DayBreaks for 2/13/19 – I AM #3: The Life

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DayBreaks for 2/12/2019: I AM #3: The Life

John 14:6 (ESV) – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”

In the early 1900’s, one doctor determined the weight of the human soul by weighing people just before they died and just after they died. He concluded the body of a person who has just died weighs 21 grams less than when they were alive – that was because the soul had left the body, therefore the soul must weigh 21 grams! (Lots of issues with his work!!!)   

Jesus claimed to be “the life”. He says that he came that we may have “life abundant”. Those two things suggest to me that he came to give us “life” by giving us himself, by abiding in us, not merely to give  us some quantitative number of years or a specific set of biological functions.

We believe life originates from God/Jesus. Jesus created everything that exists and therefore it stands to reason he created life. Only life can give rise to other life, only life can procreate. We are his children partly because he gave us life.

But as I thought about life in conjunction with the cessation of life – what we refer to as death – I became more and more convinced that Jesus doesn’t just give us “life” after we die. We who are his children have his very DNA (spiritually speaking) because he lives inside of us. We are begotten by him and that involves the passing along of DNA. It isn’t necessary for him to give us something new called “life” after we die because he lives in us and is already alive forevermore. Death can’t ultimately kill us because he lives within us, not because he’ll eventually give us life eternal. That which is made up of his DNA is already eternal. When we are resurrected, we will rise not because he reached into our graves and gave us something new, but because we have had life from the moment we became his and no one and nothing can take that away from us – not cancer, not heart disease, not murder, not sin and not the grave. So, in a sense, it won’t be us who rise, but Christ in us that pulls us upward out of the tomb or the depths of the sea. The grave couldn’t deny him 2000 years ago and it won’t deny him then. Nothing will prevent that eventuality from happening!

His life is our life: Galatians 2:20 (ESV) – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

PRAYER: Let us yield our lives, dying to ourselves, so you may live in us more fully each day! In your name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 4/29/16 – Not the Laundromat

DayBreaks for 4/29/16 – Not the Laundromat

From the DayBreaks archives, April 2006:

Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

“Every one of us has become ragged, so damaged by sin and guilt that it seemed like the logical thing left was to discard the human race.  Toss it out and start over.

“But this God could not bring himself to do.  So God proposed reconstructive surgery.  God proposed to take the human race to where he could change filthy rags and remove the guilt and sin that left the objects of his love so unlovely.

“There really is such a place.  It’s called the cross.” – Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg

Sometimes I go out and use the weed-whacker or my John Deere mower to cut down grass.  When I’m feeling especially energetic, I may do some digging – we have seemingly miles of PVC pipes on our property to water the plants that the former owners put it.  When I do these things, I inevitably come back to the house with either grass, mud or both, all over my shoes, socks and jeans.  My shirt will be spackled with bits of grass that the weed-whacker or mower threw into the air.  By the good graces of my wife, those dirty clothes find their way into the laundry and they wind up clean again.

It’s one thing when we’re considering clothes to talk about the laundry.  The washing machine can get the dirt out of our clothes.  But the washing machine can’t get the dirt out of our hearts and souls.  You can’t take your soul to the Laundromat – you’ve got to take it to the cross of Christ in order to get clean. 

Laundromats may be expensive – but they’re nowhere near as expensive as the cross that cleans us up and makes us presentable to God. 

PRAYER:  Thank you Jesus for reaching out to us as our sins were sweeping us away.  Thank you for snatching us back from the raging torrent of death and destruction that was headed our way.  Thank you, Lord, for the cross and for making us clean once again!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 8/05/14 – Allowing Your Soul to Grow Up

DayBreaks for 8/05/14 – Allowing Your Soul to Grow Up

Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns. 

