DayBreaks for 6/05/15 – Lessons Birds Taught My Wife, #2

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DayBreaks for 6/05/15: Lessons Birds Taught My Wife, #2

Zechariah 2:10 (ESV) – Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD.

“Sing loud, sing often, and reply when others sing to you”.  Birdsong is glorious, especially where we live in the South. The weather is temperate and there are lots of trees and forested areas which make great bird habitats.  Bird songs are a constant background to our home life and she is trying to learn to identify the birds by their sounds.

Birds must be very social, in general. It’s obvious, when you listen, that different species repeat back their calls when they are in hearing distance of each other. They also call to each other. In case you think I’m being anthropomorphic, this subject been studied. It seems like birds must sing because they are joyful, but that’s not always the case. Birds also call out warnings to other birds when predators are near. There is a documented “early warning system”, in which calls were passed from birds to other birds in a forest at more than 100 miles per hour. These calls “ripple ahead of a predator minutes before it flew overhead, giving prey time to hide.” The other thing that is interesting is that while raptors can hear well at low frequencies, smaller birds call to each other at higher frequencies, which must make their warnings hard for the predator birds to hear. I find this amazing; the intricate way that God helps littler creatures protect themselves from those who would harm them.

Do we “sing” to each other enough? Do we spread our joy around for all to hear and rejoice in? Do we spread our warnings around also? Or do we keep ourselves to ourselves and not communicate?

On another note (no pun intended!), when birds hear the early warning system, they are smart enough to seek safety. When the Spirit gives us warnings either though the Word or inner promptings, are we smart enough to trust what we’re hearing? When God’s Spirit warns us against certain types of behavior – but we ignore it – what does that say about us?  Those warnings are put into the Word not because God is a cosmic kill-joy, but because He knows better than we what is good and what/who is out to kill us. We would do well to pay attention!

URL of the bird song article in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/science/decoding-the-cacophony-of-birds-warning-calls.html?_r=0

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for all we can look forward to at the end of life, and the end of time!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/26/14 – The Return of the King

DayBreaks for 11/26/14 – The Return of the King

John Phillips, in his book Exploring Revelation, tells a story about the when Richard I, the Lionhearted, returned to England. During the time of the crusades, when Richard was away doing battle in the Mideast, his kingdom fell on really bad times. His brother, Prince John, who was justly vilified in the tales of Robin Hood, usurped the throne and misruled the realm in the king’s absence. The people of England suffered horribly under John’s rule and eagerly longed for the return of the rightful king. They prayed fervently that it might be soon. Then one day it happened – Richard returned! He landed in England and marched straight for his throne. John’s castles fell before Richard, the rightful king, like bowling pins. Richard the Lionhearted laid claim to his throne, and no one dared stand in his path. The people loudly proclaimed their delight, as the bells in England rang out peal after peal of joy. The Lion was back! Long live the king!

John Phillips adds these hopeful words: One day a King greater than Richard will lay claim to a realm greater than England. Those who have abused the earth in His absence, seized His domains, and mismanaged His world will all be swept aside.

The day is coming when the world’s rightful King returns for His throne.  It’s coming, and for the loyal citizens of His Kingdom it will be a grand and glorious day. No one knows when it will happen, or much about the details of that day, but we need to get ready.  What we do know is this: The King is in charge…and He is trustworthy.  And He tells us: “Watch for my coming!”

PRAYER: Lord, I pray that we will take your admonition to heart and start to pay more attention and look to the sky in anticipation of your return! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/09/14 – There Will Be No Extension

DayBreaks for 10/09/14 – There Will Be No Extension

Acts 17:30-31 (NIV) – In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.

It is a sad truth that we humans are really, really good at procrastinating.  We put things off just as long as we can.  In fact, if we can let something drop entirely, we are prone to do so.  We put off going to the dentist or doctor.  We wait until April 15th to send in our tax payments.  We will let important things slip in favor of things we enjoy doing more.  We do so, usually, to our detriment.

