Give Me That Mountain

Our Authority from Our Father

Wanting What God Wants. Day twelve...

For most of my life as a kid, I remember Francis helping us out on the farm. He was my father's employee, but because he was treated so much like one of the family, I just thought of him as “Francis.”

Francis did not have to answer to me, but He did whenever I was representing my father. Looking back, it seems strange for a fifty‐something year old man to answer to a pre‐teen boy, especially when the boy was a little on the bossy side. (Knowing my nature back then, I suspect that I did more “telling” than “asking.”) But when Dad told me to tell Francis to do something, Francis did it.

bossy kid

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In Jesus’ Name

Wanting What God Wants. Day eleven...

When the seventy‐two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” (Luke 10:17 NLT)

“Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. But don't rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” (Luke 10:18–20 NLT)

seal of authority

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It’s Part of It!

Wanting What God Wants. Day ten...

In the 1990s OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was very aggressive in coming against small business for the sole purpose of raising revenue. If they couldn't find anything wrong in the facility itself, they would scour through the office paperwork (safety policies and records) until they found something they could fine.

Whenever the fines for some silly paperwork violation became excessive, I decided to hire an attorney and a former OSHA compliance officer to protect my company from the agency.

osha poster

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Working in Cooperation with God

Wanting What God Wants. Day nine...

My cousin Gary was the Missouri High School Rodeo Champion two times. As a younger wannabe cowboy myself, I looked forward to every opportunity I had to spend time with him.

When we were together, I wasn't interested in what I wanted to do. I was interested in what Gary wanted to do, because what he wanted to do was always better than anything I had in mind.

high school rodeo

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We Cooperate. God Does the Rest.

Wanting What God Wants. Day eight...

Back when I had employees, settling the disputes that came up was just a part of being in business. On one occasion an employee came to me complaining that another employee was nothing but a brown‐noser to the supervisors, and was always trying to please the boss (which interestingly enough was me, even though the young man who was doing the complaining there in my office didn't seem to make the connection).

I tried to explain to him that it was a good thing to want to please the management of my company—and any other company he would ever work for. But he was having trouble understanding how he could maintain his dignity and self‐respect and still “want” to do what the boss wanted. (He realized he “had” to do what he was asked to do, or risk getting fired. But he just thought it was wrong to always “want” to do whatever was pleasing to the staff.)

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God is Still the Healer

Wanting What God Wants. Day seven...

I've been deliberately dragging God out of the church buildings, the funeral homes, the IC waiting rooms… and into the streets where He also belongs.

Before heading for cover from a lightning strike, isn't that what all Christians are supposed to do… get the Good News out to where the people live? (See Mark 6:5, Mark 16:15, Acts 17:6.)

on the streets

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God Is in the Details - Even the Food We Eat

Wanting What God Wants. Day six...

During my first year of college at the University of Kansas, I became friends with a guy who was totally city. He knew absolutely nothing about farm life, and would frequently ask me questions. One of his questions really stood out, though.

“Mike, when they get milk from a cow, how do they keep the pee separated from the milk?”

cow looking back

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Maybe We Don’t Realize Just How Much God Knows

Wanting What God Wants. Day five...

A guy I went to school with is a CPA and used to work for a Fortune 500 company. But from all appearances, you would never think of him as an accountant.

If you happened to be driving by his farm and saw him out feeding his cows, you might be confident that you could stop and get an answer about directions to the nearest gas station… but not about accounting. During the conversation, if you happened to bring up a sticky tax question and he rattled off an answer in nothing flat, imagine your response: “Wow! I had no idea that you knew so much about accounting!”

farmer feeding cattle

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God Knows Better than We Do about Every Area of Our Life

Wanting What God Wants. Day four...

I live next to a golf course—half a block from the clubhouse. But I don't play. I don't play because it takes too long, costs too much… and mainly… because I'm bad at it. Being bad and also being highly competitive at the same time just takes all the fun out of the game.

But what if I changed my mind and decided to play (assuming I thought I could find a teacher who could teach me how to play a competitive round)? And what if I had the time and the money to hire one of the best teachers in the sport? Suppose I asked somebody like David Leadbetter, for $10,000 a day, to help me? And suppose, for some strange reason, he decided to take me on as a student?

bad golfer

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Doing Life God’s Way May Not Be as Confining as We Think

Wanting What God Wants. Day three...

There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.” And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. (Luke 15:11–13 ESV)

In 1995 Amy Grant released a recording of Joni Mitchell's “Big Yellow Taxi,” (first recorded in 1970).

big yellow taxi

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