Welcome to Dayspring

Peter Garich
March 22, 2016

It’s been said about despair, “It’s always darkest just before it goes pitch black.” Do you feel like that? Do you go to bed every night wishing your life could be different when you wake up? Do you long for a day, or even just an hour, that’s not shadowed by depressive thoughts, fear, worry, or anger? In a time when everything feels so unstable and life doesn’t seem to make much sense, we could all use a strong hand to hold. Every one of us needs an anchor that will steady our weak and failing hearts and give us hope. The truth is: WE ALL NEED GOD AND HIS GLORIOUS GRACE! It was Jesus who said, “Learn of Me and I will lift your heavy load, lean on Me and I will give you rest.”

Dayspring is a caring ministry that offers Scriptural solutions for times such as these. Dayspring reaches out to the person, family, or church affected by today’s complex issues and offers hope.

Dayspring Center is a San Diego-based, non-profit Christian organization committed to offering God’s hope through Biblical answers. Our focus is on those who are searching for God’s truths at times when coping with everyday problems has become impossible and overwhelming. These are the daily trials as well as the life-long impediments to lasting joy and godliness.

No Christian should ever think that Biblical counseling is in any way superficial, or inferior to the “professional” or psychotherapy-oriented models in the mental health field. As THE primary approach to working through the internal and lifestyle issues we face, God’s Word stands alone in both its cultural relevancy and overall sufficiency. By this, we do not think of Scripture as a kind of simplistic prescription to the real problems of life: “take one and call me in the morning”, Instead, we see the Bible as the very words and thoughts of God. And when internalzed by the Holy Spirit and applied by us daily will have a life altering effect. Therefore, God’s Word is the only source to bring every Beliver to full maturity in every area of life.

And yet, even though this is true, many Christians continually insist on looking first to psychotherapy for answers. But we here at Dayspring believe God’s Word and Spirit are the only sources of true wisdom when facing the deepest issues of life and godliness, no matter how in depth and troubling they are.

We are a non-denominational counseling center that seeks to help counselees grow in their dependency on God and foster the maturity they need to overcome issues of the soul, spirit, conscience, and will–that is, issues in our thinking, in our emotions and in how we live the Christian life. We offer help with problems such as depression, anger and fear, as well as with addiction to substances, or people in unhealthy relationships (co-dependency / co-idolatry). We also offer Biblical answers for those with troubled marriages, as well as families and struggling youth.

We are endeavoring to proclaim a saving and life-changing personal relationship with Jesus Christ . . . “counseling and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we can present everyone perfect in Christ.” (Col.1:28-29)

Dayspring Founder and Director:
Peter B. Garich, M.Div., Ph.D.
San Diego, CA 92120
619-681-2539

In the nearby small town of Bethlehem

Peter Garich
April 7, 2014

Buried in the back pages of a lesser-known Jerusalem newspaper, a story ran relating the rather difficult experience of a new mother—in the nearby small town of Bethlehem—as she sought the help she needed for giving birth to her child. She and her husband were strangers to the town, which made it all the more difficult to believe what the reporter recounted. In his article he explained that the baby was not able to receive the proper care for the delivery and ended up being born in a small barn that was full of animals and all the smelly stuff that goes along with that. The town officials told the reporter that there was just no room anywhere else and they could do nothing for the young couple. So, as reported, the child’s first views of the world came from a dirty little stable on the outskirts of Bethlehem—quite a traumatic experience for any newborn and his mother. The reporter also inquired of a well-known University of Jerusalem psychiatrist as to what this kind of experience might do to the child’s delicate psyche. Wouldn’t this kind of horrible experience leave the child traumatized and set-up for a life of acting out with negative behaviors? The answer this expert from the University gave was quite pointed: “When a child is born into this kind of negative life situation,” the psychiatrist pontificated, “they are always more likely to act out in addictive and negative lifestyles since they are always going to be plagued by the memories of their abusive first encounters with life. The abuse is stamped in their hearts and there’s nothing anyone can do about that. Most likely this young man will need years of psychotherapy to overcome the trauma and abuse he went through.” To this extremely negative prediction from the Doctor the still-healing mother had this to say: “My name is Mary and my husband’s name is Joseph. The name of our beautiful little child is Jesus. We are what you would call deep believers in God! And because we are believers in a good and gracious God, we see things quite differently. We know that what we just went through was much less than we wanted for our precious little Son, but life is made up of some less-than-desirable experiences. And even though this was humiliating for us to go through it will NOT define our lives. We believe God brought us here and He will use these humiliating circumstances to place in Jesus’ heart a deep and profound humility. It’s all in how you perceive it. The unavoidable circumstances may have made things look bad for us, but God meant it for our good. And if it’s good by God’s standards then it’s great for us. Jesus will be just fine and this undue humiliation will turn out to turn his heart humbly toward God.” I hope that this introduction gets you thinking about what actually happened the day our Lord was born. Born into the humiliation of squalor, He grew strong in humility unto His Father and gave up His life so we could live eternally with Him in Heaven! The following are excerpts taken from an article by author Alistair Begg entitled “Wrapped in Humility.” I pray that it causes your heart to grow in grace during the Christmas season and beyond—seeing all we encounter as the ground for godly humility.

