Give Me That Mountain

Correction Belongs to the Lord

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

Going to an Eagles concert, a NASCAR race, a Super Bowl game, an all‐inclusive cruise in the Bahamas—all causes for excitement, right? But excitement about going to a church meeting? I don't think so!

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Leaving the Correction to God

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

If you're a professional golfer, and hire a Butch Harmon or a David Leadbetter to help you improve your game, are you going to listen for their correction, or are you going to attempt to figure it out for yourself.

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A Clear Conscience?

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

When we changed our church affiliation a few years ago, I made a point of trying to do it the right way—whatever that means. To me it meant not just breaking off relationships and disappearing into the night, but trying to keep as many relationships open as possible.

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Handing Off Your Cares

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

When I closed my furniture plant back in 2002 many people were hurt besides me. Employees lost jobs—some they'd had for twenty years. Vendors weren't paid. Customer orders weren't filled. Small businesses that depended on our presence in the community suffered.

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Discipline Is an Element of God’s Grace

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

From our perspective today, it's not so easy to understand why 70,000 people died as a result of David's census of the Israelites. But Satan prompted David to number Israel—with disastrous results (see 1 Chronicles 21:1).

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Drawn in the Wrong Direction

The Law and Grace. Day thirty...

In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached one of the most famous sermons in American history, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” While I cringe whenever I even hear the title, Edwards felt it necessary to deal with sin in a church that had not seemed to respond to the revival that had swept through the Colonies in what is called the First Great Awakening.

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Welcome or Unwelcome?

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

The reverend's wife comes into the house with a box from the clothing store. “What!” he says, “Another dress!”

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Where There Is No Law

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

At the time the automobile is gaining popularity in the early 1900s, two winding dirt roads intersect in Michigan. For horse‐drawn vehicles the intersection of the two roads had always been safe. But not so for the motorized vehicles.

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Delighting in the Law?

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

Do you know anyone here in the U.S., other than those in the legal profession, who have their nose in the law most of the time? As an even more remote possibility, do you know anyone who delights in that law?

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Making the Connection

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

In my early twenties I worked on a construction crew building a new subdivision in central Illinois. (The homes were being built for members of a “New Age” commune. But that is a story for another time.)

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In God’s Eyes or in Mine?

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

After Ehud's death, the Israelites again did evil in the LORD's sight. So the LORD turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor, a Canaanite king. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth‐haggoyim. Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help. (Judges 4:1–3 NLT)

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Love and Discipline

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

For the very first time after the delivery, your child is secure in your arms. You look into her face and wonder how you ever lived without her. It's as if a switch has been activated that has elevated your concept of love to a level you didn't think existed.

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