There’s a story about a tough, old cowhand who casually sauntered into a saloon and began drinking whiskey by the bottle. Predictably, the more he drank, the more unruly he became, shooting holes in the ceiling and floor. Everybody was afraid to take on the old cowhand. Finally, a short, mild-mannered storekeeper walked up to the unruly cowhand and said, “I’ll give you five minutes to get out of town.” The old cowhand holstered his gun, pushed the whiskey bottle away, briskly walked out, got on his horse, and rode out of town. When he left, someone asked the storekeeper what he would have done if the unruly cowhand had refused to go. “I’d have extended the deadline,” he said.

Many Christians have that concept of God: it is as though we believe that if we miss a deadline, God will simply extend it. They do not take the judgment of God seriously. That is not only foolish, it can be deadly!

Do what you need to do today and listen to God’s warnings.

PRAYER: Don’t let us fall into thinking You will extend either the deadline for our life or Your deadline for judging the world.  Instead, let us heed Your warnings and live in wisdom!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/01/14 – Don’t Go Over the Edge!

DayBreaks for 10/01/14 – Don’t Go Over the Edge

Hebrews 12:25 (MSG) – So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings?

In every cliffhanger action movie, at some point in the chase scene an enormous chasm suddenly appears before the hero as he flees the bad guys. The only way across is an incredibly narrow, rickety, mostly-rotten bridge. The way forward looks terrible. But the way back is certain death. So, of course, our hero bravely steps or drives forward and steels himself to cross the abyss on the frail and shaky bridge.

“Cliffhangers” being appropriately named, the results are pretty predictable. Although the hero always manages to make it, the bridge itself collapses or is cut down by the bad guys, and the way across is lost for all time.

There is a reason bridges strike such fear into us at the thought of crossing over on them.

I have no problem driving a car across a bridge going 50-60-70 mph. Have you ever had a problem? When I’m going across I know there are huge drop-offs on either side of the bridge, but I never once have hugged the guard-rails or bumped into an iron barrier one on the way across. I’m never tempted to get close to the edge, and when a car edges me to the side, I negotiate the side of the bridge as if there were no safety rails.

But take away the scaffolding — take away the guard rails, the concrete and steel side girders, the bumper-barricades on the bridge – and I’m now a different driver. I’m crawling across that bridge 5 or 10 mph at best. Without any protection to keep my car from driving right off the bridge, I’m not sure I could even make it 100 yards across any bridge.

We all need guard rails and barriers. They help us get across the chasms and abysms of life. But the guard rails and barriers work best when they aren’t noticed, or celebrated, or even acknowledged. If they’re there, you don’t need them. If they’re not there, you and I can’t move, frozen in fear, or we risk going off the deep end.

PRAYER: Forgive our anger that does not work the righteousness of God!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 2/6/14 – Roadside Reflectors

DayBreaks for 2/06/14 – Roadside Reflectors

Psalm 119:5 (NLT)  Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

In an article entitled “Reflect the Light,” Roble Nebres tells about the time he drove to the summit of Mt. Haleakala. After watching the sunset it became dark and he became anxious about the descent down the steep, winding road. When he left the parking lot the median strips on the road suddenly came alive with reflectorized lights. They provided a much needed directional guide on the mountain road.

The reflectors illuminated the way for Nebres, who made his descent safely down the treacherous mountain road. The reflectors, however, were useless without his headlights shining on them. The light they gave depended on the light from another source. Otherwise they could not help him see.

When Jesus told his disciples they were the “light of the world,” he meant they were to be reflectors of the light of God. God is the illuminating source. God provides the light that is reflected from us. And God needs us to be reflectors of God’s light to a world of darkness.

It used to be that there was no such thing as roadside reflectors on our highways. What changed that? The sheer amount of carnage, death and destruction that took place on the roads. The reflectors were added as warnings, as a means to improve our vision and awareness. The amount of devastation that takes place along the roadway of life is far greater than anything that ever happened on our highways. The need for reflectors of the Light is great!

Will you be one of those reflectors?

