Give Me That Mountain

Salt and Light

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

In the area where Jesus ministered, salt was primarily taken from the Dead Sea. Pure salt (NaCl) is very stable and will not lose its flavor unless it is diluted with water or contaminated with other substances. Apparently this Dead Sea salt was not pure and could become so contaminated by foreign substances that it no longer had any taste.

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No Middle Ground

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

What child has not heard the words, “I love you,” and hoped that in Mom's or Dad's good mood, he or she might get off the hook for chores or homework or something else unpleasant.

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Mutually Beneficial Conversation

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

I am almost unrecognizable from the guy who used to love to argue. Maybe a good debate can be healthy, but count me out. I've had way too many years of conversations where I was forming my rebuttal instead of listening to what the other person was saying.

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Our Internal Infrastructure

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

When was the last time, during an evening out with friends, that you talked about the transportation system, the utilities, the civil defense network, or the law enforcement network in your area? Not likely, unless there was a problem.

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Not Just Emotion

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

During His teaching from the mountain, Jesus gives us a lengthy description of a way of life that was previously unknown to man—and only possible through Jesus.

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Welcome Interruptions

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

The positive emotions that come from experiencing God's presence are the dessert of life—especially if you've been living on the destructive emotions that come from experiencing a hostile work environment or a hostile home situation.

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God Hasn’t Moved

The Law and Grace. Day fifty...

I remember, while riding in the car as a little boy, turning my head away from Mom and picking my nose—thinking she couldn't see me as long as I couldn't see her.

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Communion vs Isolation

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

In the early days of my furniture manufacturing business, my staff was unable to reach me when I was away from the factory. Then pagers came along, but I was still unreachable until I could get to a pay phone somewhere. And finally the cell phone made communication immediate, if I wasn't in the middle of a meeting.

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Isolation or Communion

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

Did you ever have a time in your life when you only had yourself to answer to? When you could come and go as you pleased? When you had no accountability to anybody, other than to maybe call Mom or Dad once a month?

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Framing the Debate

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

“Do you believe a display of the Ten Commandments should be required in all public buildings? Sir, I'm waiting for your answer. Please, just answer the question. Give me a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’.”

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