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“Have this mind in yourselves … Even though He was God He humbled Himself, taking on the very nature of a servant.” Philippians 2:5–7

“When we look into the night sky along with the shepherds, we see a host of angels. The shepherds are going through the normal duties of keeping the sheep when suddenly the sky is filled with splendor, magnificence and song. Inevitably, this surprised them. But in light of where this child came from, the real surprise is not in the presence of an angelic throng: the real surprise would be the absence of them on such a night. What would be a surprise is if God could come in a moment in time, and do so in a way that wasn’t accompanied in some measure by the splendor that had marked Him in eternity. In eternity, the Father, the Son and the Spirit shared coequally in all God is. The Son, who was about to become incarnate, was possessed of the glory of God, the likeness of God, the image God, the splendor of God, indeed, everything that makes God, God. Everything that causes the angels to adore God was there in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we begin there, the impact of what follows is staggering. Sometimes you may hear of someone who is doing something of exceptional worth or kindness, and someone else says about that person, “I’ll tell you what’s remarkable about her. If you knew where she came from the fact that she comes down here to do what she’s doing is really amazing.” They’re saying that while what she’s doing is significant, if you knew her background, where she came from, and what she left behind, you would understand that it is all the more remarkable she is here.

The hymn writer of the Christmas carol captures this in the line: “Thus to come from highest bliss down to such a world as this.” The Holy Spirit wants us to understand where Jesus came from. Paul tell us, “Jesus Christ, who, though He was God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Coming in the very form and nature of God, Jesus didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped. In other words, instead of holding on to His uninterrupted glory, He chose to set it aside in true humility and come to us. What does it say about Jesus when Paul tells us that He, “made Himself nothing”, or literally, “Himself He emptied.” It says that coming into the world, Christ chose not to arrive in a fashion that was so marked with dignity and style that it would immediately cause people to say, “Oh, this must be God incarnate.” In fact, remember what the angel said to the shepherds, “This will be a sign to you. You will find the babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” What a strange sight, a child in a manger. What kind of child is this that would be born in a manger? The sign He unveiled was not an exquisite chariot parked at His disposal. It wasn’t a glorious scepter wielded by a King but an unseemly and dirty stable that was filled with an air of true humility. “He came not to be served but to serve.” He “made himself nothing, taking on the form of a servant.” In other words, He became as much of an earthly servant as He was the heavenly sovereign of all He created. Jesus’ life continued to be a perfect example of one who moved from humiliation to humility for He went from a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, to a young man full of grace, wrapped in a towel and wiping the feet of His disciples. As always, Jesus was taking the form of a servant, for to this He was born. All the humiliation He gave Himself over to became the ground for a life of true humility and service, even service unto death. It is not by decreasing that He made Himself “nothing”. For in the taking to Himself the form of a Human Being and a servant, He added to His nature the reality of being a man “of no reputation.” This is the paradox we all encounter in this human condition: we must die to ourselves in order to live for Christ. A Believer must die if he is to serve. The eternal Christ never ceased to be who He is, but neither had He done anything to hold on to the glory that was and is His alone—He is God almighty who took the form of a servant to all. He who is the eternal Son of God became nobody in order that He could serve and save those who were lost. This is what it means to endure humiliation, turning it into godly humility that seeks to serve. He “made Himself nothing, taking on the form of a servant.” [By Alistair Begg, entitled “Wrapped in Humility.”]
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We hear a lot today about the need for community service but not much about the motives that move our hearts to serve. For Jesus it was clear, He served because it was in His DNA—life is in the blood and His’ was pure and born to serve. That’s why no one had to tell Him how to be a giver and receiver for because of heavenly love He came to seek, save, and serve those who were lost. Today this, too, is our calling as fellow lovers of God and those people who yet have the life of Christ within them.

