DayBreaks for 1/27/16 – Carry Them Forever

DayBreaks for 1/27/16: Carry Them Forever

From the DayBreaks archive, January 2006:

Scripture: Ps 28:9 – Save your people!  Bless Israel, your special possession!  Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them forever in your arms.

I love the imagery of being carried forever in the arms of someone as loving, kind and strong as the Lord.  It reminds me of when I was very small and my own dad would carry me, or of how I felt when I carried my own little ones in my arms.  No one was going to take them from me against my will – I would fight fiercely for them or die for them if necessary. 

But now that I’m grown up, I internally sustain the notion that I’m not supposed to be carried any more, that I’m supposed to be a “big boy” and walk on my own two feet.  How foolish!  How much better off we’d be if we allowed Jesus to carry us!!!  And that’s the image the Psalmist presents to us. 

I realize that I need to become more humble in all aspects of my life.  I must surrender my human pride that causes me to think that I can wrestle with life’s problems all by myself.  How foolish to think that I have the strength that is necessary!  I must get over the thinking that says I’m smart and intelligent enough to figure out the answers on my own.  And as a man, I must get over the “gender barrier” about being held in the arms of another male – even one was powerful and strong as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  In many more things I need to ask His guidance and wisdom before making decisions that may seem right to me, for I fear and know that far too many of the decisions I make on my own are wrong and misguided. 

Lord, pick me up!  I’m ready! 

TODAY’S PRAYER:  We thank you, Lord Jesus, for Your leadership.  We thank you that when we get too tired, or too confused, or when we’re hurting too badly to walk on our own, that you take us in Your arms and you carry us to places of rest and safety.  Let us not lean to our own understanding or trust in our own strength, for we shall surely fail if we do so.  Help us instead to run to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, all rights reserved.

Advertisements

DayBreaks for 12/29/14 – Cut Off at the Roots

DayBreaks for 12/29/14 – Cut Off at the Roots

It’s over for another year, this thing we call Christmas.  Are you breathing a sigh of relief?  Many are.  Perhaps now that the day-after-Christmas sales are over you feel you can relax.

There is something else that happens after Christmas is over and you can see the evidence of it all over the streets of America in the coming days or weeks: the Christmas trees will be put out by the curb to be picked up by the garbage disposal company.  Soon all those trees will be in landfills all over the country.

I’d be willing to guess, however, that long before you threw out your tree, something started happening to it: the needles started to dry out and fall from the tree, snagging themselves in the carpet pile and making it hard to clean up.  It doesn’t matter if you put sugar in the stand at the base of the tree or not, the needles will still dry out and drop.  Why?  Because the tree has been cut off and no nourishment really moves up the trunk – the roots are missing.

Perhaps as we face a new year that is pregnant with possibilities and uncertainties, we need to draw a parable from that dried out tree.  We’ve come through a season filled with songs about the nativity, people who seldom darken a church door went to a Christmas Eve service.  And now that Christmas is over, they may feel that their duty is done for the year (or at least until Easter).  And you may also feel that you can now forget about Jesus for a while.  If you do, you will soon find yourself like that Christmas tree – dried up, falling apart – for the same reason: you’ve been cut off from the root and have no nourishment.

Don’t let that happen!  Too much is at stake!  You will miss out on so much! Continue to grow and send down roots deeply into the soil of the life of Christ, drinking up all you can of the infinitude of what He has to give you!

PRAYER: Lord, let us not kick back and relax and forget about you now that the Christmas is over.  Let us use this new year to grow deeper and stronger in our relationship with you rather than drying up and withering away! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations! Your support would be deeply appreciated!

DayBreaks for 11/21/14 – What Evil Can’t Touch

DayBreaks for 11/21/14 – What Evil Can’t Touch

From the DayBreaks archive, 11/15/2004:

1 Cor. 1:25 (NLT)  – This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.

1 Cor. 1:27 (NLT)  – Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

The mystery of the cross is mind-numbing.  That the life of a single Nazarene carpenter should have affected the world the way it has defies logic.  Yes, some think he was a good man, a great teacher, a wise prophet perhaps, and they put him in the same classification as Buddha, Mohammed or Moses, in an attempt to say, “See, he’s like they were.”  But they’re wrong.  Those folks are still in their tombs.  Jesus isn’t.

But the power of God is a fascinating thing.  There are two kinds of power – right-handed power which is direct and is clearly visible as power, and what Martin Luther referred to as “left-handed power”.  Left-handed power may not even be seen and recognized as power to those who aren’t looking closely.  It was a marvelous mix of both right-handed and left-handed power that was on display in the life of Jesus Christ, but it is largely the left-handed power that puzzles us, but which also truly changed the world in a way that we still struggle to understand.

