DayBreaks for 1/23/17 – Don’t Be Afraid of Things Dying

DayBreaks for 1/23/17: Don’t Be Afraid of Dying Things

John 12:23-24 (NLT) – Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.

We have an aversion to death and dying things. We don’t like to watch anything that is dying. For some people it is so strong that they won’t even visit those who are dying or diagnosed with a deadly disease because it is too uncomfortable. It is my belief that this is innate within us because death is an enemy and adversary. Yet in the verse above, Jesus speaks a universal truth: the death of a single seed that is sown in the ground brings forth an abundant harvest of life.

While losing physical life is hard, there are other things that are perhaps even more painful for a person to “live” through, for example, the loss of dreams. Dreams die hard and they take a toll on us when it happens. But loss of hope is perhaps even more sad and tragic.

Perhaps you find yourself right now having lost a loved one, a spouse, a child, a job, a dream. Perhaps you’ve given up hope as your hope died. I think Jesus would tell you not to be afraid of things dying, because when something dies, new things come to life.

While your hope and dreams may lie shattered right now, take heart for new life and new hopes and new dreams may be just around the corner. A new life awaits you not just in heaven, but while you continue to sojourn here.

PRAYER:  Jesus, loss is hard for us to deal with. Help us to trust in the principle of new life springing from things that have died because you are the one who gives life and as long as you live we have nothing to fear.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 3/05/15 – No Difference

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NOTE: This week DayBreaks are from the archive as Galen is out of the country.  He will respond to messages after he returns. 

DALLAS – “Some people love their pets so much that one is just not enough. That’s why one woman from North Texas spent $50,000 dollars to have her kitty cloned. Julie stored Nicky the cat’s tissue in the California based Genetic Savings & Clone until the firm offered clients the chance to reproduce their pets. This month, she became the first owner of a commercially cloned feline. Dubbed Little Nicky, the cloned cat was presented to Julie earlier this month, and the proud owner couldn’t be happier. ‘I see absolutely no differences between Little Nicky and Nicky,’ Julie told the company.”

Regardless of your position on the emerging technology of cloning, this is an interesting story.  As much as we love our pets, spending that kind of money to have another version of a pet cloned is, well, ridiculous.  I don’t know if Julie has enough experience at this point in time to really know if her cat is just like Nicky or not.  At least at the time the report was printed, she felt they were identical.  And theoretically, they should be – provided everything worked perfectly.  But as we all know, things don’t work perfectly.  My guess is that as time passes, she’ll begin to discover differences between Nicky and Little Nicky. 

I have to wonder, though, how God feels about us.  The “old” us, the “old man” or “nature” as Scripture puts it, must die.  And, a new person is to be born.  But it is not supposed to be the same person as before – a cloned image.  No, we are to be much more like the caterpillar and butterfly, not a cloned cat.  What a tragedy if God, and those who know us, look at us and compare our lives before we were Christians with what we are now and said, “I see absolutely no differences between pre-Christian Galen and post-Christian Galen.”  Why would that be such a tragedy?  Several reasons:

  1. The amount that God invested to transform us was heavenly-high, and it would be a great shame if we waste such a great ransom;
  2. What we were before really isn’t very attractive or lovely – at least not it God’s eyes. Our old friends and associates may think that our former lifestyle was desirable and great and that our new lifestyle is dull and boring. But they miss the truth: the old life was not satisfying, it held no lasting joy, and it is filled with emptiness, guilt and shame. 
  3. If all we are is a clone of what we were before, it means we will die again. But when we are “reborn” through the power of the Spirit by the blood of Jesus, we “have eternal life” as John instructs us. We are not a clone – we are a brand new original, destined to live for eternity. 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a clone of what I was before.  How about you?

Copyright by 2005 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: I’m tired of the old me, Lord.  May the new me be fully born and alive through Your Spirit!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 4/25/14 – He Still Does!

DayBreaks for 4/25/14 – He Still Does!

I have good news for you: God has a resurrection for you! He wants to bring you out into the light again. He wants to bring you out of that tomb of oppression and give you a new start. And listen! He has the power to do it. He can bring you back to life.

