DayBreaks for 1/05/18 – What We Put In Affects the Future

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DayBreaks for 1/05/18: What We Put in Affects the Future

From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:

A psychiatrist in England made an interesting revelation at a conference in Wales.  Dr. Nick Warner revealed that a hymn penned in the mid-1800’s is the most common theme heard in what he termed “musical hallucinations.”  We all have a tune that gets stuck in our heads (also called an “ear worm”) but in a musical hallucination, the song is heard as if it were really being played.  About one in 10,000 people over 65 years of age report musical hallucinations.  They are most common in people suffering from hearing problems.

Dr. Warner and a colleague studied 30 elderly people who experienced musical hallucinations.  The tunes they heard ranged from “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” to “Yes, We Have No Bananas.”  Over half of the people heard some sort of religious music, either hymns or Christmas carols.  Six of the thirty heard the same song, “Abide With Me.”  That is a statistically significant number considering the people did not have the opportunity to speak to one another about what they heard.

Dr. Warner believes the reason many people hear this song is that it brings sense of comfort and hope.  He said, “The words of ‘Abide With Me’ are tremendously uplifting, hopeful words about heaven and God not abandoning us when we are dying.”  Warner says, since we are becoming increasing secular, as the population ages, more people may start hearing the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, because musical hallucinations tend to be songs people have heard many times. – —Reuters, ‘Abide With Me’ is Top Musical Hallucination, March 8, 2004

I’m sure that you’ve had songs that get “stuck” in your head that keep on playing over and over until you’re about to go nuts.  And if you’ve not experienced that, maybe I’ve had your share of music playing in my head. 

The human mind, created in all its wonder by God Almighty, is an amazing thing.  It can perform more complex calculations in a fraction of a second than any computer ever built – and by a large margin.  It constantly monitors our body’s chemistry and adjusts our blood pressure, heart beat, breathing, fluid balances, hormones and it does all those things without you ever giving it a thought.  The mind of man is truly a wonder. 

What we put into our mind is important.  We need to be careful what we put into our minds today, because it may return in unexpected ways tomorrow or 10 years or 30 years in the future.  It makes Paul’s passage from Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV) come to life: Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praise worthy —think about such things. Whatever you have received or learned from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

PRAYER:  Help us to fill our hearts and minds with thoughts of your goodness and songs of praise, so that in times of need, it is You that comes to mind and nothing else.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 6/13/17 – The Amazing Extent of Dirt

DayBreaks for 6/13/17: The Amazing Extent of Dirt

From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:

I don’t know about where you live, but unless you live in one of those “bubbles” or a clean-room environment in a medical or scientific lab, well, there’s just dirt everywhere.  I remember when the first floppy drives came out…they were very large (much larger than the 3-1/4” ones later on) and didn’t hold much data.  The company I was working for was quick to add them to our products for backup purposes (this was before CD’s, etc.), and we struggled with them because even a tiny speck of dust could cause the disk drive heads to crash and ruin data.  The introduction of Winchester disk technology was a real boon to the computer industry, because they used sealed disks that dirt couldn’t get into.

How I wish that my mind was of Winchester technology!  It seems that the “dirt” (not the material kind, but the sinful kind) gets into my mind way too easily.  And, just like the dirt in your kitchen, it’s hard to get out. 

In his book, Hearing God, Dallas Willard contemplates this problem and how the dirt of the world that gets into our mind can hinder our hearing of God.  What, for example, is your first reaction when you hear a siren passing by?  When you have car trouble, how long does it take before you take the matter to God?  Does our mind spontaneously return to God and His things when it’s not intensely occupied with things of work or school?  After all, the needle of a compass returns to true north…and if God is our “true north”, our minds should turn to Him, too.  Our answers to those kind of questions could be an indicator to us of how our mind is so firmly entrenched in false ways.

He notes that we’re still so very much like the world of Isaiah’s days (55:9-10): We wait for light, and lo! There is darkness; and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.  We grope like the blind along a wall, groping like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among the vigorous as though we were dead.

