DayBreaks for 3/11/19 – A Most Sobering Truth

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DayBreaks for 3/11/19: A Most Sobering Truth

On Sunday we recognized, remembered and honored the persecuted church around the world. I’m sure you know the stats: more Christians were martyred in the 1900’s than in all the other centuries combined. In fact, based on one source I consulted, 65% of all Christian martyrs ever were killed between 1901-2000. At one point at the height of communism and fascism, 330,000 annually were dying. Best guesses are that presently between 100-150,000 are being martyred each year – that’s over 410 martyrs each and every day, 365 days a year.

Yet, statistics only go so far. They tell neither the personal stories of those who suffer and die for their faith, nor the stories of their families. Putting a face to those who suffer is much more impactful than the numbers themselves.

On Sunday, we had some people with us from China and India who shared stories – and in the case of the brother from India – his own personal story of beatings and his struggle.

But, as harrowing as some of the stories are, what impacted me the most was this verse from 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV) – Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…  Read that VERY CAREFULLY. It is part of inspired Scripture and is says that not just some, but ALL who desire to live a godly life will be persecuted. That brought me up short. Are you being persecuted for your faith, really? I am not. Part of that is living in America where we have some freedoms, but the verse didn’t say that only those living in countries without religious freedom would be persecuted…it says that ALL who desire to live a godly life in Christ will be persecuted.

The reason I’m not being persecuted isn’t because I live in America – but this verse tells me that it is because I don’t desire to live a godly life. All my life I more or less assumed I wasn’t persecuted because I lived in a free county. And all my life I’ve been wrong.

PRAYER: Forgive me, Lord, for wanting a persecution free life more than I desire to live a godly life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 6/03/15 – The Servant Under Attack

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DayBreaks for 6/03/15: The Servant Under Attack

Have you ever been misunderstood? Have you ever been misrepresented? Has anyone ever taken your words and motives and twisted them around and used them against you? If you live long enough in this world you are going to face that kind of a personal attack.

One preacher (I think anyone of us who has stood in the pulpit has had similary experiences) recalled an instance in another church when a certain group in that church took his preaching tapes and listened to them to find words and phrases they disagreed with. Those disagreeable sayings were brought up in a business meeting and used to attack him personally. It hurt at the time, but he concluded that it was a good lesson for him. It served to remind him that God’s servants will be attacked. It also reminded him to think more carefully about his words before saying them because he might be called on to give an account of them.

For the entire duration of his earthly ministry, Jesus was surrounded by constant controversy. Nearly everyone He met misunderstood Him and what He came to this world to do. Nearly everyone was guilty of misrepresenting His words and His works. The things He did and said in love were used to attack Him in hate!

What can we do about such things?  Can we stop people from attacking us?  No.  People will not act fairly just because we wish they would.  We can learn to watch our actions and words to minimize the opportunities we might be providing others to attack us, but in the final analysis, if they want to find something to criticize us, they will find something. 

About the only other thing I can suggest about this is to accept that it will happen, and know that you’re in the very best company (Jesus’) and know that He sees and understands.  Take comfort from His Spirit and act graciously toward all.  In the final analysis, His opinion is the only one that counts.

PRAYER: It isn’t easy, Lord, when we are attacked unfairly, and we often respond very poorly.  Help us not to strike back or seek retribution, but to act like you did when it happened to you.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 5/13/15 – The Town With No Shoes

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DayBreaks for 5/13/15: The Town With No Shoes

There is a story by Hugh Price Hughes titled, “The City of Everywhere.” In this story a man arrives in a city one cold morning. As he gets off the train, he sees that the station is like any other station except for one thing everyone is barefoot. No one wears shoes.

He notices a barefoot cab driver. “Pardon me,” he asks the driver, “I was just wondering why you don’t wear shoes. Don’t you believe in shoes?”

“Sure we do,” says the driver.

“Why don’t you wear them?” asks the man.

“Ah, that’s the question,” the driver replies. “Why don’t we wear shoes? Why don’t we?”

At the hotel it is the same. The clerk, bell boys, everybody is barefoot. In the coffee shop he notices a nice looking gentleman at a table opposite him. He says, “I notice you aren’t wearing any shoes. I wonder why? Don’t you know about shoes?”

The man replies, “Of course I know about shoes.”

“Then why don’t you wear them?” asks the stranger.

“Ah, that’s the question,” says the man. “Why don’t we? Why don’t we?”

After breakfast he walks out on the street in the snow but every person he sees is barefoot. He asks another man about it, and points out how shoes protect the feet from cold. The man says, “We know about shoes. See that building yonder? That is a shoe manufacturing plant. We are proud of that plant and every week we gather there to hear the man in charge tell about shoes and how wonderful they are.”

“Then why don’t you wear shoes?” asks the stranger.

“Ah, that’s the question,” says the man.