This powerful story in John 11 speaks to this. Remember it with me. Mary and Martha who live in Bethany are some of Jesus’ closest friends… They send word to him that their brother, whose name is Lazarus, is desperately ill. “Please come. We need your help. Hurry. He is sinking fast.” But by the time Jesus gets there, Lazarus has died… and has been in his grave for four days. Mary and Martha come out to meet Jesus and they express their grief: “He’s gone. We’ve lost him. O Lord, if only you have been here, our brother would not have died.”

The family and friends have gathered and in their deep sorrow, they begin to weep over the loss of their loved one, Lazarus. The heart of Jesus goes out to them… and Jesus weeps with them. He loved Lazarus, too… and he loves them… and he shares their pain. Jesus goes out to the cave-like tomb and he says to them: “Roll back the stone!” Martha, always the realist and ever ready to speak out, protests: “But Lord, we can’t do that. He has been in the grave for 4 days. By now there will be a terrible odor.” Jesus says to her: “Martha, only believe and you will see the power of God.”

So they roll the stone away… and Jesus cries out in a loud voice: “Lazarus, come forth!” And incredibly, miraculously, amazingly, before their very eyes… Lazarus is resurrected! He comes out of the tomb. He still has on his grave clothes. His head and feet are still wrapped with mummy-like bandages. Jesus then turns to the friends and family and says to them, “Unbind him and let him go. Unwrap him and set him free.”

In this graphic and dramatic story, three awesome lessons jump out at us. Three great truths emerge which can be so helpful to us today. Let me list them for us: Jesus wept with those he loved and he still does. Jesus raised people up and he still does. Jesus included others in the healing process… and he still does…

PRAYER: Thank you now for all the resurrections you’ve performed in my life, Lord, and for the ultimate resurrection that you have yet to perform for me!  Thank you that you still are the Almighty God who never grows weary! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 4/04/14 – The Season of Belief

DayBreaks for 4/04/14 – The Season of Belief

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Song of Songs 2:11-12 (MSG) – Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! 12  Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir—and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios.

The United States has experienced one of its worst winters ever.  Record low temperatures and snowfalls were record by the bushel full.  I don’t know about where you live, but we’ve been in the Atlanta, Georgia area now since mid-December, and I can tell you that folks around here are really starting to believe that spring has sprung!  The trees are in bloom, the dogwoods and azaleas are displaying the glory of His handiwork.  As I sit here writing this devotion, I can hear the birds singing all over the woods around us and can feel a gentle spring breeze that pushes the warm air through the windows.  People are cheerful and excited at the turning of the weather, and for good reason: springtime is the season of un-contained optimism!

As the days grow longer and warmer, and the sun grows stronger with each passing day, it feels like the time has come to do something outrageous. Many are digging into the earth, carefully plowing and pulverizing hard clods into fine loam. Just last weekend I helped my son remove the weeds and grasses from a flowerbed in front of his house. Others are adding extra nutrients to enrich the prepared soil. Then into that lush, fertile mixture we deposit . . . dried up, shriveled, little (sometimes downright tiny), seemingly completely dead bits of matter. We call them “seeds.”

Nothing looks less “lively” than a seed. The tiniest ones–lettuces, carrots, radishes–are so minuscule that planting them is like putting into the soil grains of coarse black pepper. Corn and beans “look” like corn kernels and soup beans. Well, they look like corn kernels and beans that have been lost on the floor of your pantry for six months or so, rejected even by the mice.  They definitely don’t look like “good eats.” Yet we still joyfully plunge these desiccated bits of matter into the soil we have sweated over, completely confident that something will come out of our efforts.

Springtime is the season of belief. Every spring we believe in the power of the life that lives within those apparently dead seed husks. We believe that just a few handfuls of seeds can produce a glorious new crop to nourish our lives and feed our families.

Is not this annual ritual a blessing from our God?  Is it not a reminder of His renewal and gift of life?  Sure, spring is beautiful, but I think He had more than that in mind when He created this season.  I think He meant for it to be a picture of hope, a snapshot of new possibilities for living things in His creation. 

You are part of that creation.  You have possibilities – and with this season – I hope that you also feel new hope for the future.  For His children, the future always holds something greater than our past or present.  He wants to create another pocket of new life in you.  Let this be a season of belief in His goodness for you …and toward you!

PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for new hope, for new seasons of life that give us reason to rejoice and believe that the best is ahead of us!  We invite You to create more new life in us and we eagerly await to see what it is that You are growing within the soil of our hearts!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/07/13 – Reflections on the New Life

DayBreaks for 02/07/13 – Reflections on the New Life

NOTE: Galen is out of the country this week.   From the DayBreaks archive, 2002:

new-lifeSaturated fat.  Unsaturated fat.  Mono-unsaturated fat.  Poly-unsaturated fat.  Total fat.  Cholesterol.  LDL cholesterol.  HDL cholesterol.  Triglicerides.  Low fat.  Fat free.   Yikes!  These are things that I never really had to pay too much attention to until recently.   Even though heart problems have run in our family for several generations, it appeared that it had “skipped” a generation with me because I’d never had problems and my blood chemistry gave no indication of any problems.  But alas, appearances can be deceiving!  So now, here I am, trying to figure out how to live a new life in several different ways, one of the most important being in how I eat and what I eat. 

I’ve never really been on a diet before.  I’m not overweight and have never been too much overweight.  In fact, I weigh the same now at 49 years of age as I did when I graduated from high school.  So diets are foreign creatures to me.  But now I find myself reading every label before I eat something to figure out whether or not it will be good or bad for me to eat – or even just okay to eat. 

This is a new lifestyle for me, but I’ve found that it hasn’t been as hard of a change as I might have contemplated.  This surprised me quite a bit until I really thought about it.  Why?  Because after having discovered the extent of the heart problems I inherited, I now realize that what and how I eat could be a matter of life and death. 

As I contemplated why it has been relatively easy for me to adjust my eating habits, I began to think about what it means to begin a new life.  For some reason, while it’s been fairly easy for me to change the aspects of my physical life and eating habits, it is much harder to change the spiritual side of my life.  As I contemplated the reason that this might be the case, it came to me that the explanation was probably pretty simple:  it is easier to understand and believe that what I eat is a matter of life and death than to realize that sin is a matter of life and death, too.  Sin operates in the spiritual world, and while we can see the results and earthly consequences of sin, we can’t actually see the souls of the lost in the flames of hell and we can’t see the direct link between the day-by-day practice of sin in their lives (and ours) and their eternal destination.  But God is clear with us and pulls no punches: “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23) and 1 Peter 4:18 – “And, ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’” 

When it comes to changing our spiritual life habits, it is hard and we give ourselves all kinds of excuses for our failures.  But the reality is, if we realize what is at stake and how serious it is, we will change.  While we don’t have the promise that the Spirit will help us change what we eat, we do have the promise that we have the Spirit to enable us to live the new life victoriously.  But the question remains: do we realize and truly believe that sin is a life and death matter? 

Romans 6:4 – “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

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

PRAYER:  Our old life was death…let us live in the newness of Your life!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/23/12 – Where’s the Difference?

DayBreaks for 01/23/12 – Where’s the Difference?

“Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” 4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. 6 And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’”-  Matthew 11:3-6

This is one of the most perplexing passages in Scripture.  Jesus will go on just a bit later in the discussion to say that no man ever born of woman was greater than John, yet here is John in prison, sending his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he’s really the Messiah.  This is the same John who had seen the dove descend on Jesus at his baptism and heard the voice of God proclaim Jesus was His Son.  This is the same John who said of Jesus, “He must increase, I must decrease” and “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the world’s sin!”  It is comforting to know that even the greatest man born of woman had questions and doubts at times.  But that’s not the point I want to consider today.

Jesus didn’t directly answer the question, but pointed the questioners to what they’d seen: the miracle, the blind who could now see, the lame who could now walk, lepers healed, hearing restored – and even the dead raised to life.  Had those present seen the dead who Jesus had raised?  I don’t know.  Jesus seems to imply that they had.  But then I got to thinking, perhaps Jesus was referring not to the physically raised, perhaps he was referring to the people who had been spiritually dead who had found new life – such as the immoral woman who washed Jesus feet, even those who were part of the crowd who had been dead, but found in Jesus new life.

I started to ponder my life.  As Christians, we have been born again.  Our old man is dead, the new life has come.  But if questioners were to look at me, would they see someone who is truly alive, vibrantly alive?  Is not the Christian experience supposed to be life from the dead?  “We were dead in our trespasses and sins” Paul wrote.  But we’re now alive in Christ Jesus!

Has anybody noticed it in you?

PRAYER: Let your life be brilliantly visible in me, may I give witness to the new life I have in Your Son, and may people wonder at how the dead can live again!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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