The need to serve–motivated by a godly heart–has rarely been more important than right now. People everywhere—and even some we know—are losing their homes or can’t even put food on the dinner table. This is a very trying time in our nation and in the world at large. And being an American Christian does not exempt us from the trials other Christians faces in dangerous places around the world—even the kind that we see in the most dangerous places where Believers are persecuted and killed for their faith or being missionaries and preachers of God’s word. The fact is radicle Islamists are exploring and investigating soft targets to terrorize cities all over the world, and even here in America. It would hardly be a surprise to see terrorist do here in a city like Los Angeles what they did in Kenya where 59 people were killed and 175 injured. The shopping center the Terrorists attacked in Kenya was built by an American company, Westgate Malls and they are soft targets all over America.

Everybody is going through something and because we are Christians we blessed above all others—not because we have a lot of wealth but because we have the love and grace of God—we should try to be listeners and givers. Listen to the needs of those around us who may not say they are hurting even though they are—listen closely and ask God how you can help them. And that’s the giver part. We really do have much to give and if we ask God He will help us know who and how we can aid others—being like Him as He gave from His heart. I pray that this Christmas is a time of blessings to you and yours and anyone else God puts on your heart. Being a godly giver just kills that old Grinch. And also, let me thank you so much for your generosity to this ministry. I know times are difficult so being a giver is a blessing to us and, I’m sure, to God as well. He sees and knows our needs and is always responding. And part of your gifts go to helping many of the military families left at home while their spouse is in harm’s way. Please keep them in your prayers and if you know some military family in need help them yourselves or send us their names and other information we need to contact them. This goes on all year so any donations marked for the military that you send to Dayspring will reach them in their needs.

In His service and humility,
Peter Garich

Government and God

Peter Garich
November 19, 2008

This document was written prior to the 2008 elections.

“Government And God”

By Peter Garich

“Hi, I’m Peter and I’m an addict.”

I have a confession to make: I’m a political junkie. Ever since I was 8 years old, watching the Republican Convention with my Dad, I’ve been hooked. This year I’ve enjoyed the intensity of the debates and the unpredictable news coverage of the candidates—Republicans

and Democrats—as they’ve pressed-on toward the Presidency. Since becoming a Christian I have also been aware of the Biblical need to both care about what’s going on in

politics as well as be involved—even if that just means making sure I vote. As Biblical Christians I believe we are to be thoughtfully engaged in the future of our country and the world at large. Right now we are at a time in history when the Church can (and I believe must) be motivated

to take the lead in the future of the United States, as well as in looking for solutions to the problems in a postmodern world. If we don’t then someone else will. But what exactly is our role? The quick answer is that we should make sure we do the least—like thoughtful voting—and encourage the greatest—like involvement at all levels of politics. This is a privilege many in the

world don’t have and Christians must not be slack. Here follows an article that made me think. It’s by Larry Taunton, Executive Director of Fixed Point Foundation, and reproduced with permission. He asks the question:

WHO WOULD JESUS VOTE FOR?

“With the primary season in full swing there is no shortage of would-be Presidential hopefuls who have evoked the name of God or Christ with hopes that the “Religious” community will take notice and vote for them. But a question remains unanswered: who should we vote for? And even more to the point for us as Christians: who would Jesus have voted for? Since both

parties call on His name with great regularity, it is a logical and important question. In speeches on issues ranging from taxes to the war in Iraq, it seems that every member of the Trinity is being cited to buttress the candidates’ positions. So I ask: Who would Jesus vote for?

To answer the question we must look to the Gospels and consider Jesus’ message and conduct where politics was concerned. Perhaps you are thinking that the Gospels offer scant information on the subject of Jesus and affairs of state. But you would be wrong. The historical context

of Jesus’ earthly ministry was far more politically charged than that of our own time. In fact, that He was a threat to the existing political structure was one reason for His enemies to murder Him.

So I repeat, who would Jesus vote for? That is a question His contemporaries wanted to know, too. Not that there were any Democrats or Republicans at that time—whether that is a bad thing or not, I leave you to decide—but there were plenty of political “parties” vying for power. Romans, Zealots, Sadducees, Pharisees, and Scribes all wanted to know Jesus’ politics. Would He support their agendas or was He an enemy to be destroyed? Let’s consider the evidence.

Contrary to their popular image, Roman authorities are depicted throughout most of the New Testament as ambivalent to Christianity. Indeed, the first Gentile convert of the new church was a centurion, and he was shortly followed by a Roman governor (Acts 10 and 13). It was not until the burning of Rome in 64 AD that state sponsored persecution of Christians began. Prior to that

time, Rome was mainly concerned with maintaining order in a religiously diverse empire. But when the Jewish crowd accused Jesus of treason against Rome—“bad politics,” so to speak—Pilate relented and crucified Him (John 19:12–16).

