Give Me That Mountain

God Is Always Working Something on Our Behalf

Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-four...

I started driving a tractor in the field when I was around eight years old. That was right about the time Dad went into partnership with another family member and we had moved to a farm that was four times the size of what we had.

While an eight‐year old seems way too young to be driving a big farm tractor, Dad needed the help. Since I didn't have the strength to use a foot clutch, Dad put me on a John Deere with a hand clutch.

john deere 730

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The Only True Celebrity

Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-three...

Leave it to the advertising industry to create something out of nothing. Sales of the Dos Equis beer brand have skyrocketed since the brand began to air commercials featuring “The Most Interesting Man in the World.”

“The Most Interesting Man in the World” is a gray‐haired gentleman who has become a cult hero. He has become so famous that Michael Jordan supposedly asked to have a picture taken with him. As one of the ads say about the Most Interesting Man, “if he were to pat you on your back, you would list it on your resume.”

most interesting man

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Faith Isn’t an Impressive Performance

Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-two...

In Shakespeare's play, “Hamlet,” Queen Gertrude makes the comment, “The lady protests too much, methinks.” This famous line has become a modern‐day response to those who make such a big deal out of something that their big deal comes off as suspicious, at best.

For example: “You didn't need to go to all that trouble. I know how hard you work. You really put yourself out, and it just wasn't necessary. I mean, really, you shouldn't have,” is a suspicious comment. And translated into its original intent means, “Yes, you should have.”

hamlet and his mother

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Faith Is Not Supposed to Be Silly

Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-one...

The church's new school was about to financially break the church. Enrollment was less than expected and expenses were more. The worship leader sat in a folding chair to the left of the keyboard, as the pastor conducted an emergency meeting with the elders and the rest of the staff.

Right in the middle of the meeting, the worship leader suddenly began to prophecy over the church's finances. The anointing was so strong that she practically glowed like Moses. When the worship leader was done speaking, the church secretary had taken about two pages of notes. The next day after the pastor had taken action on those notes, the church received six very large anonymous gifts that put the church's finances well into the black.

folding chair

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Faith Can’t Be Understood by Observation

Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty...

When Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls in 2012, ABC required him to be tethered to the wire, because they didn't want any possibility of a televised death.

Wallenda, who walked across the Grand Canyon the following year without any safety equipment, made this comment about the tether he was required to wear across Niagara Falls:

nik wallenda

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Maybe Faith Is Not What I Expected

Faith and Unbelief. Day nineteen...

“Children don't love their parents as much as parents love their children.”

While I can't say this is a truth about all of mankind, I can't think of a single parent who has ever disagreed with me, either. Something just happens to your ability to love when you hold your own child in your arms. It's as if you enter a world that you thought you knew, but you didn't really know at all.

mother and son

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All These Things

Faith and Unbelief. Day eighteen...

Because I grew up in a farm family, when I wasn't involved in some school activity I was helping Dad. So I spent a lot of time riding around with him as he chased after parts, or seed, or fertilizer, or feed.

Like most active boys, food was usually on my mind. And I can certainly remember questioning Dad about when we were going to get something to eat. But I never questioned him about whether or not we were going to get something to eat.

cattlemens cafe

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Not Far from the Kingdom of God

Faith and Unbelief. Day seventeen...

When the job offer hadn't come through as quickly as she expected, Sally began to feel the panic crawl up the back of her neck.

All those hours of study, all those part‐time jobs, all those student loans—where was that perfect job? Where was that financial security she had worked so hard to prepare for? “Where are You, Lord?” she cried out.

girl studying

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Preferring to Live by Faith

Faith and Unbelief. Day sixteen...

Last Monday morning, I woke up “feeling” as if my faith had been buried deep in the mud at the bottom of a farm pond.

You probably know the feeling: It's as if you suddenly begin to believe that you will never see what you hope to see.

pondwater

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Faith Is About Knowing God

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifteen...

“You have been doing so well! You've made so much progress! Why in the world would you leave the shelter and chase after some woman that you just met yesterday?”

“She's such a good person. I just have great faith in her. I just feel like it's the right thing to do.”

stupid look

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