Dr. Robert E. Goodrich told this story in his book, What’s It All About? Then he asks, “Don’t we believe in prayer? Don’t we know what prayer could mean to our lives? . . . Of course we do; we know about prayer. Then, why don’t we pray? Ah, that’s the question. Why don’t we pray? . . . Why don’t we?”

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

I’ve just come back from two weeks of conferences on international missions and I was with many missionaries from closed access countries.  Let me tell you, if there ever was a time to pray for the persecuted saints, it is now.  It is coming to a town near you, too, and you’d like them to pray for you.

PRAYER: Lord, teach us to pray! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/29/13 – Your Opportunity

DayBreaks for 10/29/13 – Your Opportunity

Luke 21:8-13 (NLT) He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. 9  And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” 10  Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11  There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. 12  “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. 13  But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.

Whenever an earthquake hits and lives and property are destroyed, people wish for an early warning system that might spare their lives.  It might, in fact, do that – but it will not prevent the earthquake from coming.  We want signs, we want warnings.  Just read the labels on practically any product you purchase and the warnings are everywhere!

The time of great tribulation will not come without warning.  I believe that we are seeing signs everywhere as nations rage against one another, strange weather abounds, famines, disasters, plagues, insurrections, earthquakes…could it be any clearer?  These things are just as Jesus described to his followers. 

Starting with verse 12, Jesus tells his followers in no uncertain terms: you will not be immune from the rage against Godly things.  Christians will be taken to stand before the authorities and we may stand there in fear, wondering why such a thing should happen to us.  Jesus himself tells us the why in verse 13: it is so that we will be able to tell them about Jesus.  That’s the purpose of it.  Not to suffer needlessly for no worthy or valid reason.  But it is about Jesus…it is always and forever about Him and not us. 

Does that just mean we are pawns in this great game of God?  Some would say so.  That would be the case if He just manipulated us from square to square to do what He wants done, but He has done something great for us first: He has forgiven our sin and granted eternal life to all who believe in His name.  That makes it so that it is not manipulation.  We are not moved from square to square without thought or care, and we have a choice, motivated by gratitude. 

But will we choose to be moved to stand before the authorities when the time comes?  It is not IF, it is when.  It may be nearly upon us.   

PRAYER: Lord, even reading these words frightens us.  We don’t like the prospect of this kind of terror coming upon us.  In America we have lived charmed lives while brothers and sisters around the world die by the thousands and millions for refusing to recant their faith.  We have grown to believe we live in a favored land that will be somehow immune from such persecution, but our faith in that delusion is being strongly challenged these days.  We never thought we would see the things we are seeing happen in our lifetimes in our country.  We beg your forgiveness for not being the salt and light we should have been as your people.  We ask for Your strength to stand strong and take advantage of the opportunity when the time comes to tell others about You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/02/13 – ROFL, the Cross and Me

DayBreaks for 04/02/13 – ROFL,  the Cross and Me                   

parade-diamond-two-tone-cross-pendantNOTE: Today, 4/2/13, I am leaving for 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) after today until I’ve returned.  I will most likely not have access to email until I return, so any messages will probably not be returned until I’m home, either.  Thanks for understanding!

At a recent Holy Week observance on the Yale campus, a cross was erected.  You might think that was a positive sign, but this cross, like the one on which Jesus was crucified, had a sign attached to it.  You may recall that Jesus’ cross had a message attached to it, too: “Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews”.  The cross at Yale had a different sign.  Instead of INRI (the Latin letters for Jesus-Nazareth, King-Jews), the Yale sign read: ROFL (rolling on the floor, laughing). 

The sign that was on Christ’s cross wasn’t a statement of Pilate’s faith, either.  It was the first century equivalent, one might say, of ROFL.  It wasn’t a tribute to Jesus…it was mocking him, as if the weight of the Roman empire were saying, “This is what happens to Jewish kings…stripped and brutalized and crucified!  Now isn’t he something!”

Garret Fiddler, a guest writer in the Yale Daily News, once wrote about the strange irony of the cross as a  piece of jewelry (probably the most common shape for jewelry in history).  He wrote, “Really, the cross does not belong on the Christian; the Christian belongs on the cross.

Is this not precisely what Jesus said?  Is this not the heart of his seemingly bizarre command: “Take up your cross, die to yourself, and follow me.” 

The cross should be not so much a reminder that Jesus died for me (though it is surely appropriate to think of the cross that way), but perhaps the cross of jewelry we wear should be a reminder to us that there is something in me that needs to die…and die as fast as possible.  As John Ortberg said, “The resurrection hope is the hope that lies on the other side of dying.”          

May we live, not in the hope that lies in being spared from dying, but in the hope that lies on the other side of our dying to self and rising with Jesus!

PRAYER: May we remember, Jesus, that without death there can be no resurrection.  Let us die to self that we might live in hope!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/19/13 – The Truth About Nails

DayBreaks for 03/19/13 – The Truth About Nails            

hammer nailActs 2:46-47 (NLT) – They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.   