In his book, Parables of the Kingdom, Robert Farrar Capon wrote about this left-handed power: “Left-handed power, in other words, is precisely paradoxical power: power that looks for all the world like weakness, intervention that seems indistinguishable from nonintervention.  More than that, it is guaranteed to stop no determined evildoers whatsoever.  It might, of course, touch and soften their hearts.  But then again, it might not.  It certainly didn’t for Jesus; and if you decide to use it, you should be quite clear that it probably won’t for you, either.  The only thing it does insure is that you will not  – even after your chin has been bashed in – have made the mistake of closing any interpersonal doors from your side.

“…when you come to think of it, it is power – so much power, in fact, that it is the only thing in the world that evil can’t touch.  God in Christ died forgiving.  With the dead body of Jesus, he wedged open the door between Himself and the world and said, ‘There!  Just try and get me to take that back!’”

Straight-line, or right-handed power, may be exercised by those who attempt to make converts to a religion by the edge of the sword.  And while the numbers of their followers may grow, they’ve not really made converts in the heart.  Therein lies the great mystery of Christ: through his left-handed power that looked for to all the world as total weakness and lunacy, hearts have been changed.  People have been reborn.  Pasts have been washed away.  It is a mystery that takes place in the heart – where for a long time only God can see it growing.  But the martyrs died with songs on their lips and glory in their hearts while their souls were far from the touch of evil.  May we know his left-handed power in all its fullness today!

PRAYER: Lord, if not for your great victory, we are all defeated! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations!

Your support would be deeply appreciated!

 

DayBreaks for 05/23/13 – We Need Not Lower Our Eyes

DayBreaks for 05/23/13 – We Need Not Lower Our Eyes

shame2-300x199NOTE: I am on 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) until I’ve returned.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10a – “9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses…

How do you feel about your weaknesses?  Do you delight in them?  Do you boast in them?  If you’re like me, I try my hardest to hide my weaknesses.  I don’t want to admit them to anyone else.  I don’t want anyone else to know about them.  I am ashamed of my weaknesses.  And perhaps, in a way, it is right to be ashamed of them.  But on the other hand, it is wrong for me to be so focused on hiding my weaknesses and worrying about what others think of them.

Still, I find Paul’s attitude about his weaknesses to be stunningly refreshing.  Paul doesn’t seem to care about what others think about his weaknesses.  He didn’t seem to be worried that they’ll see him as a flawed human being.  He delighted, he BRAGGED about his weaknesses!  Why?  Because his focus wasn’t on himself and his weaknesses – his focus was on the God who did something about his weaknesses and how God’s power to change lives and free from guilt finds its greatest witness in the works and tears of a fallen and flawed human being who has been lifted up from the gutter of failure and despair and made to rise up on eagle’s wings1

Paul’s focus wasn’t on his weaknesses, but on God’s grace and Christ’s power.  When I become so focused on my weaknesses that I hang my head in shame and spend great effort to hide my weaknesses, I am denying the Spirit the chance to witness to others that God has done something great in my life through my weaknesses and my awareness of my weaknesses.  Besides, if I pretend to be without weaknesses, everyone knows I am a liar and hypocrite.  Why not be real and legitimate?  Why not boast, yes even brag, about my weaknesses – but even more so about my God who loves a sinner like me!

Whatever our failings may be, we need not lower our eyes in the presence of Jesus.”  – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

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

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

To subscribe to DayBreaks, use this link: https://daybreaksdevotions.wordpress.com and click on the Subscribe button at the right of the page.  If you wish to unsubscribe, at the bottom of each email you receive about DayBreaks, you should find an “Unsubscribe” ink at the bottom of the email.

NOTE: Galen has started working with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) (medicalambassadors.org) and is responsible for raising own support.  DayBreaks is free – and will remain so – but if you wish to help support Galen in his ministry work with MAI, you can make a donation on his behalf.  One-time donations may be made by going to this linke: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.html and look down the left side of the page until you find the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Then look for “Galen Dalrymple”.  Click his name and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can donate to his support.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, contact suzette@med-amb.org or call her at 209-543-7500 ext. 219.  You can also write a check to Medical Ambassadors International (a 501.c.3 non-profit – meaning your donations are deductible) and put S090 in the Memo field.  Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.

Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!

DayBreaks for 11/15/11 – The Un-Religion

DayBreaks for 11/15/11 – The Un-Religion

Dane Ortlund, in Defiant Grace, referred to Christianity as the un-religion and suggests that Christianity should turn all our religious instincts on their heads ….