From the DayBreaks archive, 8/03/2004:

We are a go-fast generation.  Nothing is ever fast enough.  It wasn’t that long ago that we relied on “snail mail” (see how we’ve even attached the connotation of slowness to the postal service – which is now faster than ever) instead of email.  But even with email, haven’t you been frustrated when you know someone sent you a note and you are WAITING for it to come through?  It isn’t fast enough!!!!  We want our food fast.  We want our shopping experience to be fast.  Our retirement or vacation can’t come fast enough.  We rush, rush, rush and get behinder and behinder and behinder!  We’re so tired from rushing everywhere in an effort to just try to stay even with everything that demands our attention that we are too tired to get up in time and so we have to rush to make up for that extra wink of sleep each morning.  So begins another day on life’s treadmill.

We don’t like to wait.  Whether it is for a meal or for character change in ourselves or others.  Sue Monk Kidd (who describes herself as a “quickaholic”), spoke with a monk about her penchant to always be doing something, to never be waiting.  Here’s what the wise monk told her: “When you are waiting you are not doing nothing.  You’re doing something.  You’re allowing your soul to grow up.  If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.

There is perhaps nothing as trying to our patience as waiting upon God.  Sometimes it seems that we think we have to defend God’s honor.  Psalm 46:10 (NIV) seems to put an end to that concept: Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  Rather than thinking that we have to defend God, He reminds us that our job is to be still and rest in that one fact: He WILL be exalted – with our without us.  He doesn’t need our puny muscles to bring glory to Himself.  He can just create more stars that sing His glory.  He will be exalted in the earth!

At other times, I think we may have trouble waiting because we’re afraid we’ll miss out on something – that the BBQ at the wedding feast will run out before we get to the table, or that if we don’t get what we want NOW, perhaps someone else will snatch it out from under our noses.  Psalm 37:7 (NLT) seems to me to lay waste to this last concern: Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.  We don’t need to be afraid of the evil that people may plan, or purpose, towards us.  It isn’t up to us to squelch their evil schemes.  David says we should be still in God’s Presence and wait for HIM to act.  For us to act is futile and useless.  For God to act is Divine!

Are you too busy?  Can’t wait another minute?  Let your soul grow up as you wait on Him.

Copyright by 2014 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: God, help us to be patience in our growing and our listening!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 07/19/13 – Of Lawns and Kids

DayBreaks for 07/19/13 – Lawns and Kids

Brother and Sister RunningErma Bombeck, the late author of If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries, What Am I Doing Here In The Pits, tells of two moments in her husband’s life:

There was a time when the children were growing up that her husband used to go and look at the back yard. Surveying the muddy patches where the lawn should be, he would wonder — Will the grass ever come back?

And then there was the time when the children were grown and gone that her husband went and looked over the beautiful green lawn, immaculate from lack of use and wondered — Will the children ever come back?

These are simple, homey moments that nearly any parent can identify with.  But they point us to deeper truths that are timeless and priceless: some parts of life are temporary and like the grass they shine for a moment and then are gone but they come back the next spring.  Other things, such as our children, are beings with eternal destinies, infinitely more precious and valuable than some patch of grass.  Yet I fear that too many today are spending more time on grass or cars or work or hobbies or sports than investing it in the eternal souls of their children.  Wisdom knows the difference.  Do our actions show that we understand the value of the human souls that fill the homes and buildings and stores around us?  Do we even recognize it in our own children and grand-children?

PRAYER: Oh, Lord, help us see the value of the human soul in the scars of your hands.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

DayBreaks for 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

Speeding away…into eternity…

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV)  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time.  We have a saying that “Time is money.”  I suppose that has always been true, but I suspect that the concept of time, and the value of it, has changed greatly over the past 25 years.  Once, businesses moved with a slower pace than they do today.  When once it took days to get a letter across the country the pace of time, and the value of it, moved much more slowly.

