Give Me That Mountain

Not Really Freedom

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

In the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” the Munchkins sing:

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up‐sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below‐below‐below. Yo‐ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry‐oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!

wicked witch is dead

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Our Position Makes Us Right with God

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

Every prisoner around the world knows what it feels like to be under the thumb of the law. The law was responsible for taking away his or her freedom. In other words, he or she would not be incarcerated, but for the law.

To see someone walk out of federal or a state prison should indicate a step back into freedom. But the recidivism rates here in the United States indicate otherwise. When people don't change their mind about crime, they can't experience freedom.

empty cell

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Being Out of Position Makes Us Vulnerable

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

“That is simply not appropriate behavior for someone in my position!”

Such is the response of a man or woman of integrity when his or her leadership role is confronted with compromise.

integrity

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Not Just Another Obligation

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

A couple of weeks ago, in the middle of the night, God prompted me to get out of bed, and to go get on my hands and knees.

I resisted for a few moments, thinking it must have been a left‐over thought from a bad dream. But God's ways are higher than my ways (see Isaiah 55:8–9), so I went into my wife's office on the other end of the house and got down on my hands and knees.

dark room

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Considering Holiness

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

I think I stand a better chance of convincing the crowd in a donut shop on the value of healthy eating, as I do of convincing the crowd in a Sunday service on the value of holy living.

I suppose even the people who live on brats, donuts, and energy drinks wouldn't argue with me about the value of having a healthy body—not that they would necessarily change their diet.

donut shop

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Not an Obligation

The Law and Grace. Day sixty...

For a teenager to be trusted with the run of the house by his or her parents—away for a long weekend—has been the storyline for countless movies.

Of course, there's always the party—with the corresponding destruction of the house and the degradation of all those attending.

aftermath

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Not Always Beneficial

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

A marriage of convenience, simply defined, is a relationship based on anything else but love.

Maybe a man, seeking a new career in politics, needs to get out from under the image of being an irresponsible bachelor by marrying an upstanding professional woman. Maybe a woman, seeking social standing to promote the charity she wants to establish, needs to get our from under her anonymity by marrying a socially prominent man. (Of course, the spouses on the other end of the deal also have to benefit in some way from these arrangements.)

somber bride and groom

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We Can Do That!

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

For years one of the banks in our area has used the motto, “We Can Do That!” in their advertising. I'm not a marketing guy by any means, and I didn't see any value in the slogan.

In fact, I thought the slogan was a bit on the stupid side—stupid, that is, until God called me to teach. But after looking at enough blank stares that said, “I don't know what he's thinking; I can never do that!” I began to change my teaching style.

we can do that

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Influence

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

“I just found out that your father is the CEO of Acme Construction! They are the largest contractor in southern California, and I've been trying to get my foot in the door as a sub for the last three years. Since we are such good friends, do you think you could put in a good word for me with your dad?”

“Sorry Charlie, but I haven't spoken to Dad in six years. Oh, he tries to contact me from time to time, but I don't respond.”

big construction project

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Potential

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

We need to compile all the amazing relationships God had with His people under the old covenant, and understand that this is the baseline for the kind of relationship possible with Him now—even for the least of us.

Think about Isaac's wells in the time of drought. Think about Joseph's dream interpretations. Think about Moses' parting of the Red Sea or Joshua's parting of the Jordan River. Think about Joshua and the battle of Jericho. Think about Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Think about Elisha raising the dead. Think about Daniel in the lions' den.

parting the sea

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