Give Me That Mountain

Misplaced Hunger

Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-four...

You haven't eaten yet today, and all that stands between you and the delicious‐looking snack in that vending machine is a crisp one‐dollar bill.

The problem is—you don't have a crisp one‐dollar bill, and the bill you do have is limp and crumpled.

vending machines

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Unbelief Challenges Faith

Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-three

I've always had complete confidence that my string trimmer would start on the third pull. But in the middle of the summer this year, when I pulled the start rope for the third time my trimmer just wouldn't start–acting as if it was flooded. It was a big hassle to get the thing to run that day.

I didn't used to have any doubt that the trimmer would start. But now, I find a lot of strange thoughts going through my head as I get ready to trim the yard. Thoughts like “We have guests coming over in a couple of hours. What if this sucker won't start? How am I going to get the yard looking nice?”

string trimmer

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Faith and Unbelief at War

Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-two...

It's moving day. And you're counting on your only friend with a pickup to help you. But he's not yet shown up.

What normally wouldn't be a very big deal becomes a big deal because “Ben” is not always reliable.

friend with truck

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Unbelief and Faith Don’t Mix

Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-one...

Sally lost the job she had for twenty years, when the company closed down its local facility. “Well,” Sally told a close friend, “I didn't have a job when God helped me find that one. I guess I don't have to have a job, for Him to help me find the next one!”

She applied for every available opening in her small home town, but she never had anything more than just a nibble of interest by any employer. About the same time her unemployment benefits ran out, so did her hope of finding anything in the area.

job search

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Polluting Faith with Unbelief

Health and Healing. Day sixty...

“I had a headache and God healed me!”

That's an impressive demonstration of faith until you hear more of the details.

happy young woman

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Making Assumptions

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-nine...

What's the difference between the optimist and the cynic?

Time!

optimism cynicism

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Turning on the Lights

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-eight...

Bring to mind what it's like to feel your way around a dark room—a room that you're completely unfamiliar with.

You know there must be some way to turn on the lights—so you can make sense of your surroundings. But until you find that switch you just bounce from one object to another.

pitch black

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Look to Jesus

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-seven...

The Rod of Asclepius, a snake wrapped around a pole, is the most commonly used symbol for medicine. The cult of Asclepius (a group of followers of the Greek god, Asclepius) was devoted to bringing about supernatural healing in the Greek temples.

It is believed by some scholars that this symbol was based on an actual event in Biblical history.

healing symbol

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Faith Is Not the Tool of Choice to Persuade God

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-six...

What do you do if you've just finished off the meal from the drive‐thru only to discover a food particle lodged in your teeth? And you don't have a toothpick, a stick of chewing gum, or a bottle of water in your car.

When a few minutes of tongue maneuvers don't help, you finally reach for the ball‐point pen.

ball point pen

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God Is Not Just a Problem Solver

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-five...

On big farms back in the days of draft horses, one man might have the job of taking care of the horses. He would unharness them, rub them down, and feed them at the end of the work day.

After a night in the stables, he would feed them and rub them down again before harnessing them for another day in the field.

pulling hard

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