Now, however, when business moves at the speed of electrons and the window for profit and loss is greatly contracted, we are seeing the value of even miniscule slices of time: “In April, a research ship will begin surveying the Atlantic Ocean floor off of Nova Scotia as the first step to building, by 2013, a $300 million private fiber-optic line connecting New York and London financial markets so as to speed up current transmission times–by about five milliseconds. Those five milliseconds, though (according to an April report in Bloomberg Business Week), will enable the small group of firms that are underwriting the project (and who will have exclusive use of it) to earn millions of dollars per transaction by having their trade sales arrive five milliseconds before their competitors’ sales would have arrived.” [Bloomberg Business Week, 4-2-2012]  News of the Weird, 4/29/12

Long ago, Paul spoke of redeeming (“buying back”) time – in specific, the times in which we live.  What does it mean today for us to “redeem the time” and what does it look like in a modern world?  For one thing, it means we must be able to give quick, succinct, yet persuasive sound bites for what we believe and why we believe it to be true and worthwhile.  Where once we may have had the luxury of long, leisurely conversations, we need to figure out how to bear witness and testimony very rapidly, yet with reason and conviction.

But there is an even greater reason that time is so valuable: when it runs out for the individual or for the entire creation, the time for choosing is gone, over, finished.  Time is precious.  Why?  Because souls are dying without Christ.  And every soul is worth far more than the millions of dollars made in a five millisecond advantage over a competitor.

PRAYER: We foolishly think we have time for leisure, Lord.  Help us understand the times in which we live and how to redeem this present age for you!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 08/08/11 – Mao, Make-up and Resurrection

DayBreaks for 08/08/11 – Mao, Make-up and Resurrection

In 1976 when Chairman Mao of Communist China died after 27 years of rule.  His physician was ordered by the Chinese Politburo to preserve the body of the chairman permanently.  The doctor objected, as did his staff.  The doctor had been to the Soviet Union and looked upon the dry and shrunken remains of Lenin and Stalin in their “display cases.”  He knew that Mao, like Lenin and Stalin, was doomed to decay and rot.  The Politburo was unyielding, in spite of the doctor’s protests, so the doctor proceeded to pump a full 22 liters of formaldehyde into the lifeless body.  The result was predictably horrifying: Mao’s face swelled up like a basketball, his neck was as thick as his head, his ears stuck straight out and the noxious chemicals oozed from his body’s pores.  The embalmers took towels and cotton balls and pushed all over in order to try to force the liquids back into the body.

Finally, Mao’s face looked OK after massive amounts of make-up were applied, but the chest was so swollen his jacket had to be slit in the back and his body was then covered with the red Party flag.  That worked for the funeral, but the powers wanted the body permanently on display so it could lie in state in Tiananmen Square.

For over a year, the doctor supervised teams of experts working in an underground hospital, still trying to adequately preserve the remains.  When it became clear they would not succeed, the government ordered that an identical wax dummy was to be made.  Both the body and the dummy were taken to the mausoleum in Tiananmen Square.  Hundreds of thousands eventually filed past the crystal casket to pay their final respects to Mao.  But even the doctor didn’t know if they were seeing Mao or the dummy.

As humans without God, people are trying to do that same thing.  Scripture is clear: mankind without Christ is dead in sin…not sick, not just “not feeling well”…but dead in soul.  But people are trying to “dress up” their dead souls by engaging in pleasure, seeking power, becoming workaholics, working to become famous…all of which are just attempts to replace the dead soul with some kind of “life”.  The problem is that dead things can’t fix themselves.  You can’t pump life into a dead soul.

We can’t, that is…but God can, and does.  That’s His offer to us.  Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ (Eph. 2:5).  You see, God’s plan and solution isn’t just to preserve our dead souls and bodies, but to raise them!  And again, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone; the new has come! (2 Cor. 5:17, NIV)

No matter how much make-up you may smear on your dead soul, it is to no avail.  God must apply Christ and His righteousness to you…and then you can will rise again!

PRAYER: For your incredible gift of life to dead souls, we are eternally in your debt!  Let us now resolve to present not just our souls, but our bodies as well, as living sacrifices for your glory!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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