it make it easier or harder for others to believe in Jesus because of your words and actions?

Defend God with your life – how you live it!!!

PRAYER: Father, forgive us for the many times that we have caused others to stumble on their pathway to You.  Empower us to live as You have told us we should live.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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