Give Me That Mountain

Promises… Promises…

Day five...

When your mother held you in her arms after the neighbor ran over your puppy, after you broke your favorite toy, after someone on the playground made fun of you, did she just keep holding you, and holding you, and holding you? Eventually she told you to get down and go play.

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Love Is

Day six...

From yesterday's discussion, did you come up with any Bible verses you would guard with your life? What about John 3:16? “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Is that verse valuable enough to die for? It has been for many of those martyrs throughout history who have refused to deny Jesus.

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Hearing from God

Day six...

Were you ever on a debate team? I debated some in high school, but it wasn't really a good idea for me. My conversations with other people were already too much like debates, and I didn't need any more encouragement to argue my opinions.

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Hearing from God

Day seven...

If you could have a conversation with God, would you look forward to it? Or would it be more like going to the Principal's office? I ask, because your ability to hear from Him is directly affected by your answer.

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Hearing from God

Day eight...

If you are struggling with yesterday's discussion, remember God doesn't operate like people. People say, “Go get cleaned up so I can love you.” God's says, “I love you; let's get you cleaned up.” People want you to get your act together so they can love you. God wants to love you so you can get your act together.

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Hearing from God

Day nine...

It's wonderful when something we need to hear in the Bible just comes to life, as if God is speaking directly to us:
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 NLT).”

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The Work We Do

Day one...

We had a big garden behind our farmhouse. I remember it being close to forty acres—at least through the eyes of a boy seeing nothing but weeds. One of my jobs in the summer was to pull up all those weeds in this half‐acre plot of vegetables. After all these years, I still see myself standing there, carefully studying which weed I should pull up next… when Dad's voice would rudely interrupt: “Mike, you walk around like the dead lice are falling off you!” I guess he meant I should speed things up.

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The Work We Do

Day two...

One day Dad left my youngest sister and me alone in the pickup while he visited with a neighbor. Farmer's pickups are a treasure trove of gadgets to get a boy into trouble—pliers, screwdrivers, old license plates, twine, wire… all piled on the dash and the floor, in no logical order.

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The Work We Do

Day three...

In my twenties, I worked for a couple of years at a piano rebuilding shop south of Chicago. We rebuilt pump organs, player pianos, concert grands… just about anything with keys. We picked up and delivered everything we worked on, so I had a lot of practice moving pianos.

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The Work We Do

Day four...

A couple of years back, I needed help laying out a road through some timber we own west of town. I wanted to get ahead of the heavy equipment by clearing leaves and other surface debris from the layout so it wouldn't become a part of the roadbed.

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