What about the Zealots? Although Scripture says little about them, it is a safe assumption that they were also interested in Jesus’ politics. Violent and embittered by Roman tyranny, the Zealots wanted to overthrow Roman governance of Israel using any and all available means.

Was Jesus the conquering Messiah they had long anticipated? When He demonstrated a capacity to woo crowds and perform miracles, some attempted to seize Him and make Him a king. But Jesus did not permit it and withdrew (John 6:15). Many scholars think that it

was, in part, a disappointed Zealotry that incited the Jerusalem mob to call for Jesus’ death when they might have asked for His release. Who was released in His place? Pilate gave them Barabbas, a murderer who was, most probably, a leader of the Zealots.

As for Jesus’ encounters with the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes, they are well documented. Having amputated Judaism from authentic worship of God, they were quick to recognize that Jesus’ message was a threat to their monopoly on power. When it became clear to them that He would not recognize their authority, their anger intensified and culminated in a plot to kill Him.

So what may we deduce from this small window into the politics of the day about Jesus’ political views? First of all, Jesus was not, as some suggest, indifferent to politics.

As Abraham Kuyper once said, “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’”

Nevertheless, He did not endorse any political platform, for He knew that politics are

merely the superficial manifestation of man to control his world. Hence, it was His practice to address matters of the heart—justice, mercy, love, man’s need for His atoning work—and the eternal consequences that accompany our attitudes toward each. The result was that He condemned elements of every group for their sinfulness and refusal to obey God, while affirming others for their obedience. Secondly, His ultimate allegiance was to God the Father, not men and their worldly systems. From this we learn that political views are good only to the extent that

they are subordinated to God’s holy and inerrant Word. The late Bishop J.C. Ryle wrote,

“There is but one test of truth: ‘What do the Scriptures say?’ In front of this let every prejudice collapse.” So must it be in politics as in every other realm of life. The politics of the day

are and must be subjected to God, Christ and His Word! Finally, Jesus understood that while party affiliation may be an expression of one’s deeply held convictions; it does nothing to put you in right standing with God. One may, for instance, resolutely support all of the “correct”

policies and still lack a saving knowledge of Christ. Let us, therefore, remember that conversion to a political cause is not the same as conversion to Christianity. And our ultimate hope is not in politicians or the laws they enact, but in Jesus Christ alone. No matter what we confront in this seemingly chaotic world there are absolute truths we can fix on, and they will secure us in the steadfast hope of God. In 1st Peter he encourages us not to fear or be frightened of anything

(in the world—or specifically within the political minefields devised by men—like those of Rome during his life). Peter writes, “But in your hearts set Christ apart as Lord. Always prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:14–15) By God’s grace we have this same hope to which our Savior held fast as He faced the

extreme religious forces and political powers of His day. And in setting Christ apart in our hearts AS LORD we too are assured that we stand within the sovereign reign of the one true government which controls all things—for “His kingdom will endure forever.” (Lk. 1:31)

With that said, in a time such as this, I cannot tell you to be aligned with any specific candidate running for the office of presidency. It’s not the man or woman who stands there saying they “are the best person for the office,” and, by-the-way they’re “religious, too.” But what I can say with a certainty is this: the one with whom we must eternally align and on whom we must rely—

setting Him apart in our hearts—already governs the world with a sovereign, just and merciful hand. And He is THE KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS—the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, what should we think about the power of our government to rule us when their intentions seem self-serving, but they say, “We’re acting for your good?” As Christians what should our response be to their authority? The simple but challenging answer comes from Scripture. When it comes to our relationship to the government Paul instructs that “Everyone must submit

himself to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Rm. 13:1)

Speaking with God’s authority, Paul says that we all must submit to the authorities that

govern. But be very clear: their binding rule is only authoritative because our sovereign God has set them over us. All governments govern at the behest of and according to His will, no matter how corrupt we believe they are—for in their fallen-ness they often work against the good of the people. At the same time God is working all things according to His will and for His glory, no

matter how bad things seem. This may be a hard saying for us because we bristle at the levels of corruption we observe, wondering, “how in the world can God bring good out of such things?” I’m sure this sentiment was the same for Christians at the time Paul wrote these

difficult words for Rome’s rule was absolute and ruthless. But let’s think back to what was stated earlier, “Our ultimate hope is not in politicians or the laws they enact, BUT IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE!” This then is our hope!

In His Service,

Peter Garich

Pray For Our Troops

Peter Garich
March 22, 2008

Dayspring is committed to praying for our troops. We are not taking a position on the war but believe we must pray for all our men and woman in harm’s way. We also want to remember to pray for the allied forces that are fighting at our side. And as to the family members that are waiting back home they too are in our daily prayers.