Why is this the case?  Willard suggests: “This is all because our minds – perhaps our very brains – need to have the false thoughts and habits washed out of them.  They so badly need to be washed that we rarely understand what life would be like if they were cleansed, and many of us do not even sense the need for cleansing.”

Remember when your mom talked about washing your mouth out with soap?  Maybe it’s time that we pray fervently that our Father will wash our minds out with the Spirit!

Romans 12:2 (NIV) – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) – Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.  If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for the washing that leads us to cleansing.  We ask you today to wash our minds, for we give you permission to make them over in whatever way you see fit.  Take the dirt out that so easily contaminates us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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

DayBreaks for 10/29/15 – With ALL Your Mind

DayBreaks for 10/29/15: With All Your Mind

In the days of the circuit riders a minister was out riding one afternoon and came upon a man out working in his field.

“Fine day isn’t it?” the minister called out.

“It is fine for you”, the man replied, “All you have to do is ride around on that horse thinking about God all day long, while I have to sweat here in this field and then walk home afterward. I don’t think it is right you should have things so easy while I have to work so hard.”

“On the contrary”, the minister answered, “thinking about God is one of the most difficult things you can do. And to prove it, I’ll give you this horse if you can think about God and nothing else for one minute.”

“You’re on,” said the man and immediately he sat down in silence. Thirty seconds later he looked up at the minister, and said, “Does that include the saddle?”

Today you’ll have 1440 minutes at your disposal…or 86,400 seconds. How many of those seconds will you be thinking about God? We are to meditate on Him and His word constantly. We are to love him with ALL our mind…how are you doing?

1 Chronicles 16:11 (MSG) – Study GOD and his strength, seek his presence day and night…

TODAY’S PRAYER: Give us a hunger to know You better! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 4/09/14 – Winner or Loser?

DayBreaks for 4/09/14 – Winner or Loser?

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)  For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

What does a Christ-like mind look like as we live in the world? We can see it clearly in the great saints and martyrs, such as Mother Teresa or Albert Schweitzer. I’m drawn as well to the idea William Placher suggests in his book Narratives of a Vulnerable God as he uses an illustration from the world of basketball. Professor Placher writes, “In basketball the players who are always asking, ‘How am I doing? Am I getting my share of the shots?’ Those are the ones who never reach their full potential. It is the players who lose themselves who find themselves. And it’s that kind of self-forgetfulness that makes the best players.” And isn’t that the case with all of us in whatever we do?

Joanna Adams wrote: “I read about one of the fastest growing churches in the world, with branches in 32 countries already. It is called the Winners Church, and according to its leaders, it lives by a motto that comes from America’s religious culture. Here’s the motto: “Be happy. Be successful. Join the winners.” People flock to that kind of church, I guess. But it all depends, doesn’t it, on how we define winning? I wonder what kind of church you would have if your motto were “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.” Or about this one for a motto, “Those who want to save their lives will lose them and those who lose their lives for my sake, will find them.”

Would you join a church like that? On Palm Sunday, it looked like Jesus was going to be planting the “Winners Church”, didn’t it?  The crowds were adoring, voices raised in raucous celebration of the one that they welcomed to the city!  If anyone looked like a winner that day, it was Jesus!

Five days later he looked nothing like a winner as he stood before the masses, stripped, beaten and bloodied, a crown of thorns on his head, spit (from others) dripping off his face.  Hardly the picture of a winner at all.

Yet, we have Jesus’ promise that the way to win is to lose.  It proved true in his case.  On Sunday morning none of the spit lingered as he rose in glory – the greatest Winner in the history of the universe.  This Winner is eager to share his victory.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to attend a church that called itself something like this: “Servant of All Church”, or “The Victorious Fellowship of Losers”? 

Remember: what looks like victory to the world is not victory.  Don’t be fooled by false values!

PRAYER: Lord, ! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/16/13 – Absurd Questions and Worldviews In Conflict

DayBreaks for 07/16/13 – Absurd Questions and Worldviews in Conflict

chap10-2Matthew 22:37 (NLT)  – Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and ALL your mind.’ (emphasis mine, GCD)

I am sure that you, like I, have scratched your head and asked the question over some news story reporting the actions of others: “What in the world were they thinking?”  Sometimes we wonder if they were thinking at all.  We just don’t understand how any rational creature could do such-and-such.  Why is this?