Throughout history, theologians and philosophers have come up with many different ideas and suggestions on how to live the successful and blessed life.  They were the best efforts of the human-controlled mind to inform us of the best way to live.  Here’s what he had to say:

“The ancient Greeks told us to be moderate by knowing our inclinations. The Romans told us to be strong by ordering our lives. Buddhism tells us to be disillusioned by annihilating our consciousness. Hinduism tells us to be absorbed by merging our souls. Islam tells us to be submissive by subjecting our wills. Agnosticism tells us to be at peace by ignoring our doubts. Moralism tells us to be good by discharging our obligations. Only the gospel tells us to be free by acknowledging our failure. Christianity is the un-religion because it is the one faith whose founder tells us to bring not our doing, but our need.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful that my relationship with Jesus doesn’t rely on what I do.  I grew up in a church that was very conservative and legalistic: no smoking, no dancing, no card playing…in fact, there was an endless list of “don’t, don’t, don’t.”  I am grateful to my background because I did learn many things while in that church…obedience is important, service to the body of Christ is not optional (though the motives they may have stressed for it aren’t the motives God wants us to have), etc.  But, I believe that Christianity isn’t a list of “don’ts”.  I believe God is much more concerned about what we DO than what we DON’T.

In the judgment scenes and in his confrontations with the Pharisees, Jesus was pretty clear about it.  We need to be giving cups of cold water, food to the hungry, visiting the sick and imprisoned, etc.  The Pharisees were occupied about not doing this-and-that and Jesus pointed them to what they should have been focused on.

God knows our frailties.  He doesn’t excuse them, but He has overcome them through the sacrifice of Christ, setting us free to bring our need to him, not our achievements or a long list of “I didn’t do this today, Lord…”

PRAYER: Thank you for freedom from achievement and the confidence that we can bring you our weakness and need and find Your warm and loving embrace!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

To subscribe to DayBreaks, use this link: https://daybreaksdevotions.wordpress.com and click on the Subscribe button at the right of the page.  If you wish to unsubscribe, you also click on the Subscribe button at and select the Unsubscribe drop-down.

DayBreaks for 09/08/11 – The Myth of Exceptionality

DayBreaks for 09/08/11 – The Myth of Exceptionality

We live with the myth that we are the exception to all the rules...

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. – Romans 12:3

I’ve been thinking lately about how we fool ourselves.  It is so easy to be self-deceived.  It is so easy to give ourselves excuses for what we have done – or for what we haven’t done.  And to us, those excuses sound perfectly normal and sensible.  To others they may not be worth anything.

I have been thinking about how we fool ourselves with what I am calling “the myth of exceptionality.”  It has several facets to it, but it basically runs like this: we believe that we are not like everyone else, but rather, we are exceptional in some very specific ways.  For example: we spend a lot of our lives at least acting as those we are invincible and will live forever, unlike everyone else.  Everyone else will get old and die, and we will even tell them so, but we ourselves won’t.  It seems to be somewhere around 40-50 years old that the grey dawn of truth about mortality dawns on us.

Here’s some other ways we believe in the myth of exceptionality:

We tell ourselves that the little office flirtation won’t affect me, it won’t get out of hand.  And yet before you know it, you’ve crossed lines you never thought you’d cross.  It seemed to start so innocently, you felt sure you could control it because you are the exceptionally strong one.  “Others might collapse and fall to infidelity, but not me!”

The alcoholic who has once gotten sober and who has been sober for years might hear of others who have relapsed into alcoholism. That alcoholic might think that it couldn’t possibly happen to them again, so they start to hang out with their buddies after work or at the club or at a lunch party where their friends are drinking – and before you know it, the myth of exceptionality is exploded again as they find themselves in the bottom of the bottle.

In Romans 12:3 (above), Paul wants to explode our myth of exceptionality and awaken us to discernment and real thinking.  We are exceptional in the sense we are all unique, but when it come to sin, we (Christians and non-Christians alike) are all pre-disposed to sin in our flesh.  We are not the exception.  And if we think we stand, we will surely fall.

Don’t let yourself be fooled: you are not the exception.  You are the norm.  And so am I.

PRAYER: Lord, we need to think more soberly about our weaknesses, tendencies and mortality.  Shake us out of any sort of foolish thinking that would lead us to play around the edges of the fire of temptation let we fall into the fire and are burned.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

To subscribe to DayBreaks, use this link: https://daybreaksdevotions.wordpress.com and click on the Subscribe button at the right of the page.  If you wish to unsubscribe, you also click on the Subscribe button at and select the Unsubscribe drop-down.