PRAYER: Lord, let us be those who give warning of impending disaster and let us always be aware of our own need for such warnings as we journey life’s highway! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 12/30/11 – When Danger Is Remote

DayBreaks for 12/30/11 – When Danger Is Remote

Read the signs...and beware!!!!

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. – 1 Peter 5:8-9

Danger has a way of prompting us to be alert and take action, whether the danger is real, or just frighteningly potential.  Consider this story, told by Mickey Anders, in Keeping Watch:

“Folks back in Arkansas have always been fascinated by the New Madrid Fault, which runs along a line from Memphis up through southern Missouri. Back at the turn of the century, that area suffered one of the biggest earthquakes to ever hit North America. In fact, the Mississippi River ran upstream for several hours.

“In the fall of 1990, a scientist predicted that another major earthquake would occur in the New Madrid Fault on Tuesday, December 4. His prediction gathered a lot of attention in newscasts, public assemblies and private conversations. People stowed away precious possessions, stockpiled groceries and kerosene, and learned how to shut off their gas and water lines. Schools and businesses announced that they would be closed that week and several residents temporarily left the area. On December 2, 1990, the First Sunday in Advent and two days before the predicted quake, churches were packed. Many people stayed awake all night on December 3. But December 4, 1990, passed with no tremor. Then December passed, and the winter. Flashlight batteries drained. Extra food spoiled or was consumed. Fuel tanks sat empty once more. The earthquake is still predicted to happen one day. When a crisis seems imminent, we have no trouble keeping alert and awake. But when the threat of danger seems remote, our eyelids grow heavy and we sleep.”

Have you seen the “great enemy”, the devil, the roaring lion today?  Is he hot on your tail?  Oh, if it were only so simple!  The roaring lion can roar, but he can also be silent and stealthy, sneaking up on us in ways that lull us to sleepiness…and then when it is too late we realize he has us right where he wants us, between his jaws.

Where is the greatest danger in your life coming from right now?  Is it an attitude of lax morality?  A cavalier attitude toward the poor and needy?  From listening to the ideas of man instead of the promises of God?  God’s advice to us, through the pen of Peter, is simply this: Stay alert!  Watch out!

Don’t let your guard down or you may find yourself in the lion’s belly before you even knew you were in danger!

PRAYER: Father, don’t let our eyes grow dull and heavy because we think danger if far from us!  Let us not think we are strong and can stand, for it is surely at those moments that we are most likely to overtaken by our great enemy!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/04/11 – No Extension

DayBreaks for 10/04/11 – No Extension

There will be no extension...

But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. 2 Peter 2:1-3

It seems that we have a hierarchy of evil, thinking that one thing is worse than another.  And it may be in terms of its consequences.  But sin is sin and any sin is deadly to the person who commits it.  Punishment for crimes are meant to be a deterrent, whether one is talking about paying a fine, spending time in jail, or for the worst cases, execution.  Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 8:11, declares that when punishment for wrong-doing isn’t carried out speedily, it ceases to be a deterrent.  So it is with us when we sin – because we aren’t smitten with a lightning bolt every time we sin, we tend to think that either we won’t be disciplined for our sin, or that we may have gotten away with it entirely.

It’s like a tough, old cowhand who sauntered into a saloon and began drinking whiskey by the bottle. The more he drank, the more unruly he became, shooting holes in the ceiling and floor. Everybody was afraid to take on the old cowhand. Finally, the town’s little, mild-mannered storekeeper walked up to the unruly cowhand and said, “I’ll give you five minutes to get out of town.” The old cowhand holstered his gun, pushed the whiskey bottle away, briskly walked out, got on his horse, and rode out of town. When he left, someone asked the storekeeper what he would have done if the unruly cowhand had refused to go. “I’d have extended the deadline,” he said.

Many Christians have that concept of God if we miss a deadline, God will simply extend it. They do not take the judgment of God seriously.  God’s judgment will happen.  Let’s not mistake His patience and longsuffering for apathy about our sin.

PRAYER: Let us never forget Your coming day of judgment, Lord, for that may lead us to foolish conclusions and unholy living!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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