I think that Darrow L. Miller in Discipling Nations illustrated it well with a story: “Malcolm Muggeridge was one of the leading television journalists of his day.  He was also a third-generation Marxist.  One day in Calcutta while he was doing a piece on Mother Teresa for the BBC, Muggeridge asked her, “Why, when there are so many children in the world, do you try to keep these kids alive?”  Her only answer was a quizzical look.  Thinking this a basic question, he tried once more, again to no avail.  So he went on with his interview.  That night in his hotel room, an insight dawned on  him suddenly (he said later that this was his spiritual turning point).  He realized that Mother Teresa saw those children in a totally different way than he did.  While he saw them as consumers, she saw them as image bearers of God.  To ask Mother Teresa, “Aren’t there too many children in the world?” was like saying, “Mother Teresa, aren’t there too many starts in the sky and too many flowers in the field?”  For her it was an absurd question.

The fundamental difference as to how people are so much at odds with one another is that there is a clash of worldviews in our culture.  There are those who were brought up with a traditional Judeo-Christian worldview who hold to certain values including the value of human life because it is made in the image of God.  Others don’t hold that view largely because they have either abandoned the traditional worldview or never held it in the first place (more common in the most recent generation or two).  When people don’t see humans as made in the image of God but simply as smart mammals that evolved out of primordial slime (having no more value, and perhaps less than whales, monkeys, snail-darters, spotted owls and dolphins), it matters little whether one tries to save humans at all.  In such a world, Muggeridge’s initial question was perfectly logical.  What he came to realize is that Mother Teresa held fast to a different worldview.

How well are you preparing your children and grandchildren to think Biblically?  Not just their lives, but those of their children and grandchildren…of generations…is at stake.  Our minds are to be engaged…fully…as believers.  Our minds won’t save us for that is the realm of faith/grace, but if we don’t return to a Biblical worldview (and there are great books on that topic!), we will reap the whirlwind.  The early winds are already upon us. 

PRAYER:  I fear, Lord, that our minds have grown flabby and that we’ve swallowed un-Biblical worldviews and that we are already reaping the results of our laxity.  Clear our vision, renew our hearts and minds for the sake of generations yet unborn!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/14/13 – What We Feed Ourselves

DayBreaks for 05/14/13 – What We Feed Ourselves

NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

article-maggots-1212From Bizarre News, Berlin, Germany: “On the popular reality shows, contestants battle it out and eat insects to pass on to the next even or simply because they have nothing else to eat.  In Germany, however, insects are becoming the newest trend in restaurant dining.  Bored with traditional menu options, Germans bombarded a local restaurant that recently added insect dishes to its menu.  Chef Lars Scheuble of the Berlin Soda restaurant now cooks such meals as cockroach pasta, grasshopper and locust couscous, and sautéed maggots with green leaves.  His inspiration was a vacation to Africa and Thailand, where natives regularly eat insects.  ‘They have virtually no fat and in Africa they’re eaten instead of meal or as a snack,’ he said.  Customers have thus far been supportive and say the worms in the salads are ‘crunchy’.  According to the chef, ‘Nobody has complained about stomach problems yet.’”

I have one thing to say: YUCK!  Sauteed maggots?  Cockroach pasta??  Whatever became of the belief that “You are what you eat?”  What would that say about those who eat such food???  It is hard to believe that people would eat such stuff voluntarily, especially when surrounded by all the food in this country.  Yet, perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that there is a spiritual parallel to this: we are in possession of great “fare” yet we often feed ourselves with trash!

Still, there are numerous places in scripture where the word of God is described as food to be devoured and enjoyed: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”  (Psalm 119:103)  But the point I’m most interested in is our propensity to fill ourselves with trash, thinking it is sweet.

