Give Me That Mountain

Controlling Destructive Emotions

A Change of Mind. Day two...

In reading about some of the famous crimes of passion, one incident really grabbed my attention. The two men involved, who should have been quite levelheaded, showed an incredible lack of judgment. One was an attorney and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The other was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who was the son of a lawyer and the nephew of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. I would have assumed that men of such stature had enough brain‐power to control their emotions without bloodshed, but such was not the case.

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Sound Thinking at the Head of the Line

A Change of Mind. Day three...

“Nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.” (Mr. Spock of Star Trek)

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Not All Emotions Are Necessary

A Change of Mind. Day four...

I don't like being around a drama king or queen. To me it's like having to walk through an emotional minefield. And emotions should never be given that kind of preferential treatment. When emotions rule a life they ruin a life.

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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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A Renewed Mind Has Access to the Things of God

A Change of Mind. Day six...

“The young lady's shoulders are heaving with hysteria as the villains approach. The hero is doing everything he can think of to calm her panic and protect their hiding place. Finally, as he realizes that they are in mortal danger from her out‐of‐control emotions, he reluctantly slaps her across the face with the back of his hand—harsh but effective. Startled, she suddenly comes to her senses and regains her composure—just as the footsteps of the bad guys come within earshot.”

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Basing Our Passion on Truth

A Change of Mind. Day seven...

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” – Author Unknown

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An Abundant Life Now

A Change of Mind. Day eight...

Do you have anything you'd like to trade with Jesus beside your sin? Would you be willing to want everything He wants more than anything you want?

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God with Us

A Change of Mind. Day nine...

What if God just flew out of Heaven and landed on earth in His man costume? What if He then just walked around doing God things and finally ended the whole show by pretending to be in pain on a cross. (He was, after all, God. He could fake the whole thing and we wouldn't know the difference.)

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Enjoying the Journey

A Change of Mind. Day twelve...

A few years ago Sherrel and I were invited to a Christmas party at a home located in a subdivision south of Joplin that is nothing but a bunch of winding streets. The host knew how difficult it would be for us to find his home so he gave us a detailed set of instructions.

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Dead but Alive

A Change of Mind. Day thirteen...

“I can't live without my _____?” What would you put in the blank?

  • Cell phone?
  • Music?
  • Dog?
  • Chocolate?
  • Job?
  • Ice cream?

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