Give Me That Mountain

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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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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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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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Only for the Super Saints

Do you sometimes disqualify yourself where spiritual matters are concerned? Do you think things like: “I'll never understand the Bible like my pastor does. I don't have the ‘gift’ of healing. I could never witness to someone.” We often believe that stuff is only for the “super saints.” I certainly had these thoughts for many years.

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Day five...

I am no geologist, but I understand the canyons in the United States were formed, in part, by moving water. I've had the privilege of visiting both the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Black Canyon in Colorado. The Grand Canyon was absolutely spectacular, but the Black Canyon made me literally gasp for air.

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Day six...

I have this picture stuck in my head of a boy, sitting on the passenger side in the back seat of the family car. His head is turned toward the window, with his left hand covering the left side of his face. And with his other hand he his picking his nose as if no one in the world can see him.

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Day seven...

Why the fascination with angels? Why does the appearance of an angel create such interest? A life‐changing teaching from the Bible does not have the same popular appeal as the sighting of an angel.

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Day eight...

What does it look like to be joined at the hip to God? If we can't see, smell, taste, touch, or hear Him how do we know if we are in His presence? How do we experience what we can't experience with our physical senses? How do we partner with Him in every thought, word, or deed? Where is He anyway?

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Day nine...

The presence of God in your life is not an imaginary place. You may not be able to experience Him with your five physical senses, but His presence is a real place that produces real results—results you can see with your natural eyes.

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Day ten...

To help me stay out from under the law I work hard at keeping two things in mind:

  • I don't do anything alone—in thought, word, or deed.
  • Anything I do is for the purpose of changing me, or the world around me.

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Day eleven...

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. (Ephesians 1:3–6 NLT)

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Day twelve...

If you're ready to get to work, doing what God has in mind (see Ephesians 2:10) instead of what's on your mind, where do you start?

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