DayBreaks for 10/29/14 – A Walking Sermon

DayBreaks for 10/29/14 – A Walking Sermon

1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NLT) – We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

One of the finest stories of humility I know is that of a man who arrived in 1953 at the Chicago railroad station to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He stepped off the train, a tall man with bushy hair and a big mustache. As the cameras flashed and the dignitaries approached with hands outstretched to meet the famous man, he thanked them quietly and politely. Then he asked to be excused for a minute. He walked through the crowd to the side of an elderly black woman struggling with two large suitcases. He picked them up, smiled, and escorted her to her bus, helped her get on, and wished her a safe journey. Then Albert Schweitzer turned to the crowd and apologized for keeping them waiting. It is reported that one member of the reception committee told a reporter, “That’s the first time I ever saw a sermon walking.”

We’ve been given a great task – to live in harmony, to weep with the mournful, to laugh with the joyful, to not be conceited. Especially, we are called to be righteous, but not self-righteous. We are to be humble.

Could your life be described as a “walking sermon”?  What would need to change in your attitude, speech, or actions?  What WILL you ask God to change in you?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I want to live a life that will point others to You.  Help me do that, please! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 12/06/13 – The Walk Talks

DayBreaks for 12/06/13 – The Walk Talks

Acts 4:13 (NLT)  The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

There is a saying in life that if you’re going to “talk the talk” you’d better “walk the walk”, meaning your actions need to live up to what you say.  It’s a good motto – anything short of walking the walk once you’ve talked the talk in Christianity is hypocrisy.

“That man must have been in the army, or in a military school,” a man once said to his friend. 

“Yes,” he said; “how did you know?”

“By the way he walks.”

You can tell that some people have been with Jesus by their walk.  You can also tell people who have not been with Jesus by their walk.  Sadly, sometimes those who put on the greatest show to appear spiritual are the ones who have spent little or no time with Jesus.

What does your walk say about you?

PRAYER: Let our walk proclaim nothing but You, Lord.  Keep us from cheap talk and all hypocrisy!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/07/12 – A Walk Between Worlds

DayBreaks for 03/07/12 – A Walk Between Worlds

From the DayBreaks archive, 3/25/02:

We can walk between worlds...

I have always wanted to travel into space.  I would love to walk on the surface of the moon. I would love to feel the kick of the powerful rocket engines as they threw me into orbit.  Perhaps, however, one of the things I would love to do the most would be to space walk.  I can only imagine the incredible feeling of freedom to drift silently through space, looking down at the beautiful blue marble of the earth.  I think I would be endlessly fascinated by the sight of my home planet, the ever-changing swirling patterns of the clouds and the beauty of the colors.

In a recent movie I saw about Mars, there was a scene where the manned mission was to have arrived in Mars orbit, only to find that there was a problem and to try to rescue the mission and the lives of the crew, one man took a perilous space walk to capture a piece of the spaceship that had broken loose.  He overextended his travel and wound up slowly drifting down toward the planet until gravity captured him and he was ultimately killed.

Well, I seriously doubt that I’ll ever get to space walk – and certainly not in the Martian atmosphere.  But there is a sense in which we, as Christians, walk between worlds every day.  Once again, Calvin Miller put is well: “Is prayer a journey?  Yes, a trek for those who walk between worlds.

Contemplate this prayer of Teresa of Avila: “Oh, my Lord, how obvious it is that you are Almighty!  There is no need to understand the reasons for your commands.  So long as we love and obey you, we can be certain that you will direct us on to the right path.  And as we tread that path, we will know that it is your power and love that has put us there.  It is as if the path which leads to you is narrow and rough, with steep cliffs on either side plunging down into dark valleys.  Yet the path on which you have put me is a royal road, broad and smooth.  It is safe for anyone who chooses to take it.  And your Son holds the hand of all who walk on it.  If we become tired or discouraged, we need only look up to see your smiling face in the distance inviting us to share Your joy.

When we talk with God, and when we listen to Him in our prayers, we are engaged in the most incredible walk between worlds that a human being can experience.   In prayer we pass from the transient into the eternal realm, and God comes to us in our lowliness, cloaked in His incredible majesty and glory.  Prayer lifts us out of the mundane into the magnificent and, if we pray rightly, takes our eyes off ourselves and turns them to the Glory that is Beyond All Glories, God Himself.

Go for a walk between worlds today – cherish it, revel in it, languish in it, get lost in it.  And if you never come back, as was the case with Enoch, well…that’s just fine, too.

PRAYER: How we love to walk with You in heavenly places!  Capture our hearts and thrill us with joyous communication with You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/03/12 – Peek-a-Boo With Jesus

DayBreaks for 01/03/12 – Peek-a-Boo With Jesus

Now you see Him, now you don't...

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31

It was after breaking the bread that God opened the eyes of the Emmaus disciples to recognize the One who broke the bread for them.  I would have loved to be there sitting in the inn with them, to watch the dawning of realization on their faces!  What do you think their next question for Jesus might have been?  Maybe they wouldn’t have asked a question at all – maybe they would simply have fallen on the ground in worship of the Risen One.  I don’t think we’ll ever know for one reason: as soon as they recognized him, he disappeared.

Why?  Why didn’t he stay?  Where did he go?  I don’t really know, but again, on Sunday the preacher ventured a guess: they had just shown that in spite of the evidence for his resurrection (the reports of those who had seen  him and the empty tomb), they didn’t believe.  Then Jesus appears to them, resolving their crisis of faith by His very Presence.  The next moment – poof! – just like that, he’s gone again.

Jesus is HUGE on faith.  He WANTS us to believe, not because we’ve seen and touched the wounds in his body, but because we’ve heard the story and are willing to walk in faith.  Jesus tantalized the two Emmaus disciples just enough by showing up that their faith was restored, but they would have to walk the rest of their lives in faith, too.

That’s how it is with anyone who wants a relationship with Jesus.  We may not see him physically as these two did, but we who wear his name have surely encountered him on our walk through this world.  Then something happens that casts the long shadow of doubt back into our hearts.  Was that past experience we were so convinced of really Jesus at work, or was it just happenstance?  And if we start to think that it was happenstance, we lose our basis for thinking he will walk through future hard times with us.

The disciples from Emmaus had to learn to walk by faith even after seeing the Lord and eating bread from his hands.  We, likewise, must walk by faith if we are to please him.

PRAYER: Lord, this faith-walk stuff is really hard at times.  We all have our human fears and worries, get scared and frightened, and think about whether or now we are up to a certain task rather than thinking about whether or not you will be faithful to us!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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