In spite of my distaste for insect cuisine, Matthew 15:11 tells us that it isn’t what we eat that defiles us.  It’s what comes out of our mouths: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”  And Matthew, of course, is right, when talking about what we eat.  However, it is also true that what we feed our minds can defile us.  The things which we feed our hearts and minds can pollute us.  Consider this passage from the wise author or Proverbs: (Prov. 27:7) “He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.”  Isn’t it true of our culture?  People are so hungry for some happiness and meaning in their lives, some escape from the agonies of daily life, that even bad things taste good to them – they seek some new thrill at the expense of God’s word and their self-esteem.  They degrade themselves in all manner of ways that would seem disgusting to most of humanity.  And to them, it tastes sweet.

It is easy to fall into the same problem and behavior cycle as the rest of our contemporary culture.  Let’s make sure that what we are feeding our minds is wholesome.  We need to remember that when temptation comes to us, that although it may seem to taste sweet, that which is bitter is still bitter and it doesn’t produce a pleasant result in the long run.  Don’t consume Satan’s lies.  They can’t satisfy you with what you really long for!

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

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/29/11 – On His Mind, Trust #2

DayBreaks for 11/29/11 – On His Mind, Trust #2

You are always on His mind!

While Galen is preparing to move (and moving!) we’ll be publishing from the DayBreaks archive.  New DayBreaks will resume approx. 12/15/11.

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/07/01:

The first key to trust comes in this very simple passage from Luke 12:6-7: “Can you not buy five sparrows for 2 pennies?  And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight.  Why, every hair on your head has been counted.  There is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

As many times as I’ve read and heard this verse, I’d never heard it put this way until I read Ruthless Trust and Brennan Manning put it so simply: “God, by definition, is thinking of me.”  Sure, I know that God sees me and all that I do.  But doesn’t that also mean that He’s ALWAYS thinking of me?  And as a child of His, somehow I believe that when He does think of me (which is all the time), He smiles.  And as His child, when he thinks of you (which is all the time), He smiles.  Does that mean that at times He isn’t displeased with me?  No, of course not!  As parents we know better.  But my daughter is still my daughter, my sons are still my sons, and when I think of them I smile inside and out.  I hope that they don’t make mistakes, but nonetheless, they are mine – and I love them.  And I am His – and He loves me.

What does it mean to know that God is thinking of you all the time?  Several things:

FIRST: the obvious – there is never a moment that you aren’t on His mind.  He is aware of what is happening to you.

SECOND: because He is constantly thinking of you and aware of what is happening to you, He is always looking out for your well-being.  If a car were coming down the street towards your child as you watched them playing, you’d get them out of harm’s way.  Believe it or not (and I know there are times when it doesn’t FEEL like this is true) – God whisks His children out of harm’s way, too.  At moments, we’re sure that God failed to grab us because we got hit by the Mack truck coming down the highway of our life.  But trust tells us that it can’t possibly be true that He has abandoned us or that He isn’t doing what is best for us – even when it doesn’t seem or feel like it.  God just can’t do something that is ultimately harmful to/for His children.  Do you believe that?  That is trust – God can’t be tempted with evil and works all things for our good (Romans 8:28).

…this kind of trust is acquired only gradually and most often through a series of crises and trials.  Through the indescribable anguish on Mount Moriah with his son, Isaac, Abraham learned that the God who had called him to hope against hope was eminently reliable and that the only thing expected of him was unconditional trust.  The great old man models the essence of trust in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures: to be convinced of the reliability of God.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust)

If you’re struggling with the left-over pain of feeling like the truck has hit you going full speed, hold on.  Don’t give up.  Contemplate His promises.  Understand that you haven’t disappeared from His sight – not for one nanosecond.  And you haven’t disappeared from His mind – for this very moment, and every moment of your darkness – He is thinking of you.  He knows exactly where you are at.  He knows exactly what you are feeling.  He knows exactly how hard it is to hold on against the pain and darkness that is trying to swallow you up.  There is a purpose that may only become clear long after your present ordeals are over.  But when He shows it to you, you’ll nod, fall at His feet and praise Him for it and for His infinite wisdom.  But until then, will you trust Him?  He’s thinking about you, you know!

PRAYER: How delightful to know that You are always thinking of us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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