Give Me That Mountain

Jesus Understands What It Feels like to Be Abandoned

Being Faithful. Day two...

I can't think of anything more painful—for me at least—than to think God has left me and might not come back. And it's a far more horrifying thought now than it was back when I didn't have much invested in my relationship with Him.

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We Are Not Abandoned Children

Being Faithful. Day three...

I have an image in my mind, from a few years ago, that I can't shake—a four‐year old boy, weeping uncontrollably as he sits in the middle of the bed in our guest bedroom. He was spending the weekend with us while his parents were trying to sort things out. Even though he had talked to his dad on the phone he could not be comforted.

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God Is Always Faithful, Even When We Are Unable to Believe It

Being Faithful. Day four...

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “foundation”? If you're interested in houses, you will probably think about the foundations of various types of buildings. If you're interested in Quarter Horses, you will probably think about foundation‐bred mares and stallions whose bloodlines go back to the origins of the breed. If you're interested in the arts, you will probably think about non‐profit organizations that promote new artists.

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If the World Persecuted Jesus, It Will Also Persecute Us

Being Faithful. Day five...

According to the Center for Study of Global Christianity, between the years AD 30 and 2000, 70 million Christians were martyred. Of this 70 million, 45 million were martyred in the 20th century. These figures for the 20th century “exclude those killed for national, ethnic or political reasons who just happened to be Christian but were not killed because of their being Christian.”

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Connecting Thoughts and Emotions

A Change of Mind. Day five...

My favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream made with the Melin family recipe. This cooked‐custard recipe freezes into an ice cream unequalled by anything else I've ever tasted. Vanilla, just plain old‐fashioned vanilla in a bowl with no toppings—a little bit of heaven on earth.

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Fear Is Our Response to a Real or Imagined Threat

Fear Exposed. Day one...

Remember the room with the closed door that nobody ever went in? Remember the window you never looked out of after dark? Remember the area of the yard behind the bushes that was surely home to hideous creatures when the sun went down?

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From Fear to Faith

Fear Exposed. Day thirty-two...

The Israelites lived in Egypt as slaves, but they left Egypt as a free people with Egypt's wealth. Sounds like a happy ending… right?

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The Kingdom Is about Life

Fear Exposed. Day thirty-seven...

My wife and I have some acreage west of town we refer to as our chunk of paradise. The land is covered with mature trees, and this beautiful stand of timber is filled with deer and wild turkey. When I get around to it, we'll eventually build a house out there. But for now I use the property as my private gym; I lift rocks and tree limbs instead of lifting weights.

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No Reason to Work Alone

Health and Healing. Day nine...

When our three‐year‐old granddaughter was eighteen months old, she was at the stage of development where she began to want to do things on her own. Since she was still too small to communicate with words, she pushed us away with body language when she wanted to go it alone. But whenever she bit off more than she could chew she would come to me for some help.

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Right Dream, Wrong Direction

Health and Healing. Day ten...

We may have the right dream, but the wrong way of getting there.

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