Give Me That Mountain

Love and Discipline

The Law and Grace. Day thirty-six...

For the very first time after the delivery, your child is secure in your arms. You look into her face and wonder how you ever lived without her. It's as if a switch has been activated that has elevated your concept of love to a level you didn't think existed.

The days pass by. Her fussing—no problem! She's just uncomfortable in some way. A quick diaper change, some food, or some time in the rocking chair.

holding baby

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In God’s Eyes or in Mine?

The Law and Grace. Day thirty-five...

After Ehud's death, the Israelites again did evil in the LORD's sight. So the LORD turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor, a Canaanite king. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth‐haggoyim. Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help. (Judges 4:1–3 NLT)

For twenty years, the Israelites had suffered at the hand of Sisera. Deborah, the prophetess, was judging Israel at that time. And the Lord gave her some instructions.

sisera army

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Making the Connection

The Law and Grace. Day thirty-four...

In my early twenties I worked on a construction crew building a new subdivision in central Illinois. (The homes were being built for members of a “New Age” commune. But that is a story for another time.)

I was a trim carpenter and a painter on the crew. And if you've ever done any of this type of work, you know that your finger tips and finger nails collect a lot of paint and stain by the end of the day.

dirty hands

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Delighting in the Law?

The Law and Grace. Day thirty-three...

Do you know anyone here in the U.S., other than those in the legal profession, who have their nose in the law most of the time? As an even more remote possibility, do you know anyone who delights in that law?

But, under the old covenant, David delighted in the law of the Lord.

lawyer office

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Where There Is No Law

The Law and Grace. Day thirty-two...

At the time the automobile is gaining popularity in the early 1900s, two winding dirt roads intersect in Michigan. For horse‐drawn vehicles the intersection of the two roads had always been safe. But not so for the motorized vehicles.

The approach to the intersection was blind—okay for horse‐drawn traffic, but not okay for the faster motorized vehicles. At least once a week automobiles would collide at the intersection.

model t

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Welcome or Unwelcome?

The Law and Grace. Day thirty-one...

The reverend's wife comes into the house with a box from the clothing store. “What!” he says, “Another dress!”

“I didn't want to buy this dress,” she says. “The devil made me buy this dress!”

new dress

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Drawn in the Wrong Direction

The Law and Grace. Day thirty...

In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached one of the most famous sermons in American history, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” While I cringe whenever I even hear the title, Edwards felt it necessary to deal with sin in a church that had not seemed to respond to the revival that had swept through the Colonies in what is called the First Great Awakening.

Apparently this congregation needed some further awakening and Edwards provided the stimulus—as it's reported that during the sermon people in the congregation cried out, “What shall I do to be saved?”

sinners in the hands of an angry god

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Discipline Is an Element of God’s Grace

The Law and Grace. Day twenty-nine...

From our perspective today, it's not so easy to understand why 70,000 people died as a result of David's census of the Israelites. But Satan prompted David to number Israel—with disastrous results (see 1 Chronicles 21:1).

Such consequences wouldn't exactly make me feel secure in the Lord's correction. But David felt more secure in the Lord's hands than he did in the hands of man.

census

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A New Creation

The Law and Grace. Day twenty-eight...

In raising my three children, the hardest thing for me was to discipline them and to love them at the same time. It was much easier to either discipline them or to love them—but not to do both at the same time.

Kids require a lot of discipline. And I always felt guilty that I seemed to have to spend more time teaching them right from wrong than I did in just loving them.

child misbehaving

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Handing Off Your Cares

The Law and Grace. Day twenty-seven...

When I closed my furniture plant back in 2002 many people were hurt besides me. Employees lost jobs—some they'd had for twenty years. Vendors weren't paid. Customer orders weren't filled. Small businesses that depended on our presence in the community suffered.

But worst of all was the fact that my business was the only church many of my employees ever knew. I did more counseling in my office than did most small‐church pastors. My staff and I helped a lot of people get into a right relationship with the Lord.

empty factory

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