When one thinks about how people have been discriminated against and persecuted throughout history, the Jews certainly come to mind.  They have faced a long history of it, there is no doubt.  Today, the most oppressed people on the face of the earth are the 250 million Dalits living in India. 

The Christian church has also been persecuted nearly from the beginning of its existence.  It wasn’t long before the Jewish leaders, who themselves had been oppressed by Rome, were oppressing the Christians.  It’s recorded in Acts, shortly after the verse quoted above. 

In his book, Who Is This Man?, John Ortberg sets out to explore the impact of this man, Jesus, on human history.  He makes the observation that powerful regimes throughout history often establish their calendar around their own rule and existence.  The Roman emperors developed a calendar that revolved around the years of their reign and all of past history was dated in comparison with the founding of Rome itself.  The leaders of the French Revolution tried to enlighten us all by creating a calendar dating from the Age of Reason. 

In more modern times, the USSR dated time from the overthrow of the tsar, when power was theoretically given to the masses.  As part of that process, it formed the “League of the Militant Godless” in the 1920’s in an effort to stamp out the Christian faith.  A 1929 magazine cover showed two loyal workers dumping Jesus out of a wheelbarrow.  But there was a problem: the leader of the League, Yemelian Yaroslavsky, found the stubbornness of the Christian faith to be very perplexing, remaking, “Christianity is like a nail.  The harder you strike it, the deeper it goes.”

That is what our faith is supposed to be like.  When we are hammered or oppressed, our faith should go deeper, it should be harder to remove from the warp and woof of our very life.  I wonder: what would happen to my faith if the hammer blows started falling?  Some of my co-workers are facing that very occurrence as they work overseas in countries where the oppression and persecution are ratcheting up nearly every day. 

When persecution struck the early church, the church spread like wildfire because the nails went deeper and people carried the message wherever they went.  They didn’t back off when things got a little dicey, or when the opposition merely belittled or made fun of them.  We have a rich heritage of faith that we need to emulate…and we need to be ready to accept the hammer blows when, and if, they come to us.

PRAYER: Lord, let our faith deepen and strengthen to meet the challenges of the times in which we live.  Let us not shrink back with fear and trembling! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/12/13 – Life and Death in Nigeria

NigeriaAdToday is a first for DayBreaks.  I normally will offer up some passage of Scripture and share some thoughts on it, often with an illustration or two.  It’s a rather typical format for a Christian devotion, I guess. 

But today I’m not doing that.  I hope you’ll understand why if you take the time to watch the video (link provided below). 

Today is about faith…and about life and death and how the three intersect in the real world.  This video is about a man named Dayo and it outlines what is happening with Christian brothers and sisters in his homeland.  This is not Hollywood or make-believe fantasy or sci-fi stuff.  This is the real deal.  Our brothers and sisters are dying, being raped, beaten, having their homes and churches burned to the ground.  It is happening NOW. 

Dayo just happens to be a co-worker of mine.  We’ve not yet met face to face, but in a few weeks we will meet at an internship I’ll be attending in Africa where he is the host.  Dayo and I have exchanged several emails…and I can’t wait to meet this giant of faith in person.  I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to meet Abraham, David, Moses or Daniel.  I have a suspicion based on what I know of this man, that he’s cut from the same fabric as those men.  I will learn much from him, I’m sure. 

So, today, I ask you…no, I BEG you, to watch this video.  It’s long – about 20 minutes.  But you need to see it.  Everyone needs to see it.  The purpose of this video is to raise awareness of what is happening and hopefully bring enough attention to the matter that the persecution and oppression will come to an end.  Dayo is fully aware that in making this video and by not remaining silent, that he may well have signed his own death warrant – and he’s at peace with that.  Of course, we hope and pray that it won’t come to that, but if it does, Dayo is ready. 

Watch the video.  Then pray for those being persecuted and those who are doing the persecuting.  Pray specifically for Dayo and his family.  And pray for yourself – for faith such as this.  The day may come when we’ll need it ourselves. 

Share this video with your friends and church family and relatives.  Let the world know what is happening and that there are great men of faith (and women, like Dayo’s wife who is in agreement with his decision) walking the face of this planet.

Here’s the link: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/nigeria.html

PRAYER: Father, we lift up Dayo and his family to You.  We lift up our brothers and sisters in Nigeria (and elsewhere) who are suffering, giving the last full measure of devotion to You with their own blood.  We pray that you protect them and give them strength, courage but more than anything else, a clear and persistent vision of Your Presence and the peace that comes with that awareness.  May they see Your glory and deliverance.  We pray for those who are persecuting them, that they may realize how wrong it is and may become disciples themselves.  Forgive us for our weak faith and strengthen us so that if we ever face such persecution, we can bring You glory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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